Poliwag (ポリワッグ, Poriwāgu) is a Water-type Tadpole Pokémon that evolves into Poliwhirl starting at level 25, which evolves into Poliwrath when exposed to a Water Stone or into Politoed when holding a King's Rock.
- Voice actor: Rachael Lillis (both English and Japanese)
Poliwag resembles a blue, spherical tadpole. It has large eyes, a pink mouth, and a long, mostly transparent tail. It has newly developed legs that still are not used to walking. Poliwag's most famous feature is the black and white swirl on its abdomen, which is actually its innards showing through its semitransparent skin. The swirl looks clearer after it eats, and the skin is very elastic so that it will not break if the Pokémon is bitten. The direction of the belly spiral differs by area, with the equator being thought to have an effect on this. A Poliwag's height is 2'00" and weight is 27.3 lbs.
Along with the standard Water-related abilities, it is capable of making its opponent drowsy with Hypnosis. Its skin is also very damp, making it very slippery and therefore difficult to get hold of. Their Speed stat is above average, allowing them to evade shots of electricity quickly. Their tail can also be used for attacks like DoubleSlap, Belly Drum, and Template:M, with the latter being fairly strong after a Hypnosis.
They are more likely found swimming than on dry land. If they are startled, they immediately run away.
Poliwag can be found in small freshwater ponds and lakes that have an abundance of lily pads, as well as along the banks of tropical rivers. It is a common sight in Kanto and Johto, but can be found in Sinnoh and Unova as well. In Unova, they are most notably found in bodies of water within caves.
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In the anime, Poliwag feed on salveyo weed, which can only be found on clear lake bottoms.
Poliwag first appeared in Primeape Goes Bananas.
Poliwag also appeared in the episode EP035.
Poliwag also appeared in Pallet Party Panic, at a party among other Pokémon.
A Poliwag was one of the inhabitants of an oasis just for Pokémon in Got Miltank?.
A Poliwag was seen in Octillery The Outcast, under the ownership of an unknown Trainer.
A Poliwag made a brief appearance in Dueling Heroes.
Lola has a Poliwag as seen in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!. In that episode, Flint revealed that the reason he had fallen in love with Lola was the precision of her Poliwag's [[Hydro Pump (move)|Hydro Pump}} against his Graveler, now a Golem.
Multiple Poliwag were owned by a family of traveling circus performers in Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
A Poliwag appeared in Bagged Then Tagged!.
Multiple Poliwag made a brief appearance in Coming Full-Festival Circle!.
A Poliwag made a very brief appearance in League Unleashed!.
Poliwag, Tadpole Pokémon. The pre-evolved form of Poliwhirl. It has no arms, but its tail makes it a good swimmer.