National Pokedex No: #060
Poliwag is a water-type pokemon found in grassy areas near bodies of water. Poliwag loves to swim, its large paddle-like tail allowing it to swim easily in even the most volatile waters. This pokemon, first found in Pokemon Red/Blue, has a small dark-blue body with a unique spiral pattern decorating its white belly. Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl at level 25, growing bigger and stronger at that time.
Evolves from: none
Evolves into: Poliwhirl
Requirements: no special requirements
Poliwag evolves into Poliwhirl with no happiness requirements or stones. Poliwag learns several moves earlier than Poliwhirl – including Belly Drum at level 31 verses Poliwhirl's level 37, Wake-up Slap at level 35 verses Poliwhirl's level 43 and Hydro Pump at level 38 verses Poliwhirl's level 48 – making delaying this evolution a very reasonable possibility.
x2 weak against electric and grass attacks.
x0.5 resistant to fire, ice, steel and water attacks.
Water type has no immunities.
x4 super effective attacks against fire/ground type pokemon.
x2 super effective attacks against fire and ground types.
x0.5 less effective attacks against dragon and grass types.
Water attacks are never ineffective.
Water-type pokemon are super-effective against fire and ground pokemon. Water douses fire, squelching fire's ferocity and doing double damage. Ground gets slogged by water, its muddy form too sluggish to properly defend itself.
Water-type pokemon are weak to electric and grass attacks. Electric attacks pulse through water's naturally conductive body, damaging it thoroughly. Grass attacks sap the very strength of water, sometimes even deriving healing from attacks against watery foes.
Poliwag does well in battles against pokemon such as Growlithe
, Slugma and Vulpix
. These fire-type pokemon easily fall to Poliwag's water-type moves, their fiery bodies particularly drained by these types of moves. When trying to attack Poliwag, they all have a hard time penetrating through its water-based defences, their fires getting too drenched before reaching their target to do much good.
Poliwag falls easily in battles against pokemon such as Dratini, Minun and Shaymin. These dragon, electric and grass type pokemon offer superb offensive and defensive skills verses Poliwag's water-based powers. Dratini and Shaymin offer superior defence verses Poliwag's watery powers, making them harder to hit, wearing on Poliwag faster than its opponents. Minun and Shaymin both deal Poliwag extra damage, electricity and grass moves taking an extra toll on Poliwag. Shaymin, being strong defensively and offensively verses Poliwag, easily outmatches this water-type pokemon.