Poliwag is the mascot of Poliwager, so it makes sense to have a page completely about Poliwag!


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Poliwag, the Tadpole Pokémon. Poliwag is a Water-type Pokémon, and it evolves into Poliwhirl at level 25. Poliwhirl then evolves into either Poliwrath with a Water Stone, or Politoed by trading with a King’s Rock.

Red, Blue, and Yellow

Poliwag was introduced in Red and Blue Version. It’s #60 in the Kanto and National Pokédex.
Poliwag can be caught by fishing on Route 22, Viridian City, and Pallet Town in Red and Blue. In Yellow, you can also catch Poliwag on Routes 16, 17, 22, 23, Viridian City, and Fuchsia City.
Poliwrath, a Water/Fighting-type Pokémon, is the only final evolution in Red, Blue and Yellow. Politoed wasn’t introduced until Gold and Silver.

Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Poliwag in Gold and Silver got some new traits. There is now breeding, so Poliwag can either be male or female, and it’s in the Water 1 egg group. Poliwag can be bred or caught shiny as well. Poliwhirl can now evolve into Politoed, a Water-type Pokémon, by trading it with a King’s Rock attached.
Poliwag can be caught in Gold, Silver and Crystal on Routes 6, 22, 28, 30, 31, 35, 43, 44, in the Ruins of Alph, Ilex Forest, Ecruteak City, Violet City, Mt. Silver, Viridian City, and Blackthorn City by fishing.

Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald

Poliwag cannot be caught in Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald; you have to trade it from FireRed or LeafGreen. In Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon got abilities, and Poliwag’s is either Water Absorb or Damp. Water Absorb recovers 25% HP when Poliwag’s hit by a Water type move, and Damp prevents Exploding or Self Destructing in a battle.

FireRed and LeafGreen

Poliwag can be caught on Routes 6, 22, 23, 25, Four Island, Fuchsia City, Viridian City, Berry Forest, Cape Brink, Cerulean Cave Floor 1 and Basement 1, Icefall Cave Entrance, Ruin Valley, and Safari Zone Areas 1, 2, and 3 by fishing. You can then breed Poliwags and trade them over to Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald if you want.

Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

Poliwag can be caught in Diamond and Pearl on Routes 225, 226, and 228 by fishing with a Good Rod. Poliwag can be caught in Platinum on Routes 227 and 228 by Surfing. If you migrate a Poliwag from any of the Advance games, you’ll find Poliwag in the Pond area of the Pal Park.

HeartGold and SoulSilver

Poliwag can be caught on Routes 30, 31, 35, 43, 44, 45, at the Cliff Edge Gate, in Blackthorn City, Ecrteak City, Ilex Forest, Ruins of Alph, and Violet City. In all of these locations, you can either fish or Surf to find Poliwag.
While not exactly in HeartGold and SoulSilver, you can catch Poliwag in your Pokéwalker if you're strolling in Beautiful Beach or Blue Lake.

Black, White, Black 2, and White 2

Poliwag got a new hidden ability in Black and White, Swift Swim, which makes Poliwag's speed double when it is raining. Poliwag can be caught on Route 6, Wellspring Cave, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, and the Giant Chasm, after beating the Elite Four and obtaining the National Dex in Black and White. In Black 2 and White 2, Poliwag can be caught on Routes 6, 19, 20, 23, in Floccesy Ranch, Relic Passage, Lostlorn Forest, Giant Chasm, Victory Road, Clay Tunnel, and Wellspring Cave. You must fish with a Super Rod to find Poliwag.

X and Y

Poliwag is in full 3D in X and Y! Poliwag can be caught on Routes 14, 15, 16, 19, and 21, in Laverre City, Frost Cavern, Couriway Town, Pokémon Village, and Victory Road using the Old Rod. Poliwag can also be found in Horde encounters in the Pokémon Village. Poliwag is also one of the Pokémon that got an updated mini sprite for X and Y.

Poliwag Images

Here are more sprites and images from the games that weren't in any of the above sections.

Hope you enjoy Poliwag!