In the main series
Misty caught a Poliwag in The Stun Spore Detour, which eventually evolved in The Totodile Duel into a Poliwhirl and then into a Politoed during Outrageous Fortunes.
In Gonna Rule The School, the Pokémon Trainers' School lent a Poliwag to Max. He used it in a battle against Tommy, who was training with a Magby. It helped defeat Team Rocket later on.
In Like It Or Lup It!, a Poliwag was part of a group also consisting of a Wooper and a Quagsire, and led by a Golduck.
Poliwag debuted in Primeape Goes Bananas.
A Poliwag appeared in a fantasy in the banned episode EP035.
A Poliwag appeared in A Chansey Operation.
A Poliwag appeared as an image in The Ultimate Test.
A Poliwag appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.
In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, multiple Poliwag were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
In Pikachu's Vacation, a Poliwag was at the Pokémon Theme Park.
In Pallet Party Panic, a Poliwag was at a party in Pallet Town.
In Pikachu Re-Volts, Cassidy and Butch controlled a Poliwag at Mandarin Island North.
A Poliwag appeared in Marina's fantasy in Bye Bye Psyduck.
In The Joy of Pokémon, a Trainer's Poliwag was treated by the Nurse Joy of an unnamed island.
In The Power of One, multiple Poliwag sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.
Multiple wild Poliwag appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
In The Fire-ing Squad!, seven Poliwag competed in the Fire and Rescue Grand Prix.
A Poliwag appeared in a fantasy in The Totodile Duel.
In Carrying On!, a sick Poliwag was in Way Away Island's Pokémon Center.
In Got Miltank?, a Poliwag lived at a Pokémon-exclusive oasis.
In Octillery The Outcast and Dueling Heroes, a Trainer's Poliwag competed in the Whirl Cup.
Multiple Poliwag appeared in Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias.
In The Legend of Thunder!, a Poliwag was at a Pokémon Center.
In A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!, Flint revealed that the reason he had fallen in love with Lola was the precision of her Poliwag's Hydro Pump against his Graveler, now a Golem. It reappeared in a fantasy in Grating Spaces!.
A Poliwag appeared in The Scheme Team.
A Coordinator's Poliwag appeared in The Saffron Con.
A Poliwag appeared in On Olden Pond as a resident of an old lake.
A Coordinator's Poliwag appeared in Harley Rides Again.
In Curbing the Crimson Tide!, Hiroshi's Poliwag battled a disguised Scizor known as "Red Lightning". It was defeated and had markings scribbled on its face afterwards.
In Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, the Marina Group used a Poliwag for their Marina Underwater Pokémon Show.
In Once More With Reeling!, a Coordinator's Poliwag competed in the Terracotta Contest.
In Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!, a Poliwag was hypnotized and kidnapped by Team Rocket.
In Up Close and Personable!, a Poliwag was living at the lake near the Pokémon Summer Academy.
A Poliwag appeared in Jessie's fantasy in One Big Happiny Family!.
A Poliwag appeared in Bagged Then Tagged!.
In Coming Full-Festival Circle!, multiple Poliwag listened to Nando as he played his music.
A Poliwag briefly appeared in League Unleashed!, under the ownership of a girl.
A Poliwag appeared in The Dream Continues!.
In a flashback in Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!, a Poliwag startled a young Serena, which resulted in her injuring her knee.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in Adventures in Running Errands!.
In The Legend of the Ninja Hero!, a Poliwag was living in the Ninja Village.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in A League of His Own!.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in Rocking Kalos Defenses!.
Two Poliwag appeared in Alola to New Adventure!, with one under the ownership of a Trainer and the other being wild.
A Poliwag appeared in The Guardian's Challenge!.
In Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!, a Poliwag was walking along an island where Ash, his classmates, and Professor Kukui were taking a break from fishing.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in I Choose You!.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!.
Two Poliwag appeared in Alola, Kanto!, with one under the ownership of a Trainer, while the other was in a lake.
Two Poliwag appeared in Dewpider Ascending!, with one appearing at the Pokémon School.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in Tough Guy Trials!.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in A Young Royal Flame Ignites!.
Multiple Trainers' Poliwag appeared in The Power of Us.
In I Choose Paradise!, a Poliwag was at the Pokémon Paradise Resort.
In Securing the Future!, two Poliwag joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.
A Poliwag appeared in Keeping Your Eyes on the Ball!.
A Poliwag appeared in Pikachu's Exciting Adventure!.
Two Trainers' Poliwag appeared in League Offenders and Defenders!.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in Z-Move Showdown!.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in Exhibition Unmasked!.
In From Z to Shining Z!, a Trainer's Poliwag watched the battle between Ash's Pikachu and Tapu Koko.
Multiple Poliwag appeared in a flashback in Enter Pikachu!, with one under the ownership of a Trainer and the rest being wild.
Five Poliwag appeared in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!.
In JN020, Goh caught a Poliwag during a Pokémon Orienteering competition. It reappeared in JN023, and JN031.
In JN021, five Poliwag battled a wild Riolu after it attacked them.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in JN025.
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in JN027.
|| Ash's Pokédex
|| Poliwag, the Tadpole Pokémon. It has no arms, but its tail makes it a strong swimmer.
|| Salveyo weed
|| Ash's Pokédex
|| An effective Stun Spore antidote can be made by boiling the leaves of the Salveyo weed. Salveyo weed is found on clear lake bottoms wherever Vileplume live. Poliwag are also found in the vicinity of this plant.
In Pokémon Origins
Two Poliwag appeared in File 3: Giovanni.
In the Ash & Pikachu manga
In Do Your Best Bulbasaur!!, a Poliwag was at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
- Main article: Misty's Poliwag
Misty is shown with a Poliwag in Clefairy Tale. It later evolved into a Poliwhirl.
In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga
A Poliwag appeared in How Do You Do, Pikachu?.
In the Pocket Monsters manga
Two Poliwag appeared in JNM08.
In the Pocket Monsters HGSS manga
A Poliwag appeared in PMHGSS01.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
- Main article: Poli
- Main article: Polibo
In Bulbasaur, Come Home!, a Poliwag escaped from Professor Oak's Laboratory.
In Danger: High Voltorb, a flashback showed Red's Poliwhirl, nicknamed Poli, as a Poliwag. He has since evolved into Poliwrath.
In Murkrow Row, Gold has a Poliwag, which was one of the many Pokémon raised in the house he lived in. He was lost when Team Rocket stole Gold's backpack and his Poké Ball was lost when it fell into the water. Gold eventually retrieved Poliwag at the Famous Fishing Zone from a wild Granbull that was stealing to draw attention so that it could get its jaw healed. He evolved into a Poliwhirl in Ampharos Amore, and then into a Politoed utilizing a trade with his held King's Rock.
In Slugging It Out With Slugma, a Poliwag was at Earl's Pokémon Academy in Violet City.
In Scizor Defends, multiple Poliwag were living at the Pokémon Village. One of them reappeared in Charizard Transforms.
A Poliwag appeared in Malamar Traps.
A Poliwag appeared in Chesnaught Protects.
A Poliwag appeared in a flashback in Yveltal Steals.
A Poliwag appeared in True Identity and the Totem Pokémon of Brooklet Hill.
In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga
A Trainer's Poliwag appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.
In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga
Shu caught a Poliwag in Catch the Poliwag!.
A Poliwag appeared in GDZ23.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
A Poliwag appeared in Demanding Tests at the Pokémon School!.
Ruby has a Poliwag, as seen in Something Happened!! Let's Go After Pikachu!!.
In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga
Ruby has a Poliwag at his house, as seen in Something Happened!! Let's Go After Pikachu!!.