Lotad is a small, blue Pokémon with six stubby legs. It has large eyes and a wide, yellow mouth similar to a bill. A large leaf that resembles a lilypad covers its back. This large leaf allows Lotad to float across ponds, and it will sometimes ferry smaller Pokémon on its back in this manner.
The head leaf is a natural dirt-repellent. The leaf can stay clean even after transporting Pokémon covered in mud. However, the leaf will wilt if Lotad becomes dehydrated. Its size and weight prevent Lotad from living on land, but, on rare occasions, it travels on land in search of clean water. Lotad is known to gather in lakes of good water quality. The lake's surfaces are occasionally covered in Lotad leaves.
Prior to Generation V, Lotad and its evolved forms were the only known Pokémon that could have Rain Dish as an Ability.
Lotad evolves into Lombre, which evolves into Ludicolo.
(For specifics on this Pokémon's evolution in the games, refer to Game data→Evolution data.)
In The Lotad Lowdown, three sisters named Natalie, Nicole, and Rita owned a flower shop and a horde of Lotad. One of these Lotad were given to Brock. This particular Lotad was a bit slow and sometimes stared blankly for a few seconds before attacking. In Take the Lombre Home, it evolved into a Lombre. It then evolved into a Ludicolo in Once in a Mawile.
In Oh Do You Know The Poffin Plan!, Forsythia's Lotad was the only one that knew her normally shy Roserade was the one secretly and fearlessly protecting her Berry garden. It later saved Forsythia from Team Rocket's mecha and then convinced Roserade to continue fighting Team Rocket without its red scarf — the only thing that gave it the confidence to act.
In One for the Goomy!, multiple Lotad were startled when James's Inkay attacked the river with Psybeam. They subsequently attacked Team Rocket, as well as Ash and his friends, with Energy Ball, thus separating the groups from each other.
Multiple Lotad living at Goodra's marsh made semi-regular appearances in Pokémon the Series: XY, starting with Defending the Homeland!.
Lotad debuted in Johto Photo Finish, where it was seen in Harrison's description of the Hoenn region.
A Coordinator's Lotad appeared in All Things Bright and Beautifly!.
In The Ribbon Cup Caper, a Lotad was at the S.S. St. Flower's Pokémon Center.
A Coordinator's Lotad appeared in Hi Ho Silver Wind!.
A Coordinator's Lotad appeared in What I Did for Love!.
In One Big Happiny Family!, Jessie's fantasy featured a Lotad.
In The Island of Illusions!, a Lotad was living in Grand Spectrala Islet.
In Genesect and the Legend Awakened, multiple Lotad were living in Pokémon Hills.
A Lotad appeared in a flashback in A Slippery Encounter!.
Two Lotad appeared in a flashback in One for the Goomy! and An Oasis of Hope!.
A Trainer's Lotad appeared in Thawing an Icy Panic! and Under the Pledging Tree!. In the latter episode, it was among the Pokémon present during the Coumarine City Festival.
Four Lotad appeared in a flashback in Good Friends, Great Training!.
A Trainer's Lotad appeared in A Performance Pop Quiz!.
A Lotad appeared in Goodbye, Friend!.
A Lotad appeared in Secrets of the Jungle.
A Trainer's Lotad appeared in Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!, It's... Champion Time!, and Whittle While You Work!.
||Lotad, the Water Weed Pokémon. Lotad inhabit peaceful wetlands, like lakes and ponds.
In The Cavern, a wild Lotad was fleeing from a storm that a Primal Kyogre was creating.
Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer
A Lotad appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, under the ownership of a Beauty. Alongside Erika's Vileplume and a Lass's Whimsicott, it battled Scottie's Pikachu, Brock's Onix, and Rosa's Snivy. Despite initially having the upper hand, injuring Snivy with its Energy Ball, Lotad was quickly defeated with the rest of its teammates by Pikachu's Thunder.
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
A Trainer's Lotad appeared in Buddy.