May's Wartortle

May's Wartortle
ハルカのカメール Haruka's Kameil
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May's Wartortle
Debuts in The Right Place and the Right Mime
Caught at Professor Oak's Laboratory
Evolves in Prior to Staging a Heroes' Welcome
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
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This Pokémon spent between 59 and 135 episodes as Squirtle.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Squirtle Tomoe Hanba Eric Stuart
Michele Knotz
As Wartortle Katsuyuki Konishi Craig Blair

May's Wartortle (Japanese: ハルカのカメール Haruka's Kameil) was the first Pokémon that May obtained in the Kanto region, and her sixth overall. She received it from Professor Oak.

In the anime


Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

After leaving her Beautifly and Skitty in Hoenn, May met up with Ash in Pallet Town, where one of Professor Oak's Squirtle took a liking to her. When it did not want to go in Professor Oak's Poké Ball, he allowed it to travel with May, so it went in her Poké Ball instead.

May quickly introduced it to Pokémon Contests, where it adapted well. It was first used in the Battle Stage of the Saffron Contest, defeating Harley's Ariados, which was its first major accomplishment on May's team.

In Weekend Warrior, May was still deciding which Pokémon to use in the upcoming Silver Town Pokémon Contest. She sent out Squirtle, but she was not very satisfied with the way it came out of its Poké Ball as she needed its entrance to be flashier. Squirtle took May's comments to heart and disappeared from her sight for a little while, only to return using accessories made out of flowers in order to look more appealing and impress its Trainer.

May reassured Squirtle that it would always look cute in her eyes, and when the Silver Contest got underway, she used it in the Appeals Round. Squirtle began by using Ice Beam while spinning around and then proceeded to use Bubble, creating one large bubble surrounded by several smaller ones. After that, it jumped on the large bubble and used its Ice Beam to destroy the surrounding bubbles and used Ice Beam once more, this time aiming on the large bubble. The splash resulting from the explosion was frozen solid, creating several ice pillars and Squirtle finished by posing atop one of them. The performance impressed the judges and placed May among the four Coordinators moving on to the Contest Battles.

In Harley Rides Again, Squirtle was used in the first round of the Wisteria Contest. Its performance started with it using Rapid Spin to spin across the stage rapidly. It proceeded with a Bubble attack, making a spiral of bubbles while still spinning around. After that, it used its Ice Beam to destroy the bubbles and create a frozen fountain. It received positive reviews from all three judges, advancing May to the second round.

In Thinning the Hoard!, Squirtle was used in a two-on-two Contest Battle alongside May's Combusken against Drew's Absol and Flygon in the quarterfinals of the Kanto Grand Festival. Its various attacks were vital to May, the two most important aspects coming from Bubble to provide the water half of a Fire and Water combination attack and knocking Flygon out with a super-effective Ice Beam. After Flygon was defeated by Squirtle, Drew's Absol would defeat Squirtle in turn, leaving the battle to a one-on-one battle between Combusken and Absol.

Wartortle and May

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

In Staging a Heroes' Welcome!, Squirtle was revealed to have evolved into a Wartortle during May's travels through Johto. It was used in the Performance Stage of the Wallace Cup. Wartortle was sent out with a Foamy Seal and began by using Rapid Spin on the water field before finishing with its newly learned Aqua Tail. The performance was good enough to advance May to the next round.

Personality and characteristics

While it was a Squirtle, Wartortle demonstrated a personality that was distinct from Ash's Squirtle, as it is much younger and smaller, mainly because it was intended to be a starter Pokémon. It was also relatively shy and was a bit of a crybaby. However, as time passed, it grew considerably as it started to cry less. As a Wartortle, it's shown a more boisterous attitude with no signs of the tears that defined it as a Squirtle.

Squirtle took an instant liking to May, feeling safe with her when it got scared by Max and ran away from him in its debut episode. Also, upon witnessing May's courage and compassion during an attack from Team Rocket, Squirtle chose her to be its Trainer. Squirtle quickly adapted well to Pokémon Contests and showed a natural talent for them, with the result that May would usually use it for her Contest Appeals.

Moves used

Using Water Gun
as a Squirtle
Using Withdraw
as a Squirtle
Move First Used In
Bubble Hooked on Onix
Tackle On Cloud Arcanine
Water Gun On Cloud Arcanine
Ice Beam The Saffron Con
Rapid Spin  On Olden Pond
Withdraw Curbing the Crimson Tide!
Aqua Tail  Staging a Heroes' Welcome!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
  Channeling the Battle Zone! Bubble and Sky Uppercut May's Combusken
Description: Squirtle uses Bubble to surround Combusken and then Combusken heads towards the opposing Pokémon while using Sky Uppercut. The combination was used during a two-on-two Contest Battle against Drew's Flygon and Absol in the Kanto Grand Festival.
  Channeling the Battle Zone! Fire Spin and Bubble May's Combusken
Description: Combusken uses Fire Spin and Squirtle follows up with Bubble. The two moves fuse into a water and fire whirlwind surrounded by sparks which traps the opponents. It was inspired by Tucker's tactical fusion of Fire- and Water-type attacks. The combination was used during a two-on-two Contest Battle against Drew's Flygon and Absol in the Kanto Grand Festival.

In the games

In the spin-off games

Pokémon: Wobbuffet Fell Down!

Squirtle appears in Pokémon: Wobbuffet Fell Down!.


  • Wartortle is May's only Pokémon that is mid-way through its evolutionary family.
  • Wartortle is the first Water-type starter Pokémon to be owned by a female main character.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Squirtle and Wartortle.

  This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.