Tympole (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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Pokémon
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Tympole
Tadpole Pokémon
オタマロ
Otamaro
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Tympole



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Swift Swim or Hydration Cacophony
Cacophony
Water Absorb
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (43.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 1
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'08" 0.5 m
Tympole
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Weight
9.9 lbs. 4.5 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
59
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
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Tympole (Japanese: オタマロ Otamaro) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V.

It evolves into Palpitoad starting at level 25, which evolves into Seismitoad starting at level 36.

Biology

Tympole is a round, tadpole-like Pokémon with a tan, circular face. It has large, oval, black eyes; a wide mouth with down-turned corners; and black eyebrows in the shape of quarter notes. Its spherical body is black with no visible limbs. Instead, it has two black-and-blue ringed cheeks akin to half-spheres on either side of its head. It has a long, blue tail with a fan-like shape and a black spot at its base.

Tympole vibrates its cheeks to create a sound too high-pitched for humans and other species of Pokémon to hear. The sounds are used in rhythm to communicate with others of its kind, particularly for warning of danger. They are known to sing in high-pitched voices, which creates graceful ripples on the water's surface. The anime reveals that Tympole swim and attack in groups.

In the anime

 
A school of Tympole in the anime

Major appearances

Multiple Tympole debuted in Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!, where they attacked Oshawott underwater while under the command of a wild Palpitoad. They were trying to prevent him from getting the medicine to cure the team from the poisoning several Foongus inflicted. However, they were forced to flee when Oshawott opened his eyes while using Razor Shell.

Minor appearances

Multiple Tympole appeared in White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram.

A Tympole appeared near the end of Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!.

Multiple Tympole appeared in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.

A Tympole appeared in a flashback in Drayden Versus Iris: Past, Present, and Future!.

A Tympole appeared in A Unova League Evolution!.

In Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, a Tympole was seen in the Wild Area.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder

A Tympole appeared in The King's Identity...!!.

Pokémon Adventures

N used a Tympole to battle Black in Accumula Town in Letting Go. He was eventually defeated by Black's Tep.

A Tympole appeared in a flashback in True Friends.

Multiple Tympole appeared in Choir Tournament at the Autumn Choir Tournament.

Two Tympole appeared in the Wild Area in PASS05.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS468 Tympole emits rhythmic subsonic sound waves by vibrating its cheeks. These waves can be used to communicate.

In the TCG

Main article: Tympole (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V Unova
BW: #041
Unova
B2W2: #228
Black They warn others of danger by vibrating their cheeks to create a high-pitched sound.
White By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans. It uses the rhythm of these sounds to talk.
Black 2 By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans and warns others of danger.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans and warns others of danger.
Y By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans. It uses the rhythm of these sounds to talk.
Omega Ruby By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans and warns others of danger.
Alpha Sapphire By vibrating its cheeks, it emits sound waves imperceptible to humans. It uses the rhythm of these sounds to talk.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#132
Sword Graceful ripples running across the water's surface are a sure sign that Tympole are singing in high-pitched voices below.
Shield It uses sound waves to communicate with others of its kind. People and other Pokémon species can't hear its cries of warning.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White
Pinwheel Forest (outside)
Black 2 White 2
Pinwheel Forest (outside) (N's Pokémon)
Dream World
Pleasant Forest*
Generation VI
X Y
Breed Palpitoad
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Routes 102, 114, and 117 (hidden Pokémon*)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Dappled Grove, West Lake Axewell, North Lake Miloch, South Lake Miloch, Watchtower Ruins
West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch, North Lake Miloch, Dusty Bowl (Max Raid Battle)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: Sun-Dappled Bank, Shimmering Lake
PokéPark 2
Arbor Area
MD GTI
Stompstump Peak, Forest Grotto (1F-7F), Mountain Pass (1F-7F), Silent Tundra (Uncharted Road, Gilded Hall), Dreamy Island (Uncharted Road, Gilded Hall), Moonlit Forest (Gilded Hall)
Rumble U
Adventure Area: Sweet, Light, and Fluffy (Reward), Frenzy Square: Make a Big Splash!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Mysterious Fountain: Stage 5
Shuffle
Roseus Center: Stage 271
Zaffiro Coast: Stage 646
Rumble World
Gold Plateau: Purifying Pond (All Areas), Black Realm: Soothing Shore (All Areas)
Picross
Area 27: Stage 01
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Zapdos Sea, Castform Sea, Mewtwo SeaFinal


Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Black White   Persim Berry (50%)
Black 2 White 2   Pecha Berry (50%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
50
110 - 157 210 - 304
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
64
62 - 127 119 - 249
Total:
294
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100100% 15
011 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
044 Acid Poison Special 04040 100100% 30
088 Supersonic Normal Status 0000 05555% 20
1212 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 09595% 15
1616 Round Normal Special 06060 100100% 15
2020 Bubble Beam Water Special 06565 100100% 20
2424 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
2828 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
3232 Aqua Ring Water Status 0000 00——% 20
3636 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
4040 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 08585% 10
4444 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00——% 5
4848 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM16  TM16 Screech Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 40
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27  TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33  TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35  TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM46  TM46 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM52  TM52 Bounce Flying Physical 08585 085}}85% 5
TM53  TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TR03  TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TR04  TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR22  TR22 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR35  TR35 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR42  TR42 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR45  TR45 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TR67  TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR78  TR78 Sludge Wave Poison Special 09595 100}}100% 10
TR84  TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR91  TR91 Venom Drench Poison Status 0000 100}}100% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
      
   
Mist Ice Status —% 30
     Mud-Slap Ground Special 20 100% 10
      
 
Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
      
      
      
      
      
Water Pulse Water Special 60 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Tympole in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Tympole in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
V VI VII After You Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
V VI VII Bubble × Water Special 04040 100}}100% 30
V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
V VI VII Endeavor Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Infestation Bug Special 02020 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Mud Bomb × Ground Special 06565 085}}85% 10
V VI VII Mud Sport × Ground Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
V VI VII Refresh × Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Tympole
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Tympole
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 2.92 seconds Base HP: 48
Base Attack: 67 Base Defense: 45 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
 
PokéPark Pad entry:
Magikarp bothers them, because he acts like a king. Seismitoad is the only idol for Tympole.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Water
  Attack Power: 40 - 105   10

#403
 

Astonish
Delays your opponent's disruptions.
Skill Swapper: Spookify
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 137 Base Attack: 98 Base Defense: 78
Egg Distance: 5 km Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement:   25
Fast Attacks: Mud Shot, Bubble
Charged Attacks: Water Pulse, Mud Bomb, Sludge Wave

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Tympole
 Water 
 
Level 25
 
First evolution
Palpitoad
 Water  Ground 
 
Level 36
 
Second evolution
Seismitoad
 Water  Ground 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
   
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Tympole images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Tympole shares its category with Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Poliwrath. They are all known as the Tadpole Pokémon.
  • Although it is simulated as swimming in Pokédex 3D, Tympole does not display the bubble effect that all other Pokémon simulated in an aquatic environment, such as Eelektrik and Stunfisk, display. The reason for this is unknown.

Origin

Tympole appears to be a combination of a toad tadpole and a loudspeaker. Its spherical "speakers" were probably inspired by toads' "warts" and poison glands, as well as the common Surinam toad, an aquatic amphibian whose backs are covered in pockets that hold its eggs, or more likely, the tympanum of a real-life toad, located in the same area. It is an eardrum-like body part the toad uses to hear. Its Pokédex entry also mentions the fact that it creates vibrations underwater, also like the common Surinam. Its eyebrows resemble musical notes, specifically the quarter note, and the bumps on the side of its head are similar to headphones.

Name origin

Tympole may be a combination of timpani or tympani (a type of drum), or tympanic membrane (eardrum; referring to the bumps on each side of its head), and tadpole.

Otamaro may be a combination of おたまじゃくし otamajakushi (tadpole or musical notes) and まろ maro (an affectionate suffix or shaved eyebrows, the latter referring to the markings above its eyes).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese オタマロ Otamaro From おたまじゃくし otamajakushi and まろ maro
  French Tritonde From triton and onde
  Spanish Tympole Same as English name
  German Schallquap From Schall and Kaulquappe
  Italian Tympole Same as English name
  Korean 동챙이 Dongchaengi From 동글다 donggeulda or 동 (童) dong and 올챙이 olchaengi
  Cantonese Chinese
  Mandarin Chinese 圓蝌蚪 / 圆蝌蚪 Yuánkēdǒu Literally "Round tadpole".


External links


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