Whirlpool (move)

Whirlpool
うずしお Whirl Tide
Whirlpool VIII.png
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Type  Water
Category  Special
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  35
Accuracy  85%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.

Whirlpool (Japanese: うずしお Whirl Tide) is a damage-dealing Water-type move introduced in Generation II. It was HM06 in Generation II and HM05 in HeartGold and SoulSilver. It is TM36 in Generation VIII.

Effect

In battle

Generation II

Whirlpool inflicts 1/16 of the target's maximum HP as damage for two to five turns upon use, in addition to the damage dealt when it is used. The text "<Pokémon> was trapped!" will appear. It also traps the target, preventing switching and escape. If the user switches out, the target will be freed. If a trapped Pokémon uses Rapid Spin, it will be freed.

Whirlpool has a power of 15 and an accuracy of 70.

Generations III and IV

Whirlpool can hit Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turn of Dive, and if it does, it will have its power doubled.

If a wild Pokémon uses Whirlpool on the player's Pokémon, the player may escape if the affected Pokémon has Run Away or is holding a Smoke Ball. However, these do not allow the player to switch the Pokémon out. The text also changes to "<Pokémon> was trapped in the vortex!"

If the user of Whirlpool is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will always be 5 turns. Also, if an affected Pokémon is holding a Shed Shell, it can switch out.

Whirlpool can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra three appeal points if the move Rain Dance was used in the prior turn.

Generation V

Whirlpool's power and accuracy were increased to 35 and 85 respectively, and it now lasts for four to five turns. In addition, if the user of Whirlpool is holding a Binding Band, it inflicts 1/8 of the target's maximum HP instead of 1/16 when the target is trapped. If the user of Clamp is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will be 7 turns.

If Whirlpool hits Pokémon during the semi-invulnerable turn of Dive, now technically the damage will be doubled, resulting in virtually the same effect.

Generation VI onward

The end-of-turn damage of Whirlpool is increased from 1/16 to 1/8 of the target's maximum HP. If the user is holding a Binding Band, the end-of-turn damage will increase to 1/6 of the target's maximum HP. Ghost-type Pokémon cannot be trapped by Whirlpool.

Outside of battle

Generation II

Whirlpool clears whirlpools in the field while surfing.

Generation IV

In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Whirlpool allows the user to cross whirlpools on the field, instead of clearing them away as it did in Generation II.

Areas in which Whirlpool is usable

Region Area
Kanto Route 27
Johto Route 41, granting access to the Whirl Islands
Dragon's Den

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Lasts two to five turns. Foe becomes trapped in a vortex, making it impossible to switch.
GSC Traps the foe for 2-5 turns.
RSE Traps and hurts the foe in a whirlpool for 2 to 5 turns.
Colo.XD Traps and hurts target in a whirlpool for 2 to 5 turns.
FRLG The foe is trapped in a fast, vicious whirlpool for two to five turns.
DPPtPBR The user traps the foe inside a fast, vicious whirlpool that lasts for two to five turns.
HGSS Traps the foe inside a whirlpool that lasts for two to five turns. The user can pass through whirlpools.*
Traps foes in a violent swirling whirlpool. It can also be used to traverse whirlpools.*
BWB2W2 Traps foes in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user traps the target in a violent swirling whirlpool for four to five turns.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
090   Shellder
  Water 3 Water 3 37 40 40 40 16
091   Cloyster
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 1
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon 4
230   Kingdra
 
 
Water 1 Dragon 1
258   Mudkip
  Monster Water 1 33 33 33 33 33
320   Wailmer
  Field Water 2 19 14 14 14XY
13ORAS
13 27
321   Wailord
  Field Water 2 19 14 14 14XY
13ORAS
13 27
366   Clamperl
  Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1 1 1
367   Huntail
  Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1 1 1
368   Gorebyss
  Water 1 Water 1 1 1 1 1 1
393   Piplup
  Water 1 Field 32 32 32 32
394   Prinplup
  Water 1 Field 37 37 37 37
395   Empoleon
 
 
Water 1 Field 39 39 39 39
418   Buizel
  Water 1 Field 36 36BW
31B2W2
31 31
419   Floatzel
  Water 1 Field 39 39BW
35B2W2
35 35
456   Finneon
  Water 2 Water 2 38 38 38 38
457   Lumineon
  Water 2 Water 2 42 42 42 42
489   Phione
  Water 1 Fairy 39 39 39 39
490   Manaphy
  Water 1 Fairy 39 39 39 39
592   Frillish
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 36
593   Jellicent
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 36
594   Alomomola
  Water 1 Water 2 49
781   Dhelmise
 
 
Mineral Mineral 27 32
788   Tapu Fini
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 14
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By HM/TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
HM06
III
--
IV
HM05
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
TM36
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1 HGSS
008   Wartortle
  Monster Water 1 HGSS
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1 HGSS
031   Nidoqueen
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
034   Nidoking
 
 
Monster Field HGSS
054   Psyduck
  Water 1 Field HGSS
055   Golduck
  Water 1 Field HGSS
060   Poliwag
  Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
061   Poliwhirl
  Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
062   Poliwrath
 
 
Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
072   Tentacool
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
073   Tentacruel
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
079   Slowpoke
 
 
Monster Water 1 HGSS
079   Slowpoke
Galarian Form
  Monster Water 1
080   Slowbro
 
 
Monster Water 1 HGSS
080   Slowbro
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
086   Seel
  Water 1 Field HGSS
087   Dewgong
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
090   Shellder
  Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
091   Cloyster
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
098   Krabby
  Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
099   Kingler
  Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
108   Lickitung
  Monster Monster HGSS
112   Rhydon
 
 
Monster Field HGSS
115   Kangaskhan
  Monster Monster HGSS
116   Horsea
  Water 1 Dragon HGSS
117   Seadra
  Water 1 Dragon HGSS
118   Goldeen
  Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
119   Seaking
  Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
120   Staryu
  Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 HGSS
128   Tauros
  Field Field HGSS
130   Gyarados
 
 
Water 2 Dragon HGSS
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1 HGSS
134   Vaporeon
  Field Field HGSS
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
139   Omastar
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster HGSS
147   Dratini
  Water 1 Dragon HGSS
148   Dragonair
  Water 1 Dragon HGSS
149   Dragonite
 
 
Water 1 Dragon HGSS
151   Mew
  Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
158   Totodile
  Monster Water 1 HGSS
159   Croconaw
  Monster Water 1 HGSS
160   Feraligatr
  Monster Water 1 HGSS
161   Sentret
  Field Field HGSS
162   Furret
  Field Field HGSS
170   Chinchou
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
171   Lanturn
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
183   Marill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy HGSS
184   Azumarill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy HGSS
186   Politoed
  Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
194   Wooper
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
195   Quagsire
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
199   Slowking
 
 
Monster Water 1 HGSS
199   Slowking
Galarian Form
 
 
Monster Water 1
211   Qwilfish
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
215   Sneasel
 
 
Field Field HGSS
222   Corsola
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
222   Corsola
Galarian Form
  Water 1 Water 3
223   Remoraid
  Water 1 Water 2 HGSS
224   Octillery
  Water 1 Water 2 HGSS
226   Mantine
 
 
Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
230   Kingdra
 
 
Water 1 Dragon HGSS
241   Miltank
  Field Field HGSS
245   Suicune
  Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
248   Tyranitar
 
 
Monster Monster HGSS
249   Lugia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
258   Mudkip
  Monster Water 1 HGSS
259   Marshtomp
 
 
Monster Water 1 HGSS
260   Swampert
 
 
Monster Water 1 HGSS
263   Zigzagoon
  Field Field HGSS
263   Zigzagoon
Galarian Form
 
 
Field Field
264   Linoone
  Field Field HGSS
264   Linoone
Galarian Form
 
 
Field Field
270   Lotad
 
 
Water 1 Grass HGSS
271   Lombre
 
 
Water 1 Grass HGSS
272   Ludicolo
 
 
Water 1 Grass HGSS
279   Pelipper
 
 
Water 1 Flying HGSS
295   Exploud
  Monster Field HGSS
296   Makuhita
  Human-Like Human-Like HGSS
297   Hariyama
  Human-Like Human-Like HGSS
298   Azurill
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster HGSS
318   Carvanha
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
319   Sharpedo
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
320   Wailmer
  Field Water 2 HGSS
321   Wailord
  Field Water 2 HGSS
339   Barboach
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
340   Whiscash
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
342   Crawdaunt
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 HGSS
349   Feebas
  Water 1 Dragon HGSS
350   Milotic
  Water 1 Dragon HGSS
363   Spheal
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
364   Sealeo
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
365   Walrein
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
366   Clamperl
  Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
367   Huntail
  Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
368   Gorebyss
  Water 1 Water 1 HGSS
369   Relicanth
 
 
Water 1 Water 2 HGSS
370   Luvdisc
  Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
380   Latias
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
381   Latios
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
382   Kyogre
  Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
384   Rayquaza
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
393   Piplup
  Water 1 Field HGSS
394   Prinplup
  Water 1 Field HGSS
395   Empoleon
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
400   Bibarel
 
 
Water 1 Field HGSS
409   Rampardos
  Monster Monster HGSS
418   Buizel
  Water 1 Field HGSS
419   Floatzel
  Water 1 Field HGSS
422   Shellos
  Water 1 Amorphous HGSS
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous HGSS
445   Garchomp
 
 
Monster Dragon HGSS
446   Munchlax
  Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
456   Finneon
  Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
457   Lumineon
  Water 2 Water 2 HGSS
458   Mantyke
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
461   Weavile
 
 
Field Field HGSS
463   Lickilicky
  Monster Monster HGSS
464   Rhyperior
 
 
Monster Field HGSS
484   Palkia
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
489   Phione
  Water 1 Fairy HGSS
490   Manaphy
  Water 1 Fairy HGSS
493   Arceus
  Undiscovered Undiscovered HGSS
550   Basculin
  Water 2 Water 2
564   Tirtouga
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
565   Carracosta
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
592   Frillish
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
593   Jellicent
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
689   Barbaracle
 
 
Water 3 Water 3
728   Popplio
  Water 1 Field
729   Brionne
  Water 1 Field
730   Primarina
 
 
Water 1 Field
746   Wishiwashi
  Water 2 Water 2
781   Dhelmise
 
 
Mineral Mineral
788   Tapu Fini
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
816   Sobble
  Water 1 Field
817   Drizzile
  Water 1 Field
818   Inteleon
  Water 1 Field
833   Chewtle
  Monster Water 1
834   Drednaw
 
 
Monster Water 1
845   Cramorant
 
 
Water 1 Flying
846   Arrokuda
  Water 2 Water 2
847   Barraskewda
  Water 2 Water 2
853   Grapploct
  Water 1 Human-Like
862   Obstagoon
 
 
Field Field
864   Cursola
  Water 1 Water 3
875   Eiscue
  Water 1 Field
882   Dracovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
883   Arctovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
892   Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
170   Chinchou
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
258   Mudkip
  Monster Water 1
339   Barboach
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
550   Basculin
  Water 2 Water 2
564   Tirtouga
 
 
Water 1 Water 3
746   Wishiwashi
  Water 2 Water 2 USUM
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Whirlpool is a move with base power of 2, 17PP and 78% accuracy. It hits enemy in the front, and has a 10% chance of inflicting the Constriction status condition on an opponent. As in main series, Whirlpool can hit a Pokémon in middle of Dive for double the damage.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also cause constriction, making the foe incapable of movement. Inflicts double damage on a diving foe.
MDTD Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Constriction status condition, making it incapable of movement. It will inflict double damage on a diving target.
MDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Constriction status condition, making it incapable of movement. It will inflict double damage on a Diving target.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで しめつけじょうたいにして いどうできなくする ダイビングじょうたいの ポケモンには 2ばいのダメージをあたえる
MDGtI  UNUSED
SMD It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Whirlpool status condition. It can hit a Pokémon in the Dive status condition.


In the anime

       
Lugia Floatzel Piplup Dhelmise
The user traps the foe inside a fast, vicious whirlpool. It appears much stronger than in the games.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Lugia Lugia dives in the water and its eyes glow white. Then, it spins around and raises up to the surface. As it goes above the water, the whirlpool turns into a cyclone.
Lugia (M02) The Power of One Debut
  Mantine Mantine spins around the opponent quickly while underwater, creating a whirlpool.
Molly's Mantine Spell of the Unown: Entei None
  Rhydon Rhydon dives underwater, faces the opponent, and spins its horn like a drill, creating a whirlpool that sucks up the opponent.
Pietra's Rhydon Right On, Rhydon! None
  Gyarados Gyarados swims around the opponent quickly and creates a whirlpool, or Gyarados points its tail at the opponent and waves it around in circles, creating a whirlpool.
Misty's Gyarados Cerulean Blues None
A wild Gyarados Sandshrew's Locker! None
  Piplup Piplup's body glows a blueish-white color and it raises its arms and beak to the air. It then opens its beak and a huge whirlpool comes out of it and forms above Piplup. Piplup then throws the whirlpool at the opponent. While in the water, Piplup's body glows multicolored, and a whirlpool forms around it, or Piplup spins its body and glowing white water appears and forms around Piplup's body. The water's glow fades and spins with Piplup, turning into a whirlpool. Piplup then spins into the opponent. Piplup can also change the size of the whirlpool by choice. When Piplup is near the water, after it forms the whirlpool, it throws it at the water in front of the opponent, creating a large water vortex that sucks the opponent up.
Dawn's Piplup Getting the Pre-Contest Titters! None
Piplup of Team Poképals Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness None
Verity's Piplup I Choose You! None
  Floatzel Floatzel raises its arms and a large whirlpool appears above its head. Floatzel then throws the whirlpool at the opponent.
Crasher Wake's Floatzel A Crasher Course in Power! None
Kenny's Floatzel Last Call - First Round! None
  Dhelmise Dhelmise spins around and creates a large whirlpool around its body.
A wild Dhelmise Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence! None
  Empoleon Empoleon raises its arms and a large whirlpool appears above its head. Empoleon then throws the whirlpool at the opponent.
Professor Kukui's Empoleon A Full Battle Bounty! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

In battle

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Outside of battle

Trivia

  • Although it is the first of three moves to lose HM status, it is also the first former HM to regain that status.
  • If a player teaches a Pokémon Whirlpool by HM in HeartGold and SoulSilver and trades it to Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum, the Pokémon can be freely imported to Black and White via the Poké Transfer, due to Whirlpool not being needed outside of battle in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. The same can be done with Defog by transferring a Pokémon that learned it by HM in Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum to HeartGold or SoulSilver.
  • This move was Poliwrath's attack (as うずしお / Whirl Tide in Japanese and as Whirlpool in English) in the Base Set set of the TCG prior to being introduced in Generation II of the games.
  • Dhelmise is the only Pokémon to learn Whirlpool by level-up that is not Water-type. It does, however, reside in water habitats. Only Water-type Pokémon learn Whirlpool as an egg move.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 潮旋 Chìuhsyùhn
Mandarin 潮旋 Cháoxuán
  Czech Vodopád
  Dutch Draaikolk
  Finnish Poreallas*
  French Siphon
  German Whirlpool
  Greek Δίνη Díni
  Hindi पानी का भवर Paani Ki Bhanwar
भवंडर Bawandar
  Indonesian Pusaran Air
  Italian Mulinello
  Korean 바다회오리 Bada Hoe'ori
  Polish Wir Wodny*
Wir*
Wirowanie*
Portuguese   Brazil Redemoinho
  Portugal Remoinho
  Romanian Vâltoarea
  Serbian Vodeni Vrtlog
Spanish   Latin America Remolino
  Spain Torbellino
  Swedish Strömvirvel
  Vietnamese Xoáy Nước




Variations of the move Clamp
  ClampSand Tomb
  Fire SpinWhirlpool


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
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Generation IV TMs
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Generation IV HMs
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Generation VIII TMs
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Generation VIII TRs
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