|#170|| Volt Absorb/Illuminate|
|1'8" (0.5m)||26.5 lbs. (12kg)|
|Male: 50%||Female: 50%|
|Evolves From||Evolves Into|
|Egg Group||Catch Rate|
|NFE||1 HP Point|
Chinchou can use one of two Abilities: Volt Absorb which allows Chinchou to heal up to 25% of it's maximum Hit Points should it get hit by an Electric-Type attack, or Illuminate, which increases the likelihood of encountering Wild Pokémon.
A third Ability is available to Chinchou that come from the Dream World, the Water Absorb Ability. Similar to Volt Absorb, this Ability also restores up to 25% of its HP, but only if it gets hit by a Water-Type attack.
Chinchou gain the opportunity to evolve into Lanturn starting at Level 27.
Chinchou is in the Water 2 Egg Group, and its Egg will hatch after 5,120 steps. It takes 1,250,000 Experience Points for Chinchou to reach Level 100.
Chinchou is a small, round, blue angler Pokémon with a pair of tiny light-blue fins and two small blue feet. It has two antennae that are positioned on its rear like two tails, at the end of each antenna is a yellow teardrop-shaped orb. This Pokémon's eyes have unique pupils that are shaped like plus signs.
Chinchou doesn't have any differences to differentiate between male and female.
Chinchou can be found by fishing at New Bark Town, Olivine Harbor, Union Cave, Cinnabar Island, Pallet Town, Vermilion City, and Routes 26 & 27 in Gold, Silver and Crystal. In addition to these locations, Chinchou also appears at Routes 20, 21, 41 and 47 in Heart Gold and Soul Silver, but Olivine Harbor only features Chinchou in Generation II.
Instead of finding it by fishing, Chinchou appear in the Underwater sections of Routes 124 and 126 in Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. Fishing becomes necessary to find Chinchou in the Generation IV games Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, as Chinchou can be found by fishing with the Super Rod at Route 220.
Chinchou appears at Secret Storage 12, Endless Level 9, Trozei Battle and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
Chinchou appears at Silver Trench 70F-79F in the first round of Mystery Dungeon games. Chinchou appears at Miracle Sea at random from B1-B18 & DPB1-DPB4 in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky.
Chinchou appears at Jade Lake in Dungeon Stormy Adventure Squad from B1 to B12.
Chinchou appears at Puel Sea in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Chinchou returns in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, appearing in the area in which the current runs rapidly and the dark area of Coral Sea, and the lower right room & dark room of the Undersea Cavern at the Eastern Sea.
In both Pokémon Ranger games in which Chinchou appears in, its movement is restricted to the oceans. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Chinchou and its evolved form Lanturn can illuminate the surroundings of the player in dark areas.
Trading Card Game
Chinchou appears in a total of 13 sets and a McDonalds Promo. Chinchou is listed as a Common Card in the Neo Genesis, Neo Revelation, Aquapolis (2), EX Team Magma VS Team Aqua, EX Hidden Legends (2), EX Unseen Forces, EX Legend Maker, EX Power Keepers, Legends Awakened (2) and Unleashed sets.
Chinchou first appeared in Takin' it on the Chinchou! under the ownership of Dayton.
Chinchou were first seen in Volume 8, encountered by Gold during his search for his Poliwag.
Misty is later seen with a Chinchou in Volume 12, using it to light up the area behind the Tohjo Falls.
Chinchou is in the NFE tier due to the result of being a first-stage Pokémon.
Generation III Exclusive Moves
Via Move Tutor (Fire Red/Leaf Green)
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
Via Move Tutor
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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