Prinplup's Torrent Ability increases the power of its Water type attacks when its HP falls below a third of its maximum, while its Dream World Ability Defiant increases its Attack Statistic by two stages whenever one of its stats are lowered, excluding stat deductions that are self-inflicted or caused by an allied Pokémon's attack.
Prinplup takes on the appearance of a blue penguin with very strong wings.
Prinplup has no distinguished features that make it appear male or female.
Prinplup can only be obtained by evolving a Piplup, which is consistent across all the games in the Main Series in which Prinplup can appear in.
Prinplup is obtained at Hia Valley in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Prinplup in the early portions of Mt. Sorbet in the Present, and in the Ice Temple Mission Round and Round! Find the Floor! by completing the mission with an S Rank in the Past.
Prinplup can be found at Fontaine in Pokémon Conquest.
Trading Card Game
Prinplup appears in only three sets and a Japan-Only Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Promo. Prinplup is listed as an Uncommon Card in the Diamond and Pearl, Majestic Dawn and Platinum sets.
Prinplup has yet to appear in any of the films as of writing.
Lady Platinum Berlitz' Piplup would evolve into a Prinplup during Manga Chapter 346.
Prinplup is in the PU tier of competitive battling. With access to both Stealth Rock and Defog, Prinplup is capable of compressing roles and act as a solid utility Pokémon that can remove entry hazards and set them up as well. Prinplup sets itself apart from other Stealth Rock users like Golem and Camerupt with its resistances to Water and Ice as well as its ability to threaten out opposing Stealth Rock users with Scald. As a bulky mono Water-type Defog user, it separates itself from Lumineon thanks to having Stealth Rock and having better bulk thanks to Eviolite. Prinplup suffers from a lack of recovery, which limits its ability to consistently function as a utility Pokémon. It is also easily overwhelmed by offensive pressure from strong attackers like Stoutland and Ursaring. It relies heavily on Eviolite for its bulk, which is problematic if it is hit by Knock Off. Prinplup is passive and relies on Scald burns, which can lead to it being set up bait, especially against Grass-types like Roselia.
Prinplup is also viable in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. It is unique in the regard in that it is the only viable Pokémon with access to both Stealth Rock and Defog, which makes it work as a capable support Pokémon. It is also not weak to Stealth Rock unlike certain other Defog users, which combined with its nice bulk thanks to Eviolite makes it a relatively reliable entry hazard remover. Its Water typing gives it a great matchup against certain Stealth Rock users like Rhydon and Steelix. However, Prinplup is passive in nature and can be taken advantage of against the likes of Ludicolo, Lilligant, and Abomasnow. It lacks reliable recovery, which makes it prone to being worn down rather easily from repeated attacks, status, and entry hazards. Prinplup has a rather poor matchup against offense teams that pressure it constantly from doing its role effectively.
Via Move Tutor
All Generation 5 Games
Black 2/White 2 Exclusive Moves
Piplup Exclusive Moves
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM03: Water Pulse
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM58: Endure
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Defog (Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Only)
Via Move Tutor (Heart Gold/Soul Silver)
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