Poliwrath can use one of two Abilities: Water Absorb, which restores up to 25% of its Maximum HP should it get hit with a Water-Type move; or Damp, which prevents Self-Destruct and Explosion from working whilst in battle. Its Hidden Ability is Swift Swim, which doubles its Speed during periods of heavy rain.
Poliwrath is in the Water 1 Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Poliwrath 1,059,860 Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Poliwrath looks much similar to its previous stage Poliwhirl. It seems to be taller and appears to have more muscle. Poliwrath seems to look more fierce than its previous form, even though they don't have any huge differences, possibly because of its larger size and its intimidating glare.
Poliwrath has no gender differences.
Through the first four Generations, the only way to obtain a Poliwrath is to evolve a Poliwhirl.
Poliwrath can be found at Challenger's Cave, Giant Chasm, Victory Road and Wellspring Cave in Black and White by Fishing at Shaking Spots. In Black 2 and White 2, Poliwrath can be found at Route 23, Clay Tunnel, Giant Chasm, Relic Passage and Wellspring Cave, also by Fishing at Shaking Spots.
In Pokémon X and Y, Poliwrath can be found in the wild at Victory Road by fishing with a Super Rod. In Pokémon Sun and Moon, it can be caught at Malie Garden when called on in an S.O.S. Battle while it is raining during the day.
Poliwrath makes appearances at Endless Level 9, Pair Trozei, Forever Level 58 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
The only way to obtain a Poliwrath in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games is to evolve a Poliwhirl. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Poliwrath can be found at End Lake B1-B24. Poliwrath is in all three versions of Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at each area's Element-themed and Legendary-themed areas.
Poliwrath can be found at Panulla Cave and Pokémon Ranger, its lone appearance in the Pokémon Ranger series as of writing.in
Poliwrath can be found at Everspring Valley Lake 4-2 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Poliwrath is listed in 10 different sets. It is listed as a Common Card in the Versus set; and as a Rare Card in the Base, Gym Heroes, Neo Discovery (2), Expedition (2), Skyridge, EX FireRed and LeafGreen, EX Unseen Forces, Legends Awakened and Unleashed sets.
A Poliwrath owned by a trainer named Tad would hit Ash's Charizard with an Ice Beam in Charizard Chills, rendering it immobile. Without any Freeze Heal, it was up to Ash and company to try and defrost the frozen Charizard. As a result of this effort Charizard learned to obey Ash, having earned its trust, and would defeat Poliwrath in a rematch.
Poliwrath has yet to appear in any of the films, but Wild Poliwrath make an appearance in the Pikachu Short "Pikachu's Vacation."
Red's Poliwhirl evolved into a Poliwrath after Lt. Surge threw Red off the S.S. Anne as a result of a Water Stone that was laying on the bottom of Vermillion Bay. Since then, "Poli" made a number of appearances throughout the Manga.
Chuck also appears with a Poliwrath of his own in Chapter 122.
Poliwrath finds itself in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. With a solid defensive typing that offers resistances to Dark, Ice, Bug, Steel, and Rock-type attacks to go along with a Water-type immunity thanks to Water Absorb, Poliwrath has a very useful typing to work with. Its typing also offers a lot offensively, as it has solid neutral coverage between its STAB attacks. It has good overall bulk, allowing for it to check threats like Swords Dance Samurott, Aggron, Klinklang, Barbaracle, and Rhydon. Its best set is a bulky special attacker set with Leftovers which makes it a decent offensive threat and takes advantage of Poliwrath's good special movepool which includes special priority in Vacuum Wave. However, Poliwrath is rather unimpressive offensively even with full investment due to a mediocre base 70 Special Attack and not much to work with on the physical side, so it relies on super effective coverage to do significant damage. It also does not match up well against offensive Fire types and has some troubling weaknesses to Flying, Grass, Psychic, and Electric attacks.
Poliwrath is also usable in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. With great bulk and a solid typing to work with, Poliwrath is capable of handling both physical and special attackers. It can check threats like Scrafty and Houndoom with relative ease due to its typing, and its access to Circle Throw allows for it to phaze out opposing foes, making it not as easy to set up on. However, Poliwrath is weak to the common Grass and Psychic attacks, and it is relatively passive, making it so that Pokémon like Venusaur and Meloetta can switch in without too much trouble. It also lacks reliable recovery and has to use RestTalk if it wants any form of recovery whatsoever.
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