Competitive Information for Poliwag [Red/Blue]

Competitive Pokemon Red/Blue Movesets and Strategies for Poliwag poliwag
Base Stats for Poliwag

Water


Evolutions / Family:
Poliwag
Poliwhirl
Poliwrath

Weakness Chart for Water-type:
Bug
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
  
  
2x
  
0.5x
  
  
2x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Water
  
0.5x
  
  
  
  
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Poliwag? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Red/Blue Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Red/Blue generation metagame.


Poliwag is a notable Water-typed Pokemon. Poliwag is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. There were no known abilities or equippable items back in the Red/Blue Pokemon games. Poliwag's only type-related weaknesses are Electric and Grass.


Species: Poliwag
Moveset:
- Double-Edge / Body Slam
- Toxic
- Hypnosis
- Substitute

Physical Sweeper Poliwag (Retro)

Poliwag is a pretty decent Physical Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Generation one was a completely different game from what it is now. In the old days before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.

Double-Edge is a physical 100-base power Normal-type move (has 1/4 recoil).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).
Hypnosis is a status move (causes the target to fall asleep).
Substitute is a status move (Poliwag takes 1/4 its max hp to put in a substitute).




Species: Poliwag
Moveset:
- Surf / Bubble Beam
- Blizzard / Ice Beam
- Psychic
- Toxic

Special Sweeper Poliwag (Retro)

Poliwag is an awesome Special Sweeper. It's purpose is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Out of the original 151, Poliwag was quite something to try to play with in the first generation meta. Remember prior to Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type.

Surf is a special STAB-boosted 95-base power Water-type move that deals a mighty amount of damage.
Bubble Beam is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Water-type move (33% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Blizzard is a special 120-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Ice Beam is a special 95-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (33% chance to lower the target's special by 1 stage).
Toxic is a status move (badly poisons the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Poliwag learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Blizzard
120
90%
5
10% chance to freeze the target.
Bubble
20
100%
30
33% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Bubble Beam
65
100%
20
33% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Hydro Pump
120
80%
5
No additional effect.
Ice Beam
95
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Psychic
90
100%
10
33% chance to lower the target's Special by 1.
Psywave
??
80%
15
Random damage from 1 to (user's level*1.5 - 1).
Surf
95
100%
15
No additional effect.
Water Gun
40
100%
25
No additional effect.
Bide
--
--
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Double Slap
15
85%
10
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
100
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Rage
20
100%
20
Lasts forever. Raises user's Attack by 1 when hit.
Skull Bash
100
100%
15
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Special by 2.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Hypnosis
--
60%
20
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Mimic
--
--
10
Random move known by the target replaces this.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a Substitute.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Poliwag can perform in Red/Blue. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive RB Move and Ability Combos for Poliwag

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