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ゼニガメ Zenigame
Tiny Turtle Pokémon
Ability Gender
Rain Dish (Hidden)
12.5% ♀
87.5% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Blue Monster
Water 1
Weight Height
19.8 lbs. 9.0 kg 1'08" 0.5 m
Body style Footprint
Body06.png F007.png
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
44 48 65
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
50 64 43

Squirtle (pronunciation: SKWUR-tl) is a Water-type Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region.


Squirtle is a small, light-blue Pokémon with an appearance similar to that of a turtle. Like turtles, Squirtle has a shell that covers its body with holes that allow its limbs, tail, and head to be exposed. Unlike a turtle, Squirtle is ordinarily bipedal. Squirtle is seen in the WiiWare games Pokémon Rumble and My Pokémon Ranch.

Special abilities

Squirtle has the ability Torrent, which boosts the power of its water type attacks by 150%, if its health drops to 33% or below.

Squirtle also has the natural ability to shoot water from its mouth, which is where the bulk of its attacks comes from.


Squirtle evolves into Wartortle at level 16 and again at level 36 into Blastoise.

In the anime

File:Squirtle Squad.png
The Squirtle Squad

Ash Ketchum owns a Squirtle, which he obtained in the episode Here Comes the Squirtle Squad. The Squirtle Squad was a group of Squirtle that were causing a number of disruptions in a small town. It wasn't until Ash arrived that they turned from doing bad to doing good, by becoming a firefighting squad. The leader then joined Ash, then much later returned to the squad and is currently where it is located. It does come back every now and then, to help Ash in a battle. Additionally, as revealed in the first episode, Ash wanted to have a Squirtle as his starter Pokémon.

May gets a Squirtle on The Place at the Right Mime. While in Pallet Town, the baby Squirtle became attached to May and Professor Oak let her keep it.

Squirtle using Water Gun

It was revealed in the episode The Ties That Bind that Gary Oak chose Squirtle as his starter Pokémon, as he had a fully evolved Blastoise.

Professor Oak is seen with other Squirtles in Journey to the Starting Line! and A Six Pack Attack.

Game info

Squirtle is a starter option in Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Green, and, more recently, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. A Squirtle can also be received as a gift in Pokémon Yellow.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it is playable as part of Pokémon Trainer's team and its moves are Hydro Pump, Withdraw, Water Gun and Waterfall.


Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Yellow Received from a Cop in Vermilion City One
Gold/Silver Time Capsule None
Crystal Time Capsule None
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Diamond/ Pearl Trade None
Platinum Trade None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red One
Black/White Poké Transfer, Dream World None
Black 2/White 2 Poké Transfer, Dream World None
X/Y Received as a gift from Professor Sycamore after battling him One

Pokédex entries

Red After birth, its back swells and hardens into a shell. Powerfully sprays foam from its mouth. 
Yellow Shoots water at prey while in the water. Withdraws into its shell when in danger. 
Stadium It takes time for the shell to form and harden after hatching. It sprays foam powerfully from its mouth.
Gold The shell is soft when it is born. It soon becomes so resilient, prodding fingers will bounce off it. 
Stadium 2 
Silver The shell, which hardens soon after it is born, is resilient. If you poke it, it will bounce back out. 
Crystal When it feels threatened, it draws its legs inside its shell and sprays water from its mouth.
Ruby Squirtle's shell is not merely used for protection. The shell's rounded shape and the grooves on its surface help minimize resistance in water, enabling this Pokémon to swim at high speeds. 
Emerald Its shell is not just for protection. Its rounded shape and the grooves on its surface minimize resistance in water, enabling Squirtle to swim at high speeds.
FireRed When it retracts its long neck into its shell, it squirts out water with vigorous force.
Diamond It shelters itself in its shell, then strikes back with spouts of water at every opportunity. 
Black 2 
White 2 

Spin-off game data

Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
No. Pokémon Group Field Move Poké Assist
R-011 PR Squirtle Sprite.png Squirtle Water SOA Soak 1.png Soak 1 SOA Water.png Water
Capture Points* On Sight**
77 Runs away.
Browser Entry
It attacks by squirting water from its mouth.
* - This is the amount of points required to capture the Pokémon.
** - This is the reaction of the Pokémon when players approach it.


Generation I

Main article: Squirtle/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Squirtle/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Squirtle/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Squirtle/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical

4 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status

7 Bubble 20 100% 30 Water Special

10 Withdraw -% 40 Water Status

13 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special

16 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical

19 Rapid Spin 20 100% 40 Normal Physical

22 Protect - -% 10 Normal Status

25 Water Pulse 60 100% 20 Water Special

28 Aqua Tail 90 90% 10 Water Physical

31 Skull Bash 100 100% 15 Normal Physical

34 Iron Defense - -% 15 Steel Status

37 Rain Dance - -% 5 Water Status

40 Hydro Pump 120 80% 5 Water Special

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


I Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 007 front.png Squirtle Y.png GR 007 front.png Squirtle Back I.png
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Squirtle G.png Squirtle S.png Squirtle C.gif Squirtle Back II.png
Squirtle Shiny G.png Squirtle Shiny S.png Squirtle Shiny C.gif Squirtle Shiny Back II.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Squirtle RS.png Squirtle E.gif File:Squirtle(FRLG)Sprite.png Squirtle Back III.png
Squirtle Shiny RS.png Squirtle Shiny E.gif Squirtle FRLG Shiny.png Squirtle Shiny Back III.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Squirtle(DPP)Sprite.png Squirtle(DPP)Sprite.png Squirtle HGSS.png Squirtle Back IV.png
Squirtle DPPt Shiny.png Squirtle DPPt Shiny.png Squirtle Shiny HGSS.png Squirtle Shiny Back IV.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Squirtle BW.gif Squirtle BW Back.gif
Shiny Squirtle BW.gif Shiny Squirtle BW Back.gif


  • English: Squirtle's English name can possibly both be a combination of the words "turtle", and "squirt" Turtle would be the animal it's based of off and squirt means to spray water or small, or a combination between the words 'turtle", and "squirrel" considering it's tail looks similar to a squirrel.
  • Japanese: ゼニガメ (Zenigame in Romaji) came from the Japanese words Zeni (銭) which means money and Kame (亀) which means turtle.
  • French: "Carapuce" comes from the combination of the words "carapace" (shell) and "puce"(flea) which could have been used because of the "cute" connotation that this word sometimes implies when used in French (i.e: "puce" is often used to refer to a little girl).


  • Squirtle is a playable character in the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the Pokémon Trainer's three Pokémon. Ivysaur and Charizard are the other two.
  • Across the many Generations, Squirtle's sprite color has changed noticeably: in Generation I it was light blue, in Generation II it was a dark shade of blue, and finally, the color scheme from Generation III and onwards is teal.