Buckle up, trainers! We’re about to unravel the shell-tastic secrets of Squirtle, the water-type Pokémon that’s been making waves since Generation 1.
From its inception by the talented Atsuko Nishida to its unexpected journey as a mega-evolving superstar, Squirtle’s story is chock-full of surprises.
So, get ready to wade through an ocean of fun facts that’ll leave you amazed.
Being a water-type Pokémon, Squirtle has weaknesses against grass and electric moves. If you’re looking to gain an edge against Squirtle, consider Pokémon like Kartana, Zekrom, and Thundurus.
In the Pokémon anime, Gary Oak, Ash Ketchum’s rival, chose Squirtle as his starter Pokémon. He claimed it was the best among all starter Pokémon.
Gary wasn’t wrong – Squirtle is arguably the most powerful starter from the Generation 1 Pokémon games. It all boils down to water-type Pokémon being great against numerous types, including rock-type Pokémon, which are tough to beat.
In the very first anime episode, Ash Ketchum, Pokémon’s protagonist, wanted Squirtle as his first Pokémon. He didn’t arrive at Professor Oak’s lab on time and received Pikachu instead.
Squirtle’s name combines “squirt” and “turtle.” It’s worth noting that Squirtle was originally called Zenigame in Japanese.
In the anime, Squirtle didn’t evolve. However, in the games, Squirtle evolves into Wartortle at level 16 and Blastoise at level 36.
Squirtle can mega-evolve into two forms: Mega Blastoise and Gigantamax Blastoise.
Squirtle is a playable character in Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate games.
The 12th episode of the anime’s first season introduces us to the Squirtle Squad, a group of abandoned Squirtle left behind by their trainers. These mischievous Squirtles are easily identified by the variety of cool black sunglasses they wear.
Ash’s Squirtle was originally the leader of the Squirtle Squad. After leaving the squad, he became Ash’s 6th Pokémon.
In the 31st episode of the anime’s third season, Ash’s Squirtle reunites with the Squirtle Squad in a firefighting competition.
Squirtle’s shell is pretty handy. It acts as a shelter that it can hide inside when endangered. It also minimizes water resistance, allowing Squirtle to swim faster!
Squirtle is the 7th Pokémon in the National Pokédex, the database of all known Pokémon.
Squirtle stands at just 1 foot and 8 inches (0.5 meters) tall and weighs 19.8 pounds (9 kilograms).
Wild Squirtles don’t appear in Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. However, you can get a free Squirtle in Pokémon Yellow when you visit Vermilion City.
In Pokémon Go, a shiny Squirtle has a lighter blue shade and a pale green shell instead of brown. Shiny Pokémon are rare versions of Pokémon that are colored differently than the original one.
Puma collaborated with Pokémon in 2022, using characters like Charmander, Gengar, Pikachu, and Squirtle. Each Pokémon had its own dedicated Puma shoe model; Squirtle’s was the classic Puma Suede.
In 2001, Squirtle appeared on the coins of Niue, a small island near New Zealand. These coins featured Pokémon, Disney, and Star Wars designs.
In the Japanese version of the anime, Squirtle is voiced by Rikako Aikawa. In the English version, two voice artists voiced the water-type Pokémon: Eric Stuart and Michele Knotz.
Squirtle has swum its way into our hearts with its uniqueness and charm.
Whether leading the mischievous Squirtle Squad, reuniting with old pals, or even inspiring a fashion collaboration, this Pokémon proves that its shell is as full of surprises as its watery prowess.
So, as you embark on more Pokémon adventures, don’t forget the tales of Squirtle and its aquatic escapades!