Best Water type Pokemon in the Franchise

Best water type Pokemon characters
Everyone loves a water type Pokemon, water is one type you can choose as a starter Pokemon at the beginning of each game and offer tons of possibilities when it comes to skills and types of attack in battle. It's fair to say they are decked out with some seriously cool stats too. They often make the best starters, often the cutest of the bunch and they’re definitely the ones you want around if you need to surf you way across an ocean. There are so many creative designs, borrowing aspects from different real life creatures, and some super cool backstories to geek out over too. If you are a lover of Water types, are after a totally water-based team like Cerulean City’s Misty, or identify most closely with this element you will feel right at home here. Introducing all the water critters and aquatic Pokemon from all generations you should meet... 

30. Cramorant

Best water type Pokemon characters
This dual Flying and Water type and beautiful blue bird is heavily inspired by the real-life cormorant. It was first introduced in Generation 8 and is known as the Gulp Pokémon, due to its large bill and the fact that this newer Galarian creature is an excellent fisher and will always return with fish in its mouth after a move like Surf or Dive. It can also attack with its Gulp Missile. As a Flying/Water Pokémon, Cramorant is also immune to Ground-based attacks but vulnerable to Electric-based attacks due to its double weakness to the element. It appears with sapphire blue feathers and large golden yellow bill or beak.

29. Psyduck

Best water type Pokemon characters
That cute little duck we all know and love, Psyduck can't help but melt hearts and convince anyone to do anything for it, which is kind of helpful as, although a Water-type bird, it has no actual way of flying. You may commonly know this Pokémon from the anime series, where it would commonly experience headaches on getting worked up. Its headaches are known to get progressively worse the more stressed it gets, which many can relate to! It can use intense psychic energy to overwhelm its opponents and was introduced to us in Generation 1.

28. Drednaw

Best water type Pokemon characters
Best water type Pokemon characters
From Generation 8 comes this dual Water and Rock type turtle Pokemon, known as the Bite Pokemon. Its temperment is known to be vicious and it is inspired by snapping turtles. It will rapidly extend its retractable neck to sink its sharp fangs into distant enemies and take them down. In fact, this Pokémon from the Galar region is so fierce that some trainers will release it back into the wilds after finding themselves unable to earn its trust and respect. If you do manage to tame this beast you will find yourself with a brutal fighter with the power to bite through entire buildings in his Gigantamax form, a true beast! Its jaws can shear through steel rods as if they were icing. If you haven’t picked up Sword & Shield yet then totally consider adding this guy onto your team.

27. Ludicolo

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as the Carefree Pokémon, this bipedal cheery soul loves dancing and will get start to move whenever it hears a tasty rhythm. It doesn't just wear a sombrero and know some serious moves, this Water/Grass creature can turn the tides of battle when used correctly, and it’s far more powerful than its quirky and goofy appearance lets on. It is a tanky sweeper with amazing Sp. Attack and Defense stats and benefits from moves such as Giga Drain to wear down opponents as they try endlessly to make a dent in its ever-recovering HP. A party in a Pokemon!

26. Sobble

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as a Water type Generation 8 starter and one of the cutest little bubbas in the whole Franchise, this watery chameleon hails from the Galar region and sports one of the most unique designs in the franchise. Instead of changing colors to camouflage, this adorable Pokémon can go so far as to dissolve into a body of water whenever it feels threatened! It's quite a timid soul so you might want to bring a pair of dry socks along with you on your adventures together. If it cannot dissolve in a situation it can start to cry special tears that make everyone around it begin to cry uncontrollably as well, to enable it to secretly escape! The perfect fail safe way to deal with an embarrassing situation!

25. Crawdaunt

Best water type Pokemon characters
On the other end of the spectrum is Crawdaunt, a dual Water and Dark type creature that has no need to cry. Apart from tears of rage. This ultra-violent Pokémon from the Hoenn region's favourite thing to do is aggressively taking over whatever body of water it chooses as its living space. It can accomplish this very well thanks to an incredible Attack stat that can’t be lowered thanks to its Hyper Cutter ability. It also has a nice variety of moves to learn, meaning this Water/Dark crawfish beast is a force to be reckoned with. Just don't meet it down a dark, watery alleyway.

24. Cloyster

Best water type Pokemon characters
A dual type Water and Ice Pokemon we've known since Generation 1, this little black pearl clam-like critter is a familiar face. This questionably-shaped Pokémon become infamous ever since it was introduced alongside the original 151 Pokémon. It is encased inside a light grey shell, inside a blue violet coloured casing, which not only looks interesting but offers incredible defense stat. It can also have the Skill Link ability which makes multi-strike moves such as Icicle hit as many times as possible, meaning Cloyster becomes your very own heavily-armored chip damage machine-gun. It is known as the Bivalve Pokemon.

23. Sharpedo

Best water type Pokemon characters
As its name suggests, this dual Water and Dark type critter presents as a shark - but with its tail seemingly missing! This doesn't hamper its abilities though, and even seems to make it more torpedo shaped. It is known widely as the Brutal Pokemon, which sets an ominous tone, but is right to do so. First introduced in Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire, this bully of the sea terrorizes both wildlife and seafaring vessels all over the Hoenn region thanks to its devastating jaw and ability to tackle at… well, torpedo-like speeds. Its Rough Skin ability will damage whoever lands an attack on it, and its stellar Attack, Sp. Attack and Speed mean it is brutally good at overpowering its opponents.

22. Starmie

Best water type Pokemon characters
Walking by, you might miss this jewel like, starfish shaped critter and commit it to be part of the beautiful scenery. While not every Pokémon is viable in competitive play, most of them have a special skill or purpose that will greatly benefit you while playing through each game’s story mode. Known as the Mysterious Pokemon, this little starfish is more than it seems and proves to be a massive asset to your team. Introduced in Generation 1 as a dual Water and Psychic type, it has amazing Speed and Sp. Attack along with moves like Physic, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, and Surf to blow opponents out of the water!

21. Wishiwashi

Best water type Pokemon characters
Appearances are very often deceiving and this little fish is proof of that! Deceptively small, it is known as the Demon of the Sea due to its ability to form clever formations with its kind in order to fight off strong foes. Introduced in Generation 7, it is also known as the Small Fry Pokemon. On its own it may be weak and easily preyed upon by both humans and aquatic predators but when threatened this dual Poison and Water type Pokémon can call on a mass of other Wishiwashi to form a school around it, meaning it can form a single entity in battle and greatly boost the creature’s combat capabilities. In a school formation, Wishiwashi possess incredible stats in both offensive and defensive areas.

20. Wailord

Best water type Pokemon characters
One of the biggest sea residents in the Pokemon universe and also one of Wishiwashi’s main predators is Wailord, designed being able to swallow entire schools of Wishiwashi, much like a real life whale consuming its prey. Due to its size, it is very difficult for its prey to resist and fight back, not even the biggest schools of small fry. This cross between a whale and a Zeppelin boasts the title of biggest Pokémon ever, with the highest base HP stat among non-legendary Pokémon. It also has some epic water specific moves such as Hydro Pump, alongside some very nice Attack and Sp. Attack values.

19. Manaphy

Best water type Pokemon characters
Best water type Pokemon characters
A super sweet googly eyed Water type critter that is known as the Seafaring Pokémon! Is that the reason it makes us feel all bubbly inside? This water type Pokemon was first introduced in Generation 4 as one of the many mythical creatures of the Sinnoh region. Due to its kind nature (and huge adorable googly eyes) it is capable of bonding with any Pokémon it comes across, making it a natural leader in its environment. It has perfectly balanced, very high stats and two adorable little flippers reaching out to hug you, as well as two long, floppy antennae. 

18. Omastar

Best water type Pokemon characters
This funny looking critter is a dual Water and Rock type Pokemon first introduced back in Generation 1 and known as the Spiral Pokemon. It has some stellar defense stats, not surprising with it being a shelled creature. Omastar's vast movepool, high Special Attack, and access to Shell Smash make it a threatening setup sweeper able to muscle through opponents - but is known to be incredibly slow and is thought to be extinct in the Pokemon universe due to its shell growing too large and heavy. It is the evolved form of sweet snail like critter Omanyte.

17. Tentacruel

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as the Jellyfish Pokemon, this critter is a dual Water and Poison type from Generation 1, although looks a little more like an alien squid than it does a jellyfish. It attaches on to and catches prey easily with its 80 tentacles, a sight that would surely traumatize any onlookers. In battle it proves itself as a colossal beast, its main features are its high Sp. Defense and Speed, which let it take some damage while making sure to poison its enemy with moves like Acid or Poison Jab. Its powerful Hydro Pump will wear down opponents. They can usually be found whilst surfing in the Pokemon universe and will be sure to make an impression on any fellow sea dwellers with its gel like red bulges and bright blue shell.

16. Kingdra

Best water type Pokemon characters
One of the strongest types of Pokémon in the game is Dragon-type. So much so that they had to create Fairy-types to counter their onslaught! Kingdra, a dual Water and Dragon type Pokemon that looks like a seahorse from Generation 2, is a powerful asset to have in your team. It has extremely well-rounded stats and it also possesses the unique Swift Swim ability.

15. Primarina

Best water type Pokemon characters
Is it a sea lion? Is it a mermaid? This dainty, elegant Pokemon critter is a dual Water and Fairy type and everything I aspire to be in real life. Known for its beauty, grace and sophistication, Primarina is the final evolution of Popplio, the Water-type starter from Alolan’s Generation VII. It is known as the Soloist Pokémon due to its ability to pass down a special ancient melody through generations. It is a little like a siren in a mythological sense. It treats every battle like a stage and can sing beautifully, dancing the night away and mesmerizing anyone lucky enough to see them in action.

14. Milotic

Best water type Pokemon characters
Another Pokemon that could be a fashion influencer on instagram is this beautiful Water type from Generation 3. This unique creature evolves from the startled looking Feebas, either by maximizing their beauty with Poffins or making it hold a Prism Scale while leveling up, depending on which game you’re playing. Milotic, being incredibly elegant, is lucky enough to boast an insanely high Sp. Defense and excellent HP. This is all very well complemented by a solid Sp. Attack that is better used by teaching the majestic creature Hydro Pump through a TM.

13. Golisopod

Best water type Pokemon characters
Best water type Pokemon characters
A dual Water and Bug type Pokemon from Generation 7, Golisopod is known as the Hard Scale Pokemon. Known for being able to survive in a variety of harsh environments, in the Pokémon world isopods are represented by the formidable Golisopod from the Kalos region. Due to its hard outer coating, it has extremely good defense and attack values, along with a super cool Emergency Exit ability that lets it escape unscathed and that the rest of us wish we had and are incredibly jealous of, just saying.

12. Empoleon

Best water type Pokemon characters
Best water type Pokemon characters
This Water-type starter for Generation 4 is named after Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, and its look was heavily influenced by the French leader as well as an Emperor penguin. If you ever wanted to see the two fused together, you are in luck. It is a dual Water and Steel type creature with epic Sp. Attack and Sp. Defense abilities. In short, it can take a beating and give one in return. Although not as fast as other Pokemon, its typing offers several resistances, including complete immunity to Poison. It is able to weather the storm, just like real life Emperor penguins do in harsh conditions.

11. Samurott

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as the Formidale Pokemon, coming in close to the top ten is this quadrupedal, blue, sea lion-like Pokémon, a Water-type starter for Generation 5! Oshawott’s final evolution is essentially a giant samurai otter, with layered armor and wielding a horn on its head a little like a unicorn, which definitely gives it a mystical Narnia-like appearance. Thanks to the Torrent ability, Samurott’s Water-type moves become stronger whenever it’s in danger of fainting. With excellent physical and special Attack, it can turn around a tricky battle with learned leveling up moves like Hydro Pump or Aqua Tail.

10. Palkia

Best water type Pokemon characters
This crazy critter looks super futuristic and cool, like a soldier Pokemon from the future! In the Pokemon universe, Palkia is known as the Spatial Pokémon who assisted Arceus in creating the world and now rules over space and the matter in it. This epic and awe inspiring dual Water and Dragon type Pokémon has incredibly high stats befitting such a beast. Not only are both its Attack values through the roof, but its Defense is enough for it to withstand pretty much anything. Its signature Dragon-type move, Spatial Rend, is able to tear space apart for a moment, offering a true sense of its power.

9. Lapras

Best water type Pokemon characters
Lapras has gained many a mention in previous posts such as the Smartest Pokemon Ranked in the Franchise and few Pokémon have had as much screen-time as Lapras. In the first few games it was Lapras’ sprite that appeared when you used Surf, regardless of which Pokémon had the move. Even after that changed, this Generation 1 Transport Pokemon has been embedded in fans hearts ever since. It is a dual Water and Ice type and was once over-hunted by humans to the point of almost becoming extinct. Now it is seen as a cherished and protected Pokémon and its population has exploded, creating an overabundance worldwide. Perhaps it evolved in strength along the way as it is certainly incredibly powerful too with moves like Dragon Pulse, Blizzard, and Hydro Pump, plus incredible HP and Sp. Defense which give it amazing durability in combat and certainly the ability to overpower any humans who wish to hunt it. The tables have turned, happily so!

8. Feraligatr

Best water type Pokemon characters
Although I have no idea how to pronouce this creature's name, one of my all time favourite Water-type starters in the list is Feraligatr, first introduced in Generation 2. Known as the Big Jaw Pokemon, it's clear to see why it might be a good friend to have in battle. This savage creature is the evolved form of Totodile (the main starter you get) one of the most adorable Water type Pokemon, and what it loses in cuteness while evolving, it gains back in raw power. It has epic moves like Crunch and Ice Fang that go beautifully with its Hydro Pump ability and both of Feraligatr’s Attack and Defense values are stellar. It is a bulky, bipedal, crocodilian Pokémon with blue scales and true to its name, has large, powerful jaws lined with several sharp fangs.

7. Kyogre

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as the Sea Basin Pokémon and worshiped as the God of the Sea by the aboriginal people of the Hoenn region, Kyogre is one of the most formidable legendary Pokémon both lore-wise and in real combat. It appears as a massive, whale-like Pokémon with two big pectoral fins, each with four white square-shaped nails. Its stats match its grand appearance, not only are they through the roof, but its same-element moves such as Hydro Pump and Water Spout can quickly obliterate anything unlucky enough to disturb or anger the beast. One of the most amazing things about this epic creature is that it can even learn moves from other types such as Ice Beam which let it overpower pretty much any creature in its path. In his Primal form, Kyogre is said to be able to cause a flood of biblical proportions. To represent such power, all of his stats get a sharp enhancement and it also becomes immune to fire. Definitely bring an umbrella when attempting to battle this fine creature.

6. Suicune

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as one of the Legendary Pokémon from the Burned Tower in Ecruteak City, its mane is said to resemble an aurora floating over it. A Water type Pokémon introduced in Generation 2, it is known as the Aurora Pokémon and its design is living proof of just how creative, yet polished a legendary can be. It appears as a graceful mystical dog creature with a flowing mane that looks like it's flowing underwater and is a huge favourite for fan art. It has some amazing stats all around and its defensive stats are up there especially. It's known for purifying bodies of water around the world in the Pokemon universe, making it a magical fan favourite and an incredible water type creature to have on your team.

5. Greninja

Best water type Pokemon characters
Appearing a little like a poison tree frog is this quirky, yet uber powerful dual Dark and Water type starter Pokemon, also known as the Ninja Pokemon and one of the most well-known Pokémon overall. Not only has it made an appearance in the anime as one of Ash’s Pokémon, but also as a character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate alongside Pikachu. It is the evolved form of Froakie at level 36 and it is incredibly fast, its speed is insane, alongside some very high Attack and Sp. Attack stats. This means you’ll be sure to get a chance to land at least one devastating move before your opponents. In battle Greninja gets even more interesting as its hidden ability, Protean, lets it become the type of the last move it used. Super clever and a nod to the skills real life frogs use to cleverly camoflage themselves. For its speed alone it checks in at number 5 on this list!

4. Vaporeon

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as the Bubble Jet Pokemon or the cutie with the collar, this adorable beast is potentially the cutest Eeveelution form ever! It's a little like a feline with fins, a cat that is used to water and therefore has no weaknesses whatsoever! Although it does seem to have scales rather than fur, so might not be as fluffy to cuddle. It also boasts a mermaid tail and two great fins either side of its head that look like ears. Not just a cute face, it carries stellar HP and overall high stats and is one of the best bets to have on your team in Pokemon Go during Gym battles, as well as having on hand when you are hanging out your washing - or can't find your umbrella. It's known that when Vaporeon's fins begin to vibrate, it's a sign that rain isn't far away and that the weather will turn wet within a few hours. It hails from Generation 1 and is commonly known as the Bubble Jet Pokemon, which just sounds adorable.

3. Swampert

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as the Mud Fish Pokemon from Generation 3, Swampert has the highest overall stats of all the starters, both Water-types and otherwise. This dual Water and Ground type beast's typing makes it immune to Electric moves, and while it has a potent weakness against Grass-types, it can also learn several Ice-type moves to counter them. While its HP, Attack, and Defense stats are just massive for a starter, it also has access to Earthquake, Hammer Arm and Hydro Cannon as a Water-type. Thanks to Hydro Cannon's supreme power, Swampert is a a massively powerful threat in raids, where it can even approach Kyogre's sheer water-type power in many cases. This critter can even turn into Mega Swampert, a process that only serves to boost all of its stats further! It hails from the Hoenn region and appears a little like a mudskipper and an axolotl, although transforms in to a knarly beast on its Mega Evolution.

2. Blastoise

Best water type Pokemon characters
Known as the Shellfish Pokemon and the evolved form of Wartortle, the most cherished and powerful water starter of them all has to be Blastoise, the first generation final evolution of Squirtle. Sometimes, you have to get back to the basics. This giant turtle that somehow evolved pressurized water cannons doesn’t only look like a tank, it’s also incredibly tanky in battle. It possesses incredible Defense and Sp. Defense stats, along with its Rain Dish hidden ability that means it can heal under rainy weather. It makes Blastoise an incredibly durable fighter in almost every generation of the series. Not only can it take damage well, it pays back opponents and then some with incredibly devastating moves such as Skull Bash, Hydro Pump, and even Earthquake if you’re willing to spend a TM. It can then even turn into Mega Blastoise too, using the Blastoisonite - which only cements its status as an actual beast of a Water type Pokemon!

1. Gyarados

Best water type Pokemon characters
Whether you're a Blastoise kind of player or routing for Gyarados, there's no denying they are both incredible beasts in the Pokemon world and both worthy of the top place. Known as the Atrocious Pokemon, it is the design and backstory of this incredible monster that just eclipses Blastoise in to first place for me. This fierce creature starts as little more than a fish out of water, ignored by many for its lack of skills and strength, but like the protagonist in a good coming of age anime, it keeps going, learning, transforming and evolving.

It struggles, it perseveres, and continues to find its feet until one day it evolves into its final form as an insanely powerful beast with the power to level entire cities in a rage. Gyarados is a dual Water and Dark type Pokemon, giving it some amazing competitive offensive capabilities as well as some nice resistances. Its intimidate ability further increases its prowess in battle by decreasing any opponent’s Attack stat right away. On top of that, it can also undergo the Mega Transformation to become Mega Gyarados and thus can wreak havoc with increased stats. Plus its design is impossibly cool, it appears as a huge, ferocious dragon like beast with arching back and gaping jaw. You couldn't find a cooler looking Water type Pokemon like Gyarados!

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