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From Bulbapedia.
Piplup's official artwork from Pokémon Platinum.
Games Brawl
SSB4 (Wii U)
Move Surf
Rarity Common
English voice actor Michele Knotz
Japanese voice actor Etsuko Kozakura
German voice actor Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi
Article on Bulbapedia Piplup (Pokémon)
It slides around on a sheet of water and pushes opponents all over. It’s not really a fun wave from an opponent’s perspective.
Pokémon Encyclopedia, Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Piplup (ポッチャマ, Pochama) is a creature in the Pokémon media franchise.


Piplup is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation IV, and along with Chimchar and Turtwig it is one of the starter Pokémon of the Sinnoh region, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #393 as the "Penguin Pokémon". It evolves into Prinplup at level 16, which evolves into Empoleon at level 36.

Surf is a special Water-type move with 90 (95 before Generation VI) base power and 100% accuracy which hits every Pokémon adjacent to the user, including allies. It was HM03 in every game prior to Generation VII, and it was always required to fully complete them. Like most other Water-type Pokémon, Piplup can learn it with HM03.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a Poké Ball Pokémon[edit]

Piplup using Surf on Peach.

Piplup makes an appearance in Brawl as a Poké Ball Pokémon, where it uses its Surf attack to glide across the stage until it reaches a blast line or exceeds a time limit. Any character that gets caught in Piplup's surf will get washed away with it and will likely get KO'd while trapped, along with Piplup. The simpler the stage's terrain is, the more effective Piplup's Surf will be. Piplup can also be reflected. Its attack is essentially used the same way as Marill's attack from Melee. Sometimes Piplup will instantly use Surf.


Trophy in Brawl.
A Penguin Pokémon. It's one of the starter Pokémon received from Professor Rowan when the player departs from the Sinnoh region. It's a Water type, so it's strong versus Rock and Ground types. It's very cute but filled with pride–it hates to accept food from people. When it levels up, it evolves into Prinplup.
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond/Pearl


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Piplup Pokémon series TypeIcon(Water).png Attack +26 PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Piplup (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Piplup, next to Blastoise and below Wailord, in the Flood Chamber.

Piplup does not return as a Poké Ball Pokémon in Smash 4, being replaced by Oshawott in functionality. Piplup appears only in the Wii U version, on the Kalos Pokémon League stage, as one of the Pokémon that appears in the background of the Flood Chamber.


Piplup's trophy is part of the Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl Trophy Box.

Trophy in for Wii U.
You wouldn't think it from its adorable exterior, but this Pokémon is very proud and often won't listen to its Trainer. When it walks on land, it waddles and even falls over sometimes, all in a suitably cute way, but once it's in the water you'll see its true potential. It's a skilled swimmer and can dive for over ten minutes at a time to hunt.
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl (04/2007)
Nintendo DS: Pokémon Platinum (03/2009)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a background character[edit]

Piplup returns in the background on the Kalos Pokémon League.


No. Image Name Type Class Cost Ability Series
SSBU spirit Piplup.png
1 Fire/Explosion Resist ↑ Pokémon Series


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ポッチャマ, Pochama
UK English Piplup
France French Tiplouf
Germany German Plinfa
Spain Spanish Piplup
Italy Italian Piplup
China Chinese 波加曼
South Korea Korean 팽도리, Pengdori
Netherlands Dutch Piplup
Russia Russian Пиплап