12 Best Fish Pokemon, Ranked

Better hold your breath!

Amirul Annuar
Amirul Annuar - Writer
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As long as there’s a body of water, there’s bound to be Pokemon living inside it.  Fish Pokemon is one of them, coming in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

Across nine regions, there are around fifty fish Pokemon identified so far. When it comes to the popular ones, here are twelve of the best fish Pokemon you need to keep an eye out for.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Water

When it comes to fish Pokemon, Magikarps are usually the first that comes to mind. Originally recorded in Kanto, they are now found everywhere around Johto, Hoen, and Sinnoh too. 

Initially, many trainers find little value in capturing Magikarps during their travels. Upon learning they evolve into the mighty Gyarados, they have since changed their perception towards them.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Water

Goldeens are next, and they are renowned for their elegance and speed in the water, while also cautioned for their tendency to jab people using their horns. Regardless, famous trainers – such as the gym leader, Misty – have trained Goldeens for battling, proving they can be quite dependable for tournaments.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Water

Horseas are adorable aquatic Pokemon that commonly share their habitats with crab Pokemon in deep, open seas. They are fairly skittish and difficult to encounter while fishing, making them a celebrated catch.

They love to shoot water from their mouths while playing but can increase their potency to deter foes or predators.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Water

A Seadra is a Horsea’s next evolution. They are much more aggressive, particularly because the males are responsible for taking care of their young against potential threats or dangers.

Seadras naturally develop a potent venom that can both harm and paralyze prey and enemies alike. They are incredibly fast in the water as well, explaining why some trainers prefer to use them to traverse expansive water distances.



Region: Kanto
Category: Generation I
Type: Water

Evolving from Goldeens, Seakings are much more prized for their tougher horns and magnificent dorsal fins. While it takes time and patience to groom a Goldeen into a Seaking, catching one in the wild is significantly harder due to their rarity and ferocity, normally culminating in battles.



Region: Johto
Category: Generation II
Type: Water, Flying

Mantines are majestic Pokemon that can swim underwater and fly up to a certain height. They are peaceful creatures and commonly accompanied by Remoraids that attach themselves to their fins, showcasing a symbiotic behavior between the pair.

Despite their pacifistic nature, Mantines aren’t afraid to retaliate if attacked. They are very durable and can take multiple hits from opponents before unleashing devastating Water-based attacks of their own.



Region: Hoen
Category: Generation III
Type: Water, Dark

Sharpedos are fearsome Pokemon that hunt indiscriminately in the ocean. Their ruthlessness is what makes them effective combatants during Pokemon battles, relentlessly charging at opponents until one of them is knocked out first.

Sharpedos’ combo of Water and Dark elements makes them extremely powerful at countering certain Pokemon typings too, like Psychic and Fire.



Region: Sinnoh
Category: Generation IV
Type: Water

First appearing in Sinnoh, Finneons are always seen in large schools swimming close to the surface. Their soft colors appeal to many young divers, particularly environmentalists studying marine Pokemon biology.

Although they can engage in Pokemon battles, they aren’t as strong as other fish Pokemon. Instead, they are preferred for their beautiful colors and friendliness, making them excellent companions.



Region: Hoen
Category: Generation III
Type: Water

Wailmer is a big fish Pokemon that roams the oceans, mainly endemic to Hoen. Though they are sometimes caught in other regions around the world, these are rare encounters, so a visit to Hoen is the best way to see them in the wild.

Wailmers evolve into the gargantuan Wailord when matured, attracting visitors to their habitat for a chance to bump into them during tours.



Region: Hoen
Category: Generation III
Type: Water

A legendary Pokemon, Kyogre is revered and respected by locals everywhere in Hoen. He possesses frightening abilities expanding the continents’ oceans, culminating in his ancient battles against another primordial Pokemon, Groudon.

His presence alone can summon thunderstorms and heavy rain above water, so he mostly spends his time hibernating in deep, hidden caves located far below the sea’s depths.



Region: Unova
Category: Generation V
Type: Water

Commonly known to fight for their territories, Basculins are fierce aggressors in any body of water they reside in. They can even scare off snake Pokemon that wander into their habitat, though their natural rivals are Carvanha, both possessing tough jaws and hides.

Generally, Basculins have two variants; one with red eyes and stripes, and the other with blue eyes and stripes. However, during the Hisui timeline – now known as the Sinnoh region – white-striped Basculins existed, with the most hardened ones evolving into the impressive Basculegion.



Region: Paldea
Category: Generation IX
Type: Water, Psychic

In Paldea, not many Pokemon are as fast as Veluzas in the water. Boasting a combative nature, they are often seen stalking both their prey and Pokemon trainers exploring shallow depths, attacking them shortly afterward.

A unique characteristic of Veluzas is that they can shed off their body skin to improve their underwater movement and speed, bolstering their fighting capabilities. To this end, some aquatic-loving trainers find Veluzas to be great additions for battling and gym challenges.


These are the twelve best fish Pokemon found all over the Pokemon world. Is your favorite Pokemon not on this list, such as Feebas or Skrelp?

If so, make sure to share them in the comments section below!

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Amirul is a proud gamer, always busy writing articles, scripts, and guides when he’s not with family or connected in-game.Extremely friendly, chill, and laid back, Amirul always looks towards the positive side of things when the going gets tough.
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