Skrelp Guide: A Bottom-feeder With Aspirations For The Top

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If someone were to ask you to name the first game that comes into your head, we would bet that Pokemon would be the game on a lot of people’s lips. This game series, anime Goliath, trading card juggernaut, and supreme merchandise peddler has been around for over twenty years and within this time, the series has never faltered or fallen from the gaming spotlight.

This series has remained relevant, dropping game after game and in doing so, they have kept fans of new generations coming to the series.

However, with this abundance of content and the wide variety of new Pokemon that are added to the series year on year. It can be rather difficult to keep track of the comings and goings. Meaning that you might lose some key knowledge about key Pokemon in the series. That’s where we come in. We have compiled a series of essential Pokemon handbooks, giving you all the information you could ever need about each and every Pokemon within the franchise.

In this guide, we take a look at Skrelp, the dual type poison and water type that evolves into one of the most fearsome dragon-type Pokemon in the entire series. So without further delay, here is everything you need to know about the Pokemon Skrelp.

What Is Skrelp?

skrelp pokemon 1

Skrelp is a poison and water dual-type Pokemon that was first introduced in the sixth generation of the series. This Pokemon in terms of appearance Pokemon looks rather like a sea horse in many ways. The Pokemon has the same body composition as the real-world aquatic animal as well as some blue dorsal fins and a snout.

However, it does have some distinguishing features to set it apart. These are most notably the animal’s leafy/bark-like layer that runs down the back of the creature, resembling rotten seaweed, its piercing red eyes or its three-pronged tail as opposed to a curled tail.

Then in terms of this Pokemon’s natural behavior, this Pokemon is not the most confident aquatic creature within the Pokemon world and far from the best swimmer. It will tend to rely on its ability to camouflage itself to stay out of the way of predators.

This Pokemon tends to hide, live and feed on tufts of seaweed and if attacked, it has the ability to squirt a thick, poisonous ooze at its foes and will then attempt to make an escape. This Pokemon tends to co-exist with its own kind and other Pokemon like Dhelmise.

Skrelp is number 690 in the Pokedex, is about 0.5 meters tall, weighs approximately 7.3 kilograms, has a medium/fast leveling rate, and has a catch rate of 39.9%.

Here is a video showcasing Skrelp in action so you can see exactly what to expect from this Pokemon:

Does Skrelp Appear in the Anime?

Skrelp is one of those Pokemon on the roster that has been starved of air time within the anime series. The Pokemon has only made one major appearance within the anime series. This was in the episode An Undersea Place to Call Home!

This was when Ash and the gang were fishing and they hooked a Skrelp which badly Poisoned Ash’s Pikachu. They later went on to find a group of Skrelp in the wreckage of the SS Cussler. Sadly though, this is the only time this Pokemon has made an appearance. This is perhaps due to the fact that this Pokemon spends most of its time at the bottom of the sea. However, we will perhaps see more of them in some underwater shenanigans sometime soon.

Does Skrelp Appear in Any Pokemon Movies?

Despite only appearing once in the anime series, Skrelp was blessed with the opportunity to play a small role in the full feature-length Pokemon movie, Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction. This was merely a cameo role but it was nice to see that Skrelp was given some more air time and we hope that the future is kind to Skrelp and they get more time on screen.

How Good is Skrelp’s Pokemon Trading Card?

Skrelp’s Pokemon Trading Card

Sadly, Skrelp hasn’t faired too well in the trading card department as well. While some cards from the same generation have six, eight or even ten different cards, Skrelp has only been the subject of four cards. The first was the debut card which appeared in the Flashfire expansion. This card is a basic psychic type card with 50HP and one ability. This is a move called spit poison and it has a 50% chance of inflicting a poisoned status on any opposing card.

The second was in the BREAKthrough expansion and also has 50HP and one move. This move is called hide and allows players to flip a coin and if they call correct, all attacks and status damage caused during that turn are void.

The third appeared in the Forbidden Light expansion. This card has a slightly higher HP of 60 and one move. This move is called Hook and does base damage often.

Then lastly, the fourth Skrelp card appeared in the Cosmic Eclipse expansion and is also a 60HP monster with one move. This move is Poison Breath and has a 100% chance of poisoning an opposing Pokemon.

For our money, the best of these cards is either the Cosmic Eclipse or the BREAKthrough Skrelp, depending on which way you want to play. One is a slow killer while the other is an effective stall, so if either of these style suit you, Skrelp may be of use to you.

Skrelp In The Pokemon Video Games

Skrelp is a Pokemon that first came on the scene in the sixth Pokemon generation, making its debut in Pokemon X and Y. However, since then this Pokemon has made the most of its short time with the franchise and appeared in several other Pokemon adventures. However, you may be wondering which ones exactly. Well, allow us to clarify. Here is every Pokemon game that Skrelp has featured in to date:

  • Pokemon X
  • Pokemon Y
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Sun
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon Ultra Moon
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon Rumble U
  • Pokemon Battle Trozei
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Rumble World
  • Pokemon Rumble Rush

What Moves Can Skrelp Learn?

Skrelp Moves

Skrelp is a poison and water type with the ability to evolve into a dragon, so you will find that a lot of their moves are of this variety. However, there are some anomalies that allow for trainers to throw a curveball at unsuspecting rivals.

However, you may not know what moves that this Pokemon has at its disposal. Well, allow us to inform you. Here is every movie that Skrelp can use in the Pokemon video game series:

Learned Moves:

  • Tackle
  • Smokescreen
  • Acid
  • water gun
  • Tailwhip
  • Double team
  • Poison tail
  • Water pulse
  • Toxic
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Aqua tail
  • Sludge bomb
  • Hydro Pump

Taught Moves:

  • Rest
  • Snore
  • Protect
  • Icy wind
  • Attract
  • Rain dance
  • Hail
  • Facade
  • Dive
  • Bounce
  • Venoshock
  • Round
  • Hydro Pump
  • Surf
  • Thunderbolt
  • Waterfall
  • Substitute
  • Sludge bomb
  • Outrage
  • Endure
  • Sleep talk
  • Iron tail
  • Shadow ball
  • Toxic Spikes
  • Dragon Pulse
  • Gunk shot
  • Sludge Wave
  • Scald
  • Play rough
  • Venom drench

Breeding Moves:

  • Acid armor
  • Dragon Tail
  • Twister
  • Haze

Transfer Moves:

  • Bubble tail
  • Camouflage
  • Confide
  • Feint attack
  • Frustration
  • Hidden power
  • Return
  • Secret power
  • Shock wave
  • Swagger

What is the best Moveset for Skrelp?


We can lay down all the choices in front of you, but that doesn’t mean that the optimal move set is going to jump right out at you. Pokemon battles are nuanced and complicated events. So we thought we would help you out further by giving you our opinion on which move set is best for your skrelp. Check it out below:

  • Sludge Wave
  • Hydro Pump
  • Hidden Power
  • Scald

What is Skrelp Weak/Strong Against?

Skrelp is a water and poison dual type, which means that it can hold its own best against Fighting, poison, bug, steel, fire, water, ice, and fairy. In short, this Pokemon has a lot of resistance, making it one of the best competitive options around. However, this Pokemon is very susceptible to ground, electric and psychic attacks. However, in our opinion, this is one heck of a trade-off. Here is a rundown of all this Pokemon’s resistances, weaknesses, and immunities:


  • Ground
  • Electric
  • Psychic


  • Bug
  • Poison
  • Water
  • Fairy
  • Fire
  • Steel
  • Fighting
  • Ice


  • N/A

How to Catch Skrelp in The Pokemon Games

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Skrelp may have a relatively high catch rate of 39.9%, but this Pokemon is far from the easiest to catch within the series. This is due to the limited number of games that the Pokemon has been available to capture through a random encounter.

This Pokemon can only be captured naturally in Pokemon Y and Omega Ruby specifically. Plus, you can capture this Pokemon if you have access to the Shield expansion pass. However, aside from this, the player will either have to trade or breed a Dragalge in the case of Pokemon Ultra Moon.

This makes this Pokemon quite a commodity unless you have access to specific Pokemon titles and for this reason, we would say that this is a rare Pokemon within the series.

Does Skrelp Evolve?

Yes, Skrelp evolves into Dragalge, a very strong Pokemon that sheds its water typing and becomes a dragon type Pokemon. This Pokemon is one of the finest competitive dragons in the game and certainly one you would want to have available in battle.

To evolve a Skrelp into a Dragalge, the player will have to train their Pokemon to level forty-eight. Then the Pokemon will naturally evolve so long as they aren’t holding an everstone.

What Are Skrelp’s Base Stats?

Skrelp is the definition of an all-rounder Pokemon that can be trained to be just about anything that the trainer chooses. The only weakness that this Pokemon has is its relatively low-speed stat. However, aside from that, the Pokemon has the same respectable base stat for all categories. Here is a rundown of the base stats for the Pokemon Skrelp:

  • HP: 50
  • Attack: 60
  • Defence: 60
  • SP Attack: 60
  • SP Defence: 60
  • Speed: 30

What Does A Shiny Skrelp Look Like?


Then lastly, we take a look at Skrelp’s shiny Pokemon model. We would love to say that it’s an incredible design but in truth, it’s rather underwhelming. The pink torso color is swapped out for a pale blue and the brown, barky color is swapped for a deep purple.

Other than that, the design remains the same. We are happy to see that there is a clear distinction between this design and the original. However, if you want a shiny that will make you the envy of your peers, we aren’t sure this is it. However, it is a pretty rare one so don’t hesitate to catch it if you get the chance.


Question: Which Pokemon Evolve Into Dragons?

Answer: While there is plenty of dragon type Pokemon within the series that begin life as dragons and continue in that vein throughout their whole evolutionary cycle, some Pokemon adapt and grow to become fearsome Dragon-types. However, you may be wondering what amazing dragon types began their days as more basic Pokemon types. Well, allow us to show you. Here is every Pokemon that becomes a dragon type through evolution in the Pokemon series:
• Kingdra
• Mega-evolution Charizard
• Sceptile
• Vibrava/Flygon
• Altaria
• Exeggutor
• Flaffy

Question: Which Pokemon Evolves The Latest?

Aside from those that require trades and use stones to evolve, Pokemon all reach their evolutionary maturity at a certain level. Some Pokemon are fully grown by level ten, whereas others will take much longer to reach their full potential. So this raises the question, which Pokemon take the longest to evolve into their final form? Well, we have the answer for you right here. These are the top five Pokemon that require the most training to fully evolve within the entire roster:
• Hydreigon – Level 64
• Dragapult – Level 60
• Volcarona – Level 59
• Dragonite – Level 55
• Tyranitar – Level 55

Question: What Dragon Type Pokemon is the Strongest?

Answer: As you would expect from one of the most popular Pokemon types of them all, the dragon-type Pokemon on the roster all offer a lot in terms of power and battling prestige. All of these Pokemon can hit hard and dominate in clutch situations. However, some are more suited for battle than others. So we thought it would be beneficial to list the best dragon Pokemon in the series. So here is our top five listed below:
• Raquaza
• Dracovish
• Dragapult
• Dragonite
• Garchomp
It’s hardly a surprise that the Legendary poster Pokemon for the Emerald series tops this list. The flying serpent is powerful, lightning-fast, and has the ability to pull off signature moves like Sky Ascent and Extremespeed to take out its competition. There are plenty of other strong competitors in the field but for our money, Raquaza is the fan favorite and ours too.

So that is our essential Pokemon handbook giving you all the info you could possibly need about the Pokemon, Skrelp. What did you make of this guide? Was this helpful and informative? Are there any other Pokemon you would love to see a guide for? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.

A Bold Bottom Feeder

As you can see from the information above, Skrelp is a Pokemon with the potential to become a key member of your squad. It’s a powerful, balanced Pokemon with a great moveset. It can evolve into a very desirable dragon type and it’s a pretty rare Pokemon, so if you want to complete your Pokedex, this will often be one of the last Pokemon you get your hands on. So don’t hesitate to add this one to your roster.

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