Pokémon are fascinating creatures with unique designs. I find many of them fascinating, like the gargantuan Wailord, the largest Pokémon before Pokémon Sword and Shield came out and introduced Eternatus. Some of them take fascinating shapes, like the Alolan Exeggutor, which resembles a tall palm tree. However, one of the unique Pokémon out there is simple yet eye-catching: the Stunfisk.
Out of every Pokémon, I find Stunfisk really weird; obviously, it is not a Pokémon viable for competitions because of its poor stats. However, people know it as the flattest Pokémon to exist, like a flat pancake or flounder. Also, the latest entries of the series introduced another iteration of it, known as the Galarian Stunfisk. I find the Galarian Stunfisk’s design interesting that it makes sense within its world.
Stunfisk is not remarkable in the slightest in terms of Pokémon battles, yet many people, including me, love it. After all, not everything in Pokémon is all about the battles. Sometimes, people want to have a Stunfisk around because it holds sentimental value, or they appreciate its design, just like I do. Regardless, this article will take a look at this alien Pokémon that endeared a lot of fans.
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Stunfisk is a Pokémon introduced in Generation V with the Ground and Electric typing. It does not have an evolutionary line, so it does not evolve into or from anything. In the Galar Region of the Pokémon Sword and Shield entries, Stunfisk has a regional form with the Ground and Steel typing. Below is some important information about the Trap Pokémon Stunfisk.
- Stunfisk (Trap Pokémon)
- National Dex Number: 618
- Type: Ground, Electric; Ground, Steel (Galarian Form)
- Ability: Static, Limber; Mimicry (Galarian Form)
- Hidden Ability: Sand Veil
- Egg Groups: Water 1; Amorphous
- Hatch Time: 5140 to 5396 steps
- Height: 2’4” or 0.7 m
- Weight: 24.3 lbs. or 11 kg; 45.2 lbs. or 20.5 kg (Galarian Form)
- Base Experience Yield: 165
- Leveling Rate: Medium Fast
- EV Yield: 2 HP
- Gender Ratio: 50% Male, 50% Female
- Catch Rate: 75 (17.5%)
What Does Stunfisk Look Like in Pokémon?
Stunfisk has a flat, fishlike, brown body with a yellow tail and markings resembling an exclamation mark. It retains an oval form, with brown fins in the shape of lightning bolts on each side. It also has oval-shaped, white eyes with black pupils, as well as two thick gray lips resembling a beak. According to its Pokédex entries, its flat body helps it hide on the seashore’s muddy ground.
Furthermore, it generates electricity thanks to its organs, which developed the ability thanks to the bacteria within the mud it inhabits. Its markings help it transmit the electricity to its prey, so stepping on one would be pretty bad.
Plus, its skin is so hard and resilient that even when sumo wrestlers step on one, it would remain unfazed. You would not want to step on it at all, or else you will have the shock of your life! To escape dire situations, it would contort itself and flop away (similar to what I would do during uncomfortable social interactions).
What Does Galarian Stunfisk Look Like in Pokémon?
Galarian Stunfisk retains the flat and oval body of its normal form, as well as its oval, white eyes. However, its body is now gray with three green markings resembling three-toed footprints. It has sharp, flat spikes standing tall along the ends of its body. Due to these spikes, its body resembles a bear trap. It has flat, gray fins on its sides and a red and white mouth that, when closed, resembles a Poké Ball.
Unlike its regular form, the Galarian Stunfisk cannot generate or transmit electricity. However, thanks to the mud in the Galar Region where it lives and hides, its body became enriched with high iron content. So, its body has become strong like steel. Much like its regular form, it still waits for prey to come toward it. When prey does come, the Galarian Stunfisk snaps it with its jagged steel fins.
I like this design better than the Unovan Stunfisk because it adds depth to its trap-like attributes. It even has footprint markings on its body so that when it is on the ground, it looks like someone passed through it.
Where to Find Stunfisk in Pokémon Games
Stunfisk’s earliest entry within the series is in Pokémon Black and White. This Pokémon reappears in future games up until the latest entries, Pokémon Sword and Shield. You cannot obtain one in Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee, Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus. Below are some details on where to find Stunfisk in Pokémon games.
Where to Find Stunfisk in Pokémon Black and White
You can find Stunfisk on Route 8, Icirrus City, and Moor of Icirrus. In all of these locations, you have a 20% chance of randomly encountering a level 31 to 32 Stunfisk through puddles during the Spring, Summer, and Autumn seasons. You will always randomly encounter a level 15 to 35 Stunfisk through surfing on the waters.
Furthermore, in the same locations, you have a 95% chance of randomly encountering a level 15 to 40 Stunfisk through surfing on rippling waters and a 30% chance for a level 35 to 55 Stunfisk through fishing. Fishing in rippling water would yield you a 30% chance of encountering a level 35 to 60 Stunfisk. I would recommend surfing in Icirrus City so that you will not encounter another wild Pokémon.
Where to Find Stunfisk in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
You can randomly encounter a Stunfisk in the same locations as in Black and White (Route 8, Icirrus City, and Moor of Icirrus). However, the levels and some of the encounter rates are different. In all these locations, you have a 20% chance of randomly encountering a level 55 to 56 Stunfisk through puddles during the Spring, Summer, and Autumn seasons.
In Route 8 and Icirrus City, you will always randomly encounter a Stunfisk through surfing, though in Route 8, the levels are 15 to 35, while in Icirrus City, they are 45 to 60. In Moor of Icirrus, surfing grants you a 70% chance of encountering a level 45 to 60 Stunfisk instead.
Surfing through rippling waters in Route 8 and Icirrus City will always grant you a random encounter with a Stunfisk, though the levels between the two locations are different, similar to surfing on normal waters. In Moor of Icirrus, you have a 65% chance instead of randomly encountering a level 45 to 60 Stunfisk by surfing through rippling waters.
In all three locations, you have a 30% chance of encountering a Stunfisk through fishing, whether it be in normal or rippling waters, though the levels of the Pokémon are different; in Route 8, the levels are 35 to 55 (35 to 60 if fishing in rippling waters), while in Icirrus City and Moor of Icirrus, they are 45 to 60. Like in Black and White, I recommend surfing in Icirrus City to always encounter it.
Where to Find Stunfisk in Pokémon X and Y
You have a 20% chance of randomly encountering a Stunfisk in the swamps of Route 14 and 19. In Route 14, the Stunfisk’s level will be either 31 or 32, while in Route 19, it will be either 47 or 48. You can also randomly encounter them while surfing on these routes.
In Route 14, the chances of randomly encountering a level 30 to 32 Stunfisk through surfing is 35%, while in Route 19, the chances of randomly encountering a level 46 or 48 Stunfisk is 34%. Finally, you can randomly encounter a level 30 Stunfisk in Electric-type Friend Safaris. There is a 25% chance that an Electric-Type Friend Safari will have a Stunfisk as its second slot.
If you are new to the game, then the nearest place you can find is on Route 14. I would recommend getting one as early as possible because, by the time your starter Pokémon fully evolves, it will not be able to catch up with the rest of the team, including stats. Another surefire way would be by finding someone with Stunfisk in their Electric-Type Friend Safari, although it is a bit too late in the game.
Where to find Stunfisk in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
You cannot naturally encounter a Stunfisk in any location within Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The only way to obtain one would be through trading one from Pokémon X and Y. Unless you are gunning for a complete national Pokédex, I would not advise getting one, especially if it is too much of a hassle.
Where to find Stunfisk in Pokémon Sun and Moon
Similar to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, you cannot naturally encounter a Stunfisk in any location within Pokémon Sun and Moon, and the only way to obtain one would be through trading or transferring one from previous entries to these games. Again, I would not advise going through the hassle of getting one if you are not trying to complete the national Pokédex.
Where to find Stunfisk in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
You can encounter a level 60 Stunfisk in the Water World of the Ultra Space Wilds, the home of non-Alolan-native Pokémon that is accessible through warp holes in the Ultra Warp Ride. If a Stunfisk is in the Water World, you can only encounter it once per visit. You can find them by going towards water splashes. Occasionally visit the Water World as you might get lucky to find one.
Where to Find Stunfisk in Pokémon Sword and Shield
There are three ways to get the Stunfisk’s Unovan form, and two of them require the Expansion Pass. Firstly, you can get one by trading or transferring from a previous game to this game. Secondly, you can trade a Galarian Stunfisk with Regina on the Isle of Armor in exchange for a Unovan Stunfisk. Lastly, you can encounter a level 65 Stunfisk through the Dynamax Adventure in the Max Lair.
My recommendation is the easiest one, which is by trading with Regina on the Isle of Armor, but it also requires an Expansion Pass. If you do not have the Expansion Pass, then the only way would be to transfer one from a previous game towards this game.
Where to Find Galarian Stunfisk in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Firstly, the Galarian Stunfisk chills in the overworld of the Slumbering Weald and Galar Mine No. 2, where it hides beneath the ground, leaving its mouth that resembles a Poké Ball out in the open. They will show themselves if you either step on them or whistle. They respawn when you leave the area. In Slumbering Weald, the Galarian Stunfisk is level 48, while in the Galar Mine No. 2, it is level 25..
Secondly, you can randomly encounter a Galarian Stunfisk through the patches of grass in the following locations: Slumbering Weald, Dusty Bowl, and Lake of Outrage. In Slumbering Weald, there is a 5% chance of encountering a level 45 to 47 Galarian Stunfisk.
In the Dusty Bowl wilds during harsh sunlight, there is a 30% chance of encountering a level 40 to 45 Galarian Stunfisk. In the Lake of Outrage, during a sandstorm, there is a 10% chance of encountering a level 50 to 52 Galarian Stunfisk.
Thirdly, you can randomly encounter a Galarian Stunfisk through Max Raid Battles within dens of the following locations: Rolling Fields, Giant’s Seat, Stony Wilderness, and Dusty Bowl. In the Rolling Fields, the den is roughly west of the Meetup Spot and nearby the southern cliff wall. The Galarian Stunfisk is within the rare pool, with 3 Perfect IVs, a 20% chance of a level 35 to 40, and 20% of a level 45 to 50.
In the Giant’s Seat, the den is near the cliff and northern northeast of the big rock. The Galarian Stunfisk is within the rare pool, with 4 Perfect IVs, a 40% chance of level 45 to 50, and a 25% chance of level 55 to 60. In the Stony Wilderness, the den is near the stone pillars. The Galarian Stunfisk is within the rare pool, with 4 Perfect IVs, 40% chance of level 45 to 50, and 35% chance of level 55 to 60.
In the Dusty Bowl, four dens can contain a Galarian Stunfisk. The first one (Den C) is on the plains and left of the huge rock structure. Here, it is both in the common and rare pools. Pokémon Sword within the common pool has 4 Perfect IVs, 30% chance of level 35 to 40, 30% chance of level 45 to 50, and 29% of level 55 to 60.
In Pokémon Shield of the same pool, it has 3 Perfect IVs, a 30% chance of level 35 to 40, and a 20% chance of level 45 to 50. In the rare pool of both games, it has 3 Perfect IVs, a 20% chance of level 35 to 40, and a 20% chance of level 45 to 50. The next den (Den D) is on the plains and below the small lake.
The Galarian Stunfisk is within its rare pool, with 4 Perfect IVs, a 40% chance of level 45 to 50, and a 25% chance of level 55 to 60. The next den (Den H) is east of the upper rock structure and near the large tree. It has the same common pool as Den C in Pokémon Sword and Shield. The final den (Den I) is in the northeast part of the area. It has the same rare pool with Den C in both entries.
Finally, you can get the Galarian Stunfisk through the Dynamax Adventure in the Max Lair. You need the Expansion Pass to access this feature. I would recommend getting the Galarian Stunfisk in the Galar Mine No. 2, as it is the earliest way to get one. Again, they are not competitively competent at higher levels, so getting them for a complete Pokédex would make sense.
Where to Find Stunfisk in Pokémon Go
Stunfisk is available in Pokémon Go, and since it is a Ground and Electric-type Pokémon, you can find it in places where it would fit, like on beaches, industrial buildings, and the like. So, you can plan on going to the beaches with your friends and family; this way, you can get your Stunfisk while enjoying yourselves at the beach!
Where to Find Galarian Stunfisk in Pokémon Go
You can get a Galarian Stunfisk by completing Special Research known as the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 and the Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020. The former is accessible to players who completed the other similar challenges of different regions, i.e., Kanto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh. Galarian Stunfisk is a reward for completing between 80% to 100% of the tasks.
Meanwhile, the latter is available to players who bought a ticket using real money in the app’s shop between June 3 and June 8, 2020. Like the former, Galarian Stunfisk is a reward for completing between 80% to 100% of the tasks. Plus, it gives you ten Stunfisk Candies alongside the Pokémon.
It is a bit hard to get, especially if you do not qualify for the Special Research Challenge Champion 2020. However, you can use real money to buy a ticket for the Throwback Challenge Celebration 2020 if you really need it. Plus, there are other great Pokémon to unlock in this paid challenge, so it would not be too much of a waste.
Stunfisk in the Pokémon Anime
Cilan, one of Ash’s traveling companions in the Pokémon: Black and White anime series, owns a Stunfisk, which debuted in the 32nd episode, “Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!” Within the episode, its friend Palpitoad thought Ash and his friends were intruders. So, he asked Stunfisk’s help, who was camouflaging around the environment. By the end of the episode, Cilan caught the Stunfisk.
However, Cilan’s Stunfisk does not get many appearances throughout the anime. Several different Stunfisk appear for minor roles. The 22nd episode of the Pokémon: X and Y anime series entitled “Going for the Gold!” shows a Stunfisk living in the Ambrette Aquarium. In the same series of the 62nd episode, “The Future is Now, Thanks to Determination!” it shows Team Rocket owning two Stunfisk.
In the 23rd Pokémon movie, “Secrets of the Jungle,” a Galarian Stunfisk appears to be owned by a Trainer. Another Galarian Stunfisk makes an appearance in the 73rd episode of the Pokémon Journeys anime series entitled, “Grabbing the Brass Ring!” where Goh, one of Ash’s traveling companions in the series, captures one.
Honestly, it is a bit saddening that Stunfisk does not get too many exposures in the anime. They are funny-looking Pokémon, and it is a waste not to show their design. Even an episode all about the Stunfisk could be warranted as it is a Pokémon design around being a trap. I have watched Scooby-Doo, and the traps are genuinely entertaining in that show. So, Pokémon could absolutely do it too!
What Are Stunfisk’s Base Stats in Pokémon?
Stunfisk has abysmal stats that are not good for competitive battles, so they might not be suited for combat. It does not evolve into anything, so its stats will not change to anything through evolution. Still, it can be a good Pokémon to fill in empty slots for your team, especially in the early stages. Below are Stunfisk’s base stats in the games, with a total of 471.
|Stats||Base||At Level 50||At Level 100|
|HP||109||169 to 216||328 to 422|
|Attack||66||63 to 129||123 to 254|
|Defense||84||80 to 149||155 to 293|
|Special Attack||81||77 to 146||150 to 287|
|Special Defense||99||93 to 166||182 to 326|
|Speed||32||33 to 92||62 to 179|
What Are Stunfisk’s Best and Worst Stats?
Stunfisk’s best stat is its HP. Paired with its high Defense and Special Defense stats, it is an incredibly sturdy Pokémon with great potential. Its weaknesses tend to have many special moves, such as Water, Grass, and Ice-type, so having a great Special Defense stat is good. Between its Attack and Special Attack stats, the latter is where the Stunfisk excels, so you should focus on giving it special moves.
Meanwhile, Stunfisk’s worst stat is its Speed, followed by its Attack stat. Stunfisk is incredibly slow, which puts it at a disadvantage. Its Attack stat is also low, although it is more than twice its Speed stat. What’s worse is that Stunfisk does not have a move in its kit that can increase its Speed stat. If you will use Stunfisk, either use it as a Hazard Setter or a Special Attacker.
What are Galarian Stunfisk’s Base Stats in Pokémon?
Galarian Stunfisk has the same total base stats as its Unovan form, although some of the stats are switched around.
|Stats||Base||At Level 50||At Level 100|
|HP||109||169 to 216||328 to 422|
|Attack||81||77 to 146||150 to 287|
|Defense||99||93 to 166||182 to 326|
|Special Attack||66||63 to 129||123 to 254|
|Special Defense||84||80 to 149||155 to 293|
|Speed||32||33 to 92||62 to 179|
What are Galarian Stunfisk’s best and worst stats?
Similar to its Unovan form, its HP is still its best stat, making it incredibly sturdy. However, Galarian Stunfisk’s specialty is now its physical prowess instead of its special moves, which is still great due to its typing weaknesses having many physical moves such as Fighting and Ground types. Still, its Speed is incredibly low.
What Are Stunfisk’s Abilities in Pokémon?
Stunfisk can have three abilities, with one being its hidden ability, and they are as follows:
- Static: Any Pokémon that makes physical contact with it gains a 30% chance of becoming paralyzed. Outside of battle, putting Stunfisk in the party’s first place increases the chance of encountering Electric-type Pokémon if possible.
- Limber: The Stunfisk cannot become paralyzed.
- Sand Veil (Hidden Ability): Any move used against the Stunfisk will have its accuracy decreased by 20% during a sandstorm.
What is the Galarian Stunfisk’s Ability in Pokémon?
The Galarian Stunfisk’s ability is Mimicry, which grants it the ability to change its type depending on the terrain if there is any. During an Electric Terrain, it will gain the Electric typing. During a Grassy Terrain, it will gain the Grass typing. During a Misty Terrain, it will gain a Fairy typing. Finally, during a Psychic Terrain, it will gain Psychic typing.
What is the Best Ability for Stunfisk in Pokémon?
I think the best ability for the Unovan Stunfisk would be Static because it can help cover its weakness which is physical attacks. Since most physical attacks make contact with their target, the enemy gains a 30% chance of becoming paralyzed. It helps in making an enemy weaker, especially if they are trying to hit the Stunfisk’s weak spots.
Limber is absolutely useless for Unovan Stunfisk since it is a Ground and Electric-type Pokémon. After Generation VI, all Electric-type Pokémon are immune to paralysis by default. Sand Veil is a good ability if the Stunfisk has a move that can cause a sandstorm. If you are considering a Stunfisk that will thrive in setting up sandstorms, Sand Veil would be the better choice.
As for Galarian Stunfisk, it can only have its signature ability, Mimicry. You can cater its move set based on its flexible ability or just stick to a plan regardless of its ability. The bad thing about the former is that the Galarian Stunfisk can only learn the Electric Terrain move. With Mimicry, Terrain Pulse will always be a STAB move for the Pokémon.
Stunfisk’s Moves per Level (Generation VIII)
Note that moves with the single asterisk (*) are exclusive to Unovan Stunfisk, while moves with the double asterisks (**) are exclusive to Galarian Stunfisk.
Stunfisk’s Moves from TM or TR (Generation VIII)
What is Stunfisk Strong Against in Pokémon?
Unovan Stunfisk is defensively strong against Flying, Poison, Rock, and Steel-type moves, with them only dealing half the damage against the Stunfisk. Furthermore, it is immune to Electric-type moves due to it being a Ground-type. Normal, Fighting, Bug, Ghost, Fire, Psychic, Dragon, Dark, and Fairy-type moves do normal damage.
Galarian Stunfisk is defensively strong against Normal, Flying, Rock, Bug, Steel, Psychic, Dragon, and Fairy-type moves. Furthermore, it is immune to Poison and Electric-type moves due to it being a Steel and Ground-type, respectively. Ghost, Grass, Ice, and Dark-type moves do normal damage.
What is Stunfisk Weak to in Pokémon?
Unovan Stunfisk is defensively weak to Ground, Water, Grass, and Ice-type moves. Meanwhile, Galarian Stunfisk is defensively weak to Fighting, Ground, Fire, and Water-type moves.
What is the Best Build for Stunfisk in Pokémon?
Stunfisk has bad stats and stat distribution, but it can work in your team, especially during the early stages of the game. After all, its total base stat is greater than the second evolution of the starter Pokémon. In Smogon, they linger around “Practically Useless,” “Zero Used,” or “Never Used.” Here are the moves that I would recommend for your Stunfisk.
- Leftovers (heals 1/6 of Stunfisk’s max HP at the end of each turn)
- Bright Powder (decreases the opponent’s accuracy by 10%)
- Ability: Sand Veil
- Nature: Calm; Timid
- EVs: 252 HP, 252 Defense, 4 Special Defense
- Earth Power; Earthquake
- Stealth Rock; Toxic
This build relies on altering the weather, i.e., implementing Sandstorm to make Stunfisk more evasive using its Sand Veil ability. Sandstorm greatly benefits this Stunfisk as it damages its non-Ground-type opponents. Discharge allows Stunfisk to gain a chance of paralyzing opponents while also being a good STAB move. If you do not want Leftovers, you can have Stunfisk hold Bright Powder.
Bright Powder decreases the enemy’s accuracy, further boosting Stunfisk’s evasiveness. Earth Power has a 10% chance of lowering the target’s Special Defense by one, but Earthquake is more powerful in terms of raw damage. Meanwhile, Stealth Rock grants it leverage against enemies who would switch to another Pokémon during the Sandstorm. Toxic is also a good support move to make the enemy weaker.
Question: Is Stunfisk a legendary Pokémon?
Answer: No, Stunfisk is not a legendary Pokémon. Even though it has no evolution, it is not even as powerful as the starter Pokémon’s final evolution, let alone the other legendary Pokémon.
Question: Does Stunfisk evolve in Pokémon?
Answer: No, Stunfisk does not evolve into anything. It also does not evolve from another Pokémon. It has a Galarian form, though.
Question: Is Stunfisk better than Galarian Stunfisk in Pokémon?
Answer: I think that Galarian Stunfisk is better than Unovan Stunfisk, even though the former suffers from its almost useless ability. The latter has good typing, making it more resistant against other types while retaining its number of weaknesses.
Stunfisk Pokemon Guide: Conclusion
No, Stunfisk is not a good Pokémon competitively, considering most Pokémon in the competitive scene have high stats. However, in the proper hands, you can make Stunfisk a great utility Pokémon. It can thrive well in a team consisting of Sandstorm as it will hinder others while benefiting from it. However, Stunfisk’s typing is a bit weak, and it suffers from a small move pool.
Meanwhile, Galarian Stunfisk is better in terms of typing. Thanks to its Steel typing, it becomes resistant to eight types, which is twice more than the Unovan Stunfisk. It also gains immunity to Poison and does not gain additional weaknesses. However, it still carries abysmal stats. If you are looking for a better Ground and Steel-type Pokémon, I would suggest Steelix instead.