Name Qwilfish
Pokédex Number 211
Hoenn Number 354
Johto Number 161

Stage Basic
Signature Attack
Species Balloon Pokémon
Type Water / Poison
Height 1′08″ (0.5m)
Weight 8.6 lbs. (3.9kg)
Gender distribution 50% male, 50% female
Ability Poison Point / Swift Swim
First Appearance Pokémon Gold and Silver

Qwilfish(ハリーセン, Harīsen, Harysen in original Japanese language versions) is one of the 493 fictional species of Pokémon from the Pokémon Franchise – a series of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri.

This Pokémon's name comes from a respelling of quill, in reference to its spikes, and fish, because it resembles a porcupinefish. Its Japanese name is a shortening of 竜針千本 harisenbon (porcupinefish).


In appearance, Qwilfish resembles the real world's porcupinefish, which is also related to the pufferfish. It is a fish with a spherical blue-and-yellow body. Instead of scales, it is covered in many sharp spikes. It has a teardrop-shaped tail.

Qwilfish has a round body with many spiky protrusions, which gives it trouble swimming. However, Qwilfish gains in return excellent defensive measures against its predators.

To begin with, Qwilfish can swallow large quantities of water (as much as 2.6 gallons or ten litres) in very short notice, causing itself to inflate to a much larger size. In this way it tries to intimidate opponents much larger than itself. It can also spit this water at high speeds to shoot its prey down from trees.

If the opponent isn't scared away by that ploy, Qwilfish employs the sharp spikes it is covered with. It uses the pressure of the water it swallowed to shoot its spines in all directions at high speed, like a volley of arrows. The spikes contain a potent toxin that weakens foes and can even cause them to faint.

Qwilfish's unwieldy round shape and poisonous spikes also make it hard for it to be bitten by a predator. Even if Qwilfish is eaten, its poisonous nature is one last line of defense, probably causing a very troublesome digestion on its foe.


In Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal, Qwilfish is found by fishing in Routes 12, 13 and 32. In Pokémon FireRed, fishing spots for Qwilfish exist in the waters of Five Island, Six Island and Seven Island. In Pokémon Colosseum, Qwilfish is a Shadow Pokémon that can be snagged in Pyrite Town.


Qwilfish has had a number of appearances, all of which are cameos.

  • A Qwilfish was caught prior to episode 258, "Just Add Water"[1]
  • Qwilfish was one of the main Pokémon in episode 259 "Lapras of Luxury"[2]
  • In Pokémon Chronicles episode 4 "Snorlax Snowman".


A swarm of Qwilfish appeared in Volume 10 of Pokemon Special, angered by pollution that occurred as a result of an accident that occurred during the construction of the Battle Tower.

Trading Card game

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Qwilfish in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Qwilfish is a minor figure in card format because it has only appeared three times. It is in these following expansion sets that it has had Basic Water-type cards:

  • Neo Revelation
  • Expedition
  • EX Team Rocket Returns


  1. Episode 258, Just Add Water URL Accessed July 16, 2006
  2. Pokémon anime episode guide Psypokes URL Accessed July 16, 2006
  • Barbo, Maria. The Official Pokémon Handbook. Scholastic Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-439-15404-9.
  • Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
  • Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21, 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
  • Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5

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