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Pokémon series character
File:Pokémon Mudkip art.png
National Pokédex
Blaziken - Mudkip (#258) - Marshtomp
First gamePokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Designed byKen Sugimori
Voiced byLindsey Warner (4Kids)
Michele Knotz (Pokémon USA)
Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese)

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Mudkip, known in Japan as Mizugorou (ミズゴロウ), is a Pokémon species in Nintendo and Game Freak's Pokémon franchise. Created by Ken Sugimori, Mudkip first appeared in the video games Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and subsequent sequels, later appearing in various merchandise, spinoff titles and animated and printed adaptations of the franchise.

Known as the Mud Fish Pokémon, Mudkip first appeared in 2003 in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, as one of three starter Pokémon the player can choose from at the beginning of the games. Mudkip have appeared on the boxart for Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team, Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Channel, and Pokémon Dash.

Concept and characteristics[edit]

Mudkip, known as the Mud Fish Pokémon, are small blue Pokémon with a large fin on their head.


In video games[edit]

Mudkip first appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and its remake Pokémon Emerald. Mudkip is one of the three starting Pokémon that players may choose from including Treecko and Torchic. After gaining enough experience in battle, Mudkip evolves into Marshtomp, which will then evolve into Swampert. In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Mudkip, along with Treecko and Torchic, can be obtained from the character Steven Stone after obtaining all 16 badges and beating the final boss, Red.

Outside of the main Pokémon titles, they appear in Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Trozei!, the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon titles, the Pokémon Ranger titles, Pokémon Channel, and PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. Mudkip appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a trophy that can be obtained through special means.[1]

In anime[edit]

In the Pokémon anime, Brock, a Pokémon breeder and former Gym leader, saves a Mudkip from being washed away in a stream when him and his companions come across a group of young Mudkips. Brock's Lotad and Mudkip then work together to defeat Team Rocket, at which point the Mudkip decides to join Brock's team.[2] Mudkip's primary role is to assist Brock during water related situations, such as searching for objects in the ocean, such as an Illumise[3] and a pearl belonging to a Spoink.[4] Mudkip also guides the Pokémon when Brock, Ash and May aren't around. It evolves into Marshtomp during a training battle versus Ash's Grovyle.[5] A separate Mudkip also appears when the group meet a trainer called Nicolai, a young trainer, who is training his first Pokémon, Mudkip, which later defeats May's Torchic in a battle. Nicolai connects with his Pokémon in battle by dressing up in a suit resembling his Pokémon, wearing both Mudkip and Zigzagoon outfits in the episode.[6]

In manga[edit]

In the manga Pokémon Adventures during the arc based on Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Ruby, the male protagonist, obtains a Mudkip named Zuzu as his starter Pokémon from Professor Birch. Ruby becomes a Pokémon coordinator, a person who uses their Pokémon for contests rather than battles, and uses Zuzu in those contests. At the beginning Ruby was disappointed with it because it wasn't pretty enough like his other Pokémon, but then he decided that Tough Contests would be perfect for it. Zuzu was first used to battle against Sapphire, Ruby's rival in the manga.[7] Zuzu evolved into a Marshtomp unexpectedly while Ruby was in Slateport City,[8] and again into a Swampert, while training near Fortree City.[9]

A Mudkip also made a minor appearance in Pocket Monsters Chamo-Chamo ★ Pretty ♪, a sequel to Magical Pokémon Journey.


Kotaku called Mudkip a recognizable Pokémon, though GameZone called it indescribable.[10][11] GameSpot's Greg Kasavin felt that Mudkip fit in well with "tried-and-true classic" Pokémon like Pikachu.[12] IGN's Pokémon Chick chose Mudkip as her starter, but was disappointed with how Swampert turned out and argued that other Water types were better.[13] Comics Alliance's Chris Sims wrote that the starter Pokémon found in games after Red and Blue were inferior and cited Mudkip as an example.[14]

In popular culture[edit]

A group of people in masks holding signs in front of a building. One of the signs has a Mudkip on it and says "Project Chanology San Francisco".
Mudkip on a sign in an Anonymous Project Chanology protest in San Francisco.

Videos, images and copypastas involving Mudkip began surfacing in 2005, and by 2007 the Pokémon, along with variations of the misspelled phrase "so i herd u liek mudkipz", have become internet memes,[15][16] receiving many tribute videos on YouTube.[17][18]

On April 1, 2008, DeviantArt played an April Fool's Day joke on its members based on the meme, changing all their users avatars to images of Mudkip.[18][19] That same year, Mudkip was among the memes used by hacktivist group Anonymous in the Project Chanology protests against the Church of Scientology, where it appeared on protest signs and flags.[18][20]


  1. "Pokémon Series Trophies". NinDB. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Junki Takegami (writer) (March 13, 2004). "A Mudkip Mission". Pokémon. Season Advanced. Episode 25. Various.
  3. Hideki Sonoda (writer) (October 16, 2004). "Love at First Flight". Pokémon. Season Advanced. Episode 42. Various.
  4. Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (writer) (May 21, 2005). "Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend". Pokémon. Season Advanced Challenge. Episode 79. Various.
  5. Shinzō Fujita (writer) (September 16, 2006). "A Chip Off the Old Brock". Pokémon. Season Battle Frontier. Episode 79. Various.
  6. Shinzō Fujita (writer) (November 22, 2003). "In the Knicker of Time!". Pokémon. Season Advanced. Episode 05. Various.
  7. Kusaka, Hidenori; Satoshi Yamamoto (July 28, 2003). "Chapter 183". VS. Torchic. Pokémon Adventures. Volume 15. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN 4-09-149715-2. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. Kusaka, Hidenori; Satoshi Yamamoto (October 28, 2003). "Chapter 200". VS. Torkoal. Pokémon Adventures. Volume 16. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN 4-09-149716-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  9. Kusaka, Hidenori; Satoshi Yamamoto (June 19, 2004). "Chapter 231". VS. Masquerain. Pokémon Adventures. Volume 18. VIZ Media LLC. ISBN 4-09-149718-7. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  10. Owen Good. "These Are The Least Favorite Pokémons". kotaku.com.au.
  11. "Pokemon Ruby - GBA - Review | GameZone.com". Gameboy.gamezone.com. Archived from the original on August 9, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. Kasavin, Greg (March 14, 2003). "Pokemon fans will be in for exactly what they want, while new players now have the perfect opportunity to see what this unusual and likeable series is all about". Gamespot. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  13. "Pokemon Ruby Version - Pokemon of the Day: Swampert (#260)". IGN.
  14. "ComicsAlliance vs. the 156 New Pokemon: The Best, Worst and Weirdest". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. Vincent, Brittany (August 9, 2012). "The 50 Greatest Video Game Memes". Complex. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  16. Klink, Madeline LeNore (June 2010). "Glossary". Laugh Out Loud In Real Life: Women's Humor and Fan Identity (PDF) (Master of Science thesis). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. p. 78. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  17. Brophy-Warren, Jamin (July 9, 2008). "Modest Web Site Is Behind a Bevy of Memes". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 9, 2008.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 "I Herd U Liek Mudkips". Know Your Meme. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  19. Staff (April 1, 2008). "News: The April Fool: Mudkip". DeviantArt. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  20. Halupka, Max (2011). "Chapter 3: The Evolution of Anonymous - 3.3 Social Movement". The Evolution of Anonymous as a Political Actor (Bachelor of Arts thesis). Flinders University. p. 46. Retrieved August 3, 2018.

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