#042 Unova / #536 National
Species classification: Vibration Pokemon
Swift Swim – Speed doubles in rain
Hydration – Removes user's status ailment each turn when raining
Dream World abilities: Water Absorb – Restores 1/4 of total HP if user is hit with Water-type attack
Location found (Black/White): Route 8, Icirrus City, Moor of Icirrus
Wild hold items: Persim Berry
Egg groups: Water 1
Capture rate: 120
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 2 HP
Evolution family: Tympole > Palpitoad at level 25 > Seismitoad at level 35
Seismitoad has some pretty big shoes to fill when being compared with similar Pokemon from previous generations. His biggest competition is definitely the beloved Water/Ground type Swampert, who outclasses Seismitoad stats-wise. To an extent though, Seismitoad makes up for his lesser stats with some interesting abilities.
When little Tympole finally assumes his final form in Seismitoad, his Hydration ability changes to Poison Touch, a rare new ability introduced this generation. Only five Pokemon have this ability, and Seismitoad is the only non-Poison type among them. Whenever he uses a move that makes contact (most, but not all, physical moves make contact), he has a 30% chance of poisoning the opponent. Even though his physical and special attack stats are split evenly, you'll probably want to go exclusively with physical attacks that make contact if your Seismitoad has the Poison Touch ability. Of course, Swift Swim and Water Absorb are great abilities too, but they're such known quantities it's hard to get too excited about them. Still, all three of Seismitoad's abilities easily trump Swampert's boring Torrent or Damp options.