The Top 5 Best Water-Type Pokémon in FireRed and LeafGreen

Water-type Pokémon are some of the most useful Pokémon in the game, especially with their key ability to ferry the trainer across most bodies of water. Not yet sure which Water Pokémon to add to your line-up? In no particular order, take a look at our top 5 best Water-type Pokémon in Kanto!

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Eevee’s water-type evolution Vaporeon makes it into the list of top 5 best Water-type Pokémon in the region.

Eevee evolves into Vaporeon after using a Water Stone on it. You can get a Water Stone in Celadon City’s 4th Floor Department Store.

Vaporeon excels in its HP, Special Attack and Special Defense stats, making it an all-rounder in battle. This means Vaporeon can dish out strong aquatic moves and can sufficiently resist attacks that a Water-type Pokémon is normally weak against, like Electric and Grass-types.

It’s also pretty easy to get Vaporeon in-game. You only need to get Eevee, also found in Celadon City, and evolve it anytime with a water stone. Vaporeon also has a pretty cool move set that includes Water Pulse (learned at Level 25), Aurora Beam (at Level 36) and Hydro Pump (learned at Level 52).


You might know Starmie as one of Misty’s Pokémon when you first challenged Cerulean City gym, which makes sense as it’s one of the strongest aquatic Pokémon out there. Take note though that Starmie can only be found in LeafGreen.

Starmie evolves from Staryu through a Water Stone. You can find Staryu in the wild by using a Super Rod and fishing around the waters in Pallet Town, Cinnabar Island, Vermillion City and One Island.

Starmie is one of the fastest Water Pokémon out there. Coupled with its high Special Attack stat, it’s capable of dealing one-hit knock out attacks. Starmie is also a part-Psychic Pokémon, so it covers a lot more type advantages, making it strong against Fire, Ice, Fighting, Psychic and Steel types.

Starmie can be a really good addition to your party especially if you’re playing in LeafGreen. You need to trade for either a Staryu or Starmie, however, if you have the FireRed version of the games.


Lapras is also one of the best additions you can have in your line-up, made evident as one of the Elite Four, Lorelei, has a Lapras in her party.

Lapras does not have any former evolutions. You can get Lapras through one of the employees in Silph Co. when you take it back from Team Rocket’s clutches. Here’s a quick guide on where else you can catch some stronger Lapras.

Lapras best stats are Special Defense and HP. This makes it a tanker, and can withstand sufficient attacks and holding out in battle. It has a great move pool which includes Confuse Ray (learned at Level 19), Perish Song (Level 25), Ice Beam (learned at Level 31) and Hydro Pump (learned at Level 49).

You can also teach Lapras the HM moves Surf and/or Waterfall, which can deal double the damage thanks to Same Type Attack Bonus or STAB.



Gyarados is up next on the list as another formidable Water-type Pokémon.

Gyarados is a part-Water, part-Flying type Pokémon. It comes from its humble origin, the seemingly useless Magikarp. Catch Magikarp using an Old Rod and train it to Level 20 so it evolves into Gyarados. You can read up on where to get the Old Rod here.

Gyarados best stat is Attack, followed closely by a strong HP and Special Defense. It’s capable of learning Dragon moves in addition to Water attacks, like Dragon Rage (learned at Level 25), Twister (Level 35) and Dragon Dance (Level 50). Its best move though, is Hyper Beam, which deals a whopping 150 damage.

Since Gyarados is pretty accessible early on in the game, you can add it to your party if you don’t have a set aquatic Pokémon in your line up.


Last but definitely not the least is Blastoise, the last evolved form of one of the game’s starter Pokémon.

You can get Blastoise if you chose Squirtle as your starter Pokémon way back in Pallet Town.

Raise Squirtle to Level 16 to have it evolve into Wartortle. Train Wartortle to Level 36 to evolve into Blastoise.

As one of the final forms of the Starters, Blastoise is a well-rounded Pokémon, with great stats across the board. Its main highlights though are its excellent defenses against both physical and elemental attacks.

Blastoise also has its signature move called Skull Bash which deals a 100 damage, as well as the Hydro Cannon, only learned via the Move Tutor found in Two Island.

If you did manage to choose Squirtle at the very beginning of the game, you already got yourself an excellent Water Pokémon in your midst. You can even take it a step further by EV training your Squirtle and/or rigging its nature. A Bold or Modest Nature is perfect for Squirtle and eventually Blastoise. Read more about the best nature for Squirtle here.

Water Pokémon can be a huge asset to any team as they cover a wide variety of type advantages, as well as help you access areas where you need to surf across a body of water. We hope this article helped in making sure you make the most of your Pokémon slot when adding a Water type to your line-up! If you need more info Water Type Strength and Weakness please read this article.(Coming Soon)

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