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(ツタージャ Tsutaaja)
Grass Snake Pokémon Pokémon
Ability Gender
Contrary (Hidden Ability)
87.5% ♂/12.5% ♀
Pokédex color Egg groups
'Green' Field
Weight Height
17.9 lbs. 8.1 kg 2'00" 0.6 m
Body style Footprint
Body06.png F495.png
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
45 45 55
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
45 55 63

Snivy (Japanese: ツタージャ Tsutaaja) is a Grass-type Starter Pokémon of the Unova region, introduced in Generation V. Like all of the previous grass starters, Snivy has the ability Overgrow. It is #001 in the Unova Pokédex and its evolutions are #002 and #003 like other grass Starter Pokémon. Snivy is very prideful.


Snivy using Leaf Tornado

Snivy is a serpentine creature with a mainly green body, tan stomach and lower head, with the end of its tail being shaped like a leaf as large as its head. Though unlike most other snake-like creatures, Snivy sports arms and legs, being green and tan, respectively. The arms are quite plant-like, ending in three prongs that act like fingers. Its head is a tear drop shape with the top half being green and the bottom half, in front of the neck, being tan. Its eyes are in the intersection between the border of the green and tan parts of its head. Its eyes are surrounded by a yellow marking and are usually half closed. Near the bottom of its neck is a yellow collar which comes up on either side on its body, and comes together in the center of its back, making a line to the bottom of the leaf tail.

In the Anime

File:Shooti Tsutarja.png
Snivy in the anime.

The first Snivy seen was when Professor Juniper, introduced the starter Pokémon of Unova. When Trip arrived to pick his starter he chose Snivy, because of its confidence.

Ash's Snivy

Main article: Ash's Snivy

Trip's Snivy

Main article: Trip's Serperior

It battled Ash and Pikachu when they first came to Unova and won. It was later revealed that it evolved and is male proven by Ash's Snivy using attract.

In Japanese, Snivy says taaja and is voiced by Megumi Hayashibara.


Snivy evolves into Servine, also a Grass type, at level 17. Servine then evolves into Serperior at level 36.

Game Info

Game Locations

Version(s) Location
Black/White Nuvema Town
Black 2/White 2 Aspertia City

Pokédex Entries

Generations I - IV
Snivy did not appear during the Generation I - IV games.
It is very intelligent and calm. Being exposed to lots of sunlight makes
They photosynthesize by bathing their tails in sunlight. When they are not
Black 2
Being exposed to sunlight makes its movements swifter. It uses vines more adeptly than its hands.
White 2
Being exposed to sunlight makes its movements swifter. It uses vines more adeptly than its hands.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical

4 Leer 100% 40 Normal Status

7 Vine Whip 35 100% 15 Grass Physical

10 Wrap 15 90% 20 Normal Physical

13 Growth - -% 40 Normal Status

16 Leaf Tornado 65 90% 10 Grass Special

19 Leech Seed 90% 10 Grass Status

22 Mega Drain 40 100% 15 Grass Special

25 Slam 80 75% 20 Normal Physical

28 Leaf Blade 90 100% 15 Grass Physical

31 Coil - -% 20 Poison Status

34 Giga Drain 75 100% 10 Grass Special

37 Wring Out - 100% 5 Normal Special

40 Gastro Acid - 100% 10 Poison Status

43 Leaf Storm 140 90% 5 Grass Special

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


I Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
Snivy did not appear in Generation I
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Snivy did not appear in Generation II
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Snivy did not appear in Generation III
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Snivy did not appear in Generation IV
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Snivy BW.gif Snivy BW Back.gif
Shiny Snivy BW.gif Shiny Snivy BW Back.gif


  • Snivy may be based on a lizard or a snake. Its shared traits with both make it similar to skinks.
  • Snivy's Japanese name is possibly derived from ツタ tsuta, Japanese ivy, and 蛇 jaa, snake.
  • Some large snakes such as pythons and anacondas have vestigial legs which are visible on the outside of them or old snake skeletons carry hips. Yet Snivy's legs seem to function. When Snivy is a Servine and evolves into Serperior, it loses its legs and its arms become small and stubby.
  • In the anime, it is said that Snivy are clever Pokémon. Sometimes they find their trainers incompetent, so they abandon their trainers instead.
  • The English name is the combination of the words "snake" (a reptile), and "ivy" (a plant).
  • Snivy is the second Grass-type starter to stand on two legs, the other being Treecko.