Kingdra takes inspiration from the weedy sea dragon, while still sharing some characteristics of a regular seahorse.
It's secondary Dragon-typing may be a reference to how seahorses are sometimes known in Japan as "tatsu-no-otoshigo", which means "dragon's child".
Kingdra received positive reception from fans for it's great type combination, granting it only one weakness prior to Generation VI.
Kingdra can function well as both a Swift Swim user, which gives it twice the speed in rain, as well as a user of Sniper, thanks to the improved critical hit ratio in recent games.
Kingdra has a reasonably balanced stat distribution and has access to some viably competitive attacks like Hydro Pump, Scald, Draco Meteor, Flash Cannon, and Ice Beam.