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[[File:Type Grass/Poison.gif|link=Grass/Poison type]]  
Species Seed Pokémon
Abilities Overgrow
Chlorophyll (Dream World)
None ← 001 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Ivysaur]]
'(フシギダネ Fushigidane)'
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Green>Green</font>
Shape Footprint

Bulbasaur (Japanese: フシギダネ Fushigidane) is the Grass/Poison-type Seed Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region and is the initial Pokémon in the National Pokédex, numbered #001 (other than the unofficial Missingno, which is #000).


File:Old bulbasaur.jpg

Known as the Seed Pokémon, Bulbasaur resembles a small, squatting dinosaur that walks on four legs and has a large plant bulb on its back that is able to shoot seeds out of. It also has large red eyes and has very sharp teeth. Its skin is a light turquoise color with dark green spots. It has three nails on all its four legs. Its most notable feature, however, is the aforementioned bulb on its back, which as the Pokédex states, was planted on it at birth.


As Bulbasaur is a starter Pokémon, it is hard to locate, however, it could be found near streams.

Special abilities

Bulbasaurs have "bulbs" on their backs that grow steadily larger as the Bulbasaur matures. This bulb contains a seed which uses photosynthesis to supply Bulbasaur with energy. Its bulb is also used to store the energy which the seed absorbs, which can be used when it is necessary. It is assumed that when a Bulbasaur collects enough energy in its bulb, it will evolve into an Ivysaur.


In the anime

Bulbasaur's debut in the anime was in the first episode, Pokémon - I Choose You, where it can be seen on Ash Ketchum's television in his room and his dream about which starter Pokémon he will select the next day.

Ash's Bulbasaur

Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur

May's Bulbasaur

Main article: May's Venusaur

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Red chose Bulbasaur, which he nicknamed Saur, as his Starter Pokémon.


Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur at level 16 and then Venusaur at level 32.

Game info

Bulbasaur is a starter in Pokémon Red and Blue, Pocket Monsters Green, and, more recently, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. In Pokémon Yellow, which is based upon the anime series, Bulbasaur is received as a gift in Cerulean City from a girl in the house next to the Pokémon Center. In the following games, Bulbasaur can be received via Trading.


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Yellow Received from a girl in Cerulean City if Pikachu's Happiness is high enough One
Gold/Silver Time Capsule None
Crystal Time Capsule None
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Diamond/Pearl Pal Park None
Platinum Pal Park None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red One
Black/White Poké Transfer or Dream World None

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Snap River
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Pokémon Channel Bus Stop
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Train
Endless level 16
Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Starter Pokémon
Joyous Tower (1F-5F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Starter Pokémon
Mystifying Forest (B1F-B13F),
Mystery Jungle (B1F-B29F)
Pokémon Rumble Quiet Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Meadow Zone

Pokédex entries


PokéPark Data

Park Bulbasaur Skill Game:
P-030 Attraction(s):
Bulbasaur's Daring Dash
Score to Beat:

Pokédex number



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Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Bulbasaur Blue & Red.png File:Bulbasaur A.gif File:Bulbasaur Green.png Bulbasaur espalda G1
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Bulbasaur Gold (Normal).png File:Bulbasaur Sliver (Normal).png File:Bulbasaur gold cristal.gif Bulbasaur espalda G2
Bulbasaur Gold (Shiny) File:Bulbasaur Sliver (Shiny).png File:Bulbasaur gold cristal brillante.gif File:Bulbasaur Gold Sliver Back Shiny.png
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Bulbasaur E.gif File:Bulbasaur E.gif File:BulbasaurRFVH.png Bulbasaur Fire Red Leaf Green (Back Normal)
Bulbasaur RSE Shiny Bulbasaur RSE Shiny Bulbasaur Fire Red Leaf Green Shiny Bulbasaur Back Sprite GenIII
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Bulbasaur DP.png File:Bulbasaur DP.png File:BulbasaurHGSSPTDP.gif Bulbasaur Back Sprite DPPHGSS
Bulbasaur DPP Shiny Bulbasaur DPP Shiny File:BulbasaurshinyHGSS.gif Bulbasaur Back DPPHGSS
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back



Bulbasaur's appearance is based upon a small dinosaur with a plant growing off its back.

Name Origin

  • Japanese:: フシギダネ (Fushigidane in Romaji) from the Japanese words Fushigi (不思議), which means strange and Tane (種), which means seed.
  • French:: Bulbizarre from the French words bulbe(bulb) and bizarre (bizarre).
  • German:: Bisasam from the German words Bisamratte (muskrat) and Samen (seed).
  • English: Bulbasaur is a portmanteau of the words "bulb", a plant term referring to the large bulb on its back, and "dinosaur".


  • Bulbasaur uses the bulb on its back to store extra energy. This makes it possible for Bulbasaur to survive for days without eating.
  • Bulbasaur and its evolutions are the only Poison type starter Pokémon. Because of this, it is the only basic stage starter to be dual-typed.
  • Bulbasaur and its evolutions have the same species as Sunkern: they are both Seed Pokémon.
  • Although Bulbasaur is a quadrupedal Pokémon, it has the ability to stand on its two hind legs until it evolves into Ivysaur.
  • Bulbasaur is the first grass type starter.
  • Bulbasaur is known to be the first Pokémon introduced in the National Pokédex Order.


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