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Type(s)
Grass  Poison
Species Seed Pokémon
Abilities Overgrow
ChlorophyllDW
Pokédex
None ← 001 → [[Ivysaur]]
Kanto 001 Johto 226
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into None
Bulbasaur
001
'(フシギダネ Fushigidane)'
001Bulbasaur
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Gender
Genderless
Weight Height
25.2 lbs. 6.9kg 2'00" 0.7 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Green>Green</font> Plant
Monster
Body Style Footprint
Body08
F001
Cry

Bulbasaur (Japanese: フシギダネ Fushigidane) is the Grass/Poison-type Seed Starter Pokémon. It evolves into Ivysaur starting at level 16, which evolves into Venusaur starting at level 32.

It, along with Charmander and Squirtle, is a Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region.

Biology

Physiology

Bulbasaur Red & Blue Artwork

Bulbasaur resembles a small, squatting dinosaur that walks on four legs and has a large 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 claws 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.

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.

Behavior

Habitat

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

Gender differences

Evolution

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

Game data

Statistics

Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.
Yellow
It can go for days without eating a single morsel. In the bulb on its back, it stores energy.
Gold
The seed on its back is filled with nutrients. The seed grows steadily larger as its body grows.
Silver
It carries a seed on its back right from birth. As it grows older, the seed also grows larger.
Crystal
While it is young, it uses the nutrients that are stored in the seeds on its back in order to grow.
Ruby
Bulbasaur can be seen napping in bright sunlight. There is a seed on its back. By soaking up the sun's rays, the seed grows progressively larger.
Sapphire
Bulbasaur can be seen napping in bright sunlight. There is a seed on its back. By soaking up the sun's rays, the seed grows progressively larger.
Emerald
Bulbasaur can be seen napping in bright sunlight. There is a seed on its back. By soaking up the sun's rays, the seed grows progressively larger.
FireRed
There is a plant seed on its back right from the day this Pokémon is born. The seed slowly grows larger.
LeafGreen
A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.
Diamond
For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
Pearl
For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
Platinum
For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
HeartGold
The seed on its back is filled with nutrients. The seed grows steadily larger as its body grows.
SoulSilver
It carries a seed on its back right from birth. As it grows older, the seed also grows larger.
Black
For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
White
For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
Black 2
For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
White 2
For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
X
Y


Locations

Bulbasaur Locations
Version(s) Location 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

Bulbasaur Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap River
Cave Template:XXS
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


Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical
3 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
7 Leech Seed 90% 10 Grass Status
9 Vine Whip 35 100% 15 Grass Physical
13 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison Status
13 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass Status
15 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
19 Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass Physical
21 Sweet Scent 100% 20 Normal Status
25 Growth —% 40 Normal Status
27 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical
31 Worry Seed 100% 10 Grass Status
33 Synthesis 100% 10 Grass Status
37 Seed Bomb 80 100% 15 Grass Physical

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

Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal Physical
3 Growl 100% 40 Normal Status
7 Leech Seed 90% 10 Grass Status
9 Vine Whip 35 100% 15 Grass Physical
13 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison Status
13 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass Status
15 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
19 Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass Physical
21 Sweet Scent 100% 20 Normal Status
25 Growth —% 40 Normal Status
27 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical
31 Worry Seed 100% 10 Grass Status
33 Synthesis 100% 10 Grass Status
37 Seed Bomb 80 100% 15 Grass Physical

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

Leveling Generation III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal
4 Growl 100% 40 Normal
7 Leech Seed 90% 10 Grass
10 Vine Whip 35 100% 10 Grass
15 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison
15 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass
20 Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass
25 Sweet Scent 100% 20 Normal
32 Growth —% 40 Normal
39 Synthesis —% 5 Grass
46 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass

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

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal
4 Growl 100% 40 Normal
7 Leech Seed 90% 10 Grass
10 Vine Whip 35 100% 10 Grass
15 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison
15 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass
20 Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass
25 Sweet Scent 100% 20 Normal
32 Growth —% 40 Normal
39 Synthesis —% 5 Grass
46 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass

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

Leveling Generation I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Tackle 35 95% 35 Normal
1 Growl 100% 40 Normal
7 Leech Seed 90% 10 Grass
13 Vine Whip 35 100% 10 Grass
20 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison
27 Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass
34 Growth —% 40 Normal
41 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass
48 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass

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

TM/HM

Egg moves

Tutoring

Tutoring
Game Move Type Category
FR/LG/E Swords Dance Normal Status
FR/LG/E Body Slam Normal Physical
FR/LG/E Double-Edge Normal Physical
FR/LG/E Mimic Normal Status
FR/LG/E Substitute Normal Status
E Endure Normal Status
E Swagger Normal Status
E Defense Curl Normal Status
E/Pt/HG/SS Fury Cutter Bug Physical
E/Pt/HG/SS Mud-Slap Ground Special
E/Pt/HG/SS/B2/W2 Snore Normal Special
E/B2/W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status
Pt/HG/SS/B2/W2 Knock Off Dark Physical
Pt/HG/SS/B2/W2 Synthesis Grass Status
Pt/HG/SS/B2/W2 Seed Bomb Grass Physical
HG/SS String Shot Bug Status
HG/SS Headbutt Normal Physical
B/W/B2/W2 Grass Pledge Grass Special
B2/W2 Bind Normal Physical
B2/W2 Giga Drain Grass Special
B2/W2 Worry Seed Grass Status

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

Sprites

Version
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) Bulbasaur Sliver (Shiny) Bulbasaur gold cristal brillante Bulbasaur Gold Sliver Back Shiny
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 Back

Appearances

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

Ash Bulbasaur

Ash's Bulbasaur

Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur


May's Bulbasaur

Main article: May's Venusaur


Manga appearances

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

Trivia

  • Bulbasaur uses the bulb on its back to store extra energy. This, theoretically, makes it possible for Bulbasaur to survive for days without eating.
  • Bulbasaur and its evolutions are the only Poison type starter Pokémon and it is the only basic stage starter to be dual-typed, all other basic stage starters are single typed (although some become duel typed but only after one or two evolutions).
  • 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 at least until it evolves into Ivysaur.
  • Bulbasaur is the first grass type starter introduced, having been introduced in the Generation 1 Kanto based games of Red, Green and Blue.
  • Bulbasaur is known to be the first Pokémon introduced in the National Pokédex Order that is a genuine Pokemon, the Pokemon Missingno. appears before it with a Pokedex number of 000 but Missingno. is unofficial, non canon and a glitch.
  • Bulbasaur's final evolution Venusaur appears as the version mascot for Pokemon Green which was only released in Japan and was replaced by Blue (which features Squirtle's final evolution, Blastoise, as its mascot) for international release, in Generation 1 the first game released worldwide was Red, which features Charmander's final evolution Charizard as its version mascot. Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle are the three starter pokemon available in the Kanto region (the region in Generation 1), apart from in Pokemon Yellow which also takes place in Kanto where the only starter available to the player is Pikachu (the rival gets an Eevee as opposed to picking the pokemon with a type advantage to the player's).

Etymology

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

Names in other languages

  • 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".

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