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Aipom #190: Aipom
Pokémon
#192: Sunflora Sunflora
Sunkern
ヒマナッツ Himanuts
#191
191Sunkern.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from HeartGold and SoulSilver
Type
Grass '
Category
Seed Pokémon
Abilities
Chlorophyll or Solar Power Early Bird
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,059,860
Regional Pokédex numbers
Johto
#103
Hoenn
#336
Regional Browser numbers
Oblivia
R-010 N-028
Height
1'00"
Imperial
0.3 m
Metric
Weight
4.0 lbs.
Imperial
1.8 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
235 (30.7%)
Body style
Body01.png
Footprint
 F191.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Plant group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
1
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 52 Battle Exp.: 521*

Sunkern (Japanese: ヒマナッツ Himanuts) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves into Sunflora when exposed to a Sun Stone.

Biology

Physiology

Sunkern is a mostly yellow seed-like Pokémon with a small sprout growing out of its top. Sunkern has triangular spike-like protrusions on top of its head, encircling the sprout. Sunkern’s body has three broad brown vertical stripes. Two of the stripes start jaggedly above Sunkern’s dark eyes, continuing downward. The other stripe is directly below Sunkern’s mouth. Since Sunkern’s eyelids are brown, the brown streak patterning appears uninterrupted when Sunkerns’ eyes are closed.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

At this stage of development, it is (statistically speaking) the weakest Pokémon in the game, with a base stat total of only 180. Although it has been stated that its only means of defending itself is violently thrashing its leaves at the attacker, it is capable of using a variety of Grass-type moves.

Behavior

Sunkern have a tendency to fall from the sky on early mornings, though usually without any predictability. Sunkern tries to move as little as it possibly can, since it tries to conserve all the nutrients it has stored in its body for evolution. A year after a cold summer, the population of Sunkern explodes.

Habitat

Sunkern are commonly found in Kanto & Johto, but there have also been sightings in Sinnoh. They have also been imported to the Hoenn Safari Zone. Since they are known to randomly fall from the sky, they may also live up in the Troposphere, or even the Stratosphere.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

It only drinks morning dew, found under plants' leaves, as well as its own. But it is sometimes found with the Coba Berry. Whether it eats this as well is unknown.

In the anime

A Sunkern in the anime

Major appearances

Sunkern made its debut appearance in Moving Pictures Ash, Brock, Misty, and Todd Snap found it frozen in a field. Ash eventually evolved it using his Sun Stone from the The Bug Stops Here, and it summoned more Sunflora so that Sophia and Marcello could take a picture for their golden anniversary.

Minor appearances

It also appeared in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part One.

Sunkern also made a brief appearance in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

A Sunkern's fossilized leaf made an appearance in a flashback in Ancient Family Matters!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP187 Sunkern Ash's Pokédex Sunkern, the Seed Pokémon. Sunkern drink the dew that collects beneath leaves. It is believed that it neither eats nor drinks anything else.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In Volume 8, Gold encounters a herd of Sunkern escaping from a Skarmory. He captures one of the Sunkern to help defeat the Skarmory with Exbo's Ember attack using its jumping ability. Although not much of a battler and used sparingly, in Volume 14, she evolves into Sunflora and uses its Sunny Day to power up the Typhlosion's fire attacks, helping it combat the Masked Man.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS099 May drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake off its leaves.*

In the TCG

Main article: Sunkern (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold It may drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
Silver It lives by drinking only dewdrops from under the leaves of plants. It is said that it eats nothing else.
Crystal It is very weak. Its only means of defense is to shake its leaves desperately at its attacker.
Stadium 2 It may drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
Generation III
Ruby Sunkern tries to move as little as it possibly can. It does so because it tries to conserve all the nutrients it has stored in its body for its evolution. It will not eat a thing, subsisting only on morning dew.
Sapphire
Emerald Sunkern try to minimize movement to conserve the nutrients they have stored in their bodies for evolution. They will not eat, subsisting only on morning dew.
FireRed It lives by drinking only dewdrops from under the leaves of plants. It is said that it eats nothing else.
LeafGreen It may drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
Generation IV
Diamond It suddenly falls out of the sky in the morning. A year after a cold summer, their population explodes.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It may drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
SoulSilver It lives by drinking only dewdrops from under the leaves of plants. It is said that it eats nothing else.
Generation V
Black あるあさ とつぜん ふってくる。なつが さむかった つぎの としは かずが ばくはつてきに ふえる。
White
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Trade
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Trade
Generation II
Gold Silver
Common Route 24, National Park (day)
Crystal
Common Route 24, National Park (day)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
Uncommon Safari Zone
FireRed LeafGreen
None Trade
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Rare Northern Route 204 (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Rare Northern Route 204 (Poké Radar)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Common Route 24, National Park (day)
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
Beautiful Beach
Generation V
Black White
Uncommon Route 12
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Channel Mt. Snowfall
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 1
Secret Storage 11
Endless Level 5
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Wish Cave (1F-3F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Mystery Jungle (B1-B29)
Happy Outlook (B1-B19)
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Dolce Island
Hinder Cape
Forest Temple

Held Items

Game Held Item(s)
Diamond Pearl Coba Berry Coba Berry (5%)
Platinum

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 30
90 - 137 170 - 264
Attack: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Defense: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Sp.Atk: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Sp.Def: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Speed: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Total: 180   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Power
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Skill
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Stamina
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Jump
2/5 ★★☆☆☆
Total
8/25 ☆☆☆☆

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Absorb Grass Special 02020 100100% 25
00Start Growth Normal Status 0000 —% 40
055 Mega Drain Grass Special 04040 100100% 15
099 Ingrain Grass Status 0000 —% 20
1313 GrassWhistle Grass Status 0000 05555% 15
1717 Leech Seed Grass Status 0000 09090% 10
2121 Endeavor Normal Physical 0000 100100% 5
2525 Worry Seed Grass Status 0000 100100% 10
2929 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 05555 09595% 25
3333 Synthesis Grass Status 0000 —% 5
3737 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —% 5
4141 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100100% 10
4545 Seed Bomb Grass Physical 08080 100100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM22 SolarBeam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Canon Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM53 Energy Ball Grass Special 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM70 Flash Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 30
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM01 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
SeedotNuzleafShiftryTamagetakeMorobareru Bide Normal Physical —% 10
TurtwigGrotleTorterraTesshidoNattorei Curse Ghost Status —% 10
BellsproutWeepinbellVictreebelHoppipSkiploomJumpluff
MonmenErufuun
Encore* Normal Status 100% 5
BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurParasParasectHoppip
SkiploomJumpluffTamagetakeMorobareru
Endure* Normal Status 100% 10
SunkernSunfloraRoseliaRoseradeSnoverAbomasnow GrassWhistle Grass Status 55% 15
CherubiCherrimMonmenErufuun Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
TangelaTangrowthSunkernSunfloraRoseliaRoserade
CacneaCacturneCarnivineSnoverAbomasnowMarakacchi
TamagetakeMorobareruTesshidoNattorei
Ingrain Grass Status —% 20
BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteExeggutorHoppip
SkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloom
RoseliaRoseradeCacneaCacturneTurtwigGrotle
TorterraCherubiCherrimSnivyJanovyJalorda
MonmenErufuun
Leech Seed Grass Special 90% 10
CherubiCherrim Morning Sun Normal Status —% 5
OddishGloomVileplumeBellossomExeggcuteExeggutor
TangelaTangrowthChikoritaBayleefMeganiumLotad
LombreLudicoloTropius
Natural Gift Normal Physical 100% 15
LotadLombreLudicoloSeedotNuzleafShiftry Nature Power Normal Status —% 20
BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurOddishGloomVileplume
BellossomBellsproutWeepinbellVictreebelChikoritaBayleef
MeganiumRoseliaRoseradeTropiusCarnivineMarakacchi
TamagetakeMorobareru
Sweet Scent Normal Status 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sunkern in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Sunkern in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Sunkern can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Sunkern cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Dream World-only moves

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Dream World Earth Power Ground Special 90 100% 10
Dream World Sweet Scent Normal Status 100% 20
  • A superscript level indicates that Sunkern can learn this move normally in Generation V at that level
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see event moves from other generations

TCG-only Moves

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani191.gif 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP191.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 5.2%
Friend Area: Jungle
Phrases
51%-100% HP It doesn't take much for me to grow. Just a little water'll do me fine!
26%-50% HP I only have half my HP left.
1%-25% HP I'm dehydrated... My HP's down too low...
Level up Wow! My level went up! I want to celebrate!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Wow! My level went up! I want to celebrate!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP191.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 5.2%
IQ group: B
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Grass  Grass Assist.png
( Grass )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It creates vines around itself that make Pokémon Slowed.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Sunkern
Unevolved
Sunkern
 Grass 
Sun Stone
Sun Stone


Sunflora
First evolution
Sunflora
 Grass 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
This Pokémon did not appear during Generation I.
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 191.png Spr 2s 191.png Spr 2c 191.png Spr b 2g 191.png
Spr 2g 191 s.png Spr 2s 191 s.png Spr 2c 191 s.png Spr b 2g 191 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 191.png Spr 3e 191.png Spr 3r 191.png Spr b 3r 191.png
Spr 3r 191 s.png Spr 3e 191 s.png Spr 3r 191 s.png Spr b 3r 191 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 191.png Spr 4d 191.png Spr 4h 191.png Spr b 4d 191.png
Spr 4d 191 s.png Spr 4d 191 s.png Spr 4h 191 s.png Spr b 4d 191 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 191.png Spr 5b 191.png Spr b 5b 191.png
Spr 5b 191 s.png Spr 5b 191 s.png Spr b 5b 191 s.png
Sunkern For other sprites and images, please see Sunkern images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Sunkern and its evolution are the only Pokémon that learn Early Bird via the Dream World.
  • Going only by base stat total, Sunkern is the weakest Pokémon, with a total of 180 points. Despite this, it is stronger than some Pokémon in some aspects (such as Speed, at 30, beating several slow Pokémon such as Munchlax) and has a greater movepool than others.
    • Ironically, Sunkern is one of the few Pokémon that can have 5 stars in each of its Pokéthlon stats. The others are Ditto, Mew, Giratina's Origin Forme and Arceus.
  • Sunkern shares the same species name as Bulbasaur and its evolutions. They are all known as the Seed Pokémon.
  • Sunkern's official artwork more closely resembled its shiny form in Gold and Silver than its regular form. This was somewhat rectified in Crystal, although the artwork was still more similar to its shiny sprite; this discrepancy was fully rectified in Generation III.
  • In The Official Pokémon Handbook 3, published by Scholastic Corporation, Sunkern's data says its height is 0'01" when it is actually 1'00".
  • Until the release of Generation IV, Sunkern was the only Generation II Pokémon to evolve via an evolutionary stone.

Origin

Sunkern is based on a shooting sunflower seed.

Name origin

Sunkern's name is a combination of sunflower and kernel. Its Japanese name may be a combination of 向日葵 himawari, sunflower, and the English word, nuts. It may also refer to 夏 natsu, summer.

In other languages

  • German: Sonnkern - From Sonne (sun) and kernal.
  • French: Tournegrin - From tournesol (sunflower) and a corruption of graine (seed).
  • Korean: 해너츠 Haeneocheu
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 向日種子 Xiàng Rì Zhǒng Zǐ - Literally "Sun-facing seed". 向日 can be derived from 向日葵 Xiàng​rì​kuí (sunflower).

External links

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