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Basculin (Pokémon)

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Basculin
Hostile Pokémon
バスラオ
Bassrao
#550
Basculin

Basculin

Basculin

Basculin
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped Form
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Reckless or Adaptability
Red-Striped Form
Rock Head or Adaptability
Blue-Striped Form
Cacophony
Mold Breaker
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Basculin Blue-Striped Form

Mega Basculin Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
25 (3.3%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 2
Hatch time
10455 - 10709 steps
Height
3'03" 1.0 m
Red-Striped Form
0'0" 0 m
Blue-Striped Form
0'0" 0 m
{{{forme3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{forme4}}}
Weight
39.7 lbs. 18.0 kg
Red-Striped Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
Blue-Striped Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{forme3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{forme4}}}
Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#550
Kanto
#000
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh
#056/#104
Unova
Mountain
#060
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
161
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Red-Striped Form
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
2
Speed
Blue-Striped Form
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body03.png BodyUnknown.png
Blue-Striped Form
Footprint
F550.png None.png
Blue-Striped Form
Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
70
External Links

Basculin (Japanese: バスラオ Bassrao) is a Water-type Pokémon.

While it is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon, it does have two different appearances: Red-Striped Form, which has a red stripe and irises, with a round eye and spiky fins, and Blue-Striped Form, which has a blue stripe and irises, with a slit eye and smooth fins.

Biology

The body of both Red- and Blue-Striped Basculin is the same. They have a green, ovoid body, tapering off in the rear to a trapezoidal tail fin. A thick black stripe covers the top of their body from mouth to tail and a white, dorsal fin with four protrusions resembling spikes. Their lower jaw juts ahead of their upper jaw, with a small indent near the edges of their mouth. Both forms have three black dots on both sides of their body, behind their pectoral fins.

The main difference between the two forms of Basculin is the color of the stripe that separates the black and green on their body. Both forms of Basculin have fins in the same places, with one on top of their body ahead of the tail fin, one below the body ahead of the tail fin, and two side fins. However, Red-Striped Basculin have jagged fins that resemble tridents, whereas Blue-Striped Basculin have smooth fins all around. Red-Striped Basculin have circular, red eyes, while Blue-Striped Basculin have narrower, blue eyes.

Both forms of Basculin are extremely hostile, especially towards their opposite form. Red- and Blue-Striped Basculin generally start fighting each other on sight. However, on rare occasions, one form may swim with the other's school. Basculin are also consumed by humans and are considered very delicious.

In the anime

A Red-Striped Basculin in the anime

Major appearances

Both forms of Basculin appeared in A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!. Cilan managed to capture a Blue-Striped one; however, a wild Frillish released it. A few other Basculin appeared during the episode. A Red-Striped and a Blue-Striped one were seen being reeled in by two unnamed Trainers. Iris managed to fish another Blue-Striped one with her bare hands but was penalized for it.

A Red-Striped Basculin appeared in PK22.

Minor appearances

A photo of multiple Basculin appeared in The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck!.

Multiple Basculin made an appearance in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 and Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 2.

Multiple Blue-Striped Basculin appeared in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.

Multiple Red-Striped Basculin appeared in The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo!.

Multiple Red-Striped Basculin and one Blue-Striped appeared in Going for the Gold!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW037 Basculin Ash's Pokédex Basculin, the Hostile Pokémon. Basculin can be very violent and red and blue Basculin do not get along well, frequently resulting in battles.
This concludes the entries from the Best Wishes series.

In the manga

Basculin in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Master Black & White manga

In PBW2, Cheren uses a Red-Striped Basculin against Monta in a Triple Battle.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A member of the Shadow Triad used a Blue-Striped Basculin to attack Lenora at Nacrene City.

In the TCG

Main article: Basculin (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation I
Red {{{redbluedex}}}
Blue
Yellow {{{yellowdex}}}
Stadium {{{stadiumdex}}}
Generation II
Gold {{{golddex}}}
Silver {{{silverdex}}}
Crystal {{{crystaldex}}}
Stadium 2 Unknown
Generation III
Ruby {{{rubydex}}}
Sapphire {{{sapphiredex}}}
Emerald {{{emeralddex}}}
FireRed {{{firereddex}}}
LeafGreen {{{leafgreendex}}}
Generation IV
Diamond {{{diamonddex}}}
Pearl {{{pearldex}}}
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black Red and blue Basculin get along so poorly, they'll start fighting instantly. These Pokémon are very hostile.
White Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.
Black 2 Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
White 2
Generation VI
X Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
Y Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, and 14, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Dragonspiral Tower, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, and Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing)
Blue-Striped Basculin are only found in rippling water in Black.
White
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, and 14, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Dragonspiral Tower, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, and Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing)
Red-Striped Basculin are only found in rippling water in White.
Black 2
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, and 23, Aspertia City, Floccesy Ranch, Relic Passage, Clay Tunnel, Dragonspiral Tower, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Undella Town, Humilau City, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Nature Preserve, and Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing)
Blue-Striped Basculin are only found in rippling water in Black 2.
White 2
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, and 23, Aspertia City, Floccesy Ranch, Relic Passage, Clay Tunnel, Dragonspiral Tower, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Undella Town, Humilau City, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Nature Preserve, and Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing)
Red-Striped Basculin are only found in rippling water in White 2.
Dream World
Sparkling Sea*
Generation VI
X
Laverre City, Couriway Town, Route 15, Route 16, Route 21 (Good Rod, Super Rod)
Blue-Striped Basculin require Good Rod, and Red-Striped Basculin require Super Rod.
Y
Laverre City, Couriway Town, Route 15, Route 16, Route 21 (Good Rod, Super Rod)
Red-Striped Basculin require Good Rod, and Blue-Striped Basculin require Super Rod.

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Rumble Blast Lake: Soothing Shore (Blue-Striped)
Lake: Shimmering Lake (Red-Striped)

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Black White DeepSeaTooth DeepSeaTooth (5%)* DeepSeaScale DeepSeaScale (5%)*
Black 2 White 2 DeepSeaTooth DeepSeaTooth (5%)* DeepSeaScale DeepSeaScale (5%)*
X Y Deep Sea Tooth Deep Sea Tooth (5%)* Deep Sea Scale Deep Sea Scale (5%)*

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 70
130 - 177 250 - 344
Attack: 92
87 - 158 170 - 311
Defense: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Sp.Atk: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Sp.Def: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Speed: 98
92 - 165 180 - 324
Total: 460   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.


Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
00Start Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
00Start Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
00Start Tackle Normal Physical 05050 100100% 35
00Start Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
044 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
077 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100100% 15
1010 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
1313 Aqua Jet Water Physical 04040 100100% 20
1616 Chip Away Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
2020 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
2424 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
2828 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
3232 Soak Water Status 0000 100100% 20
3636 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
4141 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
4646 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
5050 Final Gambit Fighting Special 0000 100100% 5
5656 Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Basculin obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ice Sprite.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
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 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 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Water Sprite.png TM55 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag HM Normal Sprite.png HM01 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM03 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
Bag HM Water Sprite.png HM05 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
GoldeenSeakingCarvanhaSharpedoLuvdisc Agility Psychic Status —% 30
QwilfishWailmerWailordAlomomola Brine Water Special 65 100% 10
ChinchouLanturnRemoraidOctillery Bubble Beam Water Special 65 100% 20
Relicanth Muddy Water* Water Special 90 85% 10
RemoraidRelicanth Mud Shot* Ground Special 55 95% 15
CarvanhaSharpedo Rage Normal Physical 20 100% 20
Qwilfish Revenge Fighting Physical 60 100% 10
Remoraid Swift* Normal Special 60 —% 20
WailmerWailordFinneonLumineon Whirlpool Water Special 35 85% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Basculin in Generation VI
  • 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 Basculin in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

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

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
Friend Area: Beau Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP My HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP My HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP My HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up.
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 I leveled up.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Sky
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0%
IQ group: A
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:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack 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
PP2550.png Strong: Weak:
PokéPark Pad entry:
He likes the water where he lives, but he sometimes swims to another Area for fun.
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

Red-Striped

Red-Striped
Basculin
Does not evolve
Basculin
 Water 

Blue-Striped
Basculin
Does not evolve
Basculin
 Water 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 550.png Spr b 5b 550.png Spr 5b 550.png Spr b 5b 550.png
Spr 5b 550B.png Spr b 5b 550B.png Spr 5b 550B.png Spr b 5b 550B.png
Spr 5b 550 s.png Spr b 5b 550 s.png Spr 5b 550 s.png Spr b 5b 550 s.png
Spr 5b 550B s.png Spr b 5b 550B s.png Spr 5b 550B s.png Spr b 5b 550B s.png
Front Back Front Back
550MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Basculin images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • In Black and White, Blue-Striped Basculin have the same two standard possible Abilities as Red-Striped Basculin—Reckless and Adaptability (and is listed as such in Pokédex 3D); however, the Blue-Striped Basculin that can be obtained via in-game trade in White has the Ability Rock Head. In Black 2 and White 2, wild Blue-Striped Basculin's two standard possible Abilities are Rock Head and Adaptability, while Red-Striped Basculin's stay the same (and are listed as such in Pokédex 3D Pro). However, Blue-Striped Basculin bred in Black 2 and White 2 have Reckless and Adaptability as their two standard Abilities. When a Blue-Striped Basculin with Reckless is transferred from Generation V to Generation VI, its Ability is changed to Rock Head.
  • Basculin shares its species name with Zweilous. They are both known as the Hostile Pokémon.
  • Basculin's Pokédex entries in Pokémon Black 2, White 2 and X describe the species as being very tasty, one of the rare instances that hint at Pokémon being used for food.

Origin

Basculin were most likely inspired by a bass or piranha, the latter of which has historically been viewed as violent.

According to interviews with Ken Sugimori in Nintendo Dream, Basculin was created late in development when they realized there were few new 'standard' fish-like Pokémon in Unova, the only others being Alomomola, Stunfisk, Frillish and Jellicent. It was given two forms to make up for the small amount of fish in the region, and based on a bass since there are wild bass in New York state.

Name origin

Basculin is a combination of bass and masculine.

Bassrao may be a combination of bass and 丈夫 masurao (warrior, referring to its bold, violent nature) or バカラオ bakarao (bacalhau).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese バスラオ Bassrao From bass and 丈夫 masurao or バカラオ bakarao
France Flag.png French Bargantua From bar and Gargantua, a powerful giant in French literature
Spain Flag.png Spanish Basculin Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Barschuft From Barsch and Schuft
Italy Flag.png Italian Basculin Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 배쓰나이 Bae'sseuna'i From bass and 사나이 sana'i; may also be based on 사나이다움 sana'ida'um or 사나이다운 sana'ida'un.


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