May's Venusaur

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May's Venusaur
ハルカのフシギバナ Haruka's Fushigibana
Poké Ball
May Venusaur.png
May and Venusaur in the Wallace Cup
Debuts in Grass Hysteria
Caught at Forbidden Forest
Evolves in Prior to Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Prior to Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Gender Female
Ability Unknown
Current location With May
Bulbasaur Ivysaur Venusaur
This Pokémon spent at least 60 episodes as Bulbasaur and an unknown number of episodes as Ivysaur.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Bulbasaur Miyako Itō Tara Jayne
As Ivysaur Not shown
As Venusaur Not heard

May's Venusaur (Japanese: ハルカのフシギバナ Haruka's Fushigibana) was the fourth Pokémon caught by May during her travels through Hoenn. She was captured as a Bulbasaur along the way to Fortree City in a place known as the Forbidden Forest. As a Bulbasaur, she is voiced by 伊東みやこ Miyako Itō in the Japanese version, and by Tara Jayne in English.


Bulbasaur was captured in Grass Hysteria, although she had been featured in the series opening, Challenger!!, for a short while before that. May was kidnapped by a hungry Skarmory and ended up lost in a place called the Forbidden Forest, a preserve for Template:Type2 Pokémon. There, May met a clumsy Bulbasaur trying to pick flowers. Bulbasaur warmed up to May after she saved the little Grass-type from a fall, but the other Grass-type Pokémon repeatedly tried to attack May. However, Bulbasaur explained to Venusaur, the ruler of the Forbidden Forest, that May was a friend. Before May had to leave, Bulbasaur decided to stay with her.

As a Bulbasaur, she was distinctive from Ash's Bulbasaur in three ways: she had a gentler personality, a pair of heart-shaped spots on her forehead and she was able to use the move Petal Dance as opposed to Ash's Bulbasaur's use of the technique SolarBeam.

She is also very fond of flowers. She became friends with Ash's Bulbasaur when Ash temporarily brought it to Hoenn in Hokey Poké Balls! and further bonded with it in The Right Place at the Right Mime, when May decided to leave her at Professor Oak's ranch. Eventually, after journeying to Johto, May got Bulbasaur back from Oak, and during her time away from Ash, it evolved twice into Ivysaur and Venusaur.

She debuted as a Venusaur in Pruning a Passel of Pals, where she defeated a Marill for May in the second battle round of the Wallace Cup. Not much is known about Venusaur since she only had a small cameo appearance.

Moves used

Using Vine Whip Move First Used In
May Venusaur.png
Vine Whip Grass Hysteria!
Tackle Grass Hysteria!
Razor Leaf Grass Hysteria!
Petal Dance Where's Armaldo?
An x shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
  Moves used recently are in bold unless all moves all fit this case.


  • May capturing her Bulbasaur in a preserved location for Template:Type2 Pokémon may be a reference to Ash's Bulbasaur who was captured in the Hidden Village in Kanto.
  • Like Ash from Kanto has Sceptile, a fully-evolved Template:Type2 starter Pokémon from Hoenn, May from Hoenn has Venusaur, the fully-evolved Grass starter from Kanto.
  • May's Venusaur is the only starter Pokémon owned by a member of the main cast that is seen in its final form and unevolved form, but never in its middle form.
  • As of Venusaur, the entire set of fully evolved Kanto starter Pokémon is now owned by regular characters: May owns Venusaur, Ash owns Charizard, and Gary owns Blastoise.
  • Venusaur shares many similarities to Paul's Torterra. They are both in the final stages of the Template:Type2 starter Pokémon. They have also been seen only in their first and final forms, not their middle forms, quite often in one, and only through a cameo/flashback in the other. They also are the final forms of Pokémon that Ash has that were in their basic forms at the time when the fully evolved Pokémon was introduced.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur.

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