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 In rotation
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 seen
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.



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 Grass-type 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.

Bulbasaur made her Pokémon Contest debut in the Battle Round of the Rubello Town Pokémon Contest in Cruisin' for a Losin'. She was initially excited to participate, but became nervous when she got on stage, resulting in a loss. Bulbasaur also competed in the Hoenn Grand Festival Battle Round. Along with Beautifly, she battled against Harley, taking down his Cacturne and Banette with relative ease.

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 cameo appearance.

Personality and characteristics

With Ash's Bulbasaur

As a Bulbasaur, Venusaur proved to be a very sweet Pokémon. She was very willing to compete in contests and do the best she could. She was very confident in most of her Contests. The only exception was her first Contest, in which her nervousness showed in her performance. In Grass Hysteria, she was shown to be very protective, as she helped protect May from all of the Pokémon that tried to attack her. In Hokey Poké Balls, she was shown to be very friendly to other Pokémon, especially Ash's Bulbasaur. It is unknown whether she still holds on to these traits after evolution.

Moves used

May Venusaur.png
Using Vine Whip
Move First Used In
Vine Whip Grass Hysteria!
Tackle Grass Hysteria!
Razor Leaf Grass Hysteria!
Petal Dance Where's Armaldo?
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Razor Leaf-Silver Wind
  • Vine-Silver Wind was first used in a battle with Harley in Rhapsody in Drew! as a Bulbasaur. She would use her vines and wrap them around the foe's foot and when she let go her opponent would spin. Beautifly would then use Silver Wind to accelerate them.
  • Razor Leaf-Silver Wind was first used in a battle with Harley in Rhapsody in Drew! as a Bulbasaur. She, alongside Beautifly, would use Razor Leaf and Silver Wind, making the two moves fuse in which they delivered the final blow against Harley's Pokémon.


  • 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.
  • Though Bulbasaur have no gender differences in the games, May's Bulbasaur has little hearts on its head while Ash's does not, and has been confirmed female after its evolution.
    • It is also one of the three Pokémon that appeared in the anime with a heart-shaped spot, the others being Spinda and Wooper.

Related articles

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

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