Ash's Bulbasaur

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Ash's Bulbasaur
サトシのフシギダネ Satoshi's Fushigidane
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Ash's Bulbasaur
Debuts in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Caught at Hidden Village
Gender Unknown*
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Bulbasaur Megumi
Tara Jayne
Michele Knotz

Ash's Bulbasaur (Japanese: サトシのフシギダネ Satoshi's Fushigidane) was the third Pokémon that Ash caught in the Kanto region, and his fourth overall. It was also the first of the original starter Pokémon that Ash acquired.

In the anime


Original series

Bulbasaur in its debut
Bulbasaur and Melanie

Bulbasaur debuted in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village. When Misty tried to capture a wild Oddish, Bulbasaur rushed to Oddish's aid, easily defeating both her Starmie with Tackle and Ash's Butterfree by blowing his own Sleep Powder back at him. Later, the group met Melanie, who cared for sick, injured, and abandoned Pokémon in the Hidden Village. She revealed that she had raised Bulbasaur, that it acted as the village's bodyguard, and was blatantly hostile to all Trainers. Later, Team Rocket attacked the village and attempted to steal all of the Pokémon with an enormous vacuum. Bulbasaur managed to save Oddish at the last second and was touched when Ash dashed out to help it get to safety. It then used Vine Whip to deflect the vacuum and Pidgeotto drove Team Rocket away. After Team Rocket's defeat, Melanie encouraged Bulbasaur to join Ash, explaining that its growth was being stunted by staying too long in the village. Bulbasaur agrees to join him once Ash defeated it in battle. Bulbasaur put up an excellent fight against Pikachu, using its vines to seize and smash Pikachu onto the ground repeatedly. However, a powerful Thunderbolt fried Bulbasaur and stunned it long enough for Ash to capture it.

Bulbasaur was first used in a battle to repel Team Rocket Grunts aboard the St. Anne in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, where it joined a group of other Bulbasaur to use Vine Whip on the Grunts. Its vines were also used to help the gang and Team Rocket escape from the sinking ship in the next episode.

Bulbasaur was separated from Ash in Island of the Giant Pokémon-along with Pikachu, Charmander, and Squirtle-after a group of Gyarados sent them flying with Dragon Rage. During the separation, Bulbasaur was pessimistic about their Trainers whereabouts, believing he may have abandoned them. When Ash's Pokémon came across Team Rocket's Pokémon, who were also separated from their Trainers, the two groups of Pokémon joined forces to look for them. The next day, they came across a group of giant Pokémon and ended up being chased by them straight to Ash, his friends, and Team Rocket, allowing them to reunite.

In Tentacool & Tentacruel, Butterfree flew Bulbasaur into battle with a giant Tentacruel, but they were knocked out by Tentacruel's attack.

Bulbasaur's Gym battle debut occurred in Pokémon Scent-sation!, where it fought Erika's Tangela. It attempted to use Vine Whip, but Tangela used Constrict to pull it in close and defeated it with Stun Spore.

In The Ninja Poké-Showdown, Bulbasaur was used to battle Koga's sister, Aya, and her Venonat. After dodging Bulbasaur's Tackle, Venonat fired its Stun Spore. Bulbasaur, however, countered by blowing the spores away and using Vine Whip. Venonat was able to dodge Bulbasaur's vines and hit Bulbasaur with a super-effective Psybeam. Bulbasaur, however, was able to endure the hit and, after dodging another Psybeam, defeated Venonat with Leech Seed.

In Ditto's Mysterious Mansion, Bulbasaur was called out by Ash to battle Duplica's Ditto. Ditto immediately transformed into Bulbasaur and blocked an incoming Razor Leaf with Vine Whip. It then used Vine Whip to enwrap Bulbasaur. Unable to do anything, Ash forfeited the match.

In Who Gets To Keep Togepi?, Ash used Bulbasaur in the tournament to decide who got to keep Togepi. It faced Misty's unintentional entrant Psyduck and easily defeated the Duck Pokémon by licking and tickling it. However, the win meant nothing as Togepi chose Misty as its Trainer anyway.

Bulbasaur resisting evolution

Bulbasaur had the opportunity to evolve in Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden. Bulbasaur was used in a battle against a Hiker's Rhyhorn. While Rhyhorn headed forwards using Take Down, Bulbasaur tried stopping it with Leech Seed. Bulbasaur, however, failed to do so and was hit hard. Ash tried recalling Bulbasaur, but it refused to return to its Poké Ball, wanting to continue the battle. As Rhyhorn charged in for another attack, Bulbasaur struck it with Razor Leaf and followed up with Vine Whip, knocking it out. Ash then noticed Bulbasaur had collapsed and that its bulb had started glowing and immediately rushed to the Pokémon Center. At the Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy revealed Bulbasaur was almost ready to evolve and that the evolution of Bulbasaur takes place at a special festival in the Mysterious Garden.

That night, Pikachu noticed Bulbasaur leaving the Pokémon Center and the two had a conversation. Suddenly, Bulbasaur was grabbed by multiple vines belonging to a group of Bulbasaur and was taken away. While Pikachu went to get the others, Bulbasaur was taken to the Mysterious Garden where the evolutionary festival was about to take place. While all other Bulbasaur evolved into Ivysaur, Ash's Bulbasaur refused to do so, despite facing the mass of Ivysaur as well as a Venusaur, all of whom were angry at it for ruining the festival. Ash then intervened and stood up for Bulbasaur and its decision not to evolve. Just then, Team Rocket appeared and used a vacuum to try to capture all Ivysaur and Venusaur. Since Bulbasaur didn't evolve, it was able to learn Solar Beam and used its new move to destroy the vacuum sucking up the Ivysaur and freed them with a Razor Leaf flurry, before joining Venusaur and the Ivysaur in sending Team Rocket blasting off with Vine Whip. Venusaur then approached Bulbasaur and extended a vine to it as a gesture of respect, which the latter reciprocated. Bulbasaur, Ash, and the others then left the garden, having made amends with the Ivysaur and Venusaur.

In Princess vs Princess, Bulbasaur, along with Pikachu and Brock's Vulpix, was briefly lent to Misty to allow her to compete in the Queen of the Princess Festival contest with a more balanced team. In the first round of the tournament, Bulbasaur single-handedly defeated a Trainer's Kingler, Pinsir, Cubone, and Raticate. Later, it was also seen defeating a Graveler. In the finals, Bulbasaur was called out again to battle Jessie's Lickitung. Bulbasaur tried attacking with Vine Whip, but its vines were tied by Lickitung's huge tongue and it was then licked, causing it to faint.

Bulbasaur struggling against Jeanette's Scyther

In The Battle Of The Badge, Bulbasaur was sent out to fight Team Rocket, who were fighting in Giovanni's stead in the Viridian Gym. It faced Giovanni's Kingler. Despite the type advantage, Bulbasaur was hit hard by Kingler, who blocked Vine Whip with Harden and then hit back with Bubble.

Bulbasaur had only one battle in the Indigo Plateau Conference, in The Fourth Round Rumble against Jeanette Fisher. Bulbasaur first faced Jeanette's Beedrill. Beedrill started with Tackle, but Bulbasaur managed to dodge it and retaliated with Razor Leaf. Beedrill, however, used its great speed to dodge the attack and force Bulbasaur to take evasive actions by continuously attacking with Twineedle and Poison Sting. Eventually, Bulbasaur managed to fire off a Leech Seed, crippling Beedrill and giving it the chance to finish the Poison Bee Pokémon off with Tackle. Jeanette's next Pokémon was Scyther, which produced similar trouble for Ash as Bulbasaur was forced to dodge Scyther's speedy Slash and Swift attacks. Bulbasaur tried stopping Scyther with Vine Whip, but it simply knocked its vines away while continuing to attack. Scyther then went for Double Team, confusing Bulbasaur. Ash ordered Bulbasaur to attack with Vine Whip, but it only hit the clones, giving Scyther the chance to hit Bulbasaur with Slash. Scyther continued to use this strategy to constantly hit Bulbasaur, giving it no time to counterattack successfully. As Bulbasaur was thrown in the air by another hit, Ash had Bulbasaur use Vine Whip to hit every single clone and knock out the real Scyther. Looking set to sweep the match with just Bulbasaur, Ash then took on Jeanette's Bellsprout. Bulbasaur used Tackle, but Bellsprout was able to absorb the attack using its flexible body, before seizing Bulbasaur and slamming it onto the ground until it fainted.

In Pallet Party Panic, Ash decided to take Bulbasaur, along with some of his other Pokémon, to the Orange Archipelago with him.

Orange Archipelago
Bulbasaur and Ash

In Navel Maneuvers, Bulbasaur was used in the second round of Ash's Gym challenge against Danny. It attempted to help Pikachu carve a frozen geyser into an ice sled, but was unable to keep up with Danny's team until Charizard completed it in a few short Flamethrowers. Bulbasaur was later used again in the final round, where it helped Ash, Pikachu, and Squirtle in the sled race down the cliff, using its vines to steer. Thanks to everyone's cooperation, Ash was able to cross the finish line first, winning Ash the challenge and earning him the Sea Ruby Badge.

In The Mystery Menace, due to one of Team Rocket's schemes, Ash and his friends found themselves in the sewers of Trovitopolis, where they came across a giant vined creature. Ash sent out Bulbasaur to attack the creature, but it used its vines to deflect Bulbasaur's Razor Leaf and then proceeded to grab and take Bulbasaur underwater. After learning more about the vined creature from the Mayor of Trovitopolis as well as about his plans to exterminate it, the group decided to head back to the sewers to save the creature and Bulbasaur from the Mayor's personal SWAT team. With help from Muk, Ash was able to find Bulbasaur and its captor, a mutated giant Bulbasaur that had been abandoned by the town's Mayor. Bulbasaur later saved its new friend by helping it send the Mayor and the SWAT team flying.

In Misty Meets Her Match, Ash had Bulbasaur, alongside Pikachu and Squirtle, destroy a succession of targets in order to challenge Rudy to a Gym battle. The next day, Ash used Bulbasaur in the second round, the Grass-type round, of his Gym battle against Rudy, where it fought against Rudy's Exeggutor. Exeggutor was able to dodge Bulbasaur's Razor Leaf attacks using its dance moves and then knocked Bulbasaur down with Egg Bomb. While being cornered by Exeggutor, Bulbasaur quickly saved the battle by putting Exeggutor to sleep with Sleep Powder. As Exeggutor was unable to battle, the second-round victory went to Ash.

In Enter the Dragonite, Ash used Bulbasaur as his fifth Pokémon in a Full Battle against Drake for the Orange League championship. It faced off against Drake's Electabuzz. Bulbasaur managed to shake off a Thunder Shock and then hit Electabuzz with Razor Leaf. Its leaves, however, were then destroyed by Thunderbolt and although Bulbasaur managed to get a hit in with Tackle, it was struck by Electabuzz's Thunder Punch, knocking it out. Drake was eventually defeated and Bulbasaur joined the rest of Ash's team in the Orange League Hall of Fame.

Heracross eating Bulbasaur's sap

Bulbasaur joined Ash in Johto, where it first met Heracross in A Sappy Ending. This began the recurring joke of Heracross wanting to suck the pollen from Bulbasaur's bulb. In The Chikorita Rescue, Bulbasaur was used to battle against a Chikorita that Ash had an interest in catching. It was recalled after being hurt by the small Grass-type Pokémon and was congratulated by Ash for its effort. Bulbasaur was used in Chikorita's Big Upset, where Ash ordered it to find Chikorita. It would again be irritated by Heracross, who after getting deployed by Ash against Team Rocket, wasted no time in trying to suck the pollen out of Bulbasaur's bulb. Bulbasaur scolded its teammate and hit Heracross with its vines.

Bulbasaur saying goodbye to Squirtle

Throughout the Johto journeys, Bulbasaur's oldest team members Charizard and Squirtle both went into training with others, leaving Bulbasaur as Ash's only remaining Kanto starter. It bid a solemn farewell to Squirtle in The Fire-ing Squad!. Bulbasaur fought for Ash against Misty for the second time in The Totodile Duel. It seemingly defeated Poliwag with a Razor Leaf, but Poliwag evolved into Poliwhirl and fought back with a powerful Body Slam. After taking damage from Bubble, Bulbasaur flattened Poliwhirl with Solar Beam, winning the match for Ash.

In Two Hits and a Miss, the Fighting Dojo Master Kenzo was impressed with Ash and Bulbasaur after Bulbasaur's swift defeat of a runaway Tauros, to the point that he contemplated making Ash his successor as master of the Dojo despite his current lack of Fighting Pokémon as Bulbasaur had all the skills of a Fighting-type. Bulbasaur was then used against Chigusa's Hitmontop to determine whether Ash or Chigusa would be the successor, but Ash still rejected the offer and instead offered Chigusa some training pointers for the future.

Bulbasaur had a rematch with Aya at the Pokémon Jujitsu Academy in Ariados, Amigos. Bulbasaur combined a Vine Whip attack with a Leech Seed on Aya's Venonat, but Venonat broke free from the Leech Seed and disoriented Bulbasaur with Supersonic. Before Venonat could finish off Bulbasaur, Bulbasaur jumped into the air using its vines, and, while still in the air, finished off Venonat with Vine Whip.

In The Grass Route, Bulbasaur was entered in the 45th annual Grass Tournament. It fought Meowth, who was disguised as a Sunflora, but Meowth was disqualified after Bulbasaur destroyed the disguise with Razor Leaf. Team Rocket then tried stealing the Leaf Stone prizes for themselves, but Bulbasaur blasted them off with Vine Whip. In the finals, Bulbasaur fought Ephraim's Skiploom. Bulbasaur knocked back Skiploom's Leech Seed attack with Vine Whip, causing one of the seeds to strike Skiploom. When Skiploom appeared to be beaten by a barrage of Vine Whips, it learnt Solar Beam and used the new move on Bulbasaur to interrupt Bulbasaur's final attack. Skiploom then finished off Bulbasaur with a Tackle.

Bulbasaur and Meganium's rivalry

Bulbasaur remained with Ash until Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!, when it was sent to Professor Oak's lab to keep the Pokémon there from quarreling with each other. It proved to be a natural leader, first solving the territorial disputes between the warring Bellossom and Jumpluff factions, and the Grass and Water-type Pokémon by ordering and leading the construction of a new lake. It came very close to peril when it saved an Oddish from an enormous falling boulder, but revealed that it had learned Dig just in time to save itself. Oak remarked to Tracey that Bulbasaur was a perfect example of a Pokémon being able to call on powers unheard of in extreme situations. After resolving this dispute, Ash and Oak agreed to allow Bulbasaur to reside at Oak's lab for an indefinite period, finally rotating it out of his team.

In Tie One On!, Bulbasaur fought in the Silver Conference against Jackson's Shiny Magneton. It quickly learned from Pikachu and Cyndaquil's mistakes, using a spinning Vine Whip to mow through the afterimages from Double Team. It blocked Magneton's attacks with Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, before taking it down with Leech Seed and Vine Whip. It then took on his Meganium, with whom it had a bitter rivalry after the Herb Pokémon had mocked it earlier. Neither Pokémon attempted to dodge the other's attacks, both willing to be able to take as much as the other. It came down to a battle of Vine Whips and a double Solar Beam, which knocked out both Pokémon.

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire


In Showdown at the Oak Corral, Bulbasaur was one of the first to realize something was amiss. It later defeated Butch's Hitmontop and used a Solar Beam on him and Cassidy to send them blasting off again.

In Journey to the Starting Line!, Bulbasaur met Gilbert, a new Trainer looking to get his first starter Pokémon. It later saved him and a younger Bulbasaur from a group of angry Primeape by blasting them away with a Solar Beam. Its heroic efforts led to Gilbert picking the young Bulbasaur to raise himself.


In Hokey Poké Balls!, May showed her Bulbasaur to Professor Oak, which made Ash decide to bring his Bulbasaur over for a visit. When the Poké Ball arrived though, it wouldn't open, making everyone believe that the Pokémon Center's balls had been stolen. It was revealed to be Team Rocket, who accidentally dropped Ash's Bulbasaur while escaping. The two Bulbasaur teamed up to stop Team Rocket, with Ash's Bulbasaur teaching May's along the way. Once they found Team Rocket, the Bulbasaur battled against them, with Ash's Bulbasaur protecting and teaching May's how to fight. After rescuing the Pokémon, Professor Oak called back and asked for Ash's Bulbasaur to return and stop the Water and Grass Pokémon from fighting. Ash sent his Bulbasaur back to Professor Oak's Laboratory as May's Bulbasaur appeared to have made a positive change from the experience.

Kanto Battle Frontier

Bulbasaur later returned in The Right Place and the Right Mime, reuniting with May's Bulbasaur when May made a stop at Professor Oak's Lab to meet up with Ash. The two Bulbasaur were later used in a battle against Team Rocket. Afterward, May decided to leave her Bulbasaur at Professor Oak's so she could learn from Ash's Bulbasaur.

In Gathering the Gang of Four!, Ash brought it to his team alongside Charizard and Squirtle to battle Brandon at the Battle Pyramid. After Brandon's Dusclops took down Charizard, Ash's Bulbasaur was sent out to fight in the next episode. It took damage from the powerful Dusclops, including a Confuse Ray which sent the vines out of control and caused them to attack Bulbasaur and Ash. Bulbasaur responded to Ash's cries and broke out of confusion, leaping into the air and taking down Dusclops with Solar Beam. After Solrock took down Squirtle, Bulbasaur was sent back out. After taking damage from Psychic-type moves and responding with Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, a double Solar Beam knocked both Pokémon out. After Ash won, Bulbasaur returned to Professor Oak's Laboratory.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Bulbasaur made a cameo in An Old Family Blend! at Professor Oak's Laboratory, where Heracross was sucking sap from its bulb, much to Bulbasaur's annoyance. It used Vine Whip to shove Heracross away. Bulbasaur was not shown being called upon for the Lily of the Valley Conference.

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Bulbasaur greeting Pikachu

Bulbasaur appeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion! when Ash was thinking back to the night he was stuck in a snowstorm and Bulbasaur-along with Pikachu, Pidgeotto, Charmander, and Squirtle-helped keep Ash warm.

In The Dream Continues!, Bulbasaur was at Professor Oak's corral, where it was being filmed by Alexa. It later had a happy reunion with Ash and Pikachu, before signaling to Ash's Unova Pokémon with its Solar Beam. It later posed with the rest of Ash's Pokémon in a group photo with him.

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

In Alola, Kanto!, Bulbasaur reunited with Ash after trying to stop two groups of Grass-type Pokémon from feuding with each other.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Bulbasaur, Charizard, and Squirtle

In Advice to Goh!, Bulbasaur reunited with Ash during his visit to Professor Oak's Laboratory with Goh.

Bulbasaur, along with the rest of Ash's Pokémon at the lab, reunited with Ash in Friends, Rivals, Lend Me Your Spirit!. During the visit, it helped train Ash's Sirfetch'd and later watched the battle between Ash and Paul. Before Ash left, it posed with the rest of Ash's Pokémon in a group photo with him.

From Battling as Hard as Stone! onwards, Bulbasaur watched Ash's Masters Eight Tournament matches against Steven, Cynthia, and Leon. In Partners in Time!, Bulbasaur appeared as a vision to Pikachu during his battle against Leon's Charizard. After Ash won the battle, Bulbasaur joined the rest of Ash's Pokémon at the lab in celebrating their Trainer's victory.

In Heroes Unite!, Bulbasaur, along with the rest of the Pokémon at the lab, welcomed Ash back to Pallet Town after his victory over Leon.

In A Squad's Worth of Passion!, Ash and his friends discovered Squirtle had become a performer and Bulbasaur and Charizard were sent out to enjoy the show. They tried to meet up with Squirtle directly after the performance, but were mislead by Team Rocket and left. They were later able to meet up with Squirtle at their hotel but Squirtle, upset over the idea that its friends no longer cared for it, attacked them. Bulbasaur attempted to keep the peace before changing its mind and joining in on the confrontation. Ash broke it up, and Bulbasaur and Charizard left feeling upset. Later on a fire broke at a warehouse, and the group found the Squirtle Squad giving their all to stop it. Deciding their feud wasn't worth it, Bulbasaur and Charizard joined the Tiny Turtle Pokémon in putting it out and rescuing the Pokémon trapped by the flames. Afterwards Officer Jenny arrived to take the Squirtle Squad to their next assignment, but not before sharing a heartfelt goodbye with the group.

In The Rainbow and the Pokémon Master!, Bulbasaur assisted Ash in looking for a missing Charmander around Oak's lab, but to no avail.

Personality and characteristics

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Bulbasaur keeping the peace
Bulbasaur terrified of a giant illusionary Venusaur

Bulbasaur is one of Ash's most mature Pokémon, and is frequently viewed as the responsible leader of Ash's Pokémon, especially due to its actions at both Melanie's Hidden Village and Professor Oak's lab. In Sick Daze, it showed that it had learned from its experiences by recognizing a trap that Ash's Johto starters could not.

Unlike its closest friend, the boisterous and immature Squirtle, Bulbasaur was cautious bordering on cynical of all Trainers when it joined Ash's team, going so far as to physically attack Misty when it thought she was trying to take an Oddish away. In Island of the Giant Pokémon, it alone assumed that Ash had abandoned them. Its views on Trainers were presumably colored by all the abandoned Pokémon in the Hidden Village. Over time, Bulbasaur grew to trust its new Trainer but retained a stubborn, surly, and eager-to-battle demeanor. For example, in Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden, it dodged Ash's call to return and insisted on finishing the battle. This hard personality was briefly softened during a visit to a garden full of exotic plants run by Florinda Showers, where Bulbasaur developed a certain affection for her Gloom, but nothing apparently came of it. It also made fast friends with May's recently caught female Bulbasaur in Hokey Poké Balls, who would later stay at Professor Oak's lab for some time.

Although Bulbasaur is one of Ash's most mature Pokémon, it has succumbed to fits of immaturity when Squirtle is involved. This is seen multiple times in disagreements or quarrels between the two. In Christmas Night, after Squirtle accidentally eats Bulbasaur's Bulbasaur-shaped cookie, despite being apologetic, Bulbasaur still chases and attacks Squirtle. In Kanga Games, Pikachu, Togepi, and a baby Kangaskhan ride past Bulbasaur and Squirtle on a sled. Eager to join in, Bulbasaur flips Squirtle onto its back and uses Squirtle as an involuntary makeshift sled.

Its biggest fear appears to be of its fully evolved form, Venusaur, demonstrated in Island of the Giant Pokémon and The Ghost of Maiden's Peak, both times where it was paralyzed in fear by fake Venusaur. Interestingly enough, it defied the wishes of the first real Venusaur it encountered, demonstrating that Bulbasaur is a courageous Pokémon when standing up for something it believes in.

Moves used

Ash Bulbasaur Razor Leaf.png
Using Razor Leaf
Ash Bulbasaur Sleep Powder.png
Using Sleep Powder
Move First Used In
Tackle Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Vine Whip  Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Razor Leaf  Primeape Goes Bananas
Leech Seed  The Ninja Poké-Showdown
Solar Beam  Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden
Sleep Powder Misty Meets Her Match
Take Down The Grass Route
Dig × Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately known by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
Ash Bulbasaur Whirlwind.png Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village None None
Description: Bulbasaur used Whirlwind in its debut to battle Butterfree and later in The Ninja Poké-Showdown, and has not used it since. This may have been a dubbing error as Whirlwind's Japanese name is ふきとばし Blow Away. Ash may have just told Bulbasaur to simply "blow it away" in the Japanese version rather than commanding the actual move.
Ash Bulbasaur Lick.png Who Gets to Keep Togepi? None None
Description: Bulbasaur uses Lick on Psyduck. Ash's exact words were "Bulbasaur, go lick Psyduck on the head!", at which Bulbasaur runs up and licks Psyduck on the head.
Ash Bulbasaur Tickle.png Who Gets to Keep Togepi? None None
Description: Bulbasaur uses Tickle on Psyduck; however, Tickle was not an attack until Generation III. Also, Ash's exact words were "Now use the tickle attack!", at which Bulbasaur uses his vines to tickle Psyduck from a distance.
Ash Kanto starters Elemental Combo.png Don't Touch That 'dile Flamethrower, Razor Leaf, Water Gun, and Thunderbolt Ash's Squirtle, Pikachu, and Charizard
Description: Bulbasaur combines its Razor Leaf attack with Charizard's Flamethrower, Pikachu's Thunderbolt, and Squirtle's Water Gun to create a tornado of fire, electricity, leaves, and water. This was used to defeat Jessie's Arbok and Lickitung, along with James's Weezing and Victreebel.
Ash Bulbasaur SolarBeam.png
Ash Bulbasaur Solar Beam signal.png
The Dream Continues! Solar Beam None
Description: Bulbasaur fires a Solar Beam into the sky that explodes like fireworks, creating multiple sparkles in the sky to signal Pokémon hailing from certain regions. The sparkling signal patterns vary, depending on which region the signaled Pokémon come from. This was used to call over all of Ash's Unova Pokémon that were at Professor Oak's Laboratory.


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In the games

A Bulbasaur is given to the player in Pokémon Yellow, Let's Go, Pikachu!, and Let's Go, Eevee! — games which contain several references to the original series of the anime — from a girl in Cerulean City. In Yellow, the girl will give the player the Bulbasaur if the player's Pikachu's friendship level is high enough. In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, she will give it to them if they have caught 30 or more individual Pokémon.

In the core series

Pokémon Yellow Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and
Let's Go, Eevee!
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Grass Poison
Bulbasaur Lv.10
Leech Seed
Grass Poison
Bulbasaur/ Lv.12
Normal Physical
Normal Status
Vine Whip
Grass Physical
Leech Seed
Grass Status

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Ash (Masters) → Availability

Ash's Bulbasaur could be battled against during the Anime Collaboration event.

Pokémon Puzzle League

Bulbasaur is one of Ash's three Pokémon in Pokémon Puzzle League.

In the manga

Bulbasaur in Ash & Pikachu

Ash & Pikachu

Ash's Bulbasaur appears in Do Your Best Bulbasaur!!. Ash sent it over to Professor Oak when the Pokémon in his laboratory were getting into a fight. With Bulbasaur's help, the Pokémon learned to work together.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Ash's Bulbasaur first appears in You Gotta Have Friends. Bulbasaur's capture is not depicted in the manga; it is simply stated when Bulbasaur appears out of its Poké Ball that "Ash has been busy since the last comic."

While on a walk with Pikachu in I'm Your Venusaur, Bulbasaur meets many other Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur. It learns of a local legend stating that a tree in the town was made from the guardian spirit of a 300-year-old Venusaur. Disbelieving the legend, Bulbasaur, Pikachu and a wild Ivysaur climb the tree and search for it. In this chapter, when the Pokémon dialogue is translated for readers, Bulbasaur states that Ash "uses me in battle all the time".

In Clefairy in Space, Bulbasaur is used against Team Rocket and ties up Jessie with its Vine Whip.

In Welcome to the Big Leagues, Bulbasaur faced off against Jeanette Fisher's Beedrill and Bellsprout. After defeating Beedrill, Bulbasaur was defeated by a powerful Slam attack from Bellsprout.

In Attack of the Demon Stomach, Bulbasaur was used to stop a hungry Snorlax from eating all of the fruit on the Seven Grapefruit Islands. Its first few attacks had no effect; later, Bulbasaur saved Ash from being eaten with its Vine Whip.

Bulbasaur appeared again in You Bet Your Wife where Ash decided to use it in a dance competition in his Gym battle against Rudy. Bulbasaur wiggled a little while swinging its vines around to dance. Later, it was used to battle Rudy's Exeggutor in the second round of their three-on-three battle. Due to Exeggutor's terrifying face, Bulbasaur was paralyzed with fear, unable to attack. Luckily it managed to use Sleep Powder to put Exeggutor to sleep, allowing Bulbasaur to win the match; afterwards, Bulbasaur cried in Ash's arms.

Moves used

Ash Bulbasaur Vine Whip EToP.png
Using Vine Whip
Move First Used In
Vine Whip I'm Your Venusaur
Leech Seed Welcome to the Big Leagues
Tackle Welcome to the Big Leagues
Razor Leaf Attack of the Demon Stomach
Sleep Powder You Bet Your Wife
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Movie adaptations

Bulbasaur first appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back!, where it fought Raymond's Donphan and won easily. In Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth, Ash sent out Bulbasaur to free the legendary birds that were captured by Lawrence III.

Moves used

Ash Bulbasaur Solar Beam M01 manga.png
Using Solar Beam
Move First Used In
Solar Beam Mewtwo Strikes Back!
Vine Whip Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Bulbasaur appeared in Advice to Goh! at Professor Oak's Laboratory.


  • Bulbasaur is Ash's first Pokémon of the Grass and Poison types.
  • In the Japanese version of Island of the Giant Pokémon, Bulbasaur uses the first-person personal pronoun おれ ore, a pronoun which is primarily used by males.
    • In the English dub of Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village, it was implied by Ash that Bulbasaur is male. When Melanie asked Ash if Bulbasaur would make a good addition to his team, Ash said "Would he ever," implying that it is male.
  • Bulbasaur is Ash's only Pokémon who refused to evolve after the process began.
  • In Island of the Giant Pokémon, Bulbasaur claims that it was an orphan and had no known relatives, although it is unclear whether these claims are truly sincere, since it said this after Squirtle suggested it try to speak with a giant, robotic Venusaur.
  • Pokémon the Series: XY is the only series with Ash as a protagonist in which Bulbasaur has not appeared.
  • Bulbasaur is Ash's only Poison-type Pokémon that is not fully evolved.
    • Furthermore, Bulbasaur is Ash's only Poison-type Pokémon who has never used a Poison-type move.
  • In Pikachu's Vacation, Bulbasaur sings a song called "Bulbasaur's Bulbaby" in order to keep Togepi happy. Dexter reports this as the song's first recording.
  • Aside from Pikachu, Bulbasaur spent the most amount of time in Ash's party, at 216 episodes.
    • It also holds the record for the most appearances out of Ash's Pokémon aside from Pikachu, at 118 main series episodes.
  • Of all the caught Pokémon that Ash currently has in his possession, Bulbasaur has been under his ownership the longest.
  • Bulbasaur using Dig is the only time an anime move error occurs where it is acknowledged in-universe.


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  • For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Bulbasaur.

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