Basculegion (Pokémon)

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Basculegion
Big Fish Pokémon
イダイトウ
Idaitou
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Basculegion



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Ghost
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Abilities
Swift Swim or Adaptability Cacophony
Cacophony
Mold Breaker
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
Unknown
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 2
Hatch time
Unknown steps
Height
9'10" 3.0 m
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Weight
242.5 lbs. 110.0 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
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IV
Unknown
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Basculegion
2
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
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Sp.Atk
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Speed
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
Unknown
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Basculegion (Japanese: イダイトウ Idaitou) is a dual-type Water/Ghost Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII.

It evolves from White-Striped Basculin after losing at least 294 HP from recoil damage without fainting.

Biology

Basculegion is a large, green fish-like Pokémon. It has a jagged mouth with pointed teeth. Its spine is aligned with a dark gray line, with colored stripes that flank it on either side and extend around its gills, in addition to having spots along its torso and plumes of smoke around its tail. These accents are red in male Basculegion, and pale blue in female Basculegion. Their eyes also match the appropriate color, looking fierce on males and drowsy or sad on females. It has a pair of white pectoral fins, a three-spiked dorsal fin, and a two-spiked ventral fin. Additional smoke covers its face in a manner resembling barbels; female Basculegion sport shorter ones and lack the two small fins that the males have on their chin, instead having more blue markings around their lips and eyes.

Basculegion's evolution is achieved by a White-Striped Basculin being possessed by the souls of other Basculin in its school who did not survive their harsh journey swimming upstream. When it senses danger, Basculegion will turn hostile and attack along with its souls until the enemy is defeated. The souls within Basculegion are said to have a will of their own and provide Basculegion with the power needed to swim on without tiring.[1] Basculegion is said to have no equal in the rivers of the Hisui region.

A special Basculegion is worshiped in Hisui due to it being one of the 10 ancient Pokémon who received a blessing from Arceus. In particular, it is one of the Ride Pokémon who resides in Cobalt Coastlands and assists humans. This ride Basculegion can dash and can leap over anything by jumping up twice.

In the anime

A male Basculegion in the anime

Major appearances

Minor appearances

A Male Basculegion appeared in a fantasy in The Arceus Chronicles (Part 1).

In the TCG

Main article: Basculegion (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VIII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#167
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sword, Shield, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl.
Legends: Arceus Clads itself in the souls of comrades that perished before fulfilling their goals of journeying upstream. No other species throughout all Hisui's rivers is Basculegion's equal.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VIII.
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Evolve Basculin
Cobalt Coastlands (Massive Mass Outbreak)



In side games

Held items

Stats

Base stats

Due to the different way stats are calculated in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, exact minimum and maximum stats are not shown in these tables.

Male Basculegion
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
120
180 - 227 350 - 444
112
105 - 180 206 - 355
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
78
74 - 143 144 - 280
Total:
530
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
Female Basculegion
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
120
180 - 227 350 - 444
92
87 - 158 170 - 311
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
78
74 - 143 144 - 280
Total:
530
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
VIII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100100% 15
011 Phantom Force Ghost Physical 09090 100100% 10
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
044 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
088 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
1212 Aqua Jet Water Physical 04040 100100% 20
1616 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
2020 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
2424 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100100% 15
2828 Soak Water Status 0000 100100% 20
3232 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
3636 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
4040 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
4444 Wave Crash Water Physical 120120 100100% 10
4848 Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
5252 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
5656 Head Smash Rock Physical 150150 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculegion
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculegion

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM004Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM004 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM006Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM006 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM007Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM010Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM010 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM011Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM011 Water Pulse Water Special 06060 100}}100% 20
TM017Bag TM Ghost SV Sprite.png TM017 Confuse Ray Ghost Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM022Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM022 Chilling Water Water Special 05050 100}}100% 20
TM025Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM029Bag TM Ghost SV Sprite.png TM029 Hex Ghost Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM034Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM034 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM035Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM035 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM042Bag TM Ghost SV Sprite.png TM042 Night Shade Ghost Special 0000 100}}100% 15
TM050Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM050 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM052Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM052 Snowscape Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM063Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM063 Psychic Fangs Psychic Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TM070Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM077Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM077 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM085Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM103Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM108Bag TM Dark SV Sprite.png TM108 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM110Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM110 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TM114Bag TM Ghost SV Sprite.png TM114 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM123Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM123 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM135Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM135 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM142Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM142 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TM143Bag TM Ice SV Sprite.png TM143 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM151Bag TM Ghost SV Sprite.png TM151 Phantom Force Ghost Physical 09090 100}}100% 10
TM152Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM152 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM156Bag TM Dragon SV Sprite.png TM156 Outrage Dragon Physical 120120 100}}100% 10
TM163Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM163 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM171Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculegion
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculegion

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
Last Respects Ghost Physical 50 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Basculegion in Generation IX
  • 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 Basculegion in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculegion
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculegion

By a prior evolution

Generation IX
Other generations:
VIII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculegion
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculegion

Side game data

Male Basculegion

Pokémon GO
80px Base Stamina: 260 Base Attack: 217 Base Defense: 144
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: N/A km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks:
Charged Attacks:

Female Basculegion

Pokémon GO
80px Base Stamina: 260 Base Attack: 199 Base Defense: 144
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: N/A km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks:
Charged Attacks:

Evolution

Basculin
Unevolved
Basculin
White-Striped
 Water 
Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png
Lose at least 294 HP
from recoil without fainting
(male)
Basculegion
First evolution
Basculegion
Male
 Water  Ghost 
Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png
Lose at least 294 HP
from recoil without fainting
(female)
Basculegion
First evolution
Basculegion
Female
 Water  Ghost 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VIII.
Generation VIII
Legends: Arceus
Male Shiny Male
Female Shiny Female
HOME
Male Shiny Male
Female Shiny Female
Menu SV 902.png For other sprites and images, please see Basculegion images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Basculegion is the only Ghost-type Pokémon to have a piscine body, and the only Ghost-type Pokémon in the Water 2 Egg Group.
  • Basculegion:
    • Is the only Pokémon with all five vowels in its English name.
    • Has the greatest number of unique characters in its name, with 11.
    • Has the longest name that is an isogram.
  • The amount of recoil damage required for White-Striped Basculin to take to evolve into Basculegion, 294 HP, could be goroawase for 憎し nikushi, archaic Japanese for hatred.
  • In Pokémon Legends: Arceus's internal code, Basculegion's primary Ability is Rattled instead of Swift Swim.

Origin

Basculegion's appearance and evolutionary background may be based on salmon, as some species are found in Hokkaidō (where Hisui is based on) and its surrounding waters, and many of them don't survive when they migrate upstream. Specifically, it may be based on the itou or the Sakhalin taimen (also nicknamed the "phantom fish" in Japan), a large, critically endangered species that likewise belongs in the Salmonidae family and lives in rivers in Hokkaidō. It also appears in Ainu folklore as a giant, powerful creature named Ciray that could devour deers or boars. Like its pre-evolution, Basculegion also shares some similarities with the largemouth bass, as well as other predatory fish such as the snakehead and the goliath tiger fish.

The male and female colorations of Basculegion may be inspired by the nuptial coloration of some salmon species, such as the sockeye or the coho, during mating season. While both male and female salmon change colors during this period, the males usually become redder and more vibrant, while the females are paler in comparison. The colorations are also reminiscent of Basculin's Red- and Blue-Striped Forms.

Basculegion's lower jaw and pectoral fins may also be inspired by an Itaomacip, an enlarged boat with side plates built by the Ainu people for seafaring and trading purposes. In real life, the Ainu created an extensive maritime network surrounding the Sea of Okhotsk with this vessel. This could also have inspired Basculegion's role as a Ride Pokémon on water in Hisui.

Name origin

Basculegion may be a portmanteau of Basculin and legion (an army or a vast amount of people) or Legion (a Biblical demon or group of demons).

Idaitou may be a combination of 偉大 idai (great) and イトウ itou (Sakhalin taimen). It might also involve 哀悼 aitou (mourning).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese イダイトウ Idaitou From 偉大 idai, 哀悼 aitou, and イトウ itou
France Flag.png French Paragruel From Parahucho, paranormal, cruel, and Pantagruel, a powerful giant in French literature
Spain Flag.png Spanish Basculegion Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Salmagnis From salmo and magnis
Italy Flag.png Italian Basculegion Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 대쓰여너 Daesseuyeoneo From 대 (大) dae, bass, and 연어 yeoneo
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 幽尾玄魚 / 幽尾玄鱼 Yōuwěixuányú From 幽玄 yōuxuán, 幽靈 / 幽灵 yōulíng, wěi, and 魚 / 鱼
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 幽尾玄魚 Yāuméihyùhnyùh From 幽玄 yāuyùhn, 幽靈 yāulìhng, méih, and yùh


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References

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