Basculin (Pokémon)

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Basculin
Hostile Pokémon
バスラオ
Bassrao
#550
Basculin
Blue-Striped Form



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
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Blue-Striped Form
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
25 (3.3%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 2
Hatch time
10280 - 10536 steps
Height
3'03" 1.0 m
Red-Striped Form
0'0" 0 m
Blue-Striped Form
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
39.7 lbs. 18.0 kg
Red-Striped Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
Blue-Striped Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#550
Kanto
#000
Johto
#000
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh
#056/#104
Unova
Mountain
#060
Kalos
#000
Alola
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 introduced in Generation V.

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 bodies of both the red- and blue-striped forms are 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 blue-striped Basculin 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! where they were among the Pokémon seen in the Ambrette Town aquarium.

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

Red-striped Basculin in Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

In the Be the Best! Pokémon B+W manga

In The Key to Triple Battles, Cheren uses a red-striped Basculin against Monta in a Triple Battle.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Red-striped Basculin in Pokémon Adventures
Blue-striped Basculin in Pokémon Adventures

A red-striped Basculin was first seen in Underground Showdown. One appeared at Route 6, jumping out of the water as Black and Clay traveled to Chargestone Cave. Another one appeared in Dream a Little Dream.

A blue-striped Basculin is owned by one of the Shadow Triad. It was used to attack Lenora at Nacrene City. It first appeared in The Battle Within.

In the TCG

Main article: Basculin (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
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.
Omega Ruby Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
Alpha Sapphire 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 Form are only found in rippling water.
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 Form are only found in rippling water.
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 Form are only found in rippling water.
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 Form are only found in rippling water.
Dream World
Sparkling Sea*
Generation VI
X
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town (Good Rod or Super Rod)
Blue-Striped Form requires Good Rod, and Red-Striped Form requires Super Rod.
Route 21 (Good Rod or Super Rod - Red-Striped Form only)
Y
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town (Good Rod or Super Rod)
Red-Striped Form requires Good Rod, and Blue-Striped Form requires Super Rod.
Route 21 (Good Rod or Super Rod - Red-Striped Form only)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: Soothing Shore (Blue-Striped)
Lake: Shimmering Lake (Red-Striped)
PokéPark 2
Arbor Area
Rumble U
Frenzy Square: Make a Big Splash! (both fins)
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Infinite Ruins: Stage 2 (Red fin)
Island of Haste: Stage 4 (Blue fin)
Rumble World
Black Realm: Soothing Shore (All Areas)

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%)*

In-game trades

Game Held Item(s)
Black White Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry (100%)

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 VII, 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 VII
Other generations:
V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
033 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100100% 10
055 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100100% 15
077 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
099 Aqua Jet Water Physical 04040 100100% 20
1111 Chip Away Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
1414 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
1717 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
2020 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
2323 Soak Water Status 0000 100100% 20
2626 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
3030 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
3434 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
3838 Final Gambit Fighting Special 0000 100100% 5
4242 Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
4646 Head Smash Rock Physical 150150 08080% 5
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
V - VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM07Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM12Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM12 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM13Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM13 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM18Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM18 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM55Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM55 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM94Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM94 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM98Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM98 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
GoldeenSeakingCarvanhaSharpedoLuvdisc Agility Psychic Status —% 30
QwilfishWailmerWailordAlomomolaWishiwashi Brine Water Special 65 100% 10
ChinchouLanturnRemoraidOctillery Bubble Beam Water Special 65 100% 20
RemoraidRelicanth Mud Shot* Ground Special 55 95% 15
BarboachWhiscash Muddy Water Water Special 90 85% 10
CarvanhaSharpedo Rage Normal Physical 20 100% 20
Qwilfish Revenge Fighting Physical 60 100% 10
Remoraid Swift* Normal Special 60 —% 20
WailmerWailordFinneonLumineonAlomomola Whirlpool Water Special 35 85% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Basculin in Generation VII
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
V - VI
 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 Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2550.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
He likes the water where he lives, but he sometimes swims to another Area for fun.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT550.png

Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT550B.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 80 Raise Max Level.png 0

#756
Shuffle550.png

Hitting Streak+
Does even more damage the more times in a row it is triggered.


Evolution

Red-Striped

Red-Striped
Basculin
Does not evolve
Basculin
 Water 

Blue-Striped

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
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 550.png Spr b 6x 550.png Spr 6x 550.png Spr b 6x 550.png
Spr 6x 550B.png Spr b 6x 550B.png Spr 6x 550B.png Spr b 6x 550B.png
Spr 6x 550 s.png Spr b 6x 550 s.png Spr 6x 550 s.png Spr b 6x 550 s.png
Spr 6x 550B s.png Spr b 6x 550B s.png Spr 6x 550B s.png Spr b 6x 550B s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Spr 7s 550.png Spr b 7s 550.png
Spr 7s 550B.png Spr b 7s 550B.png
Spr 7s 550 s.png Spr b 7s 550 s.png
Spr 7s 550B s.png Spr b 7s 550B s.png
Front Back
550MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Basculin images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 category with Zweilous. They are both known as the Hostile Pokémon.
  • Basculin's Pokédex entries in Pokémon Black 2, White 2, X, and Omega Ruby 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 Bessnai From bass and 사나이 sana'i; may also be based on 사나이다움 sana'ida'um or 사나이다운 sana'ida'un.
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 野蠻鱸魚 Yéhmàahnlòuhyú*
勇士鱸魚 Yúhngsihlòuhyú*
From 野蠻 yéhmàahn and 鱸魚 lòuhyú
From 勇士 yúhngsih and 鱸魚 lòuhyú
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 野蠻鱸魚 / 野蛮鲈鱼 Yěmánlúyú*
勇士鱸魚 / 勇士鲈鱼 Yǒngshìlúyú*
From 野蠻 yěmán and 鱸魚 lúyú
From 勇士 yǒngshì and 鱸魚 lúyú


Red-Striped Form

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese あかすじのすがた Red-Striped Form
Chinese Cantonese 紅條紋的樣子 Hùhngtìuhmàhn-dīk Yeuhngjí *
Mandarin 紅條紋的樣子 / 红条纹的样子 Hóngtiáowén-de Yàngzi *
紅線 Hóngxiàn *
France Flag.png French Motif Rouge
Germany Flag.png German Rotlinige Form
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma Linearossa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 적색근의 모습 Red-Striped Form
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Raya Roja

Blue-Striped Form

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese あおすじのすがた Blue-Striped Form
Chinese Cantonese 藍條紋的樣子 Làahmtìuhmàhn-dīk Yeuhngjí *
Mandarin 藍條紋的樣子 / 蓝条纹的样子 Lántiáowén-de Yàngzi *
藍線 Lánxiàn *
France Flag.png French Motif Bleu
Germany Flag.png German Blaulinige Form
Italy Flag.png Italian Forma Lineablu
South Korea Flag.png Korean 청색근의 모습 Blue-Striped Form
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Raya Azul


External links


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