Basculin (Pokémon)

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Lilligant #549: Lilligant
Pokémon
#551: Sandile Sandile
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 (7.7%)
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
[[|]] [[|]]
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
Shape
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, Basculin has 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 for territory. However, on rare occasions, one form may swim with the other's school. When a school of Basculin appears in a lake, Pokémon other than Corphish and Crawdaunt flee. Basculin are also consumed by humans and are considered very delicious.

In the anime

In the main series

A blue-striped Basculin in the anime
A red-striped Basculin in the anime

Major appearances

Both forms of Basculin debuted in A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!. Cilan managed to capture a Blue-Striped one during a fishing competition, but a wild Frillish released it. A Red-Striped and a Blue-Striped one were seen being reeled in by two 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, where it played a major role.

Minor appearances

Both forms of Basculin appeared in White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram; the Blue-Striped form was exclusive to the former movie and the Red-Striped form was exclusive to the latter.

Multiple Basculin appeared in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 and 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!.

A Blue-Striped Basculin appeared in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice as a resident of Pokémon Hills. It tried to attack Ash and Pikachu while they were riding the Douse Drive Genesect over a pond.

Multiple Red-Striped Basculin and one Blue-Striped Basculin appeared in Going for the Gold!, where they were among the Pokémon seen in the Ambrette 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.

In Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Multiple Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin appeared in Early-Evening Waves as residents of a lake where Nessa was doing a photo shoot.

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 Pocket Monsters BW: Good Partners manga

Two Basculin, each of a different form, appeared in BWGP04.

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 at Route 6, jumping out of the water as Black and Clay traveled to Chargestone Cave.

A Red-Striped Basculin 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.

Two Basculin, each of a different form, appeared in PS541.

In the TCG

Main article: Basculin (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V Unova
BW: #056
Unova
B2W2: #104
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 Kalos
Mountain #060
Hoenn
#—
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.

Red-Striped Form

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation VII Alola
USUM: #188
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Ultra Sun Savage, violent Pokémon, red and blue Basculin are always fighting each other over territory.
Ultra Moon When a school of Basculin appears in a lake, everything else disappears, except for Corphish and Crawdaunt. That's how violent Basculin are.
Generation VIII Galar
#154
Sword Anglers love the fight this Pokémon puts up on the hook. And there are always more to catch— many people release them into lakes illicitly.
Shield In the past, it often appeared on the dinner table. The meat of red-striped Basculin is on the fatty side, and it's more popular with the youth.

Blue-Striped Form

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation VII Alola
USUM: #188
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
Ultra Sun Even Basculin, which devours everything it can with its huge jaws, is nothing more than food to organisms stronger than itself.
Ultra Moon Some people call it “the thug of the lake.” Whether the differences in color are meaningful is not yet known.
Generation VIII Galar
#154
Sword Blue-striped Basculin used to be a common food source. They apparently have an inoffensive, light flavor.
Shield Known for their violence, these Pokémon have the most fights with schools of red-striped Basculin.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 14, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Dragonspiral Tower, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing; Red-Striped Form) (Rippling water; Blue-Striped Form)
Trade Minccino in Driftveil City (Red-Striped Form)
White
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 14, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Dragonspiral Tower, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing; Blue-Striped Form) (Rippling water; Red-Striped Form)
Trade Minccino in Driftveil City (Blue-Striped Form)
Black 2
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, 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, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing; Red-Striped Form) (Rippling water; Blue-Striped Form)
White 2
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, 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, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing; Blue-Striped Form) (Rippling water; Red-Striped Form)
Dream World
Sparkling Sea*
Generation VI
X
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Good Rod; Blue-Striped Form)
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Super Rod; Red-Striped Form)
Route 21 (Good Rod or Super Rod; Red-Striped Form only)
Y
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Good Rod; Red-Striped Form)
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Super Rod; Blue-Striped Form)
Route 21 (Good Rod or Super Rod; Red-Striped Form only)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun
Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Vast Poni Canyon (Fishing; Red-Striped Form)
Trade (Blue-Striped Form)
Ultra Moon
Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Vast Poni Canyon (Fishing; Blue-Striped Form)
Trade (Red-Striped Form)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword
(Red-Striped Form) Hulbury, North Lake Miloch, Bridge Field
Trade (Blue-Striped Form)
Shield
(Blue-Striped Form) Hulbury, North Lake Miloch, Bridge Field
Trade (Red-Striped Form)

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)
Shuffle
Prasino Woods: Stage 594 (Red-Striped Form)
Zaffiro Coast: Stage 607 (Blue-Striped Form)
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%)*
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Deep Sea Tooth Deep Sea Tooth (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon 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
70
130 - 177 250 - 344
92
87 - 158 170 - 311
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
98
92 - 165 180 - 324
Total:
460
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
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 VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
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 Final Gambit Fighting Special 0000 100100% 5
4444 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 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 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/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM26Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM26 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM27Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM36Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM36 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM42 Revenge Fighting Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM45Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM45 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM52Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM52 Bounce Flying Physical 08585 085}}85% 5
TM53Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM55Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM55 Brine Water Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM58Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM58 Assurance Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM67Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM67 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TR03Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TR04Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR05Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR12Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR16Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR16 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR21Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR21 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR32Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR35Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR35 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR37Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR37 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR39Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR45Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR45 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TR69Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR84Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR97Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR97 Psychic Fangs Psychic Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TR98Bag TR Water Sprite.png TR98 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
  • 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 VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
ChinchouLanturnRemoraidOctillery Bubble Beam Water Special 65 100% 20
Wishiwashi Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Basculin in Generation VIII
  • 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 VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • 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

Red-Striped Form

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 Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 15

#756
Shuffle550.png

Hitting Streak+
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.


Pokémon GO
GO550.png Base Stamina: 172 Base Attack: 189 Base Defense: 129
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Water Gun
Charged Attacks: Aqua Jet, Aqua Tail, Muddy Water

Blue-Striped Form

Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT550B.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Water
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 15

#756
Shuffle550B.png

Hitting Streak+
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.


Pokémon GO
GO550B.png Base Stamina: 172 Base Attack: 189 Base Defense: 129
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Water Gun
Charged Attacks: Aqua Jet, Aqua Tail, Muddy Water

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 Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 550.png Spr b 7s 550.png Spr 7s 550.png Spr b 7s 550.png
Spr 7s 550B.png Spr b 7s 550B.png Spr 7s 550B.png Spr b 7s 550B.png
Spr 7s 550 s.png Spr b 7s 550 s.png Spr 7s 550 s.png Spr b 7s 550 s.png
Spr 7s 550B s.png Spr b 7s 550B s.png Spr 7s 550B s.png Spr b 7s 550B s.png
Front Back 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 it was also based on a bass since there are wild bass in New York.

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
Poland Flag.png Polish Forma Czerwono Paskowana
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Raya Roja
Thailand Flag.png Thai ร่างแถบสีแดง

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
Poland Flag.png Polish Forma Niebiesko Paskowana
Spain Flag.png Spanish Forma Raya Azul
Thailand Flag.png Thai ร่างแถบสีฟ้า


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