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Pokémon
#0002: Ivysaur 0002MS.png
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Bulbasaur (disambiguation).
Bulbasaur
Seed Pokémon
フシギダネ
Fushigidane
#0001
Bulbasaur



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Grass Poison
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Overgrow Cacophony
Cacophony
Chlorophyll
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Monster and Grass
Hatch time
20 cycles
Height
2'04" 0.7 m
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Weight
15.2 lbs. 6.9 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
64
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
64
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Bulbasaur
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
1
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
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0
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HP
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Atk
0
Def
0
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Sp.Def
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Speed
Shape
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Footprint
F0001.png F000.png
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Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
70
External Links

Bulbasaur (Japanese: フシギダネ Fushigidane) is a dual-type Grass/Poison Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Ivysaur starting at level 16, which evolves into Venusaur starting at level 32.

Along with Charmander and Squirtle, Bulbasaur is one of the three starter Pokémon of Kanto available at the beginning of Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, FireRed, and LeafGreen.

Biology

Bulbasaur using its vines to climb a tree

Bulbasaur is a small, quadrupedal amphibian Pokémon that has blue-green skin with darker patches. It has red eyes with white pupils, pointed, ear-like structures on top of its head, and a short, blunt snout with a wide mouth. A pair of small, pointed teeth are visible in the upper jaw when its mouth is open. Each of its thick legs ends with three sharp claws. On Bulbasaur's back is a green plant bulb that conceals two slender, tentacle-like vines, which is grown from a seed planted there at birth. The bulb also provides it with energy through photosynthesis as well as from the nutrient-rich seeds contained within.

Starter Pokémon are raised by Breeders to be distributed to new Trainers.[1] Having been raised by humans from birth, Bulbasaur is regarded as both a rare and well-behaved Pokémon. It is known to be extremely loyal, even after long-term abandonment.[2] Bulbasaur have demonstrated a nurturing instinct towards younger, weaker Pokémon, one individual even using its vines to pick up a crying Pokémon, gently rocking it back and forth through the air while singing a "Bulba-by".[3] Its vines are long and strong enough to allow Bulbasaur to grab the branches of trees and pull itself up to reach berries.[4] Bulbasaur can survive for days without even eating a single morsel.[5] As shown in Pokémon Sleep, Bulbasaur is known to sleep in the to sleep in sunny spots.[6]

It is found in grasslands and forests throughout the Kanto region. However, due to Bulbasaur's status as starter Pokémon, it is hard to come by in the wild and generally found under the ownership of a Trainer. It has been recently seen living in the Terarium of Blueberry Academy. A Bulbasaur's bulb will flash blue when it is ready to evolve. If it does not want to evolve, it struggles to resist the transformation.[7] Many Bulbasaur gather every year in a hidden garden in Kanto to evolve into Ivysaur in a ceremony led by a Venusaur.

Evolution

Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur, which evolves into Venusaur.

(For specifics on this Pokémon's evolution in the games, refer to Game data→Evolution data.)

0001Bulbasaur.png
Unevolved
Bulbasaur
 Grass  Poison 

0002Ivysaur.png
First evolution
Ivysaur
 Grass  Poison 

0003Venusaur.png
Second evolution
Venusaur
 Grass  Poison 


In the anime

Main series

Bulbasaur in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Bulbasaur

Ash's Bulbasaur debuted in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village as one of the Pokémon in the Hidden Village, thus also marking the species' physical debut. Though initially wary of Ash, the two eventually warmed up to one another, and Bulbasaur challenged him to a battle. Using Pikachu, Ash won the battle, and Bulbasaur was caught. Unlike Charmander and Squirtle, which were caught in the two episodes following that of Bulbasaur, Bulbasaur remained in Ash's party for most of his journey through Johto until Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!, when Ash sent him to Professor Oak's lab to work as an ambassador between otherwise argumentative groups of Pokémon.

May's Bulbasaur

Much later on, while Ash was traveling in the Hoenn region, May caught her own Bulbasaur after being separated from the group in Grass Hysteria!. She remained with her throughout the rest of her journey in Hoenn, helping her to win the Purika Contest and place Top 8 in the regional Grand Festival. When she traveled to Kanto to continue her journey with Ash in The Right Place and the Right Mime, May, too, left her Bulbasaur at Professor Oak's Laboratory to learn from Ash's while she, Ash, Max, and Brock traveled throughout the Kanto region. May retrieved her during her travels in Johto, where she evolved all the way into a Venusaur.

Shauna's Bulbasaur

Shauna's starter Pokémon is a Bulbasaur she received from Professor Sycamore. It first appeared in Summer of Discovery!, and it was revealed to have evolved into Ivysaur by Tag Team Battle Inspiration!

Other

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, a Bulbasaur was cloned from Ash's own Bulbasaur. The cloned Bulbasaur participated in the battle between the original Pokémon and the cloned Pokémon. Bulbasaur reappeared in Mewtwo Returns.

In The Mystery Menace, a Bulbasaur was abandoned by the Mayor of Trovitopolis during his childhood when it wouldn't evolve into Ivysaur. Since then, it grew to a very large size in the sewers. Aided by Misty and Tracey, Ash found the abandoned Bulbasaur while searching for his own, which had been taken by the giant Bulbasaur. After defeating the arrogant mayor and his personal SWAT team, Ash and his friends left the Bulbasaur with Nurse Joy.

In Journey to the Starting Line!, Gilbert was supposed to start his journey as a Pokémon Trainer with one of the three Kanto starter Pokémon, but they were scared off by Ash's Tauros, forcing Gilbert to set out to find them with Professor Oak, Tracey, and Delia. Bulbasaur was the last one to be found, having been stuck in a tree that was surrounded by a group of Primeape. In the end, Bulbasaur was chosen by Gilbert as his starter Pokémon.

In A Six Pack Attack!, a Bulbasaur went with Professor Oak on his trip to Hoenn along with a Charmander and Squirtle.

A Bulbasaur appeared in The Right Place and the Right Mime, where it was one of the starter Pokémon seen at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

In Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!, multiple Bulbasaur and Ivysaur traveled to a Gym that was under construction in Vermilion City. Ash and Goh, who were investigating the outbreak, followed them to the Gym and realized the horde had gone there so the Bulbasaur could absorb the sunlight necessary to evolve into new Ivysaur. They reappeared in a flashback in Getting More Than You Battled For!.

Minor appearances

Bulbasaur made its debut in Pokémon - I Choose You!, where Ash dreamed about one as his prospective starter.

In Battle Aboard the St. Anne, multiple Bulbasaur were aboard the St. Anne.

In Pokémon Fashion Flash, a Bulbasaur was on Scissor Street.

A Bulbasaur appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

In Friends to the End, a Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared during the closing ceremonies of the Indigo Plateau Conference.

A starter Bulbasaur appeared in a flashback in Don't Touch That 'dile.

In Gonna Rule The School!, the Pokémon Trainers' School lent a Bulbasaur to the school's underage students for use in lessons.

A Bulbasaur appeared in the opening sequence of Jirachi: Wish Maker.

A Coordinator's Bulbasaur appeared in What I Did for Love!.

In An Old Family Blend!, a Trainer's Bulbasaur competed in the Lily of the Valley Conference.

In Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade, a Bulbasaur watched Meloetta's concert.

In The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion!, a Bulbasaur was part of Professor Oak's demonstration of the Kanto starters at the Kanto Fair.

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!.

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in I Choose You!. Another was revealed to have been chosen by Marina as her starter Pokémon in a flashback.

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!.

Two Trainers' Bulbasaur appeared in The Power of Us.

In Securing the Future!, a Trainer's Bulbasaur joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its normal form.

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in The Road to The Semifinals!.

Multiple Bulbasaur appeared in Enter Pikachu!, with one under the ownership of a Trainer and the rest being wild.

In Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, Professor Cerise offered a Bulbasaur to Goh to be his starter, but it was rejected.

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in A Chilling Curse!.

A Bulbasaur appeared in a fantasy alongside the other starter Pokémon in Getting More Than You Battled For!.

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in To Train, or Not to Train!. It reappeared in Breaking the Ice!.

A Bulbasaur appeared in This Could be the Start of Something Big!.

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in The Pendant That Starts It All: Part One. Another two appeared under the ownership of students of Indigo Academy.

Pokédex entries

Episode Subject Source Entry
EP010 Bulbasaur Ash's Pokédex Bulbasaur. It bears the seed of a plant on its back from birth. The seed slowly develops. Researchers are unsure whether to classify Bulbasaur as a plant or animal. Bulbasaur are extremely tough and very difficult to capture in the wild.
EP051 Solar Beam Ash's Pokédex Solar Beam, Bulbasaur's strongest attack. Light is collected and formed into a powerful beam with intensive force.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
XY039 Bulbasaur Serena's Pokédex Bulbasaur, the Seed Pokémon. A young Bulbasaur uses the nutrients from its seed for the energy it needs to grow.

Pokémon Origins

Bulbasaur in Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, a Bulbasaur was seen in Professor Oak's introduction, while another was one of the Pokémon that Oak was giving away.

Pokémon Generations

In The Adventure, Red's Bulbasaur was sent out to battle a wild Pikachu, which Red successfully caught.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

A Bulbasaur appeared in The Gathering of Stars, under the ownership of Honey.

GOTCHA!

A Bulbasaur briefly appeared in GOTCHA!.

POKÉTOON

Two Bulbasaur appeared in Blossom's Dream.

A Bulbasaur appeared in Wait for Me, Magikarp!.

Pokémon Evolutions

A Bulbasaur briefly appeared in The Discovery, inside Professor Oak's Laboratory. It was seen playing with its fellow starter Pokémon.

In the manga

Bulbasaur in Pokémon Adventures

Ash & Pikachu

Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur

Ash's Bulbasaur appeared in Do Your Best Bulbasaur!!.

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur

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

In I'm Your Venusaur, Ash and Misty travel to a town inhabited by many Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur. There is a local legend that a giant Venusaur saved the townsfolk in battle.

Magical Pokémon Journey

Main article: Bulbasaur (MPJ)

In Magical Pokémon Journey, Pistachio's Bulbasaur has a crush on him and is extremely jealous whenever she sees him talking to other females.

Movie adaptations

Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur

Ash's Bulbasaur appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back!, Mirage Pokémon Lugia's Explosive Birth, and Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei.

A Bulbasaur appeared in a flashback in ICYR1, under the ownership of Professor Oak.

Pokémon Adventures

Red, Green & Blue arc

Main article: Saur

In Bulbasaur, Come Home!, Red received a Bulbasaur from Professor Oak after helping capture all of the Pokémon he accidentally set free. Bulbasaur, now nicknamed Saur, has since evolved into Ivysaur, and then into Venusaur. It has the ability to suck in large amounts of air through his bulb, as seen in That Awful Arbok!, where he sucked up the mist in Pokémon Tower, as well as the Gastly that made it.

A Bulbasaur appeared as a silhouette when Green talks about Mew in The Jynx Jinx.

X & Y arc

Professor Sycamore owns a Bulbasaur, as seen in They Have a Flare for a Li'l Kanga-Napping.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

A Trainer's Bulbasaur appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

A Bulbasaur appeared in GDZ34.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

A Bulbasaur appeared in Introducing the Pokémon Clefairy!! as one of the starter Pokémon Red and Green had to choose from.

Pokémon Zensho

Bulbasaur appeared as one of the starter Pokémon Professor Oak was giving away in PZ01.

In the TCG

Main article: Bulbasaur (TCG)

In the TFG

One Bulbasaur figure has been released.

Other appearances

Bulbasaur in the music video for Celestial

Super Smash Bros. Melee and Brawl

Bulbasaur appears as a random trophy.

Melee trophy information

"Bulbasaur is a cute Pokémon born with a large seed firmly affixed to its back; the seed grows in size as the Pokémon does. Along with Squirtle and Charmander, Bulbasaur is one of the three Pokémon available at the beginning of Pokémon Red and Blue. It evolves into Ivysaur."

Brawl trophy information

"A Seed Pokémon. From birth, Bulbasaur carries a large plant seed on its back. It uses the nutrients from the seed to grow bigger and bigger. Extended exposure to the sun will cause its body and seed to grow in size. Some say that once, when the seed was much lighter, Bulbasaur was able to get around on two legs. Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur."

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

Multiple Bulbasaur appeared in POKÉMON Detective Pikachu. After Detective Pikachu was injured in the garden of giant Torterra, they and a group of Morelull escorted Tim, Lucy, and Pikachu to Mewtwo, who healed it.

Celestial

Multiple Bulbasaur appeared in the music video for Celestial.

Game data

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#001
Red(JPN) (This entry was originally untranslated in English until it was reused in Pokémon FireRed.)
Green
Red(ENG) A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.
Blue
Yellow It can go for days without eating a single morsel. In the bulb on its back, it stores energy.
Stadium The bulb-like pouch on its back grows larger as it ages. The pouch is filled with numerous seeds.
Generation II Johto
#226
Gold The seed on its back is filled with nutrients. The seed grows steadily larger as its body grows.
Silver It carries a seed on its back right from birth. As it grows older, the seed also grows larger.
Crystal While it is young, it uses the nutrients that are stored in the seeds on its back in order to grow.
Stadium 2 The seed on its back is filled with nutrients. The seed grows steadily larger as its body grows.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#001
Ruby Bulbasaur can be seen napping in bright sunlight. There is a seed on its back. By soaking up the sun's rays, the seed grows progressively larger.
Sapphire
Emerald
FireRed There is a plant seed on its back right from the day this Pokémon is born. The seed slowly grows larger.
LeafGreen A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#231
Diamond For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold The seed on its back is filled with nutrients. The seed grows steadily larger as its body grows.
SoulSilver It carries a seed on its back right from birth. As it grows older, the seed also grows larger.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
White
Black 2 For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Central #080
Hoenn
#—
X A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon.
Y For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back.
Omega Ruby Bulbasaur can be seen napping in bright sunlight. There is a seed on its back. By soaking up the sun's rays, the seed grows progressively larger.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#001
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon.
Let's Go Pikachu It can go for days without eating a single morsel. In the bulb on its back, it stores energy.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #068
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Legends: Arceus.
Sword There is a plant seed on its back right from the day this Pokémon is born. The seed slowly grows larger.
Shield While it is young, it uses the nutrients that are stored in the seed on its back in order to grow.
Brilliant Diamond For some time after its birth, it grows by taking nourishment from the seed on its back.
Shining Pearl
Generation IX Paldea
#—
Kitakami
#—
Blueberry
#164
Scarlet For some time after its birth, it uses the nutrients that are packed into the seed on its back in order to grow.
Violet It carries a seed on its back right from birth. As its body grows larger, the seed does too.


Pokédex Image Bulbasaur SV Blueberry.png
Bulbasaur in the Blueberry Pokédex

Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Blue (Japan)
Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Yellow
Received from a girl in Cerulean City if starter Pikachu's friendship is 147 or higher
Generation II
Gold Silver
Time Capsule, Event
Crystal
Time Capsule, Event
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade, Event
Emerald
Trade, Event
FireRed LeafGreen
Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Trade
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Received from Professor Oak in Pallet Town after defeating Red
Pal Park
Field
Generation V
Black White
Global Link Event
Black 2 White 2
Poké Transfer, Event
Generation VI
X Y
Received from Professor Sycamore in Lumiose City after defeating him
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade, Event
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Route 2 (Island Scan)Fr
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Viridian Forest
Cerulean City (Only one)
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Wild Area News, Pokémon HOME Event
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Master Dojo (Only one; Gigantamax Factor)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Grand Underground - Grassland Cave, Sunlit Cavern, Swampy Cave, Riverbank Cave, Still-Water Cavern, Bogsunk Cavern (after obtaining the National Pokédex)
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
TradeVersion 3.0.0+
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero
Coastal Biome, Torchlit Labyrinth (after boosting biodiversity in the Coastal Biome)


In side games

Generation I
Snap
River, Cave (Ditto in disguise)
Pinball
Red Field: Pallet Town
Blue Field: Viridian City
Stadium
Gym Leader Castle
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Channel
Bus Stop
Trozei!
Phobos Train, Endless level 16, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Joyous Tower (1F-5F)
Ranger
Lyra Forest, Kisara Plain
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Mystifying Forest (B1-B13), Mystery Jungle (B1-B29)
MD Sky
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Mystifying Forest (B1-B13), Mystery Jungle (B1-B29)
Rumble
Silent Forest (Normal Mode C & A)
PokéPark Wii
Meadow Zone
Ranger: GS
Dolce Island, Hinder Cape, Forest Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Forest: Everspring Valley
Rumble U
Model Train Room: All Aboard!, Locomotive Café: Dash Race!,
Variety Battle: Get 1,000 Combos!, NFC Figurine
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Blade-and-Shield Path: Stage 1
Rumble World
Origin Hideaway: Old-Growth Woods (All Areas)
Super MD
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon
Picross
Area 14: Stage 8
Generation VII
Quest
Starter Pokémon
Rumble Rush
Tutorial, Charizard Sea2019, Gengar Sea, Castform Sea, Mimikyu Sea, Mewtwo Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal, Mimikyu SeaFinal, Mewtwo SeaFinal
Generation VIII
MD DX
Starter Pokémon, Partner Pokémon, Joyous Tower (1F-5F)
Fainted Pokémon: Sky Tower, Silver Trench, Buried Relic
New Snap
Elsewhere Forest
Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Puerto Blanco: Stage 2
Blau Salon: Stage 424
Event: Special Daily Pokémon (First release; Winking)
Masters EX
Scottie/Bettie & BulbasaurEgg
Trainer Lodge Friendship Level 100: Professor Sycamore & Bulbasaur


In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! AncientPower Bulbasaur English United States 5 December 28, 2001 to January 31, 2002;
January 17 to 23, 2003
GSC Pokémon Center Mystery Egg #3 AncientPower Bulbasaur Japanese Japan 5 April 27 to May 12, 2002
RSEFRLG Gather More Pokémon! Fourth Campaign Bulbasaur Japanese Japan 10 February 11 to 28, 2006
RSEFRLG Journey Across America Bulbasaur English United States 70 February 25 to July 23, 2006
RSEFRLG Party of the Decade Bulbasaur English United States 70 August 8, 2006
B2W2 Sticker Promotional Kanto Starter Egg Bulbasaur Japanese Japan 1 September 1 to 30, 2012
BWB2W2 Kanto Starter Egg Bulbasaur Korean South Korea 1 November 8 to 11, 2012
B2W2 Kanto Starter Egg Bulbasaur Korean Wi-Fi 1 February 14 to March 31, 2013
XYORAS Pokémon Lab Bulbasaur Japanese region Online 5 July 8 to November 30, 2015
ORAS 2016 World Championships Bulbasaur All United States 5 August 19 to 21, 2016
SwSh Pokémon HOME Gigantamax Factor Bulbasaur All Online 14 June 17 to 30, 2021
In-game events
Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RGBY Gym Leader Castle Bulbasaur Japanese hide 5 April 30, 1999 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Bulbasaur English hide 5 February 29, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Bulbasaur French hide 5 April 7, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Bulbasaur German hide 5 April 7, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Bulbasaur Italian hide 5 April 7, 2000 onwards
RBY Gym Leader Castle Bulbasaur Spanish hide 5 April 7, 2000 onwards
HOME HOME Mobile Hidden Ability Bulbasaur Worldwide hide 5 February 12, 2020 onwards
HOME HOME Mobile Gigantamax Factor Bulbasaur Worldwide hide 14 June 17 to 30, 2021
Wild Area News
Games Event Gigantamax Location Level Distribution period
SwSh Wild Area News No hide 17, 30, 40 February 27 to March 1, 2020

Pokémon Global Link promotions

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BW Global Link Bulbasaur Japanese PGL 10 October 14, 2010 to May 31, 2011
BW Global Link Bulbasaur Korean PGL 10 May 11, 2011 to May 11, 2013

Held items

Pokémon caught in Generation I must be traded to a Generation II game in order for a held item to appear.

Games Held items
Red Blue
Bitter Berry Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow
Stadium
Normal Box Normal Box (From Round 1: 100%)
Gorgeous Box Gorgeous Box (From Round 2: 100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
45
105 - 152 200 - 294
49
48 - 111 92 - 216
49
48 - 111 92 - 216
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Total:
318
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.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 65.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/4 ★★★
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
13/17 ★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Learnset

Bulbasaur is available in Scarlet and Violet Version 3.0.0+.

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Growl Normal Status 0000 100100% 40
033 Vine Whip Grass Physical 04545 100100% 25
066 Growth Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
099 Leech Seed Grass Status 0000 09090% 10
1212 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 05555 09595% 25
1515 Poison Powder Poison Status 0000 07575% 35
1515 Sleep Powder Grass Status 0000 07575% 15
1818 Seed Bomb Grass Physical 08080 100100% 15
2121 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
2424 Sweet Scent Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
2727 Synthesis Grass Status 0000 00——% 5
3030 Worry Seed Grass Status 0000 100100% 10
3333 Power Whip Grass Physical 120120 08585% 10
3636 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Bulbasaur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Bulbasaur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM002Bag TM Fairy SV Sprite.png TM002 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM007Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM013Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM013 Acid Spray Poison Special 04040 100}}100% 20
TM020Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM020 Trailblaze Grass Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
TM025Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM033Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM033 Magical Leaf Grass Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM045Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM045 Venoshock Poison Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM047Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM049Bag TM Fire SV Sprite.png TM049 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM056Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM056 Bullet Seed Grass Physical 02525 100}}100% 30
TM057Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM057 False Swipe Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 40
TM066Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM066 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TM070Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM071Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM071 Seed Bomb Grass Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM081Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM081 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TM085Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM088Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM088 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM103Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM111Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM111 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TM119Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM119 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM130Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM137Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM137 Grassy Terrain Grass Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM146Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM146 Grass Pledge Grass Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM148Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM148 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM159Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM159 Leaf Storm Grass Special 130130 090}}90% 5
TM168Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM168 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM171Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM175Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM175 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM181Bag TM Dark SV Sprite.png TM181 Knock Off Dark Physical 06565 100}}100% 20
TM193Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM193 Weather Ball Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 10
TM194Bag TM Grass SV Sprite.png TM194 Grassy Glide Grass Physical 05555 100}}100% 20
TM204Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM204 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
TM224Bag TM Ghost SV Sprite.png TM224 Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Bulbasaur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Bulbasaur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
SlowpokeSlowpokeSlowbroSlowbroSlowkingSlowkingTurtwigGrotleTorterraPhantumpTrevenantBergmiteAvaluggAvaluggAppletunBramblinBrambleghast
Curse Ghost Status —% 10
SunfloraCacneaCacturneSnoverAbomasnowFoongusAmoongussPhantumpTrevenantFomantisLurantis
Ingrain Grass Status —% 20
VenusaurOddishGloomVileplumeBellossomMeganiumSunfloraComfeyArboliva
Petal Dance Grass Special 120 100% 10
OddishGloomVileplumeBellossomSlowkingShroomishBreloomFoongusAmoongussSalandit
Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Bulbasaur
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Bulbasaur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Bulbasaur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Scratch Bulbasaur (McDonald Pack 1)
Bite Bulbasaur (POP Series 2 12)
Lunge Bulbasaur (McDonald Pack 1)
Present Bulbasaur (DPt-P Promo 30)

Anime-only moves

Move Type Episode
Dig  Ground  Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!
Whirlwind  Normal  The Ninja Poké-Showdown

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin001.png Pinani001.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani001.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 12.5%
Friend Area: Beau Plains
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'm going to make a big flower bloom!
26%-50% HP I'm down to about half my HP now.
1%-25% HP I'm about to keel over...
Level up I did it! My level went up!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP Let's try to do our best, <name>!
26%-50% HP This is getting a bit hard...
1%-25% HP Urgh... Can't keep this up... <name>, help...
Level up Yes! I leveled up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 001.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: F
Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon
MDP 3DS 001.png

Body size: Standard (1 tile)
How to Recruit: Talk to in Baram Town
Connected to: Charmander, Squirtle, Mew
Connection Orb Set: 1

Phrases
Normal Seeds are full of nutrition!
Low HP (< 50%) Oh, this is so hard…
Phrases if the hero
Normal (All right! I'll give it my all!)
Low HP (< 50%) (This is hard…but I need to hang in there!)
Phrases if the partner
Normal Let's give it our all!
Low HP (< 50%) I'm OK… I can take it a little more…
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Grass
Poké Assist: Grass PA.png
Grass
Field move: Cross fm.png
(Cross ×1)
Loops: 3 Min. exp.: 12 Max. exp.: 22
Browser entry R-001
Bulbasaur extends its vines to attack and prevent capture.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Grass
Poké Assist:
(present)
Grass Assist.png
Grass
Field move:
(present)
Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Grass Assist.png
Grass
Field move:
(past)
Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Browser entry R-014/N-004
It attacks by shooting seeds.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush001Body.png Walking Speed: 1.55 seconds Base HP: 46
Base Attack: 69 Base Defense: 50 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW001.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Bulbasaur is the Attraction Chief of Bulbasaur's Daring Dash in the Meadow Zone. So, even though it is forbidden, he may allow you to play on it.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Grass
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT001.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None Shuffle.png
Grass
None Shuffle.png Attack Power: 40 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 20

#001
Shuffle001.png

Power of 4
Increases damage when you make a match of four.
Skill Swapper.png Swappable Skill(s): Mega Boost+


Pokémon Shuffle
None Shuffle.png
Grass
None Shuffle.png Attack Power: 40 - 90 Raise Max Level.png 5

#001
Shuffle001Winking.png

Block Smash+
Sometimes clears three unbreakable-block disruptions.


Pokémon GO
GO001.png Base HP: 128 Base Attack: 118 Base Defense: 111
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Bulbasaur Candy 25
Fast Attacks: Vine Whip, Tackle
Charged Attacks: Sludge Bomb, Seed Bomb, Power Whip, ReturnAs Purified Pokémon, FrustrationAs Shadow Pokémon
Pokémon: Magikarp Jump
Magikarp Jump Miracle Seed.png Friendship Item: Miracle Seed (Beat the Luxury League) ★: Recovers a League Play
Skill: Recovers a League Play
Recovery time: 4 hours
New Pokémon Snap
NPS001.png
Photodex entry #070
When Bulbasaur is born, it lives for a while via photosynthesis and the nutrients in the seed on its back. Until it grows bigger, it depends on other Pokémon to survive.


Costumes in Pokémon GO
GO001Fall2019.png GO001Jan2020.png GO001Spring2020.png
Shedinja costume Party hat Pikachu visor

Evolution data

0001Bulbasaur.png
Unevolved
Bulbasaur
 Grass  Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 16
0002Ivysaur.png
First evolution
Ivysaur
 Grass  Poison 
Rare Candy
Level 32
0003Venusaur.png
Second evolution
Venusaur
 Grass  Poison 


Sprites

Generation I
Red Green Red Blue Yellow
Spr 1g 001.png Spr b g1 001.png Spr 1b 001.png Spr b g1 001.png Spr 1y 001.png Spr b g1 001.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 001.png Spr b 2g 001.png Spr 2s 001.png Spr b 2s 001.png Spr 2c 001.png Spr b 2c 001.png
Spr 2g 001 s.png Spr b 2g 001 s.png Spr 2s 001 s.png Spr b 2s 001 s.png Spr 2c 001 s.png Spr b 2c 001 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 001.png Spr b 3r 001.png Spr 3e 001.png Spr b 3e 001.png Spr 3f 001.png Spr b 3f 001.png
Spr 3r 001 s.png Spr b 3r 001 s.png Spr 3e 001 s.png Spr b 3e 001 s.png Spr 3f 001 s.png Spr b 3f 001 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 001.png Spr b 4d 001.png Spr 4p 001.png Spr b 4p 001.png Spr 4h 001.png Spr b 4h 001.png
Spr 4d 001 s.png Spr b 4d 001 s.png Spr 4p 001 s.png Spr b 4p 001 s.png Spr 4h 001 s.png Spr b 4h 001 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 001.png Spr b 5b 001.png Spr 5b2 001.png Spr b 5b2 001.png
Spr 5b 001 s.png Spr b 5b 001 s.png Spr 5b2 001 s.png Spr b 5b2 001 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 001.png
Spr b 6x 001.png
Spr 6o 001.png
Spr b 6o 001.png
Spr 6x 001 s.png
Spr b 6x 001 s.png
Spr 6o 001 s.png
Spr b 6o 001 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 001.png
Spr b 7s 001.png
Spr 7s 001.png
Spr b 7s 001.png
Spr 7s 001 s.png
Spr b 7s 001 s.png
Spr 7s 001 s.png
Spr b 7s 001 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee!
Spr 7p 001.png
Spr 7p 001 s.png
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Spr 8s 001.png
Spr 8s 001 s.png
Cross-Generation
HOME
HOME001.png HOME001 s.png
001MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Bulbasaur images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

$1 coins from Niue

Origin

Bulbasaur is based on a frog.[9][10] In particular, its short legs, stout appearance, and ear-like protrusions on its head make it resemble horned frogs. According to Ken Sugimori and Atsuko Nishida, the latter designed Bulbasaur working backward from Venusaur, meaning Bulbasaur was the last of its evolutionary family to have been designed and was also directly based on Venusaur.[10] The bulb on its back resembles a lily or onion.

Name origin

Bulbasaur is a combination of bulb (a rounded underground storage organ present in some plants) and dinosaur.[11] It may also derive from the word "bulbous" in reference to the bulb on its back.

Fushigidane may be a combination of 不思議 fushigi (strange; mysterious) and 種 tane (seed), as well as a pun of the phrase 不思議だね Fushigi da ne? ("Isn't it strange?").

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese フシギダネ Fushigidane From 不思議 fushigi and tane, as well as a pun of 不思議だね Fushigi, da ne?
France Flag.png French Bulbizarre From bulbe and bizarre
Spain Flag.png Spanish Bulbasaur Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Bisasam From bizarr, Saurier, and Samen
Italy Flag.png Italian Bulbasaur Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이상해씨 Isanghessi From 이상하다 isanghada and ssi
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 妙蛙種子 / 妙蛙种子 Miàowāzhǒngzǐ From miào, , and 種子 / 种子 zhǒngzǐ
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 妙蛙種子 Miuhwājúngjí*
奇異種子 Kèihyihjúngjí*
From miuh, , and 種子 júngjí
From 奇異 kèihyih and 種子 júngjí


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References

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Starter Pokémon
Kanto
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Bulbasaur
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Charmander
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Squirtle
Johto
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Chikorita
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Cyndaquil
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Totodile
Hoenn
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Treecko
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Torchic
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Mudkip
Sinnoh
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Turtwig
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Chimchar
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Piplup
Hisui
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Rowlet
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Cyndaquil
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Oshawott
Unova
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Snivy
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Tepig
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Oshawott
Kalos
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Chespin
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Fennekin
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Froakie
Alola
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Rowlet
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Litten
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Popplio
Galar
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Grookey
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Scorbunny
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Sobble
Paldea
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Sprigatito
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Fuecoco
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Quaxly
Yellow
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Pikachu (player)
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Eevee (rival)
Colosseum
196Espeon Colo.png197Umbreon Colo.png
Espeon and Umbreon
XD
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Eevee
Let's Go, Pikachu!
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Pikachu (player)
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Eevee (rival)
Let's Go, Eevee!
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Eevee (player)
0025Pikachu.png
Pikachu (rival)


Pokémon
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