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(バスラオ Basslao)
Hostile Pokémon Pokémon
Ability Gender
Rock Head
Mold BreakerDW
50% ♀
50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Green Water 2
Weight Height
39.7 lbs. 18 kg 3'03" 1.0 m
Body style Footprint
Body03.png F550.png
HP Attack Defense
70 92 65
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
80 55 98

Basculin (Japanese: バスラオ Basslao) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V and is set to appear in Pokémon Black and White. Its classification is the Violent Pokémon. It has two forms which are dependent on the version. It is basically another Magikarp except Basculin can learn TMs and Basculin doesn't evolve.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Basculin is a fish-like Pokémon. In its red form, two parts of its body are separated by a bright red-orange stripe and has spiky white fins. Its blue form, however, will replace the red-orange stripe with a blue one, and its fins and eyes have a sleeker design.

Evolution[edit | edit source]

Basculin does not evolve.

Game Info[edit | edit source]

Game Locations[edit | edit source]

Version(s) Location
Black/White Surf or fish

Pokédex Entries[edit | edit source]

Generations I - IV
Basculin did not appear during the Generation I - IV games.
Red and blue Basculin get along so poorly, they'll start fighting instantly. These Pokémon are very hostile.
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
Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

Learnset[edit | edit source]

Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical

1 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special

4 Uproar 90 100% 10 Normal Special

7 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal Physical

10 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical

13 Aqua Jet 40 100% 20 Water Physical

16 Chip Away 70 100% 20 Normal Physical

20 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical

24 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical

28 Aqua Tail 90 90% 10 Water Physical

32 Soak - 100% 20 Water Status

36 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical

41 Scary Face - 100% 10 Normal Status

46 Flail - 100% 15 Normal Physical

51 Final Gambit - 100% 5 Fighting Physical

56 Thrash 120 100% 10 Normal Physical

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites[edit | edit source]

I Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
Basculin did not appear in Generation I
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Basculin did not appear in Generation II
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Basculin did not appear in Generation III
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Basculin did not appear in Generation IV
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Basculin BW.gif File:Basculin BW Back.gif
File:Shiny Basculin BW.gif File:Shiny Basculin BW Back.gif

Forms[edit | edit source]

Red-Stripe 550.png
Blue-Stripe 550A.png
Rock Head

Origins[edit | edit source]

Design origins[edit | edit source]

Basculin appears to be based on a piranha.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Basculin's name is probably a combination of the words bass and masculine.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Basculin's Red-Stripe Forme is exclusive to Pokémon Black while its Blue-Stripe Forme is exclusive to Pokémon White. Since it cannot change freely between the formes, each forme is more of a variant.
    • Though with the use of the Super Rod or surf on a Rare Pokémon spot will always yield the opposite form.
  • While most Pokémon can have up to 3 abilities legitimately (two primary abilities and and a hidden ability), Basculin can legitimately have four: a Blue-Striped Basculin has the ability Rock Head while the Red-Striped Basculin can have Reckless.
  • Basculin and Zweilous are both known as the Hostile Pokémon.

References[edit source]