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フシギダネ Fushigidane
Seed Pokémon
CT 080
Ability Gender
Chlorophyll (Hidden)
12.5% ♀
87.5% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Green Monster
Weight Height
25.2 lbs. 6.9 kg 2'00" 0.7 m
Body style Footprint
Body08.png F001.png
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
45 49 49
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
65 65 45

Bulbasaur (pronunciation: BUHLB-uh-sawr) is a dual-type Grass/Poison-type Starter Pokémon of the Kanto region. It evolves into Ivysaur at level 16, then into Venusaur at level 32.


Bulbasaur's Red, Blue, & Green artwork

Known as the Seed Pokémon, Bulbasaur resembles a small, squatting dinosaur that walks on four legs and has a large plant bulb on its back that is able to shoot seeds out of. It also has large red eyes and has very sharp teeth. Its skin is a light turquoise color with dark green spots. It has three nails on all its four legs. Its most notable feature, however, is the aforementioned bulb on its back, which as the Pokédex states, was planted on it at birth.

Though they usually walk on four legs, a Bulbasaur can rise up on its hind legs. When it evolves into Ivysaur, the bulb becomes a larger flower bud, making it nearly impossible for one to rise on its hind legs.


As Bulbasaur is a starter Pokémon, it is hard to locate, however, it could be found near streams.


Bulbasaur is an omnivore. However, in times of scarcity, it does not need to eat much food, since the bulb on its back can store energy from the sun.

Special abilities

Bulbasaurs have "bulbs" on their backs that grow steadily larger as the Bulbasaur matures. This bulb contains a seed which uses photosynthesis to supply Bulbasaur with energy. Its bulb is also used to store the energy which the seed absorbs, which can be used when it is necessary. It is assumed that when a Bulbasaur collects enough energy in its bulb, it will evolve into an Ivysaur.


In the anime

Bulbasaur's debut in the anime was in the first episode, Pokémon - I Choose You, where it can be seen on Ash Ketchum's television in his room and his dream about which starter Pokémon he will select the next day.

Ash's Bulbasaur

Main article: Ash's Bulbasaur

May's Bulbasaur

Main article: May's Venusaur

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga, Red chose Bulbasaur, which he nicknamed Saur, as his Starter Pokémon.

Game info

Bulbasaur is a starter in Pokémon Red and Blue, Pocket Monsters Green, and, more recently, Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. In Pokémon Yellow, which is based upon the anime series, Bulbasaur is received as a gift in Cerulean City from a girl in the house next to the Pokémon Center. In the following games, Bulbasaur can be received via Trading.


Main Game Locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Yellow Received from a girl in Cerulean City if Pikachu's Happiness is high enough One
Gold/Silver Time Capsule None
Crystal Time Capsule None
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Starter Pokémon from Professor Oak in Pallet Town One
Diamond/ Pearl Pal Park None
Platinum Pal Park None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Reward from Professor Oak after defeating Red One
Black/White Poké Transfer or Dream World None
Black 2/White 2 Poké Transfer None
X/Y Received as a gift from Professor Sycamore after battling him One
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Trade from X and Y None
Sun/Moon Pokémon Bank None

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap River
Cave (Ditto in disguise)
Pokémon Channel Bus Stop
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Train
Endless level 16
Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Starter Pokémon
Joyous Tower (1F-5F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Starter Pokémon
Mystifying Forest (B1F-B13F),
Mystery Jungle (B1F-B29F)
Pokémon Rumble Quiet Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Meadow Zone
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Dolce Island, Hinder Cape (Present)
Forest Temple (Past)
Pokémon Battle Trozei Blade-and-Shield Path: Stage 1
Pokémon Shuffle Puerto Blanco: Stage 2

Pokédex entries

Red A strange seed was planted on its back at birth. The plant sprouts and grows with this Pokémon. 
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.
Gold The seed on its back is filled with nutrients. The seed grows steadily larger as its body grows. 
Stadium 2 
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.
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. 
Omega Ruby 
Alpha Sapphire
FireRed There is a plant seed on its back right from the day this Pokémon is born. The seed slowly grows larger.
Diamond For some time after its birth, it grows by gaining nourishment from the seed on its back. 
Black 2 
White 2 

PokéPark Data

Park Bulbasaur.png
Skill Game:
Bulbasaur's Daring Dash
Score to Beat:


Generation I

Main article: Bulbasaur/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Bulbasaur/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Bulbasaur/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Bulbasaur/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Main article: Bulbasaur/Learnset Generation V

Generation VI

Main article: Bulbasaur/Learnset Generation VI

Generation VII

By leveling up

Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type
1 Tackle 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
3 Growl - 100% 40 Normal Status
7 Leech Seed - 90% 10 Grass Status
9 Vine Whip 45 100% 25 Grass Physical
13 Poison Powder - 75% 35 Poison Status
13 Sleep Powder - 75% 15 Grass Status
15 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
19 Razor Leaf 55 95% 25 Grass Physical
21 Sweet Scent - 100% 20 Normal Status
25 Growth - 100% 40 Normal Status
27 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical
31 Worry Seed - 100% 10 Grass Status
33 Synthesis - -% 5 Grass Status
37 Seed Bomb 80 100% 15 Grass 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.


# Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Category
TM01 Work Up - -% 30 Normal Status
TM06 Toxic - 90% 10 Poison Status
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day - -% 5 Fire Status
TM16 Light Screen - -% 30 Psychic Status
TM17 Protect - -% 10 Normal Status
TM20 Safeguard - -% 25 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration - 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return - 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team - -% 15 Normal Status
TM36 Sludge Bomb 90 100% 10 Poison Special
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest - -% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract - 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM49 Echoed Voice 40 100% 15 Normal Special
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM75 Swords Dance - -% 20 Normal Status
TM86 Grass Knot - 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger - 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk - -% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute - -% 10 Normal Status
TM96 Nature Power 90 100% 10 Normal Status
TM100 Confide 90 100% 10 Grass Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

Father Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
079.png080.png • 143.png Amnesia - -% 20 Psychic Status
546.png • 696.png697.png Charm - 100% 20 Fairy Status
079.png080.png199.png • 387.png388.png389.png • 597.png598.png • 708.png709.png • 712.png713.png Curse - -% 10 Ghost Status
410.png411.png • 776.png Endure - -% 10 Normal Status
043.png044.png • 046.png047.png • 114.png465.png • 187.png188.png189.png • 191.png192.png • 252.png • 285.png • 315.png • 387.png388.png389.png • 495.png496.png497.png • 546.png • 556.png • 590.png591.png • 755.png756.png Giga Drain 75 100% 10 Grass Special
191.png192.png • 315.png • 459.png460.png Grass Whistle - 55% 15 Grass Status
043.png044.png • 114.png465.png • 407.png • 764.png Grassy Terrain - -% 10 Grass Status
114.png465.png • 191.png192.png • 315.png • 331.png332.png • 455.png • 459.png460.png • 556.png • 590.png591.png • 597.png598.png • 708.png114.png • 753.png754.png • 755.png756.png Ingrain - -% 20 Grass Status
071.png • 103.png103 Alola.png • 182.png • 192.png • 253.png254.png • 275.png • 357.png • 387.png388.png389.png • 495.png496.png497.png Leaf Storm 130 90% 5 Grass Special
152.png153.png154.png • 191.png • 315.png407.png • 357.png • 420.png421.png • 764.png Magical Leaf 60 -% 20 Grass Special
270.png271.png272.png • 273.png274.png • 698.png699.png Nature Power - -% 20 Normal Status
003.png • 043.png044.png045.png • 154.png • 192.png • 315.png • 421.png • 556.png • 764.png Petal Dance 120 100% 10 Grass Special
108.png • 114.png465.png • 455.png • 598.png Power Whip 120 85% 10 Grass Physical
007.png008.png009.png • 713.png Skull Bash 130 100% 10 Normal Physical
258.png Sludge* - -% 20 Poison Special
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

By tutoring


I Red (JP) Green (JP) Red Blue Yellow Back
Bulbasaur RG.png Bulbasaur RB.png Bulbasaur Yellow.png Bulbasaur gen1 back.png
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Bulbasaur Gold.png
Bulbasaur Gold shiny.png
Bulbasaur Silver.png
Bulbasaur Silver shiny.png
Bulbasaur Crystal.gif
Bulbasaur Crystal shiny.gif
Bulbasaur gen2 back.png
Bulbasaur gen2 back shiny.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Bulbasaur RS.png
Bulbasaur RS shiny.png
Bulbasaur Emerald.gif
Bulbasaur Emerald shiny.gif
Bulbasaur FRLG.png
Bulbasaur FRLG shiny.png
Bulbasaur gen3 back.png
Bulbasaur gen3 back shiny.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Bulbasaur DPP.gif
Bulbasaur DPP shiny.gif
Bulbasaur HGSS.gif
Bulbasaur HGSS shiny.gif
Bulbasaur gen4 back.png
Bulbasaur gen4 back shiny.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Bulbasaur BW.gif
Bulbasaur BW shiny.gif
Bulbasaur gen5 back.gif
Bulbasaur gen5 back shiny.gif
VI X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Bulbasaur XY.gif
Bulbasaur XY shiny.gif
Bulbasaur gen6 back.gif
Bulbasaur gen6 back shiny.gif



Bulbasaur's appearance is based upon a small dinosaur with a plant growing off its back.

Name Origin

  • Japanese: フシギダネ (Fushigidane in Romaji) from the Japanese words Fushigi (不思議), which means strange and Tane (種), which means seed.
  • French: Bulbizarre from the French words bulbe(bulb) and bizarre (bizarre).
  • German: Bisasam from the German words Bisamratte (muskrat) and Samen (seed).
  • English: Bulbasaur is a portmanteau of the words "bulb", a plant term referring to the large bulb on its back, and "dinosaur".


  • Bulbasaur uses the bulb on its back to store extra energy. This makes it possible for Bulbasaur to survive for days without eating.
  • Bulbasaur and its evolutions are the only Poison-type starter Pokémon.
  • Bulbasaur and its evolutions have the same species as Sunkern: they are both classified as the Seed Pokémon.
  • Although Bulbasaur is a quadrupedal Pokémon, it has the ability to stand on its two hind legs until it evolves into Ivysaur.
  • Bulbasaur is the first Grass-type starter.