Bulbasaur is a dual-type Grass/Poison Pokemon 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 three starter Pokemon of Kanto available at the beginning of Pokemon Red, Green, Blue FireRed, and LeafGreen. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Bulbasaur.
1. Bulbasaur is a small, quadruped Pokemon that has blue-green skin with darker patches.
2. 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.
3. A pair of small, pointed teeth are visible in the upper jaw when its mouth is open.
4. Each of its thick legs ends with three sharp claws.
5. On its back is a green plant bulb, which is grown from a seed planted there at birth.
6. The bulb provides it with energy through photosynthesis as well as from the nutrient-rich seeds contained within.
7. Having been domesticated from birth, Bulbasaur is regarded as both a rare and well-behaved Pokémon.
8. It is known to be extremely loyal, even after long-term abandonment.
9. Bulbasaur has also shown itself to be an excellent caretaker, even having a special technique called the “Bulba-by.” To perform this technique, Bulbasaur uses its vines to pick up a young Pokémon and soothingly rocks it in the air.
10. 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.
11. It has been observed that a Bulbasaur’s bulb will flash blue when it is ready to evolve.
12. Many Bulbasaur gather every year in a hidden garden in Kanto to evolve into Ivysaur in a ceremony led by a Venusaur.
13. In the Japanese Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue, international Pokémon Red and Blue, and Japanese Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Professor Oak classifies Bulbasaur as the “plant Pokémon”when the player is about to choose it as their starter, using the term while referring to its type. In the English versions of Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, he calls it the “grass Pokémon”.
14. Niue released a one-dollar coin featuring Bulbasaur as part of a commemorative promotion for the Pokémon franchise, with Bulbasaur on one side and the nation’s coat of arms on the other.
15. Bulbasaur’s evolution family is the only starter Pokémon evolution family to have each member appear at least once in the Super Smash Bros. series.
16. Bulbasaur and its evolutions share their category with Sunkern. They are all known as the Seed Pokémon.
17. Bulbasaur’s number in the National Pokédex and the Fiore Browser are the same: 001.
18. Due to the censor that prevents Pokémon with offensive nicknames being traded on the GTS, a Bulbasaur with an English name couldn’t be traded on the GTS without a nickname in Pokemon Black and White.
19. In Pokémon Gold and Silver, Bulbasaur is programmed to be able to learn Charm through breeding, but no other Pokémon in the Grass or Monster Groups can legitimately learn it to pass down as an Egg Move in those games. In Generation III and IV, Bulbasaur can inherit the move from Shroomish by chain breeding; in Generation V on, Bulbasaur can inherit the move directly from Cottonee.
20. Bulbasaur may be part of the inspiration for the naming of Bulbasaurus, a genus of dicynodonts.
21. Bulbasaur is based on a frog.
22. 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.
23. The bulb on its back resembles a lily or onion.
24. Bulbasaur is a combination of bulb (a rounded underground storage organ present in some plants, notably those of the lily family) and saur (Ancient Greek for lizard).
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. Shauna’s starter Pokémon is a Bulbasaur she received from Professor Sycamore. It first appeared in Summer of Discovery!.
28. A Bulbasaur appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back, where it was cloned from Ash’s Bulbasaur and participated in the battle between the original Pokémon and the cloned Pokémon. It reappeared in Mewtwo Returns.
29. A Bulbasaur that used to belong to the Mayor of Trovitopolis appeared in The Mystery Menace.
30. 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.