Bulbasaur has the Overgrow Ability. Using this Ability, once Bulbasaur's HP is less than a third all Grass type moves are 50% stronger. Its Hidden Ability is Chlorophyll, which doubles its Speed when the weather becomes Harsh Sunlight, but its Speed won't double on the same turn in which the weather becomes Harsh Sunlight.
Bulbasaur takes the appearance of a turquoise colored frog-like creature with sharp teeth, made to look like a type of bulky lizard. Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of a Bulbasaur is the large green bulb on its back. It is assumed to be a seed of sorts. It is based off of a dinosaur.
Bulbasaur has no distinguished features that make it appear male or female.
Bulbasaur is available as one of the first 3 Starter Pokémon in Pokémon Red, Blue and Green, and subsequently Fire Red and Leaf Green. If the player picks Bulbasaur as their starter Pokémon, their rival will pick Charmander as theirs; if the player picks Squirtle as their starter Pokémon, their rival will pick Bulbasaur as theirs.
Bulbasaur appears at the Phobos Train, Endless Level 16, Trozei Battle and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!
Bulbasaur is available as a starter or partner Pokémon in the first two waves of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Bulbasuar appears at random in Mystifying Forest (B1-B13) and Mystery Jungle (B1-B29).
Bulbasaur is in all three versions of Mystery Dungeon 3. In Blazing Adventure Squad, Bulbasaur appears at Mystery Plains 1F-5F and Final Mountain 9F-13F; in Stormy Adventure Squad Bulbasaur is at Mystery Marsh 1F-5F and Final Island 9F-13F; in Light Adventure Squad Bulbasaur is loacted at Mystery Meadow 1F-5F and Final Cave 9F-13F.
Bulbasaur appears at Lila Forest in Pokémon Ranger, but the Field Ability Cut is required to reach it. Bulbasaur was absent from Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, but returned in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs at the Hill and Cliffside sections of Drop Island in the Present, and the Forest Temple Mission "A Pokémon Forest in the Way," earned by getting an A Rank in the mission.
Bulbasaur can be found at Everspring Valley Forest 4-2 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
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Bulbasaur has appeared in 11 sets, Pokémon Organized Play Series 2 as a Common Card, a promo from McDonalds, a Diamond/Pearl/Platinum Promo and Black/White Promo in Japan.
Both Ash and May own a Bulbasaur each. In the episode Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village, Ash found Bulbasaur in a village and from then on, Bulbasaur has been a commonly used Pokémon in battles and rescue missions, namely using its Vine Whip attack to rescue trainers and Pokémon from falling off of cliffs, or similar. When the chance to evolve arose, Bulbasaur chose not to evolve. As a result, it learned Solarbeam at an earlier level.
May's Bulbasaur is distinctive in that it has heart-shaped spots on its head rather than its usual spots. Since capture, May's Bulbasaur took a liking to Ash's Bulbasaur (as a result of being female). It later went on to evolve into Venusaur as shown in the Wallace Cup in the Sinnoh region.
Ash's Bulbasaur makes an appearance in Mewtwo Strikes Back, The Power of One, and Spell of the Unown, along with the Pikachu Shorts Pikachu's Vacation, Pikachu's Rescue Adventure, Pikachu & Pichu, Pikachu's Pikaboo and Meloetta's Sparkling Recital.
May's Bulbasaur makes an appearance in Destiny Deoxys and the Pikachu Short Pikachu's Summer Festival.
At the start of the Manga, Red had accidentally released Bulbasaur and some other Pokémon from Profesor Oak's Science Lab, but after working together to defeat a wild Machoke, Bulbasaur was given to Red by Professor Oak. It would remain as a Bulbasaur until it evolved into an Ivysaur at the gates of Celadon City in Chapter 15.
Red's Bulbasaur was given the nickname "Saur" by its Trainer.
Bulbasaur is in the Not Fully Evolved Tier of Competitive Battling as a result of being a first stage Pokémon.
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