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Ivysaur
Ivysaur
National Pokédex
Bulbasaur - Ivysaur (#002) - Venusaur
Ability Overgrow
Chlorophyll (Hidden)
Series Pokémon series
First appearance Pokémon Red and Blue
Created by Game Freak
Designed by Ken Sugimori

Ivysaur (フシギソウ, Fushigisou) is a species of Pokémon in the series of the same name. It is a dual-type Grass/Poison Pokémon that made its first appearance in the first generation games Red and Blue.

Physiology and Behaviour

Ivysaur, like its pre-evolved form, is a reptilian creature with strains of amphibian features. Following the evolution Ivysaur has grown in size, but it retains its body shape, with only minor differences. The skin color has gotten a bluer tint and the ears have developed a visible black inside. The fangs and claws also seems to have grown. The most notable difference to Bulbasaur is the flower bulb, which now has opened up revealing a pink bulb inside. The outer leaves now extend out on the sides of the bulb. Ivysaur also seems to have had an attitude change. Rather than the happy eyes and smile, Ivysaur gives a battle-ready impression. Currently, no gender differences have been found between male and female Ivysaur.

The bulbs' greater size results in more weight, which causes Ivysaurs to lose their ability to stand on their hind legs. When it is nearing time for blooming, Ivysaurs instinctively spend more time in the sun, and the bulbs start to release an aroma. Ivysaurs seems to be almost non-existent in the wild. A few can be found in the areas free from Pokémon trainers, but even here the number is very limited. The few that lives freely appears in forests, jungles and plains, among fellow Bulbasaurs.

Appearances

Main Pokémon games

As the evolution of a starter Pokémon, Ivysaur has relatively few appearances in the main series. In all of the first generation games; Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, it can be gotten by evolving Bulbasaur. It is consequently also available in the third generation games Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, which are remakes of the very first games. Ivysaur can also be gotten in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, where the player may choose a second starter after defeating Red.

Other Pokémon games

In the side games Ivysaur is a more common encounter. It can be found in both sets of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games and in both Pokémon Ranger and Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Sign. It has also been featured as a toy in Pokémon Rumble and a type of block in Pokémon Trozei!.

Super Smash Bros. series

Ivysaur is featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as one of the three playable Pokémon used by the Pokémon Trainer character. It uses the attacks Bullet Seed, Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, along with SolarBeam during the Final Smash Triple Finish.

Trophy descriptions

Ivysaur (Brawl)

A Seed Pokémon that is the evolved form of Bulbasaur. It has a flower bulb on its back, the weight of which has made it develop strong legs and hips. If the blossom gets too big, the Pokémon can't stand on two legs alone. At a certain level, it evolves into Venusaur. When this happens, the bulb absorbs nutrients and blossoms into a large-petaled flower.
Game Boy - Pokémon Red / Blue
Game Boy Advance - Pokémon FireRed / LeafGreen

Ivysaur (Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/ Wii U)

Watching your starter Pokémon evolve is an unforgettable experience. For many trainers, that first happened when Bulbasaur became Ivysaur. It might be difficult to say good-bye to cute little Bulbasaur, but before they know it, they'll be saying bye to Ivysaur, too, as it turns into a fully grown Venusaur!
Game Boy - Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue - 09/1998
Game Boy Advance - Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen - 09/2004

In the anime

Ivysaur has appeared several times in the anime, though it has yet to be owned by any main character. Most notably, in one episode several Bulbasaurs evolved into Ivysaurs, at which time Ash's Bulbasaur decided not to evolve.

Origin and inspiration

Ivysaur does not seem to have any single specific source of inspiration. The relationship between Ivysaur and the bulb on its back might however be based on the concept of symbiosis. The seed acts as en energy reserve for its host and supplied it with nutrients when it was young. In turn Ivysaur acts a mean of protection. Based on its habit of napping in the sunlight, it may thus also guarantee the plant to be in the direct sunlight, so that it can store energy and grow. Ivysaur's appearance seems to be inspired by several different types of animals. It shares traits with reptiles, amphibians as well as mammals.

Ivysaur's name is a mixture of ivy, a kind of plant, and dinosaur, or possibly saur which means lizard in Greek. Its Japanese name comes from strange and grass.

In-game information

Pokédex entries

Title Entry
First Pokémon generation
Pokémon Red and Blue When the bulb on its back grows large, it appears to lose the ability to stand on its hind legs.
Pokémon Yellow The bulb on its back grows by drawing energy. It gives off an aroma when it is ready to bloom.
Pokémon Stadium The bud on its back apparently draws energy from its body. The bud is said to open into a large flower when fully grown.
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold Exposure to sunlight adds to its strength. Sunlight also makes the bud on its back grow larger.
Pokémon Silver If the bud on its back starts to smell sweet, it is evidence that the large flower will soon bloom.
Pokémon Crystal The bulb on its back grows as it absorbs nutrients. The bulb gives off a pleasant aroma when it blooms.
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby There is a bud on this Pokémon's back. To support its weight, Ivysaur's legs and trunk grow thick and strong. If it starts spending more time lying in the sunlight, it's a sign that the bud will bloom into a large flower soon.
Pokémon Sapphire There is a bud on this Pokémon's back. To support its weight, Ivysaur's legs and trunk grow thick and strong. If it starts spending more time lying in the sunlight, it's a sign that the bud will bloom into a large flower soon.
Pokémon Emerald To support its bulb, Ivysaur's legs grow sturdy. If it spends more time lying in the sunlight, the bud will soon bloom into a large flower.
Pokémon FireRed There is a plant bulb on its back. When it absorbs nutrients, the bulb is said to blossom into a large flower.
Pokémon LeafGreen When the bulb on its back grows large, it appears to lose the ability to stand on its hind legs.
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Diamond When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Pokémon Pearl When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Pokémon Platinum When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Pokémon HeartGold Exposure to sunlight adds to its strength. Sunlight also makes the bud on its back grow larger.
Pokémon SoulSilver If the bud on its back starts to smell sweet, it is evidence that the large flower will soon bloom.
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Pokémon White When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Pokémon Black 2 When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Pokémon White 2 When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X There is a plant bulb on its back. When it absorbs nutrients, the bulb is said to blossom into a large flower.
Pokémon Y When the bud on its back starts swelling, a sweet aroma wafts to indicate the flower's coming bloom.
Pokémon Omega Ruby There is a bud on this Pokémon’s back. To support its weight, Ivysaur’s legs and trunk grow thick and strong. If it starts spending more time lying in the sunlight, it’s a sign that the bud will bloom into a large flower soon.
Pokémon Alpha Sapphire There is a bud on this Pokémon’s back. To support its weight, Ivysaur’s legs and trunk grow thick and strong. If it starts spending more time lying in the sunlight, it’s a sign that the bud will bloom into a large flower soon.


Game locations

Title Location(s)
Pokémon Red and Blue
Evolve Bulbasaur
Pokémon Yellow
Evolve Bulbasaur
Second Pokémon generation
Pokémon Gold
Time Capsule
Third Pokémon generation
Pokémon Ruby
Trade
Pokémon FireRed
Evolve Bulbasaur
Pokémon LeafGreen
Evolve Bulbasaur
Fourth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Platinum
Trade
Pokémon HeartGold
Evolve Bulbasaur
Pokémon SoulSilver
Evolve Bulbasaur
Fifth Pokémon generation
Pokémon Black
Poké Transfer
Sixth Pokémon generation
Pokémon X
Friend Safari (Grass) / Evolve Bulbasaur
Pokémon Y
Friend Safari (Grass) / Evolve Bulbasaur


Evolution

Bulbasaur
Reach level 16.
Ivysaur
Reach level 32.
Venusaur
PKMN001 PKMN002 PKMN003

Base Stats

Base Stats
HP 60
Attack 62
Defense 63
Sp. Attack 80
Sp. Defense 80
Speed 60
Average 405

Moveset

Main article: Ivysaur/moveset

Gallery

Sprites

Sprites
Red Green
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Red Blue
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Yellow
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Gold
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Silver
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Crystal
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Ruby Sapphire
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Emerald
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Fire Leaf
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Diamond Pearl
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Platinum
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Heart Soul
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Black White
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Black 2 White 2
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X Y
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