Bulbasaur (Japanese: フシギダネ Fushigidane) is a dual-typed Grass/Poison Pokémon.
In National Pokedex order, it is the first Pokémon, and is as well the first Pokémon in the Kanto Dex and Fiore Browser. It is one of the three starter Pokémon of the Kanto region, the other two being Charmander and Squirtle, and can be chosen by the player in Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue. These three starter Pokémon are also available in Pokemon Leaf Green and Fire Red. Leaf Green and Fire Red are Remakes of the original Red, Blue, and Green except with better graphics and the new versions are for the Game Boy Advance.
Bulbasaur can evolve into Ivysaur beginning at level 16, and then can go on to evolve into Venusaur starting at level 32. By pressing B, the player can stop the evolution process.
Bulbasaur is a reptilian creature that somewhat resembles a toad or a small dinosaur with a speckled blue-green hide. Its eyes are a bright red color, but the most notable feature of this Pokémon is the large bud-like bulb on its back. This bulb has a symbiotic relationship with the Pokémon, growing from a seed planted on its back by its mother at birth. Unlike the parasitic tochukaso mushrooms growing on the back of Paras, which eventually take over its entire body as it evolves into Parasect, Bulbasaur's bulb shares a symbiotic relationship beneficial for both, allowing Bulbasaur to get an enhanced boost of Energy from the Sun during the day and the bulb to remain growing and strong during the night.
Though they usually walk on four legs, a Bulbasaur can rise up on its hind legs if it is young enough. Through evolution, it loses this ability, as the bulb grows far too heavy for it to support the weight. This, in turn, causes Bulbasaur's later evolutions to lose its speed.
There are no differences in appearance between males and females of this species.
In the anime, May's Bulbasaur had heart shaped spots on its forehead, which may be an anime-only indication of its gender. However, any pokémon in the anime can have some type of design or color on its body, no matter which gender. A perfect example is a Shiny Pokemon
Bulbasaur's bulb can also absorb sunlight, letting it restore health with moves like Synthesis. The sunlight can even make an extremely powerful attack called SolarBeam. Though when SolarBeam is used, bulbasaur loses can do nothing for one turn besides eat berries or drink potions and etc.
Most of the Bulbasaur are trained by Breeders, which makes them easier to rise and train. This makes most Bulbasaur tamed and well-trained rather than Pokémon like Slakoth or Slaking, which are rather hard to train
Bulbasaur tend to have a very strong loyalty to their friends and Trainers. In EP102 The Myster Menace, for example, a Bulbasaur was abandoned by its Trainer in the sewers of Trovitopolis and remained there for years, yet was still happy to see him when he was finally brought out of the sewer by Ash Ketchum and his friends.
It is shown, in EP051 Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden, that once annually in Kanto, large groups of Bulbasaur gather inside a hidden garden to evolve into Ivysaur. It is unknown whether or not this is the case in other regions, as Bulbasaur are rarer there.
Bulbasaur can sometimes be found lying in the sun during the daytime to photosynthesize energy when food is scarce to them.
Much like most Pokémon, Bulbasaur appears to be an omnivore. However, in times of scarce food, it does not need to eat much food, since the bulb on its back can store energy from the sun. Much like a camel doesn't need a large amount of water in the desert, hence the fact that its hump supplies it with water.