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Pokémon Review: Venusaur

In between "Pokémon" journeys, Jeremy enjoys working as a pharmaceutical chemist and campus manager.

Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur

Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur

History

Poor Bulbasaur always got overlooked next to Charmander and Squirtle. Strange, considering Bulbasaur dominates the first three Pokémon Gyms in Kanto and evolves into its third stage earlier than the others.

Still, in real life, we see forests and grass all the time, while water (in large amounts) and especially fire are rarer phenomenons, explaining the bias. Today, we'll review Bulbasaur's final form, Venusaur, and determine if there's more to this plant (or is it an animal?) than meets the eye!

WeaknessesResistances

Fire

Grass

Ice

Electric

Psychic

Water

Flying

Fighting

 

Fairy

Type and Stats

Type: Grass/Poison
Base stat total: 525

Venusaur's typing works pretty well; it has four weaknesses but five resistances. Plus, the Grass resistance is doubled because both of Venusaur's types resist it.

525 is a respectable stat total. The points are distributed pretty evenly, with more focus in Special Attack and Special Defense. This helpfully strengthens several of its Special attacks.

Venusaur

Venusaur

Abilities

1. Overgrow: Boosts power of Grass attacks by 50% when HP is less than or equal to 1/3 of the total.

Overgrow is nice, but unfortunately, it only affects Grass moves and Venusaur needs to be in trouble before it'll work.

2. Chlorophyll: Double Speed stat in intense sunlight.

If you plan on using Sunny Day, this nearly guarantees Venusaur will move first. A great ability—if you're gonna make use of intense sunlight.

MovePower/ AccuracyEffect

Solar Beam

120/ 100

Has to charge for one turn except in sunlight.

Sludge Bomb

90/ 100

30% chance of Poison

Earthquake

100/100

Can hit underground opponents.

Moveset

Venusaur doesn't learn a wide variety of attacks while leveling up, nearly all are Grass. TMs and breeding can help improve its repertoire.

For Grass attacks, your best bets are Solar Beam (excellent with Sunny Day), Frenzy Plant, and Giga Drain. Leech Seed is a neat way to sap health from a foe and transfer it to Venusaur.

Ground-type Earthquake can save you against Fire opponents, and Sludge Bomb offers a good Poison attack. Sunny Day can activate Chlorophyll and hasten Solar Beam. However, Venusaur specializes in trickier moves, like Rest, Toxic, Synthesis, and Leech Seed to outlast an opponent.

Overall, even with TMs, I wish more elementally varied attacks were available; Venusaur's lackluster moves are its greatest failing. Still, if it can avoid its type weaknesses, Venusaur proves an effective staller.

Mega Venusaur

Mega Venusaur

Mega Venusaur

Type: Grass/Poison
Base Stat Total: 625

Ability: Thick Fat: Halves the power of Fire and Ice attacks.

Mega Venusaur has its pros and cons. It gains extra stat points in everything except HP and Speed, making it very well-rounded. However, I wish it specialized it one area more, to make it stand out a bit. Thankfully, its got a nice new ability, Thick Fat, which halves the power of two types Venusaur would normally be weak to. This makes it only weak to Flying and Psychic, while still having a good number of resistances.

Shiny Venusaur

Shiny Venusaur

Overall

Overall Score: 8/10

For the actual games, Venusaur serves its trainer well, easily defeating Brock, Misty, and Lieutenant Surge while evolving into its final form at level 32. Competitively, it sees some usage, but a minuscule selection of attacks and a lack of focus in any stat restricts Venusaur's capabilities.

Still, its got a nice ability in its Mega form, and maybe, in time, new moves will be added to its array. If you're playing Pokémon Red, Blue, or any of the Generation 1 games, feel free to give this underrated starter a chance!

Trivia

  • Venusaur shares the same height, 6'07'', as another dinosaur-like Grass type, Tropius.
  • Bulbasaur and its evolutions were the first dual-type starters, and as of this writing, Bulbasaur is the only starter possessing two types in its first form.
  • Bulbasaur's family tree has an 87.5% chance of being male. Yikes, imagine all the competition!

Pokemon Quiz: Venusaur

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What's different about a female Venusaur's sprite?
    • There's no difference.
    • A seed is present in the middle of its flower.
    • It lacks the bumps on its legs.
    • Its ears are slightly smaller.
  2. Which character has owned a Venusaur in the anime?
    • Ash
    • Brock
    • May
    • Iris
  3. What evolution appeared as a playable character in Super Smash Brothers?
    • Bulbasaur
    • Ivysaur
    • Venusaur
    • Mega Venusaur
  4. Venusaur is classified as the _____ Pokemon in the Pokedex.
    • Seed
    • Grass
    • Plant
    • Floral
  5. As of Gen 6, Mega Venusaur has the highest ___ of all Poison Pokemon.
    • Special Attack
    • Attack
    • Special Defense
    • Defense
  6. How many Hit Points did the original Trading Card Game Venusaur have?
    • 80
    • 100
    • 110
    • 120

Answer Key

  1. A seed is present in the middle of its flower.
  2. May
  3. Ivysaur
  4. Seed
  5. Defense
  6. 100

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Rank 1: Team Rocket Grunt. Keep trying!

If you got between 2 and 3 correct answers: Rank 2: Rookie Trainer. Not bad.

If you got 4 correct answers: Rank 3: Gym Leader. Well done.

If you got 5 correct answers: Rank 4: Elite 4 Member. Great job!

If you got 6 correct answers: Rank 5: Champion. You really know your Pokemon!

Your Vote

Hopefully, you've learned some facts, trivia, and capabilities of the original Grass starter. Feel free to share your thoughts in the poll, and I'll see you when we set our sights on the next Pokémon family: Charmander and its famous evolution Charizard!

© 2016 Jeremy Gill