Competitive Information for Bulbasaur [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Bulbasaur bulbasaur
Base Stats for Bulbasaur

Grass / Poison

Abilities:
OvergrowOvergrow: At 1/3 or less of its max HP, this Pokemon's Grass-type attacks have 1.5x power.


Evolutions / Family:
Bulbasaur
Ivysaur
Venusaur

Weakness Chart for Grass/Poison-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
  
  
  
0.5x
0.5x
2x
2x
  
0.25x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
2x
  
  
2x
  
  
0.5x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Bulbasaur? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Diamond/Pearl Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Bulbasaur is an astounding Grass and Poison-typed Pokemon. Bulbasaur is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Bulbasaur is weak to Fire, Flying, Ice, and Psychic-typed attacks.


Species: Bulbasaur
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Storm / Petal Dance
- Sludge Bomb / Sludge
- Snore
- Mud-Slap

Special Sweeper Bulbasaur (Overgrow)

Bulbasaur is pretty popular Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Bulbasaur from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Bulbasaur's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Overgrow, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Bulbasaur's grass-type attacks have 1.5x power.

Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Bulbasaur's special attack by 2 stages).
Petal Dance is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Bulbasaur afterwards).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Sludge is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Snore is a special 40-base power Normal-type move (Bulbasaur must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target).
Mud-Slap is a special 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).




Species: Bulbasaur
Item: Eviolite
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Bold (+Def, -Atk)
EVs: 248 Hp / 160 Def / 100 SpD
Moveset:
- Synthesis
- Giga Drain / Energy Ball
- Sludge Bomb / Sleep Powder
- Leech Seed

Bulbasaur Double Wall (The One Nobody Picked)

Bulbasaur is a spectacular Double Wall. It's designed to have enough defenses and bulk to take both physical and special hits. Bulbasaur is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield until Eviolte was added to the mix. If Eviolite is held by a Pokémon that is not fully evolved, it will raises the Defense and Special Defense of that Pokemon by 50%. With Overgrow, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Bulbasaur's grass-type attacks have 1.5x power.

Synthesis is a status move (heals your Bulbasaur by a weather-dependent amount).
Giga Drain is a special STAB-boosted 60-base power Grass-type move (Bulbasaur recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Energy Ball is a special STAB-boosted 80-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Sleep Powder is a status move (causes the target to fall asleep).
Leech Seed is a status move (1/8 of target's hp is restored to Bulbasaur every turn).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Bulbasaur? These builds have been optimized for Diamond/Pearl Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Species: Bulbasaur
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Overgrow
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Leaf Storm / Petal Dance
- Sludge Bomb / Sludge
- Snore
- Mud-Slap

Doubles Special Sweeper Bulbasaur (Overgrow)

Bulbasaur is a stupendous Special Sweeper. It is primarily designed to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Bulbasaur from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Bulbasaur's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Overgrow, at 1/3 or less of its max hp Bulbasaur's grass-type attacks have 1.5x power.

Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 140-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Bulbasaur's special attack by 2 stages).
Petal Dance is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Grass-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Bulbasaur afterwards).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Sludge is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Snore is a special 40-base power Normal-type move (Bulbasaur must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target).
Mud-Slap is a special 20-base power Ground-type move (100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1 stage).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Bulbasaur learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Energy Ball
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
60
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Leaf Storm
140
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Magical Leaf
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Petal Dance
90
100%
20
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Sludge
65
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bullet Seed
10
100%
30
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Cut
50
95%
30
No additional effect.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
10
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Target's item is lost and it cannot obtain another.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Power Whip
120
85%
10
No additional effect.
Razor Leaf
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seed Bomb
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Skull Bash
100
100%
15
Raises user's Defense by 1 on turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Vine Whip
35
100%
15
No additional effect.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Defense Curl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Grass Whistle
--
55%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Growth
--
--
40
Raises the user's Sp. Atk by 1.
Ingrain
--
--
20
Traps/grounds user; heals 1/16 max HP per turn.
Leech Seed
--
90%
10
1/8 of target's HP is restored to user every turn.
Light Screen
--
--
30
For 5 turns, special damage to allies is halved.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Nature Power
--
--
20
Attack changes based on terrain. (Tri Attack)
Poison Powder
--
75%
35
Poisons the target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sleep Powder
--
75%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
String Shot
--
95%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Sweet Scent
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) evasiveness by 1.
Swords Dance
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Synthesis
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Worry Seed
--
100%
10
The target's Ability becomes Insomnia.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Bulbasaur can perform in Diamond/Pearl. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive DP Move and Ability Combos for Bulbasaur

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