Competitive Information for Bulbasaur [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield 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 attacking stat is 1.5x with Grass attacks.
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ChlorophyllChlorophyll: If Sunny Day is active, this Pokemon's Speed is doubled.


Evolutions / Family:
Bulbasaur
Ivysaur
Venusaur

Weakness Chart for Grass/Poison-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
  
  
  
0.5x
0.5x
0.5x
2x
2x
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.25x
  
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 Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Bulbasaur in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

RaichuTorkoalVenusaurDarmanitan-GalarGyaradosLiepardSquirtleSnorlaxLaprasPikachu


Bulbasaur is a sensational 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 / Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Petal Dance / Leaf Storm
- Sludge Bomb / Venoshock
- Round / Snore
- Synthesis

Special Sweeper Bulbasaur (Chlorophyll)

Bulbasaur is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. It's purpose 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 Chlorophyll, if sunny day is active Bulbasaur's speed is doubled.

Petal Dance is a special STAB-boosted 120-base power Grass-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Bulbasaur afterwards).
Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 130-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Bulbasaur's special attack by 2 stages).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Venoshock is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Poison-type move (power doubles if the target is poisoned).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Snore is a special 50-base power Normal-type move (Bulbasaur must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target).
Synthesis is a status move (heals your Bulbasaur by a weather-dependent amount).




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 notable Double Wall. It is meant 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 but Eviolite changes that. 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 attacking stat is 1.5x with grass attacks.

Synthesis is a status move (heals your Bulbasaur by a weather-dependent amount).
Giga Drain is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Grass-type move (Bulbasaur recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Energy Ball is a special STAB-boosted 90-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 Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Bulbasaur in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

RaichuTorkoalVenusaurDarmanitan-GalarGyaradosLiepardSquirtleSnorlaxLaprasPikachu


Species: Bulbasaur
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Chlorophyll
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Petal Dance / Leaf Storm
- Sludge Bomb / Venoshock
- Round / Snore
- Synthesis

Doubles Special Sweeper Bulbasaur (Chlorophyll)

Bulbasaur is a decent Special Sweeper. It was 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 Chlorophyll, if sunny day is active Bulbasaur's speed is doubled.

Petal Dance is a special STAB-boosted 120-base power Grass-type move (lasts 2-3 turns. confuses your Bulbasaur afterwards).
Leaf Storm is a special STAB-boosted 130-base power Grass-type move (lowers your Bulbasaur's special attack by 2 stages).
Sludge Bomb is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
Venoshock is a special STAB-boosted 65-base power Poison-type move (power doubles if the target is poisoned).
Round is a special 60-base power Normal-type move (power doubles if others used round this turn).
Snore is a special 50-base power Normal-type move (Bulbasaur must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target).
Synthesis is a status move (heals your Bulbasaur by a weather-dependent amount).



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
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
75
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Grass Pledge
80
100%
10
Use with Fire or Water Pledge for added effect.
Leaf Storm
130
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Magical Leaf
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Mega Drain
40
100%
15
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Petal Dance
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Sludge Bomb
90
100%
10
30% chance to poison the target.
Snore
50
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.
Venoshock
65
100%
10
Power doubles if the target is poisoned.
Weather Ball
50
100%
10
Power doubles and type varies in each weather.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bullet Seed
25
100%
30
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Outrage
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
Power Whip
120
85%
10
No additional effect.
Razor Leaf
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Seed Bomb
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Skull Bash
130
100%
10
Raises user's Defense by 1 on turn 1. Hits turn 2.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Vine Whip
45
100%
25
No additional effect.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Grassy Terrain
--
--
10
5 turns. Grounded: +Grass power, +1/16 max HP.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Growth
--
--
20
Raises user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1; 2 in Sun.
Helping Hand
--
--
20
One adjacent ally's move power is 1.5x this turn.
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.
Nature Power
--
--
20
Attack depends on terrain (default Tri Attack).
Poison Powder
--
75%
35
Poisons the target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
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.
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.
Sweet Scent
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) evasiveness by 2.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Synthesis
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.
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 Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Bulbasaur

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