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For fighter info, see Ivysaur (SSBB) and Ivysaur (SSBU).

Official artwork of Ivysaur from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen Versions.

Universe Pokémon
Debut Pokémon Red and Green Versions (1996) Japan
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (2023, via update)
Console/platform of origin Game Boy
Species Ivysaur
Gender Varies
Place of origin Kanto
Designed by Ken Sugimori
English voice actor Craig Blair (Brawl)
Justin Anselmi (Ultimate)
Japanese voice actor Tomoko Kawakami (Brawl)
Inuko Inuyama (Ultimate)
French voice actor Jean-Marc Delhausse
German voice actor Achim Barrenstein
Korean voice actor Cha Myung Hwa
Article on Bulbapedia Ivysaur (Pokémon)

Ivysaur (フシギソウ, Fushigisou) is a Seed Pokémon from the Pokémon series. It debuted in the series' first generation as the second stage Grass-type starter Pokémon of Kanto, and is present as a playable character (via Pokémon Trainer) in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Ivysaur is a dual Grass/Poison-type Pokémon and the evolved form of Bulbasaur, and is categorized within the Pokédex at #002 as the "Seed Pokémon". Ivysaur appears as a moderately large, teal, quadrupedal frog-like Pokémon. It evolves from Bulbasaur evolves at level 16 onward, and then evolves into Venusaur at level 32 onward.

However, unlike in Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue, Bulbasaur is obtainable alongside its fellow Kanto starters Squirtle and Charmander under special conditions in Pokémon Yellow Version, and relatively early on in Pokémon X and Y.

Unlike Bulbasaur, the bulb on Ivysaur's back has partially bloomed into a pink bud with large green leaves, thanks to exposure from sunlight and apparently from drawing energy from Ivysaur's own body. The budding flower is heavy enough that Ivysaur has difficulty standing on its hind legs, but its four legs and torso grow thick and strong from the weight of the flower, even as a quadruped. Aside from assisting its bud's growth, sunlight also increases Ivysaur's strength.

If Ivysaur starts spending more time lying in the sunlight, it is a sign that the bud will bloom into a large flower soon, which would be heralded by the bud giving off a sweet, pleasant aroma and the species' evolution into its final form, Venusaur.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Ivysaur is briefly mentioned in both Venusaur and Bulbasaur's trophy descriptions.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Ivysaur (SSBB)
Ivysaur, as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Ivysaur appears as a playable character Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is one of Pokémon Trainer's three Pokémon, alongside Squirtle and Charizard. Ivysaur can be switched into or out of battle via Pokémon Change, which operates similarly to Transform.


Ivysaur trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Ivysaur's trophy in 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 bud 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
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen


Name Game Effect Fighter(s)
Ivysaur Pokémon series AttackGrass+029The icon for the grass effect. Attack +29 PokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Ivysaur (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Ivysaur, along with Squirtle, did not return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. However, it does appear in both versions of Super Smash Bros. 4 as a trophy.


In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Ivysaur trophy is part of the Pokémon Classics Trophy Box.

Ivysaur's trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
NTSC 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 & Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen (09/2004)
PAL Watching your starter Pokémon evolve is an unforgettable experience. For many trainers, that first happens when watching Bulbasaur become Ivysaur. It might be difficult for them to say goodbye to cute little Bulbasaur, but before they know it, they'll be saying bye to Ivysaur, too, when it turns into a fully-grown Venusaur!
Game Boy: Pokémon Red/Blue (10/1999)
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen (10/2004)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Ivysaur (SSBU)
Ivysaur, as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ivysaur returns as a playable character as part of Pokémon Trainer, alongside Squirtle and Charizard, in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like Squirtle and Charizard, it is no longer subject to stamina, and thus remains effective throughout a fight. Unlike Brawl, Pokémon Trainer is an unlockable character instead of a starter character.

Ivysaur was previously considered the worst Pokémon in the Pokemon Trainer's party and one of the worst characters in Brawl (especially if judged as a standalone fighter), due to its large amount of significant weaknesses, namely short range on its attacks, notable KO problems due to laggy finishers, a bad aerial game, a terrible recovery, and one of the worst special movesets in the game. Likely as a result of this, Ivysaur has been heavily buffed in its transition to Ultimate and is now considered the best Pokémon in the Trainer's arsenal, gaining notoriety in the community thanks to its up and down aerials.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese フシギソウ, Fushigisou
UK English Ivysaur
France French Herbizarre
Germany German Bisaknosp
Spain Spanish Ivysaur
Italy Italian Ivysaur
China Chinese 妙蛙草, Fushigisou
South Korea Korean 이상해풀, Issanghepul
Netherlands Dutch Ivysaur
Russia Russian Айвизавр
Portugal Portuguese Ivysaur


  • Ivysaur is the only one of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon that didn’t make an appearance in any Super Smash Bros. installment prior to its playable debut.
  • Ivysaur and Squirtle are the only Pokémon to have more than two Special Moves derived from one type.
  • Ivysaur is the first, and thus far only, playable Grass and Poison-type Pokémon in Super Smash Bros.
  • Ivysaur is the only one of the Pokemon Trainer's Pokémon that was never owned by Ash in the anime. However, Ash does own a Bulbasaur, its pre-evolved form.