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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 Quest (2018)
Console of origin Game Boy
Species Ivysaur
Gender Varies
Place of origin Kanto
Designed by Ken Sugimori
English voice actor Craig Blair
Japanese voice actor Tomoko Kawakami
Article on Bulbapedia Ivysaur (Pokémon)

Ivysaur (フシギソウ, Fushigisou) is a fictional creature from the Pokémon series. It debuted in the series' first generation, and represents that generation as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (via Pokémon Trainer)

Creature description[edit]

Ivysaur's original artwork from Pokémon Red and Green Versions.

Ivysaur is the evolved form of Bulbasaur. In the core series, Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur at level 16, and then evolves into Venusaur at level 32.

Ivysaur appears as a moderately large, blue, squat, quadrupedal saurian. Unlike Bulbasaur, the bulb on its back has grown and 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, which also gets stronger when it absorbs sunlight. The budding flower is heavy enough that Ivysaur appears to lose the ability to stand on its hind legs, but its four legs and torso grow thick and strong from the weight of the flower, even as a quadruped. If it 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's and Bulbasaur's trophy descriptions.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Ivysaur as it appears in Brawl.

As a playable fighter[edit]

Main article: Ivysaur (SSBB)

Ivysaur makes its debut in the Super Smash Bros. series in its third installment, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is playable as one of the three Pokémon used through Pokémon Trainer, the other two being Squirtle and Charizard. It is the middleweight of the trio of Pokémon that Pokémon Trainer can use, and it is equipped with a tether recovery up special attack.


The Ivysaur 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 blossom 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 Character(s)
Ivysaur Pokémon series AttackGrass+029EffectIcon(Grass).png Attack +29 Pokémon TrainerPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Ivysaur (Pokemon series).png
(Pokémon series)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Ivysaur's trophy in Super Smash Bros. 4

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


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!
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 and Pokémon Blue (09/1998)
GB Advance: Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen (09/2004)

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Ivysaur, as it appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Ivysaur (SSBU)

Ivysaur returns as a playable character alongside the rest of the Pokémon Trainer's Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Like with the other Pokémon, it is no longer afflicted with stamina, and so can remain in battle at all times.


  • Ivysaur is the only fighter whose only recovery move is a tether recovery in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, with Zero Suit Samus and Olimar having received a new up special in Smash 4, and while Ice Climbers's Belay has tether properties it can function without a tether.

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