Venusaur (フシギバナ, Fushigibana) is a creature in the Pokémon media franchise.
Venusaur is a Grass/Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. It is the final form of the starter Pokémon Bulbasaur and evolves from Ivysaur at level 32, the lowest of all the Kanto starters. Venusaur has a distinct plant on its back, which is made up of large leaves used for photosynthesis and an equally large flower. It gained a Mega Evolution in Generation VI. It is registered at #003 in the National Pokédex, and known as the "Seed Pokémon". While Venusaur was unused in the base games for Pokémon Sword and Shield until the release of Pokémon Home, it became obtainable in the games via The Isle of Armor DLC expansion, with a Gigantamax form.
Earthquake is a physical Ground-type move with 100 base power and 100% accuracy which hits all Pokémon adjacent to the user. Its good type coverage, high power with no drawbacks and wide availability makes it a staple of many movesets. Venusaur, like many other Pokémon, can learn it using TM26. However, Venusaur could not learn Earthquake until Generation III, while Super Smash Bros. Melee (the only game in which Venusaur appears as a summon) was released during Generation II.
As a stage element
Venusaur is one of five Pokémon which appear on the Saffron City stage in Super Smash Bros. When it appears from the Silph building, it shouts its name and attacks using Razor Leaf. When Venusaur appears, it initially "tackles" any character nearby, knocking them far away enough to take damage from Razor Leaf. The leaves have set knockback and keep the opponent suspended in the air as he or she takes damage (similarly to Chikorita's attack in later games). The sound effect heard is the same as the one for Starmie's Swift, and both attacks coincidentally are launched in similar fashions at similar speeds. Sometimes, Venusaur will pop out without performing an attack at all. This only happens when there's a character next to the door Venusaur comes out of.
Venusaur makes a very brief cameo appearance in the opening sequence, as well as numerous other appearances across the game.
As a Poké Ball Pokémon
Venusaur makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Melee and comes out of Poké Balls. Venusaur uses Earthquake, a move Venusaur actually couldn't learn at the time through any means (though in later games it could learn it via TM). While using Earthquake, the ground around Venusaur will shake and the player will see debris coming out of the ground to indicate the radius of the attack's quake hitbox. The attack is very similar to Donkey Kong's Hand Slap, except it's much stronger and covers more land. Any character that touches the ground within Earthquake's radius will take damage and high vertical knockback. Venusaur's attack does not harm the summoner.
AI-controlled characters will attempt to shield Venusaur's attack, treating it like a projectile instead of a disjointed hitbox. This normally fails, but if the computer player finds itself just outside the radius of the quake, they will hold their shield until it breaks or until the attack ends. If the computer player is using Fox or Falco, they will oddly attempt to reflect the quake, which also fails.
As a stage element
A giant balloon of Venusaur (in actuality, the 3D model of Venusaur used in Pokémon Stadium for Nintendo 64) is one of the many floating and bending "platforms" that make the Poké Floats stage, along with Wooper and Snorlax. This Venusaur's flower petals act as fall-through platforms, and the stigma acts as a very short wall (and thus will cancel the momentum of a character that's been launched).
According to Masahiro Sakurai on Smabura-Ken, Venusaur and other Pokémon were planned to appear as stage elements on Pokémon Stadium, much like its earlier role on Saffron City. Although its model and animations were completed, Venusaur was cut due to programming issues and relegated to a Poké Ball summon.
Venusaur features as a collectible trophy, unlocked as one of the trophies that can be collected randomly in the Trophy Lottery.
Venusaur is briefly mentioned in Ivysaur's trophy description.
While regular Venusaur does not appear, its Mega Evolution features as a trophy in both versions of the game.
As a stage element
Venusaur reprises its role as a stage element in the returning stage Saffron City.
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