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Bulbasaur (the Seed Pokémon) is an exceptionally rare Grass/Poison-type Pokémon found among grassy fields and forests within Kanto region. Though perhaps not quite as menacing in appearance as other beasts, Bulbasaur are well-tamed creatures that can hold their ground fairly well against most opponents, even if they are at a disadvantage. Just make sure that you have as much fun with them as possible while you can, because once the bulb on their back starts to bloom, they won't be running around as much anymore!

Before the shells of their eggs are fully formed within their parents, Bulbasaur are naturally implanted with a seed from the parasitic plant of their parents; from birth, Bulbasaur must spend their lives wrestling for dominance with the offspring of this parasitic plant, which is firmly planted on their backs. While in this stage of development, the parasitic plant on their backs is still in a seed-like state and is relatively light, allowing Bulbasaur to run and even stand on their hind legs without too much of a problem; once they evolve, this ability will be taken away from them. Even though the parasitic plant will eventually prove to be a burden, Bulbasaur are highly dependent on it during the first month or so of their life because the plant is born more developed than its host. Until they can grow strong enough to hunt for prey, Bulbasaur utilize the parasitic plant on their back as a source of nutrients. Even after they become able to successfully hunt prey, Bulbasaur periodically utilize the parasitic plant as a portable storage unit for energy. As the plant is exposed to sunlight over time, it steadily grows larger with its host in a balanced fashion…at least to a point. Once it reaches a certain size, however, the parasitic plant completely takes over and dictates how the evolved forms of Bulbasaur will live and survive.

It is interesting to note that the entire Bulbasaur family is dependent upon the parasitic plant on their backs for most of the attacks and techniques that they naturally learn, which might explain why such a symbiotic relationship was ever established (even if it does end up being a bit one-sided in the end). In particular, though, it seems that the developmental stage of the parasitic plant has a profound effect on whether or not Bulbasaur and their evolutions are able to learn certain attacks. If kept in the dormant stage present among Bulbasaur for long enough, the plant begins to produce overly-hard seeds that allow Bulbasaur to utilize the Seed Bomb attack. On that same token, Bulbasaur are usually unable to learn Solar Beam naturally unless they evolve into Ivysaur and unable to learn Petal Dance and Petal Blizzard unless they evolve into Venusaur; trainers must consider this fact carefully when choosing when to allow their Bulbasaur to evolve.

Although they might not be as strong offensively or defensively as Charmander and Squirtle (respectively), Bulbasaur are still great fighters that can utilize some nasty techniques, such as Sleep Powder and Poison Powder, to take down even the worst opponents. With compassionate hearts and loyalty that knows no bounds, Bulbasaur can be great friends and wonderful teammates if you give them the chance. Even if you don't dabble in Grass-types that much, you should still consider grabbing one of these fun little critters for your collection…that is, as long as you don't mind training more of a plant than animal in the end!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Seed Pokemon, Bulbasaur. Enjoy.
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:iconqartoons2003:
Qartoons2003 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I had a Bulbasaur when I went traveling in Kanto. I never exactly knew how much sunlight it needed. How much would you say prof?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Professional Writer
As much as it can get, since it is a growing Pokemon; eight hours a day is a good start, though more than this would be even more beneficial.
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Maxxotic1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Hey, um, can I source some of your Pokemon Reports information with my own. I will give you the credit.

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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016  Professional Writer
Certainly; as long as you give me my due credit, you may use my work as you wish.
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Joetheteamrocketguy Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
joe here, i believe this was the "starter" pokemon of the grunt named robert that i boss-er, command, is that correct, robert?

robert: that is correct, boss, he has since evolved into venusaur, quite powerful to

joe: very well, fantastic
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional Writer
I see...well, good for him.
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Joetheteamrocketguy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
it is :)
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
i once witnessed a bulbasaur singing a pichu to sleep with a lullaby called the bulba by.




ps:in reality i saw that singing in a pokemon movie short,in that movie short it was togepi that was lulled to sleep but for my fictional self it was a pichu.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Writer
Cute.
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
yup
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Bentheechidna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I recently came upon a theory recently that the plant upon Bulbasaur's back is actually an Oddish which grows with the Bulbasaur. When it evolves into Ivysaur, the Oddish evolves into Gloom. Now it naturally would be assumed that you would have the plant upon Gloom's head on Ivysaur's back, but with the extra nutrients it absorbs from Ivysaur, the plant becomes healthier. Upon close inspection between the flowers on Venusaur and Vileplume's heads, you may notice they are incredibly similar.

Here is the source of said theory and I would be interested in your viewpoint on this theory and its viability, Professor: [link]
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
To be honest, I do not think that this theroy really has any ground. I will admit that the petals of Vileplume and Venusaur do look the same, but they are structurally different. The biggest issue with this hypothesis is that the members of the Oddish family can actually think; they have intelligence. Even in a mutated form on the back of a Bulbasaur, an Oddish would still be able to show some sort of awareness. This is not what we see; the only thing that has a discernable consciousness in a Bulbasaur is the beast itself.

Parasitic plants are not an uncommon trait among some Grass-types, and the Bulbasaur family is only one of a handful of families that suffer from parasitic mutation. Anatomically, genetically and physiologically, there is no real evidence available to support this hypothesis.
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Bentheechidna Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I thought it was an interesting theory nonetheless and Shellder's relationship to the Slowpoke family is what made me believe in its possibility.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Well, Shellder and Slowpoke are a very special case and do not really fit in with most other evolutionary notions. It's possible, yes, but it's extrmely unlikely and there are only two legitimate cases of that kind of lifestyle in the Pokemon world: Shellder and Slowpoke, because together they become a seperate type of life-form after evolution, and Shelmet and Karrablast, becuase they need each other in order to evolve at all.
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DaisyFletcher64 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
This is all i have to say...

=)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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DaisyFletcher64 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
No problem
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DaisyFletcher64 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Nice
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional Writer
:)
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DaisyFletcher64 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
In favourites
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Writer
Again, thanks.
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Libertades Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There's something weird.... it happened the other day while I was playing pokemon black.

I was walking around route 2, I entered into grass and then the wild pokemon battle music started to sound...

It was a shiny level 1 bulbasaur, I was like "are you feaking serious?"
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Oh dear...

You have encountered a Missingno. relative. You didn't capture it, did you? Because that could be very, very bad...
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Libertades Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No............. the game crashed when I tried :laughing:

Ah, also I found a little typo, "Touh", I am translating....
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Fixed.

And thank goodness; it would have been disasterous if you had managed to bring it near a PC system...
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Libertades Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can... imagine...
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DaisyFletcher64 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Me too................................

TOO MANY FULL STOPS!

sorry im a bit crazy
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Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012   General Artist
Ahhh, yes this pokemon
Something interting to note is that when I was at Prof. Oaks lab 1se I saw a Bulbasaur use Dig (despite the fact the the spcis can't normally lurn the attack thew leveling up or TM)
that sead it didn't seem to be be able to use it like more Pokemon would, but rader it beryed it's self into the ground and then dug itself back out in the same spot, it didn't seam to be able to move wile baryed, then again maybe could but it just didn't feel like it
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Writer
I see...very interesting...
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BefuddledLawyer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Student Writer
This is my favorite pokemon and I've look through your other works and my god you sir are prolific. As one fan to another thank you.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Thank you; I'm glad that you enjoyed it so much. I'm sure that you'll enjoy it even more once I get around to revamping it. :)

I'm just a simple researcher doing what he loves best. :)
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BefuddledLawyer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student Writer
I was doing to apply for being a professor and I saw all of your reports and thought nope not going to do it. But maybe I could be an assistant or something I don't know can't wait to read more of your work.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Remember, my reports are only my own work; there's no rule against someone else writing a report on a Pokemon someone else has covered. Besides, you could just become a Professor on some other tpoic: items, evolution, berries, bellumology...the sky's the limit.
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BefuddledLawyer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Writer
Oh no I understand that but you mention some things that I can write about and I'm totally going to submit soon.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Writer
Excellent; I look forward to seeing your work in the future. :)
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww that´s a lovely report with an advertising touch. I already have picked Bulbasaur and agree with this written text.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Writer
hanks; I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure thing.
:iconbulbasaurplz: FTW!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Professional Writer
Hahahaha...indeed. :)
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^
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Souledge-master Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
there seems to be tons of symbiotic relationships in the pokemon world.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed.
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
nice one
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Writer
Thanks; I'm glad that you enjoyed it.
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yep
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rosutu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Are you compiling these in a sort of Trainer's guide?
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Writer
I may someday...but only once I manage to submit a report on every species.
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