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Absorb Bulb
Absorb Bulb
Absorb Bulb
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation V
Generation V Bag Items pocket icon.png Items (Held items)
Generation VI Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Power 30

The Absorb Bulb (Japanese: きゅうこん Bulb) is a type of held item introduced in Generation V. It raises the holder's Special Attack when it is hit by a damaging Water-type move.


In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A PokémonDollar.png100
SMUSUM N/A PokémonDollar.png2,000


If the holder is hit by a Water-type damaging move, it consumes the Absorb Bulb and its Special Attack is increased by one stage.

It does not activate if the holder already has +6 Special Attack stat stages (unless its Ability is Contrary, in which case it will not activate if the holder has -6 Special Attack stat stages). It does not activate if the holder is protected from or unaffected by the Water-type move (e.g. due to Water Absorb or Wonder Guard).

If multiple Pokémon each holding an Absorb Bulb or Luminous Moss are hit by a Water-type move at once, each hit Pokémon will consume their Absorb Bulb or Luminous Moss before Symbiosis transfers any item (including these items).


Games Description
BWB2W2 A consumable bulb. If the holder is hit by a Water-type move, its Sp. Atk will rise.
An item to be held by a Pokémon. It boosts Sp. Atk if hit with a Water-type attack. It can only be used once.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
BW Battle Subway (32 BP)
B2W2 Battle Subway/PWT (16 BP)
Held by wild Roselia (1% chance) (dark grass only)
XY Battle Maison (32 BP)
ORAS Battle Maison (32 BP)
Held by wild Oddish (5% chance) and Gloom (5% chance)
SMUSUM Poni Plains (sometimes dropped after Cottonee or Petilil ambush encounters)
Held by wild Cottonee (5% chance) and Petilil (5% chance)

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 球根 Kàuhgān
Mandarin 球根 Qiúgēn
France Flag.png French Bulbe
Germany Flag.png German Knolle
Italy Flag.png Italian Bulbo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 구근 Gugeun
Spain Flag.png Spanish Tubérculo

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