Basculin (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Lilligant #549: Lilligant
Pokémon
#551: Sandile Sandile
Basculin
Hostile Pokémon
Mellow Pokémon
バスラオ
Bassrao
#550
Red-Striped Form
Red-Striped Form
Blue-Striped Form
Blue-Striped Form
White-Striped Form
White-Striped Form



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Water Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped Form
Unknown Unknown
White-Striped Form
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Reckless or Adaptability
Red-Striped Form
Rock Head or Adaptability
Blue-Striped Form
Rattled or Adaptability
White-Striped Form
Mold Breaker
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Blue-Striped Form
Cacophony
White-Striped Form
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
25 (7.7%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Water 2
Hatch time
10280 - 10536 steps
Height
3'03" 1.0 m
Red-Striped Form
0'0" 0 m
Blue-Striped Form
0'0" 0 m
White-Striped Form
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
39.7 lbs. 18.0 kg
Red-Striped Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
Blue-Striped Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
White-Striped Form
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
161
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Red-Striped Form
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
2
Speed
Blue-Striped Form
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
White-Striped Form
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body03.png
Footprint
F550.png None.png
Blue-Striped Form
Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
70
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Basculin (Japanese: バスラオ Bassrao) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V.

Basculin has three different appearances: Red-Striped Form; Blue-Striped Form; and, in the Hisui region, White-Striped Form.

Red- and Blue-Striped Basculin are not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

White-Striped Basculin evolves into Basculegion after losing at least 294 HP from recoil damage, not counting damage that results in it fainting.

Biology

Basculin is a green aquatic Pokémon that comes in three forms. The bodies of both the Red- and Blue-Striped Forms are the same. They have a green, ovoid body, tapering off in the rear to a trapezoidal tail fin. A thick black stripe covers the top of their body from mouth to tail and a white, dorsal fin with four protrusions resembling spikes. Their lower jaw juts ahead of their upper jaw, with a small indent near the edges of their mouth. Both forms have three black dots on both sides of their body, behind their pectoral fins.

The main difference between the three forms of Basculin is the color of the stripe that separates the black and green on their body. All forms of Basculin have fins in the same places, with one on top of their body ahead of the tail fin, one below the body ahead of the tail fin, and two side fins. The Red-Striped Form has jagged fins that resemble tridents, whereas the Blue-Striped Form has smooth fins all around. The Red-Striped Form have circular, red eyes, while the Blue-Striped Form have narrower, blue eyes.

Red- and Blue-Striped Basculin are extremely hostile, especially towards their opposite form. They generally start fighting each other on sight for territory. However, on rare occasions, one form may swim with the other's school. When a school of Basculin appears in a lake, Pokémon other than Corphish and Crawdaunt flee. Basculin has often been referred to as "the thug of the lake". Basculin uses its jaws to devour everything in its way. However, despite their fierce reputation, they become prey to stronger organisms. Basculin are also consumed by humans and considered very delicious. The Blue-Striped Form is a common food source with an inoffensive, light flavor. The Red-Striped Form was often placed on dinner plates in the past, and it is more popular with the youth. The meat of the Red-Striped Form is said to be fatty. Basculin is a popular Pokémon that anglers enjoy fighting while fishing, and they often release it back into the lake illegally due to how abundant the Basculin are. It competes with Carvanha for food.

In Hisui, White-Striped Basculin has a similar appearance to the other two forms of Basculin. Despite its descriptor, the stripes above its eyes are actually a very pale shade of light blue, as are its irises. Its pectoral fins are smooth like Blue-Striped Basculin, but larger. Its dorsal fins are spiky and it has wide eyes, like Red-Striped Basculin. Its lower jaw is smaller than the jaws of either Red- or Blue-Striped Basculin, and both its lower and upper jaws have beak-like protrusions at the front. White-Striped Basculin is considered a regional form by technicality due to similarities on what classifies as one.

Unlike the other two forms, White-Striped Basculin are known to be gentle. The journey upstream is often perilous for the species, and many of them don't survive. As a result, the deceased souls of White-Striped Basculin who died are often left behind in the waters of Hisui. However, when an injured White-Striped Basculin survives, it can unite with the souls in order to achieve the unique evolution into Basculegion.

In the anime

Main series

 
A Blue-Striped Basculin in the anime
 
A Red-Striped Basculin in the anime

Major appearances

Two forms of Basculin debuted in A Fishing Connoisseur in a Fishy Competition!. Cilan managed to capture a Blue-Striped one during a fishing competition, but a wild Frillish released it. A Red-Striped and a Blue-Striped one were seen being reeled in by two Trainers. Iris managed to fish another Blue-Striped one with her bare hands but was penalized for it.

A Red-Striped Basculin appeared in PK22, where it played a major role.

Minor appearances

Two forms of Basculin appeared in White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram: the Blue-Striped form was exclusive to the former movie, and the Red-Striped form was exclusive to the latter.

Multiple Basculin appeared in Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1 and Part 2.

Multiple Blue-Striped Basculin appeared in Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice.

Multiple Red-Striped Basculin appeared in The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo!.

In Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice, a Blue-Striped Basculin was living at Pokémon Hills. It tried to attack Ash and Pikachu while they were riding the Douse Drive Genesect over a pond.

In Going for the Gold!, multiple Red-Striped Basculin and one Blue-Striped Basculin were seen in the Ambrette Aquarium.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW037 Basculin Ash's Pokédex Basculin, the Hostile Pokémon. Basculin can be very violent, and red and blue Basculin do not get along well, frequently resulting in battles.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

In Early-Evening Waves, multiple Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin were living in a lake where Nessa was doing a photoshoot.

In the manga

 
Red-striped Basculin in Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

Be the Best! Pokémon B+W

In The Key to Triple Battles, Cheren uses a Red-Striped Basculin against Monta in a Triple Battle.

Pocket Monsters BW: Good Partners

Two Basculin, each of a different form, appeared in BWGP04.

Pokémon Adventures

 
Red-Striped Basculin in Pokémon Adventures
 
Blue-Striped Basculin in Pokémon Adventures

A Red-Striped Basculin was first seen in Underground Showdown at Route 6, jumping out of the water as Black and Clay traveled to Chargestone Cave.

A Red-Striped Basculin appeared in Dream a Little Dream.

A Blue-Striped Basculin is owned by one of the Shadow Triad. It was used to attack Lenora at Nacrene City. It first appeared in The Battle Within.

Two Basculin, each of a different form, appeared in Pink Slip.

In the TCG

Main article: Basculin (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V Unova
BW: #056
Unova
B2W2: #104
Black Red and blue Basculin get along so poorly, they'll start fighting instantly. These Pokémon are very hostile.
White Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.
Black 2 Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #060
Hoenn
#—
X Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
Y Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.
Omega Ruby Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
Alpha Sapphire Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.
Generation VII Alola
USUM: #188
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sun, Moon, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Red-Striped Form
Ultra Sun Savage, violent Pokémon, red and blue Basculin are always fighting each other over territory.
Ultra Moon When a school of Basculin appears in a lake, everything else disappears, except for Corphish and Crawdaunt. That's how violent Basculin are.
Blue-Striped Form
Ultra Sun Even Basculin, which devours everything it can with its huge jaws, is nothing more than food to organisms stronger than itself.
Ultra Moon Some people call it “the thug of the lake.” Whether the differences in color are meaningful is not yet known.
Generation VIII Galar
#154
Galar
Crown Tundra #064
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#166
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.
Red-Striped Form
Sword Anglers love the fight this Pokémon puts up on the hook. And there are always more to catch— many people release them into lakes illicitly.
Shield In the past, it often appeared on the dinner table. The meat of red-striped Basculin is on the fatty side, and it's more popular with the youth.
Blue-Striped Form
Sword Blue-striped Basculin used to be a common food source. They apparently have an inoffensive, light flavor.
Shield Known for their violence, these Pokémon have the most fights with schools of red-striped Basculin.
White-Striped Form
Legends: Arceus Though it differs from other Basculin in several respects, including demeanor—this one is gentle—I have categorized it as a regional form given the vast array of shared qualities.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 14, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Dragonspiral Tower, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing) Red-Striped Form (Rippling water) Blue-Striped Form
Trade Minccino in Driftveil City Red-Striped Form
White
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 14, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Dragonspiral Tower, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing) Blue-Striped Form (Rippling water) Red-Striped Form
Trade Minccino in Driftveil City Blue-Striped Form
Black 2
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, 23, Aspertia City, Floccesy Ranch, Relic Passage, Clay Tunnel, Dragonspiral Tower, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Undella Town, Humilau City, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Nature Preserve, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing) Red-Striped Form (Rippling water) Blue-Striped Form
White 2
Routes 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, 23, Aspertia City, Floccesy Ranch, Relic Passage, Clay Tunnel, Dragonspiral Tower, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Undella Town, Humilau City, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Nature Preserve, Lostlorn Forest (Surfing or fishing) Blue-Striped Form (Rippling water) Red-Striped Form
Dream World
Sparkling Sea* Red/Blue-Striped Forms
Generation VI
X
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Good Rod) Blue-Striped Form
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Super Rod) Red-Striped Form
Route 21 (Good Rod or Super Rod) Red-Striped Form
Y
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Good Rod) Red-Striped Form
Routes 15 and 16, Laverre City, Couriway Town, Frost Cavern, Pokémon Village, Victory Road (Super Rod) Blue-Striped Form
Route 21 (Good Rod or Super Rod) Red-Striped Form
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Trade
Ultra Sun
Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Vast Poni Canyon (Fishing) Red-Striped Form
Trade Blue-Striped Form
Ultra Moon
Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Vast Poni Canyon (Fishing) Blue-Striped Form
Trade Red-Striped Form
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword
Trade Blue-Striped Form
Hulbury, Motostoke Riverbank, North Lake Miloch (fishing) Red-Striped Form
Motostoke Riverbank (Surfing) Red-Striped Form
Bridge Field, Giant's Cap, Giant's Mirror, Lake of Outrage, East Lake Axewell, West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch, North Lake Miloch (Max Raid Battle) Red-Striped Form
Shield
Trade Red-Striped Form
Hulbury, Motostoke Riverbank, North Lake Miloch (fishing) Blue-Striped Form
Motostoke Riverbank (Surfing) Blue-Striped Form
Bridge Field, Giant's Cap, Giant's Mirror, Lake of Outrage, East Lake Axewell, West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch, North Lake Miloch (Max Raid Battle) Blue-Striped Form
Sword Expansion Pass
Snowslide Slope, Frigid Sea (fishing) Red-Striped Form
Roaring-Sea Caves (Surfing) Red-Striped Form
Giant's Bed, Giant's Foot, Ballimere Lake (Surfing and fishing) Red-Striped Form
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) Red/Blue-Striped Forms
Shield Expansion Pass
Snowslide Slope, Frigid Sea (fishing) Blue-Striped Form
Roaring-Sea Caves (Surfing) Blue-Striped Form
Giant's Bed Giant's Foot, Ballimere Lake (Surfing and fishing) Blue-Striped Form
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) Red/Blue-Striped Forms
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable Red/Blue-Striped Forms
Tranquility Cove, Islespy Shore, Fabled Spring, Lake Acuity, Heart's Crag White-Striped Form


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lake: Soothing Shore Blue-Striped Form
Lake: Shimmering Lake Red-Striped Form
PokéPark 2
Arbor Area
Rumble U
Frenzy Square: Make a Big Splash! Red/Blue-Striped Forms
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Infinite Ruins: Stage 2 Red-Striped Form
Island of Haste: Stage 4 Blue-Striped Form
Shuffle
Prasino Woods: Stage 594 Red-Striped Form
Zaffiro Coast: Stage 607 Blue-Striped Form
Rumble World
Black Realm: Soothing Shore (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Snorlax Sea, Mimikyu SeaFinal


Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Black White   DeepSeaTooth (5%)*   DeepSeaScale (5%)*
Black 2 White 2   DeepSeaTooth (5%)*   DeepSeaScale (5%)*
X Y   Deep Sea Tooth (5%)*   Deep Sea Scale (5%)*
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon   Deep Sea Tooth (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon   Deep Sea Scale (5%)

In-game trades

Game Held Item(s)
Black White   Sitrus Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
70
130 - 177 250 - 344
92
87 - 158 170 - 311
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
98
92 - 165 180 - 324
Total:
460
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water ½×
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

Both Red-Striped and Blue-Striped Basculin are available in Sword and Shield, while White-Striped Basculin is available in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

By leveling up

Red-Striped/Blue-Striped Basculin

SwSh

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Water Gun Water Special 04040 100100% 25
011 Tail Whip Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
044 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
088 Flail Normal Physical 0000 100100% 15
1212 Aqua Jet Water Physical 04040 100100% 20
1616 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
2020 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
2424 Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100100% 15
2828 Soak Water Status 0000 100100% 20
3232 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
3636 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 08585% 20
4040 Final Gambit Fighting Special 0000 100100% 5
4444 Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 09090% 10
4848 Thrash Normal Physical 120120 100100% 10
5252 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
5656 Head Smash Rock Physical 150150 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
White-Striped Basculin

LA

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
Learn Mastery  Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
1 10 Tackle Normal Physical 40 100% 30
6 15 Aqua Jet Water Physical 40 100% 20
11 20 Bite Dark Physical 60 100% 20
18 28 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 80 90% 10
25 35 Crunch Dark Physical 80 100% 10
34 45 Wave Crash Water Physical 75 100% 10
43 54 Double-Edge Normal Physical 100 100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM26  TM26 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM27  TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33  TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35  TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM36  TM36 Whirlpool Water Special 03535 085}}85% 15
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40  TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM42  TM42 Revenge Fighting Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM45  TM45 Dive Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM52  TM52 Bounce Flying Physical 08585 085}}85% 5
TM53  TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM55  TM55 Brine Water Special 06565 100}}100% 10
TM58  TM58 Assurance Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM67  TM67 Ice Fang Ice Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TR03  TR03 Hydro Pump Water Special 110110 080}}80% 5
TR04  TR04 Surf Water Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR05  TR05 Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR12  TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR16  TR16 Waterfall Water Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR21  TR21 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR32  TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR35  TR35 Uproar Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR37  TR37 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR39  TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR45  TR45 Muddy Water Water Special 09090 085}}85% 10
TR69  TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR84  TR84 Scald Water Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TR97  TR97 Psychic Fangs Psychic Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TR98  TR98 Liquidation Water Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Red-Striped/Blue-Striped Basculin
Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
     Bubble Beam Water Special 65 100% 20
  Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Basculin in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Basculin in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Red-Striped/Blue-Striped Basculin

SwSh

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP BD SP Flip Turn Water Physical 60 100% 20
Sw Sh EP BD SP Scale Shot Dragon Physical 25 90% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations
White-Striped Basculin

LA

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP BD SP Ice Fang Ice Physical 65 95% 15
Sw Sh EP BD SP Swift Normal Special 60 —% 20
Sw Sh EP BD SP Rest Psychic Status —% 10
Sw Sh EP BD SP Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 80 90% 10
Sw Sh EP BD SP Icy Wind Ice Special 60 95% 20
Sw Sh EP BD SP Aqua Tail Water Physical 85 90% 10
Sw Sh EP BD SP Ice Beam Ice Special 80 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
V VI VII Chip Away × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
V VI VII Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Rage × Normal Physical 02020 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Basculin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Basculin
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

Side game data

Red-Striped Form

Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 2.33 seconds Base HP: 53
Base Attack: 77 Base Defense: 51 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
 
PokéPark Pad entry:
He likes the water where he lives, but he sometimes swims to another Area for fun.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Water
  Attack Power: 60 - 125   15

#756
 

Hitting Streak+
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.


Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 172 Base Attack: 189 Base Defense: 129
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Water Gun
Charged Attacks: Aqua Jet, Aqua Tail, Muddy Water

Blue-Striped Form

Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 2.33 seconds Base HP: 53
Base Attack: 77 Base Defense: 51 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Water
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Water
  Attack Power: 60 - 125   15

#756
 

Hitting Streak+
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.


Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 172 Base Attack: 189 Base Defense: 129
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Water Gun
Charged Attacks: Aqua Jet, Aqua Tail, Muddy Water

Evolution

Red-Striped

Red-Striped
 
Does not evolve
Basculin
 Water 


Blue-Striped

Blue-Striped
 
Does not evolve
Basculin
 Water 


White-Striped

 
Unevolved
Basculin
White-Striped
 Water 
Lose at least 294 HP from recoil
(male)
 
First evolution
Basculegion
Male
 Water  Ghost 
Lose at least 294 HP from recoil
(female)
 
First evolution
Basculegion
Female
 Water  Ghost 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
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Generation VI
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Generation VII
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Generation VIII
Sword Shield
   
   
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Trivia

  • In Pokémon Black and White, Blue-Striped Basculin have the same two standard possible Abilities as Red-Striped Basculin—Reckless and Adaptability (and is listed as such in Pokédex 3D); however, the Blue-Striped Basculin that can be obtained via in-game trade in White has the Ability Rock Head. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, wild Blue-Striped Basculin's two standard possible Abilities are Rock Head and Adaptability, while Red-Striped Basculin's stay the same (and are listed as such in Pokédex 3D Pro). However, Blue-Striped Basculin bred in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have Reckless and Adaptability as their two standard Abilities. When a Blue-Striped Basculin with Reckless is transferred from Generation V to Generation VI, its Ability is changed to Rock Head.
  • Red- and Blue-Striped Basculin share their category with Zweilous. They are both known as the Hostile Pokémon.
  • Basculin's Pokédex entries in Pokémon Black 2, White 2, X, Omega Ruby, Sword, and Shield describe the way they taste, one of the rare instances that hint at Pokémon being used for food by humans.
  • Despite the form being called a White-Striped Basculin, Professor Laventon classifies these Basculin as a regional form.
    • In the TCG, Basculin cards featuring the White-Striped Form are called Hisuian Basculin.
    • If White-Striped Basculin is considered a regional form, it is the only regional form whose type is exactly the same as its original form.

Origin

Basculin is based on a bass,[1] most likely the largemouth bass due to its greenish color, pattern of horizontal splotches, and vigorous resistance when being fished. It is likely also inspired by the piranha, which has historically been viewed as violent. Its red and blue variations that are hostile to each other is similar to Siamese fighting fish, which come in a variety of colors (including red and blue), and are extremely aggressive and territorial to others. It could also be compared to street gangs, where groups of affiliated people often fight rival groups over their own territory.

According to interviews with Ken Sugimori in Nintendo Dream Vol. 205, Basculin was created late in development when they realized there were few new "standard" fishlike Pokémon in Unova, the only others being Alomomola, Stunfisk, Frillish, and Jellicent. It was given two forms to make up for the small amount of fish in the region, and it was also based on a bass since there are wild bass in New York.[1]

While Basculin's White-Striped Form may likewise be inspired by a bass, its design is also reminiscent of the salmon or the related itou (Sakhalin taimen), due to its behavior and the shape of its mouth resembling the kypes that develop in male salmon.

The selection of colored forms being red, white, and blue may reference the national flag of the USA, where Unova, the region Basculin was first introduced, is based.

Name origin

Basculin may be a combination of bass and masculine.

Bassrao may be a combination of bass and 丈夫 masurao (warrior, referring to its bold, violent nature) or バカラオ bakarao (bacalhau).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese バスラオ Bassrao From bass and 丈夫 masurao or bacalhau
  French Bargantua From bar and Gargantua, a powerful giant in French literature
  Spanish Basculin Same as English name
  German Barschuft From Barsch and Schuft
  Italian Basculin Same as English name
  Korean 배쓰나이 Bessnai From bass and 사나이 sana-i
  Mandarin Chinese 野蠻鱸魚 / 野蛮鲈鱼 Yěmánlúyú*
勇士鱸魚 / 勇士鲈鱼 Yǒngshìlúyú*
From 野蠻 yěmán and 鱸魚 lúyú
From 勇士 yǒngshì and 鱸魚 lúyú
  Cantonese Chinese 野蠻鱸魚 Yéhmàahnlòuhyùh*
勇士鱸魚 Yúhngsihlòuhyùh*
From 野蠻 yéhmàahn and 鱸魚 lòuhyùh
From 勇士 yúhngsih and 鱸魚 lòuhyùh


Red-Striped Form

Language Title
  Japanese あかすじのすがた Akasuji no Sugata
Chinese Cantonese 紅條紋的樣子 Hùhngtìuhmàhn-dīk Yeuhngjí
Mandarin 紅條紋的樣子 / 红条纹的样子 Hóngtiáowén-de Yàngzi *
紅線 Hóngxiàn *
  French Motif Rouge
  German Rotlinige Form
  Indonesian Bentuk Bergaris Merah
  Italian Forma Linearossa
  Korean 적색근의 모습 Jeoksaekgeun-ui Moseup
  Malaysian Bentuk Belang Merah
  Polish Forma Czerwono Paskowana
  Spanish Forma Raya Roja
  Thai ร่างแถบสีแดง Rang Thaep Sidaeng

Blue-Striped Form

Language Title
  Japanese あおすじのすがた Aosuji no Sugata
Chinese Cantonese 藍條紋的樣子 Làahmtìuhmàhn-dīk Yeuhngjí
Mandarin 藍條紋的樣子 / 蓝条纹的样子 Lántiáowén-de Yàngzi *
藍線 Lánxiàn *
  French Motif Bleu
  German Blaulinige Form
  Indonesian Bentuk Bergaris Biru
  Italian Forma Lineablu
  Korean 청색근의 모습 Cheongsaekgeun-ui Moseup
  Malaysian Bentuk Belang Biru
  Polish Forma Niebiesko Paskowana
  Spanish Forma Raya Azul
  Thai ร่างแถบสีฟ้า Rang Thaep Sifa

White-Striped Form

Language Title
  Japanese しろすじのすがた Shirosuji no Sugata
Chinese Cantonese 白条纹的樣子 Baahktìuhmàhn-dīk Yeuhngjí
Mandarin 白条纹的樣子 / 白条纹的样子 Báitiáowén-de Yàngzi
  French Motif Blanc
  German Weißlinige Form
  Italian Forma Lineabianca
  Korean 백색근의 모습 Baeksaekgun-ui Moseup
  Spanish Forma Raya Blanca


Related articles

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nintendo Dream Vol. 205, May 2011 (Translation by Dr. Lava)

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