Bulbasaur (Pokémon Pack Pals)

Bulbasaur Up Close and Personal
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ISBN: 0439202744
Published: November 2000
Publisher: Scholastic
Author: Howard Dewin
Preceded By: Pikachu
Succeeded By: Squirtle

Bulbasaur Up Close and Personal is a book in the Pokémon Pack Pals series. It contains information on the Pokémon Bulbasaur, specifically Ash's Bulbasaur.


Get the scoop on your favorite Pokémon.
The need-to-know info on training your Pokémon to be the very best.

  • The Bare Poké Facts
  • Pop Quiz
  • Best Battles
  • Favorite Things
  • Pet Peeves
  • Great Moments
  • Just Ask Ash
  • Poké Profiles
  • Pictures

And more!
Gotta know it all!



A brief overview of the book, and a survey for the reader to fill out about their Bulbasaur that they captured in one of their Pokémon games.

The Bare Poké Facts

Pokédex information on Bulbasaur.

Bulbasaur's Favorite Things/Bulbasaur's Pet Peeves

The likes and dislikes of Ash's Bulbasaur.

Great Moments in Bulbasaur History

Short paragraphs about when Ash's Bulbasaur, along with some other Trainers' Bulbasaur, defeat Team Rocket Grunts on the S.S. Anne in EP015, and also how Bulbasaur helped Ash win the Sea Ruby Badge in EP093 by helping to carve a bobsled out of ice with its Vine Whip. This section also includes information about Bulbasaur's strengths and weaknesses in battle, attacks and battle tips.

Just Ask Ash

An interview with Ash Ketchum about his Bulbasaur.

The Bulbasaur Blotter

A newspaper style article about Bulbasaur in the anime.

Bulbasaur as a Friend

A brief synopsis of EP102 when a Bulbasaur, abandoned by its Trainer, was still happy to see him after being discovered in a sewer many years later.

Bulbasaur as a Fighter

Information about Bulbasaur's battling techniques in the anime.

Bulbasaur as a Survivor

A brief synopsis of EP051 when Bulbasaur decided not to evolve even though the other Bulbasaur were pressuring it.

Bulbasaur as a Quick-Change Artist

Information of Bulbasaur's evolutions, Ivysaur and Venusaur.

What's Your Bulbasaur Brain Power?

A pop quiz about the information found in the book



  • It says that Bulbasaur is a Plant- and Poison-type, instead of Grass- and Poison-type.
  • The Gym Leader Danny is incorrectly called "Dan".

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