May's Venusaur

May's Venusaur
ハルカのフシギバナ Haruka's Fushigibana
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May's Venusaur
Debuts in Grass Hysteria!
Caught at Forbidden Forest
Evolves in Prior to Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Prior to Pruning a Passel of Pals!
Gender Female[1]
Ability Unknown
Current location In rotation
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This Pokémon spent at least 60 episodes as Bulbasaur and an unknown number of episodes as Ivysaur.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Bulbasaur Miyako Itō Tara Jayne
As Ivysaur N/A
As Venusaur N/A

May's Venusaur (Japanese: ハルカのフシギバナ Haruka's Fushigibana) was the third Pokémon that May caught in the Hoenn region, and her fourth overall.

In the anime


Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire


In Grass Hysteria!, May was kidnapped by a hungry Skarmory and ended up lost in a reserve for Grass-type Pokémon called the Forbidden Forest. There, she met Venusaur, then a clumsy Bulbasaur, while she was trying to pick flowers. Bulbasaur warmed up to May after being saved from a fall, but the other Pokémon in the reserve repeatedly tried to attack May. However, Bulbasaur explained to Venusaur, her parent and the ruler of the Forbidden Forest, that May was a friend. Before May had to leave, Bulbasaur decided to stay with her.

In Hokey Poké Balls!, May sent out Bulbasaur to enjoy the sights as they went through a city. Bulbasaur quickly got distracted by some flowers in a truck and had to be rescued as the truck sped off. Later, at the Pokémon Center, May showed Professor Oak her Bulbasaur, which made Ash decide to bring his own Bulbasaur over for a visit. When the Poké Ball arrived, it wouldn't open, making everyone believe that the Pokémon Center's Balls were stolen. The culprits were revealed to be Team Rocket, who accidentally dropped Ash's Bulbasaur while escaping. The two Bulbasaur teamed up to stop Team Rocket. Once they found Team Rocket, the two Bulbasaur battled them, with Ash's Bulbasaur protecting and teaching May's how to fight. After rescuing the Pokémon, Professor Oak called back and asked for Ash's Bulbasaur to return so it could stop the Water and Grass Pokémon from fighting. Ash sent his Bulbasaur back to Professor Oak's Laboratory as May's Bulbasaur appeared to have made a positive change from the experience.

As a Bulbasaur, with May after winning the Purika Ribbon

Bulbasaur made her Contest debut in the Battle Round of the R1 Rubello Town Pokémon Contest in Cruisin' for a Losin'. She was initially excited to participate, but became nervous when she got on stage, resulting in a loss.

In A Cacturne for the Worse, Bulbasaur was used in the Purika Contest. In the Appeals Round, she started her performance by using Razor Leaf. As the leaves were flying through the air, she whipped them with the vines from her Vine Whip attack, impressing the judges and advancing May to the Contest Battles. There, she was seen defeating Kent's Surskit to reach the final round, where she battled Harley's Cacturne. Their battle was a hard fought one, but in the end, Bulbasaur was able to defeat the Scarecrow Pokémon with a combination of Razor Leaf and Petal Dance, giving May her fourth Hoenn Ribbon.

Bulbasaur also competed in the Battle Round of the Hoenn Grand Festival. In Rhapsody in Drew, she was called out to battle along with Beautifly against Harley's Cacturne and Banette. Together they managed to defeat their opponents and advance May to the next round.


In The Right Place and the Right Mime, Bulbasaur was one of the Pokémon May decided to bring with her when she traveled through the Kanto region. Bulbasaur reunited with Ash's Bulbasaur when May made a stop at Professor Oak's Lab to meet up with Ash. The two Bulbasaur were later used in a battle against Team Rocket, where May's Bulbasaur was impressed by Ash's Bulbasaur's skill. May decided to leave Bulbasaur at Professor Oak's Lab so she could learn more from Ash's Bulbasaur. Eventually, after journeying to the Johto region, May got Bulbasaur back from Professor Oak, and during her time away from Ash, she evolved twice, into Ivysaur and Venusaur.

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

She debuted as a Venusaur in Pruning a Passel of Pals!, where she defeated a Marill for May in the second battle round of the Wallace Cup.

Personality and characteristics

With Ash's Bulbasaur
As a Bulbasaur, with May

As a Bulbasaur, she proved to be a very sweet Pokémon. She was very willing to compete in Contests and do the best she could. She was very confident in most of her Contests. The only exception was her first Contest, in which her nervousness showed in her performance.

In Grass Hysteria!, she was shown to be very protective, as she helped protect May from all of the Pokémon that tried to attack her. In Hokey Poké Balls!, she was shown to be very friendly to other Pokémon, especially Ash's Bulbasaur.

She is also very fond of flowers. She became friends with Ash's Bulbasaur when Ash temporarily brought it to Hoenn in Hokey Poké Balls! and further bonded with it in The Right Place and the Right Mime, when May decided to leave her at Professor Oak's ranch.

She was distinctive from Ash's Bulbasaur in three ways: she had a gentler personality, a pair of heart-shaped spots on her forehead, and she was able to use the move Petal Dance as opposed to Ash's Bulbasaur's use of the technique Solar Beam.

It is unknown whether she still holds on to these traits after her evolution.

Moves used

Using Tackle
as a Bulbasaur
Move First Used In
Vine Whip Grass Hysteria!
Razor Leaf Grass Hysteria!
Tackle A Fan with a Plan
Petal Dance Where's Armaldo?
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Moves improvised

Picture First Used In Moves Involved Partnered With
  Rhapsody in Drew Vine Whip and Silver Wind May's Beautifly
Description: Bulbasaur would use her vines and wrap them around the foe's foot and when she let go her opponent would spin and then Beautifly would use Silver Wind to accelerate them.
  Rhapsody in Drew Razor Leaf and Silver Wind May's Beautifly
Description: Bulbasaur uses Razor Leaf and Beautifly uses Silver Wind. The two moves combine to land a critical hit on the opponents.


Official artwork from
Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

In the games

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!

Bulbasaur appears in Pokémon Advanced Generation: Pokémon Number Battle!.


  • Venusaur is the only starter Pokémon to be owned by a main character that is seen in her final evolved form and unevolved form, but never in her middle form.
    • Venusaur is also the only starter Pokémon owned by a main character to evolve off-screen twice.
      • Venusaur is also the first Pokémon owned by a main character to have done so.
  • Though Bulbasaur have no gender differences in the games, May's Bulbasaur has little heart spots on her head while Ash's does not, and has since been confirmed female via gender differences after her evolution into Venusaur.
    • She is also one of the three Pokémon that appeared in the anime with a heart-shaped spot, the others being Spinda and Wooper.
    • Venusaur is May's only Pokémon to have a confirmed gender.
  • Venusaur's capture as a Bulbasaur marks the first time where one of Ash's friends acquires a species of Pokémon that Ash also had.
  • Venusaur is the first Grass-type starter Pokémon belonging to a main character besides Ash or a female main character.
  • Venusaur is the first Grass-type starter Pokémon to have been obtained or caught outside its native region.
  • Venusaur, as a Bulbasaur, was the only Pokémon belonging to Ash's friends to have ever been left at Professor Oak's Laboratory.


  1. Confirmed via gender differences.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur.

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