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It had only one battle in the [[Indigo League]], in ''[[EP077|The Fourth Round Rumble]]'' against [[Jeanette Fisher]]. After initial trouble with {{p|Beedrill}}'s speed, Bulbasaur crippled the Poison Bee Pokémon with {{m|Leech Seed}} and then defeating it with {{m|Tackle}}. {{p|Scyther}}'s speed and {{m|Double Team}} produces similar trouble for Ash, until Bulbasaur uses Vine Whip to hit every single clone until it knocks out the real Scyther. Looking set to sweep the match with just Bulbasaur, Ash then took on her {{p|Bellsprout}}. Bulbasaur used Tackle, but Bellsprout flexed its body and absorbed the blow, before seizing Bulbasaur and slamming it onto the ground until it fainted.
 
Its bond with Ash's Pikachu was shown for real in ''[[EP078|A Friend in Deed]]'', where Pikachu was able to detect Bulbasaur's Poké Ball amongst hundreds of stolen balls. It accompanied Ash to the Orange Islands and was used in Ash's second gym challenge against [[Danny]] in ''[[EP093|Navel Maneuvers]]''. It attempted to help Pikachu carve a frozen geyser into an ice sled, but was unable to keep up with Danny's team until {{AP|Charizard}} completed it in a few short {{m|Flamethrower}}s. It then helped Ash, Pikachu and Squirtle in the race down the cliff, using its vines to steer.
===Orange Islands===
 
It accompanied Ash to the Orange Islands and was used in Ash's second gym challenge against [[Danny]] in ''[[EP093|Navel Maneuvers]]''. It attempted to help Pikachu carve a frozen geyser into an ice sled, but was unable to keep up with Danny's team until {{AP|Charizard}} completed it in a few short {{m|Flamethrower}}s. It then helped Ash, Pikachu and Squirtle in the race down the cliff, using its vines to steer.
[[File:Ash and Bulbasaur.png|right|200px|thumb|Ash and Bulbasaur]]
In ''[[EP102|The Mystery Menace]]'', Bulbasaur was kidnapped by a giant vined creature in the sewers of [[Trovitopolis]]. Ash was so upset by this that Misty and Tracey had to both physically restrain him from diving into the water after it and then tie him up so that [[Officer Jenny]] could rescue them. Ash kicked and screamed the entire time. With help from {{AP|Muk}}, he rescued Bulbasaur and its captor, a mutated giant Bulbasaur that had been abandoned by the town's mayor.
 
In ''[[EP103|Misty Meets Her Match]]'', Bulbasaur is used in the {{type|Grass}} round of the Gym battle for the Spike Shell Badge. It fought against [[Rudy]]'s {{p|Exeggutor}}, who dodged {{m|Razor Leaf}} and knocked Bulbasaur down with {{m|Egg Bomb}}. Bulbasaur quickly saved the battle by putting Exeggutor to sleep with {{m|Sleep Powder}}. Bulbasaur was on Ash's team to fight [[Drake (Orange Islands)|Drake]] for the Orange League championship in ''[[EP112|Enter the Dragonite]]''. It managed to land a few blows on Drake's {{p|Electabuzz}}, but was defeated by a {{m|ThunderPunch}}. Drake was eventually defeated and Bulbasaur joined the rest of the team in the Hall of Fame.
 
===Johto===
 
Bulbasaur joined Ash in Johto, where it first met {{AP|Heracross}} in ''[[EP119|A Sappy Ending]]''. This began the recurring joke of Heracross wanting to suck the pollen from Bulbasaur's bulb. Throughout the Johto journeys, Bulbasaur's oldest team members {{AP|Charizard}} and {{AP|Squirtle}} both went into training with others, leaving Bulbasaur as Ash's only remaining Kanto starter. It bid a solemn farewell to Squirtle in ''[[EP147|The Fire-ing Squad!]]''
 
It was called on in ''[[EP268|Tie One On!]]'', where it fought in the [[Silver Conference]] against [[Jackson]]'s [[Shiny]] {{p|Magneton}}. It quickly learned from Pikachu and {{AP|Cyndaquil}}'s mistakes, instead using a spinning Vine Whip to mow through the afterimages from Double Team. It blocked Magneton's attacks with Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, before taking it down with {{m|Leech Seed}} and {{m|Vine Whip}}. It then took on his {{TP|Vincent|Meganium}}, with whom it had a bitter rivalry after the Herb Pokémon had mocked it earlier. Neither Pokémon attempted to dodge the other's attacks, both willing to be able to take as much at the other. It comes down to a battle of Vine Whips, finally ended by a double SolarBeam, which knocks out both Pokémon.
 
===Hoenn===
 
[[File:High vine.png|200px|thumb|With [[May's Venusaur|May's Bulbasaur]]|left]]
Bulbasaur later returned in ''[[AG074|Hokey Poké Balls!]]'' to meet [[May's Venusaur|May's Bulbasaur]]. The two struck up a good friendship, eventually resulting in May choosing to leave her Bulbasaur at Oak's lab in ''[[AG133|The Right Place and the Right Mime]]'' so it could learn from Ash's.
 
===Kanto Battle Frontier===
In ''[[AG189|Gathering the Gang of Four!]]'', Ash brought it to his team alongside {{AP|Charizard}} and {{AP|Squirtle}} to battle {{FB|Pyramid King|Brandon}} at the {{DL|Battle Frontier (Generation III)|Battle Pyramid}}. After Brandon's {{p|Dusclops}} took down Charizard, Ash's Bulbasaur was sent out to fight in [[AG190|the next episode]]. It took damage from the powerful Dusclops, including a {{m|Confuse Ray}} which sent the vines out of control and caused them to attack Bulbasaur and Ash. Bulbasaur responded to Ash's cries and broke out of confusion, leaping into the air and taking down Dusclops with SolarBeam. After {{p|Solrock}} took down Squirtle, Bulbasaur was sent back out. After taking damage from {{type|Psychic}} moves and responding with Razor Leaf and Vine Whip, a double SolarBeam knocked both Pokémon out. After Ash won, Bulbasaur returned to Oak's lab, where it still remains.
 
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