Sunkern (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Aipom #190: Aipom
Pokémon
#192: Sunflora Sunflora
Sunkern
Seed Pokémon
ヒマナッツ
Himanuts
#191
Sunkern



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Grass Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Chlorophyll or Solar Power Cacophony
Cacophony
Early Bird
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
235 (41.3%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Grass
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'00" 0.3 m
Sunkern
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
4.0 lbs. 1.8 kg
Sunkern
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
52
Gen. II-IV
Unknown
IV
36
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Sunkern
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
1
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
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
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Speed
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HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
Shape
Body01.png
Footprint
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Pokédex color
Yellow
Base friendship
70
External Links

Sunkern (Japanese: ヒマナッツ Himanuts) is a Grass-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II.

It evolves into Sunflora when exposed to a Sun Stone.

Biology

Sunkern is a mostly yellow, seed-like Pokémon with a small sprout growing out of its top. It has triangular, spike-like protrusions on top of its head, encircling the sprout. Its body has three broad, brown, vertical stripes. Two of the stripes start jaggedly above Sunkern's dark eyes and continue downward. The other stripe is directly below Sunkern's mouth. Since Sunkern's eyelids are brown, the brown streak patterning appears uninterrupted when Sunkern's eyes are closed.

Sunkern is known to be very weak. Aware of its weakness, it only feeds until it evolves. However, it feeds on only the dew from under the leaves of plants. It tries to move as little as possible since it tries to conserve all the nutrients it has stored in its body for evolution. If attacked, it shakes its leaves at the attacker. Sunkern occasionally falls from the sky on early mornings for unknown reasons. A year after a cold summer, the population of Sunkern explodes. Sunkern can be found in temperate, grassy meadows.

In the anime

Main series

 
Sunkern in the anime

Major appearances

Sunkern debuted in Moving Pictures. Ash, Brock, Misty, and Todd Snap found it frozen in a field. Ash eventually evolved it using the Sun Stone he acquired in The Bug Stops Here, and it summoned more Sunflora so that Sophia and Marcello could take a picture for their golden anniversary.

Minor appearances

A Sunkern appeared in Pikachu's PikaBoo.

In Grass Hysteria!, multiple Sunkern were living in the Forbidden Forest.

Multiple Sunkern appeared in Island Time.

In Some Enchanted Sweetening!, a Sunkern was lured in by the Honey that Cheryl had slathered onto a tree. Additional Sunkern appeared in the episode's boss fantasy, but that was cut from the dub due to it containing suggestive material.

Two Sunkern appeared in An Angry Combeenation!.

A Sunkern appeared in Dawn's Early Night!.

A Sunkern appeared in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1). Six additional Sunkern appeared in the follow-up episode.

A Sunkern appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

In the opening sequence of Arceus and the Jewel of Life, a Sunkern was in an Aroma Lady's field of flowers.

In Zoroark: Master of Illusions, multiple Sunkern were living in Crown City. Some took part in surrounding Zorua in the park along with the other Pokémon with the intention of attacking him in retribution for what Zoroark did to the city. Before a fight could break out, the Sunkern, along with the other Pokémon, were calmed down by Celebi.

A Trainer's Sunkern appeared in JN103.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP187 Sunkern Ash's Pokédex Sunkern, the Seed Pokémon. Sunkern drink the dew that collects beneath leaves. It is believed that it neither eats nor drinks anything else.

Pokémon Evolutions

In The Show, a Sunkern briefly appeared under the ownership of a Trainer watching the Kimono Girls' performance in Ecruteak City.

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Sunkern appeared in Celebi: a Timeless Encounter.

Pokémon Adventures

Sunkern debuted in The Legend when two were seen up on a tree when Green had finished her message to Silver in Johto.

A Sunkern was one of the Pokémon in Joey's bag after Gold helped Joey get it back in Murkrow Row.

In Sunkern Treasure, Gold encounters a herd of Sunkern escaping from a wild Skarmory. To help Falkner catch the Skarmory, Gold catches a Sunkern to use her jumping ability to get high enough and attack it. Afterwards, she was nicknamed Sunbo and later evolved into a Sunflora through a makeshift Sun Stone.

A Sunkern appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

Yuko owns a Sunkern, which first appeared in The Transfer Student.

A Sunkern appeared in Dream World.

A Sunkern liberated by Team Plasma appeared in The Final Battle: Crushed Ambition as one of the Pokémon stuck in N's Castle.

Pokédex entries

Manga Chapter Entry
Pokémon Adventures PS099 May drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake off its leaves.*

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

A Sunkern appeared in The New Pokémon Is Hatched!!.

A Trainer's Sunkern appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Shu caught a Sunkern in GDZ74.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team

Multiple Sunkern appeared in Pokémon to the Rescue!.

In the TCG

Main article: Sunkern (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II Johto
#102
Gold It may drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
Silver It lives by drinking only dewdrops from under the leaves of plants. It is said that it eats nothing else.
Crystal It is very weak. Its only means of defense is to shake its leaves desperately at its attacker.
Stadium 2 It may drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#—
Ruby Sunkern tries to move as little as it possibly can. It does so because it tries to conserve all the nutrients it has stored in its body for its evolution. It will not eat a thing, subsisting only on morning dew.
Sapphire
Emerald Sunkern try to minimize movement to conserve the nutrients they have stored in their bodies for evolution. They will not eat, subsisting only on morning dew.
FireRed It lives by drinking only dewdrops from under the leaves of plants. It is said that it eats nothing else.
LeafGreen It may drop out of the sky suddenly. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#103
Diamond It suddenly falls out of the sky in the morning. A year after a cold summer, their population explodes.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It may plummet from the sky. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
SoulSilver It lives by drinking only dewdrops from under the leaves of plants. It is said that it eats nothing else.
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #020
Black It suddenly falls out of the sky in the morning. A year after a cold summer, their population explodes.
White
Black 2 It suddenly falls out of the sky in the morning. Knowing it's weak, it simply feeds until it evolves.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X It may plummet from the sky. If attacked by a Spearow, it will violently shake its leaves.
Y It lives by drinking only dewdrops from under the leaves of plants. It is said that it eats nothing else.
Omega Ruby Sunkern tries to move as little as it possibly can. It does so because it tries to conserve all the nutrients it has stored in its body for its evolution. It will not eat a thing, subsisting only on morning dew.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sword, Shield, and Legends: Arceus.
Brilliant Diamond They may suddenly fall out of the sky in the morning. In the year following a cold summer, their population explodes.
Shining Pearl


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver
Route 24, National ParkDay
Crystal
Route 24, National ParkDay
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade, Event
Emerald
Safari Zone extension
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade, Event
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Northern Route 204 (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Northern Route 204 (Poké Radar)
HeartGold SoulSilver
Route 24, National ParkDay
Safari ZoneDay (tall grass in Meadow, default)
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
Beautiful Beach
Generation V
Black White
Route 12
Black 2 White 2
Route 20
Dream World
Pleasant Forest
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Grass)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Mirage Forests (south of Route 109, west of Route 114, north of Lilycove City, north of Route 124, east of Mossdeep City, south of Route 132)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Northern Route 204 (Poké Radar)
Grand Underground - Grassland Caves, Sunlit Cavern (After obtaining the National Pokédex)
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Channel
Mt. Snowfall
Trozei!
Secret Storage 1, Secret Storage 11, Endless Level 5, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Wish Cave (1F-3F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Happy Outlook (B1F-B15F), Mystery Jungle (1F-29F)
MD Sky
Happy Outlook (B1F-B15F), Mystery Jungle (1F-29F)
Ranger: GS
Dolce Island, Hinder Cape, Forest Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Forest: Echo Valley
Rumble U
Adventure Area: Grab and Go!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 1Th
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (First release)
Rumble World
Sapphire Sea: Sunlit Forest (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Snorlax Sea, Castform Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Entei SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Splash Sunkern English United States 5 January 3 to 9, 2003
RSEFRLG Gather More Pokémon! Sixth Campaign Sunkern Japanese Japan 10 April 22 to May 8, 2006

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Diamond Pearl   Coba Berry (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver   Coba Berry (5%)
Black White   Coba Berry (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
30
90 - 137 170 - 264
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Total:
180
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.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Power
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Skill
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Stamina
1/5 ☆☆☆☆
Jump
2/5 ★★☆☆☆
Total
8/25 ☆☆☆☆


Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

Sunkern is available in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Growth Normal Status 0000 —% 20
044 Ingrain Grass Status 0000 —% 20
077 Absorb Grass Special 02020 100100% 25
1010 Mega Drain Grass Special 04040 100100% 15
1313 Leech Seed Grass Status 0000 09090% 10
1616 Razor Leaf Grass Physical 05555 09595% 25
1919 Worry Seed Grass Status 0000 100100% 10
2222 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100100% 10
2525 Endeavor Normal Physical 0000 100100% 5
2828 Synthesis Grass Status 0000 —% 5
3434 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100100% 10
3737 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100100% 15
4040 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —% 5
4343 Seed Bomb Grass Physical 08080 100100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM09  TM09 Bullet Seed Grass Physical 02525 100}}100% 30
TM11  TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM16  TM16 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 30
TM17  TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM19  TM19 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TM20  TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25
TM22  TM22 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM32  TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TM36  TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM42  TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44  TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM45  TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM53  TM53 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM58  TM58 Endure Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM70  TM70 Flash Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM82  TM82 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM86  TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TM87  TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM90  TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM93  TM93 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
    Curse Ghost Status —% 10
    Encore* Normal Status 100% 5
      
 
Grassy Terrain Grass Status —% 10
   Helping Hand Normal Status —% 20
      
     
Ingrain Grass Status —% 20
      
      
      
   
Leech Seed Grass Status 90% 10
   Morning Sun Normal Status —% 5
      
   
Nature Power Normal Status —% 20
      
      
     
Sweet Scent Normal Status 100% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sunkern 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 Sunkern in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sunkern
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sunkern
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Rollout Sunkern (Neo Destiny 83)
Sunkern (Skyridge 106)
Sunkern (EX Unseen Forces 76)

Side game data

Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 5.2%
Friend Area: Jungle
Phrases
51%-100% HP It doesn't take much for me to grow. Just a little water'll do me fine!
26%-50% HP I only have half my HP left.
1%-25% HP I'm dehydrated... My HP's down too low...
Level up Wow! My level went up! I want to celebrate!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 5.2%
IQ group: B
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Grass
Poké Assist:
(present)
 
Grass
Field move:
(present)
 
(Cut ×1)
Poké Assist:
(past)
 
Grass
Field move:
(past)
 
(Cut ×1)
Browser entry R-010/N-028
It creates vines around itself that make Pokémon Slowed.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.67 seconds Base HP: 41
Base Attack: 58 Base Defense: 41 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Grass
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Grass
  Attack Power: 30 - 85   5

#644
 

Eject++
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Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 102 Base Attack: 55 Base Defense: 55
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement:   50 +  1
Fast Attacks: Razor Leaf, Cut
Charged Attacks: Energy Ball, Grass Knot, Seed Bomb

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Sunkern
 Grass 
 
Sun Stone
 
First evolution
Sunflora
 Grass 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation II.
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Gold (Japan) Silver (Japan)
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Sunkern images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

Origin

Sunkern appears to be based on a shooting sunflower seed.

Name origin

Sunkern may be a combination of sunflower and kernel.

Himanuts may be a combination of 向日葵 himawari (sunflower) and nuts. It may also refer to 夏 natsu (summer).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ヒマナッツ Himanuts From 向日葵 himawari, nuts, and natsu
  French Tournegrin From tournesol and a corruption of grain
  Spanish Sunkern Same as English name
  German Sonnkern From Sonnenblumenkern
  Italian Sunkern Same as English name
  Korean 해너츠 Haenuts From 해바라기 haebaragi and nuts
  Mandarin Chinese 向日種子 / 向日种子 Xiàngrìzhǒngzi From 向日葵 xiàngrìkuí and 種子 / 种子 zhǒngzi
  Cantonese Chinese 向日種子 Heungyahtjúngjí From 向日葵 heungyahtkwàih and 種子 júngjí


External links

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