Ivysaur is one of the more under-appreciated Pokémon out there.
I personally feel that it tends to get lost when people think of the three iconic Gen I starters and their subsequent evolutions.
Sure, Ivysaur might not look as blasé as Charmeleon or as tough as Wartortle, but Ivysaur is one hell of a powerful Pokémon for a second-stage starter.
In fact, Ivysaur shares the same base stat total as Haunter, a renowned second stage powerhouse of a Pokémon.
Here are the top thirty interesting facts about Ivysaur.
- Ivysaur has the same number in the National Pokédex as it does in Pokémon Ranger‘s Fiore Browser: Number 002.
- Ivysaur’s first appearance in the Pokémon animé was in Episode 47, A Chansey Operation, where it was one of the injured Pokémon bought to the clinic.
- If you were to come across an Ivysaur in the wild, its catch rate would be 45, which translates as a 5.9% chance of a capture with a regular Pokéball.
- In Pokémon GO, Ivysaur has a capture rate of 10%.
- Ivysaur is the only second stage Grass/Poison Pokémon that doesn’t need an evolutionary stone to reach its final form.
- Bulbasaur is evolved into Ivysaur when it reaches Level 16.
- Ivysaur is the only second stage Gen I starter that evolves at Level 32. Both Charmeleon and Wartortle evolve at Level 36.
- Ivysaur only shares its category with three other Pokémon, these being Bulbasaur, Venusaur and Sunkern. They are all known as Seed Pokémon.
- Ivysaur belongs to two Egg Groups, which are Monster and Grass.
- Ivysaurs are exactly 1 meter tall (3 feet, 3 inches).
- Ivysaurs weigh 13 kilograms (28.7 lbs).
- The gender ratio of hatched Ivysaurs is 87.5% to 12.5% male to female. This means that male Ivysaurs are 7 times more common than female ones.
- It takes between 5,140 – 5,396 steps to hatch one of their eggs.
- The weight of the plant growing on Ivysaur’s back means that it can’t stand upright like Bulbasaur can, and because of this it has incredibly sturdy legs.
- When the flower on an Ivysaur’s back is ready to bloom, it means the Ivysaur will soon evolve into a Venusaur. When it reaches this stage the plant on its back will give off a sweet-smelling aroma and start swelling, and the Ivysaur will start to spend more time in the sunlight to gain strength for its upcoming evolution.
- Ivysaur’s natural habitat is plains, which is weird considering it is a grass Pokémon with a large growing plant on its back!
- According to Pokédex entries, Ivysaurs are able to manipulate nature around them.
- Ivysaur’s total base stats are 405. That’s the same as Haunter, Wobbuffet, Dugtrio and Pachirisu to name a few.
- Its highest base stats are its Special Defense and Special Attack stats, which are both 80 each.
- Ivysaur has no Pokémon types that it is immune to.
- However, it is resistant to Fighting, Water, Electric, Fairy and Grass.
- It is super weak to Flying, Fire, Psychic and Ice type moves.
- When it is shiny, an Ivysaur’s skin is a bright green rather than the regular turquoise color, and the bulb on its back is golden rather than pink.
- Ivysaur has appeared in three Super Smash Bros. Games; Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Ivysaur is the only Pokémon that the Pokémon Trainer uses which doesn’t use a HM move. Squirtle uses Waterfall, and Charizard uses Rock Smash and Fly.
- Weirdly enough, an Ivysaur with an English name cannot be traded on the GTS without a nickname on Pokémon Black and White due to the censor which blocks Pokémon with offensive nicknames. This is because the “sau” from “Ivysaur” is German for “pig” / “swine” and considered an offensive nickname.
- Ken Sugimori, the designer behind many Pokémon designs, confirmed in a Japanese interview that Ivysaur and its evolutionary branch are all based on frogs.
- The bulb on Ivysaur’s back is based on the parasitic flowering plants known as Rafflesia. Ivysaur’s bulb reflects the bud of a Rafflesia plant before it flowers.
- In English, the name Ivysaur is derived from “ivy” meaning a climbing or trailing plant genus, and “saur”, which is Ancient Greek for “lizard”, despite Ivysaur being based more on a frog or toad than a lizard.
- In Japanese, Ivysaur’s name is Fushigisou, which can be taken to either translate as “it seems strange” or “strange grass”.