Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
|First appearance||Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions (1996)|
|Latest appearance||Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (2021)|
|Portrayed by||Justin Anselmi (2018-present)|
Inuko Inuyama (Japanese, 2018-present)
- “Ivysaur is the evolved form of Bulbasaur, one of the three Pokémon you can choose in the beginning. Compared to the other two Pokémon, you can reach the third form, Venusaur, quickest.”
- – Tips, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ivysaur is a Grass/Poison-type Pokémon from the Pokémon franchise and one of Pokémon Trainer's usable Pokémon in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In the Pokémon franchise, it is the evolutionary form of Bulbasaur and evolves into Venusaur.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
In the Super Smash Bros. series starting with Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Ivysaur appears as one of Pokémon Trainer's three Pokémon along with Squirtle and Charizard. Its standard special move is Bullet Seed, which involves it shooting seeds directly upward, its up special is Vine Whip, which has it attack with a vine that strikes upward, and its side special is Razor Leaf, which involves it throwing a grass projectile forward. Its down special is Pokémon Change, in which the Pokémon Trainer returns Ivysaur and sends out Charizard, or sends it out if Squirtle is the active Pokémon. For the group's collective Final Smash, Triple Finish, Ivysaur attacks with SolarBeam.
Ivysaur has a certain amount of stamina, which decreases as it remains on the battlefield and weakens its attacking power. Ivysaur also has an extended grab in the form of two vines, but unlike other characters it does not function as a tether recovery; this is instead given to Vine Whip. In addition, Ivysaur, like in the Pokémon games, takes less damage from water attacks but takes more from fire attacks.
Ivysaur is found during the Adventure Mode: The Subspace Emissary part of the game as a trophy sitting inside a cave before Pokémon Trainer battles Charizard. Pokémon Trainer throws a Poké Ball at it and it is caught. After that Ivysaur can be used during the campaign.
Ivysaur is voiced by Craig Blair, who previously voiced it in the Pokémon anime from Generation I through V.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
The concept of switching between Pokémon is omitted from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, causing Charizard to return as a standalone fighter, while Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle, and Ivysaur are not playable. Ivysaur, does however, appear as a trophy alongside Squirtle and Pokémon Trainer.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Ivysaur reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character, alongside Pokémon Trainer and Squirtle. Ivysaur's design is updated to reflect its current appearance, while it is now voiced by Justin Alsemi, who has voiced it since Pokémon X and Y. Ivysaur's standard attack has a finisher in the form of a double vine slap, while its down tilt now only hits once. Additionally, some of its attacks have more range.
Ivysaur benefits from the game's universal changes: its mobility is faster; its aerial attacks have less landing lag; its short hop timing is reduced; it can directionally air dodge; and it can use any grounded attack out of a run, and any of its aerials on ladders. Ivysaur also benefits from Pokémon Change becoming faster, as it can easily switch to Charizard when needed. Lastly, some of its attacks also deal more knockback, have their damage rebalanced, or have less startup and ending lag. Ivysaur also benefits greatly from the removal of Pokémon Trainer's stamina and type effectiveness mechanics: the former allows Ivysaur to battle tirelessly, only switching to Squirtle or Charizard by will; the latter abolished Ivysaur's vulnerability to Fire-type attacks (e.g., Mario's forward smash), while also removing its resistance to Water-type attacks (e.g., Corrin's Dragon Fang Shot).
Other crossover appearances
Mario Artist: Paint Studio
Artwork of Ivysaur from Pocket Monsters Red and Green Versions can be used as a stamp in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.
Profiles & statistics
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Instruction manual bio
"A Seed Pokémon that excels at attacks that cover it from above."
|Ivysaur||Pokémon series||[Grass] - Attack +29||Pokémon Trainer|
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U trophy
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
- Pit: That's Bulbasaur! ...Or is it Venusaur?
- Viridi: It's Ivysaur. The Pokémon's form before it evolves into Venusaur.
- Pit: I know I'm supposed to fight it, but I gotta say, it's pretty stinkin' cute.
- Viridi: Cute and deadly! Ivysaur's Vine Whip is as versatile as it is dangerous. It can be used like a whip as the name implies, but it can also grab opponents. It can even be used to grab onto ledges in a pinch!
- Pit: I see. Hey, I'm really grateful for all the info, Viridi, but where's Lady Palutena?
- Viridi: Who cares? Palutena doesn't know squat about plants! This is where I shine! Where was I? Oh, the Vine Whip has a deceptively long reach. And don't forget about Bullet Seed as well!
- A Seed Pokémon™ that is the evolved form of Bulbasaur. It has a flower bulb on its back, the weight of which has made it develop strong legs and hips. If the blossom gets too big, the Pokémon can't stand on two legs alone. At a certain level, it evolves into Venusaur. When this happens, the bulb absorbs nutrients and blossoms into a large-petaled flower.
Names in other languages
|From「不思議」(fushigi, mysterious) and「草」(sō, grass); also a pun on「不思議そう」(fushigi sō, a phrase meaning "it seems mysterious"); officially romanized as "Fushigisou"|
|Chinese||Hong Kong: 奇異草
Taiwan / Mainland China: 妙蛙草
|Literally "Unusual grass"|
Literally "Wonderful frog grass"
|French||Herbizarre||Pun on "herbe" (grass) and "bizarre"|
|German||Bisaknosp||From "bisamratte" (muskrat) and "knospe" (bulb)|
|Pun on "이상하다" (isanghada, strange) and "풀" (pul, grass)|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Ivyssauro||A pun on the English name; ssauro come from "dinossauro" (dinosaur)|