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Basculin (Japanese: バスラオ Basurao) is a Water-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V.

Biology

Physiology

Basculin is a fish-like Pokémon. In its red form, two parts of its body are separated by a bright red-orange stripe and has spiky white fins. Its blue form has a sleeker design, notably seen on its fins and eyes.

Behavior

Basculin are aggressive, violent Pokémon. Blue and Red Basculin do not get along and often fight. However, on rare occasions, members of one school might mingle with the other's school.

Evolution

Basculin does not evolve.

Game Info

Game Locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Black and White Route 1, Route 3, Route 6, Route 11, Route 14, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Dragonspiral Tower, Victory Road, Giant Chasm, Abundant Shrine, Lostlorn Forest Common
Black 2 and White 2 Route 1, Route 3, Route 6, Route 11, Route 12, Route 13, Route 19, Route 20, Route 22, Route 23, Aspertia City, Relic Passage, Striaton City, Wellspring Cave, Pinwheel Forest, Relic Passage, Lostlorn Forest, Clay Tunnel, Abundant Shrine, Village Bridge, Dragonspiral Tower, Undella Town, Humilau City, Giant Chasm, Victory Road, Nature Preserve Common
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Trade None


Pokédex Entries

  • Black

    Red and blue Basculin get along so poorly, they'll start fighting instantly. These Pokémon are very hostile.

  • White

    Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.

  • Black 2

    Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.

  • White 2

    Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.

  • X

    Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.

  • Y

    Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.

  • Omega Ruby

    Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.

  • Alpha Sapphire

    Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other's school.

  • Ultra Sun

    Red-Striped Form: Savage, violent Pokémon, red and blue Basculin are always fighting each other over territory.
    Blue-Striped Form: Even Basculin, which devours everything it can with its huge jaws, is nothing more than food to organisms stronger than itself.

  • Ultra Moon

    Red-Striped Form: When a school of Basculin appears in a lake, everything else disappears, except for Corphish and Crawdaunt. That’s how violent Basculin are.
    Blue-Striped Form: Some people call it “the thug of the lake.” Whether the differences in color are meaningful is not yet known.

  • Sword

    Red-Striped Form: Anglers love the fight this Pokémon puts up on the hook. And there are always more to catch. Many people release them into lakes illicitly.
    Blue-Striped Form: Blue-striped Basculin used to be a common food source. They apparently have an inoffensive, light flavor.

  • Shield

    Red-Striped Form: In the past, it often appeared on the dinner table. The meat of red-striped Basculin is on the fatty side, and it's more popular with the youth.
    Blue-Striped Form: Known for their violence, these Pokémon have the most fights with schools of red- striped Basculin.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
70
Attack
92
Defense
65
Sp. Atk
80
Sp. Def
55
Speed
98
Total
460

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status
1 Tackle 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special
3 Uproar 90 100% 10 Normal Special
5 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal Physical
7 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
9 Aqua Jet 40 100% 20 Water Physical
11 Chip Away 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
14 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
17 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
20 Aqua Tail 90 90% 10 Water Physical
23 Soak 100% 20 Water Status
26 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical
30 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status
34 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical
38 Final Gambit 100% 5 Fighting Special
42 Thrash 120 100% 10 Normal Physical
46 Head Smash 150 80% 5 Rock Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Thrash 120 100% 10 Normal Physical Type Tough 6 0 ♥
1 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cute 1 0 ♥
1 Tail Whip 100% 30 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
1 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special Type Cute 4 0 ♥
4 Uproar 90 100% 10 Normal Special Type Cute 2 1 ♥
7 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
10 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical Type Tough 2 3 ♥
13 Aqua Jet 40 100% 20 Water Physical Type Cool 3 0 ♥
16 Chip Away 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
20 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical Type Tough 6 0 ♥
24 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical Type Tough 1 4 ♥
28 Aqua Tail 90 90% 10 Water Physical Type Beautiful 4 0 ♥
32 Soak 100% 20 Water Status Type Cute 2 1 ♥
36 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Tough 6 0 ♥
41 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status Type Tough 3 0 ♥
46 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cute 1 0 ♥
50 Final Gambit 100% 5 Fighting Special Type Tough 8 0 ♥
56 Thrash 120 100% 10 Normal Physical Type Tough 6 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Water Gun 40 100% 25 Water Special
4 Uproar 90 100% 10 Normal Special
7 Headbutt 70 100% 15 Normal Physical
10 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
13 Aqua Jet 40 100% 20 Water Physical
16 Chip Away 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
20 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
24 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
28 Aqua Tail 90 90% 10 Water Physical
32 Soak 100% 20 Water Status
36 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Physical
41 Scary Face 100% 10 Normal Status
46 Flail 100% 15 Normal Physical
51 Final Gambit 100% 5 Fighting Special
56 Thrash 120 100% 10 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM94 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special
TM98 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status Type Beautiful 2 1 ♥
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Clever 3 0 ♥
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status Type Clever 2 1 ♥
TM13 Ice Beam 90 100% 10 Ice Special Type Beautiful 1 4 ♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Type Beautiful 1 0 ♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2 3 ♥
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 4 0 ♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 1 0 ♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special Type Tough 2 0 ♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute 3 0 ♥
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 1 0 ♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 2 0 ♥
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Clever 1 0 ♥
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Type Cute 3 0 ♥
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool 4 0 ♥
HM03 Surf 90 100% 15 Water Special Type Beautiful 2 2 ♥
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical Type Tough 4 0 ♥
HM07 DiveORAS 80 100% 10 Water Physical Type Beautiful 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM07 Hail —% 10 Ice Status
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM12 Taunt 100% 20 Dark Status
TM13 Ice Beam 95 100% 10 Ice Special
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM55 Scald 80 100% 15 Water Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
HM03 Surf 95 100% 15 Water Special
HM05 Waterfall 80 100% 15 Water Physical
HM06 Dive 80 100% 10 Water Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Breeding

Breeding Generation VII
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Agility Goldeen, Seaking, Carvanha, Sharpedo, Luvdisc —% 30 Psychic Status
Brine Qwilfish, Wailmer, Wailord, Alomomola, Wishiwashi 65 100% 10 Water Special
Bubble Beam Chinchou, Lanturn, Remoraid, Octillery 65 100% 20 Water Special
Head SmashUSUM Relicanth, Basculin 150 80% 5 Rock Physical
Mud Shot * Remoraid, Relicanth 55 95% 15 Ground Special
Muddy Water Barboach, Whiscash 90 85% 10 Water Special
Rage Carvanha, Sharpedo 20 100% 20 Normal Physical
Revenge Qwilfish 60 100% 10 Fighting Physical
Swift * Remoraid 60 —% 20 Normal Special
Whirlpool Wailmer, Wailord, Finneon, Lumineon, Alomomola 35 85% 15 Water Special

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Breeding Generation VI
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Agility Goldeen, Seaking, Carvanha, Sharpedo, Luvdisc —% 30 Psychic Status Type Cool 3 0 ♥
Brine Qwilfish, Wailmer, Wailord, Alomomola 65 100% 10 Water Special Type Tough 3 0 ♥
Bubble Beam Chinchou, Lanturn, Remoraid, Octillery 65 100% 20 Water Special Type Beautiful 2 3 ♥
Muddy Water * Relicanth 90 85% 10 Water Special Type Tough 2 2 ♥
Mud Shot * Remoraid, Relicanth 55 95% 15 Ground Special Type Tough 4 0 ♥
Rage Carvanha, Sharpedo 20 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Tough 1 3 ♥
Revenge Qwilfish 60 100% 10 Fighting Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
Swift * Remoraid 60 —% 20 Normal Special Type Cool 2 0 ♥
Whirlpool Wailmer, Wailord, Finneon, Lumineon 35 85% 15 Water Special Type Beautiful 3 0 ♥

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Breeding Generation V
Move Father Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Agility Goldeen, Seaking, Carvanha, Sharpedo, Luvdisc —% 30 Psychic Status
Brine Qwilfish, Wailmer, Wailord, Alomomola 65 100% 10 Water Special
BubbleBeam Chinchou, Lanturn, Remoraid, Octillery 65 100% 20 Water Special
Muddy Water * Relicanth 95 85% 10 Water Special
Mud Shot * Remoraid, Relicanth 55 95% 15 Ground Special
Rage Carvanha, Sharpedo 20 100% 20 Normal Physical
Revenge Qwilfish 60 100% 10 Fighting Physical
Swift * Remoraid 60 —% 20 Normal Special
Whirlpool Wailmer, Wailord, Finneon, Lumineon 35 85% 15 Water Special

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
* indicates this move requires chain breeding.
◊ indicates the father must learn this move in a previous generation.
♈ indicates the father must learn this move via a TM.

Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Aqua Tail USUM 90 90% 10 Water Physical
Bounce USUM 85 85% 5 Flying Physical
Endeavor USUM 100% 5 Normal Physical
Icy Wind USUM 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Liquidation USUM 85 100% 10 Water Physical
Snore USUM 50 100% 15 Normal Special
Superpower USUM 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical
Uproar USUM 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Zen Headbutt USUM 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Aqua Tail ORAS 90 90% 10 Water Physical Type Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Bounce ORAS 85 85% 5 Flying Physical Type Cute 1 0 ♥
Endeavor ORAS 100% 5 Normal Physical Type Tough 2 0 ♥
Icy Wind ORAS 55 95% 15 Ice Special Type Beautiful 4 0 ♥
Snore ORAS 50 100% 15 Normal Special Type Cute 4 0 ♥
Superpower ORAS 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical Type Tough 6 0 ♥
Uproar ORAS 90 100% 10 Normal Special Type Cute 2 1 ♥
Zen Headbutt ORAS 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical Type Clever 4 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Aqua Tail B2W2 90 90% 10 Water Physical
Bounce B2W2 85 85% 5 Flying Physical
Endeavor B2W2 100% 5 Normal Physical
Icy Wind B2W2 55 95% 15 Ice Special
Sleep Talk B2W2 —% 10 Normal Status
Snore B2W2 40 100% 15 Normal Special
Superpower B2W2 120 100% 5 Fighting Physical
Uproar B2W2 90 100% 10 Normal Special
Zen Headbutt B2W2 80 90% 15 Psychic Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites


Trivia

  • Basculin was first shown within footage from the Pokémon Searcher BW tour on August 7, 2010. It was used by Cheren in the demo. It was officially revealed on the October issue of Coro Coro on September 11, 2010.
  • While most Pokémon can have up to 3 abilities legitimately (two primary abilities and a hidden ability), Basculin can legitimately have four, as an NPC in Driftveil City in Pokémon White trades away a Blue-Striped Basculin with the ability Rock Head.
  • Basculin and Zweilous are both Hostile Pokémon.
  • Basculin is one of the few, if only, Pokémon in the game "proven" to be consumed by humans; the PokéDex refers to them as "remarkably tasty".

Origin

Basculin is most likely based on a bass and a piranha. The red and blue colors and their rivalry with each other may be based on the rivalry between the Bloods and the Crips, two rival gangs from the United States, or the increasingly polarized rivalry between the Republican and Democratic Parties of the United States.

Etymology

Basculin's English name seems to be a combination of "bass" and "masculine".

Basurao comes from "bass" and 丈夫 (masurao, "warrior").

Gallery

Red Striped

Blue Striped

==See also==
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