Description from the FanFiction.net post: A comprehensive guide to the 649 species that inhabit the world of Pokémon, inspired by works such as Chencheya's Beginning Trainer's Guide to Pokémon. This is, quite simply, an exhaustive work of Pokémon fanon. As stated, this is a work of Pokémon fanon. What is fanon, you ask? Fanon encompasses elements of a fictional world which are not officially canon in that world, but that are commonly accepted by writers of fanfiction and other such works. That being said, there WILL be things written in this guide that you may not agree with. I only ask that you please be respectful in responding to these points of contention, and I shall return the favor in responses of my own. Otherwise, please enjoy this work - it's there to help you, should you choose to accept it. #001 - #003: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur Name: Bulbasaur Name Translations: jp: Fushigidane; de: Bisasam; fr: Bulbizarre Type(s): Grass/Poison Species: Seed Pokémon Pokédex ###: 001 (National Dex); 231 (Johto Dex) Evolution: Bulbasaur – Ivysaur (level 16) – Venusaur (level 32) Average Height/Weight: 2'04” (0.7m); 15.2 lbs. (6.9 kg) Habitat: Scarcely found in fields, forests, jungles, and plains; native to Kanto Differences Between Genders: N/A Description: There has been much debate over whether Bulbasaur and its evolutions are more plant-like or animal-like. Though their bodies contain structures found in most animals (e.g. they have hearts, brains, and tissue matter), their digestive system is entirely plant-based. Rather than red blood cells, what flows through the veins and arteries of these creatures is actually tightly-packed chloroplasts; as with plants, photosynthesis is necessary for these creatures to break down their food into energy. Bulbasaur appears to be a reptilian creature, sharing much of its external appearance with toads. Its mottled skin is usually colored teal with darker blue patches, though there have been reports of Bulbasaur with green-colored skin. On its back is its distinguishing feature, a large bulb from which the creature takes its name. The seed that grows into this bulb is planted on its back by its mother at birth, although the father of the Bulbasaur is also able to plant the seed if necessary (for example, if a Ditto fulfills the role of the Bulbasaur's “mother.”) The bulb is absolutely necessary for the Bulbasaur – without the bulb it will be unable to feed. If, for whatever reason, neither the father nor the mother of the newborn Bulbasaur can procure a seed to plant in the Bulbasaur's back, then another Ivysaur or Venusaur unrelated to the newborn may plant its seed in the Bulbasaur's back. This will not affect the Bulbasaur's growth, but it will pass on the genes of the one who planted the seed if it does breed, rather than the genes inherited by its birth parents. One caveat about Bulbasaur and its evolutions is that they are all half-Poison-type. This means that special care must be taken whenever Bulbasaur or its evolutions are ordered to use such attacks as PoisonPowder or Sleep Powder. While the effects of such attacks are minimal to humans if used by a Bulbasaur, there have been incidents involving its evolutions, Ivysaur and Venusaur, which resulted in serious injury or death. However, these incidents were completely by accident, as an Ivysaur or Venusaur will never release its spores to willfully slay another Pokémon or human being without due cause. Behavior: Bulbasaur is undoubtedly the gentlest of the three Pokémon offered to new Trainers in the Kanto region. As it grows, it develops a fierce loyalty for its Trainer and a mighty willingness to protect him or her at any cost. Although it is not naturally aggressive, a well-raised Bulbsaur will fight with as much strength and passion as the Trainer who raised it; this is one of the reasons that it is the preferred beginning Pokémon in the Kanto region. Bulbasaur also tend to have a sense of humor. Their favorite game involves distracting their Trainer, then taking and hiding something while the Trainer's attention is elsewhere. They will then return the object with a smile that is both warm and innocuous. Diet: Bulbasaur, as with many Pokémon, are omnivorous. However, in times when food is scarce, they are able to draw nutrients from sunlight as well as from the soil beneath their feet, which is high in necessary minerals and vitamins. Bulbasaur will also gratefully accept any Berries given to them by their Trainer. Name: Ivysaur Name Translations: jp: Fushigisou; de: Bisaknosp; fr: Herbizarre Type(s): Grass/Poison Species: Seed Pokémon Pokédex ###: 002 (National Dex); 232 (Johto Dex) Evolution: Bulbasaur – Ivysaur (level 16) – Venusaur (level 32) Average Height/Weight: 3'03” (1.0m); 28.7 lbs. (13.0 kg) Habitat: Scarcely found in fields, forests, jungles, and plains; native to Kanto Differences Between Genders: N/A Description: When a Bulbasaur reaches a certain stage in its life cycle, the bulb on its back unfolds, revealing a beautiful pink bud. As this is occurring, the Bulbasaur is also growing and evolving into its next stage, Ivysaur. As the bud carries considerable weight, the Ivysaur loses much of its mobility, but it does grow stronger with access to more powerful attacks, mostly involving the use of its newly-gained bud. It still retains an altogether toad-like appearance, with skin of a deeper hue than that of Bulbasaur. It grows a set of fangs during evolution, most likely used to break open tough-husked fruit such as coconuts or pineapples. Behavior: As stated previously, Ivysaur continues and builds upon its fierce loyalty for its Trainer that it had established as a Bulbasaur, going so far as to intervene in circumstances where its Trainer is threatened. It tends to be a bit more aggressive than its pre-evolved form, but it will stand down if told to by its Trainer. Diet: As with Bulbasaur, Ivysaur gets most of its nourishment from sunlight and soil. It tends to spend more time in the sun in preparation for evolution into its final form, Venusaur. This is so that the bud upon its back may gain enough energy and nutrition to blossom. An added benefit of this much exposure to sunlight is that the Ivysaur's power will increase exponentially. Name: Venusaur Name Translations: jp: Fushigibana; de: Bisaflor; fr: Florizarre Type(s): Grass/Poison Species: Seed Pokémon Pokédex ###:003 (National Dex); 233 (Johto Dex) Evolution: Bulbasaur – Ivysaur (level 16) – Venusaur (level 32) Average Height/Weight: 6'07” (2.0m); 220.5 lbs. (100.0 kg) Habitat: Scarcely found in fields, forests, jungles, and plains; native to Kanto Differences Between Genders: The flowers of female Venusaur have seeds protruding from them. Description: Bulbasaur's final form is the fruition of its labors in growing the seed planted in its back at birth. The bud on Ivysaur's back blossoms into a beautiful flower as Ivysaur itself grows in size and changes in appearance. Its body nearly doubles in size in order to support its new flowery growth, and as a result it becomes heavier. It still maintains its toad-like appearance, and even develops a few warts on its forelegs and hind legs. Its eyes take on a half-lidded appearance, leading some to believe that Venusaur become lazier and less active as their previous forms; as is often the case in nature, however, looks can be deceiving. A Venusaur's skin also loses its mottled coloration, instead taking on a deeper shade of teal. Venusaur's increased girth means that it gains access to a variety of moves it could not have used in its previous forms. For example, it can use its head (or, indeed, its entire body) to bone-crushing effect, and it may also use its weight to create earthquakes in battle. It also gains the ability to rapidly manipulate nature in its immediate surroundings, using it to combat whatever foes it engages in battle. Behavior: As the last stage in its evolutionary chain, a well-raised Venusaur is a sign of its Trainer's capabilities. It still maintains its extreme loyalty to its Trainer, acting as the Trainer's bodyguard at all times; however, it has been shown that full-grown Venusaur are quite subdued and do not seem to mind being caught. This is perhaps due to their age, as Venusaur tend to live for quite some time. A Venusaur's devotion to its Trainer is so strong that it may never wish to return to the wild if released, instead choosing to follow the one who raised it. Interestingly, if its Trainer dies suddenly, the petals on Venusaur's flower will wilt and it too shall pass away. It is unsure why this occurs, but it is possible that without a Trainer, the Venusaur loses its reason for existence, and perishes of a broken heart. Diet: The fully-matured flower on a Venusaur's back is fully capable of absorbing sunlight for photosynthesis and providing energy to the Venusaur. The Venusaur must stand still during this process. It is entirely possible for a Venusaur to live completely off sunlight for the rest of its life, though it will not refuse a Berry or other food from its Trainer.