Basculin

Basculin is a Water type Pokémon introduced in Generation 5. It is known as the Hostile Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 550
Type Water
Species Hostile Pokémon
Height 1.0 m (3′03″)
Weight 18.0 kg (39.7 lbs)
Abilities 1. Reckless
2. Adaptability
Mold Breaker (hidden ability)
Local № 056 (Black/White)
104 (Black 2/White 2)
060 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
188 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
154 (Sword/Shield)
166 (Legends: Arceus)
138 (Scarlet/Violet)
064 (The Crown Tundra)

Training

EV yield 2 Speed
Catch rate 25 (3.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 161
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Water 2
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 40 (10,024–10,280 steps)

Base stats

HP 70
250 344
Attack 92
170 311
Defense 65
121 251
Sp. Atk 80
148 284
Sp. Def 55
103 229
Speed 98
180 324
Total 460 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Basculin.

Pokédex data

National № 550
Type Water
Species Hostile Pokémon
Height 1.0 m (3′03″)
Weight 18.0 kg (39.7 lbs)
Abilities 1. Rock Head
2. Adaptability
Mold Breaker (hidden ability)
Local № 056 (Black/White)
104 (Black 2/White 2)
060 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
188 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
154 (Sword/Shield)
166 (Legends: Arceus)
138 (Scarlet/Violet)
064 (The Crown Tundra)

Training

EV yield 2 Speed
Catch rate 25 (3.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 161
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Water 2
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 40 (10,024–10,280 steps)

Base stats

HP 70
250 344
Attack 92
170 311
Defense 65
121 251
Sp. Atk 80
148 284
Sp. Def 55
103 229
Speed 98
180 324
Total 460 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Basculin.

Pokédex data

National № 550
Type Water
Species Mellow Pokémon
Height 1.0 m (3′03″)
Weight 18.0 kg (39.7 lbs)
Abilities 1. Rattled
2. Adaptability
Mold Breaker (hidden ability)
Local № 056 (Black/White)
104 (Black 2/White 2)
060 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
188 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
154 (Sword/Shield)
166 (Legends: Arceus)
138 (Scarlet/Violet)
064 (The Crown Tundra)

Training

EV yield 2 Speed
Catch rate 25 (3.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 161
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Water 2
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 40 (10,024–10,280 steps)

Base stats

HP 70
250 344
Attack 92
170 311
Defense 65
121 251
Sp. Atk 80
148 284
Sp. Def 55
103 229
Speed 98
180 324
Total 460 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Basculin.

Evolution chart

#550
Basculin
White-Striped Form
Water
(Male, receive 294 recoil damage in battle)
#902
Basculegion
Male
Water · Ghost
(Female, receive 294 recoil damage in battle)
#902
Basculegion
Female
Water · Ghost

Basculin changes

Pokédex entries

Basculin

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
White 2
Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
X
Omega Ruby
Red- and blue-striped Basculin are very violent and always fighting. They are also remarkably tasty.
Y
Alpha Sapphire
Red and blue Basculin usually do not get along, but sometimes members of one school mingle with the other’s school.

Red-Striped Form

Ultra Sun Savage, violent Pokémon, red and blue Basculin are always fighting each other over territory.
Ultra Moon When a school of Basculin appears in a lake, everything else disappears, except for Corphish and Crawdaunt. That’s how violent Basculin are.
Sword 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.
Shield 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.
Scarlet Its temperament is vicious and aggressive. This Pokémon is also full of vitality and can multiply rapidly before anyone notices.
Violet It’s so vicious that it’s called the Thug of the River. Yet Basculin is still targeted by predators, such as Dondozo and Bombirdier.

Blue-Striped Form

Ultra Sun Even Basculin, which devours everything it can with its huge jaws, is nothing more than food to organisms stronger than itself.
Ultra Moon Some people call it “the thug of the lake.” Whether the differences in color are meaningful is not yet known.
Sword Blue-striped Basculin used to be a common food source. They apparently have an inoffensive, light flavor.
Shield Known for their violence, these Pokémon have the most fights with schools of red-striped Basculin.
Scarlet These Pokémon form schools with others of the same color. The greatest foe of a school of blue Basculin is a school of red Basculin.
Violet The power of its jaws is immense—enough to leave teeth marks in iron sheets. Its personality is also extremely vicious.

White-Striped Form

Legends: Arceus Though it differs from other Basculin in several respects, including demeanor—this one is gentle—I have categorized it as a regional form given the vast array of shared qualities.

Moves learned by Basculin

Moves learnt by level up

Basculin learns the following moves in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Tail WhipNormalStatus 100
1Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
4TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
8FlailNormalPhysical 100
12Aqua JetWaterPhysical 40 100
16BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
20Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
24HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
28SoakWaterStatus 100
32CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
36Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
40Final GambitFightingSpecial 100
44Wave CrashWaterPhysical 120 100
48ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
52Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
56Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Tail WhipNormalStatus 100
1Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
4TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
8FlailNormalPhysical 100
12Aqua JetWaterPhysical 40 100
16BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
20Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
24HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
28SoakWaterStatus 100
32CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
36Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
40Final GambitFightingSpecial 100
44Wave CrashWaterPhysical 120 100
48ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
52Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
56Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Tail WhipNormalStatus 100
1Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
4TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
8FlailNormalPhysical 100
12Aqua JetWaterPhysical 40 100
16BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
20Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
24HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
28SoakWaterStatus 100
32CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
36Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
40UproarNormalSpecial 90 100
44Wave CrashWaterPhysical 120 100
48ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
52Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
56Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80

Egg moves

Basculin learns the following moves via breeding or picnics in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Basculin gen 9 learnset page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
Last RespectsGhostPhysical 50 100

Moves learnt by TM

Basculin is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet:

Moves learnt by level up

Basculin learns the following moves in Pokémon Legends: Arceus at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
6Aqua JetWaterPhysical 40 100
11BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
18Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical 80 90
25CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
34Wave CrashWaterPhysical 120 100
43Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100

Move Tutor moves

Basculin can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Legends: Arceus from move tutors:

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
Ice BeamIceSpecial 90 100
Ice FangIcePhysical 65 95
Icy WindIceSpecial 55 95
RestPsychicStatus
SwiftNormalSpecial 60
Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical 80 90

Basculin sprites

Type Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8 Generation 9
Normal Basculin  sprite from Black & White Basculin  sprite from X & Y Basculin  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Basculin  sprite from Sword & Shield Basculin  sprite from Scarlet & Violet
Shiny Basculin Shiny sprite from Black & White Basculin Shiny sprite from X & Y Basculin Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Basculin

Black
White
Route 1, 3, 6, 11, 14, Dragonspiral Tower, Abundant Shrine, Giant Chasm, Driftveil City, Lostlorn Forest, Wellspring Cave, Striaton City, Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Pinwheel Forest
Black 2
White 2
Route 1, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, 23, Dragonspiral Tower, Abundant Shrine, Giant Chasm, Lostlorn Forest, Wellspring Cave, Striaton City, Undella Town, Victory Road, Village Bridge, Pinwheel Forest, Aspertia City, Floccesy Ranch, Humilau City, Clay Tunnel, Nature Sanctuary, Relic Passage, Nature Preserve
X
Y
Route 15, 16, 21, Laverre City, Frost Cavern, Couriway Town, Pokémon Village, Victory Road
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Trade/migrate from another game
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Brooklet Hill, Malie Garden, Vast Poni Canyon
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Motostoke Riverbank, North Lake Miloch, Hulbury, Giant's Bed, Snowslide Slope, Giant's Foot, Roaring-Sea Caves, Frigid Sea, Ballimere Lake
Brilliant Diamond
Shining Pearl
Not available in this game
Legends: Arceus Fabled Spring, Heart's Crag, Islespy Shore, Lake Acuity, Tranquility Cove
Scarlet
Violet
Tagtree Thicket, Asado Desert, Casseroya Lake, North Province (Area One), North Province (Area Two), North Province (Area Three), East Province (Area One), East Province (Area Two), East Province (Area Three), South Province (Area One), South Province (Area Two), South Province (Area Four), South Province (Area Five), South Province (Area Six), West Province (Area One), West Province (Area Two), West Province (Area Three), Glaseado Mountain, South Paldean Sea

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Basculin
Japanese バスラオ (Bassrao)
German Barschuft
French Bargantua

Name origin

bass
a species of fish
masculine
tough, bold