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)
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)
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

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.

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.

Moves learned by Basculin

Moves learnt by level up

Basculin learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield 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
44Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
48ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
52Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
56Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80

Egg moves

Basculin learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Basculin egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100

Move Tutor moves

Basculin can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Sword & Shield from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Flip TurnWaterPhysical 60 100
Scale ShotDragonPhysical 25 90

Moves learnt by TM

Basculin is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
21RestPsychicStatus
24SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
25ProtectNormalStatus
26Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
27Icy WindIceSpecial 55 95
31AttractNormalStatus 100
33Rain DanceWaterStatus
35HailIceStatus
36WhirlpoolWaterSpecial 35 85
39FacadeNormalPhysical 70 100
40SwiftNormalSpecial 60
42RevengeFightingPhysical 60 100
45DiveWaterPhysical 80 100
52BounceFlyingPhysical 85 85
53Mud ShotGroundSpecial 55 95
55BrineWaterSpecial 65 100
58AssuranceDarkPhysical 60 100
67Ice FangIcePhysical 65 95
76RoundNormalSpecial 60 100

Moves learnt by TR

Basculin is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Basculin learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
1Tail WhipNormalStatus 100
1Water GunWaterSpecial 40 100
3UproarNormalSpecial 90 100
5HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
7BiteDarkPhysical 60 100
9Aqua JetWaterPhysical 40 100
11Chip AwayNormalPhysical 70 100
14Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
17CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
20Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
23SoakWaterStatus 100
26Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
30Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
34FlailNormalPhysical 100
38Final GambitFightingSpecial 100
42ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
46Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80

Egg moves

Basculin learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Basculin egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AgilityPsychicStatus
BrineWaterSpecial 65 100
Bubble BeamWaterSpecial 65 100
Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80
Mud ShotGroundSpecial 55 95
Muddy WaterWaterSpecial 90 85
RageNormalPhysical 20 100
RevengeFightingPhysical 60 100
SwiftNormalSpecial 60
WhirlpoolWaterSpecial 35 85

Move Tutor moves

Basculin can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Aqua TailWaterPhysical 90 90
BounceFlyingPhysical 85 85
EndeavorNormalPhysical 100
Icy WindIceSpecial 55 95
LiquidationWaterPhysical 85 100
SnoreNormalSpecial 50 100
SuperpowerFightingPhysical 120 100
UproarNormalSpecial 90 100
Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical 80 90

Moves learnt by TM

Basculin is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
06ToxicPoisonStatus 90
07HailIceStatus
10Hidden PowerNormalSpecial 60 100
12TauntDarkStatus 100
13Ice BeamIceSpecial 90 100
17ProtectNormalStatus
18Rain DanceWaterStatus
21FrustrationNormalPhysical 100
27ReturnNormalPhysical 100
32Double TeamNormalStatus
42FacadeNormalPhysical 70 100
44RestPsychicStatus
45AttractNormalStatus 100
48RoundNormalSpecial 60 100
55ScaldWaterSpecial 80 100
87SwaggerNormalStatus 85
88Sleep TalkNormalStatus
90SubstituteNormalStatus
94SurfWaterSpecial 90 100
98WaterfallWaterPhysical 80 100
100ConfideNormalStatus

Transfer-only moves

Basculin can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormalPhysical 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
DiveWaterPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Basculin sprites

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

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