Bonsly

Bonsly is a Rock type Pokémon introduced in Generation 4. It is known as the Bonsai Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 438
Type Rock
Species Bonsai Pokémon
Height 0.5 m (1′08″)
Weight 15.0 kg (33.1 lbs)
Abilities 1. Sturdy
2. Rock Head
Rattled (hidden ability)
Local № 092 (Diamond/Pearl)
092 (Platinum)
129 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
030 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
037 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
252 (Sword/Shield)
092 (Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl)
123 (Legends: Arceus)

Training

EV yield 1 Defense
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 58
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Undiscovered
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 50
210 304
Attack 80
148 284
Defense 95
175 317
Sp. Atk 10
22 130
Sp. Def 45
85 207
Speed 10
22 130
Total 290 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 Bonsly.

Evolution chart

(after Mimic learned)

Bonsly changes

Pokédex entries

Diamond It looks as if it is always crying. It is actually adjusting its body’s fluid levels by eliminating excess.
Pearl It prefers arid environments. It leaks water from its eyes to adjust its body’s fluid levels.
Platinum It prefers an arid atmosphere. It leaks water that looks like tears when adjusting its moisture level.
HeartGold
SoulSilver
In order to adjust the level of fluids in its body, it exudes water from its eyes. This makes it appear to be crying.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It prefers an arid atmosphere. It leaks water that looks like tears when adjusting its moisture level.
X
Omega Ruby
It prefers arid environments. It leaks water from its eyes to adjust its body’s fluid levels.
Y
Alpha Sapphire
It prefers an arid atmosphere. It leaks water that looks like tears when adjusting its moisture level.
Sun It does not deal well with water, so it lives in dry locales. Since its surroundings tend to lack greenery, it stands out noticeably.
Moon From its eyes, it can expel excess moisture from its body. This liquid is similar in composition to human sweat.
Ultra Sun It discharges moisture from its eyes, making it look like it’s crying—apparently an effective way of getting enemies to let down their guard.
Ultra Moon If its body gets too damp, it will die. So, in a process reminiscent of sweating, its eyes expel moisture.
Sword It expels both sweat and tears from its eyes. The sweat is a little salty, while the tears have a slight bitterness.
Shield This Pokémon lives in dry, rocky areas. As its green spheres dry out, their dull luster increases.
Brilliant Diamond It looks as if it is always crying. It is actually adjusting its body’s fluid levels by eliminating excess.
Shining Pearl It prefers arid environments. It leaks water from its eyes to adjust its body’s fluid levels.
Legends: Arceus Its tears elicit sympathy from those who see them, but do not be deceived! This expulsion of body water is merely a physiological mechanism for keeping itself in good health.

Moves learned by Bonsly

Moves learnt by level up

Bonsly learns the following moves in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1CopycatNormalStatus
1Fake TearsDarkStatus 100
4FlailNormalPhysical 100
8Rock ThrowRockPhysical 50 90
12BlockNormalStatus
16MimicNormalStatus
20Rock TombRockPhysical 60 95
24Tearful LookNormalStatus
28Sucker PunchDarkPhysical 70 100
32Rock SlideRockPhysical 75 90
36Low KickFightingPhysical 100
40CounterFightingPhysical 100
44Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100

Egg moves

Bonsly learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Bonsly gen 8 learnset page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CurseGhostStatus
Defense CurlNormalStatus
HardenNormalStatus
HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
RolloutRockPhysical 30 90
Sand TombGroundPhysical 35 85
Self-DestructNormalPhysical 200 100

Moves learnt by TM

Bonsly is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl:

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1RolloutRockPhysical 30 90
5TackleNormalPhysical 40 100
9Stealth RockRockStatus
15Rock SlideRockPhysical 75 90
21Iron DefenseSteelStatus
29MimicNormalStatus
37Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
47Head SmashRockPhysical 150 80

Move Tutor moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Calm MindPsychicStatus
Earth PowerGroundSpecial 90 100
RestPsychicStatus
Rock SlideRockPhysical 75 90
Stealth RockRockStatus

Bonsly sprites

Type Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Bonsly  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Bonsly  sprite from Black & White Bonsly  sprite from X & Y Bonsly  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Bonsly  sprite from Sword & Shield
Shiny Bonsly Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Bonsly Shiny sprite from Black & White Bonsly Shiny sprite from X & Y Bonsly Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Bonsly

Diamond Trophy Garden
Pearl Route 209, 210, Trophy Garden
Platinum Trophy Garden
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Breed Sudowoodo
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Breed Sudowoodo
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 1, Lush Jungle
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Bridge Field, Stony Wilderness
Brilliant Diamond Trade/migrate from another game
Shining Pearl Route 209, 210
Legends: Arceus Celestica Ruins, Cloudpool Ridge

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Bonsly
Japanese ウソハチ (Usohachi)
German Mobai
French Manzaï

Name origin

bonsai
a miniature tree
sly
clever or tricky