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Pokemon Go Venusaur: Evolution, moveset, counters, type, tier ranking

Published: 24/Sep/2020 14:25

by Paul Cot


Being one of the original starter Pokemon, you will often encounter Venusaur in one way or another in Pokemon Go. We take a look at everything you need to know about the Seed Pokemon in the mobile game.

Bulbasaur has been available in Pokemon Go from the very beginning when it first released in July of 2016. The Gen 1 starter even featured in its own Community Day back in March 2018, making it far easier to get than is fully evolved form.


In addition to its base evolution, you can also find Venusaur as a Shadow Pokemon, Clone Pokemon and as a Shiny. Additionally, you can even Mega Evolve it. This gigantic evolution has a max CP of 2,720!

Venusaur Pokemon Go
When you think of a grass-type Pokemon, the Bulbasaur line immediately comes to mind…


Unless you started playing Pokemon for the first time very recently, you’ll know Bulbasaur evolves into Ivysaur and then into Venusaur.

  • Bulbasaur -> 25 Candy -> Ivysaur -> 100 Candy -> Venusaur


The grass-type Kanto starter is actually a dual-type Pokemon – grass and poison. This changes what it is resistant and vulnerable to. They are as follows:

Resistant to Vulnerable to
Electric Fire
Fairy Flying
Fighting Ice
Grass Psychic


In Pokemon Go Venusaur has access to the following moves:

Fast Moves

  • Razor Leaf (grass) – 5.5 DPT, 2 EPT
  • Vine Whip (grass) – 2.5 DPT, 4 EPT

Charge Move

  • Petal Blizzard (grass) – 110 damage, 65 energy
  • Sludge Bomb (poison) – 80 damage, 50 energy
  • Solar Beam (grass) – 150 damage, 80 energy

Elite Charge Move

  • Frenzy Plant (grass) – 100 damage, 45 energy

In PvP Vine Whip is considered the better of its two Fast Moves as energy generation is more important in this mode. Both can be effective in PvE, however.


Due to its massive DPE of 2.2 Frenzy Plant is clearly Venusaur’s best Charge Move. If you’re willing to spend the 25 Candy and 10,000 Stardust it costs to get Venusaur a Second Charge Move (and we recommend you should), then Sludge Bomb is Frenzy Plant’s best compliment due to its poison typing.

Tier ranking

  • PvE attacker: 7/10
  • Great League: 8/10
  • Ultra League: 7/10
  • Master League: 5/10


In the event Venusaur appears in Raid Battles, and it does occasionally, there are a lot of Pokemon you can use to exploit its weaknesses.

However, it isn’t as simple as just choosing Pokemon with fire-type attacks though, as the Raid time limit prevents this. Consequently, you’ll need to focus on ‘mons with a excellent attack stats.


The best options are (when using attacks Vensaur is weak to):

  • Chandelure
  • Entei
  • Heatran
  • Metagross
  • Mewtwo
  • Moltres

There are certainly superior grass-type Pokemon to Venusaur, but it is well worth the time to add to your team. Besides, it is the very first Pokemon line found in the National Pokedex!


Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot


To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.


To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.


During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

Deerling Pokemon Go
Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…


As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.


It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.