Bellossom

Bellossom, The Flower Pokémon. When the heavy rainfall season ends, it is drawn out by warm sunlight to dance in the open. They gather at times and seem to dance. They say that the dance is a ritual to summon the sun. Plentiful in the tropics. When it dances, its petals rub together and make a pleasant ringing sound.

Overview

Bellossom has never really been anything special. From the get-go, it was used as a Sunny Day user and… that's about it. 5th gen brought it a few improvements, but it also ruined its only purpose by giving Vulpix Drought. I mean… you can still use Bellosson for its support moves, and it can be offensive with Chlorophyll, but there are way better Grass Pokémon out there.

Abilities

Chlorophyll: double Speed under sun. It's awesome, especially considering how dire Bellossom's Speed is.
Healer: literally has no use in singles, and in doubles/triples... honestly, I'd rather use Chlorophyll. It has a 30% chance of healing adjacent ally of a major status.

Movesets

Swords Dance

- Swords Dance
- Leaf Blade
- Drain Punch
- Sleep Powder / Sunny Day / Stun Spore / Return / Moonlight
Item Attached: Life Orb / Heat Rock
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) / Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

Swords Dance doubles your Attack, which actually reaches a somewhat high level. Leaf Blade has 90 power, STAB, and a high crit chance. It's the best physical Grass move around. Drain Punch got improved greatly in 5th gen, making it a somewhat splashable. Bellossom doesn't have many other attacks to use anyway, so why not? Allows you to take out Steels that wall Leaf Blade, and get healed by half of the damage you deal. Sleep Powder shuts down a counter and allows you set up time. Sunny Day if you don't want to rely on Vulpix or Ninetales setting up sun… or if you want to use Bellossom in NU where it resides. Stun Spore isn't as useful as Sleep Powder, but can be used more than once to cripple multiple enemies. Return is the only other physical attack you have access to, and Moonlight heals you by a lot in sun. Makes sense to me!

Choice

- Leaf Storm / Petal Dance
- Energy Ball / Giga Drain
- Hidden Power [Fire]
- Sleep Powder
Item Attached: Choice Specs / Choice Scarf
Ability: Chlorophyll
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk) / Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

I'm surprised Bellossom has enough moves for a choice set. Leaf Storm smacks hard… then you get -2 SAtk, so you're forced to switch out. Petal Dance got crazy buffed this generation, making it more or less a special Grass Outrage. 120 base power is tight. Energy Ball and Giga Drain are attacks that don't have a negative effect, and are reliable. Good for revenge killing, or just smacking something without leaving yourself in a bad position. Hidden Power [Fire] ruins Steels, Bugs and Grass Pokémon, all of which wall your STAB moves. It also gets boosted by sun. Sleep Powder puts something to sleep, and it uses up a moveslot.

EVs & Natures

Bellossom
Offensive sets will run max offence and max Speed, as Bellossom needs a lot of help in both departments. Defensive sets like double powder… max HP and max SDef most likely, considering Special Defence is Bellossom's highest base stat.

Other Options

Charm, Grass Knot, Leech Seed, Sludge Bomb, SolarBeam, Teeter Dance
Charm halves the opponent's Attack and most of the time forces them to switch.
Grass Knot is another Grass attack that you can use, if you wanted.
Leech Seed can be used with Substitute to make a really, really bad SubSeed set.
Sludge Bomb really hurts Grass Pokémon and has a nice base 90 power.
SolarBeam hits hard, but NEEDS sun in play for it to work. Even then, I wouldn't use it.
Teeter Dance confuses the opponent.

Double & Triple Battle Options

Healer is only useful in this environment, and saying useful is being kind. I can't imagine status attacks being common in doubles or triples, let alone common enough to warrant a completely luck based ability deciding whether or not they get healed. You have the standard sets for singles that work in doubles, just make sure to have sun support.

Partners

Removal of Fires and Grass Pokémon is essential. Steels are also a priority to remove, even if you have moves that can hurt them. Flash Fire Pokémon with a non-Fire move can take care of all of them. Oh, make sure to use Bellossom in sun… ideally, Drought with Ninetales or Vulpix. Standard physical or special walls (depending on the set you use) can most of the time deal with Bellossom, so making sure to be ready for Registeel and Chansey and scum is always handy. You can't really touch Flying Pokémon at all, so an Electric Pokémon would fit in well.

Countering Bellossom

If you resist Grass, you'll do well against Bellossom. That's the rule of thumb here. Steel, Fire, Grass, Poison, Bug, Flying, Grass is a HORRIBLE offensive type. Notable Steel Pokémon include Registeel, Wormadam-S, Bronzong, there's a load of bulky Steels (even some not bulky) that wall Bellossom to high heaven. Houndoom, Arcanine, Torkoal, and Entei are some low tier Fires that work. Other Grass Pokémon that can beat Bellossom… Tangrowth, Leafeon, Shiftry… as long as you can hit it with something that isn't Grass, it'll do a load of damage. Weezing, Toxicroak, Muk, Garbodor, that sort of crowd. Bugs are easy; Heracross, Yanmega, Venomoth, Parasect, whatever. Flying Pokémon like the Legendary Birds, and even standard ones like Pidgeot, Staraptor and Unfezant are very capable of taking out Bellossom with very few difficulties.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Evolve Gloom .

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Evolve Gloom (FireRed)
Trade from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/FireRed (LeafGreen)

Colosseum/XD:
Trade from Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/FireRed.

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Gloom .

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Gloom .

Black/White:
Evolve Gloom (White)
Trade from White/Transfer from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver (Black)

Animé Appearences

Bellossom has made a few appearances. Most of its appearances have had it seen tending a garden or as part of a dance troupe

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
P2 Pikachu's Rescue Adventure Pikachu's Exploration Party Pics
124 Flower Power Bellossom's Battle Dancing Pics
148 Tricks Of The Trade Wobbuffet and the Pokémon Exchange! Pics
180 The Grass Route Skiploom! Grass Type Pokémon Battle!  
182 Howl Of The Houndoom Houndoom and Togepi!  
202 Turning Over a New Bayleef Where Is Bayleef! Capture at the Herb Farm!  
M4 Celebi: Voice of the Forest Celebi: A Timeless Encounter Pics
209 Got Miltank! Mother Miltank! Desert Secret!! Pics
227 Bulbasaur...The Ambassador! Goodbye Bulbasaur! Adventure at Oak's Residence!! Pics
241 Whichever Way the Wind Blows! Bellossom and Vileplume! Peace In The Grassy Meadow! Pics
251 I Politoed You So! Politoed and Cheerleading! Pics
254 Fangs for Nothin' Blackthorn City Gym's Dragon's Fang! Pics
260 Hatch Me If You Can! Protect the Egg! A Life was Hidden in The Storm! Pics
C8 Showdown at the Oak Corral! Epic Battle at Oak's Lab! Pics
287 A Bite To Remember Mightyena and Poochyena! Mystery of Evolution! Pics
290 All In A Day's Wurmple! Double Battle & Double Wurmple!?! Pics
291 Gonna Rule The School! Try to Study! Pokémon Trainer's School! Pics
311 Win, Lose or Drew! May! The First Pokémon Contest Challenge! Pics
339 Take the Lombre Home! Solrock & Lombre! Legend Of The Forest! Pics
P7 Not Aired Pikachu's Summer Festival Pics
362 Lights, Camerupt, Action The Film's Riding on Camerupt! Pics
401 Island Time! Let's Go With Survival! Pics
428 Weekend Warrior The Rival Is A SalaryMan?? Pics
431 Reversing The Charges Startling! Frightening! Elekid! Pics
496 Drifloon in the Wind Drifloon and the North Wind Messenger! Pics
554 Arriving In Style! Hearthome Collection! Road To Becoming A Pokémon Stylist! Pics
M12 Arceus & The Jewel of Life Arceus - Towards Conquering Space-Time Pics
P12 Not Aired Pikachu's Great Sparking Search Pics
606 Strategy Begins At Home Dawn VS Mom! Showdown Between Parent & Child!! Pics
639 Dawn of a Royal Day! Dancing Togekiss! Pokemon Contest Princess!! Pics
M13 Zoroark - Master of Illusions Phantom Champion Zoroark Pics
788 The Island of Illusions! Illusion Island! Zoroark in the Fog! Pics
M16 Genesect & The Legend Awakened Extremespeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens Pics
850 TBC Serena Catches Her First Pokémon!? Pancham VS Fennekin!! Pics

 
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