10 Most Iconic Grass-Type Pokémon

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Grass-type Pokémon are often overlooked as being weak compared to the likes of Fire-, Water- and Electric-types, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is still an iconic typing. Grass is one of the three types that Trainers and players alike choose between for their starter Pokémon, so they are naturally given a substantial showing throughout the anime and the games.

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In addition to the starters, Grass-types come in many other iconic forms, from Legendary Pokémon to familiar species from Gen I that are rooted in nostalgia. The Grass-typing has a worrying five weaknesses, which means that some Pokémon with a secondary typing can total up to seven weaknesses in all. Yet still, whether through cool designs and moves, a pleasant personality, or entertaining appearances across the anime and games, there are still plenty of iconic Grass-type Pokémon to emerge from this storied franchise.

10 Bellsprout Is Still A Recognizable Face After All This Time

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Bellsprout was one of the original Grass-types to grace the Pokémon franchise, and the Flower Pokémon has continued to stand out whenever it returns to action in any given generation. Alongside the likes of Paras and Oddish, Bellsprout is a Grass-type that is commonly found in the wild, but it is rarely seen as a strong fighter, at least until its later forms of Weepinbell and Victreebel.

Bellsprout has had a mixed representation in the anime. It has mainly been viewed as a weak Pokémon used for comic relief, but at the Indigo Plateau Conference in Kanto, Jeanette Fisher’s Bellsprout defeated Ash Ketchum’s prized Pikachu and Bulbasaur before falling to Muk.

9 Leafeon Is The Grass-Type Eevee Evolution

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Leafeon smiles in a Pokémon game.

Eevee and its many evolutions have become an actively exciting part of a new generation being revealed. The concept may have lost steam with no new additions since Gen VI, but the opportunity still exists while there are types that remain unexplored. Leafeon was introduced in Diamond & Pearl, as the Grass-type evolution for Eevee.

Of all the Eeveelution designs, Leafeon’s is one of the more gentle ones. Leafeon has the kind nature and general aesthetic of a real-world pet, which is why fans and players naturally gravitate toward it. It is by no means one of the strongest battlers of the Eeveelutions, but it is certainly still an iconic Grass-type Pokémon.

8 Rillaboom Is The Formidable Drummer Pokémon

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>Rillaboom bangs his drums in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Incorporating an item into a Pokémon’s moves and identity doesn’t always have the desired effect, but the Drummer Pokémon Rillaboom is an exception. Rillaboom is the final evolution of the Grass-type starter of Sword & Shield, Grookey, and is one of the more physically-imposing Grass Pokémon of the entire series.

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Rillaboom’s Gigantamax form even expands on the drumming theme in its design, making it look even more intimidating. In Pokémon Journeys, Leon was originally shown to rely on his Charizard, but at the Masters Eight Tournament, his Rillaboom stepped up as an exceedingly powerful second-in-command. Rillaboom is simply more memorable than some of its counterparts of previous generations, like Serperior and Chesnaught.

7 Rowlet’s Adorable Appearances In The Anime Cannot Be Ignored

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Rowlet is the Gen VII Grass-type starter Pokémon and is the only first-form starter Pokémon to have a secondary typing of Flying. Rowlet has five type weaknesses to worry about, but it has access to a diverse movepool, with its final form Decidueye even transitioning into a dual Grass/Ghost-type.

Rowlet cemented itself in fans’ hearts and minds thanks to its appearances alongside Ash Ketchum in the Sun & Moon series of the anime. Rowlet loves to fall asleep and eat, even at the most inopportune moments, but this has simply added more charm and likability to its personality. Rowlet even refused to evolve during Ash’s Alolan adventures, factoring an Everstone into its arsenal, as it became a part of Rowlet’s improvised Seed Bomb move.

6 Nuzleaf Was Accidentally Responsible For The Nuzlocke Challenge

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>A group of Nuzleaf in the Pokémon anime.

The Seedot line, including its evolution forms of Nuzleaf and Shiftry, are considered by many to be among the most underwhelming species of Pokémon, but Nuzleaf still remains an iconic Pokémon within the franchise. The Grass/Dark Wily Pokémon is actually a driving force behind the origins of the Nuzlocke, a challenge mode within Pokémon that has become increasingly popular over time.

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Nick Franco was running a challenge run playthrough of Pokémon in his webcomic, with a set of rules that went from being called Hard-Modes to a fan nickname of Nuzlocke. This was thanks to Franco’s Nuzleaf being drawn with the face of John Locke from the television series Lost, which then took on a life of its own. Therefore, Nuzleaf is iconic for reasons beyond its appearances in the official Pokémon canon.

5 Venusaur Was The Face Of Pokémon Green

<!–[if IE 9]> <![endif]–>A group of Venusaur in the Pokémon anime.

Bulbasaur may have received more of a showing and spotlight alongside Ash Ketchum in the anime, but its final evolved form of Venusaur is also seen as one of the most memorable Grass-type Pokémon of all time. The other Gen I starter final forms, Blastoise and Charizard, are generally favored over it, but Venusaur still cuts an imposing figure.

Venusaur is the culmination of Bulbasaur’s journey, with the bulb blooming a huge flower that adds more to the Seed Pokémon’s hulking figure. Its Mega and Gigantamax forms are nowhere near as memorable as Charizard or Blastoise’s, but its original form will always stay in their company.

4 Chikorita Is Adorably Loyal

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The Gen II Grass-type starter Pokémon, Chikorita, is seen as one of the cutest and most popular starter Pokémon of the entire franchise, not just within its typing. Chikorita’s Pokédex entries are generally wholesome, and the adorable Leaf Pokémon even expresses considerable affection toward its Trainer, Ash, in the anime.

Ash’s Chikorita eventually evolved into Bayleef and has continually proven its devotion to the Trainer when given a chance. While the final form of Meganium is also memorable, Chikorita remains the most iconic of the three forms.

3 Sceptile Is As Fierce A Battler As Grass Types Can Be

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The Treecko evolution line continued the momentum started by Gen I’s Bulbasaur and Gen II’s Chikorita, with Grovyle getting exceptional representation in the anime, as well as Sceptile in later seasons. Ash’s Grovyle picked up many notable wins in the anime, but as a Sceptile, it was able to knock out Tobias’ powerful Darkrai at the Sinnoh League, a seriously impressive feat in itself.

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Sceptile is known as a powerful battler with a cool design, but its stock increases even further when it utilizes Mega Evolution, as it becomes a part Dragon-type. Sceptile’s run with Ash cemented it as one of the coolest and most iconic Grass-types.

2 Celebi Is The Iconic Forest Guardian

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Despite popular belief, the mysterious Psychic/Grass-type from Gold & Silver, Celebi, is actually a Mythical Pokémon and not a legendary. Celebi is known as the guardian of Ilex Forest in Johto, and with its known capabilities in manipulating time, its type matchup fits it perfectly.

As with any Mythical Pokémon, its appearances in the games are mostly limited to events, and it has actually been more commonly seen in the Pokémon anime series and movies. Celebi’s design paints it as adorable, cool, and mysterious, but it is rarely talked about for its battling prowess, despite having a base stat total of 600, spread evenly across all fields.

1 Bulbasaur Will Always Be The Most Iconic Grass Type

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Bulbasaur is the original Grass-type starter of the Pokémon franchise and will always be considered the most memorable and iconic. Hardcore Pokémon fans can remember most Pokémon from every generation, but the very first batch of 151 Pokémon are rooted in nostalgia from many people’s childhoods, placing Bulbasaur atop this immortalization.

Bulbasaur became one of the poster Pokémon for Ash Ketchum’s teams, journeying with him throughout Kanto and Johto and then becoming a leader of sorts to the Pokémon left behind with Professor Oak. Bulbasaur will always be remembered as one of Ash’s most iconic Pokémon and certainly the most memorable Grass-type of the franchise.

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