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Basculin, known in Japanese as バスラオ (Bassrao) is a peculiar Water-type Pokémon. While it isn't known to evolve, there appear to be two types of Basculin: the Red-Striped Basculin and the Blue-Striped Basculin. Both of these appear frequently in the water bodies of Unova.
Both types of Basculin are bass-like fish with a forest green, ovoid body and a tail fin in the shape of a trapezoid. On top of the body is a thick, black line that goes from the mouth to the tail. Both Basculin also have a white, dorsal fin with spike-like protrusions. The lower jaw of their mouth juts ahead from its upper jaw, and the corners of their mouth ends with indents that resemble their razor sharp teeth. There's a thin line rimming between the head and body so they look separate. On each side of the body are three black spots behind each pectoral fin.
This is where the similarity between the two forms end. The main difference between the two forms is the color of the thin stripe, that rims between the thick black stripe marked atop the Basculin, and the main green color. Their eyes are also different. Aside from their irises matching colors with the stripe they possess, their eyes are also in a different shape: Red-Striped Basculin have round eyes while Blue-Striped Basculin have slit eyes. The shape of their second dorsal fin, anal fin and pectoral fins also differ per form. Red-Striped Basculin has all of these fins spiky, like the larger dorsal fin aforementioned. Blue-Striped Basculin, however, have smoother fins.
Basculin are a very hostile species of Pokémon, but they especially have an aggressive rivalry to their opposite form. When a Red-Striped Basculin and a Blue-Striped Basculin encounter each other, they'll always end up in a fight. However, a Basculin of one form sometimes blends in a school of their opposite form instead. Basculin can be served as dinner by humans, and are considered very tasty.
Basculin is a combination of bass and masculine.
Bassrao may be a combination of bass and 丈夫 masurao (warrior, referring to its bold, violent nature) or バカラオ bakarao (bacalhau).
Names in other Languages
|From bass, 丈夫 masurao and バカラオ bakarao.|
|French||Bargantua||From bar and Gargantua, from the French wikipedia:Gargantua and Pantagruel novels.|
|German||Barschuft||From Barsch and Schuft|
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