MeganiumAuthor: Noe M.
Meganium General: The Grass type Pokémon Meganium is the fully evolved form of the Chikorita evolution line, and it evolves from the second variant Bayleef. Chikorita being the Grass type starter Pokémon of the Johto region, is the base form of Meganium. Meganium is commonly known as the #003 Pokémon in its native region, Johto. However, in regards to the national Pokédex, Meganium sits at #154. Meganium’s species is identified as the Herb Pokémon. It is classified in the “Monster” and “Grass” Egg Groups. Physical Description: Meganium is relatively lengthy, as it has a long neck with pink and white petals attached to its neck. It’s apparent that Meganium resembles a quadruped dinosaur, specifically the Brachiosaurus species. It walks on its four legs, which feature three toes on each foot. It has yellow colored eyes. Also it has two, yellow antennae on its head, however the length of these vary upon its gender. A female Meganium have shorter antennae in comparison to those of male Meganium which are longer. Meganium is 5’11”/1.8 m tall and weighs 221.6 lbs/100.5 kg. Abilities: Meganium has two abilities, “Overgrow” and “Leaf Guard.” Overgrow is the traditional ability which all Grass starter Pokémon have by default, and it’s carried over from the first evolution. However Leaf Guard is Meganium’s “Hidden Ability” which was introduced in the fifth generation of Pokemon, in which it was commonly referred to as its “Dream World” ability, in the past. Though, the only method of obtaining Meganium with the ability Leaf Guard is via an event through PokéBank. The ability Leaf Guard is an exclusive ability to Grass type Pokémon. Overgrow: Increases the power of Grass type moves when the Pokémon’s HP is at 1⁄3 of its full health. Leaf Guard: Prevents any status effects while there is sunny weather on the battlefield. Additionally, if any status problems are already in effect they are healed with the appearance of sunny weather. Evolution: Chikorita evolves into Bayleef through leveling up, at level 16. Bayleef then evolves into its final form Meganium, at level 32. Stats: Meganium is a fairly balanced Pokémon in terms of its stats. It heavily favors in Defense and Sp. Defense. It has decent Attack and Sp. Attack which is about the same. It’s a strong mixed attacker. Moves: Meganium’s movepool via level up opts for a defensive style of play. For the most part, it only learns Grass move attacks, with the exception of Body Slam, a normal attack. Meganium learns moves such as Reflect, Light Screen, and Safeguard which are complementary to its hefty defense stats. Being a Grass type starter Pokémon, Meganium gains access to moves such as Frenzy Plant and Grass Pledge.
Elemental Strengths/Weaknesses: Meganium is strictly a Grass type Pokémon. The Johto region is the only region in which all of its starters are single type, whereas other regions feature dual type starters. Meganium’s typing is relatively lackluster, this is most apparent when playing through its native region, Johto. This is because a majority of the Gym Leaders have a typing advantage against Grass, which ultimately leads to Meganium being the least popular Johto starter. Type Advantages: Dominant against Water, Rock, and Ground. It has a type resistance against Electric, Grass, Ground, and Water. Type Disadvantages: Weak against Fire, Bug, Flying, Poison, and Ice. Additionally, it’s not very effective against Fire, Dragon, Flying, Grass, and Bug. Simply because those types have a type resistance against Grass. Appearances in Video Games: Meganium is available in most main game titles, typically via transfer or through evolving. It also makes a few appearances in other side games too. Generation 2 (G/S/C): Available by evolving Bayleef, which you can get from choosing Chikorita as your starter Pokémon. Generation 3 (R/S/E/FR/LG): Available through trading from either Pokémon Colosseum or Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. However in Emerald it’s possible to obtain a Chikorita in the post game and evolve it into Meganium. Pokémon Colosseum: Evolve Bayleef which you catch from Cipher Peon Verde. Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness: Evolve the Chikorita you obtain from Mt. Battle. Generation 4 (D/P/PT/HG/SS): In the Sinnoh region you can obtain Meganium through Trade from either HeartGold and SoulSilver, or via Pal Park which allows you to transfer over Pokémon from Generation 3 titles. Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver: Available by evolving Bayleef, which you can get from choosing Chikorita as your starter Pokémon Generation 5 (B/W/B2/W2): Available through Poké Transfer which utilizes DS Download Play, to trade over from Generation 4. Generation 6 (X/Y/OR/AS): Meganium is available in the Kalos region through either trade from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, or via PokéBank event. Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire: Evolve Chikorita which you can obtain from the post game. Generation 7 (S/M/US/UM): In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, Evolve Chikorita, you can catch on Route 2 via the Island Scan, on Friday. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, you can trade over from Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Additionally, you can transfer over a Meganium from Generation 6 using PokéBank. Side Games Generation 2
Pokémon Stadium 2: Choose the default Meganium for battle, or use a custom owned Meganium from a Generation 2 main game title. Generation 3 Pokémon Trozei!: Phobos Train, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who’s Den Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team/Blue Rescue Team: Evolve from Bayleef Pokemon Ranger: Capture in Olive Jungle Generation 4 Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Time/Explorers of Darkness: Mystery Jungle (1F-29F) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky: Mystery Jungle (1F-29F) Pokémon Mystery Dungeon (WiiWare): Evolve from Bayleef Pokémon Ranger Guardian Signs: Capture in Rand’s House Pokémon Battle Revolution: Transfer from Generation 4 main game title Generation 5 Pokémon Rumble Blast: Available in Volcanic Slope area of Autumnwood Pokémon Rumble U: Available in The Garden at the End of Time area of Flower Garden and A Battle in the Tower from Variety Battle Generation 6 Pokémon Battle Trozei: Pitch-Black Cavern: Stage 5 Pokémon Shuffle: Available in Meganium Appears event Pokémon Rumble World: Silver Isles: Fragrant Tree Pokémon Picross: Area 24: Stage 08 Events: An event distribution of Meganium has been held a couple times for certain games, during a period of time.
“Gotta Catch ‘Em All Station! Meganium” (G/S/C) “Hidden Ability Pokémon Bank Meganium” (X/Y/OR/AS) Anime: Meganium appears several times in the Pokémon anime series. Here’s Lookin’ at You, Elekid (Episode 261): Meganium’s first appearance is made in this episode with its Trainer Casey, who was known for having a Bayleef. Casey and her Meganium have a cheerful personality and also enjoy baseball. Meganium’s Pokédex entry appears in Ash’s Pokédex. A Claim to Flame! (Episode 266): A Meganium is battling in a qualifying match for the Silver Conference. Tie One On! (Episode 268): Meganium and its Trainer Vincent appear in this episode, in which they have an intense battle against Ash and his Bulbasaur. However, the match ultimately concludes in a draw. The Legend of Thunder!: Vincent and his partner Pokémon Meganium makes an appearance again in this series, which features the legendary Pokémon Raikou. This episode is a section from Pokémon Chronicles, which is heavily inspired by the Pokémon Crystal game.
Gulpin it Down (Episode 339): Meganium is featured as one of Officer Jenny’s Pokémon which was helping to stop a pack of Gulpin roaming around a town. Beg, Burrow and Steal (Episode 380): A Trainer named Elisa and her Meganium stop a wild Donphan from chasing a scientist named Hal. In addition they prevent Team Rocket from stealing a Vibrava. Meganium’s Pokédex entry appears in May’s Pokédex. Odd Pokémon Out (Episode 435): Meganium appears as a companion of Nurse Joy from Camomile Island. Meganium is sought out after by Ash’s Grovyle and a wild Tropius. Grovyle and Tropius fight to gain Meganium’s love. Meganium’s Pokédex entry appears in May’s Pokédex. Dressed for Jess Success! (Episode 612): Meganium is in a contest participating on the battle stage of the Lilypad Contest. It battles against a Tyrogue. Zoroark: Master of Illusions (Movie): Meganium briefly appears during the opening segment of the movie. Manga: Meganium has been feature a couple times in the Pokémon Adventures manga series. Lively Lugia Part 3: Crystal’s Bayleef evolves into Meganium during a battle against Lugia. Old Ultima Puts Them to the Test: Ultima owns a Meganium, alongside Typhlosion, Feraligatr, and Dragonite. TCG: Meganium is commonly featured as a Grass type Stage 2 Pokémon in the TCG. It has been on 12 different cards. Its first appearance was in the “Neo Genesis” expansion booster box. Though, its most recent appearance has been in the “Lost Thunder” expansion booster box. Meganium has had one additional card variant known as “Meganium EX.” Generation 2 Beta: Before the initial release of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, the two games were featured at an event called “Space World,” in 1997. In which you could play the games early. Though, the games were currently in their beta state. The beta featured a large cast of Pokémon, however not all of them made it into the final production of both games. This same instance happened with the three starter Pokémon, too. Chikorita and Meganium remained about the same, but the second evolution was removed and later replaced with Bayleef. The second form was known as “Hanamogura” in Japanesee, and “Blossomole” in English.