Bayleef (ベイリーフ, Beirīfu, Bayleaf in original Japanese language versions) is one of the 493 fictional species of Pokémon from the Pokémon Franchise - a series of video games, anime, manga, books, trading cards and other media created by Satoshi Tajiri.
Bayleef's name is a reference to the "Bay leaf", the aromatic leaf from the Laurel plant family.
Bayleef looks like a cartoonish sauropod. It has a pale yellow body supported by four legs and a rather long neck and tail. On top of its head is a single large leaf and around its neck are seven oval-shaped, flower buds.
Bayleef's most defining trait is the "necklace" of seven tubular leaves that is located around its neck. Each of these curled up leaves contains inside it a tree shoot. From these leaves wafts a spicy scent that has stimulating properties to those who smell it. It can cheer people up, restore their health, make them more energetic and even heighten their drive for competition. It's name is inspired by the bay leaf.
In almost all of the Pokémon games, the only way to get a Bayleef is by evolving a Chikorita. Therefore, the availability of Chikorita generally dictates the availability of Bayleef. In Pokémon Colosseum, a Bayleef is a Shadow Pokémon that can be Snagged in Team Snagem's hideout or at the beginning of the game by fighting the Mystery Troop Verde in Phenac City.
Bayleef has mostly average stats and high defenses.
Bayleef is one of the Pokémon that Ash has used in his team. It evolved from Chikorita in episode #201 (Current events). Like its pre-evolved form, Bayleef feels a strong bond of affection towards its trainer, which it usually expresses by trying to climb all over him, a matter complicated by the dramatic increase in mass. One memorable moment was when Bayleef won a race involving Ash riding a skateboard with Bayleef piloting it, beating Gary's Arcanine. Ash used Bayleef in many battles in Johto, including a gym battle in which it beat a Poliwrath and a Machoke. Ash also used Bayleef in the Johto League, where it battled against Gary's Blastoise, but lost, and against Harrison's Houndoom, and won. After Bayleef beat Houndoom however, it was defeated by Harrison's Blaziken. Bayleef is currently at Professor Oak's lab since Ash decided to make a fresh start when going to Hoenn, and therefore, left all of his Pokémon, except Pikachu with Professor Oak.
In Pokémon Special Crystal's Chikorita evolves into a Bayleef.
Trading Card game
Bayleef appears in the following:
- Neo Genesis
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Stadium 2; Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal; Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen; Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
- Barbo, Maria. The Official Pokémon Handbook. Scholastic Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-439-15404-9.
- Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1930206151
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Snap Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., 1999. ASIN B000CDZP9G
- Nintendo Power. Super Smash Bros. Melee Official Nintendo Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., 2001. ISBN 1930206194
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Ruby Version & Sapphire Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., 2003. ISBN 1930206313
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Colosseum Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., March 2004. ISBN 193020647X-->
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
- Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21, 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5