Zubat is Pokémon #41 as ordered in the National Pokédex; it is #37 in Johto and #63 in Hoenn. It evolves into Golbat at level 22, and further evolves into Crobat when completely tame or happy.
The name Zubat is probably derived from the Japanese word zubatto, the onomatopoeia for a target being successfully hit, and bat. It can also be accepted as a reference toward the tokusatsu hero Kaiketsu Zubat. A Zubat is supposedly 2' 7" tall.
It resembles a small blue and purple bat, with no eyes and two probe-like appendages for legs. There are two shiny varieties, one solid green with gray ears and wings and the other a dark grey all over. Owing to its name and appearance, it acts much like a bat. It lives in caves and other dark places, and navigates using ultrasonic waves. It appears that Zubat is weakened by sunlight, so it hides in caves or other dark places. At night, it will come out and hunt for fruit or Venomoth, or it sucks blood. The female's fangs are smaller than the male's.
Zubat first appears in Pokémon Red and Blue (outside of Japan), and is the first form in the Zubat evolutionary line. It eventually evolves into Golbat, which eventually evolves into Crobat. It only appears in caves in the first generation, but appears in the outside at night in later generations.
Zubat are also found in several spin-off games, including Pokémon Snap and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team and Red Rescue Team.
In an early episode of the Pokémon anime, Brock catches one of a flock of Zubat swarming out of a cave. Brock usually uses it for reconnaissance, much like Ash's Pidgeotto. It has evolved to Golbat and then into Crobat. Crobat was given to Forest, with Onix and Geodude by Brock, becoming a Gym Leader.
In Pokémon Special Zubat makes a cameo in the Red, Green & Blue chapter in Raging Rhydon as a Mt. Moon wild Pokémon.
Trading Card Game
Zubat has had many card appearances.
- Team Rocket
- Gym Heroes
- Gym Challenge
- Neo Revelation
- EX Hidden Legends
- EX Team Rocket Returns
- EX Deoxys
- EX Delta Species
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Red and Blue; Pokémon Yellow; Pokémon Stadium and 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 0439154049.
- Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 193020650X
- Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21 2004. ISBN 0761547614
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1930206585
- Official Pokémon website
- Bulbapedia (a Pokémon-centric Wiki) ’s article about Zubat as a species
- [ Zubat on Serebii.net]
- Pokémon Dungeon Pokédex entry, full of statistics analysis
- PsyPoke - Zubat Pokédex entry and Usage Overview
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