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The best guide on how to play Venusaur in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Venusaur Latest Nerfs & Buffs (10/20)

Halloween Update (10/20)

Venusaur Move Changes (October 20)
Giga Drain Image
Giga Drain
• HP recovery is decreased from 683 to 610 (-11%).
• Damage reduction decreased from 40% to 35%.
Solar Beam Image
Solar Beam
• Damage increased from 7790 to 10290 (+32%).

Venusaur Previous Move Patches

Verdant Anger Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon. Area of Effect damage increased from 1017 to 1338 (+32%). increased from 2020 to 2662 (+32%).

Petal Dance Damage increased from 2256 (lv.15) to 2784 (+21%). Cooldown reduced from 11s to 9s. Movement Speed Buff increased. Move effect strengthened

Giga Drain Defense buff increased. HP recovery is decreased from 683 to 610 (-11%). Damage reduction decreased from 40% to 35%.

Solar Beam Move cooldown decreased from 11s to 10s. Damage increased from 7790 to 10290 (+32%).

Sludge Bomb Damage dealt to opposing Pokemon increased from 479 to 759 (+58%). Poison status effect damage increased from 52/s to 77/s (+48%).

Venusaur Basic Info

Tier Rating: SS Rank Icon

Role: Attacker
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Difficulty: Intermediate
"If its moves land successfully, Venusaur can deal a huge amount of damage to its opponents, even from far away."

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Venusaur Best Lanes

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Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ High damage
✔︎ Long range
✔︎ Large area of effect moves
✖︎ Fragile early game
✖︎ Damaging moves require good aim

Best Builds for Venusaur

Build Badge Sniper Build
Build Badge Jungle Build
Build Badge Sustain Tank Build

Sniper Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This build is focused on dealing high damage from afar using Solar Beam. Sludge Bomb lets you deny areas from the enemy team with its damage over time and Slow effect on anyone inside its radius, making it easier to target Solar Beam. Try to use Solar Beam from angles that would hit multiple opponents as much as possible.

Wise Glasses, Choice Specs, and Sp. Atk. Specs all contribute to maximize Solar Beam's damage output. However, you can swap out Sp. Atk. Specs for Shell Bell if you wish to play more safely and avoid scoring small quick goals for the bonus Sp. Atk. stat.

Eject Button is your only means of escaping or repositioning when you need a better angle to use Solar Beam.

Jungle Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is close-combat AoE damage build that scales well as the game progresses and doubles as a jungle build. You should play safe early on, focusing on getting levels via farmiing wild Pokemon or sneaking goals. Once you reach level 7, you have both Giga Drain and Petal Dance, enabling you to play more aggressively. Continue to level up while helping your team win fights. By level 13, you can overpower the enemy team with your damage and healing. Remember to also utilize your boosted attacks, stunning, repositioning, and dealing high damage to enemies in front of you, don't just rely on your two moves to deal damage.

Muscle Band and Choice Specs are your main damage items, boosting your basic attack damage and Sp. Atk. stat, repsectively. Buddy Barrier is your only defensive item and plays a crucial role to your gameplay. At certain situations, you'd want to cast your unite move first to get the shield and speed increase, then charge in with Petal Dance and Giga Drain.

Eject Button is a must-have battle item for this build, providing both offensive and defensive options.

Sustain Tank Build

Moveset Held Items
Battle Item

This is an alternative version to the previous build, focusing more on durability rather than damage. This build helps you survive longer in fights, allowing you to keep casting your moves and increase your total DPS in return.

Venusaur Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Description
Assault Vest.pngAssault Vest When the Pokemon is not in combat, it is granted a shield that nullifies Sp. Atk damage equal to (9/12/15)% of its max HP.
Sp. Atk. Specs.pngSp. Atk. Specs When the Pokemon scores a goal, its Sp. Attack increases by (8/12/16).
Buddy Barrier.pngBuddy Barrier When the Pokemon uses its Unite Move, that Pokemon and the nearby ally Pokemon with the lowest HP are each granted a shield equal to (20/30/40)% of their max HP.
Focus Band.pngFocus Band When the Pokemon drops to low HP, then each second for three seconds, it recovers (8/11/14)% of the HP it has lost.
Wise Glasses.pngWise Glasses Increases Sp Attack by (3/5/7)%.
Choice Specs.pngChoice Specs Increases the damage of moves by a minimum of (40/50/60) when they hit. The higher the Pokemon's SP. Atk. the more the damage is increased

Held Item Tier List: Best Items to Equip

Much like any other Attacker, Venusaur would greatly appreciate added firepower to its attacks and moves, so picking items that boost its Sp. Attack like Choice Specs and Wise Glasses is highly recommended. The Focus Band is also a powerful choice especially when running the Drain Tank Build as the added defenses and emergency hp regen combined with Giga Drain will make you very diificult to take down.

Best Battle Items

Item Description
Eject Button.pngEject Button Makes your Pokemon move quickly in the specified direction.

Eject Button is great for Venusaur as it helps offset its lack of mobility. Use it to get out of a tight spot or even jump into a fight if you're using the Drain Tank Build.

Best Moveset

Move Description
Petal Dance ImagePetal Dance Venusaur scatters petals around them and increases their Movement Speed for 3 seconds while damaging enemy Pokemon near Venusaur for 5 seconds.
Upgrade: The AOE's radius is increased.
Giga Drain ImageGiga Drain Abosrbs the HP of enemy Pokemon within range. This Move deals damage to enemy Pokemon while restoring the HP of Venusaur. Can absorb more HP from more than one Pokemon. Venusaur also receives reduced damage for a short while.
Upgrade: The HP restored by this Move is increased.

The synergy between Petal Dance and Giga Drain allows Venusaur to tank hits while dealing constant damage in an area. The burst of movement speed you get from Petal Dance plus the ability to sustain HP throughout a fight makes it hard for enemies to escape. Also, Giga Drain's cooldown is reduced by 1s every time Petal Dance hits an enemy Pokemon, enabling you to keep spamming it to recover HP.

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How to Play Venusaur

Venusaur is an Attacker Pokemon that offers solid AoE damage in teamfights. Proper positioning is paramount because Venusaur can either be built for close or long range combat. Make sure you are aware of the map at all times and plan your upgrades and positions accordingly!

Get Razor Leaf to Farm Wild Pokemon

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur Using Razor Leaf to Farm Wild Pokemon.png

At Lv. 1 Razor Leaf is recommended to be the first move you learn. This move has great range, can hit multiple Pokemon in a straight line and deals more damage if a Pokemon stand in it for long. Use Razor Leaf on wild Pokemon to farm them and level up to evolve into Ivysaur as soon as possible.

Avoid Combat until Lv. 5 or 7

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur Providing Offense with Razor Leaf

Venusaur evolves at Lv. 9, so you can't fight a lot in the early phase of the game. It's best to play it safe and initiating fights as much as possible until you reach Lv. 5 when you evolve into Ivysaur, or until you reach Lv. 7 when you can pick either your sniping move Solar Beam or the versatile Petal Dance.

Line Up Devastating Attacks with Solar Beam

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur Lines Up a Devastating Solar Beam

Solar Beam has one of the longest attack ranges in the game. Use it to steal the wild Pokemon the enemy team is trying to farm in their jungle. This will make it harder for them to level up and give your team an advantage. Hide in the grass and snipe the enemy team's wild Pokemon with Solar Beam.

Solar Beam's Damage is Based on a Percentage of the Target's Max HP

After some testing, we found that Solar Beam's damage is actually based on a percentage of the target's max HP. That being said, Solar Beam is effective against high-HP Pokemon and wild Pokemon.

Place Sludge Bomb in the Right Place

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur Lobs a Sludge Bomb into Grouped Enemies

Sludge Bomb is a move that not only deals damage, but also slows movement and lowers Sp. Def. Place it in front of enemy pokemon when chasing them. You can also places it positions on their goals when they try to heal or on the berries. To get the most out Sludge Bomb, think about placing it where you wouldn't want it if you were on the enemy team.

Get Giga Drain if You Need Sustain

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur Recovering HP with Giga Drain

Venusaur does not have much survivability and can have a tough time depending on the matchup. If you feel like you are getting jumped too often and die too quick, you can get Giga Drain instead of Sludge Bomb at Lv. 5. To get the most out of it, try and hit as many Pokemon as possible as Venusaur can heal from multiple targets at a time. It is especially effective when used on a group of Wild Pokemon.

Pair with Petal Dance for Max Damage at Close Range

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur Getting Close to Mamoswine with Petal Dance

Since Giga Drain makes you get close to enemies to take full advantage of it, you can pair it up with Petal Dance to increase Venusaur's movement speed and provide additional damage. Using this combo allows Venusaur also be deadly at close range!

Use Venusaur's Unite Move During a Teamfight

Pokemon UNITE - Venusaur Activating Unite Move

Venusaur's Unite move can be hard to hit at times. To get the most of the Unite move and hit as many enemy Pokemon as possible, wait for a teamfight to erupt. When you see the enemy team bunch up together, this is the best time to use your Unite move. It is also easier to hit if combined with hindrances from your teammates.

Venusaur Combos

Early Game Combos

Early Game Combos
Sludge Bomb IconRazor Leaf Icon

Sludge Bomb Razor Leaf Combo
This combo starts at lv. 5 if you get Sludge Bomb. This is a powerful early game combo if you are able to hit the Sludge Bomb. This will slow them, making Razor Leaf easier to hit and for longer, while also decreasing their Sp. Def, further increasing the damage of Razor Leaf.

Damage Focused Combo

Damage Focused Combo
Sludge Bomb IconSolar Beam Icon

Sludge Bomb Solar Beam Combo
This is Venusaur's highest damage combo possible. Sludge Bomb will slow the enemy to help hit the Solar Beam and lower their Sp. Def, making it hit harder. Hitting the Sludge Bomb can be tough, if you don't think you can get a direct hit, try landing it where you think the enemy will want to walk to.

Close Range Combo

Damage Focused Combo
Petal Dance IconGiga Drain Icon

Petal Dance Giga Drain Combo
This combo is more focused on survivability and dealing damage with your basic attacks. Petal Dance will allow you to get in close and deal damage, with Giga Drain to follow up any lost health at the start of the fight.

Matchups & Counters for Venusaur

Venusaur Matchups

Hard Counter
Fair Matchup
BlisseyCharizardGarchompGreedentMachampMamoswineMr. MimeTalonflame
Good Matchup
Alolan NinetalesCramorantDecidueyeEldegossGardevoirGengarGreninjaPikachuSylveon

✘ : Counter | = : Even | : Advantageous
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Venusaur.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Counter with High Durability and High Burst Damage

Venusaur only has 2 playstyles, deal high-burst damage from afar with Solar Beam or diving into fights with Petal Dance and Giga Drain. Pokemon with high durability and high burst damage are the best counters against Venusaur.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Zeraora ImageZeraora Rating: ★★★★★
Zeraora's high burst damage can quickly and easily take down Venusaur before Venusaur can do any damage.
Crustle ImageCrustle Rating: ★★★★★
Crustle's high durability counters any of Venusaur's playstyle. Shell Smash enables Crustle to either catch up to a fleeing Venusaur or to evade its aggression. Rock Tomb greatly limits Venusaur's mobility, putting Venusaur in a vulnerable position.
Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Rating: ★★★★
Wigglytuff can stand its ground against Venusaur via Sing, stopping Venusaur completely. Starlight Recital ensures the proctection of its allies against Venusaur's damage.
Slowbro ImageSlowbro Rating: ★★★★
Slowbro's Telekinesis and Slowbeam are powerful disables against Venusaur, preventing Venusaur from doing anything and leaving Venusaur vulnerable.

Even Matchups

Venusaur's early laning phase is relatively safe thanks to the good range it has on its moves, so it will almost never be at a disadvantage when it comes to laning matchups. However taking one misstep against these Pokemon will ensure that you get punished heavily for your misplay, so play it safe and don't get caught.

Bait and Beat
Mr. Mime Image Garchomp Image Machamp Image Charizard Image Talonflame Image

These Pokemon have means to stand against Venusaur, but relies mostly on properly landing their moves. To get the upper hand, bait out their moves and avoid them as much as possible, then go in for the kill while their moves are on cooldown.

Use Range Advantage
Mamoswine Image Greedent Image Blissey Image

These are high-durability Pokemon that Venusaur can't burst down immediately. The trick is to out manuveur them and use Venusaur's long attack range to deal damage. Keep triggering Venusaur's boosted attack to reposition them, then follow up with your moves.

Best Matchups for Venusaur

Fragile and Can't Out Run Venusaur

Fragile and Low Mobility
Alolan Ninetales Image Cramorant Image Gardevoir Image Greninja Image Pikachu Image Sylveon Image Decidueye Image Gengar Image Eldegoss Image

These Pokemon are fragile against Venusaur's high burst damage via Solar Beam and can't escape Venusaur's increased mobility during Petal Dance. Also, even if they have powerful damage moves, with the exception of Eldegoss, Venusaur can tank and survive their assault using Giga Drain.

Best Teammates for Venusaur

Pokemon Explanation
Slowbro ImageSlowbro
Snorlax ImageSnorlax
Disables can setup your moves
Venusaur's moves can deal a ton of damage, but can be avoided with Pokemon with high mobility. Having a Slowbro or Snorlax disable the enemy Pokemon can make your moves guarantee to hit and make your combo deal maximum damage.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Can protect and disable the enemy
Venusaur does not have much escape or survivability and can have trouble staying alive in fights if focused on. With a Mr. Mime by your side, he can protect you and and keep you alive for you to deal the damage you need to do.
Gardevoir ImageGardevoir Unite moves synergize
Venusaur's Unite move is powerful but can easily miss, Gardevoir's Unite move can place multiple enemies in one spot, allowing you to hit your Unite move more easily and on more enemy pokemon.

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Venusaur Moves

Move Slot 1 (R)

Seed Bomb ImageSeed Bomb
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 253 (Lv. 3)
Throws a large seed in the target location and damages all enemy Pokemon within range.
Giga Drain ImageGiga Drain
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Recovery
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 7s
Total Damage: 555 (Lv. 5) / 1153 (Lv. 15)
Abosrbs the HP of enemy Pokemon within range. This Move deals damage to enemy Pokemon while restoring the HP of Venusaur. Can absorb more HP from more than one Pokemon. Venusaur also receives reduced damage for a short while.
Upgrade: The HP restored by this Move is increased.
Sludge Bomb ImageSludge Bomb
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 6s
Total Damage: 705 (Lv. 5) / 1529 (Lv. 15)
Throws a dirty sludge at the target location that lingers for 4 seconds. Enemy Pokemon hit by this Move are slowed, have their Sp. Defense lowered, and dealt damage as long as they are in it.
Upgrade: Increases this move's area of effect.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Razor Leaf ImageRazor Leaf
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 870 (Lv. 3)
Venusaur shoots a lot of sharp leaves continuously in a line in front of it and damages all enemy Pokemon within the area of effect.
Petal Dance ImagePetal Dance
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 9s
Total Damage: 1600 (Lv. 7) / 2784 (Lv. 15)
Venusaur scatters petals around them and increases their Movement Speed for 3 seconds while damaging enemy Pokemon near Venusaur for 5 seconds.
Upgrade: The AOE's radius is increased.
Solar Beam ImageSolar Beam
(Lv. 7)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 10s
Total Damage: 9100 (Lv. 7) / 10290 (Lv. 15)
Fires a long range bundled beam of light that damages all enemy Pokemon in the area of effect. The damage is based on a percentage of the target's max HP
Upgrade: Reduces the cooldown of this Move.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Verdant Anger ImageVerdant Anger
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Special
Cooldown: 134s
Total Damage: 1791 (Lv. 9) / 2662 (Lv. 15)
Hurls a large seed in the target location dealing damage, then splits into smaller seeds that all deal damage and slows enemy Pokemon in the area around them.

Standard Attack

Standard Attack Image Standard Attack Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing increased damage and pulling the target towards you.

Ability (Passive)

Overgrow ImageOvergrow Increases damage when HP is below 33%.

Venusaur Stats & Evolutions

Venusaur Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
(Lv. 1)
(Lv. 5)
(Lv. 9)

Venusaur Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3316 35 27 134
2 3359 37 29 136
3 3411 39 31 139
4 3473 42 33 142
5 3699 52 41 154
6 3789 56 44 159
7 3897 61 48 165
8 4027 67 53 172
9 4485 88 69 196
10 4671 97 76 206
11 4895 107 84 218
12 5164 119 94 232
13 5486 134 106 249
14 5873 152 120 269
15 6337 174 137 293

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

Venusaur In-Game Stat Listings

Offense Endurance Mobility Scoring Support
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