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Roserade, the Bouquet Pokémon, is a dual Grass/Poison-type Pokémon introduced in Gen 4. It is the evolution of Budew and Roselia. Roserade’s inspiration comes from the Roses. In fact, Roserade’s shape is based on a rose bouquet, hence its category, Bouquet Pokémon. This bouquet-like shape is more notorious in its pre-evolution, Roselia.
Another possible inspiration for Roserade is the masquerade balls; this is because Roserade seems to have a mask and a cape. Roserade’s hand flowers are Hydrangeas, which are very poisonous, hence the Poison-type. Let’s talk about its anatomy. Roserade is a bipedal Pokémon, which is mostly green. Its head is white and is rose-shaped, while the flowers on its arms are red and blue, the common colors of Hydrangeas.
Furthermore, it seems to have a mask on its face, which is dark green-colored, as well as its cape and chest, while the bottom part of its face is light green-colored, as well as its arms and legs. Lastly, it has a yellow collar. Roserades love to dance. In fact, Roserades communicate with each other through dancing. Thanks to their constant dancing, they are very common in Pokémon Contests.
But Roserade is also a hunter Pokémon. The Roserades’ hand flowers spread a sweet scent in the air to captivate their prey. Then, the Roserades attack their prey with some whips that they hide behind the dark green cape. As a Grass-type Pokémon, Roserades prefer to live in places where the sun hits them directly, or else they can die.
Roserade’s name comes from the union of Rose and Masquerade.
Roserade Summary of Appearances in Pokémon Versions and Media (Games, Anime, Movies)
In the games, you can find Roserade in the following places:
To get Roserade in Diamond & Pearl, you need to evolve a Roselia. Roselia can be found on Routes 212, 221, 224, 225, and 229 (only in Diamond). Also, Roselias can be found in the Trophy Garden and the Great Marsh.
If you want a Roserade in Platinum, you also need to evolve a Roselia, which can be found on Routes 208, 209, 210, 212, 221, 224, 229, and 230, as well as in the Trophy Garden.
To get Roserade in HeartGold & SoulSilver, you need to evolve it from Roselia, which can be found in the Safari Zone.
The only way to get Roserade in Black is by transferring it from White. And the only way to get Roserade in White is by evolving it from Budew, which can be found in White Forest.
In Black 2 & White 2, you’ll get Roserade by evolving it from Roselia, which can be found on Route 12, Lostlorn Forest, and Victory Road.
To get Roserade in X&Y, you’ll have to evolve it from Roselia, which can be found in Route 7.
The same happens in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, but this time, Roselia can be found on Route 117.
To get Roserade in Sun & Moon, you’ll have to evolve it from Roselia, which can only be found with the Island Scan in Ula’ula Meadow.
Furthermore, you can’t get Roserade as a wild Pokémon in UltraSun & UltraMoon. The only way to get it in those games is by transferring it from Sun & Moon.
You can find Roserade in Sword & Shield as a wild Pokémon in Hammerlocke Hills and as a Max Raid Battle in Dappled Grove.
To get Roserade in Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl, you’ll have to evolve it from Roselia, which can be found in Routes 212, 221, 224, 225, 229, the Trophy Garden, and Great Marsh.
Lastly, if you want Roserade in Legends: Arceus, you’ll find it as an alpha Pokémon in Cloudpool Ridge.
Roserade’s debut in the anime was in the episode Oh Do You Know The Poffin Plan! under Forsythia’s ownership. This Roserade is special as it has a red scarf, and it’s the protector of Forsythia’s garden. After its debut, Roserade’s main appearance was in the episode Coming Full-Festival Circle! under Nando’s ownership. Nando used Roserade in the Lilly of The Valley Conference tournament, which battled against Ash’s Staraptor.
Lastly, Roserade appeared in the episode The Grass Menagerie! under Gardenia’s ownership. Gardenia is the Eterna City’s Gym Leader, and she uses Roserade to battle against Ash’s Turtwig and Aipom.
Roserade debuted in Pokémon Adventures in Ring Around Roserade I under Gardenia’s ownership. Gardenia used Roserade in a double battle alongside Cherubi against Platinum’s Prinplup and Ponyta.
Roserade has cards in the following expansions:
- Diamond & Pearl (Rare Holo)
- Secret Wonders (Rare Holo)
- Stormfront (Rare)
- Supreme Victors (Uncommon)
- Unleashed (Rare)
- Dragons Exalted (Uncommon and Rare)
- Flashfire (Uncommon)
- Ultra Prism (Rare)
- Sword & Shield (Rare)
In Stormfront, Roserade appears as a Psychic-type (which also covers the Poison-type Pokémon), while in the rest of the expansions, Roserade appears as a Grass-type Pokémon. Also, Roserade has a Roserade GL (Gym Leader) card in Rising Rivals (Rare Holo) and a Roserade C (Champion) in Supreme Victors (Rare).
Furthermore, Roserade GL is under Gardenia’s ownership, and Roserade C is under Cynthia’s ownership.
Roserade Evolution Line: When does Roserade Evolve?
Roserade is Budew’s last evolution stage. Budew evolves into Roselia when it gets full friendship with its owner, while Roselia evolves into Roserade when exposed to a Shiny Stone.
Roserade is a common Pokémon in RU (Rarely Used), the third tier of the Pokémon competitive system. Here, Roserade is famous because of its several usages.
It can work as a classical Special Sweeper thanks to its Speed and Special Attack or as an Entry Hazard Setter thanks to its capacity to withstand a hit. In fact, even if Roserade doesn’t have impressive stats, I’ve seen it in UU (Under Used) due to its capacity to work in several roles.
Let’s check its stats:
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
So, Roserade’s best stat is its Special Attack. Meanwhile, it has a decent Speed, which is the stat that makes it work in various roles. Its Special Defense is decent, too, so its Special stats are good overall.
Roserade’s Physical stats are a different story, as its Attack is poor, its HP is low, and its Defense is bad. This is a problem for Roserade because any Pivot like Volt Switch or U-turn users can damage Roserade while it can’t defend itself.
Even though it has some weaknesses, Roserade is a very good Pokémon. So, to learn how to use it, we will create a build for Roserade. First, let’s start with its Abilities.
Roserade can have the following abilities:
- Natural Cure: Natural Cure will heal the user from status conditions (burning, paralysis, etc.) whenever it gets out of the battlefield.
- Poison Point: A Pokémon with this ability has a 30% of poisoning a rival after receiving Physical damage.
- Technician (Hidden Ability): This ability will buff the Power of the abilities with 60 Power or less by 50%.
Roserade has interesting abilities. The least used one is Poison Point because it only gets activated after receiving damage from a Physical move, at only a 30% chance. However, Roserade’s Defense is very poor, so it can’t give Poison Point good usage.
Meanwhile, Technician and Natural Cure are two very good abilities, and they can be used in any Roserade build. Technician is a very good ability but only under certain circumstances.
If you are going for a build with moves with a Power of 60 or less, like Weather Ball, you can go for it. Otherwise, I don’t see another good usage for Technician. By the way, I recommend a build around Weather Ball for Roserade if you are thinking of using it in double battles.
Natural Cure is the best ability for Roserade. Roserade can’t get poisoned but is susceptible to burnings and paralysis, so Natural Cure is a great option to cover those status conditions that can mess with your strategies. Now that we decided on Roserade’s abilities, it’s time to work on its Natures. Again, we will have a lot of options depending on what we want to do.
The two statistics worth improving for Roserade are its Special Attack and Speed. If you buff its Special Attack, it’ll hit strong but will probably be outperformed in Speed by other sweepers, but if you buff its Speed, it’ll hit less strongly, but you can give it more usage by making it an Entry Hazard Setter.
This is up to you, but I recommend buffing its Speed because Roserade needs to be faster than it usually is. Also, its Special Attack is already very good.
These are the possible Natures Roserade can have:
- Modest (Increases Special Attack, Decreases Attack)
- Mild (Increases Special Attack, Decreases Defense)
- Quiet (Increases Special Attack, Decreases Speed)
- Rash (Increases Special Attack, Decreases Special Defense)
If you want to increase the Speed, then you can use one of the following Natures:
- Timid (Increases Speed, Decreases Attack)
- Hasty (Increases Speed, Decreases Defense)
- Jolly (Increases Speed, Decreases Special Attack)
- Naive (Increases Speed, Decreases Special Defense)
It’s not worth buffing its Attack, so the Attack will be the stat we will decrease. No matter what you want to buff, I don’t recommend decreasing Roserade’s Defenses. It won’t withstand a single hit if you do it. If you want to increase its Speed, go for Timid, and if you want to increase its Special Attack, go for Modest.
Now that we have decided on Roserade’s ability and Nature, it’s time to run through the list of moves it can learn. There are some interesting ones, so let’s take a look at them:
Moves Per Level (Gen 8)
Roserade can learn all of those moves through the use of a Move Tutor.
Moves Per TM/TR (Gen 8)
|TM/TR (GEN VIII)||Move||Type||Category||Power||Accuracy||PP|
If we want to create a build for Roserade, we have to be aware of its Strengths and Weaknesses, so let’s talk about them.
Roserade is a dual Grass/Poison-type Pokémon, meaning that it only gets 1/2 of the damage against Water, Electric, Fairy, and Fighting-type attacks and t only gets 1/4 of the damage against Grass-type attacks. Also, its Grass-type attacks are effective against Water, Ground, and Rock-type Pokémon, while its Poison-type attacks are effective against Grass and Fairy-type Pokémon.
As you can see, Roserade has a very good type combination as Grass and Poison are two offensive types that can also cover many types when combined. I always loved the Grass/Poison-type combination because of the versatility it gives to a Pokémon, and Roserade isn’t an exception.
Roserade is also good offensively against common types for Wall Pokémon, like Ground, Rock, or Fairy-types; its Poison-type is good against all the Fairy-type meta common in UU and OU, while its Grass-type can burst any Rock and Ground-type Pokémon.
Pokémon like Mimikyu (when its disguise is busted), Azumarill, or Primarina will struggle against Roserade thanks to its Speed and type coverage.
As a Grass/Poison-type Pokémon, Roserade takes x2 damage against Fire, Ice, Psychic, and Flying-types.
Also, Roserade’s attacks will not do much against the following types:
- With its Grass-type attacks, Roserade will deal only 1/2 of damage against Steel, Bug, Dragon, Fire, Poison, Grass, and Flying-types.
- With its Poison-type attacks, Roserade will deal only 1/2 of damage against Ghost, Rock, Ground, and Poison-types. Meanwhile, the Steel-type is immune to the Poison-type.
Thanks to its type combination, Roserade gets rid of the Poison-type weakness to Rock and Ground-type attacks; nonetheless, the Steel-type is a serious problem for it. The Steel-type can’t get poisoned, and the Grass-type attacks will not do much against them, so Pokémon like Skarmory, Scizor, Jirachi, Cobalion, and many more, will have a good advantage against Roserade.
Roserade is faster than manyof the Steel-types in the meta, which are known for being slow Pokémon, so Roserade could counter them with Sleep Powder.
Roserade Best Moveset
Entry Hazard Setter Roserade
If you want Roserade to have more utilities than just being a Sweeper, it can work with the following moveset:
- Giga Drain or Synthesis
- Sleep Powder
- Sludge Bomb
With Black Sludge as its item, Natural Cure as its ability, and Timid as its Nature.
EVs: 126 HP / 244 Def / 126 SpD / 12 Spe
Let’s start talking about the moveset. Spikes is the most interesting feature this Roserade has. The plan is to use Roserade as a lead to set the most Spikes it can; then, it will come out of the field or heal itself with Giga Drain or Synthesis.
Of course, Spikes will be chipping your rival’s Pokémon down and are very dangerous against Sweepers, especially if those Sweepers are susceptible to Ground-type attacks.
Now, Giga Drain or Synthesis. Giga Drain can be Roserade’s Grass-type offensive move, which is great because it will heal Roserade. Roserade’s constant healing is essential in this build because if the other team has a Defog user, like Corviknight, Roserade must be healed enough to get to the field and set the Spikes again.
If you want to play it safe, then use Synthesis. You will not deal damage, but at least you aren’t at risk of not healing much if facing a Grass-type-resistant Pokémon. Sleep Powder is a great option against those Pokémon that can defeat Roserade, like Steel-types. If Roserade can’t place Spikes successfully, I recommend starting with Sleep Powder.
Lastly, Sludge Bomb is Roserade’s principal offensive weapon. It also has a 30% chance of poisoning the target, which is nice. Remember, we don’t want to leave Roserade on the battlefield without any offensive weapons because Roserade also needs to attack.
Black Sludge is the preferred item for those Poison-type Pokémon that need constant healing. At the same time, Natural Cure will remove any sort of status condition changes, which is good because Roserade can’t do anything if asleep, frozen, or burnt.
Lastly, the EVs spread is designed for Roserade to handle the most possible on the battlefield by enhancing its worst stats; its Defenses and HP will need some help. I love this Roserade build because it’s meant not to be the usual Special Sweeper with nothing else to offer. It also gives Roserade a chance in another role as there are a lot of better Sweepers on RU.
But, if you want Roserade to be a Sweeper, then it can work with the following build:
- Leaf Storm
- Giga Drain, Synthesis or Toxic
- Sludge Bomb
With Heavy Duty Boots as its item, Natural Cure as its ability, and Timid as its Nature.
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 8 Def
Leaf Storm is Roserade main Grass-type weapon. It will deal a lot of damage but will reduce Roserade’s Special Attack in two stages, meaning that you’ll need to switch Roserade after using it. Again, Sludge Bomb is the main Poison-type weapon for Roserade, while Extrasensory is a Psychic-type Special attack that will protect Roserade against other Poison-types.
The last move slot is up to you. If you want to heal Roserade, go for Synthesis or Giga Drain, but if you want to give Roserade another utility, you can go for Toxic. Toxic will be chipping your rival’s Pokémon down constantly, and it’s a great option to deal with those Wall Pokémon that you will not sweep with the other moves.
The Nature, Ability, and EVs Spread will be the same as the previous build, but I’d change Black Sludge for Heavy-Duty Boots. Heavy-Duty Boots will make Roserade immune to any Hazard like Spikes or Stealth Rocks, which is great considering Roserade has a bad Defense, and one of those Hazards can leave it with only a half of its HP or less.
Sweeper Roserade needs to be around Pokémon that give coverage to Roserade’s weaknesses, like some Water or Ground-type Walls. It will also need an Entry Hazard Setter that helps it deal some extra damage.
Roserade on a Video
Roserade is a Pokémon full of diverse builds, so it’s cool to see how people use it.
In this video, we can see a Sweeper Roserade with an item that I see a lot in Special Sweepers: the Assault Vest. It raises the Special Defense of the user by 50% but doesn’t let it use Status moves. In other words, your Special Defense will improve a lot, but you will not be able to use moves like Toxic or Swords Dance.
As you can’t use any Status moves, all Roserade’s moves have to be offensive, and this time, the YouTuber uses Giga Drain to recover HP, Sludge Bomb to poison its rivals, Shadow Ball to have some cover against Ghost and Psychic-types and Dazzling Gleam to have more offensive options.
In this video, we can see Roserade used as an Entry Hazard Setter, which, in my opinion, it’s the best role Roserade can have. This Roserade is very defensive, and the EVs Spread it has enhances its HP and Defenses.
Question: How can I use Roserade?
Answer: Well, I recommend using it as an Entry Hazard Setter, it will work greatly! The good thing about Roserade is that it can be used in several ways; it can work as a Sweeper, as a Lead with Toxic, or as an Entry Hazard Setter, so you can choose depending on what you need for your team!
Question: Is Roserade a good Pokémon?
Answer: Yes, it is. Of course, there are Pokémon that work way better than Roserade, but I simply love how well Roserade can combine with any team.
Question: Is Roserade a female Pokémon?
Answer: No, Roserade has a 50% chance of being a male or a female. Also, here’s an interesting fact: there’s a slight change in female Roserades; they have a longer cape than the male ones.