Leon’s Gigantamax Rillaboom in the anime

The Grass-type is the third most common type in the Pokémon world. Although they are relatively more common, Grass-type Pokémon are still unique in their own ways.

Due to their typing, Grass-types are immune to specific moves that would otherwise inflict them with certain (annoying) status conditions or effects. These moves include Leech Seed and spore and powder moves, such as Sleep Powder and Cotton Spore.

The main issue with Grass-type Pokémon is that they have more weaknesses than resistances, and too many types resist Grass-type moves. In fact, Grass is tied with Bug as the most resisted type, with both having a total of seven other types resistant to them.

But still, the uniqueness of Grass-types definitely overshadows their shortcomings. Here is a list of the 8 best non-legendary Grass-type Pokémon.

8. Sawsbuck

All seasonal forms of Sawsbuck in the anime

First on this list is the only Pokémon that has four different forms depending on the season: Sawsbuck.

Sawbuck is a dual Normal/Grass-type Pokémon that evolves from the cute Deerling. These Pokémon possess the unique feature of changing appearances depending on the current season.

If it’s Spring, then Sawsbuck appears in Spring Form, Summer Form in Summer, Autumn Form in Autumn, and Winter Form in Winter.

No other Pokémon possess this feature as of Gen VIII, which makes Sawsbuck (and its pre-evolution form Deerling) a truly unique creature.

However, this feature is purely an appearance change, which means that Sawsbuck’s capabilities remain the same regardless of its current seasonal variation.

Due to its special Normal/Grass typing, Sawsbuck has access to both powerful Grass-type moves like Solarbeam and Horn Leech and strong Normal-type moves like Double-Edge and Giga Impact.

Interesting fact: Horn Leech was Sawsbuck’s signature move when it was first introduced in Gen V. Although other Pokémon now also have access to this move, it still remains to be a viable move in Sawsbuck’s movepool.

Although Sawsbuck isn’t exactly amazing in battles, its unique seasonal appearances and design make it deserving of a spot on this list.

7. Breloom

Kenny’s Breloom in the anime

Next on this list is a Pokémon that most fans who have played since at least Gen III would remember. Breloom is a dual Grass/Fighting-Type Pokémon that resembles a crossover between a mushroom and a kangaroo.

As weird as that might sound, Breloom is actually a cool Pokémon. Its theme revolves around punching its foes to battle while also utilizing spore moves for support. The perfect balance of Breloom’s Fighting-type and Grass-type themes makes it a cool and one-of-a-kind Pokémon.

Breloom is also a common pick as the Grass-type Pokémon in most gamers’ teams since you can get a Shroomish relatively early on in the Hoenn region. Its Fighting-type moves also help against foes that are resistant or neutral to Grass moves like Steel and Normal types.

Moreover, Breloom’s access to Effect Spore or Heal Poison makes it difficult to bring down.

Despite its coolness, Breloom is also an adorable Pokémon. Its short arms look really cute, but that only makes them more deceiving.

Breloom’s short arms are more than capable of dishing out fast and powerful moves, such as Mach Punch, Focus Punch, and Drain Punch, which make it a formidable team member.

6. Roserade

Cynthia’s Roserade in the anime, one of the best Grass-type Pokémon

Roserade is our first dual Grass/Poison-type Pokémon on this list. Although it isn’t a special Pokémon by any means, it is one of the most memorable Grass-types Pokémon introduced in the series. It is the final evolution of the Budew evolution line and evolves from Roselia when exposed to a Shiny Stone.

As evident in its name, Roserade combines the concept of masquerade with the Grass-type theme of roses, which its arms resemble. It’s also a nice continuation of its evolution line, considering the ideas behind Budew and Roselia.

Roserade’s debut in the Gen IV Sinnoh games (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum) quickly cemented its place as one of the best Grass-type Pokémon in the franchise. Not to mention, Cynthia’s Roserade in the anime just shows how much potential this Pokémon has in battles.

Remember when Cynthia’s Roserade single-handedly destroyed three of Team Galactic’s members?

Although its base stats aren’t amazing, Roserade sports multiple strong moves that make it challenging to face. It also has access to potent special moves, such as Energy Ball, Sludge Bomb, and Solar Beam.

5. Kartana

Kartana, one of the best Grass-type Pokémon, is ready to battle

Kartana is quite an odd Pokémon—literally. It’s not your usual Pokémon that exists in the Pokémon world. This one actually came from space and is a member of “extradimensional” Pokémon that we all know collectively as Ultra Beasts.

As the only known Grass-type Ultra Beast (being a dual Grass/Steel-type), Kartana is already a very unique extradimensional Pokémon in its own right. But its greatest strength lies in its insanely high Attack stat.

It has a base Attack stat of 181, which is higher than other powerful legendary Pokémon like Regigigas (160 base Attack stat), Kyurem (170 base Attack stat), and even Mega-evolved Rayquaza (180 base Attack stat).

Another interesting thing about Kartana is its unique and imaginative design. Its concept is based on “origami,” which is the art of paper folding. It appears as a humanoid origami that is capable of levitating, and its sword-like limbs can prove harmful to its foes.

Despite being one of the lightest existing Pokémon, Kartana is capable of dealing massive damage to its opponents using powerful moves like Leaf Blade and Sacred Sword.

But Kartana isn’t only strong offensively. It has decent defensive and supportive moves as well, such as Synthesis, Defog, and Swords Dance.

4. Venusaur

May’s Venusaur battling a Marill in the anime

Next, we have the OG Grass-type Pokémon, Venusaur. Perhaps the whole Pokémon franchise wouldn’t be as awesome as it is without the Venusaur evolution line in its roster.

As the final stage evolution of the Bulbasaur line and member of the first set of 151 Pokémon, Venusaur doubtlessly deserves a spot on this list. It was even the official mascot of the Gen III video game Pokémon LeafGreen!

Venusaur is a dual Grass/Poison-type Pokémon that resembles an amphibian creature with a flower on its back. If you just look at how bulky Venusaur is, you’ll know right away that it can be a force to reckon with. 

Its movepool includes devastating moves like Petal Blizzard, Seed Bomb, and Leaf Storm. Moreover, it also has access to the high-power move Frenzy Plant, which is exclusive to the final stage evolution starters.

But perhaps the best part about Venusaur is that it is capable of both mega-evolving and gigantamaxing, something that is shared only by a select few other Pokémon.

3. Leafeon

Leafeon in the anime, one of the best Grass-type Pokémon

Known as the “Verdant Pokémon,” Leafeon is probably one of the most popular Grass-type Pokémon in the franchise. Its popularity is mainly because it’s a member of a group of Pokémon known as “eeveelutions,” which basically refers to the different possible evolutions of Eevee.

Leafeon was first introduced in the Gen IV games alongside its Ice-type counterpart, Glaceon. Fitting the “verdant” quality quite well, Leafeon has everything that you would look for in a Grass-type. It is a pure Grass type, and both of its possible abilities (Leaf Guard and Chlorophyll) benefit from harsh sunlight.

Leafeon’s stats are great overall, and its optimal stat distribution makes it a strong physical attacker.

It has an above-average Attack stat of 110 while possessing very good defenses with a 130 base Def stat. It also has a decently-sized movepool, which includes moves like Leaf Blade, X-Scissor, and Giga Impact.

Battling capabilities aside, Leafeon is one of the most adorable and cutest Pokémon—something it shares with the whole Eevee evolution line. It has a nice and simple design that captures the Grass-type theme.

2. Sceptile

Ash’s Sceptile in the anime

This list of the best Grass-type Pokémon wouldn’t be complete without Sceptile. Sceptile is the second starter Pokémon to appear on this list (and isn’t the last), and it more than deserves this spot regardless of its status as a starter Pokémon.

Sceptile is known as the Forest Pokémon, and it’s not difficult to see why. It is a very agile and quick Pokémon that resembles a gecko.

It has multiple yellow seeds on its back and a tail that looks like the branch of a tree. Its arms also have a pair of leaf-like blades on the sides.

Sceptile is also best known as one of the strongest Grass-type Pokémon introduced in Gen III. And prior to Gen IV, only Sceptile can learn the physical Grass-type move Leaf Blade. Other moves that Sceptile can learn are Dragon Claw, Energy Ball, and Focus Blast.

Despite its decent offensive stats and great speed, Sceptile is quite lacking in terms of defense.

However, its superb offensive stats in its mega-evolved form more than makes up for it. Not to mention, it also gains the Dragon type in its mega-evolved form!

Mega-evolved Sceptile during a battle in the anime
Sceptile in Mega Sceptile form

1. Rillaboom

Rillaboom, one of the best Grass-type Pokémon

Finally, the Grass-type Pokémon that all (at least most) of us know and love, Rillaboom. Unlike the rest of the Grass-types on this list, Rillaboom has only been recently introduced, specifically in the Gen VIII games (Sword and Shield).

Although Rillaboom is relatively new to the franchise, it has shown its capabilities as one of the strongest and most memorable Grass-type Pokémon.

First off, Rillaboom’s design is extremely cool and unique. It’s basically based on a gorilla with a drum that it can use for battle. Additionally, it has majestic hair made out of leaves and a strong, bulky body, typical of gorillas.

In terms of battling, Rillaboom is a terrifying foe to face. It has great offensive stats and good bulk, allowing it to go toe-to-toe with other strong Pokémon.

Rillaboom has a signature move, Drum Beating, which deals massive damage while also slowing its target. It can also learn other excellent moves like Wood Hammer, Boomburst, and Solar Blade.

To help you imagine just how strong this Pokémon can be, Leon’s Rillaboom single-handedly destroyed four of Diantha’s Pokémon in Pokémon Journey. That’s insane! To top it off, it is also capable of gigantamaxing to become even more powerful.

Leon’s Gigantamax Rillaboom in the anime
Leon’s Gigantamax Rillaboom in the anime

*Images in this article are sourced from Bulbapedia and Pokémon Wiki, licensed under Fair Use.

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