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011MS #011: Metapod
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#013: Weedle 013MS
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Butterfree (disambiguation).
Butterfree
バタフリー Butterfree
#012
012Butterfree
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Bug Flying
Species
Butterfly Pokémon
Abilities
Compoundeyes Tinted Lens
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#012
Johto
#026
Hoenn
#214
Regional Browser numbers
Height
3'07"
Imperial
1.1 m
Metric
Weight
70.5 lbs.
Imperial
32.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
White
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
Body13
Footprint
 F012 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Bug group 11 cycles
(2805 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
2
Sp.Def
1
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 173 Battle Exp.: 1731*

Butterfree (Japanese: バタフリー Butterfree) is a dual-type Bug/Flying Pokémon.

It evolves from Metapod starting at level 10. It is the final form of Caterpie.

Biology

Physiology

Butterfree resembles a vaguely anthropomorphic butterfly. Unlike true insects, it only has four legs, which are a pale blue color. It has a nose-like structure, which is a similar color. The coloration of a Butterfree’s body is a darker purple-blue. It has large veined wings, which are white with black markings. These markings can help distinguish male and female individuals. It has large compound eyes that tend to be a reddish color. Like members of the order Lepidoptera, Butterfree’s two pairs of wings are covered in fine scales. Its legs are covered in fine hairs, which aid in the collection of honey.

Gender differences

A female has black spots on the lower parts of her wings. In Generation V, they're purple instead.

Special abilities

The waterproof scales on Butterfree’s wings are loosely attached, and if the Butterfree flaps them hard enough, they will be released into the air. This resulting “dust” is toxic, and can be irritating if inhaled. In some cases, additional powders will be mixed in, some causing sleep and others paralysis.

In addition to the usual powers possessed by Bug-type Pokémon, Butterfree also learns a variety of powerful Psychic-type moves.

Behavior

Butterfree spends most of its time foraging for nectar and pollen, locating the flowers by its sense of smell. In the wild, they need to eat constantly. Special adaptations such as waterproofing on their wings, and tiny hairs on their legs let them gather food even in the rain. Butterfree will roam up to six miles (ten kilometers) from their nest in search of honey.

Habitat

Forest

Forest Pokémon

Butterfree can be found in forests and wooded areas with high amounts of moisture and mist. They can also sometimes be found flying near the ocean, which may be part of Butterfree's migratory breeding pattern. This Pokémon's natural range includes Kanto and Johto.

Diet

Butterfree collect and consume pollen and honey from flowers. Butterfree also consume sap from trees if they have been opened by Heracross.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
The wings are protected by a rain-repellent dust. As a result, this Pokémon can fly about even in rain.
Generation II
Johto
It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
 ???
No Pokédex data is available.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
None Evolve Metapod
Generation II
Johto
Rare Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 60
120 - 167 230 - 324
Attack: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Defense: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Atk: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Sp.Def: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Speed: 70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Total: 385   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 80.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/4 ★★☆☆
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
13/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Confusion Psychic Special 05050 100100% 25
1010 Confusion Psychic Special 05050 100100% 25
1212 PoisonPowder Poison Status 0000 07575% 35
1212 Stun Spore Grass Status 0000 07575% 30
1212 Sleep Powder Grass Status 0000 07575% 15
1616 Gust Flying Special 04040 100100% 35
1818 Supersonic Normal Status 0000 05555% 20
2222 Whirlwind Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
2424 Psybeam Psychic Special 06565 100100% 20
2828 Silver Wind Bug Special 06060 100100% 5
3030 Tailwind Flying Status 0000 —% 30
3434 Rage Powder Bug Status 0000 —% 20
3636 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —% 25
4040 Captivate Normal Status 0000 100100% 20
4242 Bug Buzz Bug Special 09090 100100% 10
4646 Quiver Dance Bug Status 0000 —% 20
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Butterfree obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Butterfree
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Butterfree
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Poison Sprite TM06 Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
Bag TM Poison Sprite TM09 Venoshock Poison Special 65 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150 90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM17 Protect Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Water Sprite TM18 Rain Dance Water Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM20 Safeguard Normal Status —% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Grass Sprite TM22 SolarBeam Grass Special 120 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM27 Return Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM29 Psychic Psychic Special 90 100% 10
Bag TM Ghost Sprite TM30 Shadow Ball Ghost Special 80 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM32 Double Team Normal Status —% 15
Bag TM Flying Sprite TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 60 —% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM42 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM44 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM45 Attract Normal Status 100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite TM46 Thief Dark Physical 40 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM48 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
Bag TM Grass Sprite TM53 Energy Ball Grass Special 80 100% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite TM62 Acrobatics Flying Physical 55 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150 90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM70 Flash Normal Status 100% 20
Bag TM Bug Sprite TM76 Struggle Bug Bug Special 30 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM77 Psych Up Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special 100 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM87 Swagger Normal Status 90% 15
Bag TM Bug Sprite TM89 U-turn Bug Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM90 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Butterfree
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Butterfree
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Butterfree in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Butterfree in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Butterfree
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Butterfree
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Bug Bite Bug Physical 60 100% 20
B W B2 W2 Electroweb Electric Special 55 95% 15
B W B2 W2 Giga Drain Grass Special 75 100% 10
B W B2 W2 Roost Flying Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Signal Beam Bug Special 75 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Skill Swap Psychic Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Tailwind Flying Status —% 30
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Butterfree can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Butterfree cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Butterfree
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Butterfree
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
010MS Tackle Normal Physical 50 100% 35
010MS String Shot Bug Status 95% 40
010MS Bug Bite Bug Physical 60 100% 20
011MS Harden Normal Status —% 30
011MS* Iron Defense Steel Status —% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Butterfree
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Butterfree
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Evolution

010
Unevolved
Caterpie
 Bug 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Level 7


011
First evolution
Metapod
 Bug 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Level 10


012
Second evolution
Butterfree
 Bug  Flying 


Notes


011MS #011: Metapod
Pokémon
#013: Weedle 013MS

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