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009MS #009: Blastoise
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#011: Metapod 011MS
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Caterpie (disambiguation).
Caterpie
キャタピー Caterpie
#010
010Caterpie
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Bug Unknown
Species
Worm Pokémon
Abilities
Shield Dust Run Away
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#010
Johto
#024
Hoenn
#212
Regional Browser numbers
Height
1'00"
Imperial
0.3 m
Metric
Weight
6.4 lbs.
Imperial
2.9 kg
Metric
Dex color
Green
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Body style
Body02
Footprint
 F010 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Bug group 11 cycles
(2805 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 39 Battle Exp.: 391*

Caterpie (Japanese: キャタピー Caterpie) is a Bug-type Pokémon.

It evolves into Metapod starting at level 7, which evolves into Butterfree starting at level 10.

Biology

Physiology

Caterpie is serpentine and resembles a green caterpillar with yellow ring-shaped markings down the sides of its body. Its most notable characteristic is the bright red antennae (osmeterium) on its head. These and the large eye-shaped markings help to startle predators. It shares many characteristics with other larval Pokémon like Weedle.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

The antennae on its head will emit a terrible stench from it if the Caterpie is frightened or if the antennae are touched. This serves as an effective protective mechanism against most predators. Its feet are tipped with suction cups, permitting this Pokémon to scale most surfaces with minimal effort. It can also spit a string from its mouth in order to entangle foes.

Much like many un-evolved Bug-type Pokémon Caterpie can trust in a small moveset, not being able to trust in TMs, HMs or inheriting moves from its parents. Recently Caterpie and other Bug-type Pokémon have been found to have the ability to bite opponents and eat a Berry they may be holding. Through specialized training it can learn to shoot a powerful string that can also lower speed and attack while asleep.

Behavior

Caterpie grow very quickly, and need to eat voraciously in order to meet their energy requirements. They have various adaptations that permit them to devour plant material safely, including an antenna that releases a horrible smell. It will shed its skin many times before finally cocooning itself in thick silk. While some Trainers are disgusted by the idea of Bug-type Pokémon, they are ideal targets for new Trainers as they are weak in the wild and evolve into their final forms at a low level.

Habitat

Forest

Forest Pokémon

Caterpie can often be found in wooded areas, such as Viridian Forest. It is native to the Kanto and Johto regions.

Diet

Caterpie primarily feed on vegetation, such as tree leaves. Its favorite food is the Vermilion flower.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
It is covered with a green skin. When it grows, it sheds the skin, covers itself with silk, and becomes a cocoon.
Generation II
Johto
For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
 ???
No Pokédex data is available.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
Common Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest
Generation II
Johto
Common Routes 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees, Bug-Catching Contest

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 45
105 - 152 200 - 294
Attack: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Defense: 35
36 - 95 67 - 185
Sp.Atk: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Sp.Def: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Speed: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Total: 195   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 20.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
1/3 ☆☆
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
11/15 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
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 Tackle Normal Physical 05050 100100% 35
00Start String Shot Bug Status 0000 09595% 40
1515 Bug Bite Bug Physical 06060 100100% 20
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Caterpie obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • 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 
This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • 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 Caterpie 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 Caterpie in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • 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 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Caterpie can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Caterpie cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor 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


009MS #009: Blastoise
Pokémon
#011: Metapod 011MS

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