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Butterfree

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Bug
Flying
Butterfree
バタフリー Batafurii
012.png
012Butterfree.png
Butterfly Pokémon
Pokédex
National
Metapod
012
Weedle
Johto
026
Hoenn
214
Sinnoh
Unova
Kalos
Alola
Ability Gender
Compoundeyes
Tinted Lens (Dream World)
50% ♀
50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
White Bug
Weight Height
70.5 lbs. 32.0 kg 3'07" 1.1 m
Body style Footprint
Body13.png F012.png
Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
60 45 50
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
80 80 70
Total
385

Butterfree (pronunciation: BUHT-ter-free) is a dual Bug/Flying-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. It is the evolved form of Metapod and the final evolution form of Caterpie.

Appearance

Butterfree is an insect-like Pokémon appearing as a large butterfly. Butterfree has a large purple body with light blue limbs and a nose with very small fangs. Its eyes are quite large in proportion to its head and are a red color. Butterfree's large wings simply appear as black and white butterfly wings.

Special abilities

Regular Butterfree have the ability Compoundeyes which raises its accuracy rating by 30%. Outside of battle, Compoundeyes will raise the chances of finding a Pokémon with an item if the user is in the lead slot of the party.

Butterfree befriended within the Dream World have the Tinted Lens ability, which doubles the power of "not very effective" moves.

In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.

Evolution

Butterfree evolves from Metapod at level 10 and is the final evolution of Caterpie.

In the anime

Butterfree first appeared in the episode Challenge of the Saumrai where Ash Ketchum's Metapod evolved into a Butterfree near the episode's end. Ash used this Butterfree on a number of different occasions, but eventually released it in the episode Bye Bye Butterfree. Other notable Trainers to include Butterfree in their team include Ritchie and Drew.

Game info

Locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Metapod None
Yellow Evolve Metapod None
Gold/Silver Bug-Catching Contest, National Park
Route 2, Trees(Silver only)
Uncommon(Gold)
Rare(Silver)
Crystal Bug-Catching Contest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, Trees Uncommon
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Evolve Metapod None
Diamond/ Pearl Evolve Metapod None
Platinum Evolve Metapod None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 2, Bug-Catching Contest, Viridian Forest, Headbutt trees Rare
Black/White Route 12 (White only) Rare
Black 2/White 2 Pinwheel Forest's Hidden Grotto (White 2 only) Uncommon
X/Y Bug-type Friend Safari Uncommon
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Trade None
Sun/Moon Route 5, Melemele Meadow, Lush Jungle (SOS only) Rare

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap Beach
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 1, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Metapod
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Apple Woods (1-7F)
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Meadow Zone


Pokédex entries

Red In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed, releasing highly toxic dust into the air. 
Blue
Yellow Its wings, covered with poisonous powders, repel water. This allows it to fly in the rain.
Stadium Its wings are covered with poisonous dust. If you see one flapping its wings, be careful not to inhale any of the dust.
Gold It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest. 
Stadium 2
Silver Water-repellent powder on its wings enables it to collect honey, even in the heaviest of rains. 
SoulSilver
Crystal It flits from flower to flower, collecting honey. It can even identify distant flowers in bloom.
Ruby Butterfree has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can even search out, extract, and carry honey from flowers that are blooming over six miles from its nest. 
Sapphire
Emerald It has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can seek, extract, and carry honey from flowers blooming over six miles away.
FireRed The wings are protected by a rain-repellent dust. As a result, this Pokémon can fly about even in rain. 
Y
LeafGreen In battle, it flaps its wings at great speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.
Diamond It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen. 
Pearl 
Platinum 
Black 
White 
Black 2 
White 2 
X

Learnset

Generation I

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
10 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
13 Poison Powder 75% 35 Poison Status
12 Stun Spore 75% 35 Grass Status
12 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass Status
16 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special
18 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal Status
22 Whirlwind 100% 20 Flying Status
24 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic Special
28 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 Bug Special
30 Tailwind —% 30 Flying Status
34 Rage Powder —% 20 Bug Status
36 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
40 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status
42 Bug Buzz 90 100% 10 Bug Special
46 Quiver Dance —% 20 Bug Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Generation VI

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
10 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
13 Poison Powder 75% 35 Poison Status
12 Stun Spore 75% 35 Grass Status
12 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass Status
16 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special
18 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal Status
22 Whirlwind 100% 20 Flying Status
24 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic Special
28 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 Bug Special
30 Tailwind —% 30 Flying Status
34 Rage Powder —% 20 Bug Status
36 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
40 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status
42 Bug Buzz 90 100% 10 Bug Special
46 Quiver Dance —% 20 Bug Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Sprites

I Red Blue Yellow Green (JP) Back
Butterfree RB.png YellowButterfree.png Butterfree RG.png Butterfree GenI back.png
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Butterfree Gold.png File:Butterfree Sprite.png Butterfree Crystal.gif Butterfree GenII back.png
Butterfree Gold Shiny.png SilverButterfreeShiny.png Butterfree Crystal Shiny.gif Butterfree GenII Shiny Back.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Butterfree RS.png Butterfree Emerald.gif Butterfree(FRLG)Sprite.png Butterfree GenIII Back.png
Butterfree RS Shiny.png Butterfree Emerald Shiny.gif Butterfree FRLG Shiny.png Butterfree GenIII Back Shiny.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DiamondPearlButterfree(M).png Butterfree M Plat.png HGSSButterfree.png Butterfree M GenIV Back.png
Butterfree DP F.png Butterfree Plat F .png Butterfree HGSS F.png Butterfree F GenIV Back.png
Butterfree(DPPt)ShinySprite.png Butterfree M Plat shiny.png Butterfree M HGSS Shiny.png Butterfree M GenIV Shiny Back.png
Butterfree F DP Shiny.png Butterfree Plat F Shiny.png Butterfree HGSS F shiny.png Butterfree GenIV F Shiny back.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Butterfree M BW.png Butterfree M BW Back.png
Butterfree F BW.png Butterfree F BW Back.png
Butterfree M BW Shiny.png Butterfree M BW Shiny Back.png
Butterfree F BW Shiny.png Butterfree F BW Shiny Back.png

Origins

Butterfree vaguely resembles the Inachis io butterfly. However, its wings are white instead of colored.

Name Origins

  • English: "Butterfree" is a portmanteau of the words "butterfly" and "free".

Trivia

  • Despite Butterfree being a Bug-type, Butterfree could not learn any Bug-type moves until Generation III.
  • Butterfree and Beautifly are both known as the Butterfly Pokémon.
  • Despite the color of Butterfree's body mainly being purple, it is classified as a White in the Pokédex, being its wing color.
  • Butterfree is the first non-starter pokemon introduced to have more than one types.
  • Interestingly, the Butterfree that Ash's Butterfree left with is not the regular shiny coloration.

References


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