Caterpie

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Bug
Caterpie
キャタピー Kyatapii
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010Caterpie.png
Worm Pokémon
Pokédex
National
Blastoise
010
Metapod
Johto
024
Hoenn
212
Sinnoh
Unova
Kalos
CT 023
Alola
Ability Gender
Shield Dust
Run Away (Dream World)
50% ♀
50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Green Bug
Weight Height
6.4 lbs. 2.9 kg 1'00" 0.3 m
Body style Footprint
Body02.png F010.png
Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
45 30 35
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
20 20 45
Total
195

Caterpie (pronunciation: KAT-er-pee) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Caterpie is a worm-like Pokémon that is mainly green in color with a tan underside. Just below its head are four tiny legs that are used only for movement. On top of its head is a red, "y-shaped" antenna, which can be used to produce an odor used in self-defense, in case something tries to hurt it.

Special abilities[edit | edit source]

Caterpie has the ability Shield Dust, which negates all status effects that are side effects of other moves. When threatened, it can release a strong odor from its antenna, which it uses to ward off predators.

Evolution[edit | edit source]

Caterpie evolves into Metapod at level 7 and then Butterfree at level 10.

In the anime[edit | edit source]

Ash has spotted a Caterpie and thrown a Pokéball at it.

Though Caterpie has quite a few cameos, the only time one of the main characters owned one was when Ash had caught a Caterpie in the episode Ash Catches a Pokémon, being the first Pokémon he ever caught. During the same episode, Caterpie evolved into a Metapod.

Game info[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Viridian Forest, Route 25
Route 2, 24(Blue only)
Uncommon(Red)
Common
Yellow Viridian Forest Common
Gold/Silver National Park
Ilex Forest, Route 2, 30, 31, Trees(Gold only)
Bug-Catching Contest(Silver only)
Common(Gold)
Uncommon(Silver)
Crystal Ilex Forest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, 30, 31 Rare
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush, Route 2, 24, 25 Rare
Diamond/ Pearl Route 204 Dongle (FireRed)
Platinum Eterna Forest, Route 204 Dongle (FireRed)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 2, 30, 31, National Park, Ilex Forest, Viridian Forest, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees Common
Black/White Breed Metapod or Butterfree (White / White 2 only) None
X/Y Route 2 (Y only), Santalune Forest Common
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Trade None
Sun/Moon Route 1, Route 5, Melemele Meadow, Lush Jungle Common

Spin-off game locations[edit | edit source]

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Train, Trozei Battle, Endless Level 9, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Wish Cave (2-4F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Apple Woods (1-4F), Oran Forest (1-4F)
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Meadow Zone


Pokédex Entries[edit | edit source]

Red Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls. 
Blue 
LeafGreen
Yellow If you touch the feeler on top of its head, it will release a horrible stink to protect itself.
Stadium It has large, eye-like patterns on its head as protection. They are used to frighten off enemies.
Gold For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies. 
Stadium 2 
HeartGold 
X
Silver Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climbs trees to forage. 
SoulSilver 
Y
Crystal It crawls into foliage where it camouflages itself among leaves that are the same color as its body.
Ruby Caterpie has a voracious appetite. It can devour leaves bigger than its body right before your eyes. From its antenna, this Pokémon releases a terrifically strong odor. 
Sapphire 
Omega Ruby 
Alpha Sapphire
Emerald Its voracious appetite compels it to devour leaves bigger than itself without hesitation. It releases a terribly strong odor from its antennae.
FireRed It is covered with a green skin. When it grows, it sheds the skin, covers itself with silk, and becomes a cocoon.
Diamond It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly. 
Pearl 
Platinum 
Black 
White 
Black 2 
White 2

Learnset[edit | edit source]

Generation I[edit | edit source]

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation I

Generation II[edit | edit source]

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation II

Generation III[edit | edit source]

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV[edit | edit source]

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V[edit | edit source]

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical


1 String Shot 95% 40 Bug Status


15 Bug Bite 60 100% 20 Bug Physical


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[edit | edit source]

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 Normal Physical


1 String Shot 95% 40 Bug Status


15 Bug Bite 60 100% 20 Bug Physical


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[edit | edit source]

I Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 010 front.png File:Yellow Caterpie Sprite.png GR 010 front.png Caterpie Back I.png
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Gold Caterpie Sprite.png Silver Caterpie Sprite.png File:PKMN CATERPIE SPRITE.gif Caterpie Back II.png
Caterpie Shiny Gold.png Silver Shiny Caterpie.png Crystal Shiny Caterpie.gif Caterpie Shiny Back II.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Ruby-Sapphire Caterpie Sprite.png Emerald Caterpie Sprite.gif FRLGCaterpie.png Caterpie Back III.png
Ruby-Sapphire Caterpie Sprite Shiny.png Emerald Caterpie Sprite Shiny.gif FRLGShinyCaterpie.png Caterpie Shiny Back III.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Diamond-Pearl Caterpie Sprite.png Platinum Caterpie Sprite.png CaterpieHGSS (normal).png Caterpie Back IV.png
Diamond-Pearl Caterpie Sprite Shiny.png Platinum Caterpie Sprite Shiny.png CaterpieHGSS (shiny).png Caterpie Shiny Back IV.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Caterpie BW.gif Caterpie BW Back.gif
Shiny Caterpie BW.gif Shiny Caterpie BW Back.gif

Origins[edit | edit source]

Caterpie's name appears to be based on caterpillar while its species appears to be a caterpillar (specifically, the swallowtail caterpillar) evolving into a butterfly.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Caterpie has suction pads (located at the bottom of its feet) that allow it to climb trees and walls or other slopes with ease.
  • Caterpie and Goldeen have the same cry until Generation VI.

References[edit source]