Metapod

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Bug
Metapod
トランセル Toranseru
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Cocoon Pokémon
Pokédex
National
Caterpie
011
Butterfree
Johto
025
Hoenn
213
Sinnoh
Unova
Kalos
Alola
Ability Gender
Shed Skin 50% ♀
50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
Green Bug
Weight Height
21.8 lbs. 9.9kg 2'04" 0.7 m
Body style Footprint
Body02.png F011.png
Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
50 20 55
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
25 25 30
Total
205

Metapod (pronunciation: MET-uh-pod) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. It is the evolved form of Caterpie.

Appearance

Metapod is an insect-like Pokémon with an appearance similar to that of a green colored chrysalis or cocoon. Although it is covered in its hard shell, Metapod's eyes are still clearly visible and usually appear dazed, drowsy, or angry for reasons unknown.

Special abilities

Metapod have the ability Shed Skin which allows for a 1/3 chance that a harmful status effect will be dropped every turn.

A Metapod's exterior is regularly hardened to protect its soft and tender innards while undergoing metamorphosis to eventually become a Butterfree. To conserve energy for this event, the Metapod barely moves.

Evolution

Metapod evolves from Caterpie as of level 7 and evolves into Butterfree starting at level 10.

In the anime

Metapod first debuted in the anime episode Ash Catches a Pokémon when Ash Ketchum's Caterpie quickly evolved into a Metapod near the episode's end.

In the episode Challenge of the Samurai, Ash battled a Samurai-like trainer using his Metapod against the Samurai's Metapod.

Gym Leader Bugsy used his own Metapod against Ash in the episode Gettin' the Bugs Out. This Metapod proved to be more capable than others in previous episodes as it was actually able to knock out Ash's Chikorita.

Game info

Locations

Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Viridian Forest, Route 25
Route 24(Blue only)
Uncommon(Red)
Common(Blue)
Yellow Viridian Forest Common
Gold/Silver Ilex Forest
National Park, Route 2, 30, 31(Gold only)
Bug-Catching Contest(Silver only)
Common(Gold)
Uncommon(Silver)
Crystal Ilex Forest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, 30, 31 Common
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush, Route 24, 25 Common
Diamond/ Pearl Route 204 Dongle (FireRed)
Platinum Eterna Forest Dongle (FireRed)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 2, 30, 31, National Park, Ilex Forest, Viridian Forest, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees Common
Black/White Route 12 (White only) Rare
Black 2/White 2 Evolve Caterpie None
X/Y Santalune Forest (Y only) Very Rare
Sun/Moon Route 1, Route 1, Lush Jungle, Melemele Meadow Uncommon

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap River
Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 2, Secret Storage 8, Endless Level 4, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Joyous Tower (7-8F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Mystifying Forest (1-13BF), Mystery Jungle (1-29BF), Happy Outlook (1-19BF)
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Haunted Zone


Pokédex entries

Red This Pokémon is vulnerable to attack while its shell is soft, exposing its weak and tender body. 
Blue 
Yellow 
LeafGreen 
Y
Stadium When it hardens, only the external shell is transformed. The inside remains tender.
Gold Inside the shell, it is soft and weak as it prepares to evolve. It stays motionless in the shell. 
Stadium 2 
HeartGold
Silver It prepares for evolution by hardening its shell as much as possible to protect its soft body. 
SoulSilver
Crystal This is its preevolved form. At this stage, it can only harden, so it remains motionless to avoid attack.
Ruby The shell covering this Pokémon's body is as hard as an iron slab. Metapod does not move very much. It stays still because it is preparing its soft innards for evolution inside the hard shell. 
Sapphire
Emerald Its shell is as hard as an iron slab. A Metapod does not move very much because it is preparing its soft innards for evolution inside the shell.
FireRed Even though it is encased in a sturdy shell, the body inside is tender. It can't withstand a harsh attack.
Diamond A steel-hard shell protects its tender body. It quietly endures hardships while awaiting evolution. 
Pearl 
Platinum 
Black 
White 
Black 2 
White 2 
X

Learnset

Generation I

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Damage Type Contest Type Appeal Jam
1 Harden —% 30 Normal Status


7 Harden —% 30 Normal 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 Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 011 front.png Yellow.gif GR 011 front.png Rb back.png
II Gold Silver Crystal Back
Gold m.gif Sm.gif Cm.gif Gsm back.png
Gold ms.png Ssm.png Csm.gif Gsm backs.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Rsm.gif Ema.gif Rsm.gif Rsbackmeta.png
Rsms.gif Ems.gif Rsms.gif Rsbacksmeta.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Dpm.png Dpm.png Hgssm.png DpmB.png
Dpms.png Dpms.png HgssmS.png DpmBs.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Metapod BW.gif Metapod BW Back.gif
Shiny Metapod BW.gif Shiny Metapod BW Back.gif

Origins

Metapod appears to be based on a cocoon by a catepillar.

Name Origins

  • English: Metapod came from metamorphosis and pod.
  • Japanese: トランセル (Toranseru in Romaji), probably means "trancer" due to evolving from Caterpie to Metapod, or "trance cell" because every cell in its body tranced.

Trivia

References