Bug (type)

Normal Fire
Fighting Water
Flying Grass
Poison Electric
Ground Psychic
Rock Ice
Bug Dragon
Ghost Dark
Steel Fairy

The Bug type (Japanese: むしタイプ Bug type) is one of the eighteen types. Notable Trainers who specialize in Bug-type Pokémon are Bugsy of Azalea Town, Aaron of the Sinnoh Elite Four, Burgh of Castelia City, and Viola of Santalune City. Prior to changes in Generation IV, all damaging Bug-type moves were physical, but they may now also be special depending on the attack.


Statistical averages


HP: 56.74
Attack: 71.76
Defense: 71.11
Sp.Atk: 53.57
Sp.Def: 64.67
Speed: 61.68
Total: 379.53

Fully evolved

HP: 65.73
Attack: 90.20
Defense: 82.18
Sp.Atk: 67.43
Sp.Def: 80.45
Speed: 74.20
Total: 460.18

Battle properties

Generation I

Offensive Bug Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Fighting
½× Fighting
None None

Generations II to V

Offensive Bug Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Fighting
½× Fighting
None None

Generation VI onwards

Offensive Bug Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Fighting
½× Fairy
None None



Defensively, Bug types often struggle because of their typically low Defense and weaknesses to Fire, Flying, and Rock, all of which are commonly employed offensively. Even their resistances to Ground and Fighting, the two types with the most offensive coverage, are of little use since many Pokémon of both types can learn Rock moves.

However, dual-type Bug/Flying and Bug/Poison Pokémon have an outstanding double resistance to Fighting, which can make up for their low Defense. They also have a double resistance to common Grass moves and can greatly pressure Pokémon of that type. The Bug type is perhaps most effective when paired with Steel, as those two types cover each other against everything but Fire.


In strictly damage-dealing terms, Bug is one of the worst offensive types. Statistically, the Bug type is the weakest among the types as it has the lowest average base stat total among all Pokémon and among fully evolved Pokémon. Furthermore, many fully-evolved Bug-type Pokémon have a base stat total below 400. Although they are super effective against Psychic, Dark, and Grass types, Bug types are unable to deal a lot of damage to many other types, as seven types (Fire, Flying, Fighting, Poison, Ghost, Steel, and Fairy) resist Bug-type moves. Many Grass types such as Venusaur have a dual type that eliminates their weakness to Bug, and most pure Grass types have well above average defensive stats, making low-powered Bug type moves almost useless against them.

In Generation I, Bug type can also deal super-effective damage to Poison, though this is reversed as of Generation II. The Bug type does pair effectively with Water and Ice, but their advantage over Psychic types is compromised by the relatively common typing of Bug/Poison types in Generation I, as well as Psychic types with Bug-resistant secondary types.

However, although lacking in stats, Bug-types are by no means ineffectual. Bug-types learn many powerful status moves such as Tail Glow and Quiver Dance, as well as frequently having access to moves of other types like Sleep Powder. Although their base power may be lacking, almost every offensive Bug-type move has an additional effect that hinders the opponent or helps the user.

Contest properties

In Contests, Bug-type moves do not favor any one Contest category.


As of Generation VI, there are 66 Bug-type Pokémon or 9.2% of all Pokémon, making it the 6th most common type.

Pure Bug-type Pokémon

# Name
010 Caterpie Caterpie
011 Metapod Metapod
127 Pinsir Pinsir
204 Pineco Pineco
265 Wurmple Wurmple
266 Silcoon Silcoon
268 Cascoon Cascoon
313 Volbeat Volbeat
314 Illumise Illumise
401 Kricketot Kricketot
402 Kricketune Kricketune
412 Burmy Burmy
588 Karrablast Karrablast
616 Shelmet Shelmet
617 Accelgor Accelgor
664 Scatterbug Scatterbug
665 Spewpa Spewpa
??? Grubbin Grubbin

Half Bug-type Pokémon

Primary Bug-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
012 Butterfree Butterfree Bug Flying
013 Weedle Weedle Bug Poison
014 Kakuna Kakuna Bug Poison
015 Beedrill Beedrill Bug Poison
Beedrill Mega Beedrill Bug Poison
046 Paras Paras Bug Grass
047 Parasect Parasect Bug Grass
048 Venonat Venonat Bug Poison
049 Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison
123 Scyther Scyther Bug Flying
127 Pinsir Mega Pinsir Bug Flying
165 Ledyba Ledyba Bug Flying
166 Ledian Ledian Bug Flying
167 Spinarak Spinarak Bug Poison
168 Ariados Ariados Bug Poison
193 Yanma Yanma Bug Flying
205 Forretress Forretress Bug Steel
212 Scizor Scizor Bug Steel
Scizor Mega Scizor Bug Steel
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting
Heracross Mega Heracross Bug Fighting
267 Beautifly Beautifly Bug Flying
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison
283 Surskit Surskit Bug Water
284 Masquerain Masquerain Bug Flying
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost
413 Wormadam Wormadam Bug Grass
Wormadam Bug Ground
Wormadam Bug Steel
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
415 Combee Combee Bug Flying
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
540 Sewaddle Sewaddle Bug Grass
541 Swadloon Swadloon Bug Grass
542 Leavanny Leavanny Bug Grass
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison
544 Whirlipede Whirlipede Bug Poison
545 Scolipede Scolipede Bug Poison
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock
558 Crustle Crustle Bug Rock
589 Escavalier Escavalier Bug Steel
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric
632 Durant Durant Bug Steel
636 Larvesta Larvesta Bug Fire
637 Volcarona Volcarona Bug Fire
649 Genesect Genesect Bug Steel
666 Vivillon Vivillon Bug Flying
??? Charjabug Charjabug Bug Electric
??? Vikavolt Vikavolt Bug Electric
??? Cutiefly Cutiefly Bug Fairy
??? Ribombee Ribombee Bug Fairy
??? Wimpod Wimpod Bug Water

Secondary Bug-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
347 Anorith Anorith Rock Bug
348 Armaldo Armaldo Rock Bug
451 Skorupi Skorupi Poison Bug


Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
IV Attack Order Physical Clever 90 100% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user calls out its underlings to pummel the target. Critical hits land more easily.
IV Bug Bite Physical Tough 60 100% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user bites the target. If the target is holding a Berry, the user eats it and gains its effect.
IV Bug Buzz Special Cute 90 100% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user vibrates its wings to generate a damaging sound wave. It may also lower the target's Sp. Def stat.
IV Defend Order Status Clever % 10 (max 16)
The user calls out its underlings to shield its body, raising its Defense and Sp. Def stats.
VI Fell Stinger Physical Cool 30 100% 25 (max 40)
Any adjacent Pokémon
When the user knocks out a target with this move, the user's Attack stat rises sharply.
II Fury Cutter Physical Cool 40 95% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is slashed with scythes or claws. Its power increases if it hits in succession.
IV Heal Order Status Clever % 10 (max 16)
The user calls out its underlings to heal it. The user regains up to half of its max HP.
VI Infestation Special Cute 20 100% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is infested and attacked for four to five turns. The target can't flee during this time.
I Leech Life Physical Clever 20 100% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user drains the target's blood. The user's HP is restored by half the damage taken by the target.
II Megahorn Physical Cool 120 85% 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
Using its tough and impressive horn, the user rams into the target with no letup.
I Pin Missile Physical Cool 25 95% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
Sharp spikes are shot at the target in rapid succession. They hit two to five times in a row.
VI Powder Status Clever % 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user covers the target in a powder that explodes and damages the target if it uses a Fire-type move.
V Quiver Dance Status Beautiful % 20 (max 32)
The user lightly performs a beautiful, mystic dance. It boosts the user's Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed stats.
V Rage Powder Status Clever % 20 (max 32)
The user scatters a cloud of irritating powder to draw attention to itself. Opponents aim only at the user.
III Signal Beam Special Beautiful 75 100% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks with a sinister beam of light. It may also confuse the target.
III Silver Wind Special Beautiful 60 100% 5 (max 8)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The target is attacked with powdery scales blown by wind. It may also raise all the user's stats.
II Spider Web Status Clever % 10 (max 16)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user ensnares the target with thin, gooey silk so it can't flee from battle.
V Steamroller Physical Tough 65 100% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user crushes its targets by rolling over them with its rolled-up body. This attack may make the target flinch.
VI Sticky Web Status Tough % 20 (max 32)
All foes
The user weaves a sticky net around the opposing team, which lowers their Speed stat upon switching into battle.
I String Shot Status Clever 95% 40 (max 64)
All adjacent foes
The targets are bound with silk blown from the user's mouth. This silk reduces the targets' Speed stat.
V Struggle Bug Special Cute 50 100% 20 (max 32)
All adjacent foes
While resisting, the user attacks the opposing Pokémon. The targets' Sp. Atk stat is reduced.
III Tail Glow Status Beautiful % 20 (max 32)
The user stares at flashing lights to focus its mind, drastically raising its Sp. Atk stat.
I Twineedle Physical Cool 25 100% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user damages the target twice in succession by jabbing it with two spikes. It may also poison the target.
IV U-turn Physical Cute 70 100% 20 (max 32)
Any adjacent Pokémon
After making its attack, the user rushes back to switch places with a party Pokémon in waiting.
IV X-Scissor Physical Beautiful 80 100% 15 (max 24)
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user slashes at the target by crossing its scythes or claws as if they were a pair of scissors.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.


Interacting with the Bug type

A Pokémon with Color Change, Protean, Imposter, or Multitype will become a Bug-type Pokémon if (respectively) it is hit with a Bug-type move, uses a Bug-type move, is sent out against a Bug-type opponent, or is holding an Insect Plate.

Gen Ability Description
V Rattled Raises Speed one stage upon being hit by a Dark, Ghost, or Bug move.
III Swarm Powers up Bug-type moves when the Pokémon is in trouble.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.

Exclusive Abilities

Only Bug-type Pokémon can have these Abilities. This does not include signature Abilities.

Gen Ability Description
III Compound Eyes Boosts the Pokémon's accuracy.
III Swarm Powers up Bug-type moves when the Pokémon is in trouble.
III Shield Dust Blocks the additional effects of attacks taken.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.


  • Generation V introduced the most Bug-type Pokémon of any Generation, with 18, and Generation VI introduced the fewest Bug-type Pokémon, with three.
  • Generation IV introduced the most Bug-type moves of any Generation, with seven, and Generations II and III introduced the fewest Bug-type moves, with three.
  • The Flying type is one of the two types most commonly paired with the Bug type, with the other type being Poison. However, there are a number of Bug types, despite being able to fly, that are not Flying types, nor have the Ability Levitate, such as Beedrill and Venomoth.
    • Despite this, the only Bug-type Pokémon that can learn the move Fly, Volcarona and Genesect, are not Flying types.
  • Until Pokémon Platinum, several Bug-type Pokémon (Shuckle, Kricketot, Burmy, Wormadam, and Combee) were unable to learn any Bug-type moves naturally. Each of them is now able to learn Bug Bite by level up.
  • In Generation I, the Bug type is super effective against Poison-type Pokémon, while the Poison type is super effective against Bug-type Pokémon. As such, this was the only case when two different types were super-effective against each other.
  • The Bug type was the most common 4× weakness in Generation I, with 11 Pokémon doubly weak to it, mainly due to Poison type having a weakness to it at the time.
  • No Pokémon gains the Bug type upon evolving that did not already have it. It shares this distinction with the Normal type.
  • Of all Pokémon that evolve at or above a certain level, all of the 10 earliest-evolving Pokémon are of the Bug type.

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