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Butterfree (Pokémon)

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Metapod #011: Metapod
Pokémon
#013: Weedle Weedle
Butterfree
バタフリー Butterfree
#012
012Butterfree.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Bug Flying
Category
Butterfly Pokémon
Ability
Compoundeyes
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#012
Johto
#026
Hoenn
#214
Regional Browser numbers
Height
3'07"
Imperial
1.1 m
Metric
Weight
70.5 lbs.
Imperial
32.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
White
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
Body13.png
Footprint
 F012.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Bug group 11 cycles
(2805 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
2
Sp.Def
1
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 160 Battle Exp.: 1601*

Butterfree (Japanese: バタフリー Butterfree) is a dual-type Bug/Flying Pokémon.

It evolves from Metapod starting at level 10. It is the final form of Caterpie.

Biology

Physiology

Butterfree resembles a vaguely anthropomorphic butterfly. Unlike true insects, it only has four legs, which are a pale blue color. It has a nose-like structure which is a similar color. Butterfree's body’s coloration is a darker purple-blue. It has large veined wings which are white with black markings. These markings can help distinguish male and female individuals. It has large compound eyes which tend to be a reddish color. Like members of the order Lepidoptera, Butterfree’s wings are covered in fine scales. Its legs are covered in fine hairs which aid in the collection of honey.

Gender differences

A female has black spots on the lower parts of her wings.

Special abilities

The waterproof scales on Butterfree’s wings are loosely attached, and if the Butterfree flaps them hard enough, they will be released into the air. This resulting “dust” is toxic, and can be irritating if inhaled.

In addition to the usual powers posessed by Bug-type Pokémon, Butterfree also learns a variety of powerful Template:Type2 moves.

Behavior

Butterfree spends most of its time foraging for nectar and pollen, locating the flowers by its sense of smell. In the wild they need to eat constantly. Special adaptations such as waterproofing on their wings, and tiny hairs on their legs let them gather food even in the rain. Butterfree will roam up to six miles from their nest in search of honey.

Habitat

Butterfree can be found in forests and wooded areas with high amounts of moisture and mist. They can also sometimes be found flying near the ocean, which may be part of Butterfree's migratory breeding pattern. This Pokémon's natural range includes Kanto and Johto.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Butterfree collect and consume pollen and honey from flowers. Butterfree also consume sap from trees if they have been opened by Heracross.

In the anime

File:Anime Butterfree.png
Butterfree in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Butterfree

Ash Ketchum had a Butterfree that he had caught as a Caterpie, which was the first Pokémon he ever caught. It was also the first Pokémon he let go, allowing it to mate with a pink Butterfree in Bye-Bye Butterfree.

Ritchie's Butterfree

Ritchie has a Butterfree named Happy. It was first seen in A Friend in Deed.

Other

After Team Rocket kidnapped Dr. Gordon and flew away on Jessie's Dustox in Caterpie's Big Dilemma, Xander's giant-sized Metapod evolved into a Mothra-sized Butterfree in order to chase Team Rocket. Xander's Butterfree shrunk back to its normal size at the end of the episode.

Jeremy used a Butterfree in the first half of the Silver Town Pokémon Contest in Weekend Warrior.

In Channeling the Battle Zone, Solidad used her Butterfree in the Kanto Grand Festival.

Drew has a Butterfree which made its debut in The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing.

Minor appearances

A differently patterned Butterfree appeared in Poké Ball Peril.

A flock of Butterfree were seen flying over Mt. Quena in Mewtwo Returns.

Another flock of Butterfree appeared before Larvitar in Hatch Me If You Can.

A Butterfree appeared in Now That’s Flower Power! as a Pokémon in the Contest.

A regular Butterfree appeared in Pinch Healing!.

Butterfree appeared in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part One.

Another Butterfree appeared in Camping It Up!.

It was also seen as part of Lila's famous "Tiger Lily Smile" background in Battling the Generation Gap!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP004 Butterfree Ash's Pokédex Butterfree. One week after Caterpie evolves into Metapod, it again evolves into Butterfree.
This concludes the entries from the original series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG142 Butterfree May's Pokédex Butterfree, the Butterfly Pokémon. Butterfree is the evolved form of Metapod. The scales covering its wings help it to shed water.
This concludes the entries from the Advanced Generation series.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Yellow has a Butterfree which evolved from a Caterpie she befriended and captured. Her uncle, Fisherman Wilton, also has a Butterfree. Both of them are able to use Butterfree as a mode of flight, using Butterfree to hold onto their backs as they fly.

Ash's Butterfree evolved from Metapod at the Cerulean Gym in the Electric Tale of Pikachu.

In the TCG

Main article: Butterfree (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
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.
Generation II
Gold It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
Silver Water-repellent powder on its wings enables it to collect honey, even in the heaviest of rains.
Crystal It flits from flower to flower, collecting honey. It can even identify distant flowers in bloom.
Stadium 2 It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
Generation III
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.
LeafGreen In battle, it flaps its wings at great speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.
Generation IV
Diamond It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
SoulSilver Water-repellent powder on its wings enables it to collect honey, even in the heaviest of rains.
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Alternate games

Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Trading Card Game (Base Set)
In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed, releasing highly toxic dust into the air.
Pokémon Trading Card Game (Neo Discovery)
It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Evolve Metapod
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Evolve Metapod
Generation II
Gold Silver
Rare Route 2, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees (Gold)
Bug-Catching Contest (Silver)
Crystal
Rare Routes 2, 24, and 25, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
None Evolve Metapod
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
One Cipher Key Lair (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Metapod
Platinum
None Evolve Metapod
HeartGold SoulSilver
Rare Route 2, Bug-Catching Contest, Viridian Forest, Headbutt trees (HeartGold)
Bug-Catching Contest (SoulSilver)
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Beach
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 1
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve from Metapod
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Apple Woods (1F-7F) (Time)
Evolve from Metapod
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Gold Silver SilverPowder SilverPowder (8%)
Crystal

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 60
120 - 167 230 - 324
Attack: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Defense: 50
49 - 112 94 - 218
Sp.Atk: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Sp.Def: 80
76 - 145 148 - 284
Speed: 70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Total: 385   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 80.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/4 ★★☆☆
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
13/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ¼×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ¼×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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By breeding

None.

By tutoring

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|- style="background:#C6D16E" | colspan="13" | Bold indicates a move that gets STAB
Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
while a colored background indicates that the move is available.
|} |}

Special moves

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Shadow moves Level 30+ Purified moves
Shadow Mist Shadow Box XD 012.png Morning Sun Normal
Shadow Rush Shadow Psychic Psychic
-- Sleep Powder Grass
-- Aerial Ace Flying

TCG-only moves

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin012.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani012.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP012.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Mist-Rise Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'll protect you with the wicked toxins in my wings.
26%-50% HP Oh, no... My health has dropped to half...
1%-25% HP I've about had it... It hurts to even fly...
Level up I leveled up! I'm in peak form! Let me show you!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up I leveled up! I'm in peak form! Let me show you!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP012.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 5.5%
IQ group: A
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Normal  None Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
None Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
N/A Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
None.png PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Caterpie
Unevolved
Caterpie
 Bug 
Rare Candy
Level 7


Metapod
First evolution
Metapod
 Bug 
Rare Candy
Level 10


Butterfree
Second evolution
Butterfree
 Bug  Flying 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 012.png Spr 1y 012.png Spr 1g 012.png Spr b g1 012.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 012.png Spr 2s 012.png Spr 2c 012.png Spr b 2g 012.png
Spr 2g 012 s.png Spr 2s 012 s.png Spr 2c 012 s.png Spr b 2g 012 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 012.png Spr 3e 012.png Spr 3f 012.png Spr b 3r 012.png
Spr 3r 012 s.png Spr 3e 012 s.png Spr 3f 012 s.png Spr b 3r 012 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 012 m.png Spr 4d 012 m.png Spr 4h 012 m.png Spr b 4d 012 m.png
Spr 4d 012 f.png Spr 4d 012 f.png Spr 4h 012 f.png Spr b 4d 012 f.png
Spr 4d 012 m s.png Spr 4d 012 m s.png Spr 4h 012 m s.png Spr b 4d 012 m s.png
Spr 4d 012 f s.png Spr 4d 012 f s.png Spr 4h 012 f s.png Spr b 4d 012 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 012 m.png Spr 5b 012 m.png Spr b 5b 012 m.png
Spr 5b 012 f.png Spr 5b 012 f.png Spr b 5b 012 f.png
Spr 5b 012 m s.png Spr 5b 012 m s.png Spr b 5b 012 m s.png
Spr 5b 012 f s.png Spr 5b 012 f s.png Spr b 5b 012 f s.png
Butterfree For other sprites and images, please see Butterfree images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Butterfree is the first Pokémon shown in the anime to have an alternate color. However, this alternate color was pink, which is not the same as the alternate color of Butterfree in the games, in which only its wings, feet, hands, and mouth are pink.
  • Butterfree has been trained by four important anime trainers: Ash, Ritchie, Solidad, and Drew.
  • Butterfree shares the same species name with Beautifly. They are both known as the Butterfly Pokémon.
  • Even though the 'main' part of its body is purple, it is classed as being white in the Pokédex. This is likely because the large wings of Butterfree are mostly white. A similar situation happens with Mothim.
  • While Butterfree cannot learn Iron Defense itself, it can be taught it as a Metapod before evolving. It shares this trait with Beedrill, Dustox, Beautifly, Huntail, Gorebyss, and Salamence.
  • Butterfree's Gold version sprite is simply a re-creation of its Blue version sprite.

Origin

Its design appears to be based upon a common butterfly, most likely a Cabbage White butterfly (more specifically, Aporia crataegi).

Name origin

Butterfree's name is a combination of butterfly and free, possibly referring to its ability to fly after being grounded for two evolutionary stages.

In other languages

  • German: Smettbo - From Schmetterling (butterfly) and possibly (gust).
  • French: Papilusion - From papillon (butterfly) and illusion.
  • Korean: 버터플 Beoteopeul - Corruption of butterfly.
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 巴大蝴 Bā Dà Hú - 巴大 sounds like butter in Butterfree, 蝴 is the first part of 蝴蝶 (butterfly).
  • Chinese (Hong Kong): 巴他蝶 Bā Tā Dié - 巴他 sounds like butter in Butterfree, 蝶 is the second part of 蝴蝶 (butterfly).

Related articles

External links

Notes



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