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Caterpie (Pokémon)

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Caterpie
キャタピー Caterpie
#010
010Caterpie.png
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Bug '
Category
Worm Pokémon
Ability
Shield Dust
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#010
Johto
#024
Hoenn
#212
Regional Browser numbers
Height
1′00″
Imperial
0.3 m
Metric
Weight
6.4 lbs.
Imperial
2.9 kg
Metric
Dex color
Green
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Body style
Body02.png
Footprint
 F010.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Bug group 1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 53 Battle Exp.: 531*

Caterpie (Japanese: キャタピー Caterpie) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

Caterpie comes with the ability Shield Dust.

Caterpie evolves via level, into Metapod starting at Level 7, then into Butterfree starting at Level 10.

Biology

Physiology

Caterpie resembles a green caterpillar with yellow ring-shaped markings down its body. Its most notable characteristic is the bright orange antennae on its head. These and the large eye-shaped markings help to startle predators. It shares many characteristics with other larval Pokémon such as Wurmple and Weedle, suggesting that their evolutionary lines are closely related.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

The antennae on its head will omit a terrible stench from it if the Caterpie is frightened or if the antennae are touched. This serves as an effective protective mechanism against most predators. Its feet are tipped with suction cups, permitting this Pokémon to scale most surfaces with minimal effort. It can also spit a string from its mouth in order to entangle foes.

Behavior

Caterpie grow very quickly, and need to eat voraciously in order to meet their energy requirements. They have various adaptations which permit them to safely devour plant material, including an antennae that releases a horrible smell. It will shed its skin many times before finally cocooning itself in thick silk. While some Trainers are disgusted by the idea of Template:Type2 Pokémon, they are ideal targets for new Trainers as they are fairly weak in the wild and evolve into their final forms at a low level.

Habitat

Caterpie can often be found in wooded areas, such as Viridian Forest.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Caterpie primarily feed on vegetation, such as tree leaves. According to Pokémon Special, its favorite food is the Vermilion flower.

In the anime

Ash Ketchum had a Caterpie he caught in Ash Catches a Pokémon! that evolved into Metapod in the same episode and then Butterfree the following episode.

A Caterpie that belonged to a young trainer named Zander ate some of Dr. Gordon's enhanced Rare Candies and turned giant. Zander's Caterpie eventually evolved into a Mothra-sized Butterfree.

In the manga

In Pokémon Get da ze!, Shuu has a Caterpie that he uses in various creative ways, mostly involving strange uses of its String Shot.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, a Caterpie was attacked by an Ariados. Ginji had to save the Caterpie from harm.

Pokémon Special

Caterpie's first appearance is a cameo in Bulbasaur, Come Home! as one of the Pokémon that escapes from Professor Oak's Laboratory. It also makes a cameo in The Secret of Kangaskhan.

Yellow had a Caterpie named Kitty, which she did not want to evolve. However, in the battle against Lance, she did not have her Pokédex, which she needed to stop her Pokémon from evolving, and so Caterpie evolved into Metapod and then into Butterfree right afterwards.

In the TCG

Main article: Caterpie (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Caterpie is rescued in the first mission of the game. It is too young to be of any help to the rescue team but remains a strong fan throughout the game, even in its darkest hour.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.
Blue
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.
Generation II
Gold For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
Silver Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climbs trees to forage.
Crystal It crawls into foliage where it camouflages itself among leaves that are the same color as its body.
Stadium 2 For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
Generation III
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 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.
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.
LeafGreen Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.
Generation IV
Diamond It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.
Pearl It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
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, Base Set 2, Legendary Collection)
Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.
Pokémon Trading Card Game (Team Rocket)
For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Red: Uncommon
Blue: Common
Red: Route 25, Viridian Forest
Blue: Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
Common Viridian Forest
Generation II
Gold Silver
Gold: Common
Silver: Uncommon
Gold: Routes 2, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park and Headbutt trees
Silver: National Park during the Bug-Catching Contest
Crystal
Common Routes 2, 24, 25, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Common Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Uncommon Route 204 (dongle method: FireRed)
Platinum
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
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 Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Train
Endless Level 9
Trozei Battle
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Red and Blue)
Wish Cave (2F-4F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Time and Darkness)
Apple Woods (1F-4F)
Oran Forest (1F-4F)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 45
105 - 152 200 - 294
Attack: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Defense: 35
36 - 95 67 - 185
Sp.Atk: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Sp.Def: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Speed: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Total: 195   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 20.


Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

Learnset

Template:Learnset intro

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

None

By breeding

None

TCG-only Moves

Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Template:Evobox/2

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 010.png Spr 1y 010.png Spr 1g 010.png Spr b g1 010.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 010.png Spr 2s 010.png Spr 2c 010.png Spr b 2g 010.png
Spr 2g 010 s.png Spr 2s 010 s.png Spr 2c 010 s.png Spr b 2g 010 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 010.png Spr 3e 010.png Spr 3f 010.png Spr b 3r 010.png
Spr 3r 010 s.png Spr 3e 010 s.png Spr 3f 010 s.png Spr b 3r 010 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 010.png Spr 4d 010.png Spr 4h 010.png Spr b 4d 010.png
Spr 4d 010 s.png Spr 4d 010 s.png Spr 4h 010 s.png Spr b 4d 010 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 010.png Spr 5b 010.png Spr b 5b 010.png
Spr 5b 010 s.png Spr 5b 010 s.png Spr b 5b 010 s.png
Caterpie For other sprites and images, please see Caterpie images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Caterpie was the first Pokémon to be seen evolving in the anime.
  • A common mistake involving Caterpie is that people believe it to be the smallest Pokémon, though there are several Pokémon shorter than its one-foot stature.
  • Caterpie is the first Bug Pokémon in National Dex order.
  • Caterpie has the same in-game cry as Goldeen.
  • Caterpie shares the same species name with Wurmple. They are both known as the Worm Pokémon.

Origin

Caterpie is a stylized caterpillar, most likely resembling a Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar.

Name origin

Caterpie's name is a corruption of caterpillar.

In other languages

  • German: Raupy - a tweaking of Raupe, meaning "caterpillar"
  • French: Chenipan - Chenille means caterpillar, and pan means trail. It is a pun on the word chenapan, meaning rascal.
  • Korean: 캐터피 Kaeteopi - Corruption of caterpillar.
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 綠毛蟲 Lú Máo Chóng - "Green caterpillar" or, literally, "green furry worm".
  • Chinese (Hong Kong): 綠毛蟲 Lú Máo Zhu - Green caterpillar

Related articles

External links

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