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Bug-Catching Contest

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Bug-Catching Contest judging in Generation IV

The Bug-Catching Contest is a competition held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday in Johto's National Park. The Bug-Catching Contest was introduced in Gold, Silver, and Crystal, and makes a return in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver.

In the games

Rules

There is no entry fee for the Bug-Catching Contest. Anyone may enter once per day, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

To compete, Trainers must catch the single best Bug-type Pokémon they can find. To do this, Trainers are given twenty Sport Balls (similar to Safari Balls; called "Park Balls" in Generation II), and they are only allowed to use a single Pokémon from their party. The rest of a Trainer's Pokémon and all of their items remain with the contest officials until the competition is over.

Any Pokémon caught will be recorded in the Pokédex, but only one Pokémon can be kept to be judged. The Pokémon that is judged may be kept after the competition.

The competition ends when all the Sport Balls are used, the Trainer blacks out, the Trainer leaves the park, or 20 minutes have passed. After that, the judging will occur, in which Trainers are scored on their skills of capturing rare and powerful Pokémon.

Pokémon available

Generation II

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
010 Caterpie
G S C
Grass Grass
7-18 20%
011 Metapod
G S C
Grass Grass
9-18 10%
012 Butterfree
G S C
Grass Grass
12-15 5%
013 Weedle
G S C
Grass Grass
7-18 20%
014 Kakuna
G S C
Grass Grass
9-18 10%
015 Beedrill
G S C
Grass Grass
12-15 5%
046 Paras
G S C
Grass Grass
10-17 10%
048 Venonat
G S C
Grass Grass
10-16 10%
123 Scyther
G S C
Grass Grass
13-14 5%
127 Pinsir
G S C
Grass Grass
13-14 5%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

  • Scyther, Pinsir and one family of Bug-types (Caterpie, Metapod and Butterfree in Silver, Weedle, Kakuna and Beedrill in Gold) can only be caught during the Bug-Catching contest. All the others can be caught in the wild outside the contest.

Generation IV

Pre-National Pokédex

These Pokémon are available in Contests held every day pre-National Pokédex, and on Tuesdays post-National Pokédex (denoted by the levels indicated in the parentheses).

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
010 Caterpie
HG SS
Grass Grass
7-18
(24-36)
20%
011 Metapod
HG SS
Grass Grass
9-18
(26-36)
10%
012 Butterfree
HG SS
Grass Grass
12-15
(27-30)
5%
013 Weedle
HG SS
Grass Grass
7-18
(24-36)
20%
014 Kakuna
HG SS
Grass Grass
9-18
(26-36)
10%
015 Beedrill
HG SS
Grass Grass
12-15
(27-30)
5%
046 Paras
HG SS
Grass Grass
10-17
(27-34)
10%
048 Venonat
HG SS
Grass Grass
10-16
(25-32)
10%
123 Scyther
HG SS
Grass Grass
13-14
(27-28)
5%
127 Pinsir
HG SS
Grass Grass
13-14
(27-28)
5%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Post-National Pokédex

These Pokémon are only available in Contests held on Thursday and Saturday post-National Pokédex.

  Pokémon     Games     Location     Levels     Rate  
123 Scyther
HG SS
Grass Grass
27-28 5%
127 Pinsir
HG SS
Grass Grass
27-28 5%
265 Wurmple
HG SS
Grass Grass
24-36 20%
266 Silcoon
HG SS
Grass Grass
24-36 10%Th
267 Beautifly
HG SS
Grass Grass
25-32 5%Sa
268 Cascoon
HG SS
Grass Grass
24-36 10%Sa
269 Dustox
HG SS
Grass Grass
25-32 5%Th
313 Volbeat
HG SS
Grass Grass
26-36 10%Th
314 Illumise
HG SS
Grass Grass
26-36 10%Sa
401 Kricketot
HG SS
Grass Grass
27-30 10%
402 Kricketune
HG SS
Grass Grass
27-30 10%
415 Combee
HG SS
Grass Grass
27-34 5%
290 Nincada
HG SS
Grass Grass
26-36 20%
A colored background means that the Pokémon can be found in this location in the specified game. A white background with a colored letter means that the Pokémon cannot be found here.

Scoring

Generation II

The score earned for a given Pokémon in Generation II is the sum of the following:

  • 4 times the max HP of the Pokémon
  • The stats of the Pokémon
  • 16 points if the Defense IV is odd, 0 otherwise
  • 8 points if the Attack IV is odd, 0 otherwise
  • 4 points if the Special IV is odd, 0 otherwise
  • 1 point if the Speed IV is odd, 0 otherwise
  • 1/8 of the current HP of the Pokémon, rounded down
  • 1 point if the Pokémon is holding an item, 0 otherwise

Other factors, such as Shininess, do not affect the outcome.

Generation IV

The score earned for a given Pokémon in Generation IV is the sum of the following:

  • The level of the Pokémon relative to the maximum that can be found in the contest (e.g. before the National Pokédex, the maximum value for Paras would be 17, but after the National Pokédex, this would be 34), as a percentage
  • The Pokémon's IVs relative to the maximum (186), as a percentage
  • The Pokémon's HP relative to its maximum, as a percentage
  • A rarity factor, either 60 (Caterpie, Metapod, Weedle, Kakuna, Wurmple, Silcoon, Cascoon, or Kricketot), 80 (all Pokémon not mentioned), or 100 (Scyther or Pinsir)

Other factors, such as Shininess, do not affect the outcome.

Competitors

These are the competitors found in the Contest.

Prizes

Place Version
Gold Silver Crystal HeartGold SoulSilver
1st Sun Stone Sun Stone Sun Stone Sun Stone
(pre-National Pokédex)
Fire StoneWater StoneThunder StoneLeaf StoneMoon Stone
Sun StoneShiny StoneDusk StoneDawn StoneOval Stone
Random Evolutionary stone
(post-National Pokédex)
2nd Everstone Everstone Everstone Everstone
3rd Gold Berry Sitrus Berry Sitrus Berry
Consolation
Prize
Berry Shed Shell Shed Shell

In the anime

The Bug-Catching Contest audience in the anime

In The Bug Stops Here, Ash and Casey competed in the Bug-Catching Contest. During the competition, Casey caught a Weedle, and her Chikorita evolved into a Bayleef. Ash won the competition with a Beedrill, earning himself a Sun Stone. After the competition, he gave the Beedrill to Casey since she loves Pokémon with yellow and black stripes.

In the anime, the Contest can be followed from a giant screen outside of the park.

Trivia

  • The music used during the contest is a remix of the Kanto-based games' Bicycle music.
  • It is possible to catch the otherwise version-exclusive Pokémon Caterpie, Metapod, and Butterfree in Pokémon Silver and Pokémon SoulSilver, and Weedle, Kakuna and Beedrill in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon HeartGold through the Bug-Catching Contest.
  • After the player obtains the National Pokédex and enters the contest on Thursdays and Saturdays, some of the other competitors may be announced as having caught a Pokémon in the Caterpie or Weedle lines, despite those Pokémon not being available to the player on those days.
  • If at the end of the contest the player has a full party and their newly captured Pokémon is sent to the PC, it is referred to as "Bill's PC" (instead of "Someone's PC") even if the player has not yet met Bill.

References