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Caterpie (Pokémon)

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Blastoise #009: Blastoise
Pokémon
#011: Metapod Metapod
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Caterpie (disambiguation).
Caterpie
Worm Pokémon
キャタピー
Caterpie
#010
Caterpie

Caterpie

Caterpie

Caterpie
Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Bug Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Blue-Striped
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Shield Dust Cacophony
Cacophony
Run Away
Hidden Ability

Hidden Ability

Mega Caterpie

Mega Caterpie Y
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Bug
Hatch time
2805 - 3059 steps
Height
1'00" 0.3 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
6.4 lbs. 2.9 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
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Mega Stone
{{{mega}}} {{{mega2}}}
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#010
Kanto
#024
Johto
#212
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh

Unova
Central
#023
Kalos
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-000
Almia

Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
53
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
39
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
1
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body14.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{forme2}}}
Footprint
F010.png None.png
{{{forme2}}}
Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
70
External Links

Caterpie (Japanese: キャタピー Caterpie) is a Bug-type Pokémon.

It evolves into Metapod starting at level 7, which evolves into Butterfree starting at level 10.

Biology

Caterpie emitting a terrible stench

Caterpie is a serpentine Pokémon that resembles the larvae of the Spicebush Swallowtail. It is a green caterpillar with yellow ring-shaped markings down the sides of its body. It also has large yellow eyes with black pupils. Its most notable characteristic is the bright red antenna (osmeterium) on its head, which releases a stench to repel predators. These and the large eye-shaped markings help to startle predators. Its feet are tipped with suction cups, permitting this Pokémon to scale most surfaces with minimal effort.

Caterpie will shed its skin many times before finally cocooning itself in thick silk. It can also spit this silk in order to entangle foes as seen in Ash Catches a Pokémon. It has a voracious appetite that causes it to eat leaves larger than itself. It primarily feeds on vegetation, such as tree leaves. According to Pokémon Adventures, its favorite food is the Vermilion flower. Caterpie lives in forests.

In the anime

Caterpie in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Caterpie

A Caterpie was the first Pokémon that Ash Ketchum caught from the wild, in Ash Catches a Pokémon. It evolved into Metapod in the same episode, and then into Butterfree the following episode.

Other

Bucky owns a Caterpie as seen in The Dunsparce Deception where he used it to compete in a race with Dunsparce but lost due to its slow speed.

A Caterpie that appeared in Caterpie's Big Dilemma belonging to a young Trainer named Xander ate some of Dr. Gordon's enhanced Rare Candies and turned giant. Xander's Caterpie eventually evolved into a Mothra-sized Butterfree.

A Caterpie appeared in Butterfree and Me!.

Minor appearances

A Caterpie appeared in Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village. It was one of the Pokémon in Melanie's care. It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

A Caterpie appeared in Electric Shock Showdown under the ownership of an unnamed Trainer.

A Caterpie also appeared in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, Pokémon Fashion Flash, The Breeding Center Secret and Clefairy Tales.

A Caterpie appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back.

A Pink Caterpie appeared in In the Pink, residing on the Pinkan Island.

Multiple Caterpie appeared in Tracey Gets Bugged.

Ralph and Emily were both shown in a flashback to have once owned a Caterpie each in Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?.

A Caterpie appeared in Illusion Confusion! as an illusion created by Haunter and Gengar.

Multiple Caterpie appeared in For Crying Out Loud where they were accidentally wet by Wilhelmina's Marill.

Multiple Caterpie were in Azalea Gym in Gettin' The Bugs Out.

A Caterpie appeared in The Bug Stops Here. Misty chases it away when it is talking with Togepi.

A Caterpie was one of the sick Pokémon in a Pokémon Center in Carrying On!.

A Caterpie appeared in Jessie's fantasy in Wings 'N' Things.

Multiple Caterpie also appeared in Celebi: Voice of the Forest.

A Caterpie was one of the inhabitants of an oasis just for Pokémon in Got Miltank?.

Multiple Caterpie appeared in For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll! where they protected the Tin Tower after Team Rocket stole the crystal bells on the top floor.

In Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, Team Rocket's experiments made Pokémon feel sick, one being a Caterpie.

A Caterpie made a brief appearance in Camp Pikachu.

A Caterpie appeared in the opening of Pokémon Heroes and Destiny Deoxys.

A Caterpie was used by one of the students of the Pokémon Trainer's School in Gonna Rule The School!.

A Caterpie appeared under the possession of a Coordinator in Hi Ho Silver Wind!

A Caterpie also appeared in One Big Happiny Family! in Jessie's fantasy.

A Caterpie appeared in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!.

Multiple Caterpie made a brief appearance in Coming Full-Festival Circle!.

A Caterpie also appeared in Genesect and the Legend Awakened at Pokémon Hills.

A Caterpie appeared in Alexa's magazine in The Journalist from Another Region!.

A Caterpie appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! and Lumiose City Pursuit!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG142 Caterpie May's Pokédex Caterpie, the Worm Pokémon. Caterpie uses the suction cups on its feet to climb trees and feed on its favorite leaves.
This concludes the entries from the Advanced Generation series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW130 Caterpie Ash's Pokédex Caterpie, the Worm Pokémon. To repel enemies, Caterpie releases an unpleasant odor from its red antenna. It molts several times while growing.
This concludes the entries from the Best Wishes series.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Butterfree

Ash's Caterpie appears in the manga series The Electric Tale of Pikachu.

Caterpie is the second wild Pokémon that Ash captures in the manga. It was caught in Pikachu, I See You!. It evolves twice in Play Misty For Me—first into Metapod while Ash is showing off his Pokémon to Misty, and then into Butterfree during his Gym battle against Misty.

Ash is not shown releasing his Butterfree in the manga, although it is not seen after Haunting My Dreams.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Caterpie in Pokémon Adventures
Main article: Kitty

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.

Caterpie made its main appearance in the Yellow chapter. With the help of her fishing rod and Red's Pika, Yellow saved a Caterpie from its tree, which was targeted by a fire attack. Caterpie then followed Yellow to where she and Blue were training, next to the Rock Tunnel. It took Yellow a whole day to properly catch this Caterpie with a Poké Ball, but once she prevailed, Yellow welcomed Caterpie to her team and called it "Kitty". It then became one of Yellow's most useful Pokémon, whose string was commonly used to make floaters. However, in the battle against Lance, Yellow did not have a Pokédex, which she needed to stop her Pokémon from evolving, and so Kitty evolved into Metapod and then into Butterfree right afterwards.

A Caterpie was mentioned as one of the Pokémon Crys had captured for Professor Oak in Three Cheers for Chikorita.

A Caterpie appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to help the fight in Ilex Forest.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

Shu has a Caterpie that he uses in various creative ways, mostly involving strange uses of its String Shot.

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, Ginji saved a Caterpie from an attacking Ariados.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Caterpie is seen with Green during the baseball match that took place in Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Baseball Tournament!.

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
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
Platinum
HeartGold For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
SoulSilver Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climbs trees to forage.
Generation V
Black It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.
White
Black 2 It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.
White 2
Generation VI
X For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
Y Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climbs trees to forage.

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 (Neo Discovery)
For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.

Game locations

Generation I
Red
Route 25, Viridian Forest
Blue
Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest
Blue (Japan)
Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 23
Yellow
Viridian Forest
Generation II
Gold
Routes 2, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Bug-Catching Contest
Headbutt trees
Silver
Bug-Catching Contest
Crystal
Routes 2, 24, 25, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Bug-Catching Contest
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 204 (FireRed)
Platinum
Route 204, Eterna Forest (FireRed)
HeartGold
Routes 2, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Bug-Catching Contest, Viridian Forest
Headbutt trees
SoulSilver
Bug-Catching Contest
Pal Park
Forest
Generation V
Black
Trade
White
Breed Metapod or Butterfree
Black 2
Trade
White 2
Breed Butterfree
Generation VI
X
Santalune Forest
Y
Route 2, Santalune Forest

In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Pinball Viridian Forest
Cerulean City
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Train
Endless Level 9
Trozei Battle
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Wish Cave (2F-4F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Apple Woods (1F-4F)
Oran Forest (1F-4F)
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest Normal Mode C
Pokémon Rumble Blast Treetops: Sun-Dappled Bank
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Meadow Zone

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

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.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
1/3 ☆☆
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
11/15 ★★

Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Tackle Normal Physical 05050 100100% 35
00Start String Shot Bug Status 0000 09595% 40
1515 Bug Bite Bug Physical 06060 100100% 20
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Caterpie obtained at level 1 in Generation VI
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation VI
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by TM.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Caterpie in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Caterpie in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VI
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Caterpie can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Caterpie cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Headbutt Caterpie (Expedition 96)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin010.png Pin010.gif 
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
 N/A 
Not available
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani010.gif 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP010.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 10.2%
Friend Area: Mist-Rise Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'll eat lots and grow big.
26%-50% HP This is so hard... My health is down to half.
1%-25% HP I can't keep up... I can't spit silk anymore...
Level up I leveled up! Happy!
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! Happy!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP010.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
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.
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW010.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Caterpie fell out of the White Tree on the other side of the bridge in the Meadow Zone! Her favorite Attraction is Bulbasaur's Daring Dash.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2010.png Strong: Tepig icon.png Weak: Snivy icon.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
Their steps are slow, but they are quite aggressive and hate to lose. They are second to none in spirit.
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

010Caterpie.png
Unevolved
Caterpie
 Bug 
Rare Candy
Level 7
011Metapod.png
First evolution
Metapod
 Bug 
Rare Candy
Level 10
012Butterfree.png
Second evolution
Butterfree
 Bug  Flying 

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.gif Spr b 2g 010.png
Spr 2g 010 s.png Spr 2s 010 s.png Spr 2c 010 s.gif Spr b 2g 010 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 010.png Spr 3e 010.gif Spr 3f 010.png Spr b 3r 010.png
Spr 3r 010 s.png Spr 3e 010 s.gif 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.

Other sprites

Spr b 2c 010.pngSpr b 2c 010 s.png Spr b 3f 010.pngSpr b 3f 010 s.png Spr b 4h 010.pngSpr b 4d 010 s.png
Crystal back FireRed/LeafGreen back HeartGold/SoulSilver back

Trivia

  • Caterpie was both the first Pokémon to be captured and the first Pokémon to evolve in the anime.
  • Caterpie shares its species name with Wurmple. They are both known as the Worm Pokémon.
  • Until the release of Pokémon Platinum, when it became able to learn Bug Bite, Caterpie was unable to do anything to a Ghost type outside of struggling except lower its Speed. It shares this trait with its evolution, Metapod. This is also true for Weedle, and its evolution, Kakuna, against Steel types before Pokémon Platinum was released.
    • Due to this, it was impossible to complete a Generation I game using only Caterpie or Metapod, since Struggle couldn't hit Ghost types at the time.
  • In the anime and in Pokémon Adventures, Caterpie holds the record as the Pokémon who takes the least time to evolve twice, taking only one episode in the anime and one chapter in Pokémon Adventures.
  • Prior to Generation VI, Caterpie's body style was Body02.png.

Origin

Caterpie is a stylized caterpillar, most resembling an Eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillar with the coloration of a Spicebush Swallowtail. Its "antenna" is an osmeterium, an organ unique to swallowtail caterpillars which, like Caterpie, they use to emit a foul odor. The tip of Caterpie's tail resembles the horn at the rear end of most species of hawk moth larvae.

Name origin

Caterpie is a corruption of caterpillar.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese キャタピー Caterpie Corruption of caterpillar
France Flag.png French Chenipan From chenille and pan; also a pun on chenapan
Spain Flag.png Spanish Caterpie Same as English/Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Raupy From Raupe
Italy Flag.png Italian Caterpie Same as English/Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 캐터피 Kaeteopi Same as Japanese name



Related articles

External links


Notes



Blastoise #009: Blastoise
Pokémon
#011: Metapod Metapod


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