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* Japanese: '''むし''' (虫) ''mushi''
* Japanese: '''むし''' (虫) ''mushi''
* Korean: '''벌레''' ''beolle''
* Korean: '''벌레''' ''beolle''
* Polish: '''Robaczy'''
* Polish: '''Owad''' ('''Robaczy''' / '''Chrząszcz''' / '''Insekt''')
* Portuguese (Brazilian): '''Inseto''' ''Insect''
* Portuguese (Brazilian): '''Inseto''' ''Insect''
* Russian: '''Жучий''' ''zhuchii'' - ''Beatle'' / '''Насекомое''' ''nasekomoye'' - ''Insect''
* Russian: '''Жучий''' ''zhuchii'' - ''Beatle'' / '''Насекомое''' ''nasekomoye'' - ''Insect''

Revision as of 07:50, 10 October 2010

Template:ElementalTypes Template:TypeNotice Notable trainers that specialize in Bug-type Pokémon are Bugsy of Azalea Town, Aaron of the Sinnoh Elite Four, and Arti of Hiun City.

Statistical averages


HP: 54
Attack: 65
Defense: 65
Sp.Atk: 48
Sp.Def: 62
Speed: 57
Total: 0

Fully evolved

HP: 62.69
Attack: 78.35
Defense: 78.88
Sp.Atk: 63.35
Sp.Def: 80.62
Speed: 63.42
Total: 0

Battle properties

Generation I

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

Generation II-onward

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


Bug Pokémon are usually amongst the first Pokémon types a Trainer can find in the wild. They generally evolve at very early levels compared to most other Pokémon. The type varies from strong to weak. Depending on the Bug Pokémon, they can provide annoyance with stat altering moves or hit hard with attacks such as Megahorn, X-Scissor, Signal Beam and Bug Buzz.

Offensively, they can be problematic. Speaking from the pros they can come in handy against Psychic and Template:Type2s, which are two types common in most teams, and also the very common Template:Type2, but many Grass-types are also Poison-typed, making them neutral to Bug-type moves. The Generation I games weren't very kind to this type, having only three very weak damage-dealing moves, but many Pokémon of this type have improved over time. This is all mitigated by the fact that too many types (six, falling one short of Grass) resist it to call it a main form of dealing damage. Also, they can often offset their advantage over Psychic-types especially due to the reatively common typing of Bug/Poison types. The fact that they are resisted by Poison, a popular defensive type, causes further problems (though many Poison types also have a subtype that is weak to Bug, such as Grass). In addition, their aforementioned advantage against Psychic-types is mitigated by the Psychic/Flying, Psychic/Fighting and the Psychic/Steel types.

Defensively, Bug-types are still flawed, because of their low Defense and the fact that there are many that are part Flying, magnifying their weakness to Rock. They resist Ground and even Fighting, two extremely powerful types, however, Pokémon of both those types can also learn Rock-type moves to render the Bug type's resistance to them useless. Dual-type Bug/Flying and Bug/Poison Pokémon have an outstanding double resistance to Fighting, which can make up for their slightly low Defense. They also have a double resistance to common Grass moves, meaning they would take very little damage from such notorious moves as Giga Drain, Energy Ball, or Petal Dance.

Notably, many Bug-type families evolve dependent on unique methods, such as an extra slot in the party, its current moveset, gender, personality values, Happiness, being traded with an item or even with a specific Pokémon.

When used in contests, Bug-type moves do not favor one contest category.


As of Generation V, there are 63 Pokémon (65 if counting each of Wormadam's cloaks) with the Bug 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 Kaburumo Kaburumo
616 Chobomaki Chobomaki
617 Agirudaa Agirudaa

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
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
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
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock
214 Heracross 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 Wormadam Bug Ground
Wormadam Wormadam Bug Steel
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
415 Combee Combee Bug Flying
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
540 Kurumiru Kurumiru Bug Grass
541 Kurumayu Kurumayu Bug Grass
542 Hahakomori Hahakomori Bug Grass
543 Fushide Fushide Bug Poison
544 Hoiiga Hoiiga Bug Poison
545 Pendora Pendora Bug Poison
557 Ishizumai Ishizumai Bug Rock
558 Iwaparesu Iwaparesu Bug Rock
589 Shubarugo Shubarugo Bug Steel
595 Bachuru Bachuru Bug Electric
596 Denchura Denchura Bug Electric
632 Aianto Aianto Bug Steel
636 Meraruba Meraruba Bug Fire
637 Urugamoth Urugamoth Bug Fire
649 Genesect Genesect Bug Steel

Secondary Bug-type Pokémon

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


Damage-dealing moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Attack Order Physical Smart 90 100% 15 One target It has a high critical-hit ratio.
Bug Bite Physical Tough 60 100% 20 One target If the target has a berry, the user takes it and uses it.
Bug Buzz Special Cute 90 100% 10 One target Has a 10% chance of lowering the target's Special Defense.
Insect Opposition Special ??? 30 100% 20 All foes Lowers the target's Special Attack.
Fury Cutter Physical Cool 20* 95% 20 One target Each consecutive round it hits, the damage is doubled.
Hard Roller Physical ??? 65 100% 20 One target Has a 30% chance of making the target flinch.
Leech Life Physical Smart 20 100% 15 One target Restores the user's HP by half the damage dealt.
Megahorn Physical Cool 120 85% 10 One target
Pin Missile Physical Cool 14 85% 20 One target Attacks two to five times in a row.
Signal Beam Special Beauty 75 100% 15 One target Has a 10% chance of confusing the target.
Silver Wind Special Beauty 60 100% 5 One target Has a 10% chance of raising all of the user's stats.
Twineedle Physical Cool 25 100% 20 One target Hits twice. Has a 20% chance of poisoning the target.
U-turn Physical Cute 70 100% 20 One target User switches out after dealing damage.
X-Scissor Physical Beauty 80 100% 15 One target

Non-damaging moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Anger Powder Status ??? 20 User Makes all opponents take aim only at the user.
Butterfly Dance Status ??? 20 User Raises the user's Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed one level each.
Defend Order Status Smart 10 User Raises the user's Defense and Special Defense one level each.
Heal Order Status Smart 10 User Restores user's HP by half of its maximum HP.
Spider Web Status Smart 10 One target Target cannot flee or be switched out.
String Shot Status Smart 95% 40 Both foes Lowers target's Speed one level.
Tail Glow Status Beauty 20 User Raises user's Special Attack two levels.


  • Even though Flying is a common secondary type among Bug-type Pokémon, the only Bug-type Pokémon that can learn the move Fly are not Flying types.
  • Each generation has introduced at least one Bug-type Pokémon whose name starts with the letter S.
  • Until Platinum, several Bug-type Pokémon, Shuckle, Kricketot, Burmy, Wormadam, and Combee, were unable to learn any Bug-type moves. Each of them is now able to learn Bug Bite by level, and Wormadam can learn Signal Beam by move tutor.
  • Almost all Bug-type Pokémon evolve very early. Reasons for that could be to give the player the opportunity of having a strong evolved Pokémon in the beginning in order to earn the Gym Badge more easily, and that insects in fact can increase their population in short periods of time. Ironically though, Urugamoth evolves at level 59, the second highest level needed to evolve, only surpassed by Sazandra.
    • Despite this, all but one of the very first Gyms are strong against Bug-types, as they specialize in Rock and Template:Type2s, and even the one that isn't has a chance to specialize in Template:Type2s.
  • As of Generation II, the Bug type (along with the Fighting type) are one of only two pairs of different types to share the same interaction against each other (Bug resists Fighting and vice versa). The other pair is Normal and Ghost (Normal is immune to Ghost and vice versa).
    • In Generation I, the Bug type and the Poison type also shared the same interaction: they were super-effective against each other. As of Generation II, Poison-type Pokémon now resist Bug-type moves, and Poison-type moves are neutral on Bug-types.
  • The Poison type's now neutral matchup against Bug is likely based on insects adapting to Poison in real life.
  • All middle evolution Bug Pokémon are based on cocoons.
  • String Shot is the only Bug-type status move that can miss.

In other languages

  • Chinese: chóng
  • Dutch: Insect
  • Finnish: Ötökkä Bug / Hyönteinen Insect
  • French: Insecte
  • German: Käfer
  • Greek: Έντομο - Entomo / Αρθρόποδο - Arthropodo
  • Hebrew: חרק harak
  • Italian: Coleottero
  • Japanese: むし (虫) mushi
  • Korean: 벌레 beolle
  • Polish: Owad (Robaczy / Chrząszcz / Insekt)
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): Inseto Insect
  • Russian: Жучий zhuchii - Beatle / Насекомое nasekomoye - Insect
  • Spanish: Bicho
  • Danish: Insekt/Kryb
  • Swedish: Insekt/Kryp