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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 Castelia 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 prove to be a nuisance with stat altering moves or hit hard with attacks such as Megahorn, X-Scissor, Signal Beam and Bug Buzz.


Offensively, they are somewhat flawed. They do come in handy against Psychic and Template:Type2s, which are two types common in most teams but their strength against the very common Template:Type2, is reduced by the common Grass\Poison typing. 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 improvement is lessened by the fact that too many types (six, falling one short of Grass) resist Bug-type moves for them to be a main form of dealing damage. Also, their advantage over Psychic-types is reduced due to the relatively 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, which is usually Grass). In addition, their aforementioned advantage against Psychic-types is reduced by the Psychic/Flying, Psychic/Fighting and Psychic/Steel types. Despite these offensive flaws, the Bug-type pairs very effectively with Water and Ice because, as of Generation V, there are only 6 Pokémon out of 649 resist this combination of moves.


Defensively, Bug-types are still flawed, because of their low Defense and the fact that there are many that are part Flying, multiplying their weakness to Rock. In this way their resistance to Ground and Fighting, two extremely powerful types, are of little use, as it is common for both types to master Rock moves. Dual-type Bug/Flying and Bug/Poison Pokémon have an outstanding double resistance to Fighting, which can make up for their 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, 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 Bug-type Pokémon or 9.71 % of all Pokémon, making it the sixth most common elemental 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
493 Arceus Arceus*
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 Bug Ground
Wormadam Bug Steel
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying
415 Combee Combee Bug Flying
416 Vespiquen Vespiquen Bug Flying
469 Yanmega Yanmega Bug Flying
540 Sewaddle Sewaddle Bug Grass
541 Kurumayu Kurumayu Bug Grass
542 Hahakomori Hahakomori Bug Grass
543 Fushide Fushide Bug Poison
544 Hoiiga Hoiiga Bug Poison
545 Pendra Pendra Bug Poison
557 Ishizumai Ishizumai Bug Rock
558 Iwaparesu Iwaparesu Bug Rock
589 Shubarugo Shubarugo Bug Steel
595 Bachuru Bachuru Bug Electric
596 Galvantula Galvantula Bug Electric
632 Aianto Aianto Bug Steel
636 Meraruba Meraruba Bug Fire
637 Ulgamoth Ulgamoth 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.
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.
Struggle Bug Special ??? 30 100% 20 All foes Lowers the target's Special Attack.
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 three 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.
  • 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, Ulgamoth evolves at level 59, the second highest level needed to evolve, only surpassed by Sazandora. But another method may be due to the fact, that most fully evolved bug type Pokémon's stats are extremely low, being only somewhat higher than most basic, or baby stage Pokémon.
    • 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.
  • Until Generation IV, the only Bug moves with a power above 25 were Megahorn and Silver Wind, which made them extremely hard to use offensively.
  • 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 mid-evolution Bug Pokémon are based on cocoons.
  • String Shot is the only Bug-type status move that can miss.
  • Generation V introduced the most Bug-type Pokémon of any Generation, with 18.
    • Additionally, Generation V is the only Generation to introduce a Bug-type legendary Pokémon: Genesect.
    • Generation V is the only Generation not to introduce a dual Bug/Flying Pokémon.
  • All Gym Leaders and Elite Four members that specialize in Bug-type Pokémon are male.
    • This could be a reference to the stereotype that girls are afraid of bugs, a stereotype that Misty lives up to in the anime when she first encounters Ash's Caterpie.
  • Statistically, Bug-type Pokémon are the weakest, as most fully evolved Bug-type Pokémon have stats that aren't even close to 400. However, Generation IV and V introduced several Bug-type Pokémon with base stat totals over 500, including one at 600 (Genesect).

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese むし (虫) mushi
Mandarin Chinese chóng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Insekt/Kryb
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Insect
Finland Flag.png Finnish Ötökkä Bug / Hyönteinen Insect
French Canada Flag.png Canada Insecte
France Flag.png Europe Insecte
Germany Flag.png German Käfer
Greece Flag.png Greek Έντομο - Entomo / Αρθρόποδο - Arthropodo
Israel Flag.png Hebrew חרק harak
Italy Flag.png Italian Coleottero
South Korea Flag.png Korean 벌레 beolle
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Insekt
Poland Flag.png Polish Owad (Robaczy / Chrząszcz / Insekt)
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Inseto Insect
Russia Flag.png Russian Жучий zhuchii - Beatle / Насекомое nasekomoye - Insect
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Bicho
Spain Flag.png Spain Bicho
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Insekt/Kryp