Bug (type)

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

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 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, or personality values.

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

In total, there are 47 Pokémon with the Bug type.


Pure Bug-type Pokémon

# Name
010 010 Caterpie
011 011 Metapod
127 127 Pinsir
204 204 Pineco
265 265 Wurmple
266 266 Silcoon
268 268 Cascoon
313 313 Volbeat
314 314 Illumise
401 401 Kricketot
402 402 Kricketune
412 412 Burmy

Half Bug-type Pokémon

Primary Bug-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
012 012 Butterfree Bug Flying
013 013 Weedle Bug Poison
014 014 Kakuna Bug Poison
015 015 Beedrill Bug Poison
046 046 Paras Bug Grass
047 047 Parasect Bug Grass
048 048 Venonat Bug Poison
049 049 Venomoth Bug Poison
123 123 Scyther Bug Flying
165 165 Ledyba Bug Flying
166 166 Ledian Bug Flying
167 167 Spinarak Bug Poison
168 168 Ariados Bug Poison
193 193 Yanma Bug Flying
205 205 Forretress Bug Steel
212 212 Scizor Bug Steel
213 213 Shuckle Bug Rock
214 214 Heracross Bug Fighting
267 267 Beautifly Bug Flying
269 269 Dustox Bug Poison
283 283 Surskit Bug Water
284 284 Masquerain Bug Flying
290 290 Nincada Bug Ground
291 291 Ninjask Bug Flying
292 292 Shedinja Bug Ghost
413 413 Wormadam Bug Grass
413G Wormadam Bug Ground
413S Wormadam Bug Steel
414 414 Mothim Bug Flying
415 415 Combee Bug Flying
416 416 Vespiquen Bug Flying
469 469 Yanmega Bug Flying
??? ??? Kurumiru Bug Grass

Secondary Bug-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
347 347 Anorith Rock Bug
348 348 Armaldo Rock Bug
451 451 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.
Bug Resistance Special ???  ???  ???%  ??? Both foes* May lower Special Defense.
Fury Cutter Physical Cool 10 95% 20 One target Each consecutive round it hits, the damage is doubled.
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
Defend Order Status Smart 10 User Raises the user's Defense and Special Defense.
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.
Tail Glow Status Beauty 20 User Raises user's Special Attack.


  • Even though Flying is a common secondary type among Bug-type Pokémon, there has yet to be a single Bug-type that can learn the move Fly.
  • Every Bug-type Pokémon can breed. Other types have at least one baby or legendary Pokémon among them, which cannot breed.
  • All Bug-type Pokémon besides Shedinja, Anorith, and Armaldo are in the Bug Egg Group.
  • With the exception of Arceus holding an Insect Plate, there has yet to be a Bug-type legendary Pokémon.
  • 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.
    • Despite this, all the very first Gyms are strong against Bug-types as they are Rock and Flying types.
  • 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.
  • All middle evolution Bug Pokémon are based on cocoons.
  • Kakuna is the only cocoon Pokémon who has a dual type (Bug and Poison). All the others are pure Bug-types.
  • Misty of the Cerulean Gym strongly dislikes Bug-type Pokémon, to the point where she even fears them.
  • 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
  • Hebrew: חרק harak
  • Italian: Coleottero
  • Japanese: むし (虫) mushi
  • Korean: 벌레 beolle
  • Polish: Robaczy
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): Inseto Insect
  • Russian: Жучий zhuchii - Beatle / Насекомое nasekomoye - Insect
  • Spanish: Bicho
  • Danish: Insekt/Kryb
  • Swedish: Insekt/Kryp