Butterfree (Pokémon)

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Butterfree
バタフリー Butterfree
#012
012Butterfree.png
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Bug Flying
Category
Butterfly Pokémon
Ability
Compoundeyes
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#012
Johto
#026
Hoenn
#214
Regional Browser numbers
Height
3′07″
Imperial
1.1 m
Metric
Weight
70.5 lbs.
Imperial
32.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
White
Catch rate
45 (5.9%)
Body style
Body13.png
Footprint
 F012.png 
Gender ratio
Genderless
Breeding
Bug group 1 cycles
(255 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 160 Battle Exp.: 1601*

Butterfree (Japanese: バタフリー Butterfree) is a dual-type Bug/Flying Pokémon. It is the final form of Caterpie.

Biology

Physiology

Butterfree resembles a vaguely anthropomorphic butterfly. Unlike true insects, it only has four legs, which are a pale blue color. It has a nose-like structure which is a similar color. Its body’s coloration is a darker purple-blue. It has large veined wings which are white with black markings, in very rare cases individuals may be born with pinkish coloration. The markings can help distinguish male and female individuals. It has large compound eyes which tend to be a reddish color. Like members of the order Lepidoptera, Butterfree’s wings are covered in fine scales. Its legs are covered in fine hairs which aid in the collection of honey.

Gender differences

A female has black spots on the lower parts of her wings.

Special abilities

The waterproof scales on Butterfree’s wings are loosely attached, and if the Butterfree flaps them hard enough, they will be released into the air. This resulting “dust” is toxic, and can be irritating if inhaled.

Behavior

Butterfree spends most of its time foraging for nectar and pollen from flowers. In the wild they need to eat constantly. Special adaptations such as waterproofing on their wings, and tiny hairs on their legs let them gather food even in the rain. Butterfree will roam up to six miles from their nest in search of honey. During breeding season, Butterfree take to the air en-masse. Female Butterfree generally choose their mates on the basis of performed aerial aerobics, however other factors may come into play. In order to mate, male Butterfree appeal to a female Butterfree they wish to mate with by performing the courtship dance. If the female is receptive she will also reciprocate by joining in performing the courtship dance to the other male Butterfree as he also continues to "dance".

Habitat

Butterfree can be found in forests and wooded areas with high amounts of moisture and mist. They can also sometimes be found flying near the ocean, which may be part of their migratory breeding pattern.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Butterfree collect and consume pollen and honey from flowers. Butterfree also consume sap from trees if they have been opened by Heracross.

In the anime

File:Butterwings.jpg
A differently patterned Butterfree.

Ash Ketchum had a Butterfree that he had caught as a Caterpie, which was the first Pokémon he ever caught. It was also the first Pokémon he let go, allowing it to mate with a pink Butterfree in Bye-Bye Butterfree. Ritchie also has a Butterfree named Happy.

After Team Rocket kidnapped Dr. Gordon and flew away on Jessie's Dustox (who was currently Mothra-sized) in Caterpie's Big Dilemma, Zander's giant-sized Metapod evolved into a Mothra-sized Butterfree in order to chase Team Rocket. Zander's Butterfree shrunk back to its normal size at the end of the episode.

Jeremy used a Butterfree in the first half of the Silver town Pokémon Contest in Weekend Warrior.

In the Kanto Grand Festival Solidad uses a Butterfree in Channeling the Battle Zone.

Drew has a Butterfree which made its debut in The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing.

In the manga

In Pokémon Special, Yellow has a Butterfree which evolved from a Caterpie she befriended and captured. Her uncle, Fisherman Wilton, also has a Butterfree. Both of them are able to use Butterfree as a mode of flight, using Butterfree to hold onto their backs as they fly.

Ash's Butterfree evolved at the Cerulean Gym in the Electric Tale of Pikachu.

In the TCG

Main article: Butterfree (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed, releasing highly toxic dust into the air.
Blue
Yellow Its wings, covered with Template:M2, repel water. This allows it to fly in the rain.
Stadium Its wings are covered with Template:M2. If you see one flapping its wings, be careful not to inhale any of the dust.
Generation II
Gold It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
Silver Water-repellent powder on its wings enables it to collect honey, even in the heaviest of rains.
Crystal It flits from flower to flower, collecting honey. It can even identify distant flowers in bloom.
Stadium 2 It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
Generation III
Ruby Butterfree has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can even search out, extract, and carry honey from flowers that are blooming over six miles from its nest.
Sapphire Butterfree has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can even search out, extract, and carry honey from flowers that are blooming over six miles from its nest.
Emerald It has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can seek, extract, and carry honey from flowers blooming over six miles away.
FireRed The wings are protected by a rain-repellent dust. As a result, this Pokémon can fly about even in rain.
LeafGreen In battle, it flaps its wings at great speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.
Generation IV
Diamond It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
Pearl It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
Platinum {{{platinumdex}}}
HeartGold {{{heartgolddex}}}
SoulSilver {{{soulsilverdex}}}
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Alternate games

Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Trading Card Game (Base Set)
In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed, releasing highly toxic dust into the air.
Pokémon Trading Card Game (Neo Discovery)
It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Evolve Metapod
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Evolve Metapod
Generation II
Gold Silver
Gold: Uncommon
Silver: Rare
Gold: National Park during the Bug-Catching Contest, Route 2, and may drop from Headbutted trees
Silver: National Park during the Bug-Catching Contest
Crystal
Uncommon National Park during the Bug-Catching Contest, Routes 2, 24, and 25, and may drop from Headbutted trees
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
None Evolve Metapod
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
One Cipher Key Lair (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Metapod
Platinum
None Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Trade
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Beach
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 1
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Red and Blue)
Evolve from Metapod
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Explorers of Time)
Apple Woods (1F-7F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Explorers of Darkness)
Evolve from Metapod

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
60
120 - 167 230 - 324
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
50
49 - 112 94 - 218
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
80
76 - 145 148 - 284
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
Total:
385
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 80.

Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

Learnset

Template:Learnset intro

By leveling up

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By TM/HM

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By breeding

None.

By tutoring

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Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
while a colored background indicates that the move is available.
|} |}

Special moves

Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
Shadow moves Level 30+ Purified moves
Shadow Mist Shadow Box XD 012.png Morning Sun Normal
Shadow Rush Shadow Psychic Psychic
-- Sleep Powder Grass
-- Aerial Ace Flying

TCG-only Moves

Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Template:Evobox/2

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 012.png Spr 1y 012.png Spr 1g 012.png Spr b g1 012.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 012.png Spr 2s 012.png Spr 2c 012.png Spr b 2g 012.png
Spr 2g 012 s.png Spr 2s 012 s.png Spr 2c 012 s.png Spr b 2g 012 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 012.png Spr 3e 012.png Spr 3f 012.png Spr b 3r 012.png
Spr 3r 012 s.png Spr 3e 012 s.png Spr 3f 012 s.png Spr b 3r 012 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 012 m.png Spr 4d 012 m.png Spr 4h 012 m.png Spr b 4d 012 m.png
Spr 4d 012 f.png Spr 4d 012 f.png Spr 4h 012 f.png Spr b 4d 012 f.png
Spr 4d 012 m s.png Spr 4d 012 m s.png Spr 4h 012 m s.png Spr b 4d 012 m s.png
Spr 4d 012 f s.png Spr 4d 012 f s.png Spr 4h 012 f s.png Spr b 4d 012 f s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 012 m.png Spr 5b 012 m.png Spr b 5b 012 m.png
Spr 5b 012 f.png Spr 5b 012 f.png Spr b 5b 012 f.png
Spr 5b 012 m s.png Spr 5b 012 m s.png Spr b 5b 012 m s.png
Spr 5b 012 f s.png Spr 5b 012 f s.png Spr b 5b 012 f s.png
Butterfree For other sprites and images, please see Butterfree images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Butterfree is the first Pokémon shown in the anime to have an alternate color. However, this alternate color was pink, which is not the same as the alternate color of Butterfree in the games, in which only its wings, feet, hands, and mouth are pink.
  • The Butterfree species has been trained by four anime trainers: Ash, Ritchie, Solidad, and Drew.
  • Butterfree shares the same species name with Beautifly. They are both known as the Butterfly Pokémon.
  • In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, Butterfree's sprite depicts it with white antennae, similar to Venonat; however, this color of antennae has never been shown before or since.

Origin

Its design appears to be based upon a common butterfly, most likely a Cabbage White butterfly, more specifically, Aporia crataegi.

Name origin

Butterfree's name is a combination of butterfly and free, possibly referring to its ability to fly after being grounded for two evolutionary stages.

In other languages

  • German: Smettbo
  • French: Papilusion - Papillon means butterfly, and illusion is the same as in English.
  • Korean: 버터플 Beoteopeul - Corruption of butterfly.
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 巴大蝴 Ba Dá Hú - 巴大, sound of 'butter' in butterfree, 蝴, first part of 蝴蝶 meaning butterfly
  • Chinese (Hong Kong): 巴他蝶 Ba Ta Díe - 巴他, sound of 'butter' in butterfree, 蝶, second part of 蝴蝶 meaning butterfly

Related articles

External links

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