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*Metapod, tied with {{p|Kakuna}}, {{p|Silcoon}}, and {{p|Cascoon}}, are the weakest evolved Pokémon in the games, by average base stats.
 
*Metapod, tied with {{p|Kakuna}}, {{p|Silcoon}}, and {{p|Cascoon}}, are the weakest evolved Pokémon in the games, by average base stats.
 
*Metapod shares the same [[species]] name with {{p|Kakuna}}, {{p|Silcoon}}, and {{p|Cascoon}}. They are all known as Cocoon Pokémon.
 
*Metapod shares the same [[species]] name with {{p|Kakuna}}, {{p|Silcoon}}, and {{p|Cascoon}}. They are all known as Cocoon Pokémon.
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*Its backsprite looks almost identical to its Japanese front sprite, only zoomed in.
 
===Origin===
 
===Origin===
 
Its design appears to be based upon a generic butterfly chrysalis, most likely a Cabbage White or Swallowtail chrysalis.
 
Its design appears to be based upon a generic butterfly chrysalis, most likely a Cabbage White or Swallowtail chrysalis.

Revision as of 02:02, 5 August 2008

000 #{{{prevnum}}}: Caterpie
Pokémon
#{{{nextnum}}}: Butterfree 000
Metapod
トランセル Trancell
#011
011Metapod.png
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Bug '
Category
Cocoon Pokémon
Ability
Shed Skin
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#011
Johto
#025
Hoenn
#213
Regional Browser numbers
Height
2′04″
Imperial
0.7 m
Metric
Weight
21.8 lbs.
Imperial
9.9 kg
Metric
Dex color
Green
Catch rate
120 (15.7%)
Body style
Body02.png
Footprint
 F011.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.: 72 Battle Exp.: 721*

Metapod (Japanese: トランセル Trancell) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

Caterpie evolves into it at Level 7, and it evolves into Butterfree at Level 10.

Biology

Physiology

While Metapod is classified as a cocoon Pokémon, it bears more resemblance to a chrysalis. Its soft body is protected by a hard outer shell while it undergoes metamorphosis. While this shell is said to be as hard as steel, a large sudden impact could cause its vulnerable body to pop out, leaving it completely exposed. It shares many physiological and behavioral characteristics with Kakuna, suggesting that they may have a distant relationship.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Metapod posses a very limited range of movement. However, by hardening their outer shell, they can protect themselves from most kinds of enemies.

Behavior

In order to conserve as much energy as possible, Metapod generally remain motionless. They can be very difficult to spot in the wild, because their green coloration helps them blend in with the tree-top canopies. If it is discovered by an enemy it is unable to do anything other than harden its outer shell. While this is enough to deter most predators it does not offer complete protection, as the Metapod's insides still remain soft and vulnerable. Its second line of defense is to drop of the trees using String Shot. Because of its vulnerability, Metapod evolve rapidly into their final evolutionary stage.

Habitat

Metapod can often be found in wooded areas, such as Viridian Forest. They dangle themselves from leafy canopies using String Shot.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Metapod does not eat. It relies on the energy it stored as a Caterpie.

In the anime

Ash Ketchum had a Metapod that he caught as a Caterpie and evolved in Ash Catches a Pokémon. It eventually evolved into Butterfree in Challenge of the Samurai.

In Gettin' The Bugs Out, Bugsy used a Metapod against Ash for the Gym Battle. Unlike most Metapod, this one was actually able to fight back.

In Caterpie's Big Dilemma, Zander's Caterpie became giant-sized after eating some enhanced Rare Candies. Zander's Caterpie knocked down part of a radio tower in order to make a place for it to evolve into Metapod.

In the manga

Pokémon Special

Metapod's first appearance is a cameo in Bulbasaur, Come Home! as one of the Pokémon that escapes from Professor Oak's Laboratory. Also, Yellow's Caterpie was a Metapod briefly before evolving again into Butterfree. Bugsy also uses two Metapod on his team.

In the TCG

Main article: Metapod (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red This Pokémon is vulnerable to attack while its shell is soft, exposing its weak and tender body.
Blue
Yellow Hardens its shell to protect itself. However, a large impact may cause it to pop out of its shell.
Stadium When it hardens, only the external shell is transformed. The inside remains tender.
Generation II
Gold Inside the shell, it is soft and weak as it prepares to evolve. It stays motionless in the shell.
Silver It prepares for evolution by hardening its shell as much as possible to protect its soft body.
Crystal This is its preevolved form. At this stage, it can only harden, so it remains motionless to avoid attack.
Stadium 2 Inside the shell, it is soft and weak as it prepares to evolve. It stays motionless in the shell.
Generation III
Ruby The shell covering this Pokémon's body is as hard as an iron slab. Metapod does not move very much. It stays still because it is preparing its soft innards for evolution inside the hard shell.
Sapphire The shell covering this Pokémon's body is as hard as an iron slab. Metapod does not move very much. It stays still because it is preparing its soft innards for evolution inside the hard shell.
Emerald Its shell is as hard as an iron slab. A Metapod does not move very much because it is preparing its soft innards for evolution inside the shell.
FireRed Even though it is encased in a sturdy shell, the body inside is tender. It can't withstand a harsh attack.
LeafGreen This Pokémon is vulnerable to attack while its shell is soft, exposing its weak and tender body.
Generation IV
Diamond A steel-hard shell protects its tender body. It quietly endures hardships while awaiting evolution.
Pearl A steel-hard shell protects its tender body. It quietly endures hardships while awaiting evolution.
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, Base Set 2, Legendary Collection)
This Pokémon is vulnerable to attack while its shell is soft, exposing its weak and tender body.
Pokémon Trading Card Game (Neo Discovery)
Inside the shell, it is soft and weak as it prepares to evolve. It stays motionless in the shell.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Red: Uncommon
Blue: Common
Red: Route 25, Viridian Forest
Blue: Routes 24 and 25, Viridian Forest
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
Common Viridian Forest
Generation II
Gold Silver
Gold: Common
Silver: Uncommon
Gold: Routes 2, 30, and 31 Ilex Forest, National Park
Silver: National Park during the Bug-Catching Contest
Crystal
Common Routes 2, 24, 25, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Trade
Emerald
None Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Common Route 25, Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Uncommon Eterna Forest (dongle method: FireRed)
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 River
Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 2
Secret Storage 8
Endless Level 4
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Red and Blue)
Joyous Tower (7F-8F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
(Time and Darkness)
Mystifying Forest (B1-B13)
Mystery Jungle (B1-B29)
Happy Outlook (B1-B19)

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
50
110 - 157 210 - 304
20
22 - 79 40 - 152
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
25
27 - 84 49 - 163
25
27 - 84 49 - 163
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Total:
205
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 25.

Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

In Generation I, the effectiveness of Poison-type moves is 200.

Learnset

Template:Evolved learnset intro

By leveling up

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| style=" background:#FFF" | 4 | style=" background:#FFF" | 1 | style=" background:#FFF" | Metapod | style="display:none; background:#FFF" | {{{6}}} Template:Mlentry4 Template:Mlentry4 Template:Mlentry4 Template:Movelist/note

By TM/HM

None

By breeding

None

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 011.png Spr 1y 011.png Spr 1g 011.png Spr b g1 011.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 011.png Spr 2s 011.png Spr 2c 011.png Spr b 2g 011.png
Spr 2g 011 s.png Spr 2s 011 s.png Spr 2c 011 s.png Spr b 2g 011 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 011.png Spr 3e 011.png Spr 3f 011.png Spr b 3r 011.png
Spr 3r 011 s.png Spr 3e 011 s.png Spr 3f 011 s.png Spr b 3r 011 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 011.png Spr 4d 011.png Spr 4h 011.png Spr b 4d 011.png
Spr 4d 011 s.png Spr 4d 011 s.png Spr 4h 011 s.png Spr b 4d 011 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 011.png Spr 5b 011.png Spr b 5b 011.png
Spr 5b 011 s.png Spr 5b 011 s.png Spr b 5b 011 s.png
Metapod For other sprites and images, please see Metapod images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • In early years of Pokémon, some fans could not make out which side of Metapod was the front, due to several different released images of Metapod facing different angles.
  • Metapod, tied with Kakuna, Silcoon, and Cascoon, are the weakest evolved Pokémon in the games, by average base stats.
  • Metapod shares the same species name with Kakuna, Silcoon, and Cascoon. They are all known as Cocoon Pokémon.
  • Its backsprite looks almost identical to its Japanese front sprite, only zoomed in.

Origin

Its design appears to be based upon a generic butterfly chrysalis, most likely a Cabbage White or Swallowtail chrysalis.

Name origin

Metapod's name is a combination of metamorphosis and pod, referring to its chrysalis state. Its Japanese name appears to be a combination of transform and cell or shell.

In other languages

  • German: Safcon
  • French: Chrysacier - Chrysalis as in the English and acier, meaning steel.
  • Korean: 단데기 Dandegi
  • Chinese (Taiwan): 铁甲蛹 Tîe Jîa Yông - "Iron armor cocoon".
  • Chinese (Hong Kong): 鐵甲蟲 Tîe Jîa Chong - "Iron armor insect". (notice 甲蟲 is a beetle)

Related articles

External links

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