Charjabug (Pokémon)

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0736MS.png #0736: Grubbin
Pokémon
#0738: Vikavolt 0738MS.png
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Charjabug (disambiguation).
Charjabug
Battery Pokémon
デンヂムシ
Dendimushi
#0737
Charjabug



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Bug Electric
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Ability
Battery Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
120 (24.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Bug
Hatch time
15 cycles
Height
1'08" 0.5 m
Charjabug
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Weight
23.1 lbs. 10.5 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
140
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Charjabug
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HP
0
Atk
2
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
70
External Links

Charjabug (Japanese: デンヂムシ Dendimushi) is a dual-type Bug/Electric Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.

It evolves from Grubbin starting at level 20 and evolves into Vikavolt when leveled up in a special magnetic field or when exposed to a Thunder Stone.

(Specifics may differ in past games. Refer to Game data→Evolution data for these details.)

Biology

Charjabug communicating with Grubbin using sound waves

Charjabug is a small, cuboid Pokémon resembling an insect. Its body consists of three square segments. The last two sections have a thin, ring-like marking and a stubby brown leg on each side. Each eye is covered by a blue screen and is only visible when it glows. Two short, yellow spikes extend from the front square: one on each side of its rectangular mouth. The mouth itself is gray and has two jaws that close sideways, shaped like a lightning bolt when open.

Charjabug is often found half-buried in earth or leaves, munching on large quantities of humus. The sturdy shell covering Charjabug's body protects it from attacks, allowing it to eat peacefully. This diet helps Charjabug evolve into Vikavolt. In its body is an electric sac, which it uses to store electricity generated by digesting food. The electricity it stores could run a household for a whole day and can be shared with other Pokémon.[1] People on camping trips are grateful to have a Charjabug around. It can discharge electricity from the tips of its jaws to attack especially persistent opponents. Charjabug will zap anyone who accidentally steps on it. As shown in the anime, it can send sound waves to communicate with nearby Grubbin. Vikavolt is known to clasp Charjabug in between its legs and use it as a battery to enhance its Electric-type moves, unless it is in an aerial battle.

Charjabug is the only known Pokémon that can have Battery as an Ability.

Evolution

Charjabug evolves from Grubbin and evolves into Vikavolt.

Grubbin
Unevolved
Grubbin
 Bug 

Charjabug
First evolution
Charjabug
 Bug  Electric 

Vikavolt
Second evolution
Vikavolt
 Bug  Electric 


In the anime

Charjabug in the anime
Shiny Charjabug in the anime

Major appearances

Sophocles's Charjabug

Charjabug debuted in So Long, Sophocles!, where it was caught by Sophocles. Ash first trapped it in a cage and gave it to Sophocles as a farewell present, since he believed he was moving away. Charjabug evolved into a Vikavolt in Evolving Research!.

Horacio's Charjabug

A Shiny Charjabug appeared in Mounting an Electrifying Charge!, under the ownership of Horacio. It took part in the Charjabug race, which it lost after being unable to overcome an icy slope. It reappeared in Evolving Research!, where Horacio planned to evolve his Charjabug. In A High-Speed Awakening!, he was revealed to have successfully evolved Charjabug into a Vikavolt.

Minor appearances

Multiple Trainers' Charjabug appeared in Mounting an Electrifying Charge!, where they took part in the Charjabug race. They included those of the Electric Princess, Twin Starmie, and Science Speed teams.

A Trainer's Charjabug appeared in A High-Speed Awakening!.

A Trainer's Charjabug appeared in Exhibition Unmasked!.

A Trainer's Charjabug appeared in From Z to Shining Z!, where it watched the battle between Ash's Pikachu and Tapu Koko.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM026 Charjabug Rotom Pokédex Charjabug, the Battery Pokémon. A Bug and Electric type, and the evolved form of Grubbin. Charjabug stores electricity and can share it with other Pokémon.

In the manga

Charjabug in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Moon's Charjabug first appeared in Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull, evolving sometime after Moon left Aether Paradise.

Pokémon Horizon

A Charjabug appeared in a fantasy in Journey to a New Horizon.

A Charjabug appeared in a fantasy in Traveling Trainer Tokio.

In the TCG

Main article: Charjabug (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #028
Alola
USUM: #035
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Sun Its body is capable of storing electricity. On camping trips, people are grateful to have one around.
Moon From the food it digests, it generates electricity, and it stores this energy in its electric sac.
Ultra Sun It buries itself in fallen leaves and barely moves, munching away on humus. If you accidentally step on one, you'll get a shock!
Ultra Moon Its stout shell provides excellent defense from attacks. It uses electricity on persistent opponents.
Generation VIII Galar
#017
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.
Sword While its durable shell protects it from attacks, Charjabug strikes at enemies with jolts of electricity discharged from the tips of its jaws.
Shield Its digestive processes convert the leaves it eats into electricity. An electric sac in its belly stores the electricity for later use.
Generation IX Paldea
#—
Kitakami
#113
Blueberry
#—
Scarlet Protected by a sturdy shell, Charjabug eats large quantities of fresh and decomposing leaf litter in order to evolve.
Violet As it digests fallen leaves, it generates and stores electricity, which it can discharge from the tips of its jaws.


Pokédex Image Charjabug SM.png Pokédex Image Charjabug USUM.png Pokédex Image Charjabug SV Kitakami.png
Charjabug in the Alola PokédexSM Charjabug in the Alola PokédexUSUM Charjabug in the Kitakami Pokédex

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Blush Mountain
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Blush Mountain
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Axew's Eye, Dusty Bowl, Hammerlocke Hills
Bridge Field, Dappled Grove, Giant's Cap, Motostoke Riverbank, Rolling Fields (Max Raid Battle)
Expansion Pass
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
TradeVersion 2.0.1+
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero
Fellhorn Gorge, Oni Mountain,Wistful Fields, Paradise Barrens, Kitakami Wilds, Timeless Woods
Tera Raid Battles (3★)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Mewtwo SeaFinal
Generation VIII
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation VIII side games.
Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (18th release)


Held items

Games Held items
Sun Moon
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Sword Shield

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
57
117 - 164 224 - 318
82
78 - 147 152 - 289
95
90 - 161 175 - 317
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
36
36 - 96 69 - 188
Total:
400
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.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Vise Grip Normal Physical 05555 100100% 30
011 Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100100% 10
011 String Shot Bug Status 0000 09595% 40
011 Bug Bite Bug Physical 06060 100100% 20
Evo.Evo. Charge Electric Status 0000 00——% 20
1515 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
2323 Spark Electric Physical 06565 100100% 20
2929 Sticky Web Bug Status 0000 00——% 20
3636 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100100% 15
4343 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
5050 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
5757 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00——% 15
6464 Discharge Electric Special 08080 100100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charjabug
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charjabug
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM005Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM005 Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
TM007Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM015Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM015 Struggle Bug Bug Special 05050 100}}100% 20
TM021Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM021 Pounce Bug Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
TM023Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM023 Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
TM025Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM035Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM035 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM047Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM048Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM048 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
TM050Bag TM Water SV Sprite.png TM050 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM055Bag TM Ground SV Sprite.png TM055 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM070Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM072Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM072 Electro Ball Electric Special 0000 100}}100% 10
TM075Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM075 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM082Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM082 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM083Bag TM Poison SV Sprite.png TM083 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM085Bag TM Psychic SV Sprite.png TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM096Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM096 Eerie Impulse Electric Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM103Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM104Bag TM Steel SV Sprite.png TM104 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM105Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM105 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM108Bag TM Dark SV Sprite.png TM108 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM126Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM126 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TM132Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM132 Baton Pass Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 40
TM136Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM136 Electric Terrain Electric Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM147Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM147 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
TM166Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM166 Thunder Electric Special 110110 070}}70% 10
TM171Bag TM Normal SV Sprite.png TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM173Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM173 Charge Electric Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM182Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM182 Bug Bite Bug Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM185Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM185 Lunge Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM211Bag TM Electric SV Sprite.png TM211 Electroweb Electric Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM219Bag TM Bug SV Sprite.png TM219 Skitter Smack Bug Physical 07070 090}}90% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charjabug
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Charjabug
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
JoltikGalvantulaCharjabugVikavolt
Discharge Electric Special 80 100% 15
GligarGliscorSpewpa
Harden Normal Status —% 30
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Charjabug
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charjabug
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charjabug

By a prior evolution

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Charjabug
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Charjabug

Side game data

Pokémon Shuffle
None Shuffle.png
Bug
None Shuffle.png Attack Power: 60 - 120 Raise Max Level.png 10

#740
Shuffle737.png

Bug Combo
Increases damage done by any Bug types in the combo.


Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush737Body.png Walking Speed: 2.92 seconds Base HP: 50
Base Attack: 74 Base Defense: 56 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon GO
GO737.png Base HP: 149 Base Attack: 145 Base Defense: 161
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: Grubbin Candy 100 + Magnetic Lure Module
Fast Attacks: Spark, Bug Bite, Volt Switch
Charged Attacks: X-Scissor, Crunch, Discharge

Evolution data

Charjabug evolves from Grubbin starting at level 20 and evolves into Vikavolt when leveled up in a special magnetic field. There is no special magnetic field in Pokémon Sword and Shield, so from Generation VIII onwards, Charjabug is also able to evolve into Vikavolt when exposed to a Thunder Stone.

Grubbin
Unevolved
Grubbin
 Bug 
Rare Candy
Level 20
Charjabug
First evolution
Charjabug
 Bug  Electric 
Rare Candy + Town Map Icon BDSP.png
Level up
in areas with a
special magnetic field


Thunder Stone
Thunder StoneVIII+
Vikavolt
Second evolution
Vikavolt
 Bug  Electric 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
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Spr b 7s 737.png
Spr 7s 737 s.png
Spr b 7s 737 s.png
Spr 7s 737 s.png
Spr b 7s 737 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Spr 8s 737.png
Spr 8s 737 s.png
Cross-Generation
HOME
HOME0737.png HOME0737 s.png
737MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Charjabug images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Charjabug and its evolutionary relatives were designed by Hitoshi Ariga.[2]
  • Charjabug is the only Electric-type Pokémon with a serpentine body.
  • Charjabug is the only Pokémon whose Japanese name contains the uncommon yotsugana ヂ (di or ji).
    • Similarly, Naclstack's Japanese name (ジオヅム Jiodumu) is the only one that contains the uncommon ヅ (du or zu).

Origin

Charjabug appears to be based on a cocooned bug and a battery. It may also be based on the denkimushi, a caterpillar in Japan that, when touched, can give a sting that is said to feel like an electric shock. In addition, it bears a resemblance to subway cars, which are typically powered by electricity and reflect its habit of living underground. It may be also based on a two-pronged electrical plug or nine-volt battery. Its original evolution method of levelling up in a magnetic field might come from various insects such as termites (which also have mandibles), which use geomagnetism to navigate their nests and orient their construction.

Based on its cry, Charjabug may also be inspired by an accordion.

Name origin

Charjabug may be a combination of charge (as in to charge a battery) or charger and bug.

Dendimushi may be a combination of 電池 denchi (battery) and 地虫 jimushi (grub).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese デンヂムシ Dendimushi From 電池 denchi and 地虫 jimushi
France Flag.png French Chrysapile From chrysalide and pile
Spain Flag.png Spanish Charjabug Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Akkup From Akku and Puppe
Italy Flag.png Italian Charjabug Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 전지충이 Jeonjichung-i From 전지 (電池) jeonji, 지충 (地蟲) jichung, and i
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 蟲電寶 / 虫电宝 Chóngdiànbǎo From 蟲 / 虫 chóng, 充電 / 充电 chōngdiàn, 充電寶 / 充电宝 chōngdiànbǎo, and 寶寶 / 宝宝 bǎobao
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 蟲電寶 Chùhngdihnbóu From chùhng, 充電 chūngdihn, 充電寶 chūngdihnbóu, and 寶寶 bóubóu


Related articles

References

External links

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