Paras (Pokémon)

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Vileplume #045: Vileplume
Pokémon
#047: Parasect Parasect
Paras
Mushroom Pokémon
パラス
Paras
#046
Paras



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Bug Grass
Unknown Unknown
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Abilities
Effect Spore or Dry Skin Cacophony
Cacophony
Damp
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
190 (35.2%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Bug and Grass
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'00" 0.3 m
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Weight
11.9 lbs. 5.4 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
70
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
57
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Paras
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HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
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Shape
Body14.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F046.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Red
Base friendship
70
External Links

Paras (Japanese: パラス Paras) is a dual-type Bug/Grass Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Parasect starting at level 24.

Biology

Paras removing its tochukaso

Paras is an orange, insectoid Pokémon that resembles the nymph stage of a cicada. Its ovoid body is segmented, and it has three pairs of legs. The foremost pair of legs is the largest and has sharp claws at the tips. There are five specks on its forehead and three teeth on either side of its mouth. It has circular eyes with large pseudopupils.

Red-and-yellow mushrooms known as tochukaso grow on this Pokémon's back. The mushrooms can be removed at any time and grow from spores that are doused on this Pokémon's back at birth by the mushroom on its mother's back. Tochukaso are parasitic in nature, drawing their nutrients from the host Paras's body in order to grow and exerting some command over the Pokémon's actions. For example, Paras drains nutrients from tree roots due to commands from the mushrooms. The mushrooms are also popular among collectors and have medicinal uses, usually involving extended life. The mushrooms are also the source of its former signature move, Spore.

The anime has shown that Paras can often be found in caves. However, it can also thrive in damp forests. In the Alola region, the mushrooms on its back do not grow well. This is thought to be from a lack of moisture or nutrients.

In the anime

Paras in the anime

Major appearances

In The Problem with Paras, Cassandra owns a Paras that is extremely weak, but she needed it to evolve into a Parasect so she could use its giant mushroom to aid her in her medical research. It did so towards the end of the episode.

Minor appearances

In Clefairy and the Moon Stone, multiple Paras were removing the mushrooms on their backs. Seymour explained that this behavior was due to someone stringing lights in the caves of Mt. Moon, and implied that this was not good for them.

In Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village, a Paras was under Melanie's care. It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

In Pokémon Fashion Flash, a Paras was on Scissor Street.

A Paras appeared in A Chansey Operation.

A Paras appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Paras was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, multiple Paras were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

Two Paras of the Valencia Island variant appeared in Poké Ball Peril.

In In the Pink, a pink Paras was a resident of Pinkan Island.

In Tracey Gets Bugged, a Paras was on Murcott Island.

In The Power of One, a Paras sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A wild Paras appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

In The Fortune Hunters, a Paras was stolen by Butch and Cassidy.

In The Bug Stops Here, a Paras was chased away by Misty after it scared her.

In The Grass Route, a Trainer's Paras competed in the Grass Tournament.

A Paras appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.

In Got Miltank?, a Paras was an inhabitant of a Pokémon-exclusive oasis.

A Paras appeared in A Bite to Remember.

A Paras appeared in Destiny Deoxys.

A Paras appeared in the opening sequence of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

A Coordinator's Paras appeared in Harley Rides Again.

In Once More With Reeling!, a Coordinator's Paras participated in the Terracotta Contest.

A Paras appeared in Borrowing on Bad Faith!.

In Genesect and the Legend Awakened, multiple Paras were residents of Pokémon Hills.

A Trainer's Paras appeared in Alola to New Adventure!.

In Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!, a Paras was playing in Lillie's garden. It reappeared in The Ol' Raise and Switch!.

In I Choose You!, a Paras taking shelter from the rain in a cave alongside Entei.

In Alola, Kanto!, multiple Paras were seen at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

Five Trainers' Paras appeared in A Young Royal Flame Ignites!.

Five Paras appeared in The Power of Us, with four under the ownership of different Trainers and the fourth being wild.

Three Paras appeared in Securing the Future!, with two under the ownership of different Trainers and the third being wild. They joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

In The Battlefield of Truth and Love!, a Paras was watching Bewear and Stufful put on a performance in their hot springs.

In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh caught a Paras. It has since made further appearances in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

Multiple Paras appeared in a fantasy in Trade, Borrow, and Steal!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Subject Source Entry
EP044 Paras Ash's Pokédex Paras, the Mushroom Pokémon. Rare mushrooms grow on its back.
EP044 Paras's type Ash's Pokédex Paras has qualities of both Bug and Grass Pokémon.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In Purrrr-sian, Super Nerd Miles, disguised as Red, used a Paras during an attempt to catch Pika, who was with Yellow at the time. It used its spores, attacking alongside his Persian and Marowak.

In The Last Battle XIII, a Paras was sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

A Trainer's Paras appeared in Let's Fight For The Future!!.

Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

A Paras appeared in A Match For Pokémon.

A Paras appeared in The Challenge at Celadon University!.

In the TCG

Main article: Paras (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#046
Red Burrows to suck tree roots. The mushrooms on its back grow by drawing nutrients from the bug host.
Blue
Yellow Burrows under the ground to gnaw on tree roots. The mushrooms on its back absorb most of the nutrition.
Stadium Grows by sucking nutrients from the roots of trees. The mushrooms on its back grow by drawing extracts from the bug host.
Generation II Johto
#070
Gold It is doused with mushroom spores when it is born. As its body grows, mushrooms sprout from its back.
Silver As its body grows large, oriental mushrooms called tochukaso start sprouting out of its back.
Crystal The tochukaso growing on this Pokémon's back orders it to extract juice from tree trunks.
Stadium 2 It is doused with mushroom spores when it is born. As its body grows, mushrooms sprout from its back.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#046
Ruby Paras has parasitic mushrooms growing on its back called tochukaso. They grow large by drawing nutrients from this Bug/Grass Pokémon host. They are highly valued as a medicine for extending life.
Sapphire
Emerald A Paras has parasitic tochukaso mushrooms growing on its back. They grow by drawing nutrients from the host. They are valued as a medicine for long life.
FireRed Growing out of the bug's back are mushrooms called tochukaso. The mushrooms grow with the bug host.
LeafGreen Burrows to suck tree roots. The mushrooms on its back grow by drawing nutrients from the bug host.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#070
Diamond Mushrooms named tochukaso grow on its back. They grow along with the host Paras.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It is doused with mushroom spores when it is born. As its body grows, mushrooms sprout from its back.
SoulSilver As its body grows, large mushrooms named tochukaso start sprouting out of its back.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black Mushrooms named tochukaso grow on its back. They grow along with the host Paras.
White
Black 2 Mushrooms named tochukaso grow on its back. They grow along with the host Paras.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X Growing out of the bug's back are mushrooms called tochukaso. The mushrooms grow with the bug host.
Y Burrows under the ground to gnaw on tree roots. The mushrooms on its back absorb most of the nutrition.
Omega Ruby Paras has parasitic mushrooms growing on its back called tochukaso. They grow large by drawing nutrients from this Bug Pokémon host. They are highly valued as a medicine for extending life.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
SM: #147
Alola
USUM: #180
Kanto
#046
Sun No matter how much it eats, the mushrooms growing on its back steal away most of the nutrients it consumes.
Moon Mushrooms called tochukaso sprout from its back. They can be dried and powdered to make a medicine used to extend life.
Ultra Sun Whether it's due to a lack of moisture or a lack of nutrients, in Alola the mushrooms on Paras don't grow up quite right.
Ultra Moon The mushrooms, known as tochukaso, are controlling the bug. Even if the bug bugs the mushrooms, they tell it to bug off.
Let's Go Pikachu Burrows under the ground to gnaw on tree roots. The mushrooms on its back absorb most of the nutrition.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.


Game locations

Generation I
Red Blue
Mt. Moon, Safari Zone
Blue (Japan)
Mt. Moon, Safari Zone
Yellow
Mt. Moon, Safari Zone
Generation II
Gold Silver
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Ilex Forest, Mt. Moon
Crystal
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Ilex Forest, Mt. Moon
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Mt. Moon, Safari Zone
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Cipher Key Lair (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Great Marsh (after obtaining National Pokédex)
Platinum
Great Marsh (after obtaining National Pokédex)
HeartGold SoulSilver
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Ilex Forest, Mt. Moon, Safari Zone
Pal Park
Forest
Pokéwalker
Noisy Forest
Generation V
Black
Trade
White
Route 11 (Swarm)
Black 2 White 2
Trade
Dream World
Dream Park
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Bug)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Petalburg Woods (hidden Pokémon*)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Route 11, Brooklet Hill, Lush JungleDay
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Brooklet Hill, Lush JungleDay
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Mt. Moon
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable


In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Blue Field: Mt. Moon
Blue and Red Fields: Safari Zone
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Trozei!
Secret Storage 1, Secret Storage 10, Endless Level 25, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Silent Chasm (B7F-B9F)
Ranger
Krokka Tunnel
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Apple Woods (1F-12F)
MD Sky
Apple Woods (1F-12F)
Rumble
Silent Forest (Normal Mode C)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Treetops: Soothing Shore
Rumble U
Adventure Area: Grab and Go!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 1Su
Shuffle
Desert Umbra: Stage 302
Rumble World
Leafy Expanse: Lookout Tree (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea2019, Snorlax Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Rayquaza Sea, Charizard SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Synthesis Paras English United States 5 January 3 to 9, 2003

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Gold Silver TinyMushroom TinyMushroom (23%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (2%)
Crystal
FireRed LeafGreen TinyMushroom TinyMushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)
Diamond Pearl TinyMushroom TinyMushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver TinyMushroom TinyMushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)
Black White TinyMushroom TinyMushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)
BalmMushroom BalmMushroom (1%)
X Y Tiny Mushroom Tiny Mushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Tiny Mushroom Tiny Mushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)
Sun Moon Tiny Mushroom Tiny Mushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Tiny Mushroom Tiny Mushroom (50%) Big Mushroom Big Mushroom (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
35
95 - 142 180 - 274
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
25
27 - 84 49 - 163
Total:
285
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 55.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/5 ★★☆☆☆
Power
1/3 ☆☆
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
11/18 ★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ¼×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ¼×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ¼×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ¼×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ¼×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Paras's learnsets from other generations.


TCG-only moves

Move Card
Vice Grip Erika's Paras (Gym Challenge 71)
Stomp Paras (Supreme Victors 119)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin046.png Pinani046.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani046.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 11.4%
Friend Area: Mushroom Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP The mushrooms on my back are my friends!
26%-50% HP Hey, my health is half gone...
1%-25% HP Please... I'm about to fall with my mushrooms...
Level up Yay! I leveled up! That makes me happy!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 046.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: A
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Bug
Poké Assist: Grass PA.png
Grass
Field move: Cut fm.png
(Cut ×1)
Loops: 4 Min. exp.: 13 Max. exp.: 24
Browser entry R-050
Paras cuts the Capture Line with its front claws to avoid being caught.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush046Body.png Walking Speed: 3.33 seconds Base HP: 43
Base Attack: 68 Base Defense: 49 Base Speed: 50
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Bug
Attack Power: ★★★★

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Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Bug
None.png Attack Power: 40 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 15

#454
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Paralyze
Leaves the foe paralyzed.
Skill Swapper: Paralyze+
Pokémon GO
GO046.png Base Stamina: 111 Base Attack: 121 Base Defense: 99
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Paras Candy 50
Fast Attacks: Scratch, Bug Bite
Charged Attacks: Cross Poison, X-Scissor, Seed Bomb

Evolution

046Paras.png
Unevolved
Paras
 Bug  Grass 
Rare Candy
Level 24
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First evolution
Parasect
 Bug  Grass 


Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
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Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
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Spr 2g 046 s.png Spr b 2g 046 s.png Spr 2s 046 s.png Spr b 2g 046 s.png Spr 2c 046 s.png Spr b 2g 046 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
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Spr 3r 046 s.png Spr b 3r 046 s.png Spr 3e 046 s.png Spr b 3r 046 s.png Spr 3f 046 s.png Spr b 3f 046 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
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Spr 4d 046 s.png Spr b 4d 046 s.png Spr 4d 046 s.png Spr b 4p 046 s.png Spr 4h 046 s.png Spr b 4p 046 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 046.png Spr b 5b 046.png Spr 5b2 046.png Spr b 5b2 046.png
Spr 5b 046 s.png Spr b 5b 046 s.png Spr 5b2 046 s.png Spr b 5b2 046 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
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Spr 6x 046 s.png Spr b 6x 046 s.png Spr 6x 046 s.png Spr b 6x 046 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
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Spr 7s 046 s.png Spr b 7s 046 s.png Spr 7s 046 s.png Spr b 7s 046 s.png
Front Back Front Back
046MSPE.png For other sprites and images, please see Paras images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Early English promotional material for Pokémon Red and Blue listed Paras's name as Parasyte.
  • In Generation I, Poison attacks are super-effective against Bug, making Paras and Parasect the only Pokémon to have ever had three 4× weaknesses.
  • No other Pokémon has the same Egg Group combination as Paras and its evolution.
  • Paras and Parasect share their species name with Shroomish, Breloom, Foongus, and Amoonguss. They are all known as the Mushroom Pokémon.
  • Paras can be seen as a counterpart to Morelull. Both share the Grass type, the same base stat total of 285, evolve at Level 24, both are mushroom-based Pokémon and thus can learn Spore, and both can be found in the wild in Pokémon Sun and Moon, taking the place of the other depending on the time, with Paras being found during the day and Morelull at night.
  • In the 1.0 release of the English versions of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Pokédex entry of Paras refers to it as BUG POKéMON. In the 1.1 release, this was modified to mention BUG/GRASS POKéMON instead. The Pokédex entry in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire says Bug Pokémon like Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire version 1.0, however.

Origin

Bulbanews
Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

The fungus on Paras is identified as tochukaso, an endoparasitoid that replaces the host tissue and can affect the behavior of its insect host. The base insect appears to be a cicada nymph. In concept, it could be inspired by ants that are infected with mushroom spores that take control of the host ant's brain and sprout from its head or back.

Name origin

Paras is a shortening of parasite, referring to the parasitic mushroom growing on its back.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese パラス Paras From parasite
France Flag.png French Paras Same as Japanese name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Paras Same as Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Paras Same as Japanese name
Italy Flag.png Italian Paras Same as Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 파라스 Paras Transliteration of Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 蘑菇蟲 Mòhgūchùhng Literally "Mushroom bug"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 派拉斯 Pàilāsī Transliteration of Japanese name


External links


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