Pinsir (Pokémon)

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Magmar #126: Magmar
Pokémon
#128: Tauros Tauros
Pinsir
Stag Beetle Pokémon
カイロス
Kailios
#127
Pinsir
Pinsir
Mega Pinsir
Mega Pinsir



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Types
Bug Unknown
Pinsir
Bug Flying
Mega Pinsir
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Hyper Cutter or Mold Breaker
Pinsir
Cacophony
Mega Pinsir
Cacophony
Moxie
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Aerilate
Mega Pinsir
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Bug
Hatch time
6425 - 6681 steps
Height
4'11" 1.5 m
Pinsir
5'07" 1.7 m
Mega Pinsir
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
121.3 lbs. 55.0 kg
Pinsir
130.1 lbs. 59.0 kg
Mega Pinsir
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
Pinsirite [[|]]
Base experience yield
200
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
175
V+
Leveling rate
Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
Pinsir
0
HP
2
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Mega Pinsir
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body12.png
Pinsir
Body13.png
Mega Pinsir
Footprint
F127.png None.png
Mega Pinsir
Pokédex color
Brown
Base friendship
70
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Pinsir (Japanese: カイロス Kailios) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

While it is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon, Pinsir can Mega Evolve into Mega Pinsir using the Pinsirite.

Biology

Pinsir is a bipedal, insectoid Pokémon with a wide, dull brown body divided into segments by thin lines. On top of its head is a large pair of gray, spiky pincers on top of its head. In its mouth are many long, flat teeth arranged horizontally and it has triangular eyes. Its legs are short and thick, while its arms are long and thin. It has three claws on each hand and foot; two of its toes face forward and one backward.

Pinsir can use its pincers to crush, toss, bludgeon, or tear opponents, lift things twice its weight, and shatter logs. Captured prey is kept in place by the piercing thorns and sheer strength of Pinsir's horns and will not be released until they are torn in half. In addition to hunting prey, the anime has shown that it enjoys tree sap. Pinsir lives deep in the temperate forests and jungles, where it burrows underground or hides in the treetops on nights cold enough to render it immobile. In Alola, it has a rivalry with Vikavolt and gets along with Heracross. Pinsir are known to judge each other based on their pincers. The pincers determine its popularity with the opposite gender based on how more thick and impressive it looks.

As Mega Pinsir, it gains a large pair of clear, yellow wings with an area of orange venation near the base. Additionally, a set of brown wing coverings appear. Slicing through each wing cover is a pair of orange blades. Its arms become longer and it has a T-shaped spike on each forearm. The pincers on its head are now longer with larger spikes, and its eyes are now yellow. When it Mega Evolves, Pinsir is left in a constant state of excitement. It rarely touches the ground due to its ability to now fly. Mega Pinsir can travel up to approximately 30 mph (50 km/h) and uses its two large horns to pierce its enemies before shredding them. Mega Pinsir can lift opponents up to 10 times heavier than itself with its horns and still fly around easily.

In the anime

Pinsir in the anime
Mega Pinsir in the anime

Major appearances

In Challenge of the Samurai, Samurai used a Pinsir during a battle with Ash. It easily defeated Pidgeotto, but lost to his Metapod.

In A Sappy Ending, multiple Pinsir were driven into a forest that was the territory of multiple Heracross because Team Rocket was stealing the sap from the trees and thus the food supply in their territory.

In Rhapsody in Drew, Anthony used a Pinsir and Swalot during the Battle Round of the Hoenn Grand Festival. They went up against May's Combusken and Bulbasaur.

In The Ole' Berate and Switch, Howie used a Pinsir in a battle against Ash and Corphish during a bogus competition created by Team Rocket agents Cassidy and Butch.

In Defending the Homeland!, multiple Pinsir served as Florges's minions. They were ordered to attack Goodra's homeland and its friends. They have since made further appearances in Pokémon the Series: XY.

In Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, a Pinsir that can Mega Evolve was under the control of Levi's Mega Wave. Pinsir was briefly lent to James to use in an attempt to capture Magearna. It was later freed when Alva's Mega Wave Crystal was destroyed, and it escaped.

In I Choose You!, Ash attempted to catch a Pinsir by battling it with his Caterpie. During the battle, Caterpie evolved into a Metapod, allowing Pinsir to get away.

In Sparking Confusion!, a rock hunter sent out a Pinsir to battle the Ultra Guardians, only to be defeated by Kiawe's Marowak.

Minor appearances

In A Chansey Operation, an injured Pinsir was brought to the clinic for treatment.

In Princess vs. Princess, a Pinsir competed in the Queen of the Princess Festival.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back and its remake Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, Raymond used a Pinsir with two of his other Pokémon to fight Ash's Pikachu, only for all of them to be defeated with Thunderbolt.

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

In Tracey Gets Bugged, a Pinsir was living on Murcott Island with other Bug-type Pokémon.

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

In Pokémon Double Trouble, a Pinsir was at the Kumquat Gym. However, this scene was removed from the dub due to the presence of Jynx's original design.

In Beauty and the Breeder, a Pokémon Breeder's Pinsir participated in a Pokémon breeding competition.

In Houndoom's Special Delivery, a wild Pinsir attacked Togepi, only to be warded off by a Houndoom.

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

A Pinsir appeared in Bulbasaur's flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

Multiple Pinsir appeared in In the Knicker of Time!.

In Celebi and Joy!, a demolition crew used a Pinsir for a construction project. In the new timeline, Pinsir was still employed by what had become a construction crew.

In Numero Uno Articuno, a Pinsir was one of the Pokémon Noland offered for challengers to battle at the Battle Factory. However, Ash instead chose to battle Articuno.

In Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, The Phantom used a Pinsir alongside a Parasect to attack Jack Walker.

A Pinsir appeared in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

In Dawn of a Royal Day!, a Coordinator's Pinsir competed in the Battle Stage of the Arrowroot Town Pokémon Contest.

A Pinsir appeared in the ending credits of Eevee & Friends.

A Pinsir that can Mega Evolve into Mega Pinsir appeared in the opening of Mega Evolution Special I.

A Pinsir appeared in a flashback in A Slippery Encounter!.

In Mega Evolution Special IV, a Trainer's Pinsir was one of the ten Mega Evolved Pokémon that Alain and his Charizard had to defeat.

In Racing to a Big Event!, a Trainer's Pinsir competed in the Pokémon Pancake Race.

In A Masked Warning!, five Pinsir confronted Gladion's Silvally at Ten Carat Hill. At that moment, Ash was teleported on top of them by Nebby. They became angry at Ash, but Silvally stopped them from retaliating.

In Showdown on Poni Island!, Lillie took a photo of a Pinsir during her time on Poni Island.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Pinsir competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but ended up losing.

In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh caught a Pinsir. It reappeared in JN023.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP004 Pinsir Ash's Pokédex Pinsir. This fearsome Pokémon uses its powerful claws to put the squeeze on its opponents.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
JN006 Pinsir Goh's Rotom Phone Pinsir, the Stag Beetle Pokémon. A Bug type. When Pinsir's horns clamp onto an opponent, they won't release until it's defeated.

In the manga

Mega Pinsir in Pokémon Adventures

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

A Pinsir attacked a group of wild Pikachu in You Gotta Have Friends. Ash's Pikachu was able to defeat the Stag Beetle Pokémon.

In the Pocket Monsters manga

Goh caught a Pinsir in JNM03, just like he does in the anime.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Pinsir debuted in Wartortle Wars, where Red fought a wild one using Pika using items he bought from Green. As the items were fakes, Pika lost the battle.

A Pinsir appeared as a silhouette when Green talks about Mew in The Jynx Jinx.

A Pinsir appeared in Can You Diglett? as a silhouette when Agatha and Lorelei explains to Red about how Pokémon and people cannot coexist with each other.

In Pinsir Me, I Must Be Dreaming, a Pinsir was used by Emerald in the Battle Factory in his challenge against Noland.

The Battle Factory rented a Pinsir, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in Skirting Around Surskit I.

The Battle Tower rented a Pinsir, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII.

A Pinsir appeared in Out-Odding Oddish, under the ownership of a Pokéathlon participant.

A Trainer's Pinsir appeared in PS547.

In Scizor Defends, X caught a Pinsir that he nicknamed Rute, who first appeared in Pinsir Glares. He was later given a Pinsirite, allowing him to Mega Evolve into Mega Pinsir.

In the Pokémon Battrio: Aim to be Battrio Master! manga

Ryū owns a Pinsir.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Pinsir appeared in The Forest Insect Hunt, where Shu attempted to catch it but failed.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Giovanni and his brother have a Pinsir, which debuted in Seize the Dream of One Million Yen!!.

A Pinsir appeared in The Final Battle!!.

A Pinsir appeared in Pikachu's Birthday Party.

In the TCG

Main article: Pinsir (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Stadium 2: Pinsir stars in a mini-game alongside Scyther called "Clear Cut Challenge." Each player chops a falling log for each round of the game. The score for each player is determined by how close the player is to the white line on the log. Cuts anywhere above the log will cause the player to lose points.

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#127
Red If it fails to crush the victim in its pincers, it will swing it around and toss it hard.
Blue
Yellow Grips its prey in its pincers and squeezes hard! It can't move if it's cold, so it lives in warm places.
Stadium Grips and tears at its enemy with the two pincers on its head. Enemies with hard bodies are gripped and tossed.
Generation II Johto
#112
Gold With its horns, it digs burrows to sleep in at night. In the morning, damp soil clings to its body.
Silver Swings its long antlers wildly to attack. During cold periods, it hides deep in forests.
Crystal When the temperature drops at night, it sleeps on treetops or among roots where it is well hidden.
Stadium 2 With its horns, it digs burrows to sleep in at night. In the morning, damp soil clings to its body.
Generation III Hoenn
#167
Kanto
#127
Ruby Pinsir is astoundingly strong. It can grip a foe weighing twice its weight in its horns and easily lift it. This Pokémon's movements turn sluggish in cold places.
Sapphire Pinsir has a pair of massive horns. Protruding from the surface of these horns are thorns. These thorns are driven deeply into the foe's body when the pincer closes, making it tough for the foe to escape.
Emerald Their pincers are strong enough to shatter thick logs. Because they dislike cold, Pinsir burrow and sleep under the ground on chilly nights.
FireRed Its two long pincer horns are powerful. Once they grip an enemy, they won't release until the foe is torn.
LeafGreen If it fails to crush the foe in its pincers, it will swing around and toss the opponent.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#113
Diamond It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can't tear, it tosses far.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold With its horns, it digs burrows to sleep in at night. In the morning, damp soil clings to its body.
SoulSilver It swings its long pincer horns wildly to attack. During cold periods, it hides deep in forests.
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #146
Black It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can't tear, it tosses far.
White
Black 2 It grips prey with its powerful pincers and will not let go until the prey is torn in half.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Coastal #130
Hoenn
#174
X It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can't tear, it tosses far.
Y It swings its long antlers wildly to attack. During cold periods, it hides deep in forests.
Omega Ruby Pinsir is astoundingly strong. It can grip a foe weighing twice its weight in its horns and easily lift it. This Pokémon's movements turn sluggish in cold places.
Alpha Sapphire Pinsir has a pair of massive horns. Protruding from the surface of these horns are thorns. These thorns are driven deeply into the foe's body when the pincer closes, making it tough for the foe to escape.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #175
Alola
USUM: #211
Kanto
#127
Sun It grips its prey in its pincers and splits them apart. Although it is a powerful Pokémon, it can't deal with the cold.
Moon One solid blow from its horns is enough to split apart a large tree. Its greatest rival in Alola is Vikavolt.
Ultra Sun It gets into territorial disputes with Vikavolt. For some reason, it apparently gets along well with Heracross in Alola.
Ultra Moon Although it's tough, it can't handle cold well. When night falls, it buries itself in leafage and sleeps.
Let's Go Pikachu Grips its prey in its pincers and squeezes hard! It can't move if it's cold, so it lives in warm places.
Let's Go Eevee
Mega Pinsir
Sun The influence of Mega Evolution leaves it in a state of constant excitement. It pierces enemies with its two large horns before shredding them.
Moon Bathed in the energy of Mega Evolution, its wings become unusually developed. It flies at speeds of approximately 30 mph.
Ultra Sun After Mega Evolution, it becomes able to fly. Perhaps because it's so happy, it rarely touches the ground.
Ultra Moon It zips around at blistering speeds, looking for an opening to skewer its opponent on its giant pincers.
Let's Go Pikachu With its vaunted horns, it can lift an opponent 10 times heavier than itself and fly about with ease.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #120
Sword These Pokémon judge one another based on pincers. Thicker, more impressive pincers make for more popularity with the opposite gender.
Shield This Pokémon clamps its pincers down on its prey and then either splits the prey in half or flings it away.

Game locations

Generation I
Red
Trade
Blue
Safari Zone, Celadon City (Rocket Game Corner)
Blue (Japan)
Safari Zone
Yellow
Safari Zone, Celadon City (Rocket Game Corner)
Generation II
Gold Silver
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Crystal
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Safari Zone
Emerald
Safari Zone
FireRed
Trade
LeafGreen
Safari Zone, Celadon City (Rocket Game Corner)
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Citadark Isle (Shadow)
Generation IV
Diamond
Trade
Pearl
Route 229
Platinum
Route 229 (Swarm)
HeartGold SoulSilver
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Pal Park
Forest
Generation V
Black White
Route 12
Black 2
Lostlorn Forest (Hidden Grotto)
White 2
Route 12 and Lostlorn Forest
Lostlorn Forest (Hidden Grotto)
Dream World
Dream Park
Generation VI
X
Route 12, Friend Safari (Bug)
Y
Friend Safari (Bug)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Safari Zone (Zone 4, long grass)
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Lush Jungle, Poni Grove, Poké Pelago*
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Lush Jungle, Poni Grove, Exeggutor Island, Poké Pelago*
Exeggutor Island (three)
Let's Go Pikachu
Trade
Let's Go Eevee
Routes 14 and 15
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Challenge RoadSw, Forest of FocusSw, Training LowlandsSw

In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Blue Field: Celadon City, Safari Zone
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Safari Zone (Ruby Field)
Trozei!
Endless Level 43, Endless Level 58, Forever Level 17, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Mt. Steel (7F-8F), Western Cave (21F-28F), Joyous Tower (9F-11F)
Ranger
Dusk Factory
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Foggy Forest (7F-11F)
MD Sky
Foggy Forest (7F-11F)
Ranger: SoA
Peril Cliffs
Rumble
Silent Forest (Normal Mode A & S)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Treetops: World Axle - B2F (post-ending)
Rumble U
Entranceway: A Fateful Showdown!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Pitch-Black Cavern: Stage 1
Shuffle
Event: Seize Hold of Pinsir
Event: Pinsir Appears
Rumble World
Legend Terrain: Primeval Thicket (Center Boss, Back, Special)
Picross
Area 14: Stage 06
Generation VII
Masters
Sync Pair Scout (Noland's)

In events

Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
GSC Gotta Catch 'Em All Station! Rock Throw Pinsir English United States 5 February 28 to March 6, 2003
Y 2014 Korean World Championship Series Pinsir All South Korea 50 July 5, 2014
Y Summer 2014 Pinsir American region Nintendo Network 50 August 13 to September 17, 2014

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Bitter Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Events* Pinsirite Pinsirite (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Pinsir
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
65
125 - 172 240 - 334
125
117 - 194 229 - 383
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
70
67 - 134 130 - 262
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total:
500
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.

Mega Pinsir
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
65
125 - 172 240 - 334
155
144 - 227 283 - 449
120
112 - 189 220 - 372
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
105
99 - 172 193 - 339
Total:
600
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.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/2 ★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
3/4 ★★★
Stamina
4/5 ★★★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
15/19 ★★★

Type effectiveness

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

Learnset

By leveling up
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Vise Grip Normal Physical 05555 100100% 30
011 Harden Normal Status 0000 —% 30
044 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 —% 30
088 Bind Normal Physical 01515 08585% 20
1212 Seismic Toss Fighting Physical 0000 100100% 20
1616 Bug Bite Bug Physical 06060 100100% 20
2020 Storm Throw Fighting Physical 06060 100100% 10
2424 Double Hit Normal Physical 03535 09090% 10
2828 Vital Throw Fighting Physical 07070 —% 10
3232 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100100% 15
3636 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100100% 15
4040 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 —% 20
4444 Submission Fighting Physical 08080 08080% 20
4848 Guillotine Normal Physical 0000 03030% 5
5252 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pinsir
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pinsir
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
By TM/HM
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM08Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33Bag TM Water VI Sprite.png TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM34Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM41Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM41 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM42 Revenge Fighting Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM94Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM94 False Swipe Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 40
TM97Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM97 Brutal Swing Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR00Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR10Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR13Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR13 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR21Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR21 Reversal Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR39Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR46Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR48Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR48 Bulk Up Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR53Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR53 Close Combat Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR60Bag TR Bug Sprite.png TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR64Bag TR Fighting Sprite.png TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR75Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR75 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TR76Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR94Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR94 High Horsepower Ground Physical 09595 095}}95% 10
TR95Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pinsir
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pinsir
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
By breeding
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Flygon Feint Normal Physical 30 100% 10
DwebbleCrustleKarrablastEscavalier Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
Heracross Fury Attack Normal Physical 15 85% 20
ScytherScizorAccelgor Quick Attack Normal Physical 40 100% 30
Heracross Thrash Normal Physical 120 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Pinsir in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Pinsir in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pinsir
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by a Mega Evolution of Pinsir
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
By tutoring
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Pinsir
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Pinsir
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Anime-only moves

Move Type Episode
Tackle  Normal  Challenge of the Samurai

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin127.png Pinani127.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS127.png PinRSani127.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani127.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.3%
Friend Area: Overgrown Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP My pincers are a one-way ride to your oblivion!
26%-50% HP They managed to cut my HP in half...
1%-25% HP I'm out of power... I can't even close my pincers...
Level up Leveled up! I can feel the power in my pincers!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 127.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger
Group:
Bug
Poké Assist: Bug PA.png
Bug
Field move: Cut fm.pngCut fm.png
(Cut ×2)
Loops: 6 Min. exp.: 82 Max. exp.: 102
Browser entry R-093
Pinsir grips items with its two long horns. It cuts through a Metal Fence with ease.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Bug
Poké Assist: Bug PA.png
Bug
Field move: Cut 2 field move.png
(Cut ×2)
Browser entry R-123
It rams with the powerful horns on its head to attack.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Bug
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT127.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Bug
None.png Attack Power: 70 - 125 Raise Max Level.png 10

#233
Shuffle127.png

Power of 4
Increases damage when you make a match of four.
Skill Swapper: Bug Combo
Pokémon GO
GO127.png Base Stamina: 163 Base Attack: 238 Base Defense: 182
Egg Distance: N/A* Buddy Distance: 5 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Rock Smash, Bug Bite*, Fury Cutter*
Charged Attacks: Vise Grip, X-Scissor, Close Combat*, Superpower*, Submission, Frustration, Return

Evolution

127Pinsir.png
Unevolved
Pinsir
 Bug 

Forms

Mega Evolution

Default
Pinsir
Pinsir
Pinsir
 Bug 

Pinsirite
Pinsirite


Held Pinsirite
Pinsir
Mega Pinsir
Pinsir
 Bug  Flying 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 127.png Spr b g1 127.png Spr 1y 127.png Spr b g1 127.png Spr 1g 127.png Spr b g1 127.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 127.png Spr b 2g 127.png Spr 2s 127.png Spr b 2g 127.png Spr 2c 127.png Spr b 2c 127.png
Spr 2g 127 s.png Spr b 2g 127 s.png Spr 2s 127 s.png Spr b 2g 127 s.png Spr 2c 127 s.png Spr b 2c 127 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 127.png Spr b 3r 127.png Spr 3e 127.png Spr b 3r 127.png Spr 3f 127.png Spr b 3f 127.png
Spr 3r 127 s.png Spr b 3r 127 s.png Spr 3e 127 s.png Spr b 3r 127 s.png Spr 3f 127 s.png Spr b 3r 127 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 127.png Spr b 4d 127.png Spr 4d 127.png Spr b 4p 127.png Spr 4h 127.png Spr b 4h 127.png
Spr 4d 127 s.png Spr b 4d 127 s.png Spr 4d 127 s.png Spr b 4p 127 s.png Spr 4h 127 s.png Spr b 4p 127 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 127.png Spr b 5b 127.png Spr 5b 127.png Spr b 5b 127.png
Spr 5b 127 s.png Spr b 5b 127 s.png Spr 5b 127 s.png Spr b 5b 127 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 127.png Spr b 6x 127.png Spr 6x 127.png Spr b 6x 127.png
Spr 6x 127M.png Spr b 6x 127M.png Spr 6x 127M.png Spr b 6x 127M.png
Spr 6x 127 s.png Spr b 6x 127 s.png Spr 6x 127 s.png Spr b 6x 127 s.png
Spr 6x 127M s.png Spr b 6x 127M s.png Spr 6x 127M s.png Spr b 6x 127M s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 127.png Spr b 7s 127.png Spr 7s 127.png Spr b 7s 127.png
Spr 7s 127M.png Spr b 7s 127M.png Spr 7s 127M.png Spr b 7s 127M.png
Spr 7s 127 s.png Spr b 7s 127 s.png Spr 7s 127 s.png Spr b 7s 127 s.png
Spr 7s 127M s.png Spr b 7s 127M s.png Spr 7s 127M s.png Spr b 7s 127M s.png
Front Back Front Back
127XYMS.png For other sprites and images, please see Pinsir images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Japanese sprites

Spr b 2g 127 jp.png Spr b 2g 127 s jp.png
Gold/Silver back

Trivia

  • Pinsir can be seen as a parallel to Scyther. Both are Bug-type Generation I Pokémon. Pinsir is exclusive to Blue, LeafGreen, Pearl, and Let's Go, Eevee!, while Scyther is exclusive to Red, FireRed, Diamond, and Let's Go, Pikachu!.
    • Pinsir can also be seen as a counterpart to Heracross. Both are Bug-type Pokémon based on beetles and lack an evolutionary family. Pinsir is not part Fighting like Heracross, but it learns several Fighting-type moves by leveling up. Both Pokémon and their Mega Stones are version exclusives in X and Y: Pinsir and Pinsirite are exclusive to X while Heracross and Heracronite are exclusive to Y. Each Mega Stone can be found in Santalune Forest in its respective version. The heights of both Pokémon are the same, even when Mega Evolved. The Pokémon are also version exclusives in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. Pinsir can be found on the Isle of Armor if playing Sword, whereas Heracross can be found in its place when playing Shield.
  • Mega Pinsir is tied with Mega Heracross, Mega Scizor, and Genesect for the highest base stat total of all Bug-type Pokémon.
  • Mega Pinsir has the highest Attack stat of all non-Legendary Flying-type Pokémon.
  • Pinsir shares its category with Vikavolt. They are both known as the Stag Beetle Pokémon.
  • In X and Y, Mega Pinsir has the same shape as when it is not Mega Evolved.

Origin

Pinsir seems to be based on a stag beetle, possibly Prosopocoilus inclinatus, a species commonly used in insect fighting. Its thorn-like mandibles most closely resemble that of Lucanus maculifemoratus hopei, whereas its Mega Evolved form's diagonal spikes resemble Calcodes versicolor.

Name origin

Pinsir is a corruption of pincer, referring to its horns.

Kailios may be a combination of the Greek letter Χ (カイ kai) and cross (referring to its scissor-like horns). Alternatively, it may be a combination of 傀 kai (large), 魁偉 kaii (brawny), or 刈 kai (cut) combined with κοριός korios (Greek for bug).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese カイロス Kailios From Χ, kai, 魁偉 kaii or kai combined with κοριός korios
France Flag.png French Scarabrute A combination of scarabée and brute
Spain Flag.png Spanish Pinsir Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Pinsir Same as English name
Italy Flag.png Italian Pinsir Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 쁘사이저 Ppeusaizeo From 부수다 busuda, ppul, and scissors
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 鉗刀甲蟲 Kìhmdōugaapchùhng Literally "Pincer-blade beetle"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 大甲 Dàjiǎ Literally "Big armor"


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