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Type(s)
Type Bug  Type Flying
Species Butterfly Pokémon
Abilities Compound Eyes
Tinted Lens (DW)
Pokédex
Metapod ← 012 → Weedle
Kanto 012 Johto 026
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Central Kalos 025
Evolves From Metapod
Evolves Into None
Butterfree
012
バタフリー Batafurii
012Butterfree
Generation I
Evolutionary Line
010011012
Gender
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
70.5 lbs. 32.0 kg 3'07" 1.1 m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
White Bug
Body Style Footprint
Body13
F012
Cry

Butterfree (Japanese: バタフリー Batafurii) is a Bug/Flying-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

Biology

Physiology

Butterfree is an insect-like Pokémon appearing as a large butterfly. Butterfree has a large purple body with light blue limbs and a nose with very small fangs. Its eyes are quite large in proportion to its head and are a red color. Butterfree's large wings simply appear as black and white butterfly wings. The gender difference is the female has purple on the bottom of its wings and the male doesn't

Special abilities

Regular Butterfree have the ability Compoundeyes which raises its accuracy rating by 30%. Outside of battle, Compoundeyes will raise the chances of finding a Pokémon with an item if the user is in the lead slot of the party.

Butterfree befriended within the Dream World have the Tinted Lens ability, which doubles the power of "not very effective" moves.

In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed to release highly toxic dust into the air. Its wings are very helpful in spreading the Poisonpowder and Stun Spore.

Evolution

Butterfree evolves from Metapod at level 10 and is the final evolution of Caterpie.

Game info

Locations

Butterfree Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Metapod None
Yellow Evolve Metapod None
Gold/Silver Bug-Catching Contest, National Park
Route 2, Trees(Silver only)
Uncommon(Gold)
Rare(Silver)
Crystal Bug-Catching Contest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, Trees Uncommon
Ruby/ Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/ LeafGreen Evolve Metapod None
Diamond/ Pearl Evolve Metapod None
Platinum Evolve Metapod None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 2, Bug-Catching Contest, Viridian Forest, Headbutt trees Rare
Black/White Route 12 (White only) Rare
X/Y Evolve Metapod None


Spin-off game locations

Butterfree Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap Beach
Pokémon Channel Viridian Forest
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 1, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Metapod
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Apple Woods (1-7F)
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Meadow Zone


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Red
Blue
In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed, releasing highly toxic dust into the air.
Yellow
Its wings, covered with poisonous powders, repel water. This allows it to fly in the rain.
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.
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.
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
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
HeartGold
It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
SoulSilver
Water-repellent powder on its wings enables it to collect honey, even in the heaviest of rains.
Black
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
White
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
Black 2
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
White 2
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
X
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
Y
The wings are protected by rain-repellent dust. As a result, this Pokemon can fly about even in rain.

Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
10 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special
13 Poisonpowder 75% 35 Poison Status
12 Stun Spore 75% 35 Grass Status
12 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass Status
16 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special
18 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal Status
22 Whirlwind 100% 20 Flying Status
24 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic Special
28 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 Bug Special
30 Tailwind —% 30 Flying Status
34 Rage Powder —% 20 Bug Status
36 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
40 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status
42 Bug Buzz 90 100% 10 Bug Special
46 Quiver Dance —% 20 Bug Status

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
10 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Special Smart 3
12 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison Status Smart 3
12 Stun Spore 75% 30 Grass Status Smart 2
12 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass Status Smart 2
16 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Special Smart 3
18 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal Status Smart 2
22 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal Special Smart 3
24 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic Special Beauty 2
28 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 Bug Special Beauty 2
30 Tailwind —% 30 Flying Status Smart 2
34 Safeguard —% 25 Psychic Status Beauty 2
36 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
40 Bug Buzz 90 100% 10 Bug Special Cute 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
10 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic Smart 2 3
13 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison Smart 2 3
14 Stun Spore 75% 30 Grass Smart 2 3
15 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass Smart 3 0
18 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal Smart 3 0
23 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal Smart 3 0
28 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying Smart 3 0
34 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic Beauty 3 0
40 Safeguard —% 25 Psychic Beauty 1 0
47 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 Bug Beauty 1 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
10 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic
13 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison
14 Stun Spore 75% 30 Grass
15 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass
18 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal
23 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal
28 Gust 40 100% 35 Flying
34 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic
40 Safeguard —% 25 Psychic

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs
Game Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
R B Y 10 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic
R B Y 12 Confusion 50 100% 25 Psychic
R B Y 13 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison
R B Y 14 Stun Spore 75% 30 Grass
R B Y 15 PoisonPowder 75% 35 Poison
R B Y 15 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass
R B Y 16 Stun Spore 75% 30 Grass
R B Y 17 Sleep Powder 75% 15 Grass
R B Y 18 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal
R B Y 21 Supersonic 55% 20 Normal
R B Y 23 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal
R B Y 26 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal
R B Y 28 Gust 40 100% 35 Normal
R B Y 32 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic
R B Y 34 Psybeam 65 100% 20 Psychic
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs/HMs
Game # Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
D P Pt HG SS TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Physical Smart 2
D P Pt HG SS TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 1
D P Pt HG SS TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal Special Cool 2
D P Pt HG SS TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Cute 0
D P Pt HG SS TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Status Tough 2
D P Pt HG SS TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 5 Grass Special Smart 1
D P Pt HG SS TM20 Safeguard —% 25 Psychic Status Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
D P Pt HG SS TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Cool 1
D P Pt HG SS TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Cute 2
D P Pt HG SS TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Special Smart 2
D P Pt HG SS TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Normal Special Smart 2
D P Pt HG SS TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Cool 2
D P Pt HG SS TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Flying Physical Cool 2
D P Pt HG SS TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Cool 2
D P Pt HG SS TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Smart 2
D P Pt HG SS TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Cute 0
D P Pt HG SS TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
D P Pt HG SS TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Physical Tough 0
D P Pt HG SS TM48 Skill Swap —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
D P Pt HG SS TM51 Roost —% 10 Flying Status Cool 0
D P Pt HG SS TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Tough 2
D P Pt HG SS TM62 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 Bug Special Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS TM68 Giga Impact 150 90% 5 Normal Physical Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS TM70 Flash 70% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS TM77 Psych Up —% 10 Normal Status Smart 0
D P Pt HG SS TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Cute 3
D P Pt HG SS TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Cool 2
D P Pt HG SS TM85 Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Special Smart 1
D P Pt HG SS TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Cute 2
D P Pt HG SS TM89 U-turn 70 100% 20 Bug Physical Cute 0
D P Pt HG SS TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Smart 1
D P Pt HG SS HM05 Defog —% 15 Flying Status Beauty 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs
# Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Smart 3 0
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Smart 3 0
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Beauty 1 0
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 15 Normal Cool 4 4
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0
TM18 Rain Dance —% 5 Water Tough 1 0
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 5 Grass Smart 2 1
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0
TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass Cool 4 0
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Cute 1 0
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic Smart 1 3
TM30 Shadow Ball 80 100% 15 Ghost Smart 3 0
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Cool 2 0
TM40 Aerial Ace 60 —% 20 Poison Cool 2 1
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Cute 2 0
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Smart 1 0
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Cute 2 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Cute 2 0
TM46 Thief 40 100% 10 Dark Tough 1 0
TM48 Skill Swap —% 10 Normal Smart 1 0
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal Beauty 3 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs Generation II
# Move Power Accuracy PP Type
TM03 Curse —% 10 [[???
 type|???
]]
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 [[Poison
 type|Poison
]]
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 [[Fire
 type|Fire
]]
TM12 Sweet Scent 100% 20 [[Grass
 type|Grass
]]
TM13 Snore 40 100% 15 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM17 Protect —% 10 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 5 [[Grass
 type|Grass
]]
TM20 Endure —% 10 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 [[Grass
 type|Grass
]]
TM27 Return 100% 20 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 [[Psychic
 type|Psychic
]]
TM32 Double Team —% 15 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM34 Swagger 90% 15 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM35 Sleep Talk —% 10 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM39 Swift —% 20 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM40 Defense Curl —% 40 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM44 Rest —% 10 [[Psychic
 type|Psychic
]]
TM45 Attract 100% 15 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]
TM50 Nightmare 100% 15 [[Ghost
 type|Ghost
]]
HM05 Flash 70% 20 [[Normal
 type|Normal
]]

Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs/HMs
Game # Move Power Accuracy PP Type
R B Y TM02 Razor Wind 80 100% 10 Normal
R B Y TM04 Whirlwind 100% 20 Normal
R B Y TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison
R B Y TM09 Take Down 90 85% 20 Normal
R B Y TM10 Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal
R B Y TM15 Hyper Beam 150 90% 5 Normal
R B Y TM20 Rage 20 100% 20 Normal
R B Y TM21 Mega Drain 40 100% 15 Grass
R B Y TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass
R B Y TM29 Psychic 90 100% 10 Psychic
R B Y TM30 Teleport —% 20 Psychic
R B Y TM31 Mimic —% 10 Normal
R B Y TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal
R B Y TM33 Reflect —% 20 Psychic
R B Y TM34 Bide —% 10 Normal
R B Y TM39 Swift —% 20 Normal
R B Y TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic
R B Y TM46 Psybeam 85% 15 Psychic
R B Y TM50 Substitute —% 10 Normal
R B Y HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Egg Moves

Tutoring

Tutor
Game Move Power Accuracy PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
D P Pt HG SS Air Cutter 55 95% 25 Flying Special Cool 3
D P Pt HG SS Bug Bite 60 100% 20 Bug Physical Tough 0
D P Pt HG SS Ominous Wind 60 100% 5 Ghost Special Smart 0
D P Pt HG SS Signal Beam 75 100% 5 Bug Special Beauty 2
D P Pt HG SS Snore 40 100% 15 Normal Special Cute 3
D P Pt HG SS String Shot 95% 40 Bug Status Smart 2
D P Pt HG SS Swift 60 —% 20 Normal Special Cool 2
D P Pt HG SS Tailwind —% 30 Flying Status Smart 2
D P Pt HG SS Twister 40 100% 20 Dragon Special Cool 3
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutor
Game Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
E FR LG Double-Edge 120 100% 15 Normal Tough 6 0
E FR LG Dream Eater 100 100% 15 Psychic Smart 2 2
E FR LG Endure —% 10 Normal Tough 2 0
E FR LG Mimic —% 10 Normal Cute 1 0
E FR LG Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Cute 3 0
E FR LG Snore 40 100% 15 Normal Cute 4 0
E FR LG Substitute —% 10 Normal Smart 2 0
E FR LG Swagger 90% 15 Normal Cute 2 0
E FR LG Swift 60 —% 20 Normal Cool 2 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 012 front Y 012 front GR 012 front Butterfree GenI back
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 012 front S 012 front C 012 front Butterfree GenII back
Butterfree Gold Shiny SilverButterfreeShiny Butterfree Crystal Shiny Butterfree GenII Shiny Back
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 012 front E 012 front FRLG 012 front Butterfree GenIII Back
Butterfree RS Shiny Butterfree Emerald Shiny Butterfree FRLG Shiny Butterfree GenIII Back Shiny
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DiamondPearlButterfree(M) Butterfree M Plat HGSS 012 front Butterfree M GenIV Back
Butterfree DP F Butterfree Plat F Butterfree HGSS F Butterfree F GenIV Back
Butterfree(DPPt)ShinySprite Butterfree M Plat shiny Butterfree M HGSS Shiny Butterfree M GenIV Shiny Back
Butterfree F DP Shiny Butterfree Plat F Shiny Butterfree HGSS F shiny Butterfree GenIV F Shiny back
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Butterfree BW Butterfree M BW Back
Butterfree F BW Butterfree F BW Back
Butterfree M BW Shiny Butterfree M BW Shiny Back
Butterfree F BW Shiny Butterfree F BW Shiny Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Butterfree XY [[File:{{{orasspr}}}]]
Butterfree-F XY [[File:{{{orassprf}}}]] Butterfree-F Back XY
Butterfree Shiny XY [[File:{{{orassprs}}}]]
Butterfree-F Shiny XY [[File:{{{orassprfs}}}]] Butterfree-F Back Shiny XY

Appearances

In the anime

Ash's Butterfree

Ash's Butterfree

Main article: Ash's Butterfree

Butterfree first appeared in the episode Challenge of the Saumrai where Ash Ketchum's Metapod evolved into a Butterfree near the episode's end. Ash used this Butterfree on a number of different occasions, but eventually released it in the episode Bye Bye Butterfree. In the same episode there is a pink Butterfree but it was irregularly coloured not shiny. Other notable Trainers to include Butterfree in their team include Ritchie and Drew.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Despite Butterfree being a Bug-type, Butterfree could not learn any Bug-type moves until Generation III.
  • Butterfree and Beautifly are both known as the Butterfly Pokémon.
  • Despite the color of Butterfree's body mainly being purple, it is classified as a White in the Pokédex, being its wing color.
  • Interestingly, the Butterfree that Ash's Butterfree left with is not the regular shiny coloration. (Bye Bye Butterfree)

Origins

Butterfree vaguely resembles the Inachis io butterfly. However, its wings are white instead of colored.

"Butterfree" is a portmanteau of the words "butterfly" and "free".

Sources


← Metapod | Butterfree | Weedle →

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