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[[File:Type Bug/Flying.gif|link=Bug/Flying type]]  
Species Butterfly Pokémon
Abilities Compoundeyes
Tinted Lens (Dream World)
[[Metapod]] ← 012 → [[Weedle]]
Kanto 012 Johto ???
Hoenn ??? Sinnoh ???
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from [[Metapod]]
Evolves into None
(バタフリー Batafurii)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
Shape Footprint

Butterfree is a Bug/Flying-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.



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.

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.

In the anime

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 irregular coloured not shiny. Other notable Trainers to include Butterfree in their team include Ritchie and Drew.


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

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Evolve Metapod None
Yellow Evolve Metapod None
Gold/Silver Bug-Catching Contest, National Park
Route 2, Trees(Silver only)
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

Spin-off game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
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



Generation I

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Butterfree/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Confusion 50 100% 25 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Special Special


10 Confusion 50 100% 25 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Special Special


13 Poisonpowder 75% 35 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Status Status


12 Stun Spore 75% 35 [[Grass type|Grass]] [[Move#Status Status


12 Sleep Powder 75% 15 [[Grass type|Grass]] [[Move#Status Status


16 Gust 40 100% 35 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Special Special


18 Supersonic 55% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


22 Whirlwind 100% 20 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Status Status


24 Psybeam 65 100% 20 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Special Special


28 Silver Wind 60 100% 5 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Special Special


30 Tailwind —% 30 [[Flying type|Flying]] [[Move#Status Status


34 Rage Powder —% 20 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Status Status


36 Safeguard —% 25 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


40 Captivate 100% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


42 Bug Buzz 90 100% 10 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Special Special


46 Quiver Dance —% 20 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Status 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.




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

Name Origins

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


  • 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.
  • Butterfree is the first non-starter Pokémon introduced to have more than one types.
  • Interestingly, the Butterfree that Ash's Butterfree left with is not the regular shiny coloration. (Bye Bye Butterfree)


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