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Type(s)
Type Bug  Type Flying
Species Butterfly Pokémon
Abilities Compoundeyes
Tinted Lens (DW)
Pokédex
Metapod ← 012 → Weedle
Kanto 012 Johto 026
Hoenn 214 Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Central Kalos 25
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 32.0kg 3'07" 1.1m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
White Bug
Body Style Footprint
Body13
F012
Cry

Butterfree 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.

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.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire


Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
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 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.

TM/HM

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Egg Moves

Tutoring

Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Butterfree RB.png File:YellowButterfree.png File:Butterfree RG.png Butterfree GenI back
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Butterfree Gold.png File:Butterfree Sprite.png File:Butterfree Crystal.gif Butterfree GenII back
Butterfree Gold Shiny SilverButterfreeShiny Butterfree Crystal Shiny Butterfree GenII Shiny Back
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Butterfree RS.png File:Butterfree Emerald.gif File:Butterfree(FRLG)Sprite.png Butterfree GenIII Back
Butterfree RS Shiny Butterfree Emerald Shiny Butterfree FRLG Shiny Butterfree GenIII Back Shiny
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:DiamondPearlButterfree(M).png File:Butterfree M Plat.png File:HGSSButterfree.png Butterfree M GenIV Back
File:Butterfree DP F.png File:Butterfree Plat F .png File:Butterfree HGSS F.png 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 File:Butterfree M BW Back.png
File:Butterfree F BW.png File:Butterfree F BW Back.png
File:Butterfree M BW Shiny.png File:Butterfree M BW Shiny Back.png
File:Butterfree F BW Shiny.png File:Butterfree F BW Shiny Back.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back
Butterfree 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 irregular coloured not shiny. Other notable Trainers to include Butterfree in their team include Ritchie and Drew.

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.
  • 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)

Origins

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

Names in other languages

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

Sources

← Metapod | Butterfree | Weedle →

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