Caterpie is a worm-like Pokémon that is mainly green in color with a tan underside. Just below its head are four tiny legs that are used only for movement. On top of its head is a red, "y-shaped" antenna, which can be used to produce an odor used in self-defense, in case something tries to hurt it.
Caterpie has the ability Shield Dust, which negates all status effects that are side effects of other moves. When threatened, it can release a strong odor from its antenna, which it uses to ward off predators.
In the anime
- Main article: Ash's Caterpie
Though Caterpie has quite a few cameos, the only time one of the main characters owned one was when Ash had caught a Caterpie in the episode Ash Catches a Pokémon, being the first Pokémon he ever caught. During the same episode, Caterpie evolved into a Metapod.
|Red/Blue|| Viridian Forest, Route 25|
Route 2, 24(Blue only)
|Crystal||Ilex Forest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, 30, 31||Rare|
|FireRed/LeafGreen||Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush, Route 2, 24, 25||Rare|
|Diamond/Pearl||Route 204||Dongle (FireRed)|
|Platinum||Eterna Forest, Route 204||Dongle (FireRed)|
|HeartGold/SoulSilver||Route 2, 30, 31, National Park, Ilex Forest, Viridian Forest, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees||Common|
|Black/White||Breed Metapod or Butterfree (White Version only)||None|
Spin-off game locations
|Pokémon Channel||Viridian Forest|
|Pokémon Trozei!||Phobos Train, Trozei Battle, Endless Level 9, Mr. Who's Den|
|Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team||Wish Cave (2-4F)|
|Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness||Apple Woods (1-4F), Oran Forest (1-4F)|
|Pokémon Rumble||Silent Forest|
|PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure||Meadow Zone|
Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation I
Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation II
Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation III
Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation IV
|Leveling Generation VI|
|1||String Shot||—||95%||40||[[Move#Status||Status ]]|
|15||Bug Bite||60||100%||20||[[Move#Physical||Physical ]]|
| Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.|
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Caterpie's name appears to be based on caterpillar while its species appears to be a caterpillar evolving into a butterfly.
- Caterpie has suction pads (located at the bottom of its feet) that allow it to climb trees and walls or other slopes with ease.
- Caterpie and Goldeen have the same cry.
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- Serebii.net Pokédex data
- Legendary Pokémon data
- The Pokémon Database
- Pokémon Dream Pokédex data
- Psypokes Psydex data