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[[File:Type Bug.gif|link=Bug type]]  
Species Worm Pokémon
Abilities Shield Dust
Run Away (Dream World)
None ← 010 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Metapod]]
(キャタピー Kyatapii)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Green>Green</font>
Shape Footprint

Caterpie (Japanese: キャタピー Kyatapii) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.



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.

Special abilities

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.


Caterpie evolves into Metapod at level 7 and then Butterfree at level 10.

Game info


Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Viridian Forest, Route 25
Route 2, 24(Blue only)
Yellow Viridian Forest Common

goldsilver = National Park
Ilex Forest, Route 2, 30, 31, Trees(Gold only)
Bug-Catching Contest(Silver only)

Crystal Ilex Forest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, 30, 31 Rare
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
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

Game(s) Area(s)
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

Pokédex entries



Generation I

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Caterpie/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Tackle 50 100% 35 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 String Shot 95% 40 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Status Status


15 Bug Bite 60 100% 20 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[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.


Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Red-Blue Caterpie Sprite.png File:Yellow Caterpie Sprite.png File:Caterpie RG.png Caterpie Back I
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Gold Caterpie Sprite.png File:Silver Caterpie Sprite.png File:PKMN CATERPIE SPRITE.gif Caterpie Back II
Caterpie Shiny Gold Silver Shiny Caterpie Crystal Shiny Caterpie Caterpie Shiny Back II
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Ruby-Sapphire Caterpie Sprite.png File:Emerald Caterpie Sprite.gif File:FRLGCaterpie.png Caterpie Back III
Ruby-Sapphire Caterpie Sprite Shiny Emerald Caterpie Sprite Shiny FRLGShinyCaterpie Caterpie Shiny Back III
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Diamond-Pearl Caterpie Sprite.png File:Platinum Caterpie Sprite.png File:CaterpieHGSS (normal).png Caterpie Back IV
File:Diamond-Pearl Caterpie Sprite Shiny.png File:Platinum Caterpie Sprite Shiny.png File:CaterpieHGSS (shiny).png Caterpie Shiny Back IV
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Caterpie Front.gif File:Caterpie Back.png
File:Caterpie BW Shiny Sprite.png File:Caterpie BW Shiny Back.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back


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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