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[[File:Type Bug.gif|link=Bug type]]  
Species Cocoon Pokémon
Abilities Shed Skin
[[Caterpie]] ← 011 → [[Butterfree]]
Kanto 011 Johto 025
Hoenn 213 Sinnoh ???
Unova N/A Central Kalos 024
Evolves From [[Caterpie]]
Evolves Into [[Butterfree]]
(トランセル Trancell)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
21.8 lbs 9.9kg 2'04" 0.7m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Green>Green</font> Bug
Shape Footprint

Metapod (Japanese: トランセル Trancell) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.



Metapod is an insect-like Pokémon with an appearance similar to that of a green colored chrysalis or cocoon. Although it is covered in its hard shell, Metapod's eyes are still clearly visible and usually appear dazed, drowsy, or angry for reasons unknown.

Special abilities

Metapod have the ability Shed Skin which allows for a 1/3 chance that a harmful status effect will be dropped every turn.

A Metapod's exterior is regularly hardened to protect its soft and tender innards while undergoing metamorphosis to eventually become a Butterfree. To conserve energy for this event, the Metapod barely moves.

In the anime

File:1638520-200px ash metapod super.png
Main article: Ash's Metapod

Metapod first debuted in the anime episode Ash Catches a Pokémon when Ash Ketchum's Caterpie quickly evolved into a Metapod near the episode's end.

In the episode Challenge of the Samurai, Ash battled a Samurai-like trainer using his Metapod against the Samurai's Metapod.

Gym Leader Bugsy used his own Metapod against Ash in the episode Gettin' the Bugs Out. This Metapod proved to be more capable than others in previous episodes as it was actually able to knock out Ash's Chikorita.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Metapod make its first appearance in PA002 as one of the Pokémon in Professor Oak's Lab. Yellow had a Caterpie which evolved into a Metapod and then a Butterfree during her battle with Lance. There are also two Metapods which belong to Bugsy.


Metapod evolves from Caterpie as of level 7 and evolves into Butterfree starting at level 10.

Game info


Metapod Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Red/Blue Viridian Forest, Route 25
Route 24(Blue only)
Yellow Viridian Forest Common
Gold/Silver Ilex Forest
National Park, Route 2, 30, 31(Gold only)
Bug-Catching Contest(Silver only)
Crystal Ilex Forest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, 30, 31 Common
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush, Route 24, 25 Common
Diamond/Pearl Route 204 Dongle (FireRed)
Platinum Eterna Forest Dongle (FireRed)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 2, 30, 31, National Park, Ilex Forest, Viridian Forest, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees Common
Black/White Route 12 (White only) Rare

Spin-off game locations

Metapod Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap River
Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 2, Secret Storage 8, Endless Level 4, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Joyous Tower (7-8F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Mystifying Forest (1-13BF), Mystery Jungle (1-29BF), Happy Outlook (1-19BF)
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Haunted Zone

Pokédex entries



Generation I

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Harden —% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


7 Harden —% 30 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[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.


Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Rb front.png File:Yellow.gif File:Green.png File:Rb back.png
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Gold m.gif File:Sm.gif File:Cm.gif File:Gsm back.png
File:Gold ms.png File:Ssm.png Csm File:Gsm backs.png
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Rsm.gif File:Ema.gif File:Rsm.gif Rsbackmeta
Rsms Ems Rsms Rsbacksmeta
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Dpm.png File:Dpm.png File:Hgssm.png DpmB
Dpms Dpms HgssmS DpmBs
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Metapod BW Metapod BW Back
Shiny Metapod BW Shiny Metapod BW Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back


Metapod appears to be based on a cocoon by a caterpillar.

Name Origins

  • English: Metapod came from metamorphosis and pod.
  • Japanese: トランセル (Toranseru in Romaji), probably means "trancer" due to evolving from Caterpie to Metapod, or "trance cell" because every cell in its body tranced.


  • Despite being immobile, Metapod can still learn Tackle and Bug Bite.
  • Metapod, Kakuna, Silcoon, and Cascoon are all known as the Cocoon Pokémon.
  • It is possible to catch a Metapod that cannot attack by capturing one that only knows Harden. This also applies to Kakuna, Silcoon, and Cascoon.
  • Metapod has a similar cry as Tentacruel.
  • When a wild Metapod is caught,it only uses Harden.
    • It shares this trait with Kakuna


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