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[[File:Type Bug/Grass.gif|link=Bug/Grass type]]  
Species Mushroom Pokémon
Abilities Effect Spore
Dry Skin
Damp (Dream World)
[[Vileplume]] ← 046 → [[Parasect]]
Kanto 046 Johto 070
Hoenn - Sinnoh -
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Parasect]]
(パラス Parasu)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Red>Red</font>
Shape Footprint

Paras (Japanese: パラス Parasu) is a Bug/Grass-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.


Paras is very crablike, as it has six legs. The front two legs are very large, allowing Paras to grip on to prey and its environment. The most distinct feature are the two mushrooms on its back. It also has very large eyes on the top of its head.

Special Abilities

Paras can have the ability Effect Spore or Dry Skin. Effect Spore makes the foe paralyzed, asleep or poisoned 30% of the time whenever the foe hits Paras with a physical move. Dry Skin causes Paras to recover HP when it is raining and lose HP when it is sunny. The mushrooms on Paras' back have a mutualism with each other. The mushrooms get energy from Paras, while Paras gets to create spores.


Paras evolves into Parasect once it reaches level 24.

Anime Appearance

Main article: Cassandra's Parasect

Paras is featured in The Problem with Paras under the ownership of Cassandra. It is extremely weak, but Cassandra needed it to evolve into a Parasect so she can use the giant mushroom to aid in her medical research. It does so towards the end of the episode.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Mt. Moon and the Safari Zone Uncommon
Gold/Silver Bug-Catching Contest, Ilex Forest, and Mt. Moon Few
Crystal Bug-Catching Contest, Ilex Forest, and Mt. Moon Few
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Mt. Moon and Safari Zone Common
Diamond/Pearl Great Marsh Rare
Platinum Great Marsh
HeartGold/SoulSilver Ilex Forest Rare
Black/White Route 11 (White only) Swarm

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 1, 10, Endless Level 25, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Silent Chasm (7-9F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Apple Woods (1-12F)
Pokémon Ranger Krokka Tunnel
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest

Pokédex entries



Paras appears to be based on a cicada larva whilst its name is a shortening of parasite.


  • Paras has the same in-game cry as Mewtwo.
  • Paras was originally called Parasyte.


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