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[[File:Type Bug.gif|link=Bug type]]  
Species Stag Beetle Pokémon
Abilities Hyper Cutter
Mold Breaker
Moxie (Dream World)
None ← 127 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into None
(カイロス Kairosu)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Purple>Purple</font>
Shape Footprint

Pinsir (Japanese: カイロス Kairosu) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.


They seem to be based on a flat-stag beetle and have long, pricked horns on its head. Its whole body is a light brown with three claws on each toe.

Special abilities

Pinsir can have the ability Hyper Cutter or the ability Mold Breaker. Hyper Cutter prevents reduction of Pinsir's Attack stat. Mold Breaker allows Pinsir to use moves that would otherwise be non-effective because of an ability. A Pinsir's horns can crush many objects and allow it to pick up extremely heavy things. They group up in the winter to keep warm.


Pinsir does not evolve.

In the anime

Pinsir's debut appearance was in Challenge of the Samurai! where he was owned by the Character of the Day, Samurai.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Safari Zone, Rocket Game Corner (Blue only) Rare
Yellow Safari Zone, Rocket Game Corner Rare
Gold/Silver National Park Rare
Crystal National Park Rare
Ruby/Sapphire Safari Zone Rare
Emerald Safari Zone Rare
FireRed/LeafGreen Safari Zone, Rocket Game Corner (LeafGreen only) Rare
Diamond/Pearl Route 229 (Pearl only) Rare
Platinum Route 229 Swarm
HeartGold/SoulSilver National Park Rare
Black/White Route 12 Rare

Pokédex entries



Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
File:Red-Blue Kairosu Sprite.png File:Yellow Kairosu Sprite.png File:Red-Green Kairosu Sprite.png File:Gen I Kairosu Back Sprite.png
Gold Silver Crystal Back
File:Gold Kairosu Sprite.png File:Silver Kairosu Sprite.png File:Crystal Kairosu Sprite.gif File:Gen II Kairosu Back Sprite.png
File:Gold Kairosu Sprite Shiny.png File:Silver Kairosu Sprite Shiny.png File:Crystal Kairosu Sprite Shiny.gif File:Gen II Kairosu Back Sprite Shiny.png
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
File:Ruby-Sapphire Kairosu Sprite.png File:Emerald Kairosu Sprite.gif File:FireRed-LeafGreen Kairosu Sprite.png File:Gen III Kairosu Back Sprite.png
File:Ruby-Sapphire Kairosu Sprite Shiny.png EmeraldShinyPinsir File:FireRed-LeafGreen Kairosu Sprite Shiny.png File:Gen III Kairosu Back Sprite Shiny.png
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
File:Platinum Kairosu Sprite.png File:Platinum Kairosu Sprite.png File:Pinsir HGSS.png File:Gen IV Kairosu Back Sprite.png
File:Platinum Kairosu Sprite Shiny.png File:Platinum Kairosu Sprite Shiny.png Shiny Pinsir HGSS File:Gen IV Kairosu Back Sprite Shiny.png
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
File:Pinsir BW.png File:Pinsir Back BW.png
File:Pinsir BW Shiny.png File:Pinsir Back BW Shiny.png
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Back

Name in other languages

  • Japanese: カイロス Kailios
  • French: Scarabrute
  • German: Pinsir


  • Pinsir's name comes the word "Pinchers".


  • This Pokémon seems to be rivals with Heracross.
  • Before the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, it was speculated that Heracross would've been an evolution or a pre-evolution of Pinsir.
  • Pinsir is currently the only non-Fighting type Pokémon to know Vital Throw.
  • Despite Pinsir being a Bug-type, he doesn't know any moves via level up until Generation IV.
    • In the second and third generations, Pinsir could only learn one Bug-type move, Fury Cutter.


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