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What is a good moveset for Butterfree?

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My Butterfree is Lv. 50 and has much higher Sp. Attack than Attack. It knows: Bug Buzz, Gust, Energy Ball, Psychic.

Butterfree Learnset

asked Jul 5, 2010 by trachy
edited Jun 30, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
Butterfree (M) @ Focus Sash
Trait: Compoundeyes
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Sleep Powder
- Butterfly Dance
- Bug Buzz
- Giga Drain
That set works so great as a lead. Almost guaranteed to net one or two KOs.
Metapod@Eviolite
Ability:Shed Skin
Harden
String Shot
Bug Bite
Tackle
This ain't a joke...

12 Answers

3 votes

Gen V

Butterfree (F) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Compoundeyes

EVs: 248 SAtk / 16 SDef / 244 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Bug Buzz
  • Quiver Dance
  • Giga Drain/Psychic
  • Sleep Powder

Okay, this is a reliable sleep inducer that also happens to be fast after Quiver dance. Sleep Powder will have high accuracy thanks to Compoundeyes, and after Quiver dance, you'll be like the darkrai of NU. I mean, the Spore users aren't very fast. You won't get outped by Amoonguss or Parasect, and even Breloom has below average Speed. So put the foe to Sleep. You can also do pretty nice damage with Bug Buzz (STAB) and Giga Drain (type coverage and healing). Psychic can be used over Giga Drain to deal with the Poison types of NU, especially since Bug Buzz deals with Dark types. However, you won't get the benefit of Giga Drain's healing. The EVs are focused at providing enough Speed and Special Attack after Quiver dance to do some damage.

answered Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Gen V

Butterfree (F) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Tinted Lens

EVs: 252 SAtk / 36 SDef / 220 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Bug Buzz
  • Quiver Dance
  • Energy Ball
  • Psychic

Okay, you set up Quiver Dance with the help of your Focus Sash, then hit with your attacks. Bug Buzz gets STAB, while Energy Ball and Psychic provide type coverage. Especially helpful for Psychic in particular is Tinted Lens, which will allow you to get at least a neutral hit against pretty much every foe. However, this is just a weaker Venomoth, and even a weaker Mothim.

answered Jun 30, 2011 by trachy
edited Jul 1, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Double/Triple Battle

Butterfree (M) @ Focus Sash

Trait: Tinted Lens
EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)
- Safeguard
- Tailwind/Quiver Dance/Swagger
- Air Cutter
- Bug Buzz/Stuggle Bug

Yeah, Butterfree sucks in multi-battle. This is because stat boosting does not work well at all, so Quiver Dance is going to be almost impossible to pull off, especially since the foe will be targetting Butterfree to stop you from using Quiver Dance. Safeguard provides some status protection for the team. Tailwind also provides support. There isn't much else Butterfree can do. You can be incredibly risky and run Quiver Dance, use it for all of one turn. Swagger can be used to help out Own Tempo Pokemon. Air Cutter is STAB and can hit multiple Pokemon. It won't do much, but Butterfree does not have much else. Bug Buzz is more powerful STAB, but it still won't do much, so you can use Struggle Bug to lower the Special Attack of the foes, while doing a tiny bit (tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny) of damage.

answered Jan 16, 2012 by trachy
edited Jan 16, 2012 by trachy
0 votes

Butterfree (M) @ Focus Sash

Role: Sunny Sweeper

Trait: Tinted Lens

EVs: 252 SAtk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • SolarBeam
  • Hidden Power [Fire]
  • Bug Buzz
  • Quiver Dance

Hey! Its that NU Volcorona!

Well, There have been many times that people have made NU weather Teams.

SolarBeam is amazing in the Sun, While HP Fire basically gets STAB from the sun. Bug Buzz is STAB. While Quiver dance is to Make him into a sweeper.

Its a pretty simple pokemon, very nice in the sun.

answered Jul 15, 2011 by Josh
0 votes

Gen III

Butterfree (M) @ Leftovers

Ability: Compoundeyes

EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd

Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

  • Sleep Powder
  • Dream Eater - Special
  • Giga Drain - Special
  • Nightmare

Sleep Powder gets much better accuracy with Compoundeyes, making for a reliable Sleep Powder.

Dream Eater covers those annoying Rock Slide Fighting types, and anything that dares cross this Butterfly's path.
Giga Drain is more coverage, and agaisn't rock too! And Nightmare is added on Sleep kills, So overall he's not too bad, but still not a favorite of mine.

answered Sep 9, 2011 by Josh
0 votes

Evoilite Metapod

(M) @ Eviolite

Role: Annoyer who bosses of physical moves.

Trait: Shed Skin

EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Iron Defense
  • Bug Bite
  • String Shot
  • Tackle

With like 1 Iron Defense it's hard as crap to touch this thing with anything physical, which is hilarious! Then you can use things like String shot to be a butt hole, or bug bite to do barely anything..

answered Sep 19, 2011 by Josh
little cup caterpie FTW
Just pointing out, I walled someone's Garchomp, who knew Stone Edge with this, Luckily Stone Edge missed and I get to set up Iron Defense!
0 votes

Doubles / Triples

Butterfree (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Compoundeyes
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)
- Air Cutter
- Bug Buzz
- Sleep Powder
- Tailwind

Yes, I suggested Choice Scarf + Tailwind. At least it will accomplish something before it dies. No, it won't faint. IT WILL DIE.

Piece of crap taken to a new level... And I like butterfree!
It gets 100% accuracy Air Cutter, so that's a treat. Sleep Powder as well. Heck, it would be worth it to just have something really fast alternating putting opponents to sleep right? Despite sleep clause, if it isn't active... good! To be honest, this thing is most likely going to take down 1 pokemon, or clean 2 up. OR Use Tailwind to support pokemon that can actually do something, or put a decent threat to sleep.

answered Jan 27, 2012 by Josh
0 votes

First off, you need to be listening to this while you read my set http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEA_hodDXBg&feature=related

It's borderline essential.


Now that we have that out of the way, I'm going to listen to something different while I write this set out :P


Butterful the Butterfree @ Life freakin' orb
Ability: Tinted Lens
Nature: Modest
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SP ATK / 252 SPEED

Quiver Dance - Let the boosting begin. Try to use this when you're pretty darn sure your opponent will switch out. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Stealth Rocks as team support before bringing this thing out ( and spinning away any rocks on your side ) so that you can land OHKOs on opponents that are abusing sash. They are out there!

Bug Buzz - STAB. Tinted Lens makes your not very effective hits neutral. That's pretty darn awesome if you ask me. This will be your primary attacking move.

Sleep Powder - Even though I'm not running the set where this is accurate ( the ability I mean.. whatevs ) it's still ridiculously useful for boosting. Taking the risk normally pays off..... normally.

Psychic / Shadow Ball - Choose your coverage. Both work remarkably well. Both hit Gengar / Haunter for super effective damage ( he 4X resists Bug buzz, so he'd still 2X resist you even after Tinted Lens. )

answered Apr 24, 2012 by Josh
0 votes

So, it seems your Butterfree has Modest as its' Nature. As for a set, I have been tinkering all kinds of different ideas for sure to make use of Butterfree. Here's one I just had in mind

Nature: Modest (Special Attack up, Attack down)
EVs: Emphasis on Special Attack, HP, and Speed.
Ability: Compoundeyes
Attacks: Bug Buzz/Psychic/Energy Ball/Quiver Dance
Held Item: Wise Glasses

This would be a set mostly to have Butterfree get in with some quick special attacks and sweep them. With this set, Butterfree'd cover Grass, Psychic, Dark, Fighting, Poison, Water, Rock, and Ground, with Butterfree having a quadruple weakness to Rock, so that helps.

Here is another Set
Nature: Timid (Speed up, Attack down)
Ability: Compoundeyes
EVs: Emphasis on Speed, Special Attack, and HP
Attacks: Bug Buzz/Sleep Powder/Dream Eater/Quiver Dance
Held Item: Big Root

Put the enemy to sleep with Sleep Powder thanks to its accuracy going up due to Compoundeyes, as well as the Big Root giving you more HP from Dream Eater than normal. Bug Buzz for Same Type Attack Bonus, as well as Quiver Dance to raise Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed so Butterfree can do more damage with Bug Buzz and Dream Eater, as well as perhaps the pre-emptive strike too.

answered Aug 16, 2012 by Bryon
0 votes

Butterfree

Trait:Compoundeyes
Nature:Bold (+Def,-Atk)

  • Quiver dance
  • Sleep powder
  • Bug buzz
  • Dream eater

I'm surprised anyone had this idea yet. Amazing fact, Compoundeyes gives 100 accuracy to sleep powder, what is very useful.

answered Aug 7, 2013 by TsubasaRC
edited Aug 8, 2013 by TsubasaRC
finally someone gets it. giga drains nice but against rock im either faster or i run!

and try to imagine waking up while a giant butterfree sits on your chest eating your dreams. i wish venomoth was dream eater compatible ... sigh.
0 votes

Butterfree @ Choice Scarf
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Ability: Tinted Lens
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 SAtk / 4 HP
Timid Nature
- Giga Drain
- Silver Wind
- Ominous Wind
- Twister

answered Mar 29 by YHN
–1 vote

item:wide lens

nature:hardy/docile/Serious/Bashful/Quirky

ev:252 attack; 152 sp.atk; 152speed
with butterfree, its defences arn't the best. decent speed, you go in, hit first, get it to sleep. hopfully not taking a lot of damage. its attack stinks, so put all you can into it.

sleep powder-may not have alot of accuracy, but with the zoom lens its not that bad.

dream eater-when its asleep. get back some health.

protect-use when you think it will wake up or when you know somethings coming

u-turn-if all else fails, get this in first and switch.

answered Aug 13, 2012 by amethyst3552