Butterfree

Butterfree is a Bug/Flying type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Butterfly Pokémon.

Pokédex data

National № 012
Type Bug Flying
Species Butterfly Pokémon
Height 1.1 m (3′07″)
Weight 32.0 kg (70.5 lbs)
Abilities 1. Compound Eyes
Tinted Lens (hidden ability)
Local № 012 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
026 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
012 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
026 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
025 (X/Y — Central Kalos)
019 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
019 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
012 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
015 (Sword/Shield)

Training

EV yield 2 Special Attack, 1 Special Defense
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 178
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Bug
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 15 (3,599–3,855 steps)

Base stats

HP 60
230 324
Attack 45
85 207
Defense 50
94 218
Sp. Atk 90
166 306
Sp. Def 80
148 284
Speed 70
130 262
Total 395 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Butterfree.

Evolution chart

(Level 7) (Level 10)

Butterfree changes

Pokédex entries

Red
Blue
In battle, it flaps its wings at high speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.
Yellow Its wings, covered with poisonous powders, repel water. This allows it to fly in the rain.
Gold It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
Silver Water-repellent powder on its wings enables it to collect honey, even in the heaviest of rains.
Crystal It flits from flower to flower, collecting honey. It can even identify distant flowers in bloom.
Ruby
Sapphire
BUTTERFREE has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can even search out, extract, and carry honey from flowers that are blooming over six miles from its nest.
FireRed The wings are protected by rain-repellent dust. As a result, this POKéMON can fly about even in rain.
LeafGreen In battle, it flaps its wings at great speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.
Emerald It has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can seek, extract, and carry honey from flowers blooming over six miles away.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
HeartGold It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.
SoulSilver Water-repellent powder on its wings enables it to collect honey, even in the heaviest of rains.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
X It loves the honey of flowers and can locate flower patches that have even tiny amounts of pollen.
Y The wings are protected by rain-repellent dust. As a result, this Pokémon can fly about even in rain.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Butterfree has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can even search out, extract, and carry honey from flowers that are blooming over six miles from its nest.
Sun Close examination of its large eyes reveals that each eye is composed of a myriad of tiny eyes.
Moon When attacked by other Pokémon, it defends itself by scattering its poisonous scales and fluttering its wings.
Ultra Sun Its wings are covered in toxic scales. If it finds bird Pokémon going after Caterpie, Butterfree sprinkles its scales on them to drive them off.
Ultra Moon Nectar from pretty flowers is its favorite food. In fields of flowers, it has heated battles with Cutiefly for territory.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Its wings, covered with poisonous powder, repel water. This allows it to fly in the rain.
Sword In battle, it flaps its wings at great speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.
Shield It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.

Moves learned by Butterfree

Moves learnt by level up

Butterfree learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Bug BiteBug 60 100
1GustFlying 40 100
1HardenNormal
1String ShotBug 95
1TackleNormal 40 100
4SupersonicNormal 55
8ConfusionPsychic 50 100
12Poison PowderPoison 75
12Sleep PowderGrass 75
12Stun SporeGrass 75
16PsybeamPsychic 65 100
20WhirlwindNormal
24Air SlashFlying 75 95
28SafeguardNormal
32Bug BuzzBug 90 100
36TailwindFlying
40Rage PowderBug
44Quiver DanceBug

Moves learnt on evolution

Butterfree learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Sword & Shield (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
GustFlying 40 100

Egg moves

Butterfree does not learn any moves by breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield.

Moves learnt by TM

Butterfree is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by TR

Butterfree is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Butterfree learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1ConfusionPsychic 50 100
1GustFlying 40 100
13Poison PowderPoison 75
13Sleep PowderGrass 75
13Stun SporeGrass 75
16PsybeamPsychic 65 100
19SupersonicNormal 55
22Quiver DanceBug
25WhirlwindNormal
28Air SlashFlying 75 95
31Bug BuzzBug 90 100

Moves learnt on evolution

Butterfree learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
GustFlying 40 100

Moves learnt by TM

Butterfree is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

Butterfree sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
Normal Butterfree  sprite from Red & Blue Butterfree  sprite from Silver Butterfree  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Butterfree  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Butterfree  sprite from Black & White Butterfree  sprite from X & Y Butterfree  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Butterfree Shiny sprite from Silver Butterfree Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Butterfree Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Butterfree Shiny sprite from Black & White Butterfree Shiny sprite from X & Y Butterfree Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Butterfree

Red
Blue
Yellow
Evolve Caterpie/Metapod
Gold Route 2, 26, 27, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, Azalea Town, Ilex Forest, Lake of Rage, National Park
Silver National Park
Crystal Route 2, 24, 25, Ilex Forest, National Park
Ruby
Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
FireRed
LeafGreen
Evolve Caterpie/Metapod
Emerald Trade/migrate from another game
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Evolve Caterpie/Metapod
HeartGold Route 2, 47, Ilex Forest, National Park, Viridian Forest
SoulSilver National Park
Black Trade/migrate from another game
White Route 12
Black 2
White 2
Trade/migrate from another game
X
Y
Evolve Caterpie/Metapod
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Trade/migrate from another game
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 5, Melemele Meadow, Lush Jungle
Let's Go Pikachu Viridian Forest
Let's Go Eevee Evolve Caterpie/Metapod
Sword
Shield
Rolling Fields, East Lake Axewell, Slumbering Weald, Giant's Mirror

Other languages

English Butterfree
Japanese バタフリー (Butterfree)
German Smettbo
French Papilusion

Name origin

butterfly
a species of flying insect
free
without limit, now it’s able to fly