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 3′07″ (1.1 m)
Weight 70.5 lbs (32.0 kg)
Abilities 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)

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 (base 3,840 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.

Moves learned by Butterfree

Moves learnt by level up

Butterfree learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1ConfusionPsychic 50 100
1GustFlying 40 100
11ConfusionPsychic 50 100
13Poison PowderPoison 75
13Sleep PowderGrass 75
13Stun SporeGrass 75
17PsybeamPsychic 65 100
19Silver WindBug 60 100
23SupersonicNormal 55
25SafeguardNormal
29WhirlwindNormal
31Bug BuzzBug 90 100
35Rage PowderBug
37CaptivateNormal 100
41TailwindFlying
43Air SlashFlying 75 95
47Quiver DanceBug

Moves learnt on evolution

Butterfree learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
GustFlying 40 100

Egg moves

Butterfree does not learn any moves by breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Move Tutor moves

Butterfree can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bug BiteBug 60 100
DefogFlying
ElectrowebElectric 55 95
Giga DrainGrass 75 100
Signal BeamBug 75 100
Skill SwapPsychic
SnoreNormal 50 100
TailwindFlying

Pre-evolution moves

These moves can only be learned in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon by a previous evolution of Butterfree. Check the respective Pokédex for the exact details.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
Bug BiteBug 60 100 Level up
HardenNormal Level up
String ShotBug 95 Level up
TackleNormal 40 100 Level up
Iron DefenseSteel Move tutor
HardenNormal Evolution

Moves learnt by TM

Butterfree is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
9VenoshockPoison 65 100
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
19RoostFlying
20SafeguardNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
22Solar BeamGrass 120 100
27ReturnNormal 100
29PsychicPsychic 90 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
53Energy BallGrass 90 100
62AcrobaticsFlying 55 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
77Psych UpNormal
83InfestationBug 20 100
85Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
89U-turnBug 70 100
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Butterfree can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
Mega DrainGrass 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
PsywavePsychic 80 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Razor WindNormal 80 100 Generation 1 — TM
ReflectPsychic Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
TeleportPsychic Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
NightmareGhost 100 Generation 2 — TM
Sweet ScentNormal Generation 2 — TM
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Air CutterFlying 60 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Ominous WindGhost 60 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormal 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
TwisterDragon 40 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Struggle BugBug 50 100 Generation 6 — TM

Moves learnt by level up

Butterfree learns the following moves in Pokémon Sun & Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1ConfusionPsychic 50 100
1GustFlying 40 100
11ConfusionPsychic 50 100
13Poison PowderPoison 75
13Sleep PowderGrass 75
13Stun SporeGrass 75
17PsybeamPsychic 65 100
19Silver WindBug 60 100
23SupersonicNormal 55
25SafeguardNormal
29WhirlwindNormal
31Bug BuzzBug 90 100
35Rage PowderBug
37CaptivateNormal 100
41TailwindFlying
43Air SlashFlying 75 95
47Quiver DanceBug

Moves learnt on evolution

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
GustFlying 40 100

Egg moves

Butterfree does not learn any moves by breeding in Pokémon Sun & Moon.

Pre-evolution moves

These moves can only be learned in Pokémon Sun & Moon by a previous evolution of Butterfree. Check the respective Pokédex for the exact details.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
Bug BiteBug 60 100 Level up
HardenNormal Level up
String ShotBug 95 Level up
TackleNormal 40 100 Level up
HardenNormal Evolution

Moves learnt by TM

Butterfree is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sun & Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
9VenoshockPoison 65 100
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
19RoostFlying
20SafeguardNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
22Solar BeamGrass 120 100
27ReturnNormal 100
29PsychicPsychic 90 100
30Shadow BallGhost 80 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
53Energy BallGrass 90 100
62AcrobaticsFlying 55 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
77Psych UpNormal
83InfestationBug 20 100
85Dream EaterPsychic 100 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
89U-turnBug 70 100
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Butterfree can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Sun & Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
Mega DrainGrass 40 100 Generation 1 — TM
PsywavePsychic 80 Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Razor WindNormal 80 100 Generation 1 — TM
ReflectPsychic Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
TeleportPsychic Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
NightmareGhost 100 Generation 2 — TM
Sweet ScentNormal Generation 2 — TM
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Air CutterFlying 60 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Ominous WindGhost 60 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
SwiftNormal 60 Generation 4 — Move tutor
TwisterDragon 40 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
FlashNormal 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Struggle BugBug 50 100 Generation 6 — TM

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
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

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

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