Pinsir

Pinsir is a Bug type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Stag Beetle Pokémon.

Pinsir has a Mega Evolution, available from X & Y onwards.

Pokédex data

National № 127
Type Bug
Species Stag Beetle Pokémon
Height 1.5 m (4′11″)
Weight 55.0 kg (121.3 lbs)
Abilities 1. Hyper Cutter
2. Mold Breaker
Moxie (hidden ability)
Local № 127 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
112 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
167 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
127 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
113 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
146 (Black 2/White 2)
130 (X/Y — Coastal Kalos)
174 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
175 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
211 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
127 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
120 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 2 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 175
Growth Rate Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Bug
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 25 (6,169–6,425 steps)

Base stats

HP 65
240 334
Attack 125
229 383
Defense 100
184 328
Sp. Atk 55
103 229
Sp. Def 70
130 262
Speed 85
157 295
Total 500 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 Pinsir.

Pokédex data

National № 127
Type Bug Flying
Species Stag Beetle Pokémon
Height 1.7 m (5′07″)
Weight 59.0 kg (130.1 lbs)
Abilities 1. Aerilate
Local № 127 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
112 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
167 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
127 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
113 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
146 (Black 2/White 2)
130 (X/Y — Coastal Kalos)
174 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
175 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
211 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
127 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
120 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 2 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 210
Growth Rate Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Bug
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 25 (6,169–6,425 steps)

Base stats

HP 65
240 334
Attack 155
283 449
Defense 120
220 372
Sp. Atk 65
121 251
Sp. Def 90
166 306
Speed 105
193 339
Total 600 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 Pinsir.

Evolution chart

Pinsir changes

Pokédex entries

Pinsir

Red
Blue
If it fails to crush the victim in its pincers, it will swing it around and toss it hard.
Yellow Grips its prey in its pincers and squeezes hard! It can’t move if it’s cold, so it lives in warm places.
Gold With its horns, it digs burrows to sleep in at night. In the morning, damp soil clings to its body.
Silver Swings its long antlers wildly to attack. During cold periods, it hides deep in forests.
Crystal When the temperature drops at night, it sleeps on treetops or among roots where it is well hidden.
Ruby PINSIR is astoundingly strong. It can grip a foe weighing twice its weight in its horns and easily lift it. This POKéMON’s movements turn sluggish in cold places.
Sapphire PINSIR has a pair of massive horns Protruding from the surface of these horns are thorns. These thorns are driven deeply into the foe’s body when the pincer closes, making it tough for the foe to escape.
FireRed Its two long pincer horns are powerful. Once they grip an enemy, they won’t release until the foe is torn.
LeafGreen If it fails to crush the foe in its pincers, it will swing around and toss the opponent.
Emerald Their pincers are strong enough to shatter thick logs. Because they dislike cold, PINSIR burrow and sleep under the ground on chilly nights.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can’t tear, it tosses far.
HeartGold With its pincer horns, it digs burrows to sleep in at night. In the morning, damp soil clings to its body.
SoulSilver It swings its long pincer horns wildly to attack. During cold periods, it hides deep in forests.
Black
White
It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can’t tear, it tosses far.
Black 2
White 2
It grips prey with its powerful pincers and will not let go until the prey is torn in half.
X It grips prey with its pincers until the prey is torn in half. What it can’t tear, it tosses far.
Y It swings its long pincer horns wildly to attack. During cold periods, it hides deep in forests.
Omega Ruby Pinsir is astoundingly strong. It can grip a foe weighing twice its weight in its horns and easily lift it. This Pokémon’s movements turn sluggish in cold places.
Alpha Sapphire Pinsir has a pair of massive horns. Protruding from the surface of these horns are thorns. These thorns are driven deeply into the foe’s body when the pincer closes, making it tough for the foe to escape.
Sun It grips its prey in its pincers and splits them apart. Although it is a powerful Pokémon, it can’t deal with the cold.
Moon One solid blow from its horns is enough to split apart a large tree. Its greatest rival in Alola is Vikavolt.
Ultra Sun It gets into territorial disputes with Vikavolt. For some reason, it apparently gets along well with Heracross in Alola.
Ultra Moon Although it’s tough, it can’t handle cold well. When night falls, it buries itself in leafage and sleeps.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Grips its prey in its pincers and squeezes hard! It can’t move if it’s cold, so it lives in warm places.
Sword These Pokémon judge one another based on pincers. Thicker, more impressive pincers make for more popularity with the opposite gender.
Shield This Pokémon clamps its pincers down on its prey and then either splits the prey in half or flings it away.

Mega Pinsir

Sun The influence of Mega Evolution leaves it in a state of constant excitement. It pierces enemies with its two large horns before shredding them.
Moon Bathed in the energy of Mega Evolution, its wings become unusually developed. It flies at speeds of approximately 30 mph.
Ultra Sun After Mega Evolution, it becomes able to fly. Perhaps because it’s so happy, it rarely touches the ground.
Ultra Moon It zips around at blistering speeds, looking for an opening to skewer its opponent on its giant pincers.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
With its vaunted horns, it can lift an opponent 10 times heavier than itself and fly about with ease.

Moves learned by Pinsir

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HardenNormal
1Vise GripNormal 55 100
4Focus EnergyNormal
8BindNormal 15 85
12Seismic TossFighting 100
16Bug BiteBug 60 100
20Storm ThrowFighting 60 100
24Double HitNormal 35 90
28Vital ThrowFighting 70
32X-ScissorBug 80 100
36StrengthNormal 80 100
40Swords DanceNormal
44SubmissionFighting 80 80
48GuillotineNormal 30
52SuperpowerFighting 120 100

Egg moves

Pinsir learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Pinsir egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
FeintNormal 30 100
FlailNormal 100
Fury AttackNormal 15 85
Quick AttackNormal 40 100
ThrashNormal 120 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

Moves learnt by TR

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

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Focus EnergyNormal
1Vise GripNormal 55 100
4BindNormal 15 85
8Seismic TossFighting 100
12HardenNormal
16Brick BreakFighting 75 100
20X-ScissorBug 80 100
26SubmissionFighting 80 80
32Swords DanceNormal
38ThrashNormal 120 100
44SuperpowerFighting 120 100
50GuillotineNormal 30

Moves learnt by TM

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

Pinsir sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Pinsir  sprite from Red & Blue Pinsir  sprite from Silver Pinsir  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Pinsir  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Pinsir  sprite from Black & White Pinsir  sprite from X & Y Pinsir  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Pinsir Shiny sprite from Silver Pinsir Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Pinsir Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Pinsir Shiny sprite from Black & White Pinsir Shiny sprite from X & Y Pinsir Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Pinsir

Red Trade/migrate from another game
Blue
Yellow
Celadon City, Safari Zone
Gold
Silver
Crystal
National Park
Ruby
Sapphire
Safari Zone
FireRed Trade/migrate from another game
LeafGreen Celadon City, Safari Zone
Emerald Safari Zone
Diamond Trade/migrate from another game
Pearl
Platinum
Route 229
HeartGold
SoulSilver
National Park
Black
White
Route 12
Black 2 Trade/migrate from another game
White 2 Route 12, Lostlorn Forest
X Route 12
Y Trade/migrate from another game
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Safari Zone
Sun
Moon
Lush Jungle, Poni Grove, Poké Pelago
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Lush Jungle, Poni Grove, Exeggutor Island, Poké Pelago
Let's Go Pikachu Trade/migrate from another game
Let's Go Eevee Route 14, 15
Sword Training Lowlands
Shield Location data not yet available

Other languages

English Pinsir
Japanese カイロス (Kailios)
German Pinsir
French Scarabrute

Name origin

pincer
crab’s claw
sir
noble title