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.

Pinsir artwork by Ken Sugimori

Pokédex data

National № 127
Type Bug
Species Stag Beetle Pokémon
Height 4′11″ (1.5 m)
Weight 121.3 lbs (55.0 kg)
Abilities Hyper Cutter
Mold Breaker
Moxie (hidden ability)
Local № 127 (Red/Blue)
112 (Gold/Silver)
167 (Ruby/Sapphire)
127 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
113 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
146 (Black 2/White 2)
130 (X/Y)
174 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
175 (Sun/Moon)
211 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
112 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
078 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
Japanese Kairosu

Training

EV yield 2 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Happiness 70 (normal)
Base EXP 200
Growth Rate Slow

Breeding

Egg Groups Bug
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 25 (base 6,400 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.

Mega Pinsir artwork by Ken Sugimori

Pokédex data

National № 127
Type Bug Flying
Species Stag Beetle Pokémon
Height 5′07″ (1.7 m)
Weight 130.1 lbs (59.0 kg)
Abilities Aerilate
Local № 127 (Red/Blue)
112 (Gold/Silver)
167 (Ruby/Sapphire)
127 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
113 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
146 (Black 2/White 2)
130 (X/Y)
174 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
175 (Sun/Moon)
211 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
112 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
078 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
Japanese Kairosu

Training

EV yield
Catch rate
Base Happiness
Base EXP
Growth Rate

Breeding

Egg Groups
Gender
Egg cycles

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.

Pokédex entries

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.

Evolution chart

  • Pinsir does not evolve.

Name origin

pincer
crab’s claw

Moves learned by Pinsir

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Focus EnergyNormal
1Vice GripNormal 55 100
4BindNormal 15 85
8Seismic TossFighting 100
11HardenNormal
15RevengeFighting 60 100
18Vital ThrowFighting 70
22Double HitNormal 35 90
26Brick BreakFighting 75 100
29X-ScissorBug 80 100
33SubmissionFighting 80 80
36Storm ThrowFighting 60 100
40Swords DanceNormal
43ThrashNormal 120 100
47SuperpowerFighting 120 100
50GuillotineNormal

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bug BiteBug 60 100
Close CombatFighting 120 100
FeintNormal 30 100
Feint AttackDark 60
FlailNormal 100
Fury AttackNormal 15 85
Me FirstNormal
Quick AttackNormal 40 100
SuperpowerFighting 120 100

Move Tutor moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
BindNormal 15 85
Bug BiteBug 60 100
Focus PunchFighting 150 100
Iron DefenseSteel
Knock OffDark 65 100
SnoreNormal 50 100
Stealth RockRock
SuperpowerFighting 120 100
Throat ChopDark 80 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
8Bulk UpFighting
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
23Smack DownRock 50 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
39Rock TombRock 60 95
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
54False SwipeNormal 40 100
56FlingDark 100
59Brutal SwingDark 60 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Pinsir 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
SlashNormal 70 100 Generation 1 — Level up
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
String ShotBug 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Struggle BugBug 50 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Focus EnergyNormal
1Vice GripNormal 55 100
4BindNormal 15 85
8Seismic TossFighting 100
11HardenNormal
15RevengeFighting 60 100
18Vital ThrowFighting 70
22Double HitNormal 35 90
26Brick BreakFighting 75 100
29X-ScissorBug 80 100
33SubmissionFighting 80 80
36Storm ThrowFighting 60 100
40Swords DanceNormal
43ThrashNormal 120 100
47SuperpowerFighting 120 100
50GuillotineNormal

Egg moves

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Bug BiteBug 60 100
Close CombatFighting 120 100
FeintNormal 30 100
Feint AttackDark 60
FlailNormal 100
Fury AttackNormal 15 85
Me FirstNormal
Quick AttackNormal 40 100
SuperpowerFighting 120 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
8Bulk UpFighting
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
23Smack DownRock 50 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
39Rock TombRock 60 95
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
54False SwipeNormal 40 100
56FlingDark 100
59Brutal SwingDark 60 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Pinsir 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
SlashNormal 70 100 Generation 1 — Level up
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
String ShotBug 95 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
Struggle BugBug 50 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Pinsir sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
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
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

Where to find Pinsir

Red Trade/migrate from another game
Blue
Yellow
Celadon City, Safari Zone
Gold
Silver
National Park
Crystal Trade/migrate from another game
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
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Lush Jungle, Poni Grove, Exeggutor Island