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Caterpie is a small Bug-type Pokémon that resembles a caterpillar. Green with a yellow belly and red eyebrows, Caterpie blends in with its forest surroundings, using its suction-cup feet to climb up trees unnoticed by predators. Caterpie uses string shot in combat against opponents. Caterpie was one of the original Pokémon found in Pokémon Red/Blue, and was found in the wild in both versions of the game.   

This sweet little Pokemon is a lot like a caterpillar. It has short feet with suction cups on the ends that allow it to climb walls and trees without getting tired. Its String Shot slows down Caterpie's enemies. It doesn't take Caterpie long to evolve. Once Caterpie changes into a Metapod, it will not be able to move.  
Caterpie was the first Pokémon that Ash Ketchum captured in the Anime Cartoon series (Episode 3 "Ash Catches a Pokémon").  It evolves into a Metapod the following episode, and then into a Butterfree the episode following that.  

As a Bug-type Pokémon, Caterpie takes double the damage from Fire, Flying, and Rock-type attacks.  However, it only takes half the normal damage from Grass, Fighting, and Ground-type moves.  
 Caterpie evolves into this Pokémon, Metapod


Caterpie evolves into Metapod at level 7, and Metapod into Butterfree at level 10.  




Pokédex #TypeHeightWeightJapanese Name
                    010Bug1'00" 6.4 lbs.キャタピー
 Worm PokémonShield Dust: Damaging moves by the opponent will not have an additional effect.
Base HappinessCapture RateExperience GrowthGender Ratio`Safari Zone Flee Rate
 70 255 1,000,000 pts.Male:  50%
Female: 50%

Base Stats 

HPAttackDefenseSp. AttackSp. DefenseSpeed
 45 30 35 20 20 45

Pokédex Entries

 Caterpie on the Anime owned by Ash

Generation I

  • Red/Blue

    'Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.'

  • Yellow: 

    'If you touch the feeler on top of its head, it will release a horrible stink to protect itself.'  

Generation II
  •  Gold: 

    'For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.' 

  • Silver: 

    'Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climb trees to forage.'

  • Crystal

    'It crawls into foliage where it camouflages itself among leaves that are the same color as its body.'  

Generation III

  • Ruby/Sapphire

    'Caterpie has a voracious appetite. It can devour leaves bigger than its body right before your eyes. From its antennae, this Pokémon releases a terrifically strong odor.'

  • Emerald

    'Its voracious appetite compels it to devour leaves bigger then itself without hesitation. It releases a terribly strong odor from its antennae.'

  • FireRed

    'It is covered with a green skin. When it grows, it sheds the skin, covers itself with silk, and becomes a cocoon.'  

  • LeafGreen

    'Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enables it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.'     

Generation IV

  • Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

    'It releases a stench from its red antennae to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.'  

  • HeartGold

    'For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.'  


'Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climbs trees to forage.'



Generation I

GameLocationNumber in Game
Red/BlueRoute 25, Viridian Forest (Red)
Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest (Blue)
 Rare (Red)
 Common (Blue)
YellowViridian ForestCommon

Generation II

GameLocationNumber in Game
Gold/SilverRoutes 2, 30, & 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees (Gold)
Bug-Catching Contest (Silver)
CrystalRoutes 2, 24, 25, 30, & 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Bug-Catching ContestCommon

Generation III

GameLocationNumber in Game
Ruby/Sapphire (Emerald)Trade (from FireRed or Leaf Green)None
FireRed/LeafGreenRoutes 2, 24,& 25, Viridian Forest, Pattern BushCommon 
Colosseum/XDTrade (from FireRed or LeafGreenNone

Generation IV

GameLocationNumber in Game
Diamond/Pearl (Platinum)Route 204 with FireRed cartridge in DS. (Diamond/Pearl)
Route 204 and Eterna Forest with FireRed cartridge in DS. (Platinum)
HeartGold/SoulSilverBug-Catching Contest (SoulSilver)
Routes 2, 30, & 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Bug-Catching Contest, Viridian Forest, Headbutt trees (HeartGold)

Generation V 

GameLocationNumber in Game
Black/White Breed Metapod or Butterfree (White only) None

Side Game Locations

Pokémon ChannelViridian Forest
Pokémon PinballViridian Forest
Cerulean City
Pokémon Trozei!Phobos Train 
Endless Level 9 
Trozei Battle  
"Mr. Who's Den"
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Wish Cave (2F-4F)
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Oran Forest (1F-4F)
Apple Woods (1F-4F)
Pokémon RumbleSilent Forest
PokéPark Wii:
Pikachu's Adventure
Meadow Zone

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