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    Caterpie is a bug type Pokémon found in the original Pokémon Red/Blue. Caterpie uses its string shot to protect itself until it can safely spin a cocoon to turn into Metapod.

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    Caterpie last edited by Marino on 11/02/21 07:37PM View full history


    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 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
     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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