Butterfree resembles a vaguely anthropomorphic butterfly with a purple body. Unlike true insects, it only has two body segments and four light blue legs. The upper pair of legs resemble small, three-fingered hands, while the lower pair resembles long, digit-less feet. Butterfree has two black antennae, a light blue snout with two fangs underneath, and large, red compound eyes. The red compound eyes at a closer look are reveled to be myriad of tiny eyes. Its two pairs of wings are white with black venation. Two oval scales on a female Butterfree's lower wings are black, but they are white on a male.
The wings of Butterfree are coated with poisonous scales that easily fall off continuously as it flies. If inhaled, it results in several status conditions. It will defend Caterpie from bird Pokémon using this powder. This powder also repels water, enabling it to gather honey even in the rain. Butterfree can use its sensitive antenna to detect the odors of blooming flowers six miles (ten kilometers) from its nest in search of nectar, which it carries with the hairs of its legs. Sometimes, it has territorial disputes with Cutiefly over fields of flowers. It also consumes sap from trees pierced by Heracross, as seen in the anime. Butterfree is found in temperate forests and jungles, but it has also been observed flying near the ocean as part of its migratory breeding pattern.
As Gigantamax Butterfree, its size increases to gigantic length with an altered look. The wings and its pattern changes to light and dark green color with white. The antennae change to bright green and extend to the point where the tip bends, and three red clouds surround it. The eyes change to a bright glowing red. A fur-like circle is attached to both the wings and back of Butterfree. Several green scales can be seen floating around Butterfree, which are its most effective weapons, capable of releasing paralysis, poisoning, or sleep. The scales were created from crystallized Gigantamax energy.
The massive wings are powerful enough to lift a ten-ton truck through a simple flap. The wind it generates can scatter poisonous scales throughout the area, making it dangerous to be near it.
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, Butterfree is the only known Pokémon capable of using the move Rage Powder. Gigantamax Butterfree is the only known Pokémon capable of using the G-Max Move G-Max Befuddle.
In the main series
Ash had a Butterfree that he caught as a Caterpie, the first Pokémon he ever caught. It evolved from Metapod in Challenge of the Samurai. Butterfree was also the first Pokémon Ash let go, allowing it to mate with a pink Butterfree in Bye-Bye Butterfree.
Butterfree also appeared in I Choose You!, which is set in a different continuity from the main series. It evolved from Metapod during a battle against a group of Primeape.
In Bye-Bye Butterfree, Ash's Butterfree fell in love with a pink Butterfree and fought to save it from Team Rocket. At the end of the episode, Ash released his Butterfree to mate with the pink Butterfree. The pink Butterfree reappeared in I Choose You!, which is set in a timeline different from the main series.
In Bye-Bye Butterfree, multiple wild Butterfree, all under the ownership of Trainers who released them, engaged in a mating ceremony. Ash's Butterfree became one of these Butterfree.
In A Friend in Deed, Ritchie's Butterfree, nicknamed Happy, was used to help Ritchie get out of Team Rocket's runaway truck safely. In Friend and Foe Alike and Friends to the End, it was used during Ritchie's battles in the Indigo Plateau Conference.
In Poké Ball Peril, an Orange Archipelago variant of Butterfree living on Valencia Island appeared. It had not eaten for days despite Professor Ivy's effort to make different kinds of food for it. It took a liking to Brock's food, however, and was one of the reasons he stayed behind. It reappeared in a flashback in A Tent Situation.
In Caterpie's Big Dilemma, Zander has a giant Butterfree. After Team Rocket kidnapped Dr. Gordon and flew away on Jessie's Dustox, it evolved from a Metapod to chase Team Rocket. Butterfree shrunk back to its normal size at the end of the episode.
In Weekend Warrior, Jeremy's Butterfree was used in the Appeals Round of the Silver Town Pokémon Contest.
In The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing, Drew used a Butterfree during his two-on-two Contest Battle against May. Butterfree battled alongside Roselia against Combusken and Beautifly and managed to win.
In Butterfree and Me!, multiple Butterfree evolved from Metapod on Wayfarer Island. One Butterfree had been befriended by Ash as a Caterpie, and Ash spent much of the episode helping it eventually evolve into its final form.
In I Choose You!, multiple Butterfree engaged in a mating ceremony that Ash's Butterfree took a part of, much like the events of Bye-Bye Butterfree.
Butterfree debuted in a fantasy of Ash's Caterpie's in Ash Catches a Pokémon.
In The Path to the Pokémon League, A.J.'s Butterfree carried his bag into his Gym. It then trained with his Beedrill.
In Battle Aboard the St. Anne, multiple Butterfree were aboard the St. Anne.
In Pokémon Fashion Flash, a Butterfree was on Scissor Street.
A Butterfree appeared in The March of the Exeggutor Squad.
In Pikachu's Vacation, a Butterfree was at the Pokémon Theme Park.
In Pallet Party Panic, a Butterfree was at a party in Pallet Town.
In The Power of One, multiple Butterfree were seen in the opening sequence of the movie, while others sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.
In a flashback in Snack Attack, multiple Orange Archipelago Butterfree were residents of the Seven Grapefruit Islands.
A Trainer's Orange Archipelago Butterfree appeared in The Mandarin Island Miss Match.
A wild Butterfree appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
In Slowking's Day, an Orange Archipelago Butterfree was living on Shamouti Island.
In The Rivalry Revival, three Butterfree were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in A Sappy Ending.
A Butterfree appeared in Once in a Blue Moon.
In For Crying Out Loud, multiple Butterfree played with Wilhomena's Marill.
In Tricks of the Trade, a Butterfree was at the Pokémon Swap Meet in Palmpona.
In Spell of the Unown: Entei, Lisa used a Butterfree during her battle against Ash, where it went up against his Bulbasaur. The match ended with Bulbasaur being dazed with Sleep Powder and finished off with a gust of wind.
In Mewtwo Returns, multiple Butterfree flew over Mount Quena.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in Houndoom's Special Delivery.
Three Butterfree appeared in a flashback in The Light Fantastic.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in Brock's dream in Sick Daze.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in the opening sequence of Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.
In Got Miltank?, a Butterfree was a resident at a Pokémon-exclusive oasis.
In A Tyrogue Full of Trouble, a Butterfree was followed by Misty's Togepi.
In Enlighten Up!, two Butterfree were residents of Lake Slowpoke.
In Fangs for Nothin', multiple Butterfree were inhabitants of the Dragon Holy Land.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in the opening sequence of Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias.
A Butterfree briefly appeared in Camp Pikachu.
In Hatch Me If You Can, multiple Butterfree appeared before Ash's Larvitar.
A Coordinator's Butterfree appeared in Now That's Flower Power!.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in the opening sequence of Destiny Deoxys.
A Butterfree appeared in The Green Guardian.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in Curbing the Crimson Tide!.
A Coordinator's Butterfly appeared in May, We Harley Drew'd Ya!.
In Channeling the Battle Zone, Solidad used a Butterfree during the Kanto Grand Festival.
In Pinch Healing!, multiple Butterfree were residents of Fennel Valley.
In Riding the Winds of Change, a Butterfree was among the many Pokémon Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy used to blow a Gligar away from the city.
A wild Butterfree appeared in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1). Two additional Butterfree appeared in the following episode.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in the opening sequence of Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
A Butterfree appeared in Camping It Up!.
In Battling the Generation Gap!, two Butterfree were part of Lila's famous "Tiger Lily Smile".
Multiple Butterfree appeared in a flashback in A Trainer and Child Reunion!.
In Genesect and the Legend Awakened, multiple Butterfree were at Pokémon Hills.
In A Relay in the Sky!, a Trainer's Butterfree was participating in the Pokémon Sky Relay. It was in a team also consisting of Hydreigon and Masquerain.
In A Legendary Photo Op!, a Butterfree was at Mt. Molteau.
A Butterfree appeared in a flashback in Seeing the Forest for the Trees!.
A Trainer's Butterfree appeared in a flashback in Alola to New Adventure!.
In Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!, a Butterfree flew past Lillie's balcony and received some food. It reappeared in A Glaring Rivalry!.
In A Seasoned Search!, two Butterfree were among the Flying-type attracted by Bounsweet's Sweet Scent in their attempts to attract a Oricorio.
In Partner Promises!, a Butterfree was a resident of Treasure Island. It reappeared in Alola, Alola!, when Ash revisited the island alongside his classmates and Misty.
Two Butterfree appeared in a flashback in Lulled to La-La Land!.
Two Trainers' Butterfree appeared in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!.
Four wild Buttefree appeared in Alola, Kanto!.
Three wild Butterfree appeared in a fantasy in Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet!.
Two Trainers' Butterfree appeared in A Young Royal Flame Ignites!.
A Trainer's Butterfree appeared in The Power of Us.
A Trainer's Butterfree appeared in All They Want to Do is Dance Dance!.
A student's Butterfree appeared in A High-Speed Awakening!.
In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Butterfree competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but ended up losing.
A Trainer's Butterfree appeared in The Road to The Semifinals!.
A Trainer's Butterfree appeared in Z-Move Showdown!.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in a flashback in Enter Pikachu!.
Multiple Butterfree appeared in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!, with two of them appearing in a video hologram.
In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh caught a male Butterfree. He has since made further appearances in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.
In Caring for a Mystery!, a Butterfree battled a wild Riolu after it attacked it.
Two Butterfree appeared in JN028.
|| May's Pokédex
|| Butterfree, the Butterfly Pokémon. Butterfree is the evolved form of Metapod. The scales covering its wings help it to shed water.
|| Ash's Pokédex
|| Butterfree, the Butterfly Pokémon. Butterfree's love of flower nectar draws it to seek out flowers, even if they don't have much pollen.
In Pokémon Origins
In File 1: Red, a Butterfree was one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.
A Butterfree appeared in a fantasy in File 4: Charizard.
In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer
In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, a Trainer's Butterfree was in a town square in Pasio.
In Pokémon: Twilight Wings
A Trainer's Butterfree appeared in Buddy.
A Gigantamax Butterfree appeared as a visual in a flashback in Assistant.
In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
- Main article: Ash's Butterfree
Ash's Butterfree evolved from his Metapod in Play Misty For Me during his Gym battle with Misty.
Melanie took care of three Butterfree in Pikachu's Excellent Adventure.
In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga
Midori owns a Butterfree that was first in PW10.
In the Pocket Monsters manga
Multiple Butterfree appeared in JNM01.
Goh caught a Butterfree in JNM03, just like he does in the anime.
A Butterfree appeared in JNM08.
In the Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon manga
A Butterfree appeared in Pocket Monsters HeartGold & SoulSilver Go! Go! Pokéathlon.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
- Main article: Kitty
Butterfree debuts in Wake Up—You're Snorlax! as one of the Pokémon shocked by Red's Pika in a forest.
Yellow's Butterfree, nicknamed Kitty, evolved from her Caterpie that had just recently evolved into a Metapod in The Might of... Metapod?!. Her uncle, Fisherman Wilton, also has a Butterfree, which first appeared in Just a Spearow Carrier. Both of them are able to use Butterfree as a mode of flight, using Butterfree to hold onto their backs as they fly.
A Butterfree appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.
A Butterfree appeared in Out-Odding Oddish, under the ownership of a Pokéathlon participant.
A Trainer's Butterfree appeared in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down as one of the Pokémon seen at the Safari Zone.
A Butterfree appeared in PS544.
A wild Butterfree appeared in the Wild Area in PASS04.
A Butterfree appeared in a flashback in PASS05.
According to the Pokédex at the end of Volume 1, Red appears to have caught a Caterpie, which evolved into a Metapod and then a Butterfree.
In the Pokémon anime novelization series
Windy's Butterfree appeared in Race to Danger.
In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga
A Butterfree appeared in Falkner The Bird Keeper's Challenge!!.
A Butterfree appeared in Let's Aim For The Goal!.
In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga
Multiple Butterfree appeared in Shu and Pikachu's Debut!.
A Butterfree appeared in GDZ23.
A Butterfree appeared in GDZ48.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
A Butterfree appeared in Catch That Pokémon Thief!!.
A Butterfree appeared in Pikachu's Birthday Party.
Giovanni was revealed to own a Butterfree in Pokémon Hair Salon Opens!!, where he used it in a haircut salon that he built.