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Caterpie
Worm Pokémon
キャタピー
Caterpie
#010
Caterpie



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Type
Bug Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Shield Dust Cacophony
Cacophony
Run Away
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (43.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Bug
Hatch time
3855 - 4111 steps
Height
1'00" 0.3 m
Caterpie
0'0" 0 m
{{{form2}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
6.4 lbs. 2.9 kg
Caterpie
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form2}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
53
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
39
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Caterpie
1
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body14.png BodyUnknown.png
{{{form2}}}
Footprint
F010.png None.png
{{{form2}}}
Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
70
External Links

Caterpie (Japanese: キャタピー Caterpie) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Metapod starting at level 7, which evolves into Butterfree starting at level 10.

Contents

Biology

Caterpie emitting a terrible stench

Caterpie is a Pokémon that resembles a green caterpillar with a yellow underside and teardrop-shaped tail. There are yellow ring-shaped markings down the sides of its segmented body, which resemble its eyes and are meant to scare off predators. Its most notable characteristic is the bright red antenna (osmeterium) on its head, which releases a stench to repel predators. Despite these features and its camouflage in green foliage, Caterpie is often preyed upon by Flying-type Pokémon. Its four tiny feet are tipped with suction cups, permitting this Pokémon to scale most surfaces with minimal effort.

Caterpie is easy to capture and grows quickly, making it ideal for new Trainers.

As Caterpie grow and develop over time, it will shed its skin many times before finally cocooning itself in thick silk. It can also spit this silk in order to entangle foes as seen in the anime. It has a voracious appetite, which drives it to eat a hundred leaves a day. It will even eat leaves bigger than itself. According to Pokémon Adventures, its favorite food is the Vermilion flower. Caterpie lives in temperate forests and jungles.

In the anime

In the main series

Caterpie in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Caterpie

Caterpie debuted in Pokémon Emergency!, where Ash encountered it in Viridian Forest. He caught it in Ash Catches a Pokémon, making Caterpie the first Pokémon he caught in the wild. It evolved into Metapod in the same episode after a battle with Team Rocket, and then into Butterfree during the following episode.

Caterpie also appeared in I Choose You!, which is set in a different continuity from the main series. It evolved into Metapod during a battle against Pinsir and later into Butterfree after a battle against Primeape.

Other

In The Dunsparce Deception, Bucky's Caterpie competed in a race with Dunsparce, but it ultimately lost due to its slow speed. It also helped him catch a Dunsparce of his own.

In Caterpie's Big Dilemma, Zander's Caterpie ate some of Dr. Gordon's enhanced Rare Candies and turned giant as a result. It eventually evolved into a Mothra-sized Butterfree before it reverted to its normal size.

In Butterfree and Me!, Ash befriended a Caterpie at Wayfarer Island after realizing it had yet to evolve, which reminded Ash of his own Caterpie. As a result, he helped Caterpie evolve into Metapod and then into Butterfree.

Minor appearances

In Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village, Melanie cared for a Caterpie. It reappeared in a flashback in Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!.

A Trainer's Caterpie appeared in Electric Shock Showdown.

In Battle Aboard the St. Anne, a Caterpie was aboard the St. Anne.

In Pokémon Fashion Flash, a Caterpie was on Scissor Street.

A Caterpie appeared in a fantasy in Dig Those Diglett!.

In The Ultimate Test, an image of Caterpie was used in the exams.

A Caterpie appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

A Caterpie appeared in Clefairy Tales.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, a Trainer's Caterpie was defeated by Mewtwo while it was serving Giovanni.

In In the Pink, Caterpie was one of the species seen on Pinkan Island turned pink by consuming the Pinkan Berry.

In Tracey Gets Bugged, multiple Caterpie were residents of Murcott Island.

Two Caterpie appeared in a flashback in Wherefore Art Thou, Pokémon?, one each under the ownership of Ralph and Emily.

A wild Caterpie appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

In Illusion Confusion!, a Caterpie was one of the illusions created by a group of Haunter and Gengar.

In For Crying Out Loud, multiple Caterpie were accidentally splashed by Wilhomena's Marill.

In Gettin' The Bugs Out, multiple Caterpie resided in the Azalea Gym. One Caterpie scared Misty by coming down the trees. Later on, they assisted in apprehending Team Rocket with silk.

In The Bug Stops Here, a Caterpie was chased away by Misty after she found it talking with Togepi.

In Carrying On!, a Caterpie was in Way Away Island's Pokémon Center.

A Caterpie appeared in Jessie's fantasy in Wings 'N' Things.

Multiple Caterpie appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. One of them appeared during the movie's opening intro, which was reused for Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias.

In Got Miltank?, a Caterpie was a resident in a Pokémon-exclusive oasis.

In For Ho-Oh the Bells Toll!, multiple Caterpie were protecting the Tin Tower after Team Rocket stole the Crystal Bells on the top floor.

In Talkin' 'Bout an Evolution, a Caterpie fell sick due to Team Rocket's experiments.

A Caterpie appeared in Camp Pikachu.

In Gonna Rule The School!, the Pokémon Trainers' School lent a Caterpie to the school's underage students for use in lessons.

A Caterpie appeared in Destiny Deoxys.

A Caterpie appeared in Hi Ho Silver Wind!.

A Caterpie appeared in The Green Guardian.

A Coordinator‘s Caterpie appeared in What I Did for Love!.

In Some Enchanted Sweetening!, two Caterpie were lured in by the Honey that Cheryl had slathered onto a tree. Additional Caterpie also appeared in a boss fantasy in the same episode, but said boss fantasy was cut from the dub due to it containing suggestive material.

A Caterpie appeared in The Grass-Type Is Always Greener!.

Two Caterpie appeared in An Angry Combeenation!.

A Caterpie appeared in Jessie's fantasy in One Big Happiny Family!.

A Caterpie appeared in One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!.

Multiple Caterpie appeared in Coming Full-Festival Circle!.

In Genesect and the Legend Awakened, a Caterpie was in Pokémon Hills.

A Caterpie appeared in Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.

In Lumiose City Pursuit!, Mega-Mega Meowth Madness!, Day Three Blockbusters!, and Battling With a Clean Slate!, a Caterpie was a resident of Professor Sycamore's lab.

A Caterpie appeared in a flashback in Seeing the Forest for the Trees!.

In Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!, two Caterpie were playing in Lillie's garden. One of them reappeared in The Ol' Raise and Switch!.

A Caterpie appeared in a fantasy in Lulled to La-La Land!.

Multiple wild Caterpie appeared in Alola, Kanto!.

A Trainer's Caterpie appeared in Now You See Them, Now You Don't!.

A Caterpie appeared in Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet!.

A Trainer's Caterpie appeared in The Power of Us.

Four Caterpie appeared in Securing the Future!, with three under the ownership of different Trainers and the fourth being wild. They joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

In The Battlefield of Truth and Love!, a Caterpie watched Bewear and Stufful put on a performance in their hot springs.

A Trainer's Caterpie appeared in Exhibition Unmasked!.

In From Z to Shining Z!, a Trainer's Caterpie watched the battle between Ash's Pikachu and Tapu Koko.

Two Caterpie appeared in a flashback in Enter Pikachu!, with one of them being caught by a female Trainer.

Three Caterpie appeared in a video hologram in Legend? Go! Friends? Go!.

In Working My Way Back to Mew!, Goh caught a Caterpie. It has since made further appearances throughout Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

In A Snow Day for Searching!, Goh's Butterfree encountered a Caterpie while it was out looking for Cubone's bone.

A Trainer's Caterpie appeared in Caring for a Mystery!.

A Trainer's Caterpie appeared in JN025.

A Caterpie appeared in JN033.

A Trainer's Caterpie appeared in JN037.

A Caterpie will appear in M23.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG142 Caterpie May's Pokédex Caterpie, the Worm Pokémon. Caterpie uses the suction cups on its feet to climb trees and feed on its favorite leaves.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
BW130 Caterpie Ash's Pokédex Caterpie, the Worm Pokémon. To repel enemies, Caterpie releases an unpleasant odor from its red antenna. It molts several times while growing.

In Pokémon Origins

Caterpie in Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, a Caterpie was seen in Professor Oak's introduction, while Red caught another, which was registered in his Pokédex. It evolved into Metapod before his Gym battle with Brock.

In File 3: Giovanni, two Caterpie were seen caged in the Rocket Hideout and Silph Co., respectively.

In Pokémon Generations

In The Adventure, Pikachu encountered and battled a Caterpie in Viridian Forest.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Main article: Ash's Caterpie

Ash's Caterpie is the second wild Pokémon that Ash catches, being caught in Pikachu, I See You!. It evolves twice in Play Misty For Me—first into Metapod while Ash is showing off his Pokémon to Misty, and then into Butterfree during his Gym battle against Misty.

Ash is not shown releasing his Butterfree in the manga, although it is not seen after Haunting My Dreams.

In the Magical Pokémon Journey manga

A Caterpie appeared in Tangela's Secret.

In the Pocket Monsters manga

Goh caught a Caterpie in JNM03, just like he does in the anime.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Kitty

Caterpie debuted in a cameo in Bulbasaur, Come Home! as one of the Pokémon that escapes from Professor Oak's Laboratory. It also makes a cameo in The Secret of Kangaskhan.

A Caterpie appeared as a silhouette when Green talks about Mew in The Jynx Jinx.

A Caterpie appeared in As Gastly as Before. With the help of her fishing rod and Red's Pika, Yellow saved a Caterpie from its tree, which was targeted by a Fire attack. Caterpie then followed Yellow to Route 9, where she and Blue were training. It took Yellow a whole day to properly catch this Caterpie with a Poké Ball, but once she prevailed, Yellow welcomed Caterpie to her team and called it "Kitty". It then became one of Yellow's most useful Pokémon, whose string was commonly used to make floaters. However, in the battle against Lance, Yellow did not have a Pokédex, which she needed to stop her Pokémon from evolving. As a result, Kitty evolved into Metapod and then into Butterfree right afterwards.

A Caterpie was mentioned as one of the Pokémon Crystal had caught for Professor Oak in Three Cheers for Chikorita.

A Caterpie was one of the Pokémon Crystal fails to catch in Absolutely Azumarill.

A Caterpie appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

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 Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

Shu caught a Caterpie in Shu and Pikachu's Debut!. He uses it in various creative ways, mostly involving strange uses of its String Shot.

A Caterpie appeared in GDZ23.

A Caterpie appeared in GDZ48.

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga

Main article: Caterpie (Red and Blue Rescue Team)

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, Ginji saved a Caterpie from an attacking Ariados.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

A Caterpie appeared in Catch That Pokémon Thief!!.

A Caterpie appeared in The Legendary Pokémon Appears!!.

A Caterpie appeared in Regain the Deserted Power Plant!.

A Caterpie appeared in Fierce Competition at the Pokémon Baseball Tournament!, where it was one of the Pokémon that took part in a baseball match. It was seen with Green during the game.

A Caterpie appeared in Pikachu's Birthday Party.

A Caterpie appeared in Demanding Tests at the Pokémon School!.

A Caterpie appeared in The Hardest Bug Pokémon Wins?!.

In the TCG

Main article: Caterpie (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Caterpie is rescued in the first mission of the game. It is too young to be of any help to the rescue team but remains a strong fan throughout the game, even in its darkest hour.

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#010
Red Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.
Blue
Yellow If you touch the feeler on top of its head, it will release a horrible stink to protect itself.
Stadium It has large, eye-like patterns on its head as protection. They are used to frighten off enemies.
Generation II Johto
#024
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 climbs trees to forage.
Crystal It crawls into foliage where it camouflages itself among leaves that are the same color as its body.
Stadium 2 For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
Generation III Hoenn
#—
Kanto
#010
Ruby Caterpie has a voracious appetite. It can devour leaves bigger than its body right before your eyes. From its antenna, this Pokémon releases a terrifically strong odor.
Sapphire
Emerald Its voracious appetite compels it to devour leaves bigger than 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 enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#024
Diamond It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
SoulSilver Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climbs trees to forage.
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.
White
Black 2 It releases a stench from its red antenna to repel enemies. It grows by molting repeatedly.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Central #023
Hoenn
#—
X For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.
Y Its feet have suction cups designed to stick to any surface. It tenaciously climbs trees to forage.
Omega Ruby Caterpie has a voracious appetite. It can devour leaves bigger than its body right before your eyes. From its antenna, this Pokémon releases a terrifically strong odor.
Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII Alola
#017
Kanto
#010
Sun When attacked by bird Pokémon, it resists by releasing a terrifically strong odor from its antennae, but it often becomes their prey.
Moon It's easy to catch, and it grows quickly, making it one of the top recommendations for novice Pokémon Trainers.
Ultra Sun Perhaps because it would like to grow up quickly, it has a voracious appetite, eating a hundred leaves a day.
Ultra Moon Its body is soft and weak. In nature, its perpetual fate is to be seen by others as food.
Let's Go Pikachu If you touch the feeler on top of its head, it will release a horrible stink to protect itself.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
#013
Sword For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antenna on its head to drive away enemies.
Shield Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.

Alternate games

Pokémon Pinball, Pokémon Trading Card Game (Base Set, Base Set 2, Legendary Collection)
Its short feet are tipped with suction pads that enable it to tirelessly climb slopes and walls.
Pokémon Trading Card Game (Neo Discovery)
For protection, it releases a horrible stench from the antennae on its head to drive away enemies.

Game locations

Generation I
Red
Route 25, Viridian Forest
Blue
Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest
Blue (Japan)
Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest
Yellow
Viridian Forest
Generation II
Gold
Routes 2, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest and National ParkMorningDay
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Routes 26, 27, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, and 39, Azalea Town, Ilex Forest, Lake of Rage (Headbutt trees)
Silver
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Crystal
Routes 2, 24, 25, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest and National ParkMorningDay
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Ilex Forest (Headbutt trees)
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Trade
Emerald
Trade
FireRed LeafGreen
Routes 2, 24, and 25, Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 204 (FireRed)
Platinum
Route 204, Eterna Forest (FireRed)
HeartGold
Routes 2, 30, and 31, Ilex Forest, National Park, Viridian ForestMorningDay
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Ilex Forest (Headbutt trees)
SoulSilver
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)TuThSa
Pal Park
Forest
Generation V
Black
Trade
White
Breed Metapod or Butterfree
Black 2
Trade
White 2
Breed Butterfree
Generation VI
X
Santalune Forest
Y
Route 2, Santalune Forest
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Trade
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Routes 1 and 5, Lush Jungle, Melemele Meadow
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Routes 1 and 5, Melemele Meadow
Lush Jungle (SOS Battle)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Route 2, Viridian Forest
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Route 1
Bridge Field, Dappled Grove, Rolling Fields, South Lake Miloch (Max Raid Battle)

In side games

Generation I
Pinball
Red and Blue Field: Viridian Forest, Cerulean City
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Channel
Forest
Trozei!
Phobos Train, Endless level 9, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Wish Cave (B2F-B4F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Apple Woods (1F-4F), Oran Forest (1F-4F)
MD Sky
Apple Woods (1F-4F), Oran Forest (1F-4F)
Rumble
Silent Forest (Normal Mode C)
PokéPark Wii
Meadow Zone
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Treetops: Sun-Dappled Bank
Rumble U
Vehicle Gallery: Slithering Trains, Chill Battle: The Forest of Memories
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 2Su
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (20th release)
Rumble World
Fairy Land: Pixie Glen (All Areas), Origin Hideaway: Old-Growth Woods (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Tutorial, Charizard Sea2019, Pinsir Sea, Butterfree Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
45
105 - 152 200 - 294
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
35
36 - 95 67 - 185
20
22 - 79 40 - 152
20
22 - 79 40 - 152
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Total:
195
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 20.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
1/3 ☆☆
Skill
4/4 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
11/15 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting ½×
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 String Shot Bug Status 0000 09595% 40
099 Bug Bite Bug Physical 06060 100100% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM82Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM82 Electroweb Electric Special 05555 095}}95% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by breeding.
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Caterpie in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Caterpie in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Caterpie
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Caterpie
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Headbutt Caterpie (Expedition 96)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin010.png Pinani010.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani010.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 10.2%
Friend Area: Mist-Rise Forest
Phrases
51%-100% HP I'll eat lots and grow big.
26%-50% HP This is so hard... My health is down to half.
1%-25% HP I can't keep up... I can't spit silk anymore...
Level up I leveled up! Happy!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP RT 010.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: A
Pokémon Rumble
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush010Body.png Walking Speed: 2.92 seconds Base HP: 46
Base Attack: 59 Base Defense: 40 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW010.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Caterpie fell out of the White Tree on the other side of the bridge in the Meadow Zone! Her favorite Attraction is Bulbasaur's Daring Dash.
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
PP2010.png Strong: Tepig icon.png Weak: Snivy icon.png
PokéPark Pad entry:
Their steps are slow, but they are quite aggressive and hate to lose. They are second to none in spirit.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Bug
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT010.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Bug
None.png Attack Power: 30 - 85 Raise Max Level.png 5

#747
Shuffle010.png

Flash Mob
Increases damage when there are more Pokémon with the same type in the puzzle area.


Pokémon GO
GO010.png Base Stamina: 128 Base Attack: 55 Base Defense: 55
Egg Distance: N/A* Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement: Caterpie Candy 12
Fast Attacks: Bug Bite, Tackle
Charged Attacks: Struggle

Evolution

010Caterpie.png
Unevolved
Caterpie
 Bug 
Rare Candy
Level 7
011Metapod.png
First evolution
Metapod
 Bug 
Rare Candy
Level 10
012Butterfree.png
Second evolution
Butterfree
 Bug  Flying 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 010.png Spr b g1 010.png Spr 1y 010.png Spr b g1 010.png Spr 1g 010.png Spr b g1 010.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 010.png Spr b 2g 010.png Spr 2s 010.png Spr b 2g 010.png Spr 2c 010.png Spr b 2c 010.png
Spr 2g 010 s.png Spr b 2g 010 s.png Spr 2s 010 s.png Spr b 2g 010 s.png Spr 2c 010 s.png Spr b 2c 010 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 010.png Spr b 3r 010.png Spr 3e 010.png Spr b 3e 010.png Spr 3f 010.png Spr b 3f 010.png
Spr 3r 010 s.png Spr b 3r 010 s.png Spr 3e 010 s.png Spr b 3e 010 s.png Spr 3f 010 s.png Spr b 3f 010 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
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Generation V
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Generation VI
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Generation VII
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Trivia

Origin

Caterpie appears to be based on a caterpillar, with its color and eyespots resembling those of an Asian swallowtail, eastern tiger swallowtail, or spicebush swallowtail larva. Its red "antenna" is similar to an osmeterium, an organ that many swallowtail caterpillars use to emit a foul odor when threatened. The tip of its tail resembles the horn that many species of hawk moth larva have on their rear ends.

Name origin

Caterpie may be a corruption of caterpillar.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese キャタピー Caterpie From キャタピラー kyatapirā
France Flag.png French Chenipan From chenille and pan; also a pun on chenapan
Spain Flag.png Spanish Caterpie Same as English/Japanese name
Germany Flag.png German Raupy From Raupe
Italy Flag.png Italian Caterpie Same as English/Japanese name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 캐터피 Caterpie Same as Japanese name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 綠毛蟲 Luhkmòuhchùhng From luhk and 毛毛蟲 mòuhmòuhchùhng
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 綠毛蟲 / 绿毛虫 Lǜmáochóng From 綠 / 绿 and 毛毛蟲 / 毛毛虫 máomáochóng


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