Grubbin (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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Pokémon
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Grubbin
Larva Pokémon
アゴジムシ
Agojimushi
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Grubbin



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Bug Unknown
Unknown Unknown
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Unknown Unknown
Ability
Swarm Cacophony
Cacophony
Cacophony
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
1'04" 0.4 m
Grubbin
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Weight
9.7 lbs. 4.4 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
60
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
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HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
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Speed
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Gray
Base friendship
70
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Grubbin (Japanese: アゴジムシ Agojimushi) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.

It evolves into Charjabug starting at level 20, which evolves into Vikavolt when leveled up in a special magnetic field (Generation VII) or when exposed to a Thunder Stone (Generation VIII).

Biology

Grubbin is a small, insectoid Pokémon. It has a white body with three nubs on either side resembling simple legs. There are two yellow spots on its side. Its head is dominated by two large, yellow mandibles with reddish-orange tips. The rest of its head is brown and has a reddish-orange structure with a yellow rim on top. It has large, black eyes with white pupils.

Grubbin typically lives underground. It uses its jaw as a weapon, a tool for burrowing, and for extracting sap from trees. Additionally, it can create sticky threads, which it shoots from its mouth and uses to swing around as though on suspension wires. It also uses these threads to stop opponents from moving, so it can then grab them in its mandibles, which are strong enough to snap thick tree branches. Even its natural enemies would rather run away than risk getting caught in its mandibles. It loves electricity and can be found near power plants. They can also be found near Electric-type Pokémon, as a means of avoiding attacks from bird-like Pokémon.[1] Rookidee is a natural enemy of Grubbin.

In the anime

 
Grubbin in the anime

Major appearances

A wild Grubbin debuted in Alola to New Adventure!. Ash chased after it as it went underground, but lost track of it. Grubbin reappeared in Loading the Dex! during a flashback.

Ash attempted to catch another wild Grubbin in First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style! by having Pikachu battle it. However, he was unable to catch it when it escaped the Poké Ball and went underground. Grubbin managed to scare Lillie when it popped back up before escaping.

Minor appearances

A Grubbin appeared as an image in Loading the Dex! when Giovanni was telling Team Rocket about the rare Pokémon that appear in the Alola region.

A wild Grubbin appeared in Partner Promises!.

A Trainer's Grubbin appeared in Alola, Kanto! aboard a plane bound for Kanto.

Multiple Grubbin appeared in Rise and Shine, Starship!, where they were summoned by Sophocles's Charjabug to assist in digging up a Celesteela at Bamboo Hill.

A Grubbin appeared in Dewpider Ascending!, where it briefly chased a Dewpider, grabbing it in its pincers.

A Trainer's Grubbin appeared in I Choose Paradise!, where it was among the Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Paradise Resort.

A Trainer's Grubbin appeared in Securing the Future!, where it joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

Two Grubbin appeared in Battling the Beast Within! as residents of the post-apocalyptic Ultra Ruin. One of them reappeared in the next episode.

A Grubbin appeared in the past in A Timeless Encounter!.

A Trainer's Grubbin appeared in Battle Royal 151!, where it competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but ended up losing.

A Trainer's Grubbin appeared in Battling Besties!.

Three Grubbin appeared in Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, with one under the ownership of a Trainer and the other two being among the Pokémon seen in the Wild Area.

In That New Old Gang of Mine!, Goh chased after a Grubbin in an attempt to catch it, only for it to go underground.

In A Pinch of This, a Pinch of That!, three Grubbin were in the Wild Area.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM004 Grubbin Rotom Pokédex Grubbin, the Larva Pokémon. A Bug type. Grubbin scrapes trees with its large jaws and drinks their sap. It makes its home underground.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Grubbin debuts in The Party Crasher and Guzma the Destroyer, where one appears under the ownership of Moon. He evolved into Charjabug sometime before Truth and the Mastermind Behind Team Skull.

In the TCG

Main article: Grubbin (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #027
Alola
USUM: #034
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Sun Its strong jaw enables it to scrape trees and slurp out the sap. It normally lives underground.
Moon They often gather near places frequented by electric Pokémon in order to avoid being attacked by bird Pokémon.
Ultra Sun If you find its nest, you shouldn't stick your hand inside. You'll get bitten by an irritated Grubbin.
Ultra Moon It spits a sticky thread to stop opponents in their tracks, and then it grabs them in its sharp, sturdy mandibles to take them down.
Generation VIII Galar
#016
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.
Sword Its natural enemies, like Rookidee, may flee rather than risk getting caught in its large mandibles that can snap thick tree branches.
Shield It uses its big jaws to dig nests into the forest floor, and it loves to feed on sweet tree sap.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Routes 1, 4, 5, and 6
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Routes 1, 4, 5, and 6
Blush MountainDay (SOS Battle)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Route 1, Dappled Grove, East Lake Axewell, North Lake Miloch, Slumbering Weald, Watchtower Ruins
Bridge Field, Dappled Grove, Rolling Fields (Max Raid Battle)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable


In side games

Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Mewtwo SeaFinal
Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (18th release)


Held items

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
47
107 - 154 204 - 298
62
60 - 125 116 - 245
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
46
45 - 107 87 - 210
Total:
300
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.

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

Learnset

Grubbin is available in Sword and Shield.

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Vise Grip Normal Physical 05555 100100% 30
011 Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100100% 10
055 String Shot Bug Status 0000 09595% 40
1010 Bug Bite Bug Physical 06060 100100% 20
1515 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
2121 Spark Electric Physical 06565 100100% 20
2525 Sticky Web Bug Status 0000 00——% 20
3030 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100100% 15
3535 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
4040 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Grubbin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Grubbin

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM14  TM14 Thunder Wave Electric Status 0000 090}}90% 20
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM16  TM16 Screech Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 40
TM17  TM17 Light Screen Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM33  TM33 Rain Dance Water Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM53  TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM78  TM78 Acrobatics Flying Physical 05555 100}}100% 15
TM80  TM80 Volt Switch Electric Special 07070 100}}100% 20
TM82  TM82 Electroweb Electric Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TR08  TR08 Thunderbolt Electric Special 09090 100}}100% 15
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR32  TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR57  TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR60  TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR86  TR86 Wild Charge Electric Physical 09090 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Grubbin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Grubbin

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
     Discharge Electric Special 80 100% 15
      Harden Normal Status —% 30
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Grubbin 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 Grubbin in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Grubbin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Grubbin

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP BD SP Rising Voltage Electric Special 70 100% 20
Sw Sh EP BD SP Skitter Smack Bug Physical 70 90% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Grubbin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Grubbin
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII Charge Beam Electric Special 05050 090}}90% 10
VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
VII Magnet Rise Electric Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Shock Wave Electric Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • Only Pokémon Sword and Shield allows transferred Pokémon to use their moves from older games
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Grubbin
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Grubbin
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Sword and Shield

Side game data

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Bug
  Attack Power: 50 - 100   5

#739
 

Rock Break
Destroys one breakable-rock disruption without fail.


Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 3.33 seconds Base HP: 47
Base Attack: 68 Base Defense: 46 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon GO
80px Base Stamina: 132 Base Attack: 115 Base Defense: 85
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 1 km Evolution Requirement:   25
Fast Attacks:
Charged Attacks:

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Grubbin
 Bug 
 
Level 20
 
First evolution
Charjabug
 Bug  Electric 
 
Level up
in areas with a
special magnetic field


 
Thunder StoneSwSh
 
Second evolution
Vikavolt
 Bug  Electric 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
   
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Grubbin images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Grubbin, along with its evolved forms, were designed by Hitoshi Ariga.[2]
  • Grubbin shares its category with Blipbug. They are both known as the Larva Pokémon.
    • Both Grubbin and Blipbug are also the only pure Bug-type Pokémon of their respective generation.

Origin

Grubbin appears to be based on a larval beetle, also known as a grub. It also bears resemblance to a common two-pronged electrical plug, which is further backed by the fact that it gains the Electric type upon evolving into Charjabug.

Name origin

Grubbin may be a combination of grub and grubbing, to scavenge or dig.

Agojimushi may be a combination of 顎 ago (jaw) and 地虫 jimushi (grub).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese アゴジムシ Agojimushi From ago and 地虫 jimushi
  French Larvibule From larve and mandibule
  Spanish Grubbin Same as English name
  German Mabula From Made and Mandibula
  Italian Grubbin Same as English name
  Korean 턱지충이 Teokjichung-i From teok, 지충 (地蟲) jichung, and i
  Mandarin Chinese 強顎雞母蟲 / 强颚鸡母虫 Qiáng'èjīmǔchóng From 強顎 / 强颚 qiáng'è and 雞母蟲 / 鸡母虫 jīmǔchóng
  Cantonese Chinese 強顎雞母蟲 Kèuhngngohkgāimóuhchùhng From 強顎 kèuhngngohk and 雞母蟲 gāimóuhchùhng


Notes

External links

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