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Volbeat
Firefly Pokémon
バルビート
Barubeat
#313
Volbeat



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Bug Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Illuminate or Swarm Cacophony
Cacophony
Prankster
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
100% male
Catch rate
150 (29.5%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Bug and Human-Like
Hatch time
3855 - 4111 steps
Height
2'04" 0.7 m
Volbeat
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Weight
39.0 lbs. 17.7 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
146
Gen. III-IV
Unknown
IV
151
V+
Leveling rate
Erratic
EV yield
Total: 1
Volbeat
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
1
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
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F313.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Gray
Base friendship
70
External Links

Volbeat (Japanese: バルビート Barubeat) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation III.

It is not known to evolve into or from any other Pokémon.

It is related to Illumise and, starting in Generation V, can produce Eggs that contain either Illumise or Volbeat when bred with Ditto.

Contents

Biology

Volbeat is a firefly-like, bipedal Pokémon. Its body is black with a blue chest and abdomen. There are two yellow stripes across its front: one on its chest and one near its legs. A red band separates each limb from its body and a thicker, incomplete one surrounds its shoulders. Two simple wings extend from the band around its shoulder. It has a blue face with yellow eyes, and curly, yellow antennae with black stripes. It has a spherical yellow tail, which glows to communicate and draw geometric patterns in the sky while in a swarm. Additionally, the glow allows it to use its former signature moves, Tail Glow and Signal Beam. This is a male only species; Illumise is its female counterpart. Volbeat is attracted by the sweet aroma given off by Illumise. It lives in forests near clean ponds, but will move if the pond becomes dirty.

In the anime

In the main series

Volbeat in the anime

Major appearances

Volbeat debuted in Camp Pikachu, where he served as a sort of camp counselor and guide at a mill that Pikachu and his friends stumbled upon.

Five Volbeat made their main series debut in Love at First Flight. All of them, including one nicknamed Beat, were under the ownership of Romeo and part of a show alongside Illumise for the May Festival.

In That's Just Swellow, Volt owns a Volbeat that knows Electric-type moves like Thunder and is always used in PokéRinger competitions. As such, Volbeat was used during the Crossgate PokéRinger tournament, but he wound up being defeated by Taillow.

In Time Warp Heals All Wounds, Edna mentioned how Volbeat and Illumise frequently did their mating dance rituals in a large tree that used to be located in the middle of the city. In the new timeline May created after time traveling, the tree remained and the migrations never stopped.

Minor appearances

In A Double Dilemma, a Volbeat was living in North Petalburg.

A Volbeat appeared in Pokéblock, Stock, and Berry.

In Lessons in Lilycove, a Coordinator's Volbeat competed in the Lilycove City Contest.

In Zoroark: Master of Illusions, a Volbeat living in Crown City worked with several other Pokémon in surrounding Zorua at the park. They were intent on attacking him as retribution for what Zoroark did to the city. Before a fight could break out, Volbeat and the other Pokémon were calmed by Celebi.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG042 Volbeat Ash's Pokédex Volbeat, the Firefly Pokémon. Volbeat uses the designs on its tail for sketching and communicating with other Volbeat.

In Pokémon Generations

In The Cavern, a wild Volbeat was fleeing from a storm that a Primal Kyogre was creating.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Tongue-Tied Kecleon, Ruby and Wally observed multiple Volbeat dancing with wild Illumise.

Aqua Admin Amber owned two Volbeat, both of which first appeared in Very Vexing Volbeat. While one distracted Team Magma with Tail Glow, the other was able to steal the Blue Orb from the enemy team and deliver it to Archie.

In The Final Battle IV, a Volbeat helped Emerald with his disabilities.

In the Pokémon Ruby-Sapphire manga

A Volbeat appeared in Pokémon Friendship Story.

In the TCG

Main article: Volbeat (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III Hoenn
#086
Kanto
#—
Ruby With the arrival of night, Volbeat emits light from its tail. It communicates with others by adjusting the intensity and flashing of its light. This Pokémon is attracted by the sweet aroma of Illumise.
Sapphire Volbeat's tail glows like a lightbulb. With other Volbeat, it uses its tail to draw geometric shapes in the night sky. This Pokémon loves the sweet aroma given off by Illumise.
Emerald With their taillights lit, Volbeat fly in a swarm, drawing geometric designs in the night sky. They move their nests if their pond water becomes dirty.
FireRed It lives around clean ponds. At night, its rear lights up. It converses with others by flashing its light.
LeafGreen
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#—
Diamond It communicates with others by lighting up its rear at night. It loves Illumise's sweet aroma.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold It emits light from its tail to communicate. It loves the sweet aroma given off by Illumise.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It communicates with others by lighting up its rear at night. It loves Illumise's sweet aroma.
White
Black 2 It communicates with others by lighting up its rear at night. It loves Illumise's sweet aroma.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Central #133
Hoenn
#089
X It communicates with others by lighting up its rear at night. It loves Illumise's sweet aroma.
Y It lives around clean ponds. At night, its rear lights up. It converses with others by flashing its light.
Omega Ruby With the arrival of night, Volbeat emits light from its tail. It communicates with others by adjusting the intensity and flashing of its light. This Pokémon is attracted by the sweet aroma of Illumise.
Alpha Sapphire Volbeat's tail glows like a lightbulb. With other Volbeat, it uses its tail to draw geometric shapes in the night sky. This Pokémon loves the sweet aroma given off by Illumise.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Route 117
Emerald
Route 117
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 229
Platinum
Route 229
HeartGold SoulSilver
National Park (Bug-Catching Contest)Th, Safari Zone
Pal Park
Mountain
Pokéwalker
Hoenn Field
Generation V
Black
Route 3 (Swarm)
White
Breed Illumise
Black 2
Route 3 (Swarm)
White 2
Breed Illumise
Dream World
Spooky Manor
Generation VI
X Y
Route 7, Berry fields, Friend Safari (Bug)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Route 117
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Channel
Springleaf Field
Pinball: R&S
Plains (Sapphire Field)
Trozei!
Huge Storage 1, Endless Level 5, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Northwind Field (1F-6F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Upper Steam Cave (1F-7F)
MD Sky
Upper Steam Cave (1F-7F)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Treetops: Shimmering Lake
Rumble U
Flower Garden: Festival on Mount Moon
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 3Su
Shuffle
Night Festival: Stage 28
Graucus Hall: Stage 464
Rumble World
Pearl Marsh: Pearl Lake (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Pinsir Sea, Butterfree Sea, Rayquaza Sea, Celebi SeaFinal

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Bright Powder Bright Powder (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Generations III to VI
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
65
125 - 172 240 - 334
73
70 - 137 135 - 269
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
47
46 - 108 89 - 212
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total:
400
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.

Generation VII onwards
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
65
125 - 172 240 - 334
73
70 - 137 135 - 269
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
47
46 - 108 89 - 212
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Total:
430
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.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
3/3 ★★★
Skill
2/2 ★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
5/5 ★★★★★
Total
15/17 ★★★

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

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Volbeat's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS313.png PinRSani313.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani313.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.6%
Friend Area: Rub-a-Dub River
Phrases
51%-100% HP My lit-up taillight is a symbol of my maleness!
26%-50% HP Um... My health is down about halfway.
1%-25% HP I'm done for... Even my taillight is like a candle in the wind.
Level up I leveled up! My lit-up taillight shines brighter than ever!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 313.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: F
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush313Body.png Walking Speed: 1.97 seconds Base HP: 52
Base Attack: 75 Base Defense: 55 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Bug
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT313.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Bug
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#072
Shuffle313.png

Crowd Control
Increases damage when there are more Volbeat in the puzzle area.


Pokémon GO
GO313.png Base Stamina: 163 Base Attack: 143 Base Defense: 166
Egg Distance: 5 km Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Struggle Bug, Tackle
Charged Attacks: Signal Beam, Bug Buzz, Thunderbolt

Evolution

313Volbeat.png
Unevolved
Volbeat
 Bug 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 313.png Spr b 3r 313.png Spr 3e 313.png Spr b 3r 313.png Spr 3r 313.png Spr b 3r 313.png
Spr 3r 313 s.png Spr b 3r 313 s.png Spr 3e 313 s.png Spr b 3r 313 s.png Spr 3r 313 s.png Spr b 3r 313 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 313.png Spr b 4d 313.png Spr 4d 313.png Spr b 4p 313.png Spr 4d 313.png Spr b 4p 313.png
Spr 4d 313 s.png Spr b 4d 313 s.png Spr 4d 313 s.png Spr b 4p 313 s.png Spr 4d 313 s.png Spr b 4p 313 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 313.png Spr b 5b 313.png Spr 5b 313.png Spr b 5b 313.png
Spr 5b 313 s.png Spr b 5b 313 s.png Spr 5b 313 s.png Spr b 5b 313 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 313.png Spr b 6x 313.png Spr 6x 313.png Spr b 6x 313.png
Spr 6x 313 s.png Spr b 6x 313 s.png Spr 6x 313 s.png Spr b 6x 313 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 313.png Spr b 7s 313.png Spr 7s 313.png Spr b 7s 313.png
Spr 7s 313 s.png Spr b 7s 313 s.png Spr 7s 313 s.png Spr b 7s 313 s.png
Front Back Front Back
313MS6.png For other sprites and images, please see Volbeat images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Other sprites

Spr 3e Volbeat intro.png
Emerald intro's sprite

Trivia

Origin

Volbeat appears to be based on a firefly like its counterpart, Illumise. Its coloring suggests that it may have been based on the subfamily Cyphonocerinae. Its appearance is based on a greaser, a subculture in the 1950s; their Japanese counterparts are the Bōsōzoku. Greasers usually wore black or brown Y-collared trench-coats and/or jackets with under shirts and also had heavily greased hair. This is shown in Volbeat's black colored "shirt", striped belly "under shirt" and "collar". The pose Volbeat takes in its official art may also be a reference to greasers, as they are commonly shown with their hands either holding or popping their jacket collars.

Name origin

Volbeat is a combination of volt (referring to its powers of illumination) and beetle or beat.

Barubeat may be a combination of バルブ barubu (bulb) and beetle.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese バルビート Barubeat Possibly from バルブ bulb, beat, and beetle
France Flag.png French Muciole From musique and luciole
Spain Flag.png Spanish Volbeat Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Volbeat Same as English name
Italy Flag.png Italian Volbeat Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 볼비트 Volbeat Transliteration of its English name
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 電螢蟲 / 电萤虫 Diànyíngchóng Literally "Electric firefly"


External links


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