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Pokémon 012 Butterfree

Pokemon 012 Butterfree
Pokemon 012 Butterfree (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)

Name: Butterfree (Japanese: バタフリー Butterfree)

Classification: Butterfly Pokémon

Type: Bug/Flying

Generation: Gen I Kanto Region

Gender Ratio: 50% Male to 50% Female


  • 3' 7" (Butterfree)
  • 55' 9" (Gigantamax Butterfree)


  • 70.5 lbs (Butterfree)
  • ??? lbs (Gigantamax Butterfree)


  • Evolves from Metapod at level 10.
  • Evolved from Metapod with 50 Candies in Pokémon Go.

Alternate Formes:

  • Gender variant
  • Gigantamax Butterfree

How to catch in Sword/Shield:

  • Evolve from Metapod
  • Rolling Fields
  • Max Raid Battles

How to catch in Go:

  • Evolve from Metapod
  • Spawn

Description: A somewhat anthropomorphic butterfly, Butterfree has two purple body segments and for blue legs. It has large, red compound eyes, a blue snout, and a pair of black antennae. What stands out most, however, are Butterfree's large, black and white butterfly wings. The pattern on these wings is slightly different between males and females. These wings are covered with a poisonous dust that it can use to inflict various status effects on its opponents, including poison, sleep, and paralysis. Its wings also repel water, letting it fly in the rain. Butterfree have a territorial range of roughly six miles, in which they gather honey and pollinate. They will often fight with Cutiefly over choice territories.

Capable of Gigantamaxing, Gigantamax Butterfree is massive in size and gains green markings on its glistening wings. Its eyes glow and a large, circular bit of fur surrounds its back. Light green scales are constantly falling from its wings, inflicting various status effects on whoever they touch. Capable of lifting a 10 ton truck, these wings can prove dangerous to any nearby.

Core Games

Butterfree in the core games

  • Sword Pokédex: In battle, it flaps its wings at great speed to release highly toxic dust into the air.
  • Shield Pokédex: It collects honey every day. It rubs honey onto the hairs on its legs to carry it back to its nest.

Base Stats

  • 60 HP
  • 45 Attack
  • 50 Defense
  • 90 Sp. Attack
  • 80 Sp. Defense
  • 70 Speed
  • 395 Total

Moves by Level

  • Harden (lv 1)
  • Tackle (lv 1)
  • String Shot (lv 1)
  • Bug Bite (lv 1)
  • Gust (Evo)
  • Supersonic (lv 4)
  • Confusion (lv 8)
  • Poison Powder (lv 12)
  • Stun Spore (lv 12)
  • Sleep Powder (lv 12)
  • Psybeam (lv 16)
  • Whirlwind (lv 20)
  • Air Slash (lv 24)
  • Safeguard (lv 28)
  • Bug Buzz (lv 32)
  • Tailwind (lv 36)
  • Rage Powder (lv 40)
  • Quiver Dance (lv 44)

Moves by TM/TR

  • TM08 Hyper Beam
  • TM09 Giga Impact
  • TM11 Solar Beam
  • TM19 Safeguard
  • TM21 Rest
  • TM23 Thief
  • TM24 Snore
  • TM25 Protect
  • TM28 Giga Drain
  • TM31 Attract
  • TM33 Rain Dance
  • TM34 Sunny Day
  • TM39 Facade
  • TM40 Swift
  • TM56 U-turn
  • TM74 Venoshock
  • TM76 Round
  • TM78 Acrobatics
  • TM82 Electroweb
  • TM87 Draining Kiss
  • TM95 Air Slash
  • TR11 Psychic
  • TR20 Substitute
  • TR26 Endure
  • TR27 Sleep Talk
  • TR29 Baton Pass
  • TR33 Shadow Ball
  • TR40 Skill Swap
  • TR46 Iron Defense
  • TR61 Bug Buzz
  • TR65 Energy Ball
  • TR89 Hurricane
  • TR96 Pollen Puff

Damaged normally by

  • Normal 1×
  • Poison 1×
  • Ghost 1×
  • Steel 1×
  • Water 1×
  • Psychic 1×
  • Dragon 1×
  • Dark 1×
  • Fairy 1×

Weak to

  • Flying 2×
  • Rock 4×
  • Fire 2×
  • Electric 2×
  • Ice 2×

Immune to

  • Ground

Resistant to

  • Fighting ¼×
  • Bug ½×
  • Grass ¼×

Pokemon 012 Butterfree Gigantamax

Pokemon 012 Butterfree Gigantamax (Image credit: The Pokémon Company)


  • Sword Pokédex: Crystallized Gigantamax energy makes up this Pokémon's blindingly bright and highly toxic scales.
  • Shield Pokédex: Once it has opponents trapped in a tornado that could blow away a 10-ton truck, it finishes them off with its poisonous scales.

Pokémon Go

Butterfree in Pokémon Go

Pokédex: Butterfree has a superior ability to search for delicious honey from flowers. It can even search out, extract, and carry honey from flowers that are blooming over six miles from its nest.

Egg Distance: N/A

Buddy Distance: 1 KM

Pokemon Go 012 Butterfree Female

Pokemon Go 012 Butterfree Female (Image credit: Niantic)

Base Stats

  • 155 Stamina
  • 167 Attack
  • 137 Defense


  • Fast Attacks: Bug Bite*, Confusion, Struggle Bug
  • Charged Attacks: Bug Buzz, Psychic, Signal Beam

Shiny: Yes

Pokemon Go 012 Butterfree Female Shiny (Image credit: Niantic)

Pokemon Go 012 Butterfree Male (Image credit: Niantic)

Pokemon Go 012 Butterfree Male Shiny (Image credit: Niantic)

Source: Niantic

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Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.