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Hey guys just wanted to do something new. I've seen a couple of these reviews on Pokemon types done before by winstein, and I saw one on the Fire type done by Articwolf10 and I thought I might as well have a go.
Sorry if I'm thought of as copying or something like that but I just did this for fun and for other people’s enjoyment, so (hopefully) enjoy!
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A Gamers guide to the Bug Type

As this would otherwise be extremely big I will first off review Generation 1’s Bug Pokemon...
Also I will use the Red/Blue Sprites and the Diamond/Pearl Sprites.
And lastly if you see ‘DO NOT’, take note and make sure you read through it.

#10-Caterpie #11-Metapod #12-Butterfree



Ah Butterfree, who doesn’t remember Ash’ long time faithful companion; my one in FireRed served me quite well... until the 7th gym ;_;
Anyway back from my crying fit, Caterpie is the Worm pokemon and evolves at Lv7 into its evolution Metapod, the lowest level a Pokemon is required to level up to evolve from along with Weedle, its counterpart and Wurmple. Anyway if you’re gonna catch one in game for your team DO NOT catch a Metapod which will only know Harden, catch a Caterpie as it’ll at least know Tackle and you’ll save yourself a LOT of time and effort.

Anyway Metapod evolves into Butterfree at Lv10! An extremely low level for a final evolution and will generally serve you well for the earlier part of the game, if you do use it in the first place. First and foremost though DO NOT use it against the first gym, why? Because nearly all first gyms (excluding Black & White, where you can’t obtain it Pre-Elite 4) have either a crushing x4 advantage (Rock) or a still potent x2 advantage (Flying) against you.

Why is Butterfree not that good late game? Soon its bad stats catch up with the fact it’s already evolved and you’ll eventually see that crappy starter Pokemon you chose grow into a much more formidable Pokemon than ol’ Butters.
Competitively, Butterfree is not that good either. While it does have an okay move-pool with access to Bug Buzz, Sleep Powder and in Gen V... Butterfly Dance (Thanks God/GameFreak) it doesn’t have the stats to use them as it’s not a very good sweeper, supporter or any form of defender. Butterfree is NU and rightly so as it’s stats don’t work with his move-pool and typing. Also it is inferior to some other Pokemon that I may discuss later.

#13-Weedle #14-Kakuna #15-Beedrill


First of all, what the hell is up with Kakuna’s R/B sprite?! When did he ever have arms, he’s a cocoon for Pete’s Sake. Anyway, as previously stated this is the counterpart to the previous family, with the final evolution being Bug/Poison instead of Bug/Flying, yet even though Beedrill is clearly capable of flying he can still be hit by Ground type attacks. As stated before Weedle evolves into Kakuna at Lv7 and until Gen IV could not hit the Steel type, due to possessing only one attacking move, Poison Sting.

I won’t dawdle on things like with Butterfree, Beedrill is horrible, so very horrible. It has bad stats, an overly-common type, and while Butterfree has an ok move-pool Beedrill’s on the other hand... “Shudders”. This is especially obvious when Beedrill loses Sludge Bomb due to the Physical/Special split. When Daddy Physical and Mommy Special divorce little Beedrill‘s the one who suffers.

Anyway aside from my role-playing there is really only two slightly redeeming factors in Beedrill’s favour. Although the Physical/Special split was harsh on Beedrill one good think did come with it, Physical Pursuit (sounds like a board game). With it, Beedrill can nail fleeing targets for double damage. The downside, who would run? The other redeeming factor is Beedrill’s acquisition of Toxic Spikes, many players would never be prepared to handle a surprise Beedrill, due its almost non-existance. Then again though, Beedrill wouldn’t survive one hit as a defensive Pokemon.

Thanks for reading this and reply if you enjoyed it.


Next time: The Parasect & Venomoth families... and if I feel like it Scyther & Pinsir

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Updated 14th December 2010 at 07:33 AM by GengarEatBanana

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  1. Sombra29's Avatar
    Sweet stuff,you could enter something like this for the Essay-opinion writting contest :)

    Only one thing I would like to add my insight...

    Anyway Metapod evolves into Butterfree at Lv10! An extremely low level for a final evolution and will generally serve you well for the earlier part of the game, if you do use it in the first place. First and foremost though DO NOT use it against the first gym, why? Because nearly all first gyms (excluding Black & White, where you can’t obtain it Pre-Elite 4) have either a crushing x4 advantage (Rock) or a still potent x2 advantage (Flying) against you.
    My experiences with the games cant agree on this,the Caterpie line is best suited for the beginning of the games,and is better to drop it once things start to head up and is outclassed by almost everything(say,reaching the 4rth-3rd Gym) because at this point of the games you have already seen a total of around 30 pokemon to use in your party.

    And this is why I suggest never ever using those two guys,in the long run,is better to invest that experience and time in your starter.I would recommend using caterpie only for the first gym(specifically,the Kanto one)because the fastest and easiest ways to get through it are:

    1- Sweep Everything With ConfusionButterfree or...
    2- Sweep Everything With LowKickMankee
  2. GengarEatBanana's Avatar
    This is true, but if your are stuck with Butterfree against Brock's Onix, Confusion will most likely not OHKO, and then be killed be a x4 super effective hit from Rock Throw.

    I totally agree that Butterfree drops off around the 4th gym, late game for me is about the 5th gym and up (especially in Kanto, with the Silph Co. crisis) though.

    Anyway, Thank you so much for reading it and continue reading as I'll make more...

    BTW (To Readers): If you are going to use Butterfree ingame try to use it in a gen IV game as the Physical/Special split is much nicer to it than say Beedrill, who is just horrible.
  3. winstein's Avatar
    It's really odd that you didn't mention Butterfree's ability CompoundEyes, a very useful ability that Butterfree can thankfully take advantage of. In-game, this is a very noteworthy advantage for catching some hard-to-catch Pokemon like the legendary birds and beasts, since Sleep increases the chances of capture and the beasts have no escape. Of course, I am talking about the fact Butterfree has a very accurate Sleep Powder.

    Also, it's great that you started a very long and maybe arduous journey on reviewing every Pokemon of the Bug-type. It is fun and potentially rewarding to write about them, you know.

    Thanks for reading.

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