Butterfree uses the Compound Eyes Ability. This Ability raises the Accuracy of this Pokémon's attack by 30%. Butterfree's Hidden Ability is the Tinted Lens Ability, which doubles the power of attacks that are "not very effective."
Butterfree is in the Bug Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 3,840 Steps to hatch. It takes Butterfree One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Butterfree takes on the appearance of a purple butterfly with red eyes. It has a blue nose, hands and feet.
There is an extra purple marking on the wings of a Female Butterfree, which aren't present on a Male Butterfree.
Butterfree can be found at the Bug Catching Competition in Gold and Silver. In Gold and Crystal, Butterfree inhabit Route 2 and small Trees that can be struck with a Headbutt. Butterfree can also be found on Routes 24 and 25 in Crystal.
In Pokémon Heart Gold, Butterfree can be found at Route 2, the Viridian Forest, the Bug Catching Contest, and Ilex Forest by using Headbutt on the trees. Butterfree appears at the Bug Catching Contest in Pokémon Soul Silver.
Butterfree can be found at Secret Storage 1 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
The only way to obtain a Butterfree in the first round of Mystery Dungeon games is to evolve a Metapod. Butterfree can be found at Apple Woods 1F-7F in Explorers of Time and Explorers of Sky, leaving evolving a Metapod as the only method of obtaining a Butterfree in Explorers of Darkness. Butterfree appears in all three versions of Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing in each games Weird, Legendary, and Final-themed areas.
Butterfree has yet to appear in any of the Pokémon Ranger games as of writing.
Butterfree can be found at Sun-Dappled Bank Treetops 2-1 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.
Trading Card Game
Butterfree is listed in eight sets and the Southern Islands Collection. Butterfree is listed as a Common Card in the Versus set and as an Uncommon Card in the Jungle Set. Butterfree is listed as a Rare Card in the Neo Discovery, Expedition (2), EX FireRed and LeafGreen, Great Encounters, Supreme Victors and HeartGold/SoulSilver sets.
Ash's Metapod would evolve into a Butterfree in the episode Challenge of the Samurai. It would also battle Misty during a Gym Battle in Water Flowers of Cerulean City, and get traded to another trainer in Battle Aboard the St. Anne, only to be traded back to Ash. Ash would release his Butterfree to breed in Bye-Bye Butterfree.
A trainer named Lisa would use a Butterfree in Spell of the Unown. Wild Butterfree make appearances in The Power of One and Mewtwo Returns, along with the Pikachu Shorts Pikachu's Vacation, Pikachu's Rescue Adventure and Camp Pikachu.
Yellow's Metapod, nicknamed Peesk, would evolve into a Butterfree in Chapter 89, becoming a key member of Yellow's Pokémon lineup in the process.
Butterfree finds itself in the Never-Utilized and Rarely-Utilized Tiers of Competitive Battling. Quiver Dance allows Butterfree to become a powerful Special Sweeper, increasing its Special Attack, Special Defense and Speed. Additionally, Butterfree can be utilized for spreading around Status Conditions, including Paralysis, Poison and Sleep.
Dealing with Butterfree isn't that hard due to low Defenses, as Stealth Rock removes half of its HP. Priority moves and Pokémon with powerful attacks will be able to defeat Butterfree, but if Butterfree isn't beaten before it can set up, it can be troublesome.
- For learnsets from previous generations, see here
Butterfree doesn't learn any moves by way of breeding.
Pre-Evolution Exclusive Moves
Transfer Only Z-Moves
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