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Metapod (#11) - Butterfree - Weedle (#13)

Name (japanese), NumberButterfree (Batafurii), 12
StageStage 2
Evolves fromMetapod
Evolves tonone
Hit points60
Special attack²80
Special defense²80
SpeciesButterfly Pokémon
TypesBug, Flying
Height3'7" (1.09 m)
Weight71 lb (31.95 kg)
Shiney colour 
Gender distribution50% male, 50% female
¹ Stats for trading card versions may vary.
² Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal
³ Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow
Butterfree (Batafurii in Romaji Japanese) is a Stage 2 bug-type Pokémon that evolves from Metapod at level 10. Butterfree's wings are covered with poisonous, water-repellent dust; this allows it to fly when it rains, and also enables it to attack enemies by flapping its wings at high speeds to release the poisonous powder. Butterfree survives by collecting honey from flowers, which it carries on the hairs on its legs, and it has the ability to identify even distant flowers in bloom.

Name Origin

Butterfree's name is probably a combination of "Butterfly" and "Free." The translation of its Japanese name, Batafurii, has the same origin.


In Pokémon Red/Blue and Yellow, Butterfree must be obtained by evolving Metapod. In Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal, can also be found in the National Park. In Pokémon Sapphire/Ruby, Butterfree is not available at all.

Butterfree also appears in the Nintendo 64 game Pokémon Snap.

Strengths / Weaknesses

Butterfree is vulnerable to Fire, Flying, Electric, Ice and - in Pokémon Red/Blue - Poison, and strong against Grass, Ground, Bug and Fighting.

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