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Type Bug
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The Bug type (Japanese: むしタイプ, HepburnMushi taipu) is one of the eighteen Pokémon elemental types.

Bug-type Pokémon are characterized by their fast growing, as they don't take long to evolve. Bug-type Pokémon live mostly (not all of them) in forests, some of them are a little harder to find because they live atop the trees.

The majority of the Pokémon with this type are based on real-life invertebrates (spiders, scorpions, butterflies, moths, etc.).

From Generation V on, it is known that Bug-type Pokémon are preferred by artists, mostly because they have beautiful colors and have a stoic and cheerful character. It can be said that Bug-type Pokémon represent the beauty of nature. Many of their evolutionary lines are similar to the life cycles of insects like that of beetles and butterflies; i.e. the first stage like larvae, second like pupae, then its final evolution into its mature, adult form.

The known famous Bug-type Trainers are: Bugsy, the second Gym Leader of Azalea Town in Johto; Aaron, the first member of the Elite Four of the Pokémon League (Sinnoh); Burgh, the third Gym Leader of Castelia City in Unova; Viola, the first Gym Leader of Santalune City in Kalos; and Katy, the first Gym Leader of Cortondo Gym in Paldea.

Bug-type moves[]

  • There are 34 Bug-type moves.
  • In battles: Physical moves stand out.
    • 15 moves are of the Physical type.
    • 6 moves are of the Special type.
    • 10 moves are of the Other type.
  • In contests: Clever moves stand out.
    • 8 moves are of the Clever type type.
    • 6 moves are of the Cool type type.
    • 5 moves are of the Beautiful type type.
    • 4 moves are of the Cute type type.
    • 2 moves are of the Tough type type.

List of Bug-type moves[]

Name Category Contest Generation Power
Attack Order Physical type Clever type Generation IV 90
Bug Bite Physical type Cute type[Notes 1] Generation IV 60
Bug Buzz Special type Beautiful type[Notes 2] Generation IV 90
Defend Order Other type Clever type Generation IV -
Fell Stinger Physical type Cool type Generation VI 30
First Impression Physical type - Generation VII 90
Fury Cutter Physical type Cool type Generation II 40-160[Notes 3]
G-Max Befuddle - - Generation VIII -
Heal Order Other type Clever type Generation IV -
Infestation Special type Cute type Generation VI 20
Leech Life Physical type Clever type Generation I 20
Lunge Physical type - Generation VII 80
Max Flutterby - - Generation VIII -
Megahorn Physical type Cool type Generation II 120
Pin Missile Physical type Cool type Generation I 25 (x2-5)[Notes 4]
Pollen Puff Special type - Generation VII 90
Pounce Physical type - Generation IX 50
Powder Other type Clever type Generation VI -
Quiver Dance Other type Beautiful type Generation V -
Rage Powder Other type Clever type Generation V -
Savage Spin-Out - - Generation VII -
Signal Beam Special type Beautiful type Generation III 75
Silk Trap Other type - Generation IX -
Silver Wind Special type Beautiful type Generation III 60
Skitter Smack Physical type - Generation VIII 70
Spider Web Other type Clever type Generation II -
Steamroller Physical type Tough type Generation V 65
Sticky Web Other type Tough type Generation VI -
String Shot Other type Clever type Generation I -
Struggle Bug Special type Cute type Generation V 50[Notes 5]
Tail Glow Other type Beautiful type Generation III -
Twineedle Physical type Cool type Generation I 25 (x2)
U-turn Physical type Cute type Generation IV 70
X-Scissor Physical type Cool type[Notes 6] Generation IV 80

Effectiveness of Bug-type moves[]

×2
Super effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Dark, Type Grass and Type Psychic.
½
Not very effective against Pokémon of the types: Type Fairy, Type Fire, Type Fighting, Type Flying, Type Ghost, Type Poison and Type Steel.

Weaknesses and resistances of the Bug type[]

A type chart displaying the weaknesses and resistances of a Pokémon when damaged by a move. Empty fields are moves that do normal damage.

×4
Doubly super effective
×2
Super effective
½
Resistant
¼
Very resistant
×0
Immune
Type of the move
Bug type vertical Dark type vertical Dragon type vertical Electric type vertical Fairy type vertical Fighting type vertical Fire type vertical Flying type vertical Ghost type vertical Grass type vertical Ground type vertical Ice type vertical Normal type vertical Poison type vertical Psychic type vertical Rock type vertical Steel type vertical Water type vertical
Type Bug
½
×2
×2
½
½
[Notes 7]
×2
Type BugType Dark
×2
½
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
×0
×2
Type BugType Electric
½
½
×2
½
×2
½
Type BugType Fairy
½
½
×0
½
×2
×2
½
½
×2
×2
×2
Type BugType Fighting
½
½
×2
½
×2
×4
½
½
×2
Type BugType Fire
½
½
½
×2
¼
½
×4
½
×2
Type BugType Flying
½
×2
¼
×2
×2
¼
×0
×2
[Notes 8]
×4
Type BugType Ghost
½
×2
×0
×2
×2
×2
½
½
×0
½
×2
Type BugType Grass
×2
½
½
×4
×4
¼
¼
×2
×2
[Notes 9]
×2
½
Type BugType Ground
×0
½
×2
×2
½
×2
½
×2
Type BugType Ice
×4
×2
½
½
½
×4
×2
Type BugType Poison
½
[Notes 10]
½
¼
×2
×2
¼
½
[Notes 11]
×2
×2
Type BugType Psychic
×2
×2
¼
×2
×2
×2
½
½
½
½
Type BugType Rock
½
½
×2
×2
×2
Type BugType Steel
½
[Notes 12]
½
½
×4
[Notes 13]
¼
½
½
×0
½
½
Type BugType Water
×2
½
×2
½
½
×2
½
½

Bug-type-Pokémon Trainers[]

Bug-type-Pokémon Gym Leaders[]

Leader Location Badge
VSBugsy
Bugsy
Azalea Town, Johto Hive Badge
Hive Badge
VSBurgh
Burgh
Castelia City, Unova Insect Badge
Insect Badge
Viola
Viola
Santalune City, Kalos Bug Badge
Bug Badge
Katy
Katy
Cortondo, Paldea Bug Badge
Bug Badge

Bug-type-Pokémon Elite Four Members[]

Competence Category
VSAaron
Aaron
Sinnoh Elite Four

Bug-type-Pokémon Special Trainers[]

Competence Category
Guzma
Guzma
Team Skull Boss

Bug type records[]

Bug-type Pokémon[]

94 Pokémon are Bug type.

Pure Bug-type Pokémon[]

Primary Bug-type Pokémon[]

Secondary Bug-type Pokémon[]

Pokémon with Bug-type alternate formes[]

The following alternate formes of some Pokémon are also of the Bug type.

Relations with other types[]

  • They're strong against the Psychic type because they represent a common fear affecting the psychology of the mind. Further, some members of this type often don't have the mental capacity to be very susceptible to mental manipulation.
  • They're strong against the Grass type because members of this type commonly consume plants and similar organic material.
  • They're strong against the Dark type because members of this type are well adapted to operating in darkness and don't have the mental capacity to fear the dark. Also, criminals are often active at night, and when they least expect it, bugs can swarm around them.
  • They're weak against the Flying type because many members of this type are ground dwellers, vulnerable from attacks from up above. Further, many members of this type are commonly preyed upon by Flying type members.
  • They're weak against the Fire type because fire consumes the exoskeletons endemic to members of this type rather easily, and where fire is both a bane and repellent to insects, either keeping them at bay with its increasing heat or drawing them into its flame with its light.
  • They're weak against the Rock type because the strength of their exoskeletons rarely can endure the weight or impact of rock or stone.
  • They resist the Ground type because many bugs like beetles live inside the ground. Also, bugs can dig their way out if they're buried in sand, dirt, or mud.
  • They resist the Fighting-type because it is difficult to hit an insect since they are small and move quickly.
  • The Fighting type resists them because the strength of their exoskeletons rarely can endure the weight or impact of physical blows.
  • The Poison type resists them because members of that type have developed natural resistances to poisons, rendering many poison-based bug attacks ineffective.
    • This type was vulnerable to Poison type attacks in Generation I, but this weakness was possibly removed due to members of this type's rapid adaptation to poisonous material.
  • The Ghost type resists them because members of this type cannot easily transcend the spiritual barrier members of that type hide behind in order to attack them. Also because parasites can't infect someone who is already dead.
  • The Steel type resists them because bugs and insects don't have enough force to make any physical change to metals.
  • The Fairy type resists them because many fairies live along bugs, and fairies can keep bugs under control.

Trivia[]

  • Interestingly, they're neutral against the Ice type instead of being weak to them, despite the fact that bugs are cold-blooded creatures, and have a difficult time surviving in cold temperatures.
  • An interesting fact about the Bug types is that they resist the Grass type despite the fact there are carnivorous plants like Venus flytraps which capture and eat bugs.
  • Currently (unless Silvally holding a Bug Memory is counted), there are no Bug-type Legendary Pokémon, making it the only type to not have any Legendary Pokémon.
  • The Bug type is the most common among primary dual type Pokémon, with 62 different Pokémon being Bug-type as the primary type.
    • This type also has the least amount of Pokémon with Bug type as the secondary type with only 9 Pokémon.
  • No Pokémon gain the Bug type upon evolution. It shares this trait with the Normal type.
  • The Bug type was the last type to receive the Dark type with Lokix in Generation IX.
  • As of Generation IX, the only types that haven't been paired with the Bug-type are the Normal type and the Dragon type.

Notes[]

  1. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Tough type-type move.
  2. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Cute type-type move.
  3. ^ 20-160 until Generation V.
  4. ^ 14 (x2-5) until Generation V.
  5. ^ 30 in Generation V.
  6. ^ Before Generation VI, this was a Beautiful type-type move.
  7. ^ In Generation I, Poison-type moves were super effective on Bug-type Pokémon.
  8. ^ In Generation I, Poison-type moves were super effective on Bug/Flying-type Pokémon.
  9. ^ In Generation I, Poison-type moves were doubly super effective on Bug/Grass-type Pokémon.
  10. ^ In Generation I, Bug-type moves did normal damage on Bug/Poison-type Pokémon.
  11. ^ In Generation I, Poison-type moves did normal damage on Bug/Poison-type Pokémon.
  12. ^ Before Generation VI, Bug/Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Dark-type moves.
  13. ^ Before Generation VI, Bug/Steel-type Pokémon were resistant to Ghost-type moves.
  14. ^ Due to the ability Multitype, equipped with the Insect Plate.
  15. ^ Due to the ability RKS System, equipped with the Bug Memory.
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