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Metapod (トランセル Toranseru) is a Bug-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. It is the evolved form of Caterpie.

Biology

Physiology

Metapod is an insect-like Pokémon with an appearance similar to that of a green-colored chrysalis or cocoon. Although it is covered in its hard shell, Metapod's eyes are still clearly visible and usually appear dazed, drowsy, or angry for reasons unknown.

Natural abilities

Metapod have the ability Shed Skin which allows for a 1/3 chance that a harmful status effect will be dropped every turn.

A Metapod's exterior is regularly hardened to protect its soft and tender innards while undergoing metamorphosis to eventually become a Butterfree. To conserve energy for this event, the Metapod barely moves.

Evolution

Metapod evolves from Caterpie starting at level 7, and evolves into Butterfree starting at level 10.

Game info

Locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Viridian Forest, Route 25
Route 24(Blue only)
Uncommon(Red)
Common(Blue)
Yellow Viridian Forest Common
Gold/Silver Ilex Forest
National Park, Route 2, 30, 31(Gold only)
Bug-Catching Contest(Silver only)
Common(Gold)
Uncommon(Silver)
Crystal Ilex Forest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, 30, 31 Common
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Trade None
FireRed/LeafGreen Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush, Route 24, 25 Common
Diamond/Pearl Route 204 Dongle (FireRed)
Platinum Eterna Forest Dongle (FireRed)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Route 2, 30, 31, National Park, Ilex Forest, Viridian Forest, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees Common
Black/White Route 12 (White only) Rare
X/Y Evolve Caterpie None
OR/AS Trade None
Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon Melemele Meadow, Route 5 Common


Spin-off game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Snap River
Pokémon Trozei! SOL Laboratory 2, Secret Storage 8, Endless Level 4, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Joyous Tower (7-8F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Mystifying Forest (1-13BF), Mystery Jungle (1-29BF), Happy Outlook (1-19BF)
Pokémon Rumble Silent Forest
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Haunted Zone


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries


Stats

Base Stats
HP
50
Attack
20
Defense
55
Sp. Atk
25
Sp. Def
25
Speed
30
Total
205

Learnset

Leveling

LevelingGeneration VII
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Harden —% 30 Normal Status
Evo Harden —% 30 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration VI
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Harden —% 30 Normal Status Type Tough 2 0 ♥
7 Harden —% 30 Normal Status Type Tough 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Harden —% 30 Normal Status
7 Harden —% 30 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration IV
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
1 Harden —% 30 Normal Status Type Tough 2
7 Harden —% 30 Normal Status Type Tough 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration III
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Contest Category Appeal Jam
1 Harden —% 30 Normal Type Tough 2 0 ♥
7 Harden —% 30 Normal Type Tough 2 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration II
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Harden —% 30 Normal
7 Harden —% 30 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

LevelingGeneration I
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type
1 Harden —% 30 Normal
7 Harden —% 30 Normal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

Metapod learns no moves via TM/HM.

Egg Moves

Metapod learns no moves via breeding.


Tutoring

Tutoring Generation VII
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bug Bite USUM 60 100% 20 Bug Physical
Electroweb USUM 55 95% 15 Electric Special
Iron Defense USUM —% 15 Steel Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation VI
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal Jam
Bug Bite ORAS 60 100% 20 Bug Physical Type Cute 3 0 ♥
Electroweb ORAS 55 95% 15 Electric Special Type Beautiful 2 1 ♥
Iron Defense ORAS —% 15 Steel Status Type Tough 1 0 ♥
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation V
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
Bug Bite B2W2 60 100% 20 Bug Physical
Electroweb B2W2 55 95% 15 Electric Special
Iron Defense B2W2 —% 15 Steel Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Tutoring Generation IV
Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category Contest Category Appeal
Bug Bite HGSS 60 100% 20 Bug Physical Type Tough 0
Iron Defense HGSSPt —% 15 Steel Status Type Tough 2
String Shot HGSS 95% 40 Bug Status Type Smart 2
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Red Blue Yellow Red (JP) Green (JP) Back
RB 011 front Y 011 front GR 011 front MetapodGenIBack
Gold Silver Crystal Back
G 011 front S 011 front C 011 front II 011 back
ShinyMetapod Gold ShinyMetapod Silver Csm II 011 back S
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 011 front E 011 front FRLG 011 front Rsbackmeta
ShinyMetapod RS Ems Rsms Rsbacksmeta
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 011 front DP 011 front HGSS 011 front DpmB
Dpms Dpms HgssmS DpmBs
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Metapod BW Metapod BW Metapod BW Back
Shiny Metapod BW Shiny Metapod BW Shiny Metapod BW Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GO Back
Metapod XY Metapod XY Metapod XY Back Sprite
Metapod Shiny XY Metapod Shiny XY Metapod XY Shiny Back Sprite
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee! Back
Metapod XY
Metapod Shiny XY
Sword Shield Back

Appearances

Anime

Main article: Butterfree (anime)

Metapod first debuted in the anime episode Ash Catches a Pokémon when Ash Ketchum's Caterpie quickly evolved into a Metapod near the episode's end.

In the episode Challenge of the Samurai, Ash battled a Samurai-like trainer using his Metapod against the Samurai's Pinsir and Metapod.

Gym Leader Bugsy used his own Metapod against Ash in the episode Gettin' the Bugs Out. This Metapod proved to be more capable than others in previous episodes as it was actually able to knock out Ash's Chikorita.

Manga

Pokémon Adventures

Metapod make its first appearance in PA002 as one of the Pokémon in Professor Oak's Lab. Yellow had a Caterpie which evolved into a Metapod and then a Butterfree during her battle with Lance. There are also two Metapods which belong to Bugsy.

Trivia

Origins

It appears to be based upon an amalgamation of butterfly chrysalises, resembling the general shape of a Black Swallowtail chrysalis (or possibly a Large White) with a large nose-like protrusion and side protrusions resembling a Polydamas Swallowtail or Pipevine Swallowtail chrysalis.

Names in other languages

  • English: Metapod came from metamorphosis and pod.
  • Japanese: トランセル (Toranseru in Romaji), probably means "trancer" due to evolving from Caterpie to Metapod, or "trance cell" because every cell in its body tranced.

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See also

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