Competitive Information for Butterfree [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Butterfree butterfree
Base Stats for Butterfree

Bug / Flying

Abilities:
Compound EyesCompound Eyes: This Pokemon's moves have their accuracy multiplied by 1.3.


Evolutions / Family:
Caterpie
Metapod
Butterfree

Weakness Chart for Bug/Flying-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
0.5x
  
  
2x
0.25x
2x
2x
  
0.25x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0x
2x
  
  
  
4x
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Butterfree? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Diamond/Pearl Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Butterfree is an outstanding Bug and Flying-typed Pokemon. It's a pretty usual sight to see Butterfree out in the 4th generation battlefield. Butterfree is weak to Electric, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Butterfree
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Compound Eyes
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Bug Buzz / Signal Beam
- Psychic
- Energy Ball
- Shadow Ball

Special Sweeper Butterfree (Compound Eyes)

Butterfree is a spectacular Special Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Butterfree from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Butterfree's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Compound Eyes, Butterfree's moves have their accuracy multiplied by 1.3.

Bug Buzz is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Signal Beam is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Energy Ball is a special 80-base power Grass-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Shadow Ball is a special 80-base power Ghost-type move (20% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Butterfree? These builds have been optimized for Diamond/Pearl Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Species: Butterfree
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Ability: Compound Eyes
Nature: Modest (+SpA, -Atk)
EVs: 4 Def / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Air Cutter
- Bug Buzz / Signal Beam
- Psychic
- Twister

Doubles Special Sweeper Butterfree (Compound Eyes)

Butterfree is a sensational Special Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Focus Sash helps protect Butterfree from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Butterfree's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Compound Eyes, Butterfree's moves have their accuracy multiplied by 1.3.

Air Cutter is a special STAB-boosted 55-base power Flying-type move (high critical hit ratio. hits adjacent foes).
Bug Buzz is a special STAB-boosted 90-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Signal Beam is a special STAB-boosted 75-base power Bug-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).
Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Twister is a special 40-base power Dragon-type move (20% chance to flinch the foes).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Butterfree learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Air Cutter
55
95%
25
High critical hit ratio. Hits adjacent foes.
Bug Buzz
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Confusion
50
100%
25
10% chance to confuse the target.
Dream Eater
100
100%
15
User gains 1/2 HP inflicted. Sleeping target only.
Energy Ball
80
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Giga Drain
60
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Gust
40
100%
35
Power doubles during Bounce and Fly.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ominous Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Psybeam
65
100%
20
10% chance to confuse the target.
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Signal Beam
75
100%
15
10% chance to confuse the target.
Silver Wind
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Twister
40
100%
20
20% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Bug Bite
60
100%
20
User steals and eats the target's Berry.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Thief
40
100%
10
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
U-turn
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Defog
--
--
15
-1 evasion; clears target side's hazards/screens.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Morning Sun
--
--
5
Heals the user by a weather-dependent amount.
Nightmare
--
100%
15
A sleeping target is hurt by 1/4 max HP per turn.
Poison Powder
--
75%
35
Poisons the target.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Psych Up
--
--
10
Copies the target's current stat stages.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roost
--
--
10
Heals 50% HP. Flying-type removed 'til turn ends.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Skill Swap
--
--
10
The user and the target trade Abilities.
Sleep Powder
--
75%
15
Causes the target to fall asleep.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
String Shot
--
95%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Stun Spore
--
75%
30
Paralyzes the target.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Supersonic
--
55%
20
Causes the target to become confused.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Tailwind
--
--
30
For 3 turns, allies' Speed is doubled.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.
Whirlwind
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Butterfree can perform in Diamond/Pearl. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive DP Move and Ability Combos for Butterfree

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