Competitive Information for Butterfree [Gold/Silver]

Competitive Pokemon Gold/Silver Movesets and Strategies for Butterfree butterfree
Base Stats for Butterfree

Bug / Flying


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 Gold/Silver 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 Gold/Silver generation metagame.


Butterfree is a wonderful Bug and Flying-typed Pokemon. Butterfree are common Pokemon to see in the GS metagame. There were no known abilities back in the Gold/Silver Pokemon games. Butterfree is weak to Electric, Fire, Flying, Ice, and Rock-typed attacks.


Species: Butterfree
Item: Life Orb / Focus Sash
Moveset:
- Psychic / Psybeam
- Solar Beam / Giga Drain
- Harden
- Stun Spore

Special Sweeper Butterfree (Retro)

Butterfree is an extraordinary Special Sweeper. It tries to take down the opponent's team with high-damaging special attacks. Keep in mind back before Generation IV, a move's damage category was determined by its type. Focus Sash helps protect Butterfree from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out.

Psychic is a special 90-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to lower the target's special defense by 1 stage).
Psybeam is a special 65-base power Psychic-type move (10% chance to confuse the target).
Solar Beam is a special 120-base power Grass-type move (charges turn 1. hits turn 2. no charge in sunlight).
Giga Drain is a special 60-base power Grass-type move (Butterfree recovers 50% of the damage dealt).
Harden is a status move (raises your Butterfree's defense by 1 stage).
Stun Spore is a status move (paralyzes the target).



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
Confusion
50
100%
25
10% chance to confuse the target.
Giga Drain
60
100%
5
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Mega Drain
40
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
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.
Psywave
--
80%
15
Random damage from 1 to (user's level*1.5 - 1).
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Bide
--
100%
10
Waits 2-3 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/4 recoil.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Gust
40
100%
35
Power doubles during Fly.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Rage
20
100%
20
Next Rage increases in damage if hit during use.
Razor Wind
80
75%
10
Charges, then hits target turn 2. High crit ratio.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Flash
--
70%
20
Lowers the target's accuracy by 1.
Harden
--
--
30
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
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.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, the user's party has doubled Def.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
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 target'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.
Sweet Scent
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's evasiveness by 1.
Teleport
--
--
20
Fails when used.
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 Gold/Silver. 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 GS Move and Ability Combos for Butterfree

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