Butterfree

Type Tier
Bug / Flying UU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Stat
HP
60
323
Atk
45
188
Def
50
198
Spc
80
258
Spe
70
238
  • Overused

Overview

It's almost impossible to name a Pokemon that doesn't have a super effective move against Butterfree. It's basically a weaker version of Venomoth with a worse typing, and almost as bad as Beedrill in terms of Attack and Defense. It doesn't get any good STAB moves and it can't take many hits. If you put something to sleep then it's done its job; it's not good for anything else, really.

Name Moveset

Double Powder

~ Psychic
~ Mega Drain
~ Sleep Powder
~ Stun Spore

Have it as your lead and use Sleep Powder on their first Pokemon, then follow up with Stun Spore as they switch to another. Continue paralyzing when they switch, and try to attack when they don't. Double powdering requires some prediction (i.e. you Stun Spore a Pokemon, and use Stun Spore again, while your opponent leaves it in. They think you'll switch, so maybe Stun Spore for a third straight time, and catch a Pokemon that thinks it's getting a free switch in). Mega Drain is there for healing and for dealing with Water-, Rock-, or Ground-types.

Other Options

Supersonic is better than most of its other options, but it is inaccurate, and therefore dangerous to Butterfree. Reflect can work but, with Butterfree's already low defenses, it's most likely a wasted move. Double-Edge or Hyper Beam can be useful against Psychic-types that Butterfree has trouble damaging.

Checks and Counters

Psychic-types and Chansey can almost completely wall Butterfree. Fire-types, Flying-types, and Rock Slide users can also usually KO it with one or two attacks as their attacks are usually super effective against Butterfree. Almost any Pokemon that can handle Psychic or Mega Drain and then hit Butterfree hard is an effective counter.