Bug Type Pokémon Explained – Info, Strengths, Weaknesses


What are Bug Type Pokémon?

Bug type Pokémon are one of the eighteen elemental types found in the world of Pokémon. All Pokémon are categorized into various types based on their characteristics and abilities. They can be a single type or two different types.


Bug type Pokémon generally take the form of insects and arachnids, such as ants, butterflies, beetles and spiders. They are typically found in grassland, forests, caves or underground. Many Bug type Pokémon have abilities that reflect their real-world counterparts including inflicting stings, injecting poison and building webs. The first Bug Type Pokémon in the Pokédex is 0010 Caterpie. 

Caterpie Pokémon

To date there are 92 Bug Pokémon including Pure Bug types that are only Bug type, and Half Bug types that are those Pokémon whose Primary or Secondary type is Bug.


What are Bug Type Pokémon Strengths and Weaknesses?

When in battle, all Pokémon types have strengths and weaknesses against other Pokémon types. Their strengths and weaknesses can be reflected in the real world.

Bug Type Strengths:

When attacking – Bug type Pokémon moves are strong against Dark, Grass and Psychic type Pokémon. This is reflected in the real world as bugs and insects eat flowers and seeds and prevent them from propagating while many people have a psychological fear of bugs and spiders.

When being attacked – Bug type Pokémon are resistant to Fighting, Grass and Ground moves. In the real world these elements have little effect on bugs. 

Bug Type Weaknesses:

When attacking – Bug type Pokémon moves have little effect against Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Flying, Ghost, Poison, and Steel types.

When being attacked – Bug type Pokémon are weak to Fire, Flying and Rock type Pokémon. These types all have advantages over Bugs in battles. This can be likened to real world situations – Bugs and insects cannot withstand Fire, they are a substantial part of the diet of birds and therefore are killed by birds swooping down to devour them. Rocks and stones can crush bugs and insects and bugs and many have been preserved as fossils after being compressed.


Starter Pokémon – Bug Type

There are no bug type starter Pokémon. 


Pokémon Trainers that specialise in Grass type Pokémon

Throughout the Pokémon game series, players encounter Pokémon Gym Leaders and Trainers that specialise in Bug type Pokémon. 

Bug Type Elite Four

Aaron – Pokémon League (Diamond & Pearl, Platinum, Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl)

Bug Gym Leaders

Bugsy – Azalea Gym (Gold, Silver and Crystal)

Burgh – Castelia Gym (Black & White, Black & White 2)

Katy – Cortondo Gym (Scarlet & Violet)

Viola – Santalune Gym (X & Y)


Guzma – Team Skull Boss – Shady House (Sun & Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon)

Trainer Classes

Bug Catcher – Various games

Bug Catching Man – Various games

Bug Maniac – Various games


Bug Type Pokémon in the TCG

While there are 18 different Pokémon types in the Pokédex and Video Game series, in the Trading Card Game (TCG) there are only 11 different Pokémon types. This means that in the TCG some categories contain more than one of the Game Pokémon types. 

Bug Type Pokémon in the TCG are currently grouped with Grass Type Pokémon. Prior to the release of the Diamond and Pearl series in 2007, Poison type Pokémon were also included in this group.

The Trading Cards for these Pokémon have the Grass symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

018/193 Spidops

To use the Hammer In attack associated with this card, the player must attach three Basic Grass Energy cards. When deciding which cards to include in a deck, players should be aware of the qualities of their chosen Pokémon cards.

At the bottom of the card is detailed information about that card’s weakness, resistance and retreat cost


In the TCG, Bug type Pokémon are designated Grass type and are weak to Fire and Psychic types. The Spidops card above has a weakness to Fire type Pokémon and attacks from these types do double damage.  


In the TCG Bug type Pokémon are designated Grass type and are resistant to Water and Fighting type Pokémon, this means that attacks from these Pokémon may do less damage due to that resistance. It also means that these types are weaker against Grass and that the player should use Grass Pokémon cards against these Pokémon.




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