- Ntl. Dex #010
- Type: Bug
- Abilities: Shield Dust/Run Away
- Height: 1’00”
- Weight: 6.4 lbs
Caterpie, the Worm Pokemon, is serpentine and resembles a green caterpillar with yellow ring-shaped markings down the sides of its body. Its most notable characteristic is the bright red antennae on its head. These and the large eye-shaped markings help to startle predators. It shares many characteristics with other larval Pokémon such as Weedle, Wurmple and Sewaddle.
The antennae on its head will emit a terrible stench from it if the Caterpie is frightened or if the antennae are touched. This serves as an effective protective mechanism against most predators. Its feet are tipped with suction cups, permitting this Pokémon to scale most surfaces with minimal effort. It can also spit a string from its mouth in order to entangle foes.
Caterpie grow very quickly, and need to eat voraciously in order to meet their energy requirements. They have various adaptations that permit them to devour plant material safely, including an antenna that releases a horrible smell. It will shed its skin many times before finally cocooning itself in thick silk. While some Trainers are disgusted by the idea of Bug-type Pokémon, they are ideal targets for new Trainers as they are weak in the wild and evolve into their final forms at a low level.
Caterpie primarily feed on vegetation, such as tree leaves.
Caterpie can often be found in wooded areas, such as the Viridian Forest. It is native to the Kanto and the Johto region, but has also been encountered in Sinnoh as well.
Caterpie evolves into Metapod at level 7.