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This is a strategy guide for using Butterfree in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Butterfree, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Butterfree

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Bug Type Flying Type
Compound Eyes The Pokemon's accuracy is boosted.
Tinted Lens (Hidden) Powers up "not very effective" moves.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
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Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Flying Image
Takes 0.5x damage
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Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Fighting Image
Takes 0x damage
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What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
60 45 50 90 80 70

Best Nature for Butterfree

Best Natures
+(Spd, -Atk)
(+SpAtk, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Butterfree

Basic Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 204 / Sp.Atk. 52 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 161 / Def. 70 / Sp.Atk. 117 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 134
Ability Compound Eyes
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Sleep Powder
Quiver Dance

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

The technique is to send the opponent to sleep with Sleep Powder. Although it has 75% accuracy, it will be boosted by Butterfree's Ability Compound Eyes. You can then set up raising your Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed, one stage each, with Quiver Dance.

Although this is a powerful technique, Butterfree does not have high Speed stat in the first place and this strategy could fail, so it is important to set up a situation where you can do this safely.

Alternate Move Choices

Bug Buzz

Baton Pass Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Def. 4 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Def. 71 / Sp.Def. 100 / Spd. 134
Ability Compound Eyes
Held Item Mental Herb
Moveset Baton Pass
Quiver Dance
Sleep Powder

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

After using Quiver Dance to boost Butterfree's stats, use Baton Pass to pass the stat changes to the next Pokemon. This strategy relies on the ace Pokemon to be switched out. Use this strategy wisely, because if your ace Pokemon fails, it will be over for Butterfree because it does not have any offensive moves.

The setup for this is the same as the strategy above. Put your opponent to sleep with Sleep Powder, raise stats with Quiver Dance, and switch out to your ace Pokemon with Baton Pass and let it sweep the stage. Again, be careful in setting this up.

Alternate Move Choices

Bug Buzz

Recommended Pokemon for Switching Out with Baton Pass

EspeonEspeon ・ Has Stored Power, which is more powerful the higher the user's stats are
Wash RotomWash Rotom ・Strong against Fire and Electric-type moves that Butterfree is weak to
Wash Rotom - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
HydreigonHydreigon ・Special Attacker with a large movepool
・Can take Fire and Electric-type attacks that are super effective on Butterfree
Hydreigon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
CorviknightCorviknight ・Be wary of Fire and Electric-type attacks as it is also weak to them
Corviknight - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

How to Use Butterfree Effectively

Use moves with higher accuracy with Compound Eyes

This section is coming soon.

Counters for Butterfree

Knock it out in one hit before it builds up

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Nullify its support moves' effectiveness

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