Bug-Types in Pokémon Go PvP: Meta Analysis Per League

Being of the most common types, Bug-type Pokémon are everywhere to be found. They tend to have lower base stats than most other Pokémon and are usually not seen in competitive play. Thankfully, the tiered system in Pokémon Go allows them to shine in some instances. Due to this typing’s tendencies to have low base stats, Bug-type Pokémon will mostly be used in Great League battles. They do not reach a high enough combat power to be viable in Master League battles, except for Scizor. With this in mind, a trainer will need great prediction to make use of these Pokémon.

Bug-Types on Offense

Along with the low base stats of these Pokémon, this typing suffers from having the most amount of types able to resist it. Bug-type attacks are resisted by fairy, fighting, fire, flying, ghost, poison, and steel typings. Leading a battle with a Bug-type is a risky decision and will fair better following second, or closing third. Fury Cutter as a Fast Move gains energy very quickly and will help using charge attacks. Bug Bite is slightly more balanced as in what it loses in energy; it gains in damage. As for charge attacks, Bug-types have access to some interesting options. Moves such as X-Scissor and Silver Wind are some of the lowest energy cost moves with the latter having a small chance to boost attack and defense by fifty percent.

Bug-Types on Defense

Bug-typing has a typical amount of resistances when compared to other types. It resists fighting, ground, and grass-types while being weak to fire, flying, and rock. Bug-types that are paired with flying or Poison-typing will do well against Power-Up Punch users in Great and Ultra League by relying on their secondary-types for super effective damage. Many of these Pokémon rely on their secondary-typing to hold their own in battle. A good thing about most Bug-types is their low cost to unlock an additional move, which will be necessary to avoid getting walled off by opponents. Bug-type Pokémon will do better in scenarios where more is known about a battle beforehand.

Great League

Pokémon ATK

(IV)

DEF

(IV)

HP

(IV)

Fast Moves Charge Moves
Pokemon GO VenomothVenomoth

Bug Poison

1500CP @Level 27.5

125

(0)

109

(13)

131

(15)

  • Infestation Bug
  • Confusion Psychic
  • *Bug Bite Bug
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Silver Wind Bug
  • *Poison Fang Poison
Pokemon GO VespiquenVespiquen

Bug Flying

1498CP @Level 29

107

(0)

146

(14)

133

(13)

  • Poison Sting Poison
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • Power Gem Rock
  • X-Scissor Bug
Pokemon GO KricketuneKricketune

Bug

1500CP @Level 39.5

125

(0)

90

(15)

156

(15)

  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Struggle Bug Bug
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • X-Scissor Bug

Pokemon GO Wormadam (Trash)Wormadam (Trash)

Bug Steel

1500CP @Level 40

105

(7)

149

(14)

134

(15)

  • Confusion Psychic
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • Psy Beam Psychic
  • Iron Head Steel
Pokemon GO BeedrillBeedrill

Bug Poison

1499CP @Level 32.5

126

(0)

106

(13)

132

(14)

  • Poison Jab Poison
  • Infestation Bug
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • X-scissor Bug
Pokemon GO ForretressForretress

Bug Steel

1500CP @Level 25.5

108

(0)

144

(9)

132

(15)

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Struggle Bug Bug
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Heavy Slam Steel
  • Rock Tomb Rock
Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega

Bug Flying

1497CP @Level 19

134

(0)

98

(14)

125

(15)

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Wing Attack Flying
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • Ancient Power Rock
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir

Bug

1499CP @Level 19

138

(0)

113

(13)

103

(14)

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Rock Smash Fighting
  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Vice Grip Normal
  • *Submission Fighting
Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross

Bug Fighting

1498CP @Level 18

132

(0)

109

(15)

116

(15)

  • Counter Fighting
  • Struggle Bug Bug
  • Megahorn Bug
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Close Combat Fighting
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor

Bug Steel

1497CP @Level 18.5

136

(1)

112

(15)

107

(15)

  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Night Slash Dark
  • Iron Head Steel
  • X-Scissor Bug

*denotes legacy

Ultra League

Pokémon ATK

(IV)

DEF

(IV)

HP

(IV)

Fast Moves Charge Moves
Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega

Bug Flying

2500CP @Level 33

173

(1)

128

(15)

161

(15)

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Wing Attack Flying
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • Ancient Power Rock
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir

Bug

2498CP @Level 33

178

(0)

146

(14)

133

(15)

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Rock Smash Fighting
  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Vice Grip Normal
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • *Submission Fighting
Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross

Bug Fighting

2500CP @Level 30.5

171

(0)

141

(14)

149

(13)

  • Counter Fighting
  • Struggle Bug Bug
  • Megahorn Bug
  • Earthquake Ground
  • Close Combat Fighting
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor

Bug Steel

2499CP @Level 32

175

(0)

145

(15)

1139

(15)

  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Night Slash Dark
  • Iron Head Steel
  • X-Scissor Bug


*denotes legacy

Master League

Pokémon ATK

(IV)

DEF

(IV)

HP

(IV)

Fast Moves Charge Moves
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor

Bug Steel

3001CP @Level 40

198

(15)

154

(15)

147

(15)

  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Night Slash Dark
  • Iron Head Steel

Detailed Sets

Venomoth – Great League
Pokemon GO VenomothVenomoth

Bug Poison

  • *Bug Bite Bug
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Silver Wind Bug
  • Psychic Psychic
  • *Poison Fang Poison

With access to Psychic-typing for both fast and charge attacks, this Pokémon will cause much trouble for opponents using fighting, grass, and even other Poison-types. Both Confusion and Bug Bite gain energy at similar rates with the former dealing a bit more damage. Its access to Poison-type makes it great defensively due to the number of resistances it gains. It will take down grass and Fighting-types with ease. With the new benefits from Silver Wind, Venomoth now has a ten percent chance of having both its attack and defense stats raised by fifty percent every time the move is used. Poison Fang and Bug Bite are both legacy moves, but are a fantastic combination benefitting from fast activation, coverage, and same type attack damage (STAB).

Vespiquen – Great League
Pokemon GO VespiquenVespiquen

Bug Flying

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Power Gem Rock

Having high defense and a reasonable amount of hitpoints, Vespiquen is able to sustain itself in battle long enough to use either of its charge attacks against opponents. Pairing Bug Bite with X-Scissor ensures the fastest activation and Power Gem can be used against its counters.

Kricketune – Great League
Pokemon GO KricketuneKricketune

Bug

  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Aerial Ace Flying

This Pokémon’s access to a Flying-type move gives it the advantage of secondary damage without the drawbacks of additional weakness. Both Aerial Ace and X-Scissor are fast activating moves that provide coverage, while Fury Cutter gains energy at a fast rate.

Wormadam (Trash) – Great League
Pokemon GO Wormadam (Trash)Wormadam (Trash)

BugSteel

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Confusion Psychic
  • Bug Buzz Bug
  • Iron HeadSteel
  • Psybeam Psychic

This Bug/Steel-type Pokémon resists many types. Both of its Fast Moves gain a lot of energy while dealing good amounts of damage. It is an excellent counter against other poison-types and Grass-types in Great League. Both Iron Head and Bug Buzz receive STAB, but Psybeam is a good option for neutral damage. This Pokémon is similar to Forretress in stats, replacing Butterfree in terms of move coverage.

Beedrill – Great League
Pokemon GO BeedrillBeedrill

Bug Poison

  • Poison Jab Poison
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Aerial Ace Flying

Beedrill tends to be more offensively geared than its counterpart Venomoth. They have the same typing, but Beedrill is more of a Poison-type attacker. Having access to Poison Jab lets it become viable in many Great League battles. It also has three very diverse charge attacks that can be substituted for one another depending on the scenario. All options have low energy costs with Sludge Bomb dealing the most damage.

Forretress – Great League
Pokemon GO ForretressForretress

Bug Steel

  • Bug Bite Bug
  • Heavy Slam Steel
  • Rock Tomb Rock

Bug and Steel-typing pair very well as they cover a lot of each other’s weaknesses and this becomes a big benefit with this Pokémon. Its high defense and numerous resistances will let it sustain in battle long enough to use a few charge moves. Forretress can easily handle other bug and Poison-types and competes with fairy and flying types that dominate Great League. It has a double weakness to fire, so beware of fire fast attacks from opponents.

Yanmega – Great/Ultra League
Pokemon GO YanmegaYanmega

Bug Flying

  • Wing Attack Flying
  • Aerial Ace Flying
  • Ancient Power Rock

A unique choice. This Bug/Flying-type Pokémon is frail with higher attack, but will shine if able to switch into a beneficial situation. It can hold its own against Power-Up Punch users while dealing quick super-effective damage. With the changes to Ancient Power, Yanmega can become a serious threat with a fifty percent boost to both its attack and defense stats. The rock-type move also provides additional coverage to counters other flying bugs would otherwise not be able to handle.

Pinsir – Great/Ultra League
Pokemon GO PinsirPinsir

Bug

  • *Fury Cutter Bug
  • Bug Bite Bug
  • X-Scissor Bug
  • Close Combat Fighting

Very similar in stats to Heracross, Pinsir is geared to be more of a Bug-type attacker. Although legacy for Pinsir, Fury Cutter once again pairs very well with X-Scissor. Bug Bite is a good secondary option if Fury Cutter is unavailable. Pinsir does have access to Vice Grip, but has poor coverage and low damage. Close Combat is a significant damage increase comparing it to its legacy move, Submission.

Heracross – Great/Ultra League
Pokemon GO HeracrossHeracross

Bug Fighting

  • Counter Fighting
  • Megahorn Fighting
  • Close Combat Fighting
  • Earthquake Ground

Heracross becomes notable as it is the only Bug-type Pokémon to share a fighting-type. It has access to one of the best Fast Moves in PvP, Counter. Because of how good this move is, it can sustain itself with its high energy cost moves. Heracross will need to avoid flying-types with its double weakness. Megahorn and Close Combat will have the fastest activation with Earthquake being for coverage. Heracross is not recommended in Master League as its use is very limited in the meta and will have trouble against the many Pokémon that resist its moves.

Scizor – Great/Ultra/Master League
Pokemon GO ScizorScizor

Bug Steel

  • Bullet Punch Steel
  • Fury Cutter Bug
  • Iron HeadSteel
  • X-Scissor Bug

Scizor benefits from the same typing as Forretress and Wormadam (Trash) having many resistances. It also has access to the useful combination of Fury Cutter and X-Scissor. Bullet Bunch and Fury Cutter are similar in utility for Great and Ultra League battles, although one may steer towards Bullet Punch in Master League due to the amount of dragon and Flying-types in that league.