Bug Catching Area

Bug Catching Area — Johto

Overview

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Location

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A positional vantage point of Bug Catching Area in Johto.

Land Pokémon

Average levels
17
Members-only
2
Extremely Rares
8

Bug Catching Area is a Johto area exclusive to the Bug Catching Contest in National Park. Due to the contest’s cooldown, this area can only be accessed for 20 minutes everyday, making it difficult to hunt for a specific Pokémon. However, the rewards from the contest makes it worthwile to visit every day.

Bug Catching Contest

The Bug Catching Contest is a activity in which the player can take part once everyday hours by talking to the west police officer inside the south Stop House of National Park. To participate, it is necessary to select one Pokémon, which will be the only Pokémon allowed to bring inside. Parasect, Breloom and Smeargle are recommended due to their access to both False Swipe and Spore.

Once in, the player has 20 minutes to catch the best bug Pokémon possible. There are a number of NPCs inside the Bug Catching Contest that can help:

  • Nurse Joy, located south of the bug catching area, will heal the player’s Pokémon at the price of 2,500.
  • Bug Pokémon Manager, located north from the place the player is initially teleported to, as well as inside the Judge room, will allow the player to manage his catches. He can either release a Pokémon in the player’s party or withdraw one of his or her catches that was sent to the boxes due to a full party. Of course, releasing the Catcher Pokémon is not possible.
  • Great Ball Seller, located in the south-east, will sell 30 Great Balls for the price of 20,000, in case the player has ran out of Pokéballs to use. It is slightly more expensive than in regular shops, as such it is not recommended to purchase unless really needed.
  • Contest Pokémon Evaluation, located in the south-west, will evaluate any Pokémon and tell how much a particular Pokémon is worth in contest points.
  • The police officers at the very south will allow the player to finish the contest early, should he or she feel satisfied with one of his or her caught Pokémon. It is also possible to disqualify, which means no reward will be given.

Once the Bug Catching Contest is over, it will be necessary to speak to the Contest Judge and submit the desired Bug Pokémon. It will then be necessary to speak to every other contestant and hear what Pokémon they caught, before speaking back to the Contest Judge. The Contest Judge will announce the winner and hand over the prizes, concluding the Bug Catching Contest.

Score System

Each Pokémon caught in the Bug Catching Contest is given a score. The better the Pokémon, the higher the score. To hope for a win, it is expected to aim for at least 200 points. The score is decided by four different factors:

  • Level. Each level of the Pokémon is worth a point, and caps at level 25 for 25 points.
  • IVs. Each IV point of the Pokémon is worth a point.
  • Rarity. In the Bug Catching contest, each catchable Pokémon is given a Rarity Tier between 1 and 4:
    • Tier 1 Pokémon are worth 50 points.
    • Tier 2 Pokémon are worth 75 points.
    • Tier 3 Pokémon are worth 100 points.
    • Tier 4 Pokémon are worth 130 points.
  • Shiny. If the caught Pokémon is a Shiny Pokémon, the total score is multiplied by 1.5

The total score can then be summarized by the following formula:

Score = (level + totalIV + tierBonus) * 1.5(if Shiny)

Tier 1 Pokémon

Pokédex Number Pokémon Type 1 Type 2 Rarity Tier Held Item
#010 Caterpie Bug Common
#014 Kakuna Bug Poison Common
#165 Ledyba Bug Flying Common
#011 Metapod Bug Common
#046 Paras Bug Grass Common
#266 Silcoon Bug Common
#167 Spinarak Bug Poison Common
#013 Weedle Bug Poison Common

Tier 2 Pokémon

Pokédex Number Pokémon Type 1 Type 2 Rarity Tier Held Item
#168 Ariados Bug Poison Common
#015 Beedrill Bug Poison Uncommon
#012 Butterfree Bug Flying Uncommon
#166 Ledian Bug Flying Common
#047 Parasect Bug Grass Common
#204 Pineco Bug Rare
#193 Yanma Bug Flying Common

Tier 3 Pokémon

Pokédex Number Pokémon Type 1 Type 2 Rarity Tier Held Item
#557 Dwebble Bug Rock Rare
#595 Joltik Bug Electric Rare
#616 Shelmet Bug Rare
#213 Shuckle Bug Rock Rare
#413 Wormadam-Plant Bug Grass Rare

Tier 4 Pokémon

Pokédex Number Pokémon Type 1 Type 2 Rarity Tier Held Item
#214 Heracross Bug Fighting Uncommon
#636 Larvesta Bug Fire Rare
#414 Mothim Bug Flying Rare
#127 Pinsir Bug Rare
#123 Scyther Bug Flying Rare

Prizes

In the Bug Catching Contest, there are many rewards that can be obtained. The player can receive the following:

  • Pokedollars: 25,000 for 1st place, 10,000 for 2nd place, 5,000 for 3rd place and 1,000 for any lower place.
  • Randomized reward: If the player has scored 1st to 3rd place, a random reward is given between a bank of items and Pokémon. Each position has their own bank, with 1st place usually having the best items and Pokémon.
  • Shiny bonus: If the Pokémon the player submits is a Shiny Pokémon, on top of the above prizes, the player also receives an additional 100,000. This makes Shinies worthwile to submit even if they have scored low.
  • Volcarona Wings: If the Pokémon the player has submitted scored 290 points or over (400 if shiny), A pair of Volcarona Wings will also be awarded. This reward can only be received once, as the wings are not tradeable.
Item Quantity
Volcarona Wings 1

Genesect

After catching any Pokémon with 140 or more total IV points, the Judge will be impressed and invite the player to talk to him outside of the contest. Outside, he will take the player to an area where Genesect can be caught, on the condition that the player has accumulated over 500 hours of playtime. Once the first condition have been completed, it will not be necessary to accomplish it again, even if the player does not meet the required playtime at that time. This also gives the opportunity for the player to prepare his or her Synchronize and catcher Pokémon before accepting the offer.

Recommended Pokémon

  • Timid Alakazam with the ability Synchronize and with the move Thunder Wave in order to paralyze Genesect.
  • Timid Kadabra with the ability Synchronize and with the move Thunder Wave in order to paralyze Gensect.
  • Timid Mew with the ability Synchronize with the moves Thunder Wave and False Swipe.

Notes:

  • Though it is a reward, it is obtainable only once.
  • It is banned in PvP.

1st place rewards

Item Quantity
Beautifly Wings 1
Dustox Wings 1
Master Ball 1
Toxic Orb 1
Life Orb 1
Flame Orb 1
Focus Sash 3
PP Up 3
Rare Candy 3
Pokédex Number Pokémon Type 1 Type 2 Rarity Tier Held Item
#588 Karrablast Bug Rare
#283 Surskit Bug Water Common
#543 Venipede Bug Poison Rare

2nd place rewards

Item Quantity
Butterfree Wings 1
Beedrill Wings 1
Ultra Ball 5
Weakness Policy 1
Scope Lens 1
Focus Sash 2
PP Up 2
Rare Candy 2
Pokédex Number Pokémon Type 1 Type 2 Rarity Tier Held Item
#401 Kricketot Bug Uncommon
#313 Volbeat Bug Uncommon
#314 Illumise Bug Uncommon

3rd place rewards

Item Quantity
Straw Hat 2 1
Straw Hat 1 1
Wise Glasses 1
Quick Claw 1
Muscle Band 1
Focus Sash 1
PP Up 1
Rare Candy 1

Obtaining Heracronite, Beedrillite and Pinsirite

Beedrillite, Pinsirite and Heracronite can be obtained once the player has a Mega Bracelet. Once obtaining the Mega Bracelet the player will need to win the Bug catching contest 3 times for the first stone, further 3 times for the second and another 3 times for the last one. The wins do not need to be in a row and they are randomly. These are also a 1 time only reward.

Item Quantity
Heracronite 1
Beedrillite 1
Pinsirite 1

Wild Pokémon

Land

Pokémon Level range Times Held Item Rarity Tier
Ariados 15-19 Morning Day Night Uncommon
Beedrill 15-19 Morning Day Night Poison Barb Uncommon
Butterfree 15-19 Morning Day Night SilverPowder Uncommon
Cascoon 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Caterpie 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Dwebble 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Heracross 15-18 Morning Day Night Rare
Joltik 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Kakuna 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Larvesta 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Ledian 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Ledyba 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Metapod 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Mothim 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Paras 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Parasect 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Pineco 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Pinsir 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Scyther 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Shelmet 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Shuckle 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Silcoon 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Spinarak 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Weedle 15-19 Morning Day Night Common
Wormadam 15-19 Morning Day Night Rare
Yanma 15-19 Morning Day Night Uncommon
  • Pink-colored names denote that this Pokémon is exclusively encounterable for members in this area
  • Emboldened levels indicate they are isolatable with the Repel trick

Reference

Bug Catching Contest Guide by Noxious


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