Bug Catching Area

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Bug Catching Area - Johto





A positional vantage point of Bug Catching Area in Johto.

Land Pokémon

Average levels

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 PokémonDollar.png2,500.
  • 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 PokémonDollar.png20,000, 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 NumberPokémonType 1Type 2Rarity TierHeld Item
#010 10Icon.png Caterpie Bug 1
#014 14Icon.png Kakuna Bug Poison 2
#165 165Icon.png Ledyba Bug Flying 1
#011 11Icon.png Metapod Bug 2
#046 46Icon.png Paras Bug Grass 1
#266 266Icon.png Silcoon Bug 2
#167 167Icon.png Spinarak Bug Poison 1
#013 13Icon.png Weedle Bug Poison 1

Tier 2 Pokémon

Pokédex NumberPokémonType 1Type 2Rarity TierHeld Item
#168 168Icon.png Ariados Bug Poison 2
#015 15Icon.png Beedrill Bug Poison 4
#012 12Icon.png Butterfree Bug Flying 4
#166 166Icon.png Ledian Bug Flying 2
#047 47Icon.png Parasect Bug Grass 1
#204 204Icon.png Pineco Bug 7
#193 193Icon.png Yanma Bug Flying 3
#267 267Icon.png Beautifly Bug Flying 6
#269 269Icon.png Dustox Bug Poison 1

Tier 3 Pokémon

Pokédex NumberPokémonType 1Type 2Rarity TierHeld Item
#557 557Icon.png Dwebble Bug Rock 9
#595 595Icon.png Joltik Bug Electric 8
#616 616Icon.png Shelmet Bug 9
#213 213Icon.png Shuckle Bug Rock 7
#413A 413AIcon.png Wormadam-Plant Bug Grass 7

Tier 4 Pokémon

Pokédex NumberPokémonType 1Type 2Rarity TierHeld Item
#214 214Icon.png Heracross Bug Fighting 6
#636 636Icon.png Larvesta Bug Fire 8
#414 414Icon.png Mothim Bug Flying 7
#127 127Icon.png Pinsir Bug 7
#123 123Icon.png Scyther Bug Flying 7


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

  • Pokedollars: PokémonDollar.png25,000 for 1st place, PokémonDollar.png10,000 for 2nd place, PokémonDollar.png5,000 for 3rd place and PokémonDollar.png1,000 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 PokémonDollar.png100,000. 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.
Volcarona Wings.png Volcarona Wings 1


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


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

1st place rewards

Beautifly Wings.png Beautifly Wings 1
Dustox Wings.png Dustox Wings 1
Master Ball.png Master Ball 1
Toxic Orb.png Toxic Orb 1
Life Orb.png Life Orb 1
Flame Orb.png Flame Orb 1
Focus Sash.png Focus Sash 3
PP Up.png PP Up 3
Rare Candy.png Rare Candy 3

Pokédex NumberPokémonType 1Type 2Rarity TierHeld Item
#588 588Icon.png Karrablast Bug 8
#283 283Icon.png Surskit Bug Water 3
#543 543Icon.png Venipede Bug Poison 8

2nd place rewards

Butterfree Wings.png Butterfree Wings 1
Beedrill Wings.png Beedrill Wings 1
Ultra Ball.png Ultra Ball 5
Weakness Policy.png Weakness Policy 1
Scope Lens.png Scope Lens 1
Focus Sash.png Focus Sash 2
PP Up.png PP Up 2
Rare Candy.png Rare Candy 2

Pokédex NumberPokémonType 1Type 2Rarity TierHeld Item
#401 401Icon.png Kricketot Bug 5
#313 313Icon.png Volbeat Bug 5
#314 314Icon.png Illumise Bug 5

3rd place rewards

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

Obtaining Heracronite and Beedrillite

Heracronite and Beedrillite 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 and a further 3 times for the second. The wins do not need to be in a row and it is random which stone you shall receive. These are also a 1 time only reward.

Heracronite.png Heracronite 1
Beedrillite.png Beedrillite 1

Wild Pokémon


PokémonLevel rangeTimesHeld ItemRarity Tier
168Icon.png Ariados 15-19 Morning Day Night 4
15Icon.png Beedrill 15-19 Morning Day Night Poison Barb 5
12Icon.png Butterfree 15-19 Morning Day Night SilverPowder 5
268Icon.png Cascoon 15-19 Morning Day Night 2
10Icon.png Caterpie 15-19 Morning Day Night 1
557Icon.png Dwebble 15-19 Morning Day Night 9
214Icon.png Heracross 15-18 Morning Day Night 9
595Icon.png Joltik 15-19 Morning Day Night 9
14Icon.png Kakuna 15-19 Morning Day Night 2
636Icon.png Larvesta 15-19 Morning Day Night 8
166Icon.png Ledian 15-19 Morning Day Night 3
165Icon.png Ledyba 15-19 Morning Day Night 1
11Icon.png Metapod 15-19 Morning Day Night 2
414Icon.png Mothim 15-19 Morning Day Night 9
46Icon.png Paras 15-19 Morning Day Night 1
47Icon.png Parasect 15-19 Morning Day Night 3
204Icon.png Pineco 15-19 Morning Day Night 8
127Icon.png Pinsir 15-19 Morning Day Night 8
123Icon.png Scyther 15-19 Morning Day Night 8
616Icon.png Shelmet 15-19 Morning Day Night 9
213Icon.png Shuckle 15-19 Morning Day Night 9
266Icon.png Silcoon 15-19 Morning Day Night 2
167Icon.png Spinarak 15-19 Morning Day Night 1
13Icon.png Weedle 15-19 Morning Day Night 1
413Icon.png Wormadam 15-19 Morning Day Night 9
193Icon.png Yanma 15-19 Morning Day Night 4

Pink-colored names denote that this Pokémon is exclusively encounterable for members in this area.


Bug Catching Contest Guide by Noxious