Best Bug-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

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Pokemon Go is gaining popularity again and everyone is starting to research what kind of Pokemon to catch, train and use in raids/battles. In this guide, we take a look at Bug Pokemon! gives you some quick type and Pokemon stats to make sure you know what to look for and how to win.

Best Bug-type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Before we begin, we want to cover a few important points while reading this list. Everything in the list below affects how we rank the best Pokemon, so you'll want to check it out at least once.



  • Pokémon Modifications: Certain Pokémon can be modified into different versions, which greatly strengthens them so as to place them at the top of a list, even if their standard version would not be there. Changes rarely apply to Bug Pokemon, so we've excluded them from our lists.
  • Combination Types: Any Pokemon type can be mixed with any other type, which can cause confusion in choosing the best one. These secondary types can alter the recommended moveset, weaknesses, and other important stats such as Max CP. However, Bug-type Pokémon are very rarely without a secondary type, so we include them in the overall list.
  • The Algorithm: We determine our lists by getting the stats of the ten Pokémon with the highest DPS in their category. Then we take the averages of their max CP, attack, defense, and stamina. Ranks are determined by which Pokemon has the best overall placement of those stats. We made it this way because it means you don't just get the highest CP, but rather the strongest Pokemon ranked by balanced averages.
  • Lists of Major Bug Types: The list below provides you with all the lists we provide in this guide for Bug Pokemon.
    • Top 10 Bug Types
    • Only three most common bug types
    • Three most common types of combined bugs
  • Strengths/Weaknesses: This list will provide you with all Bug-type Pokémon weaknesses and strengths.
    • Strong Weakness(es): None
    • Weakness(es): Fire, Flying, Rock
    • Resistance(s): Fighting, Grass, Ground
    • Strong Resistance(s): None

Top 10 Bug Types

  • #1: Heracross
    • CP max: 3506
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 234/179/190
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Counter
      • Charge Attack: Megahorn
  • #2: Scizor (tie)
    • CP max: 3393
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 236/181/172
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Counter
      • Charge Attack: Dynamic Punch
  • #2: Pinsir (tied)
    • CP max: 3345
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 238/182/163
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bug Sting
      • Attaque de charge: X-Scissor
  • #4: Yanmega (tied)
    • CP max: 3330
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 231/156/200
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bug Sting
      • Charge Attack: Bug Buzz
  • #4: Escalator (Tie)
    • CP max: 3266
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 223/187/172
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bug Sting
      • Charge Attack: Megahorn
  • # 6: Armaldo
    • Max CP: 3220
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 222/174/181
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Smack Down
      • Charge Attack: Rock Slide
  • #7: Crust
    • CP max: 2874
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 188/200/172
    • Best Moveset
      • Fast Attack: Fury Cutter
      • Charge Attack: Rock Slide
  • #8: Scyther (tied)
    • CP max: 3060
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 218/170/172
    • Best Moveset
      • Fast Attack: Fury Cutter
      • Attaque de charge: X-Scissor
  • #9: Durant (Tie)
    • CP max: 3007
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 217/188/151
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Metal Claw
      • Attaque de charge: X-Scissor
  • # 10: Leavanny
    • CP max: 2917
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 205/165/181
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bug Sting
      • Charge Attack: Leaf Blade

Related: Best Fighting Type Pokemon In Pokemon Go – Pro Game Guides



Only three most common bug types

  • # 1: Pinsir
    • CP max: 3345
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 238/182/163
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bug Sting
      • Attaque de charge: X-Scissor
  • # 2: Accelgor
    • CP max: 2760
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 220/120/190
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Infestation
      • Charge Attack: Bug Buzz
  • # 3: Illumiser
    • CP max: 2002
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 143/166/163
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Tackle
      • Charge Attack: Bug Buzz

Three most common types of combined bugs

  • #1: Heracross
    • CP max: 3506
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 234/179/190
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Counter
      • Charge Attack: Megahorn
  • #2: Scizor (tie)
    • CP max: 3393
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 236/181/172
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Counter
      • Charge Attack: Dynamic Punch
  • # 3: Yanmega
    • CP max: 3330
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 231/156/200
    • Best Moveset
      • Quick Attack: Bug Sting
      • Charge Attack: Bug Buzz

If you own any of the Bug Pokémon listed above, we suggest you research Raids and Battles! Remember: with Bug Pokemon, you want to avoid battling their counters, primarily Fire Pokemon. Check back for updates each season!



Want to see the best moves for some of the most powerful Pokemon? Check out our guides to the best moves for Gyarados and Rhyperior!

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