Best Bug Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Become a bug catcher.

Bug Pokémon have typically been looked at as weak Pokémon throughout most of the series. However, this type has gained many additions that increase the viability of Bug-type Pokémon. This may leave you wondering what the best Bug Pokémon are in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet - Best Bug Pokémon to use

While there are many Bug-type Pokémon, some stand out more than others due to their stats, typings, abilities, and moves. We have compiled a list of the best Bug-type Pokémon you can find and catch below. Here are the best Bug Pokémon to use in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

1. Slither Wing

Slither Wing is a Paradox Pokémon that appears as an alternate form of Volcarona. It has incredible stats, strong typing, and good ability. Slither Wing is Bug and Fighting-type with an incredible Attack stat. It has the Protosynthesis ability, which raises its highest stat in harsh sunlight or if it's holding Booster Energy. Here are Slither Wing's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 570
  • HP: 85
  • Attack: 135
  • Defense: 79
  • Special Attack: 85
  • Special Defense: 105
  • Speed: 81

2. Volcarona

Volcarona is a Bug and Fire-type Pokémon, making it doubly weak to Rock-type attacks. But it does have incredible stats, especially its Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed. Additionally, Volcarona's Flame Body ability can inflict the burn status on physical attacks. Here are Volcarona's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 550
  • HP: 85
  • Attack: 60
  • Defense: 65
  • Special Attack: 135
  • Special Defense: 105
  • Speed: 100

3. Heracross

Heracross is a Bug and Fighting-type Pokémon with extraordinary Attack and good scores in its other stats, except for Special Attack. It does have a 2x weakness to Flying-type attacks, so you will need to be careful around these. Heracross can learn a variety of moves, including those to counter its weaknesses. Here are Heracross' stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 500
  • HP: 80
  • Attack: 125
  • Defense: 75
  • Special Attack: 40
  • Special Defense: 95
  • Speed: 85

Related: How to evolve Scyther into Scizor in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

4. Scizor

Scizor is a Bug and Steel-type Pokémon that YOU can only obtain by trading a Scyther holding a Metal Coat. Like Heracross, Scizor has incredible Attack and defensive stats but is slightly slower than Heracross. Its typing does give it a 2x weakness to Fire, but it has great resistance to a majority of other types. Here are Scizor's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 500
  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 130
  • Defense: 100
  • Special Attack: 55
  • Special Defense: 80
  • Speed: 65

5. Frosmoth

Frosmoth is unique in that it is the only Pokémon with the Bug and Ice-type combination. This does, unfortunately, give it a 2x weakness to Fire and Rock-type attacks. But Frosmoth has a good bulk and incredible Special Attack to make up for this. Its Shield Dust ability is also very good, as it blocks additional effects of attacks against it. Here are Frosmoth's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 475
  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 65
  • Defense: 60
  • Special Attack: 125
  • Special Defense: 90
  • Speed: 65

6. Rabsca

Rabsca is a new Pokémon introduced in Scarlet and Violet and has the Bug and Psychic-type pairing. Rabsca is one of the few Pokémon with access to Revival Blessing, which can revive a fainted Pokémon in your party. This is a great move to have in competitive play, and it also learns a good spread of moves outside of this. Here are Rabsca's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 470
  • HP: 75
  • Attack: 50
  • Defense: 85
  • Special Attack: 115
  • Special Defense: 100
  • Speed: 45

Related: Best Nature for Rellor and Rabsca in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

7. Vespiquen

Vespiquen is a Bug and Flying-type Pokémon that only evolves from Combee if it is female. Vespiquen has fairly balanced stats, except for Speed, making a good all-around Pokémon. With its Attack and Special Attack being equal, it can be a physical or special attacker. Similarly, its equal Defense and Special Defense mean it can be a physical or special wall. Here are Vespiquen's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 474
  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 80
  • Defense: 102
  • Special Attack: 80
  • Special Defense: 102
  • Speed: 40

8. Lokix

Like Rabsca, Lokix is a newly introduced Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet, and it is the only Pokémon that is Bug and Dark-type. Lokix has great Speed and Attack but suffers from low Special Defense and a decent Defense. This means you will need to strike hard and fast with Lokix before it gets taken out. Here are Lokix's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 450
  • HP: 71
  • Attack: 102
  • Defense: 78
  • Special Attack: 52
  • Special Defense: 55
  • Speed: 92

9. Fortress

Fortress is a Bug and Steel-type Pokémon that will primarily act as a wall thanks to its good bulk. It also has a high Attack stat and access to Explosion, meaning it can sacrifice itself to inflict massive damage. Its typing does make it 2x weak to Fire-type attacks, but it also gives it a lot of resistance, further increasing its survivability, especially with its Sturdy ability. Here are Fortress' stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 465
  • HP: 75
  • Attack: 90
  • Defense: 140
  • Special Attack: 60
  • Special Defense: 60
  • Speed: 40

10. Masquerain

Masqueriain is a Bug and Flying-type Pokémon with a fairly balanced stat pool, with its best is Special Attack. While its bulk is decent, it has the Intimidate ability, which will increase its survivability by reducing the opposing Pokémon's Attack. It also gains access to a variety of moves, including Grass-type attacks that can help against Rock-types, which it is 2x weak against. Here are Masquerain's stats in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Total: 454
  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 60
  • Defense: 62
  • Special Attack: 100
  • Special Defense: 82
  • Speed:80

We recommend choosing which Bug-type Pokémon you used based on your Pokémon and trying to avoid having multiple of the same types. Or, you can opt to use only Bug Pokémon and play through the game roleplaying as a Bug Catcher. Regardless of which you prefer, the Bug Pokémon above are all great choices.

For more information on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, check out How many Vivillon forms are there in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet? and Best Nature for Scatterbug, Spewpa, & Vivillon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet on Pro Game Guides.

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