Best Bug Type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

We're taking a look at the best Bug Pokémon currently available in Pokémon Go!

Pokémon Go is gaining popularity again, and it's causing everyone to start investigating what type of Pokémon they should catch, train, and use in raids/battles. In this guide, we're looking at Bug Pokémon! We're going to give you some quick stats about the type and the Pokémon 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 things when reading over this list. Everything in the list below affects how we rank the best Pokémon, so you'll want to glance over it at least once.

  • Pokémon Alterations: Some Pokémon can be altered into different versions, which significantly boosts them in such a way that it may put them at the top of a list, even if their standard version wouldn't be there. Alterations rarely apply to Bug Pokémon, so we have excluded them from our lists.
  • Combination Types: Any Pokémon type can be mixed with any other type, which can cause some confusion in picking the best. These secondary types can change the recommended moveset, weaknesses, and other important stats like Max CP. However, Bug-type Pokemon are very rarely without a secondary type, so we're including them in the overall list.
  • The Algorithm: We determine our lists by getting the statistics of the ten Pokémon with the highest DPS of their category. Then, we take the averages of their Max CP, Attack, Defense, and Stamina. The ranks are determined by which Pokémon has the best overall placement of those stats. We did it this way because it means you're not just getting the highest CP, but instead, the strongest Pokémon ranked by balanced averages.
  • The Lists for the Top Bug Types: The list below provides you all the lists we're providing in this guide for Bug Pokémon.
    • Top Ten Overall Bug-type
    • Top Three Bug-type Only
    • Top Three Combination Bug-type 
  • Strengths/Weaknesses: This list will provide you all weaknesses and strengths of Bug-type Pokémon.
    • Strong Weakness(es): None
    • Weakness(es): Fire, Flying, Rock
    • Resistance(s): Fighting, Grass, Ground
    • Strong Resistance(s): None

Top Ten Overall Bug-type

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

Related: Best Fighting Type Pokémon in Pokémon Go - Pro Game Guides

Top Three Bug-type Only

  • #1: Pinsir 
    • Max CP: 3345
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 238/182/163
    • Best Moveset
      • Fast Attack: Bug Bite
      • Charge Attack: X-Scissor
  • #2: Accelgor
    • Max CP: 2760
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 220/120/190
    • Best Moveset
      • Fast Attack: Infestation
      • Charge Attack: Bug Buzz
  • #3: Illumise
    • Max CP: 2002
    • Attack/Defense/Stamina: 143/166/163
    • Best Moveset
      • Fast Attack: Tackle
      • Charge Attack: Bug Buzz

Top Three Combination Bug-type

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

If you have one of the Bug Pokémon listed above, we suggest looking for raids and battles! Remember: with Bug Pokémon, you want to avoid fighting their counters, primarily Fire Pokémon. Check back for updates every season!

Want to see the best moves for some of the strongest Pokémon? Check out our guides to the best movesets for Gyarados and Rhyperior!

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