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I have never EVER once won this thing. Not even once :evil: Cool Trainer Nick always beats me! I've never placed higher than 3rd, and I've caught level 14 Butterfree! Is there some trick to it or something?! I need so help on this matter please.


Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:10 pm
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The one way to win - scyther and pinsir. They run around level 14 or 15. Spore from parasect, plus hard hits. Or smeargle, you know :D

Basically, its rarity and level
Surewinners (~90% of the time) - Lv13-15 Pinsir/Scyther
Sortof good (~10% of the time) - High level Butterfree/Beedrill
Horrid (~0%) - Venonat, Caterpie, Weedle,m anything not listed above.


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Yeah butterfree is not enough. You need a pinsir or a scyther. A pokemon about lv20 and knows hypnosis/sleep powder might helps you catching it.

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I hate Cooltrainer Nick with a passion.

Just keep restarting until he's not in the contest. Although Camper Barry will beat you sometimes too.

Use a level 20 something Parasect and try to catch level 16 Pokemon (Butterfree, Scyther, and Pinsir are your best bets.)


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Although it does mystify me why some people can place high with Caterpie and such. Although, I have placed high-ish (like 2nd or so) with Caterpie, Weedle, and Kakuna ... that were lvl 18. Yeah, they run that high.

But Scyther or Pinsir is pretty much a shoe-in. You'll win about 95% of the time. The prizes are:

3rd - Gold Berry
2nd - Everstone
1st - Sun Stone

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the prizes aren't really worth it since only 2 pokemon need a sun stone.

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Yesterday I played my crystal, and I founded that if you catch high level Beedrill, you could win by luck.

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the items arent all that great! i just participate to catch a scyther all the time just to have it! you shouldnt really worry too much about winning, just get the pokemon you want!

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Butterfree doen't enough.... I beat Nick 3 times with catch Pinsir


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A somewhat-related question, but I have noticed that Weedle doesn't seem to be available in Crystal. It is (and its evos, of course) available in the Bug Catching Contest?

I believe that all of the Bug Pokemon (Caterpie, Weedle, Pinsir, Scyther, Venonat, Paras) are available there for the most part as well. In Crystal, I'm not sure. Isn't Sunkern also available in that area?

If someone could help, that would be great.

Thanks in advance.

AEPMT :D :) 8-) :wink: :mrgreen:

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I ran a search on the site using "National Park" as the searchwords and the Pokedex entries which are listed indicate the Pokemon available during Bug Catching Contests. The Pokemon available in Crystal are Caterpie, Metapod, Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Venonat, Pinsir, and Scyther. I'm not sure if any Pokemon have been left out in this list since the search results might not be exhaustive.

In any case, I guess I have answered your queries. Firstly, the Weedle family is available in Crystal's Contest, just that even the Weedles are only half as common as Caterpie. Secondly, Pokemon like Paras and Sunkern can be found in the National Park, but they become [u]unavailable[/i] during Bug Catching Contests.

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*Update*

K I decided to write something up since the site doesn't have any dedicated guide to the Contest.

Here you go: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=21891

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Thanks for that, sNOwBaLL. The guide, too!

That will help me when I get to Goldenrod! Just one more question, is the Pokemon you show for judging allowed for you to keep?

Thanks in advance.

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Yeah you can keep it. Oh and you're welcome =)

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i loved the Bug Catching Contest!
i couldnt wait untill tuesday!!
and it had two of my fav pokemon in it pinsir+scyther!!!!!

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I just won a bug catching contest on SoulSilver with a lv 12 beedrill, because it had full health when i caught it..

I got a sunstone as a prize :)


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Yeah butterfree is not enough. You need a pinsir or a scyther. A pokemon about lv20 and knows hypnosis/sleep powder might helps you catching it.


Yes it can be. In my late silver my very first win was with a male Butterfree; I don't remember it's level. But he became one of my treasures eventually trained into his sixties which is why it irritates me that I can't remember for the freaking life of me what I named him. It could have been Melville after an episode of the Rugrats; was obsessed as a kid. Suddenly now I am thinking Angel though.

I have won ONCE with a Syther and have lost with Syther and Pincer. I even once won with a Venonat...or, did I get second that time? I actually get second a whole bloody hell of a lot. XP

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actually I won the bug catching contest with a full health level 18 caterpie once. I swear i'm not making this up I got something between 315-325 points for it. I've also won with butterfrees, scythers, and pinsirs.

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The prizes suck. Only reason why I participated was for the Scyther catch...

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I have been trying for sometime now to win the contest in order to have a sun stone which i need to evolve a Pokemon on my team.
After 8 rounds in which i didn't place 3 times and only came 2nd or 3rd the rest i am starting to get very frustrated. 2 of the non placing times i used a butterfree level 13 or 14. and the other times i have used a variety of Pokemon including 3 scyther a pinsir and a level 18 weedle so obviously the idea that the the contest is easy to win is wrong. If anyone has suggestions that don't include 'keep on trying' they would be much appreciated.


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Try catching a high level Scyther. If you can shoot for a beedrill. I always win with those, and if you caught a pinsir how did u lose????????

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I caught 3 pinsirs and scythers all level 14, but i always get second place...


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