In Pokemon, using Bug-types can be risky business, with Fire, Fighting, and Flying being Super Effective types against them. However, a select few stand out as solid allies on competitive teams. Faster Bug-types are more likely to pose a threat to Grass, Psychic, and Dark-types on the field, and players can get a lot of use from their support movepool.


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Bug-type Pokemon are versatile in battles because they have some compelling moves, and many have high Sp. Atk. stats. Competitive Pokemon players must use Bug-types carefully since Fire-types are popular in the Video Game Championships (VGC). Still, they can be useful with the proper support and strategy. Let’s review the best Bug-types for competitive Pokemon.

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Frosmoth

HP: 70

Attack: 65

Defense: 60

Sp. Atk: 125

Sp. Def: 90

Speed: 65

Frosmoth is a dual Ice/Bug Pokemon from Gen VIII. It’s got a diverse movepool that works both offensively and defensively. For example, Quiver Dance raises Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed stats. Its ability Shield Dust protects it from attacks with additional effects such as Confusion, Burn, Freeze, etc. Those effects make it a bulkier Pokemon than expected, so it stands a chance against Fire and Rock-type opponents.

When it goes on the attack, it can even lay out some Grass and Ground types with Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB) moves like Bug Buzz and Ice Beam. Players should save Frosmoth for the end of a match to come in and take out opponents before its defense-weak typing rears its head. Its Hidden Ability Ice Scales does offer some protection against Special moves by halving their damage but move quickly to avoid KOs.

Heracross

HP: 80

Attack: 125

Defense: 75

Sp. Atk: 40

Sp. Def: 95

Speed: 85

Heracross was one of the first Bug-type Pokemon to make a name for the type offensively. It was introduced in Generation II as a Bug/Fighting-type with a mean Attack stat. Its STAB moves cause real damage, with Brick Break and Megahorn being available. Being a Fighting type, it gains valuable resistance to Dark-type moves and is Super Effective against them with Bug-type moves.

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If its HP starts to dwindle, its ability Swarm kicks in and increases all damaging Bug-type attack moves, but more useful perhaps is its second ability, Guts. Guts give it an increase in power whenever it is affected by a Status Condition. Fire-types tend to leave burns with their moves, so there is a high chance of this activating in the VGC. Certain entry hazards like Spikes have status-changing abilities, so while Bug-types are vulnerable to them, there is a silver lining with Heracross.

Ribombee

HP: 60

Attack: 55

Defense: 60

Sp. Atk: 95

Sp. Def: 70

Speed: 124

Ribombee is a dual Bug/Fairy type Pokemon. The bee-like Pokemon was introduced in Generation VI and is the evolved form of Cutiefly. Its main perk is its Speed stat so that it can outrun its competition easily. Its Sp. Atk. isn’t too shabby either, so it’s got a little power behind its attacks.

Sweet Scent means it’s more likely to hit targets with lower accuracy moves and grants a good opportunity for Pollen Puff, Bug Buzz, and Dazzling Gleam. One of its perks is that Dragon-types hit with its Special STAB and Fairy-type moves take decent damage, but it is still at the mercy of its many Bug weaknesses. Players will have to strike first to be successful with Ribombee. One possible strategy is to have it set up some support with moves like Stun Spore and Aromatherapy. Stun Spore is a stalling method, but Aromatherapy makes it a healer Pokemon, which is perfect for Double Battles.

Golisopod

HP: 75

Attack: 125

Defense: 140

Sp. Atk: 60

Sp. Def: 90

Speed: 40

Golisopod’s dual typing as Bug/Water allows it to eliminate its weakness to Fire. Of course, there is a trade-off as it picks up a weakness to Electric, but Golisopod can learn Drill Run to counteract that. In addition, its Water-type STAB moves, like Liquidation and Scald, make it a powerful force on the field to other types. There is also a chance Scald will leave a burn so it can soak in some passive damage from affected targets.

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Golisopod functions as a setter because of its ability Emergency Exit. Emergency Exits means that it automatically switches out with the following party Pokemon whenever its HP hits half or less. Used correctly, this is a great way to ambush opponents in matches, but the ability can be frustrating if players are not prepared.

Volcarona

HP: 85

Attack: 60

Defense: 65

Sp. Atk: 135

Sp. Def: 105

Speed: 100

Volcarona’s dual typing is a bit of a paradox. Fire/Bug-type Pokemon are not a popular mix, and Volcarona is only one of four in Pokemon since Gen VIII. However, that is not the only reason it stands out. Its Sp. Atk. is sitting at an excellent 135, so its offensive moves are incredibly effective. It also has access to Quiver Dance, which boosts its already powerful moves.

Defensively it offers players a chance to gain passive burn damage with its ability Flame Body, which is activated whenever it is hit with a contact move. Additionally, players should prepare for Water threats with Grass-type support, another paradox-sounding pair. An ally like Venusaur or Rillaboom will go a long way to protect it and keep it on the field.

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