|Shed Skin||50% ♀|
|Pokédex color||Egg groups|
|21.8 lbs.||9.9kg||2'04"||0.7 m|
|Generation IV||Generation V|
Metapod is an insect-like Pokémon with an appearance similar to that of a green colored chrysalis or cocoon. Although it is covered in its hard shell, Metapod's eyes are still clearly visible and usually appear dazed, drowsy, or angry for reasons unknown.
A Metapod's exterior is regularly hardened to protect its soft and tender innards while undergoing metamorphosis to eventually become a Butterfree. To conserve energy for this event, the Metapod barely moves.
In the anime
In the episode Challenge of the Samurai, Ash battled a Samurai-like trainer using his Metapod against the Samurai's Metapod.
Gym Leader Bugsy used his own Metapod against Ash in the episode Gettin' the Bugs Out. This Metapod proved to be more capable than others in previous episodes as it was actually able to knock out Ash's Chikorita.
|Red/Blue||Viridian Forest, Route 25|
Route 24(Blue only)
National Park, Route 2, 30, 31(Gold only)
Bug-Catching Contest(Silver only)
|Crystal||Ilex Forest, National Park, Route 2, 24, 25, 30, 31|
|FireRed/ LeafGreen||Viridian Forest, Pattern Bush, Route 24, 25|
|Diamond/ Pearl||Route 204|
|HeartGold/SoulSilver||Route 2, 30, 31, National Park, Ilex Forest, Viridian Forest, Bug-Catching Contest, Headbutt trees|
|Black/White||Route 12 (White only)|
|Black 2/White 2||Evolve Caterpie|
|X/Y||Santalune Forest (Y only)|
|Sun/Moon||Route 1, Route 1, Lush Jungle, Melemele Meadow|
Spin-off game locations
|Pokémon Trozei!||SOL Laboratory 2, Secret Storage 8, Endless Level 4, Mr. Who's Den|
|Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team||Joyous Tower (7-8F)|
|Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness||Mystifying Forest (1-13BF), Mystery Jungle (1-29BF), Happy Outlook (1-19BF)|
|Pokémon Rumble||Silent Forest|
|PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure||Haunted Zone|
|Red||This Pokémon is vulnerable to attack while its shell is soft, exposing its weak and tender body.|
|Stadium||When it hardens, only the external shell is transformed. The inside remains tender.|
|Gold||Inside the shell, it is soft and weak as it prepares to evolve. It stays motionless in the shell.|
|Silver||It prepares for evolution by hardening its shell as much as possible to protect its soft body.|
|Crystal||This is its preevolved form. At this stage, it can only harden, so it remains motionless to avoid attack.|
|Ruby||The shell covering this Pokémon's body is as hard as an iron slab. Metapod does not move very much. It stays still because it is preparing its soft innards for evolution inside the hard shell.|
|Emerald||Its shell is as hard as an iron slab. A Metapod does not move very much because it is preparing its soft innards for evolution inside the shell.|
|FireRed||Even though it is encased in a sturdy shell, the body inside is tender. It can't withstand a harsh attack.|
|Diamond||A steel-hard shell protects its tender body. It quietly endures hardships while awaiting evolution.|
- Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation I
- Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation II
- Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation III
- Main article: Metapod/Learnset Generation IV
|Level||Move||Power||Accuracy||PP||Type||Damage Type||Contest Type||Appeal||Jam|
|Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.|
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
|I||Red||Blue||Yellow||Red (JP)||Green (JP)||Back|
|V||Black||White||Black 2||White 2||Back|
Metapod appears to be based on a cocoon by a catepillar.
- English: Metapod came from metamorphosis and pod.
- Japanese: トランセル (Toranseru in Romaji), probably means "trancer" due to evolving from Caterpie to Metapod, or "trance cell" because every cell in its body tranced.
- Despite being immobile, Metapod can still learn Tackle and Bug Bite.
- Metapod, Kakuna, Silcoon, and Cascoon are all known as the Cocoon Pokémon.
- It is possible to catch a Metapod that cannot attack by capturing one that only knows Harden. This also applies to Kakuna, Silcoon, and Cascoon.