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How to Beat Caterpie

If you are looking for the best ways to defeat Caterpie in Pokemon Go, you've come to the right place! This guide will teach you how to successfully win battles against Caterpie by exploiting its Type weakness(es).

In addition, it is equally as important to choose the optimal Pokemon and Movesets to take advantage of those weaknesses. This will allow you to to deal maximum damage during battle and defeat Caterpie quickly and easily.
How to Beat Caterpie
To defeat Caterpie in Pokemon Go you must take advantage of its Type Weakness(es). Being a Bug Type, Caterpie is vulnerable against Fire, Rock and Flying Type Moves.

This guide lists the best Pokemon and best Movesets you should use in order to defeat Caterpie as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
Before we get into the details of this guide, please see below. The following is a simple step by step guide/checklist on how to defeat Caterpie. If you would like more information surrounding terminology, specific Pokemon, Movesets, DPS, etc. feel free to check out the rest of this guide.
5 Simple Tips to Defeat Caterpie
Tip #1. CP (Combat Power) Advantage
Choose Pokemon with equal or higher CP than that of the Caterpie you are battling. If your CP advantage is high enough, the next steps will not be as important in battle. Caterpie can have up to a maximum of 393 CP.
Tip #2. Use Move Types Caterpie is Weak Against
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Caterpie will allow you to deal more damage during battle. Caterpie is weak against the following Types:
FireRockFlying
Damage
Increase
1.251.251.25
Tip #3. Use Pokemon & Moves of the Same Type for Additional Damage
For example, Bulbasaur using a Grass Move, Charmander using a Fire Move or Squirtle using a Water Move will deal 25% more damage simply because the Pokemon is the same Type as the Move it is using. You can find out more about damage mechanics at the end of this page.
Tip #4. Choose the Best Type(s) of Pokemon
Dealing additional damage, while taking reduced damage is important in defeating Caterpie. Avoid using Types of Pokemon Caterpie Moves are Super Effective against, instead try to use Types of Pokemon of which Caterpie Moves are Not Very Effective against.
MoveXCaterpie Moves are Super Effective Against
Bug Bite
Tackle
Struggle
-
-
MoveCaterpie Moves Not Very Effective Against
Bug Bite
Tackle
Struggle
-
-
Tip #5. Use High DPS Movesets for Max Damage
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Caterpie and the STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) of your own Pokemon will allow you to deal a great amount of damage during battle. Caterpie will go down quickly if the optimal Pokemon & Movesets are used.

You can learn more about high damage Movesets at the end of this guide: Section IV. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Caterpie in battle.
Thank you for reading. If you would like further or more detailed information on how to defeat Caterpie please continue reading the rest of this guide. If you have questions, comments, or tips of your own, feel free to leave a message in the comment section at the end of this guide!
I. Caterpie Type Weaknesses
To defeat Caterpie you must first learn its Type weaknesses. Using specific Types of Moves that Caterpie is weak against will result in those Moves dealing Super Effective damage (25% damage bonus).
Caterpie is a Bug Type Pokemon, which means it is weak against the following Move Type(s) and will be vulnerable to the following damage multipliers:
FireRockFlying
1.251.251.25
II. Utilizing Benefit of Super Effective Moves
Next we must identify Moves of the above Types. This is important as Moves that are Super Effective deal 25% additional damage. If a Pokemon has a double weakness, the Move will deal 56% additional damage.
In order to defeat Caterpie you will want to choose a Pokemon with Move Types Caterpie is vulnerable against. The moves of these types are shown below:
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
EmberFast Fire101.0579.52
Fire BlastCharge Fire1004.10-10024.39
Fire FangFast Fire100.84411.90
Fire PunchCharge Fire402.80-3314.29
Flame BurstCharge Fire302.10-2514.29
Flame ChargeCharge Fire253.10-208.06
Flame WheelCharge Fire404.60-258.70
FlamethrowerCharge Fire552.90-5018.97
Heat WaveCharge Fire803.80-10021.05
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
Ancient PowerCharge Rock353.60-259.72
Power GemCharge Rock402.90-3313.79
Rock SlideCharge Rock503.20-3315.63
Rock ThrowFast Rock121.3678.82
Rock TombCharge Rock303.40-258.82
Stone EdgeCharge Rock803.10-10025.81
Move NameFast/
Charge
TypePowerSec.EnergyDPS
Aerial AceCharge Flying302.90-2510.34
Air CutterCharge Flying303.30-259.09
Drill PeckCharge Flying402.70-3314.81
HurricaneCharge Flying803.20-10025.00
PeckFast Flying101.15108.70
Wing AttackFast Flying90.75712.00
III. Pokemon Weakness(es) vs. Caterpie
Before we go any further, please take a minute to consider the following. Most of this guide is focused on dealing high amounts of damage in a short period of time, in order to beat Caterpie as quickly as possible.

However, it is important to note that defensive Type weaknesses play an important role in Pokemon Go battles as well.
First off, Caterpie can deal a great amount of damage using Bug Bite and Struggle. This is especially true if you are using Pokemon that are weak against these Move Type(s). The damage per second and ranking of this moveset is shown below.
High DPS Moveset for Caterpie:
Move:Bug BiteStruggle
Move Type:BugNormal
Category:Fast Charge
DPS:11.18.8
Rank (DPS):#47#157
DPS (w/ STAB):13.98.8
Rank (w/ STAB):#15#157
Caterpie is capable of using the following Moves:
Caterpie Fast Moves:Caterpie Charge Moves:
Bug BiteTackleStruggle--
Type:
Type:
Power:512Power:15
Sec:0.45 sec1.1 secSec:1.7 sec
Energy:77Energy:-20
DPS:11.110.9DPS:8.8
STAB:13.910.9STAB:8.8
While Bug Bite and Struggle is a strong Moveset, most of Caterpie's Moves will deal additional damage if used against certain Types of Pokemon as they will take increased damage from Caterpie. Depending on the particular Moveset of the Caterpie you are battling against, you will want to try and avoid using Pokemon of the following Types.
MoveXCaterpie Moves are Super Effective Against
Bug Bite
Tackle
Struggle
-
-
On the other hand, there are certain Types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go, that will take less damage from the Moves of Caterpie. Therefore, to survive longer during Gym battles you will want to try and use Pokemon of the below Types when battling against Caterpie.
MoveCaterpie Moves are Not Very Effective Against
Bug Bite
Tackle
Struggle
-
-
It is important to note that this is not the only factor in choosing the optimal Pokemon to defeat Caterpie. If you have a Pokemon with much higher CP and a high damage Moveset vs. Caterpie you will obviously want to use that Pokemon. You will be able to win the battle quickly before your opponent has even had a chance to deal much damage.

However, if you are using a Pokemon with average CP and an average moveset, choosing the right Type of Pokemon becomes much more important.
IV. Benefits of Type Weakness & STAB Damage
Getting back to the offensive side of battling, the next step is to identify which Pokemon have the capability of using Super Effective Moves against Caterpie.

Furthermore, we must identify Pokemon that are the same Type as the Moves they are using. This will result in an added 25% additional damage bonus, commonly referred to as STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).
If you are new to Pokemon Go or to the damage mechanics in general, be sure to review the chart below before making your way to Section V. (Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Caterpie). It explains how Pokemon Go DB determines the best damage Moveset/Pokemon to beat Caterpie.
The following chart explains the terms used in this guide:
Battle Mechanics Terminology (Quick Reference Guide)
DPSDPS stands for Damage per Second. The DPS of each Move is calculated by taking the Power of a Move and dividing it by the time (seconds) it takes to actually perform the move (also known as a cooldown).
STABSTAB stands for Same Type Attack Bonus. When a Pokemon uses a Move that is the same Type as itself that Move will deal additional bonus damage. For example, if a Bug Type Pokemon uses a Bug Type Move it will deal 25% more damage.
Best Fast MoveThe Best Fast Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Fast Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of two possible Fast Moves.
Best Charge MoveThe Best Charge Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Charge Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of three possible Charge Moves.
Best Fast Move DPS vs. CaterpieBest Fast Move DPS vs. Caterpie is calculated by taking the Best Fast Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Caterpie has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Caterpie has a double weakness to that Type.
Best Charge Move DPS vs. CaterpieBest Charge Move DPS vs. Caterpie is calculated by taking the Best Charge Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Caterpie has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Caterpie has a double weakness to that Type.
Average DPSAverage DPS is simply the average of the Best Fast Move DPS vs. Caterpie and the Best Charge Move DPS vs. Caterpie. The chart is then sorted by highest Average DPS to lowest.
V. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Caterpie in battle.
The following chart lists the top Pokemon/Moveset against Caterpie. The list is sorted by highest Average Damage per Second to lowest. Type Effectiveness and STAB play a big role in increasing the damage that is done to Caterpie. If you follow every step in this guide, you will have a much easier time defeating Caterpie. Good Luck!
Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Caterpie
PicNameBest Fast MoveBest Charge MoveFast Move TypeCharge Move TypeBest Fast Move DPS vs. CaterpieBest Charge Move DPS vs. CaterpieAverage DPS
PidgeotWing AttackHurricaneFlyingFlying18.839.128.9
CharizardWing AttackFire BlastFlyingFire18.838.128.4
ArcanineFire FangFire BlastFireFire18.638.128.4
GravelerMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.940.327.1
GolemMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.940.327.1
RhydonMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.940.327.1
OnixRock ThrowStone EdgeRockRock13.840.327.1
NinetalesEmberFire BlastFireFire14.938.126.5
PonytaEmberFire BlastFireFire14.938.126.5
RapidashEmberFire BlastFireFire14.938.126.5
MagmarEmberFire BlastFireFire14.938.126.5
FlareonEmberFire BlastFireFire14.938.126.5
MoltresEmberFire BlastFireFire14.938.126.5
KabutopsMud ShotStone EdgeGroundRock10.940.325.6
MankeyScratchCross ChopNormalFighting12.037.524.8
JigglypuffPoundBody SlamNormalNormal16.232.124.1
PrimeapeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
MachopLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
MachokeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
MeowthScratchBody SlamNormalNormal15.032.123.5
MachampKarate ChopCross ChopFightingFighting9.437.523.4
NidoqueenPoison JabStone EdgePoisonRock14.332.323.3
WigglytuffPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1
ChanseyPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1
DugtrioMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1
DewgongFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
CloysterFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
LaprasFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
ArticunoFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce13.932.123.0
RattataTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8
EeveeTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8
HitmonleeRock SmashStone EdgeFightingRock13.332.322.8
PsyduckWater GunCross ChopWaterFighting15.030.022.5
ExeggutorZen HeadbuttSolar BeamPsychicGrass14.330.622.4
IvysaurVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4
BellsproutVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4
TangelaVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass13.531.322.4
WartortleWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
BlastoiseWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
GolduckWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
SeadraWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
StarmieWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
VaporeonWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
OmastarWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater15.029.622.3
CharmanderEmberFlamethrowerFireFire14.929.622.3
CharmeleonEmberFlamethrowerFireFire14.929.622.3
VulpixEmberFlamethrowerFireFire14.929.622.3
GrowlitheEmberFlamethrowerFireFire14.929.622.3
ParasectBug BiteSolar BeamBugGrass13.930.622.3
WeepinbellRazor LeafPower WhipGrassGrass12.931.322.1
VenusaurVine WhipSolar BeamGrassGrass13.530.622.0
NidokingPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.329.822.0
TentacruelPoison JabHydro PumpPoisonWater14.329.621.9
MarowakMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8
VileplumeRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass12.930.621.8
VictreebelRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass12.930.621.8
SnorlaxZen HeadbuttBody SlamPsychicNormal11.432.121.7
SandslashMud ShotEarthquakeGroundGround13.629.821.7
PoliwrathBubbleHydro PumpWaterWater13.629.621.6
DragoniteDragon BreathDragon ClawDragonDragon15.027.321.2
RaticateBiteHyper BeamDarkNormal12.030.021.0
GyaradosBiteHydro PumpDarkWater12.029.620.8
RaichuSparkThunderElectricElectric12.529.120.8
LickitungZen HeadbuttHyper BeamPsychicNormal11.430.020.7
MukPoison JabGunk ShotPoisonPoison14.327.120.7
HaunterShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5
GengarShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5
BeedrillPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
NidorinoPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
GrimerPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
EkansPoison StingGunk ShotPoisonPoison12.927.120.0
AlakazamPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0
MewtwoPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0

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