Pokémon Legends Arceus: Best Bug-Type Pokémon

Here's your list of Bug-type Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.


Since the introduction of the Pokémon series, Bug-type Pokémon have been plentiful in early stages, though they tend to have lower Base Stats Totals than other types. Most Bug-types are made for assistance in the early stages of the game with their quick evolutionary lines. However, many are not pure Bug-types and they tend to have some of the most weaknesses in the game with their paired typing.

Below, you will find a list of of the best Bug-type Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. There are a few important notes to keep in mind when viewing this list. Firstly, this list does not include any Legendary and Mythical Pokémon as there are no Bug-types of the sort in Arceus. Secondly, each Pokémon on this list has at least a Base Stats Total of 424, a little low to account for those available in the game. Thirdly, secondary type (if any) matters when considering any added weaknesses.


1. Yanmega (Base Stats Total: 515)

The Ogre Darner Pokémon takes the top spot on this list over what is a Noble Pokémon in Arceus by having ten more Base Stats Points.

The Bug- and Flying-type Yanmega excels in Special Attack (116). Yanmega also carries good ratings in Speed (95), HP and Defense (86), and Attack (76), though its Special Defense is a middling 56.

Yanmega learns Silver Wind, Air Slash, Ancient Power, and Bug Buzz in addition to Hypnosis. It can also learn through move tutors Hyper Beam, Shadow Ball, and Psychic. Ancient Power does cover two of Yanmega’s weaknesses.

Yanmega holds weaknesses to Flying, Fire, Electric, and Ice, holding a double weakness to Rock. As a Flying-type, it is immune to Ground attacks. Offensively, Yanmega’s typing is super effective against Grass, Psychic, Dark, Fighting, and Bug.


Yanmega can be found at Droning Meadow and Heavenward Lookout. If you want to evolve one from a Yanma, those can be found in the same locations in addition to Gapejaw Bog and Ursa’s Ring. To evolve Yanma, it must know Ancient Power.

2. Kleavor (Base Stats Total: 505)

The first Noble Pokémon’s rage you are tasked to quell, the Hisuian exclusive Kleavor is a fine addition to any team, a predecessor evolution of Scyther.

The Bug- and Rock-type Pokémon, just as it appears, is a fierce attacker. Its Attack is 135 and Defense 95. It has good Speed at 85, Special Defense at 75, and HP at 70. However, its Special Attack is a paltry 45, so keep physical attacks.


Kleavor learns Aerial Ace, Stone Axe, X-Scissor, and Close Combat, in addition to Swords Dance. It can learn Giga Impact, Psycho Cut, Stone Edge, and Rock Smash.

Kleavor holds weaknesses to Rock, Steel, and Water. Close Combat and Rock Smash cover the first two weaknesses, though be careful against each. Offensively, Kleavor’s typing is super effective against Fire, Ice, Flying, Bug, Grass, Psychic, and Dark.

While you do encounter the Noble Kleavor, you will have to obtain your own a different way. You must evolve Scyther using a Black Augurite. Scyther can be found at Grandtree Arena and Primeval Grotto.

3. Scizor (Base Stats Total: 500)

Scyther’s future evolution holds similar stats to Kleavor, but it trades a bit of offense for defense.

The Bug- and Steel-type Scizor’s Attack is 130 and Defense 100. Its Special Defense is 80, HP 70, and Speed 65. Its Special Attack is only 55. Again, prioritize physical attacks.

Scizor learns Aerial Ace, Bullet Punch, Iron Head, X-Scissor, and Close Combat. It can learn Giga Impact, Psycho Cut, and Rock Smash.

Scizor has one weakness, but it’s a double weakness to Fire. As a Steel-type, it is immune to Poison attacks and resistant to Normal, Bug, Steel, Psychic, Ice, Dragon, and Fairy. It holds a double resistance to Grass. Offensively, Scizor’s typing is super effective against Grass, Psychic, Dark, Rock, Ice, and Fairy.

Scizor can only be located in Space-Time Distortions. If you want to evolve one from a Scyther, Scyther can be located at Grandtree Arena and Primeval Grotto. To evolve into Scizor, use a Metal Coat.

4. Scyther (Base Stats Total: 500)

The long-time fan favorite Scyther has always been among the best Bug-types to add to your party, and the same applies in Arceus.

The Bug- and Flying-type Scyther is the fastest of the three in its line. Scyther’s Attack is 100 and Speed 105. It has good Defense and Special Defense at 80 and HP at 70. However, like Kleavor and Scizor, Scyther’s Special Attack is low at 55.

Scyther learns Aerial Ace, Double Hit, X-Scissor, and Close Combat. It can also learn Giga Impact, Psycho Cut, and Rock Smash. With the similar stats and move sets between Kleavor, Scizor, and Scyther, it’s best to just choose one to add to your team.

Scyther holds the same typing and weaknesses as Yanmega: Flying, Fire, Electric, and Ice, holding a double weakness to Rock. As a Flying-type, it is immune to Ground attacks. Offensively, Scyther’s typing is super effective against Grass, Psychic, Dark, Fighting, and Bug.

Scyther can be located at Grandtree Arena and Primeval Grotto.

5. Heracross (Base Stats Total: 500)

Heracross appears here after listing as one of the best Fighting-type Pokémon in Arceus.

Its Attack is 125 and Special Defense 95. Heracross’ Speed is good at 85 and HP 80. Its Defense is 75, but its Special Attack is a paltry 40. As with Scyther’s line, focus on physical attacks.

Heracross learns Rock Smash, Aerial Ace, Slash, Close Combat, and Megahorn. It can also learn Bulldoze, Rock Slide, and Shadow Claw. Its learned and taught move sets can cover some of its weaknesses.

Heracross is weak to Fire, Psychic, and Fairy attacks with a double weakness to Flying attacks. Offensively, Heracross’ typing is super effective against Grass, Psychic, Dark, Rock, Ice, Steel, and Normal. Be careful against Psychic types.

Heracross can be found at Grueling Grove and Wayward Wood.

6. Wormadam (Base Stats Total: 424)

Wormadam and Mothim are the next best Bug-type Pokemon in Arceus, but with a 76-point drop between Scyther, Scizor, and Heracross.

Wormadam’s 424 is distributed differently based on Wormadam’s Cloak (form). For its Bug- and Grass-type Plant Cloak, its Special Defense is 105. Plant Cloak has a Defense of 85, Special Attack of 79, but HP of 60, Attack of 59, and a low Speed of 36 that is shared between all three Cloaks.

The Sandy Cloak Bug- and Ground-type has a Defense of 105. Its Special Defense is 85, Attack 79, but HP at 60, Special Attack at 59, and Speed at 36.

The Bug- and Steel-type Trash Cloak is more balanced – aside from Speed – with Defense and Special Defense of 95. Its Attack and Special Attack are 69 and HP at 60. Again, Speed is 36.

The Plant Cloak holds weaknesses to Poison, Rock, Bug, and Ice. It holds double weaknesses to Flying and Fire. The Sandy Cloak holds weaknesses to Flying, Fire, Water, and Ice. It is immune to Electric. The Trash Cloak is only weak to Fire, but holds a double weakness. It is immune to Poison.

Offensively, the Plant Cloak is super effective against Grass, Psychic, Dark, Water, Rock, and Ground, though be careful against Rock. The Sandy Cloak, in addition to the first three, is super effective against Fire, Rock, Electric, Poison, and Steel, though be careful against Fire. The Trash Cloak is super effective against Ice, Rock, and Fairy in addition to Grass, Psychic, and Dark.

The Plant Cloak learns Gust, Confusion, Silver Wind, Energy Ball, Psychic, and Bug Buzz. It can also learn Magical Leaf and Shadow Ball. The Sandy Cloak learns Earth Power instead of Energy Ball, but can also learn Bulldoze. The Trash Cloak learns Iron Head instead of Energy Ball or Earth Power, and it can also learn Flash Cannon and Steel Beam.

Wormadam can be found in many locations (depending on the Cloak), including Aspiration Hill, Bather’s Lagoon, Gapejaw Bog, and Gingko Landing. If you want to evolve one from a Burmy, they can be found at the same locations, usually in shaking berry or apricorn trees.

To evolve, you need a female Burmy. It will evolve depending on the location of the evolution. In grassy areas, you’ll get Plant Cloak; Sandy Cloak from caves; and Trash Cloak from buildings.

7. Mothim (Base Stats Total: 424)

The other evolution of Burmy, Mothim is yet another Bug- and Flying-type appearing on this list.

Mothim holds good Attack and Special Attack at 94. Its HP is 70 and Speed 66, but its Defense and Special Defense are only 50. Its not made for prolonged battles.

Mothim learns Gust, Confusion, Silver Wind, Air Slash, Psychic, and Bug Buzz. It can also learn Aerial Ace, Energy Ball, and Shadow Ball.

Mothim holds weaknesses to Flying, Fire, Electric, and Ice, and also holds a double weakness to Rock. As a Flying-type, it is immune to Ground attacks. Offensively, Mothim’s typing is super effective against Grass, Psychic, Dark, Fighting, and Bug.

Mothim is located at Grueling Grove, Aipom Hill, Gingko Landing, Spring Path, Veilstone Cape, and Wayward Wood. To evolve from a Burmy, you need a male Burmy.

Honorable mention for best Bug-type Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Here are some Bug-types that didn’t quite make the cut for the above list. They may be worth it to your team construction, or could be sentimental favorites.

  • Parasect (Bug-Grass, Base Stats Total: 405)
  • Beautifly (Bug-Flying, Base Stats Total: 395)
  • Yanma (Bug-Flying, Base Stats Total: 390)
  • Dustox (Bug-Poison, Base Stats Total: 385)
  • Kriketune (Bug, Base Stats Total: 384)

Legendary and Mythical Psychic-type Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Unfortunately, Pokémon Legends: Arceus does not have any Bug-type Legendary and Mythical Pokémon.

There’s your list of best Bug-type Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Which of these Bugs will you add to your team?


Bruce Lee

Bruce "Lee" is the Lead Editor for OutsiderGaming. He's a passionate writer, great editor who works tirelessly to develop young writers, and of course a great gamer. Bruce is interested in many games--from MLB the Show to the newest Pokemon releases.
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