Butterfree and Beedrill, two of the weakest fully-evolved Pokémon

When we talk about the weakest Pokémon, most will probably think of Magikarp, baby Pokémon, or 1st stage Bug-types.

Most Pokémon from these categories are considered some of the weakest ones in the franchise. But they have the excuse to be weak due to their categories.

Do you know what doesn’t have any excuse? A fully-evolved Pokémon being weak.

Being fully evolved supposedly means a Pokémon is strong enough to participate in battles.

Apparently, that’s not the case.

Here are the 8 weakest fully-evolved Pokémon (by stats).

8th: Delcatty

Delcatty, 8th weakest fully-evolved Pokémon

Total Base Stats: 400

Delcatty's total base stats
Delcatty’s total base stats

First on our list is the Prim Pokémon, Delcatty.

Delcatty is a Normal-type Pokémon introduced in the Gen III games. It is well-known for having a fairly simple but cute design as a feline species with extra fur on its head, neck, and ears.

It is often associated with Pokémon Contests due to its stylish appearance and beautiful fur. And it’s the main reason why it’s very popular among trainers.

Unfortunately, Delcatty only looks pretty but doesn’t offer anything in terms of battling. It has a total base stat of only 400, making it the 8th weakest fully-evolved Pokémon. 

The sad part is that it used to have lower base stats before Gen VII. It only had a total base stats of 380 before Game Freak decided to add (a measly) 20 points to its Speed.

Delcatty’s bland, Normal-typing doesn’t help either. It’s not a weak type by any means, but it has limited defensive capabilities with only one immunity and one resistance.

It’s also very limited in terms of offense, with STAB-boosted Normal-type moves not being super effective against any other type.

Understandably, though, Delcatty is said to avoid fights as much as possible. It would rather just move somewhere else instead of fighting for its current nest. I guess that’s why it has such horrible stats.

7th: Ariados

Ariados in the anime

Total Base Stats: 400

Ariados' total base stats
Ariados’ total base stats

Ariados is the first Bug-type Pokémon on this list and the 7th weakest fully-evolved Pokémon (technically tied with Delcatty).

Its design is based on a spider with a horn on its head and four legs with sharp edges. 

However, Ariados only resembles spiders in terms of its appearance, but it is far from the creepy crawlers that we know in real life.

You would think that a Pokémon that’s literally based on a spider would be quick and nimble. Alas, Ariados is only a point faster than Gastrodon, the Sea Slug Pokémon.

Spiders are supposed to be the predators of insects. But I don’t think Ariados is capable of harming anything with its negligible offensive stats.

Its base Speed stat of 40 is laughable considering how weak and fragile it is. Its defenses are below average, and its Attack stat at 90 is mediocre at best.

Although it has its own signature move, Toxic Thread, its stats are too weak to take advantage of it.

Sad to say, Ariados gives spiders a bad name.

5th/6th: Beedrill & Butterfree

Beedrill and Butterfree in the anime

Total Base Stats: 395

Ah, two more Bug Pokémon.

Beedrill and Butterfree can be considered as counterparts to each other in the same way their first stages, Weedle and Caterpie, are counterparts of each other.

Weedle and Caterpie are some of the weakest Pokémon in the franchise. Similarly, Beedrill and Butterfree are also some of the weakest fully-evolved Pokémon.

Beedrill is a Bug/Poison-type Pokémon that resembles a wasp. It has a total of three pointed stingers: two on its arms and one on the end of its striped abdomen.

As scary-looking as it is, Beedrill is far from being scary in battle. It only has an average Attack and inferior HP and defenses.

This Pokémon is only good at annoying its opponents with its pool of poison moves, which includes Poison Sting, Toxic Spikes, and Poison Jab.

Luckily, Beedrill can Mega Evolve into Mega Beedril, which gives it a huge stats boost and better stats distribution. Its Mega Evolution almost doubles its Attack and Speed, allowing it to finally pose a threat against unprepared opponents.

Mega Beedrill
Mega Beedrill

Meanwhile, Butterfree is a Bug/Flying-type Pokémon that’s more geared towards Special Attack and status conditions.

Butterfree can learn the three infamous powder moves: Poison Powder, Sleep Powder, and Stun Spore. It also has Tailwind in its movepool, which is an excellent support move for its team.

However, its lackluster defenses and awful typing prevent it from unleashing its full potential.

Unlike its counterpart, Beedrill, Butterfree does not have a Mega Evolution. Thankfully, Game Freak gave it a Gigantamax form to compensate for this.

Gigantamax Butterfree
Gigantamax Butterfree

4th: Beautifly

Beautifly in the anime

Total Base Stats: 395

Beautifly's total base stats
Beautifly’s total base stats

Known as the Butterfly Pokémon, Beautifly is basically just a beautiful butterfly. No more, no less.

It is one of the final forms of Wurmple, the other being Dustox.

Given that Wurmple is the 7th weakest Pokémon, it’s not surprising that one of its final evolution is a part of this list (spoiler alert: both are actually on this list!).

Beautifly’s main selling point is its beautiful appearance as a butterfly with colorful wings. It also has a cute face with two adorable eyes and a small proboscis.

When it comes to battling, though, it can’t really do much.

With its potent proboscis, it can use several HP-draining moves, namely, Absorb, Leech Life, Mega Drain, and Giga Drain.

Beautifly’s decent Special Attack lets it effectively use these moves to some extent. But its terrible defenses mean that it won’t last long enough in battle to make any significant impact.

Beautifly can also learn Quiver Dance and Bug Buzz, two strong Bug-type moves that can be powerful with the right Pokémon.

Unfortunately, Beautifly isn’t that “right Pokémon”—it’s actually far from it. It will most likely get knocked out first before being able to take advantage of its good movepool.

3rd: Ledian


Total Base Stats: 390

Ledian's total base stats
Ledian’s total base stats

Another Bug Pokémon??

Yes, but not just any Bug Pokémon—it’s another Bug/Flying-type Pokémon.

And not just any Bug/Flying-type Pokémon—it’s another Bug/Flying-type Pokémon with atrocious stats!

Just when you thought that it couldn’t get worse than the two delicate butterfly Pokémon, Game Freak gives us this humanoid ladybug with non-existent offensive stats.

Interestingly, Ledian learns several punching moves, namely, Comet Punch, Mach Punch, Focus Punch, Dizzy Punch, Drain Punch, Ice Punch, Thunder Punch, Mega Punch, Dynamic Punch, and Power-Up Punch.

That is A LOT of punching moves. Moreover, it can get Iron Fist as a secret ability, which gives all of its punching moves a little boost.

These may sound good on paper, but given Ledian’s abysmal base Attack stat of 35, its movepool and ability are pretty much just wasted.

Unlike the previous Bug-types, Ledian has nothing else to offer. It cannot Mega Evolve, and it doesn’t have a Gigantamax form.

It has nothing going for it besides maybe being cute and looking cool. You could just stare at its adorable face and delightfully small fists instead of sending it out to battle.

2nd: Dustox

Dustox in the anime

Total Base Stats: 385

Dustox's total base stats
Dustox’s total base stats

Did you think we’re done with Bug-types?

Nope. We still have ANOTHER Bug Pokémon.

As I’ve mentioned, Dustox is one of the final evolutions of Wurmple. But sadly, it’s even worse than its counterpart, Beautifly.

Why does Dustox have lower total base stats than Beautifly? No one knows.

In Gen VI, Game Freak buffed Beautifly and added a few points to its Special Attack stat. But for some reason, Dustox didn’t receive any.

Surprisingly, Dustox can take some hit despite its atrocious total base stats. Its stats distribution of 60, 70, and 90 in HP, Defense, and Special Defense allows it to survive unboosted, neutral moves.

Still, any Pokémon with competent offensive stats will easily knock Dustox out with a super effective or even neutral move.

Its advantage over the other Bug/Flying types on this list is its Bug/Poison typing, which is an overall better defensive typing with more resistances.

Although it doesn’t have immunity to Ground-type moves, it has resistance to Poison and Fairy. It also doesn’t have a weakness against Electric- and Ice-types.

Sadly, Dustox doesn’t have a Mega Evolution nor Gigantamax form to help it out.

1st: Kricketune

Kricketune in the anime

Total Base Stats: 384

Kricketune's total base stats
Kricketune’s total base stats

This list is infested with Bug-type Pokémon, which comprise six out of seven Pokémon on this list.

Fortunately for us, this is the last one. Unfortunately for Kricketune, IT IS the last one.

Being the weakest fully-evolved Pokémon, Kricketune only has a total base stat of 384, just a point lower than Dustox.

But unlike Dustox, Kricketune has a much more boring type of being Bug-type only. This means it doesn’t have resistance against Fairy and Poison.

Kricketune has a base Attack stat of 85, which may not be too bad for a Pokémon that’s considered to be literally the weakest fully-evolved species. But its lack of stats in other areas prevents it from utilizing its barely-mediocre Attack stat.

As with all the other Pokémon on this list, Kricketune suffers from having a relatively rich movepool but awful stats. Not to mention, it lacks a competitively useful ability.

At least it has an awesome(ish) shiny form! That brown mustache over its golden face is kind of cool, don’t you think?

Shiny Kricketune HOME sprite
Shiny Kricketune

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