Gym Teams | Bug

Hey guys! Sorry for the delay in this post, I haven’t been too well of late, so I had to reschedule. But here it is!

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum


I could have gone with Moxie, but considering that it might not last too long with its 4x Flying weakness, I thought of Flame Orb/Guts Ability instead. A first-turn Protect will allow me to secure that Flame Orb bonus too! Hopefully a Stone Edge would help mess up those Flying-types!

Ability: Guts

Item: Flame Orb

Moves: Protect, Throat Chop, Stone Edge, Brick Break


I want to take advantage of Accelgor’s ridiculous speed to get as much done as possible. For example, bringing Swift to use the Normal Gem to activat the Unburden Ability, and then using Toxic Spikes at the detriment of the opponent.

Ability: Unburden

Item: Normal Gem

Moves: Swift, Bug Buzz, Sludge Bomb, Toxic Spikes


I originally wanted Volcarona, but Larvesta won’t evolve within our level capacity, so I went with Centiskorch, the next best thing. I went with a general moveset that would be good for Centiskorch, considering its weaknesses, so Power Whip would come in handy here to deal with that 4x weakness to Rock.

Ability: Flame Body

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Crunch, Leech Life, X-Scissor, Power Whip


Ribombee is strangely enough a powerhouse, hence why it’s on this team. I decided with a very simple moveset, with a Calm Mind to further boost its Special stats. Because at this stage, why not?

Ability: Shield Dust

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Dazzling Gleam, Psychic, Calm Mind, Energy Ball


Orbeetle’s Ability in a singles battle is difficult, as I’d prefer to use Telepathy, but no matter. I tried to go for a different variety of movesets, setting up a Psychic Terrain to prevent some priority moves, as well as setting up the Special Defense by way of Psychic Seed. Future Sight is just a bit of added compensation to the opponent.

Ability: Frisk

Item: Psychic Seed

Moves: Psychic Terrain, Psychic, Bug Buzz, Future Sight

Mega Scizor

Scizor plays host to a variety of low-power moves that can be boosted by its Mega’s Ability, Technician. With that in mind I went for a few different things here. This includes the obligatory Swords Dance to further increase its attack, and away you go. I mean, it may get mulched by Fire-type moves, but we live for the danger here (and Bug isn’t a great type all-round either).

Ability: Technician

Item: Scizorite

Moves: Swords Dance, Double Hit, Fury Cutter, Wing Attack

Making Galar Gyms – Bug

Hey guys! Here is the final one of the Galar Gym teams made of the types that were missed out in the series. It’s been interesting to build teams for these Gyms, and the final one is Bug!

Yes Tim, there are Pokemon with no items.


Ooh Centiskorch. I’m sad that Lunge is at Level 60 and therefore ineligible for this challenge. But I made do with the moveset that I have – Coil to set up deadlier and more accurate attacks!

Ability: Flame Body

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: Power Whip, X-Scissor, Fire Spin, Coil


Y’know, I was so tempted to use Guillotine, but I remembered the Wide Lens was a thing, so coupled with stuff for coverage and there we go. So if all else fails, try a Guillotine! *Except Wide Lens does not affect OHKO moves, but we all know that 100% accuracy moves aren’t actually 100% accurate – thanks Tim!*

Ability: Levitate

Item: Wide Lens

Moves: Bug Buzz, Discharge, Guillotine, Energy Ball


Y’know, if a 4x effective Rock-type move were to hit, at least then there’s a Destiny Bond. I do have a pre-emptive plan further down! The Red Card is in case the Vespiquen survives the hit (somehow).

Ability: Pressure

Item: Red Card

Moves: Attack Order, Defend Order, Destiny Bond, Toxic


Crustle is here because why not? It’ll just have a variation of attacking moves, with Rock Polish to increase its Speed!

Ability: Sturdy


Moves: Rock Polish, X-Scissor, Dig, Rock Tomb


This Orbeetle is there to assist the previous Vespiquen, in order to get its Speed, Special Attack and Special Defense stats up a bit. Then I could Baton Pass over to Vespiquen to help deal with other Pokemon. Simple!

Ability: Frisk

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Leech Life, Baton Pass, Agility, Calm Mind


Of course, Centiskorch and Orbeetle were used by Kabu and my Psychic-type teams respectively, so we have a GMax Butterfree. It does have a variation of moves because you gotta go all out on this one.

Ability: Compound Eyes


Moves: Air Slash, Psybeam, Bug Buzz, Shadow Ball

Top 10 Bug-Type Shinies

Am I bugging you yet? No? Good. Here are my top shiny picks for the ever-weak Bug-type.



It’s a really simple shift from red to blue while keeping the body the same. Good job, Shuckle! Just don’t fuckle with him.



I think all of the colours on Mothim work really well together – the yellow wings, the black body along with the blue and white accents makes Mothim the best of a bad bunch (I mean come on, it evolves from goddamn Burmy). I mean yes, the black and white parts stayed the same but still, it works so well.



Skorupi’s change to red is so drastic, it’s a shame that it loses the nice colouration upon evolution to Drapion. It’s nice to see such a deep red shiny, for what it’s worth.



I love the change to the yellow accents while keeping everything else pretty much the same. The change from purple to yellow helps to enhance the blue and black on Illumise and doesn’t detract or clash.



Red-to-blue shinies always rock, and Yanma is no exception. That’s all I really have to say on the matter.



Venonat has a lovely shiny, and I’m still bummed out that I didn’t get one during the Throwback Challenge. It was a shame, but at the end of the day, I can look at a picture of a shiny Venonat all I want.



Parasect looks quite washed-out here, and it works well for it, in comparison to its normal colouring. I like both.



Y’all know that I don’t particularly care for blue-to-pink shinies, but Heracross looks adorable in pink, and you can’t tell me otherwise.



I definitely prefer shiny Anorith to Armaldo, because I think the cream colour tends to suit it better than the pink that Armaldo sports. It’s a simple shift that works.



I love the deeper coloured accents that we see on Galvantula here, and it works well to help it stand out more as a shiny. That’s where Joltik lacks, in my opinion. Galvantula just looks different, strangely enough, despite there not being many changes.

Top 10 Bug-Types

Now, I have to preface by saying that I don’t often use Bug-types as much as other Pokemon, purely because I’ve never usually been too fond of them, barring some exceptions. Now these are the Bug-types that have gone above and beyond for me, shaping the way I feel about the type.

Now here are my ten favourites!

10. Crustle


Crustle is based on a hermit crab, of which I absolutely adore. I’m always fascinated with hermit crabs – I mean, you can’t look at this thing and recoil in disgust. However, it’s a bit strange without its rock.

9. Paras


Paras, to me, was strangely cute when I had one in my LeafGreen playthrough (until it evolved into Parasect and I boxed it). Seeing Paras, being based on a cicada nymph, reminds me of the hot summer days in Lisbon, where you’d hear the cicadas in the trees. But I just like Paras, that’s simple.

8. Scizor


Scizor is a beast, and it looks like a definite upgrade from Scyther. It’s a shame about that 4x weakness to Fire, but at least that’s its only weakness I suppose. And up until Gen 5, it had ten resistances (reminder that Dark- and Ghost-types were resisted by Steel at that point). I’m just more impressed by its huge Attack stat coupled with its Technician Ability to compensate for its weaker moves that it has.

7. Joltik


Joltik is so adorable! I mean, that’s all I really have to say on the matter. It’s on this list for cuteness alone. It helps that it evolves into Galvantula, but still.

6. Leavanny


It’s a shame I’ve not been able to use a Leavanny yet, because I love its design. It’s a really strong Pokemon, as long as it’s not left to the mercy of Fire- and Flying-types, of course.

5. Ribombee


Ribombee is so cute and terrifying at the same time. I remember having issues with this thing when it became a Totem Pokemon in Ultra Sun. I’ll go out and say it was more difficult for me than Ultra Necrozma. There, I said it (that may have been down to it being able to summon Blissey of all things).

4. Frosmoth


Frosmoth looks really frail (and honestly, it is), but it’s so elegant and a great way to show off the Ice/Bug type combination. Its Hidden Ability, Ice Scales, helps with boosting the Special Defense somewhat, and even Shield Dust helps its staying power by nullifying the additional effects of damaging moves.

3. Charjabug


Forget Vikavolt, I just want to keep Charjabug around for longer. I previously mentioned that I didn’t resonate with Vikavolt as much as I did Charjabug, only because I used Charjabug for a long period of time in my Ultra Sun playthrough. It’s a gimmicky little battery bus, but that design along with its accordion-sounding cry makes it a solid bug for me.

2. Orbeetle


I haven’t had the opportunity to use Orbeetle in a playthrough, but I’m aware of how awesome it is. In particular, I love its Gigantamax form, where it takes its UFO inspiration to the next level. I luckily managed to get a 6IV GMax Orbeetle with Telepathy, which I’ve been using for various Max Raid battles.

1. Centiskorch


The amount of time I’ve spent with Centiskorch in Sword, especially in terms of using its Flame Body Ability to help hatch eggs, has cemented its spot on top of this list. I love how it becomes even longer in its Gigantamax form as well. It’s already been highlighted in my Top 10 Fire-Type Pokemon post earlier in May.