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  • Win the Bug Catching Contest without a Scyther, Pinsir, Butterfree, or Beedrill.

    361 (325) of 5,421 – 6.66%

    6.00% of players have earned the achievement in hardcore mode
    6.66% of players have earned the achievement in softcore mode
  • Created by msdmario on: 22 Feb, 2022 08:04
    Last modified: 20 Apr, 2022 08:26

    22 Feb 2022 08:04
    msdmario uploaded this achievement.
    24 Mar 2022 08:39
    msdmario edited this achievement.
    19 Apr 2022 22:08
    msdmario promoted this achievement to the Core set.
    20 Apr 2022 08:26
    msdmario edited this achievement's logic.
    MissingNoL 26 Apr 2022 19:26
    I think the achievement badge should be changed to Venonat. It misled me because I noticed Venonat often outplaced Metapod and Kakuna: https://www.reddit.com/r/Pokemonguide/comments/7b05g2/how_to_win_the_bugcatching_contest/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=mweb
    Resetting when I saw Cool Trainer Nick to the left of the fountain also helped my sanity!
    MissingNoL 26 Apr 2022 20:51
    I was using a Noctowl with Hypnosis for all of these. Consider having Berries in your bag to give (hold) to remove Poison and Paralysis in battle. I went with Sharp Beak and it might've ruined some otherwise good runs to not have Berries on me.
    Shaoden 12 May 2022 09:57
    I don't really think this is a good achievement. It basically requires that you continue to reset the game until you get lucky. Just because something is technically possible doesn't mean that it should be given an achievement. Note that I did earn it before commenting.
    adamdotpng 13 May 2022 21:12
    At the very least, I think this and the 'Crawl Back to Your Cave' achievements should be worth a lot more points. The RNG is such a crapshoot. I lost and won w/ a Venonat worth the same 324 points; lost against a Pinsir of 368 that wasn't from Cooltrainer Nick (hate you Barry). Even worse is there's an RNG factor during scoring of +/- 7 points for the AI:
    https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Bug-Catching_Contest#Generation_II_3 ~Both achievements essentially require low AI scores that's out of the player's hands, and it's bad enough that it takes so much time searching for a Venonat for this achievement.
    WKGames 6 Jun 2022 03:55
    Here's a strat that worked pretty quickly for me: Obtain a Level 16 Hoothoot with the move Hypnosis. Stand right next to the guard for the catching contest, use a max repel, and then save. Bike to the spot with Cooltrainer Nick. If he's there, reload. Otherwise, bike around until you either find a Level 16 Venonat or a Level 18 Kakuna and then use Hoothoot to catch it. If the Max Repel runs out, reload (you can't use items in the Bug Catching Contest). The Max Repel prevents you from encountering Scyther, Pinsir, Butterfree, and Beedrill and rules out any lower level Pokemon so you are more likely to encounter the best choices for this challenge. It took me about 10 resets with this method before I got it.
    stormbolter 17 Jun 2022 11:59
    Took me way longer than I expected even with repel strategy, around 30 something resets. That mf Josh kept catching a Scyther so in the end it's still up to RNG. Turbo is your friend :)
    angelfmf 6 Sep 2022 20:45
    This one is really hard. I just entered my first contest in the game and im running from soany good scyther and pinsir x'( So hard...
    angelfmf 6 Sep 2022 21:07
    Lol Just won on my 6th try with a venonat against a butterfree xD finally some luck
    gauxel 29 Dec 2022 13:03
    Got it on the 8th reset (5 of those resets due to Nick) doing the Repel Trick and a Venonat.
    Velius 13 Jan 2023 14:45
    Use a max repel before saving, use a level 16 mon. Make sure Nick is not here, it's an instant game over. Barry, green guy at the right near the exit is very rarely beaten too. William, old man at the top left can often kill the run too. Catch level 16 Venonat, if these three aren't here, you are almost sure to win if Cindy does not catch her butterfree or other getting lucky.
    Conman 22 Feb 2023 00:46
    Won with a lvl 14 venonat without Nick there
    Velius 22 Feb 2023 08:51
    The others good trainers must have been missing too then, you got lucky.
    JohnathanHyde 29 Mar 2023 02:51
    Venonat is the best mon to use for this achievement due to it having the best base stats of all the Pokemon. Max level for it is 16. Even when doing the math for all the other mons, Vanonat still comes out far ahead. The only thing that might make this difficult is the DVs of the Pokemon. You need decent DVs to score a win.
    DragonCurse4 4 Nov 2023 09:51
    This was the absolutely woooorst!!! I had over 50 retries and I just couldn't win no matter how many level 16 Venonats and level 18 Kakunas I caught! Hell, the first time I caught a level 16 Venonat I didn't even place third!! In the middle of trying to get this achievement I decided to break up the monotony and try to get the achievement for winning the contest with Nick present instead...got that one first try. lol

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