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Bug-/Dragon-Type Pokémon: What Is It?

Bug-/Dragon-Type Pokémon: What Is It?

Pokémon, which is short for Pocket Monsters, is a Japanese media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori back in 1995. It is a fantasy franchise set in a world where humans live together with creatures called Pokémon, who take on different shapes and sizes. It started off as a series of video games for the Game Boy console but soon expanded to other media. The individual Pokémon species are classified based on several various criteria, one of which is their Type. Initially, Pokémon rarely had dual Types, whereas now, the phenomenon is quite common despite all the combinations, there are some combinations that we haven’t seen yet, and one such example is the dual Bug-/Dragon-type Pokémon. In this article, we are going to tell you what it is.

The dual Bug-/Dragon-type Pokémon is a hypothetical Pokémon type combination that would see a Bug-type Pokémon with Dragon-type elements or a Dragon-type Pokémon with Bug-type elements, based on which type would be the primary one. As of Generation IX, there is not one Pokémon that has this type combination, which is why this is only a hypothetical Pokémon type combination.

In today’s article, we are going to give you a series of answers to various questions related to the hypothetical Bug-/Dragon-type Pokémon. This is, as we have said, only a hypothetical combination, as no such Pokémon exists in the nine Generations that we have seen so far. This article is going to focus on known facts and some theories, so we hope you’ll find what you’re looking for.

Bug-type Pokémon explained!

The Bug type is one of the 18 types of Pokémon. This group of Pokémon is characterized by its rapid growth since, in general, they do not take long to evolve. They live primarily in forests and areas close to them; some are a little more difficult to spot because they are found in the treetops where they nest. Many of the Bug-type Pokémon have Flying as a secondary type, which makes them more resistant to Grass-, Ground- and Fighting-type attacks but weaker against Rock-types. They are also weak against Fire-types, but are effective against Dark-, Psychic-, and Grass-type Pokémon.

From the fifth generation, it can be seen that it is the type that artists prefer, mainly because they tend to be pretty colors and have a stoic and cheerful character, so it could be said that they personify the beauty of nature. There are 34 bug-type moves (5.49% of the total), of which 4 were added in the first generation, 3 in the second generation, 3 in the third generation, 7 in the fourth generation, 4 in the fifth generation, 4 in the 6th generation, 4 in the 7th generation (1 being a Z move), 3 in the 8th generation (1 being a Dynamax move and 1 being a Gigantamax move) and 2 in the 9th generation. In combat, the moves highlight the physical class. There are 15 physical class moves, 10 status class moves, 6 special class moves, and 3 can be either physical or special class moves.

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The currently known Bug-types are (the species are sorted by the purity of their type, with Pure types shown in bold, Primary types in normal, and Secondary in italic):

Caterpie, Metapod, Pinsir, Pineco, Wurmple, Silcoon, Cascoon, Volbeat, Illumise, Kricketot, Kricketune, Burmy (Plant Cloak), Burmy (Sandy Cloak), Burmy (Trash Cloak), Karrablast, Shelmet, Accelgor, Scatterbug, Spewpa, Grubbin, Blipbug, Tarountula, Spidops, Nymble, Rellor , Butterfree, Weedle, Kakuna, Beedrill, Mega Beedrill, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Venomoth, Scyther, Mega Pinsir, Ledyba, Ledian, Spinarak, Ariados, Yanma, Forretress, Scizor, Mega Scizor, Shuckle, Heracross, Mega Heracross, Beautifly, Dustox, Surskit, Masquerain, Nincada, Ninjask, Shedinja, Wormadam (Plant Cloak), Wormadam (Sandy Cloak), Wormadam (Trash Cloak), Mothim, Combee, Vespiquen, Yanmega, Sewaddle, Swadloon, Leavanny, Venipede, Whirlipede, Scolipede, Dwebble, Crustle, Escavalier, Joltik, Galvantula, Durant, Larvesta, Volcarona, Genesect, Vivillon, Charjabug, Vikavolt, Cutiefly, Ribombee, Wimpod, Golisopod, Buzzwole, Pheromosa, Dottler, Orbeetle, Kleavor, Lokix, Rabasca, Reptalada Anorith, Armaldo, Skorupi, Dewpider, Araquanid, Sizzlipede, Centiskorch, Snom, Frosmoth

Dragon-type Pokémon explained!

The Dragon-type is one of the 18 types of Pokémon. It is an ancient elemental type. Many of the latest discovered Legendary Pokémon are Dragon-types. For example, Rayquaza, Latias, Latios, Giratina, Dialga, Palkia, Zekrom, Reshiram, Kyurem, Zygarde, Eternatus, and Regidrago are all Dragon-types. Other Pokémon of this type are characterized by being difficult to catch and train.

Dragon-type moves are only effective against Pokémon of its own type. Therefore, it is, after the Normal type, the type with the smallest number of types against which it is a super effective type; there is never a Pokémon with a double disadvantage to it. It was weak to other Dragon- and Ice-types, but in the sixth generation, a new weakness is included, the Fairy type.

There are 29 Dragon-type moves (4.68% of the total), of which 1 was added in the first generation, 3 in the second generation, 2 in the third generation, 5 in the fourth generation, 2 in the fifth generation, 5 in the 7th generation (2 of them being Z moves), 9 in the 8th generation (1 of them being a Dynamax move and 1 being a Gigamax move) and 2 from the 9th generation. No such move was added in Generation 6. In combat, it highlights the special class. There are 13 special class moves, 11 physical class moves, 2 state class moves, and 3 can be either physical or special class moves.

The currently known Dragon-types are (the species are sorted by the purity of their type, with Pure types shown in bold, Primary types in normal, and Secondary in italic):

Dratini, Dragonair, Bagon, Shelgon, Axew, Fraxure, Haxorus, Druddigon, Goomy, Sliggoo, Goodra, Jangmo-o, Regidrago, Dragonite, Altaria, Mega Altaria, Salamence, Mega Salamence, Latias, Mega Latias, Latios, Mega Latios, Rayquaza, Mega Rayquaza, Gible, Gabite, Garchomp, Mega Garchomp, Reshiram, Zekrom, Kyurem, White Kyurem, Black Kyurem, Zygarde (10% Forme), Zygarde (50% Forme), Zygarde (Complete Forme), Hakamo-o, Kommo-o, Dreepy, Drakloak, Dragapult, Cyclizar, Tatsugiri, Frigibax, Arctibax, Baxcalibur, Bramaluna, Mega Charizard X, Exeggutor (Alolan Form), Mega Ampharos, Kingdra, Mega Sceptile, Vibrava, Flygon, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, (Altered Forme), Giratina (Origin Forme), Deino, Zweilous, Hydreigon, Dragalge, Tyrunt, Tyrantrum, Noibat, Noivern, Turtonator, Drampa, Guzzlord, Ultra Necrozma, Naganadel, Applin, Flapple, Appletun, Dracozolt, Dracovish, Duraludon, Eternatus, Eternamax Eternatus, Koraidon, Miraidon

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What would a Bug-/Dragon-type Pokémon look like?

Now that we have gone over the essentials, we can actually discuss our hypothetical Pokémon. We don’t really know what it would look like or what it would be called, but based on some known facts, we can probably give you something to work with. Now, in terms of weaknesses and resistances, a Bug-/Dragon-type Pokémon would probably be extremely weak to Ice-type moves, especially if it were to have wings; the latter would also probably mean that it would be somewhat weak against Electric- and Rock-type moves. Dragon-type moves would, of course, be effective, as would Fairty-type moves.

Also, seeing how both Bug- and Dragon-types are ineffective against Fairty-types, the latter could also be completely resistant to such a Pokémon’s attack. On the other hand, this type would definitely increase the Dragon-type’s typical offensive specter to Dark- and Psychic-type moves, which would give this type a significant boost.

Also, in terms of attacks, Bug-type moves are physical, whereas Dragon-type moves are mostly special. This would be quite a powerful combination that would make this type extremely potent in battle.

As for some other traits, this is where we cannot really say much. The diversity of the world of Pokémon is such that we cannot really predict a name, abilities, evolution methods, and whatnot. We would’ve bet on a dragonfly-like design, but since we already have Trapinch and its evolution line – and this is a completely wasted opportunity to introduce a Bug-/Dragon-type, we don’t know why they changed it ultimately, especially since both Vibrava and Flygon actually look like bugs – not even that is a safe(r) bet. It could be a dragon with butterfly wings, or a butterfly with dragon wings, as far as we are concerned.

Be that as it may, this is everything we could predict about the hypothetical Bug-/Dragon-type Pokémon, which is, knowing how the series needs diversity, probably going to be introduced at some point in the series, but we’ll have to wait and see.

Why are there no Bug-/Dragon-type Pokémon?

This is also something that we do not know, but there could be two possible explanations. First, the type wouldn’t make much sense in-game, either because it would feel unnatural or because it would be too weak or too strong compared to other types. The second possible explanation is that the authors simply did not come up with a cool design for such a Pokémon, but the problem is that they already have two insect-looking Dragon-type Pokémon – Vibrava and Flygon – so this explanation would really be even more confusing, but who knows.

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Is there a Grass-/Dragon-type Pokémon?

As far as a similar type combination is concerned, we actually have a Grass-/Dragon-type combination in the series. Alolan Exeggutor was the first such Pokémon, and Mega Sceptile is also a dual Grass- and Dragon-type Pokémon. As for non-variants, i.e., individual species, Applin and its whole evolution line are Grass- and Dragon-type Pokémon.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.