The PokéCommunity Forums

The PokéCommunity Forums (
-   Color & Metal Generations (
-   -   GoldSilverCrystal Bug-Catching Contest (

vaporeon7 April 15th, 2013 11:48 PM

Bug-Catching Contest
In Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal there was an event that took place every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the National Park called the Bug-Catching Contest. In the contest you had 20 minutes to catch the best bug type Pokémon you could find. At the end you were judged against NPCs and items were awarded for how well you did. So did you like the Bug-Catching Contest? How could it have been improved? Which other bug Pokémon should have been available there? Did it make up for the lack of a Safari Zone?

I'm a Shuckle~

Magnetic April 19th, 2013 1:41 PM

I love all the creative, unique things Pokemon comes out with in each game. I don't remember a ton of how my bug catching contests fared, I just remembered liking it and winning it a lot lol.

vaporeon7 April 21st, 2013 3:24 AM

I really liked participating in them. I think if they had a few more Pokémon to find or had some sort of bonus for catching one of each would have been nice. I think it does sort of make up for not having a Safari Zone. I think Heracross and Shuckle would have been cool finds.

Talli April 21st, 2013 5:07 AM

I really enjoyed the bug catching contests in G/S/C even though I probably lost most of the time. I feel like they should of added Venomoth,ledian,Aridoes or however it's spelled as they had Butterfree and Beedrill.

Magnetic April 21st, 2013 3:01 PM

Pretty sure this helped me out too. I think it helped me get stronger pokemon than I had in my party haha.

Synerjee April 21st, 2013 8:40 PM

I liked participating in those contests a lot! It gave me the opportunity to fill up my Pokedex with any bug-types I hadn't yet captured. I did win a few times with either a Scyther or a Pinsir, but even if I didn't win, I still loved catching those bugs. It wouldn't really substitute for a Safari Zone, but I guess it's alright.

Elaitenstile April 21st, 2013 9:15 PM

I have convinced myself that I don't like silly bugs, but I did try a lot in the contest, ALWAYS ending up second with my Scyther. I'm pretty sure the reward was a Sun Stone which was a little nice too. But I couldn't get, always the Gold Berry.

IMO it's a silly excuse stead of a Safari Zone, and the region could be better with a Safari Zone.

pokem0nprincess April 22nd, 2013 9:25 AM

I would have liked a Safari Zone, because those are the coolest (imo) but it still was fun to go to the Contest and catch an awesome Scyther and win a sweet prize. Although I feel like I lost too often and was beaten by some of the strong bugs before I got to catch any cool ones. :P

Otter Mii-kun April 22nd, 2013 4:44 PM

I participated in the Bug Catching Contest primary to get certain bug-types not available by any other means (such as Scyther, Pinsir, and the other line of caterpillar/cocoon/adult Pokémon not found earlier in the game). I rarely ever won the contest on top, even if I chose to keep a Scyther or Pinsir-and thought the whole thing was fixed like those quiz shows from the 1950s.

Sheep April 22nd, 2013 6:39 PM

This contest was sooo easy. Once I found out that your rank is based on the remaining HP of your caught Pokemon, winning became so easy. I pretty much found the best Pokemon I could at the highest level and kept chucking Park Balls until it was caught with full/near full HP.

Before I knew that though, it was a bit of a pain. ;~;

Brittani April 22nd, 2013 7:12 PM

I really liked the bug-catching contest but I think that the park could have been a bit more spacious. Also, it would have been nice if there were more bug pokemon and less safari balls. But I did really enjoy this part of the game when I was a child and I still do when I play it!

Rai April 24th, 2013 3:13 PM

I really liked the original Bug Contest. It was fun and I won all the time.

I can't seem to win easily in HGSS though ._.

Katamari April 25th, 2013 12:05 PM

I liked how they added this to the National Park but I hated losing to that one punk kid who would catch a Metapod and win when I'd catch Scyther or Pinsir. It was still a cool way to add unique Pokemon early on in the game.

Imperishable April 26th, 2013 3:55 AM

I almost always got a Scyther, and came either 1st or 2nd, 1st place guy ALWAYS had a Pinsir or something similar...

Treetwig April 26th, 2013 4:56 AM

I rarely participate at Pokemon bug catching but I always come at 1st or 2nd place because those Pinsirs and scythers are always popping out the grass

Struggler April 26th, 2013 10:10 AM

I liked it even if it was easier than the Safari Zone. Surely they could have provided a better 3rd prize than a Gold Berry though. I mean you get Super Potions before the 2nd gym and Gold Berry's are worse!

Brendino April 27th, 2013 9:53 PM

I think the Bug Catching Contest/National Park was the best possible substitution for the Safari Zone possible. Sure, aside from Pinsir or Scyther the Pokemon weren't all that great, but getting prizes just for participating was worth it (although, I wish we could've gotten something other than a Sun Stone if we won- I must've had about 10 I never used).

R.F. April 28th, 2013 2:27 AM

I really liked the old Contest, mainly because you were able to catch Scyther (one of my favourites of all bug Pokemon). I really like this thing and since it evolves into Scizor, it's even better.

Also winning with Scyther was pretty easy, as long as you catch one on Lv. 14 you were good to go. The prices were pretty good to, even though a little bit of variety would have been better.

Sweets Witch April 28th, 2013 2:56 PM

I'd participate when I remembered about it, but I rarely ever won. If I could get a Scyther then it was good enough for me, but it always bothered me when 1st place won with something like a level 18 Caterpie.

kraider April 29th, 2013 12:16 PM

The whole contest is a bit boring, but I may give it a try

Hidden Power May 5th, 2013 11:12 AM

The first time I played this game it was accidentally. After I noticed that it was a mini-game, I tried to win sometimes but catching a nice bug in that place is something hard, then I didn't like very much of the Bug-Catching Contest. I have already won the first prize only once, it's a very tiring game.

And as some members say that it was make up the lack of Safari Zone, I disagree. Safari Zone can't be replaced by the Bug-Catching Contest, they're far different from each other.

AnonygooseD May 8th, 2013 1:29 AM

The contest was awesome, you don't pay a penny & end up having a Pinsir & a sun stone, & it happens 3 times a week, EVERY week.
It didn't make up for the Safari Zone however cuz G/S/C were about having an adventure in Johto then travelling to Kanto & redoing the whole R/B/G adventure there, so I expected a Safari Zone & the Pokemon Tower side-quest...

Kiriyuuki Kasuna May 8th, 2013 7:41 AM

I did partake in the contest but tbh, I didn't really like it that much, sure you get to catch some decent Pokemon early in the game, but, the Bug Catching contest will not replace the Safari Zone. I liked it too much and the pokemon there were too greatly decent. And of course my love of the 1st generation will burn strong.

JawDane June 1st, 2013 5:09 AM

Yeah, that was pretty cool. Only ever ended up caring about getting the Pinsir though.

Scotash! June 2nd, 2013 3:54 AM

It was fun to compete in. You know, I don't think I've ever won one.

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 5:20 PM.

Like our Facebook Page Follow us on Twitter © 2002 - 2015 The PokéCommunity™,
Pokémon characters and images belong to The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo. This website is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo, Creatures, GAMEFREAK, The Pokémon Company or The Pokémon Company International. We just love Pokémon.
All forum styles, their images (unless noted otherwise) and site designs are © 2002 - 2014 The PokéCommunity / Poké
PokéCommunity™ is a trademark of The PokéCommunity. All rights reserved. Sponsor advertisements do not imply our endorsement of that product or service. User generated content remains the property of its creator.

Use of PokéCommunity Assets
vB Optimise by DragonByte Technologies Ltd © 2015.