Like many people, Pokémon Go has reignited my childhood love for Pokémon and reacquainted me with the first (and best) generation of Nintendo’s little monsters in the process. The original 150 (151 if you include Mew) features some of the greatest Pokémon ever created and while later generations would bring a whole slew of just plain terrible character designs, there are a fair number of stinkers in the first generation too. Everyone has their own preferences and while you may not agree with all of the following Pokémon being declared the worst of their respective generation, it’s hard to see any of them being among anyone’s favorites.
The evolved forms of Caterpie and Weedle, respectively, Metapod and Kakuna are two of the most useless and uninteresting first generation Pokémon. There’s nothing particularly offensive about either Pokémon’s design and as far as cocoon Pokemon are concerned, they’re probably about as creative as you’re going to see. It’s a bit of a toss up as to which one is worse; on a conceptual level, Metapod makes a lot more sense, as bees don’t hatch from cocoons, but Kakuna does turn into a Beedrill, who is a much better Pokémon than Butterfree, Metapod’s evolved form. However, at the end of the day, Metapod and Kakuna are just stopgap Pokémon that everyone wants to get rid of as soon as possible. At least they can use Harden to protect themselves against threats. That’s useful, right?