every bat pokemon

Every Bat Pokemon Guide

If you intend to travel anywhere in the Pokemon World, you’ll inevitably find yourself stumbling through a cave at one point or another. To many, this is a dreaded task to run through with as many repels equipped as possible. However, the winding passages of these caves are home to a vast number of Pokemon. 

What’s the first creature that comes to mind when you think of what inhabits a cave? If you said or thought of bats, then we are on the same page. Pokemon are big fans of littering caves with hundreds of bats, whether that’s a horde of Zubats or the occasional Woobat. Dark areas will be considered home to almost every species of this winged critter. 

As of Generation Eight, there are ten bat-like Pokemon in the wonderful world. They all feature an interestingly unique bat-like design and have a fascinating fanged charm to adore. I love bats, both in real life and in Pokemon, so meeting each species has been an adorable addition to my journey with Pokemon. Once you dive into what makes them so special, they might also be a valuable asset to your party!

What Defines a Bat Pokemon?

Robert's Swoobat
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Several features define bat Pokemon. Although every species included in this list aren’t necessarily classed as bat Pokemon within the Pokedex, what makes them bat-like is usually down to their appearance. For example, most bat-like Pokemon included in this list feature long ears and large wings—two predominant features of bats. 

Another feature most bat-like Pokemon have is some sort of sharp fangs. Whether it’s a singular, sharp fang-like Woobat or a mouth full of six jagger teeth like Gliscor, bat Pokemon and their teeth are not to be messed with. These fangs often give a vampiric appearance to bat-like Pokemon, which is encouraged by Golbat, who has hollow fangs used exclusively for sucking blood. 

Lunala is an interesting addition to bat-like Pokemon since it features large wings but has no large visible fangs or ears. This Pokemon is classed as a bat due to its skeleton, which may expose another feature of bat-like Pokemon overlooked by their surface design. The skeleton would reveal a lot of elements of a species, but Lunala is the only example of a bat-like Pokemon where the skeleton is visible from the exterior.

Bat Pokemon are among some of the most varied species in Pokemon, but they all fall under a very similar design. Wings, fangs, and ears separate them from bird-like or dragon Pokemon, making them instantly recognizable. The location also plays into how to separate a bat from the rest, as you wouldn’t necessarily find a bird dwelling in a dark cave. 

Where to Find Bat Pokemon?

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Most bat-like Pokemon can be found dwelling in caves or generally dark and dank areas. For example, it is rare to wander through a cave and not encounter several-hundred Zubats. I always enter a cave with several repels on my trainer due to how often bat-like Pokemon spawn in caves. If you’re looking to bulk out your Pokedex with bats, then this would be the first location I would suggest. 

Additionally, bat-like Pokemon also adore dark forests. During the day, they will nest in trees where they cant be easily spotted by keen trainers.

But as dusk falls, these bats do not shy of swooping down to surprise unsuspecting victims. Woobat, in particular, is keen on dark forests, as the open space allows them to fly freely without bumping into cave walls. However, if a Woobat has inhabited a cave, you can tell by the heart-shaped markings left by its suction-cup nostril. 

Finally, bat-like Pokemon occasionally relocate to graveyards where their spawn rate is heightened alongside ghost Pokemon. Any ruins or cemetery usually leads to at least one of the ten species of bat-like Pokemon. Smaller species such as Zubat, Woobat, and Noibat usually dwell in these areas, while larger Pokemon like Noivern and Crobat need a hollow space due to their size.

So let’s discover each bat Pokemon and what defines them as a member of this list!

Zubat – #041

Zubat
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  • Generation: One
  • Type: Poison/Flying
  • Abilities: Inner Focus
  • Hidden Ability: Infiltrator
  • How to evolve: Evolves into Golbat starting at Level 22

Appearance: Zubat is potentially one of the most recognizable bat Pokemon across the franchise. It has an entirely blue body, two pointed ears, and two long, thin tails. On either side of its body are two large wings with purple membranes.

To match the purple of its wings, Zubat has purple inner ears. Although it lacks eyes, it relies on supersonic hearing to maneuver through caves and utilizes echolocation to locate prey. In addition, its mouth contains two incredibly sharp fangs on each jaw. 

Zubat’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 40
  • Attack: 45
  • Defense: 35
  • Sp. Attack: 30
  • Sp. Defense: 40
  • Speed: 55

Golbat – #042

Golbat
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  • Generation: One
  • Type: Poison/Flying
  • Abilities: Inner Focus
  • Hidden Ability: Infiltrator
  • How to evolve: Level up with high friendships to evolve into Crobat (Gen Two onwards)

Appearance: Golbat is a much larger Pokemon than its pre-evolution, Zubat. It has a large blue body almost entirely taken over by its gaping mouth. Its mouth contains the same four sharp fangs and is otherwise quite empty.

Occasionally, Golbat has been seen to have a sizeable purple tongue. Golbat has two small, pointed ears and two small eyes with black slits for pupils. On either side of its body, it has two large wings made up of purple membranes and two small, blue feet at the base of its body.

Golbat’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 75
  • Attack: 80
  • Defense: 70
  • Sp. Attack: 65
  • Sp. Defense: 75
  • Speed: 90

Crobat – #169

Crobat
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  • Generation: Two
  • Type: Poison/Flying
  • Abilities: Inner Focus
  • Hidden Ability: Infiltrator

Appearance: Crobat has an almost spherical purple body, with two long pointed ears and two tufts towards its base. Its facial features consist of a triangular, frowning mouth, which usually shows its teeth bared, and two small yellow eyes with red pupils.

As opposed to its previous evolutions, this Pokemon has four wings. The top pair are more significant and made up of green/blue membranes, and the bottom two are purple from the front, but the same membranes can be seen from the back. Additionally, this Pokemon has no legs and uses its wings to crawl. 

Crobat’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 85
  • Attack: 90
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Attack: 70
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 130

Gligar – #207

Gligar
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  • Generation: Two
  • Type: Ground/Flying
  • Abilities: Hyper Cutter or Sand Veil
  • Hidden Ability: Immunity
  • How to evolve: Evolves into Gliscor when leveled up holding a razor fang at night (Gen four onwards)

Appearance: Gligar is a purple, bat-like bipedal Pokemon. Its head and body are rounded and roughly the same size; however, its head features two pointed purple ears at the top. Gligar’s facial features consist of two large eyes with black slit-like pupils and a large mouth.

On either side of its mouth are two sharp fangs, and in between them rests a large tongue which is usually visible and hanging out of Gligar’s mouth. In addition, it has two arms tipped with pincers, and underneath each arm rests a blue wing membrane.

Similarly, its legs are segmented, and its rounded feet feature a giant claw. Finally, its segmented tail ends in a large stinger, giving this bat-like Pokemon scorpion-like features. 

Gligar’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 65
  • Attack: 75
  • Defense: 105
  • Sp. Attack: 35
  • Sp. Defense: 65
  • Speed: 85

Gliscor – #472

Gliscor
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  • Generation: Four
  • Type: Ground/Flying
  • Abilities: Hyper Cutter or Sand Veil
  • Hidden Ability: Poison Heal

Appearance: Gliscor is much larger than its pre-evolution and takes the form of a blue/purple bat-like Pokemon. It has a rounded head with large, pointed purple ears with red inners. It also has two large yellow eyes with no definitive pupils and a mouth filled with sharp fangs.

Its segmented body consists of two purple sections conjoined by a thin, red cylindrical shape. This red shape matches its arms, which connect two large pincers to its body and hold two giant black bat wing membranes.

On either side of its torso are two rounded, purple orbs to form its legs, accompanied by two smaller, round feet. Finally, Gliscor’s tail is segmented by spheres, ending in a larger, fanged circle. The entire design of this Pokemon gives a vampiric feel, which is only encouraged by its fangs and bat-like appearance. 

Gliscor’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 75
  • Attack: 95
  • Defense: 125
  • Sp. Attack: 45
  • Sp. Defense: 75
  • Speed: 95

Woobat – #527 

Woobat
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  • Generation: Five
  • Type: Psychic/Flying
  • Abilities: Unaware or Klutz
  • Hidden Ability: Simple
  • How to evolve: Evolves into Swoobat when leveled up with high friendship

Appearance: Woobat is a very simple bat-like Pokemon with a spherical, white fuzzy body. The center of its body features a pig-like nose with a heart-shaped nostril, and two tufts of shaggy fur cover its eyes. When Woobat opens its mouth, as it does in flight, a single fang is located in the center.

Either side of its rounded body feature two tiny black bat wings. Due to its lack of sight, its nostril is used to utilize echolocation, and this Pokemon has no visible or reported ears, which is uncommon for a bat Pokemon. 

Woobat’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 65
  • Attack: 45
  • Defense: 43
  • Sp. Attack: 55
  • Sp. Defense: 43
  • Speed: 72

Swoobat – #528

Swoobat
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  • Generation: Five
  • Type: Psychic/Flying
  • Abilities: Unaware or Klutz
  • Hidden Ability: Simple

Appearance: Swoobat is a larger, blue bat Pokemon, maintaining the same rounded features of Woobat which make up its body. Swoobats head is dark blue and hosts two fused ears with lighter blue inners, two bright eyes, and a curved smile with two fangs.

The center of its face shows the same heart-shaped nostril, and the same shaggy white fur from Woobat makes up most of Swoobats body. Two black feet poke out toward the base of its shaggy mane, both having three toes. The back of this Pokemon has a dark blue sphere and a bare pink tail which twists together and is used to hold tree branches where this Pokemon rests during the day. 

Swoobat’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 67
  • Attack: 57
  • Defense: 55
  • Sp. Attack: 77
  • Sp. Defense: 55
  • Speed: 114

Noibat – #714

Noibat
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  • Generation: Six
  • Type: Flying/Dragon
  • Abilities: Frisk or Infiltrator 
  • Hidden Ability: Telepathy
  • How to evolve: Evolves into Noivern starting at level 48

Appearance: Noibat is a pale purple bat-like Pokemon with bright features and black accents. It has bright yellow eyes and a dark purple marking in the middle of its face, which may symbolize a nose. Towards the top of Noibats head are two large purple ears.

The center of each ear has a grey and purple pattern and looks similar to a speaker’s inners. Noibats chest is covered in black fur, as are its legs, which are joined by a strip of purple body. Its fluffy legs connect two pale purple feet. On either side of its body are two pale purple wings, and the tip of each wing has a small black hand with two claws. 

Noibat’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 40
  • Attack: 30
  • Defense: 35
  • Sp. Attack: 45
  • Sp. Defense: 40
  • Speed: 55

Noivern – #715

Noivern
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  • Generation: Six
  • Type: Flying/Dragon
  • Abilities: Frisk or Infiltrator
  • Hidden Ability: Telepathy

Appearance: Noivern is a huge, draconic Pokemon with bat-like features. It has a black, slender body with a purple underbelly and a long barbed black tail. Its large legs and feet are tipped with two red and black claws, matching the red claws at the tip of its enormous wings. Both wings are predominantly black with purple edges, and two black points jut out of the back of both wings. Smaller, blue membranes connect the wings to the center of Noiverns body.

Towards the upper back of this Pokemon, a mane of shaggy white fur surrounds its neck. Noiverns head is mainly taken up by its large black, almost spherical ears. Both have a blue inner and are once again similar to the inner of a speaker.

The center of Noiverns face features a red v-shaped nose growth, and tucked under each prong is a small yellow eye with even smaller pupils. 

Noivern’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 85
  • Attack: 70
  • Defense: 80
  • Sp. Attack: 97
  • Sp. Defense: 80
  • Speed: 123

Lunala – #792

Lunala
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  • Generation: Seven
  • Type: Psychic/Ghost
  • Abilities: Shadow Shield
  • Evolves from: Evolves from Cosmoem starting at level 53 in Moon, Ultra Moon, or Shield 

Appearance: Lunala is a vast, beautiful Pokemon that is reportedly a skeletal legless bat. Its head takes a crescent moon shape which has a golden edge.

Its facial features are small and almost unnoticeable due to its pattern, but it has two red eyes and a small black mouth with two small fang patterns. Both of its eyes are surrounded by a deep blue and purple galaxy pattern mirrored in its enormous wings.

Both wings have the same golden edge as its head, and the bottom of both wings has two golden stars connected. White bone-like patterns connect the wing to the body throughout the wing, and two skeletal hands can be found at the top of the wings.

The center of Lunalas body continues the skeletal look, resembling a ribcage that leads to the tail of the Pokemon. The tail of the Pokemon has a golden, crescent shape with a golden pronged strip protruding into the center of the Pokemon. Rather than using its enormous wings to fly, this Pokemon is capable of levitation. 

Lunala’s Base Stats:

  • HP: 137
  • Attack: 113
  • Defense: 89
  • Sp. Attack: 137
  • Sp. Defense: 107
  • Speed: 97

FAQs

Question: What’s the most common bat Pokemon?

Answer: Zubat is arguably the most common bat Pokemon since it has appeared in every Pokemon game since Gen One and has a very high spawn rate. Even though it’s integral to the Pokemon Universe, I can’t help but feel so annoyed every time I encounter a Zubat in the wild. I’ve been enjoying this franchise for too long not to feel annoyed every time I hear its shrill call. I couldn’t even get excited when I found my first shiny Zubat!

Question: How many bat Pokemon are there?

Answer: As of Generation Eight, there are ten bat Pokemon. Interestingly, the final bat Pokemon to join the crew was Lunala, who made its debut in Generation Seven. Unfortunately, no bat Pokemon debuted in Generation Eight, so I think Generation Nine owes us at least one cavern-dwelling cutie to make up for the lost time.

Question: Which is the rarest bat Pokemon?

Answer: It’s easy to suggest that Lunala is the rarest bat Pokemon due to being the only legendary bat. However, all bat Pokemon have a high spawn rate. But in terms of rarity, Noivern takes the most slog to evolve since you have to reach level 48 with Noibat before it even considers evolving. Aside from this, Gliscor has particular needs to evolve, so I’d argue that there’s a certain level of rarity surrounding that too. 

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