I have not watched the Pokémon anime since Battle Frontier, but I saw a snippet of a much newer episode in a region that is most definitely not Johto, that featured Claire, the Dragon gym leader from the Johto region.

This led me to realize that it's not impossible for the anime producers to bring back characters from the very distant past.

So I was thinking, does Ash ever re-encounter his Butterfree in an episode after Butterfree's Goodbye?

  • Ash has never met his Butterfree again yet (at the time I'm posting). We can only see him in some flashbacks and in the tenth opening of the anime.
    – Izuka
    Jan 25, 2016 at 11:37
  • One episode was conjectured by fans to take this form, but in the end it didn't. Instead it had Ash befriend a Metapod that, in that same episode, evolved into a Butterfree that didn't ultimately stay with him.
    – J.G.
    Jan 25, 2016 at 16:26

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A simple answer is no. We don't see Butterfree and Ash ever meeting again after their farewell in Bye-Bye Butterfree:

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                    A scene just before butterfree's departure 

As mentioned on the Bulbapedia (and partially in the comments):



In the final episode of Pokémon Journeys, "Satoshi and Go! Embark on a New Journey!!", aired in Japan on 16 December 2022, Ash reunites with both Butterfree and its mate:

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For context, this is exactly 1,200 episodes after Butterfree was initially released.


At the time this of post, the answer is no. However, there might be a possibility of Butterfree returning in Pokemon Master Journeys.


I'm assuming it died. If it's anything like a real-life butterfly or insects in general which have short life spans, real butterflies (depending on the type) live from a few weeks to a year at most. Considering how in Pokemon insect types evolve the fastest and are found in bulk it should correlate they die the youngest and lay many eggs to compensate like real life insects as well.

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    It's now been confirmed that this isn't the case. Ash's Butterfree is still alive.
    – F1Krazy
    Dec 16, 2022 at 20:38
  • A year hasn't yet passed in the Pokémon universe.
    – Ocean
    Dec 20, 2022 at 14:03

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