Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Archen, Archeops

#073 Unova / #567 National
Species classification: First Bird Pokemon
Ability: Defeatist – User's Attack and Special Attack are halved when HP drops below 50%
Location found (Black/White): Evolve Archen
Egg groups: Flying, Water 3
Gender ratio: 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 75 HP / 140 Atk / 65 Def / 112 SAtk / 65 SDef / 110 Spd / 567 Total
Effort values: 2 Attack
Evolution family: Archen > Archeops at level 37

The second of Unova's two new fossil families, Archen and Archeops can be obtained by reviving the Plume Fossil you receive from the backpacker in Relic Castle. Their species classification is "First Bird," but Odd Bird might have been more apt. Firstly, why are these two Rock/Flying types in the Water 3 egg group? Why?! They're not Water type, neither can learn any Water-type moves, and nothing about their design suggests an aquatic animal. If it weren't for the internet, it would be really difficult for the average Pokemon player to figure out that they belong in Water 3 in addition to the Flying egg group. 

Their ability is bizarre too – both Pokemon in this family can only have one ability, Defeatist, which is new to Black and White and is exclusive to these two Pokemon. You'd think an exclusive new ability would be at least somewhat cool and interesting, right? Nope, it totally sucks – Defeatist lowers both Attack and Special Attack by half when the user's HP drops below 50%. Why create a brand-new ability specific to this Pokemon, only to make it totally terrible? It's as if the designers were doing it out of spite or something. On the plus side though, Defeatist doesn't hinder Archeops all that much, because you're not going to want to use it as a defensive Pokemon anyway, and his offenses are absolutely out of control, so it sort of makes sense if you consider that his ability is being used as a check to its awesome power.


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  • jessemcauley - July 25, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    i have this pokemon in its second form and it really has a super high attack because its allready almost 300 and its only at level 82.So even though its abilty sucks it can make up for it by having it learn dragonbreath to par oppenets pokemon then can use acientpower to raise its states.
  • losthero15 - March 18, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    You have to teach Archeops endeavor. It is thonly way he can do anything worthwhile once his ability kicks in
  • Romination - March 10, 2011 6:27 a.m.

    140 attack is amazing attack. The power is a huge bother, but I see why they'd put it, this guy is a wrecker.
  • SerpentineZERO - March 8, 2011 5:33 a.m.

    This one looks cool, but that is one awful ability. He must have some really high attack.
  • xombiesarelove - March 7, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    I'm totally picking this one. It's a Pokemon Archeopteryx! How can you not love that?
  • Romination - March 7, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    I was really into these guys but that ability is just mean. It's bad. It's not good. It's the worst ability ever.

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