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Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Darumaka, Darmanitan

Darmanitan
#061 Unova / #555 National
Type:
Fire (Normal form), Fire/Psychic (Daruma mode)
Species classification: Blazing Pokemon
Ability: Sheer Force – User's attacks that have a secondary effect on the opponent get a 1/3 boost in power, but the secondary effect is ignored
Dream World ability: Daruma Mode – Darmanitan changes forms when its HP is down to 50% or less
Location found (Black/White): Resort Desert (statue outside of Relic Castle)
Egg groups: Ground
Gender ratio: 50/50
Experience at lvl 100: 1,059,860
Base stats: 
Normal form: 105 HP / 140 Atk / 55 Def / 30 SAtk / 55 SDef / 95 Spd / 480 Total
Daruma mode: 105 HP / 30 Atk / 105 Def / 140 SAtk / 105 SDef / 55 Spd / 540 Total
Effort values: 2 Attack
Evolution family: Darumaka > Darmanitan at level 35

Darmanitan could be the most unusual and intriguing Pokemon debuted in this generation. Pokemon that have alternate forms are far from unheard of, but we've never seen anything like Darmanitan's alternate Daruma form. Darmanitan only transforms into its alternate form if two conditions are met – it has to have the Daruma Mode ability and its health has to be at 50% or less. When that happens, Darmanitan's appearance transforms into a small Daruma statue that's almost reminiscent of a Substitute.

It's not just his appearance that changes though – when in Daruma Mode, not only does Darmanitan gain a secondary Psychic type, but his stats change as well, shifting from physical to special attack, boosting his defenses by 50 points each, and lowering his speed. Either way, his attack is staggering – in his normal form it's the highest physical attack stat of any Fire-type Pokemon, and in Daruma mode it's the highest special attack of any non-legendary Psychic-type.

So how do you take advantage of this unique ability? We're not really sure ourselves yet, but it's definitely worth playing around with. It's tough because you can't utilize Daruma mode until Darmanitan's health is at 50%, and if he regains enough HP he reverts back to his normal form.

Factoid: Darumakka and Darmanitan's Daruma mode are both based on the Japanese Daruma doll.



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2 comments

  • WelcomeGhosts10 - March 16, 2011 2:29 a.m.

    Darmanitan is simply amazing, this is my go to fire Pokemon for this generation!
  • Romination - March 6, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    I love these guys, and it's partly because I think Daruma dolls are awesome. Darmanitan's shift is great, and really unique- this is something that they could do more of, playing with Pokemon like this, and it's kind of daring.

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