#035 Unova / #529 National
Species classification: Mole Pokemon
Sand Power – Rock, Ground and Steel-type attacks get 30% power boost during sandstorms and gives user immunity to sandstorm damage
Sand Rush – Doubles Speed during Sandstorms and doesn't take Sandstorm damage
Dream World abilities: Mold Breaker – disables opponents' abilities
Location found (Black/White): Wellspring Cave, Chargestone Cave, Mistralton Cave, Twist Mountain (all swirling dust patches only)
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Ground
Capture rate: 120
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Attack
Evolution family: Drilbur > Excadrill at level 31
Excadrill doesn't have the high defense usually associated with its Steel type, and its combination of high HP (the highest of any Steel-type to date) yet fairly low defense and special defense frustratingly cancel each other out. But don't be fooled – this is one of the most powerful Pokemon introduced in Black and White. It's tied with formidable Metagross for the highest attack stat of any Steel-type Pokemon, so it makes an outstanding physical attacker. Pair that with its Sand Rush ability, which doubles its already impressive speed stat during sandstorms, and you have a deadly combination. Add to that Excadrill's awesome dual Ground/Steel type, which gives it a whopping nine resistances, two immunities and no double weaknesses, and you're looking at an excellent choice for almost any team.
It's a bit disappointing that Drilbur and Excadrill can only learn one damaging Steel-type move (Metal Claw at level 15) and you won't want to waste your time on it, but Earthquake is an absolute no-brainer for a Ground-type STAB attack. Add Swords Dance to boost your attack and you're looking at a lot of Pokemon that can be easily one-hit KOed.