Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Drilbur, Excadrill

Stats, screens and discussion on every Pokemon in the Unova Pokedex

Drilbur
#035Unova / #529 National
Type:
Ground
Species classification: Mole Pokemon
Abilities:
Sand Power – Rock, Ground and Steel-type attacks get 30% power boost during sandstorms and gives user immunity to sandstorm damage
SandRush – 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 >Excadrillat level 31

Excadrilldoesn'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 formidableMetagrossfor the highest attack stat of any Steel-type Pokemon, so it makes an outstanding physical attacker. Pair that with its SandRush 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 Excadrillcan 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.

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