Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Drilbur, Excadrill

#036 Unova / #530 National
Species classification: Subterrene 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): Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Giant Chasm (all swirling dust only)
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Ground
Capture rate: 60
Gender ratio: 50/50
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 110 HP / 135 Atk / 60 Def / 50 SAtk / 65 SDef / 88 Spd / 508 Total
Effort values: 2 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.

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  • Romination - March 6, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    These are well done. I guess Diglett was the only mole-like Pokemon before this, and seeing these ones... man, he just evolves into a lean, mean, crude dude.
  • TheDeathishRainbow - March 6, 2011 9:46 a.m.

    I'll definitely think about putting him on my team.

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