#071 Unova / #565 National
Species classification: Prototurtle Pokemon
Solid Rock – User takes 1/4 less damage from super effective moves
Sturdy – Leaves 1 HP when Pokemon would otherwise be one-hit KOed
Dream World ability: Swift Swim – Speed doubles in rain
Location found (Black/White): Evolve Tirtouga
Egg groups: Water 1, Water 3
Gender ratio: 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 74 HP / 108 Atk / 133 Def / 83 SAtk / 65 SDef / 32 Spd / 495 Total
Effort values: 2 Defense
Evolution family: Tirtouga > Carracosta at level 37
Continuing in the proud tradition of fossil Pokemon comes Tirtouga and Carracosta, whose design seems to most closely resemble a sea turtle. Once you've received the fossil from the backpacker in the Relic Castle inside the Resort Desert, you can head over the museum in Nacrene City to revive it. Unfortunately, you have to choose between the Cover Fossil (Tirtouga) and the Plume Fossil (Archen), so make sure you pick up the other Pokemon from a friend or the GTS.
In terms of battle, Carracosta is definitely geared toward the physical side, with excellent Physical Defense and Attack stats. If you're not afraid to go on the offensive, Shell Smash is an excellent way to boost Carracosta's already terrifying Attack stat while at the same time make up for its absolutely terrible Speed stat a little. You've got a lot of options for physical STAB attacks in both Water and Rock, so take your pick.
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