Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Venipede, Whirlipede, Scolipede

#049 Unova / #543 National
Species classification: Centipede Pokemon
Poison Point – 30% chance of poisoning opponent when opponent uses a moves that makes contact with user
Swarm – Increases power of Bug-type moves by 1.5 if user has less than 1/3 HP remaining
Dream World ability: Quick Feet – Boosts speed by 50% when user has a status ailment
Location found (Black/White): Pinwheel Forest, Lostlorn Forest
Wild hold items: Pecha Berry (common), Poison Barb (rare)
Egg groups: Bug
Capture rate: 255
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Defense
Evolution family: Venipede > Whirlipede at level 22 > Scolipede at level 30

If we may veer slightly off topic for a second, we're super excited for Venipede's final evolution, Scolipede, because it looks eerily similar to the gigantic red worm creatures in the criminally underappreciated science fiction series The War Against the Chtorr by David Gerrold. Aside from the Chtorrans not being quadrupeds (they have two skinny but powerful and dexterous appendages on the front of their bodies, but no legs), the similarities are striking. In fact, Scolipede has the distinction of being the largest Bug-type Pokemon to date at two and a half meters long. 

As far as moveset goes, you might want to give the new Bug-type attack Hard Roller a try, since it takes advantage of this family's physical attack and it's the only evolutionary family that can learn the move besides Golem (weird, huh?). As usual, we recommend Sludge Bomb as another STAB too. Make sure to also use Scolipede's awesome speed to your advantage when you're planning your team – it's easy to forget about it because it doesn't look like it should be fast because of its size, but don't be fooled!

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1 comment

  • Romination - March 6, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    These are also very strongly designed, but their HP is so low it's an immediate and obvious pass.

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