Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Woobat, Swoobat

#034 Unova / #528 National
Species classification: ??? Pokemon
Unaware – Ignores opponent's stat changes except for speed
Klutz – Disables the effect of user's held items (except for EXP affecting items)
Dream World ability: Simple – Doubles the effect of all stat modifiers on user; doubles critical hit damage
Location found (Black/White): Evolve Woobat
Egg groups: Ground, Flying
Gender ratio: 50/50
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 67 HP / 57 Atk / 55 Def / 77 SAtk / 55 SDef / 114 Spd / 425 Total
Effort values: 2 Speed
Evolution family: Woobat > Swoobat via Happiness

If Roggenrola is the new Geodude, Woobat is definitely the new Zubat – it even evolves into Swoobat via Happiness, like Golbat evolves into Crobat. Based on looks alone, Woobat and Swoobat are two of our favorite new Pokemon, and their Psychic/Flying dual type is an interesting combo.

It's a bit sad then that Swoobat has a few things going against it gameplay-wise. First, its signature move, Heart Stamp (a base power 60 Psychic attack) is a physical attack despite Swoobat's special attack stat being much higher than its attack stat. And speaking of stats, Swoobat is also outclassed in all but its speed stat by another Psychic/Flying Pokemon introduced this generation, Sigilyph. Besides that, it's tough not to compare Swoobat to Crobat, which isn't really fair, but the awesome Crobat also outclasses Swoobat in every respect.  

We still love these guys, though, and if you need a Pokemon in your party to teach Fly, you could do worse than Woobat or Swoobat. Sometimes it's about more than stats, you know?

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  • waffman11 - March 7, 2011 7:41 p.m.

    Kill it! Kill it with fire!
  • SerpentineZERO - March 7, 2011 12:14 a.m.

    Clearly, a lot of effort went into naming this one.
  • Romination - March 6, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    I really don't like these. It's another case of them coming up with something to very obviously replace an older gen one that could have been ignored had they just included SOME of the older generation Pokemon, allowing them to be more original. Even the name is such an obvious crib. Woobat is just Zubat with a W.
  • TheDeathishRainbow - March 6, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    They seem really cute. Hopefully they'll be a lot less annoying that Zubats are, though.

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