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Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Kurumiru, Fushide and their evolutions

Two triple-stage dual-type BUGS in the house this week - one is a nurturing mother-like forest dweller and the other is a totally vicious-looking quadupedal worm. Let's get to know these fabulous insects.

Kurumiru
#046 Unova / #540 National
Type:
Bug/Grass
Species classification: Sewing Pokemon
Abilities:
Swarm – Increases power of Bug-type moves by 1.5 if user has less than 1/3 HP remaining
Chlorophyll – Speed doubles during sunny weather
Dream World abilities:
Dust Proof – Doesn't take damage from weather
Location found (Black/White): Yaguruma Forest
Wild hold items: Mental Herb (rare)
Egg groups: Bug
Capture rate: 255
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Defense
Evolution family: Kurumiru > Kurumayu at level 20 > Hakakomori via Happiness


Kurumayu
#047 Unova / #541 National
Type:
Bug/Grass
Species classification:???
Abilities:
Leaf Guard – Prevents status ailments during sunny weather
Chlorophyll – Speed doubles during sunny weather
Dream World abilities:
Dust Proof – Doesn't take damage from weather
Location found (Black/White): Yaguruma Forest, Route 6, Lost Forest
Wild hold items: Mental Herb (rare)
Egg groups: Bug
Capture rate: 120
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 2 Defense
Evolution family: Kurumiru > Kurumayu at level 20 > Hakakomori via Happiness


Hahakomori
#048 Unova / #542 National
Type:
Bug/Grass
Species classification: Child raising Pokemon
Abilities:
Swarm – Increases power of Bug-type moves by 1.5 if user has less than 1/3 HP remaining
Chlorophyll – Speed doubles during sunny weather
Dream World abilities:
Dust Proof – Doesn't take damage from weather
Location found (Black/White): Route 6, Lost Forest
Wild hold items: Mental Herb (rare)
Egg groups: Bug
Capture rate: 45
Gender ratio: 50/50
Experience at lvl 100: 1,059,860
Base stats: 75 HP / 103 Atk / 80 Def / 70 SAtk / 70 SDef / 92 Spd / 490 Total
Effort values: 3 Attack
Evolution family: Kurumiru > Kurumayu at level 20 > Hakakomori via Happiness

At first glance at Kurumiru, I thought this evolutionary family was going to be a repeat of Caterpie/Metapod/Butterfree or Weedle/Kakuna/Beedrill families, but there aren't that many similarities here. As you can tell by the screengrab, I haven't actually evolved my precious Kurumayu yet, so I can't go into too many battle specifics. The only absolute must-have for Hahakomori's moveset is X-Scissor, the notoriously powerful Bug-type move that takes advantage of Hahakomori's excellent physical attack stat. For a Grass-type STAB, your best best is probably Razor Leaf.

As a side note, lots of puns are going on in the Hahakomori's name, and it'll be interesting to see what route the writers take when localizing its name. "Ha" probably comes from the Japanese for leaf (although it can also mean tooth), and "haha" means mother. "Komori" means babysitter, but "mori" also means forest, tying into Hahakomori's Grass-type. She's also a Pokemon that has an obvious gender to her appearance and name, but nevertheless has an equal 50/50 gender split.

Next page: Ferocious worm Pendora

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20 comments

  • xtremejosh - January 18, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    The bug pokemon in this generation look cool,awesome, and also BADASS!!! btw I use to love bug back in the days of Red and Blue, but people rarely use them cause they suck(not really if you know how to use them). But these bugs are great to use, sadly for me i want to use one but i need to trade with someone, but other than that i love to use it.
  • GameManiac - December 17, 2010 9:02 p.m.

    Pendora looks badASS! I don't think the series has done centipede yet. Imagine a millipede for Gen. 6
  • zalmute - December 14, 2010 3:34 a.m.

    I dig the design of the centipede pokemon. Its too bad its bug/poison. Random rant: If I had to chose what my least favorite part of pokemon was, some type weaknesses do not make sense. Why is poison weak to psychic? I mean, i would like to see a psychic work his tricks while convulsing
  • Pokefan8824ever - December 12, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    I like anykind of bug type pokemon i've always wanted to have an all bug type battle bc b4 it was only a handful of bugs and then there were more on the third gen and then a few on the fourth and then now there are a lot more I want to have an all bug battle when I get these games lol
  • onewingedantista - December 12, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    I think I may get a DS and play Pokemon for the first time since Emerald.
  • dragonofvn - December 12, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    What the hell...these design are so uncool. Why can't they come up with something like Scyther?
  • Abhikun - December 12, 2010 4:33 a.m.

    I love using Pendora simply for the awesomeness factor
  • AnalogKid - December 12, 2010 2:27 a.m.

    wouldn't poison jab be better than sludge bomb for pendora since his attack is much better than his special attack?
  • Nap1400 - December 12, 2010 2:22 a.m.

    I'd use Hahakomori on my team...that is, if I wasn't already getting Smugleaf for a grass type. (Screw Snivy!)
  • Robusken - December 12, 2010 1:42 a.m.

    Glad these two bug pokemon are actually pretty interesting. Pendora seems fun to just poison the heck out of things with, and watch them suffer.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 12, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Pendora is pretty damn cool. And the Quick Feet ability is gonna be useful.
  • Spartan11794 - December 11, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    Hahkurimo should use Leaf Blade/over razor leaf I hated to see my little leaf blanket man evolve, but it turned into an awesome killer soo...yea
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 11, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    Pendora is a centipede. Centipedes ARE pretty fast; and pretty poisonous sometimes, too. It looks like a decent Bug overall. I'd use it if I were to ever play.
  • Larinah - December 11, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    More things you can take advantage of with Pendoraa are the fact it learns spikes and, even more importantly, TOXIC spikes. He's the fastest user of Toxic Spikes in the game and with a focus sash you can be pretty sure you'll get the 2 required layers down before his crap defenses come back to... ahem, *bite* him. As for Hahakurimo, don't expect her to get too far into competitive battling with her stats, except for on a sun team. A swords dance boost with a Life Orb while sunny can turn her into a killer sweeper thanks to Chlorophyll! As for other things she's useful for, she can learn Agility and Swords Dance, along with Baton Pass, which means she could pass an agi boost to another slow pokemon. The problem with that is the prominence of the Speed Boost ability(especially since Blaziken got ahold of that ability in the Dream World) and of course the prominence of priority users(especially one you mentioned in a previous article, Roobooshin) Yet another good spotlight though Carolyn, I'm still looking for you to do the ice types for Christmas!
  • Mikaro - December 11, 2010 8:48 p.m.

    Can you cover Ulgamoth? I have a feeling it's the first ultra powerful bug type due to its evolution level and the fact you can find it like a legendary.
  • Ilyere - December 11, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    A two and a half metre long bug? That in itself is so cool!
  • codystovall - December 11, 2010 7:41 p.m.

    bug+grass= one shot FIRE FLYING PWNED
  • thedonut - December 11, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    FFFFFFUUUUUU! Stop making me want this game more! I'm usually not a bug type guy, but these look awesome. Especially the Fushide family.
  • elpurplemonkey - December 11, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    I can't help but find bug Pokemon inherently gross. That fact about Pendora's size makes it even grosser.
  • KrEid - December 11, 2010 6:17 p.m.

    Totally need the Pendora one!

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