Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Minezumi, Yorterii, Choroneko and their evolutions

Our weekly in-depth look at each of the Pokemon in the Isshu Pokedex

Choroneko (チョロネコ)
#015 Isshu / #509 National
Type:
Dark
Species classification: Ill-natured Pokemon
Abilities:
Limber – Cannot be Paralyzed
Unburden – Doubles Speed after user consumes held item
Dream World abilities: Mischievous Heart – Non-damaging moves get higher priority
Location found (Black/White): Routes 2 and 3, Abandoned Site of Dreams
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Ground
Capture rate: 255
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Speed
Evolution family: To Leopardas @ lvl 20


Leopardas (レパルダス)
#016 Isshu / #510 National
Type:
Dark
Species classification: Ruthless Pokemon
Abilities:
Limber – Cannot be Paralyzed
Unburden – Doubles Speed after user consumes held item
Dream World abilities: Mischievous Heart – Non-damaging moves get higher priority
Location found (Black/White): Routes 5, 9, 16, Abandoned Site of Dreams (Doubles grass)
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Ground
Capture rate: 90
Gender ratio: 50/50
Base stats: 64 HP / 88 Atk / 50 Def / 88 SAtk / 50 SDef / 106 Spd / 446 Total
Effort values: 2 Speed
Evolution family: From Choroneko @ lvl 20

A favorite of Team Plasma, Choroneko and its evolution Leopardas are a handsome Dark-type pair, although their stats aren't anything too special. Still, Leopardas can be helpful throughout the game, especially against the fourth gym if your Leopardas has the Limber ability, and of course, against all those Psychic trainers. On the battling side, its Dream World ability Mischievous Heart (note: this is another new ability and we're still waiting on the official English translation) has the potential for some annoying competitive strategies, especially since Taunt lasts three turns this generation, although Encore has been downgraded to only three turns as well. It's also worth noting that Leopardas doesn't have any SAtk STAB moves whatsoever, unless you get a Dark-type Hidden Power.

Join us next week as we continue to make our way through the Isshu Pokedex. The Pokemon only get more exciting from here!

Oct 9, 2010

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