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

Choroneko (チョロネコ)
#015 Isshu / #509 National
Species classification: Ill-natured Pokemon
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
Species classification: Ruthless Pokemon
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




  • xtremejosh - January 4, 2011 10:05 a.m.

    I'm going for the dog, also when it fully evolves, it gets fat lol.
  • philipshaw - October 13, 2010 11:16 a.m.

    This will be useful when I get the game here,I would import but the cost is too much for a game that has no text I will understand
  • Snapp3r - October 12, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    @AurA "Choro" is a sort of slang word for small or... I guess puny fits the bill as well. And yeah, I think Leopardas is my favourite, because Murando is really quite ugly.
  • ledhill09 - October 11, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    does anyone now where to get a patched rom that will work with a dstt card?
  • 93bleach - October 11, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    I have been using the dog for most of the game. Absolutely right about the Special Attack thing. Do not bother. Im actually thinking about dumping him in favor of that grass steel pokemon.
  • Fusionmix - October 11, 2010 1:21 p.m.

    Miruhoggu's double-encounter power looks like a godsend for grinding...
  • Robusken - October 11, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    I usually ignore the early pokemon in the game but its nice to know getting a dark type wont be as difficult .
  • Phazon117 - October 10, 2010 7:18 p.m.

    Fantastic Pokemon articles. Keep up the good work!
  • 510BrotherPanda - October 10, 2010 10:20 a.m.

    Oh, come on Carolyn... You don't have to be so harsh towards Henry's training methods. Like Tyler says: Pokemon is about compassion, friendship and giving each other the benefit-of-the-doubt. Not everyone's in it for the competitive nature of the game. He can do whatever he wants, if he feels it's the way he wants, yeah?
  • GameManiac - October 10, 2010 2:37 a.m.

    Definetely considering Yorterii, and possibly Choroneko.
  • BluePikmin - October 10, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    These articles are great. wtf is with all this spam?
  • JCross3 - October 10, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    Good post. Yoterii gets ugly. How disapointing.
  • bigfatround0 - October 10, 2010 12:11 a.m.

  • Felixthecat - October 9, 2010 10:53 p.m.

    Leopardas is one of my new favourite Pokemon. I just really like it's design.
  • AurA - October 9, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    i like Choroneko the best out of those three, Yorterii is cool too, but i dont really like the evos. Also what does choroneko mean? I know Neko is cat, but i dont know choro
  • FnKaiser - October 9, 2010 6:47 p.m.

    I agree with Spartan 117. Also, great article
  • Crabhand - October 9, 2010 5:55 p.m.

    Choroneko and Leopradas' dream world ability looks really interesting. But looking at it's moveset, it can't learn Baton Pass which completely wrecks the idea I had. But I'll probably be tired of seeing it before too long, if Team Plasma is going to throw them in droves.
  • Larinah - October 9, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    All three of these are highly common in the game in the early routes. I actually only caught the dog and Minezumi, and I only KEPT Minezumi's evo. Great post though and I'm lookin' forward to Pokemon Monday again!

Showing 1-18 of 18 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000


Connect with Facebook

Log in using Facebook to share comments, games, status update and other activity easily with your Facebook feed.