Pokemon Black and White Spotlight: Monmen, Churine and their evolutions

Continuing our journey through the Unova Pokedex with two pure Grass types

These two adorable pure Grass-types are Black & White version counterparts of each other, with wild Monmen available only in Black and wild Churine only available in White. When these Pokemon first appeared, most people just assumed that they were probably each exclusive to one version of the game, which is partially true. However, they're not quite completely version exclusives, because there's an NPC woman in Shippou City who'll offer to trade one for the other depending on the version you have.Let's take a closer look.


Monmen
#052 Unova / #546 National
Type:
Grass
Species classification: Cotton Ball Pokemon
Abilities:
Teasing Heart – Non-damaging moves get a 1 point priority boost
Slip Through – Safeguard, Lightscreen and Reflect have no effect on user
Dream World abilities: Chlorophyll – Speed doubles during sunny weather
Location found:
Black:
Yaguruma Forest
White: Shippou City (NPC woman in the duplex directly east of the Pokemon Center will trade your Churine for her Monmen or vice versa depending on which version of the game you have)
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Plant, Fairy
Capture rate: 190
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Speed
Evolution family: To Erufuun via Sun Stone


Erufuun
#053 Unova / #547 National
Type:
Grass
Species classification: Hidden Wind Pokemon
Abilities:
Teasing Heart – Non-damaging moves get a 1 point priority boost
Slip Through – Safeguard, Lightscreen and Reflect have no effect on user
Dream World abilities: Chlorophyll – Speed doubles during sunny weather
Location found:
Black:
Yaguruma Forest, Lost Forest
White: Evolve Monmen
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Plant, Fairy
Capture rate: 75
Gender ratio: 50/50
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 60 HP / 67 Atk / 85 Def / 77 SAtk / 75 SDef / 116 Spd / 480 Total
Effort values: 2 Speed
Evolution family: From Monmen via Sun Stone

Monmen and its evolutution, Erufuun, look too cute to be really useful at first glance, but they've definitely got their advantages in battle. As you know, Leech Seed is the most formidable Grass-type move in existence.Once you've seeded your opponent,Leech Seed takes 1/16ofits HP each turn, and gives all the HP it drained from your opponent to your Pokemon. 1/16 doesn't seem like much, but it adds up quickly, since once you've seeded the Pokemon, it drains HP each turn like a poison, without taking up additional turns, and you get the full amount restored to the Pokemon who used Leech Seed, or if you switch out, to whatever Pokemon takes its place. If you add a Big Root hold item to that equation, you get the full HP of your opponent plus 30%.

Erufuun and Monmen's Teasing Heart ability (also called Mischievous Hearton some sites) give priority to non-damaging moves, and Leech Seed is included in this since it doesn't do damage when the opponent is seeded initially. Add to thatErufuun's already impressivespeed stat, andErufuun has the potential to seriously disrupt your opponent's plans. Teasing Heart coupled with Erufuun's speed also go hand in hand for any other non-damaging strategies you can think of, like Substitute, Encore and Taunt.