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

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 1/16 of its 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 Heart on 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 that Erufuun's already impressive speed stat, and Erufuun 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.

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14 comments

  • xtremejosh - January 18, 2011 5:23 a.m.

    I rarely use grass on my team, but i will use it once i get it. I originally want Doredia in my team, but theres another grass type that i have and it might be in a later spotlight. Plus Doredia looks cute!
  • SoySauceHater - December 21, 2010 7:09 a.m.

    hmm, maybe Gen 5 will be the first time I use a grass type on my team. Probably not, but, umm, maybe.
  • Ilyere - December 20, 2010 12:17 p.m.

    Hum, Erufuun's a good contender, but... Doredia looks more cuter! Decisions...
  • JayBeat - December 20, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    Cool designs too
  • link07 - December 20, 2010 1:44 a.m.

    cool pokemon
  • MrSprinklez - December 19, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    Dear GamesRadar, I love you, but could you please refrain from posting pictures of the new pokemon on your homepage? I would like to go in as blind as possible, but your persistant ways are telling me otherwise. Thanks!
  • Crabhand - December 19, 2010 2:22 p.m.

    As someone who cares little for grass types, I find this week's spotlight dull. Needs moar ice.
  • Pokefan8824ever - December 19, 2010 6:30 a.m.

    Dudenips I am with you about raging over the fire starter it could have been a better one out there. I love both of these pokemon I have been doing research on all the new pokemon Erfuun is a mean little CIA member lol it sneaks in ruins the plans of your oppenents moves and is out b4 they relize it lol
  • Robusken - December 19, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    Can't get enough of Erufuun. I'll be abusing leach seed like crazy.
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 18, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    So Butterfly Dance is the Special equivalent of Dragon Dance? Pretty cool, there.
  • DudeNips - December 18, 2010 8:20 p.m.

    Im still raging about how dumb the fire starter is.
  • Larinah - December 18, 2010 7:16 p.m.

    Erufuun is a top contender in OU this gen. In lamens terms, it rocks socks. Having all your stuff be priority means you'll never get taunted, and coupled with Erufuun's massive support movepool, you've got a pokemon that is basically a wolf in sheep's clothing. It's still not as prominent(or as OP) as Doryuuzu, but if you're planning on building a stall team, there's no better option. Doredia is a decent choice for a sweeper on a sun team thanks to Chlorophyll. The problem is her stats. They're still not enough to one-shot most pokemon. Regardless, she has surprise factor going for her, and she still looks neat!
  • V13Dragongal - December 18, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    I love these new pokemon!
  • RegalNick - December 18, 2010 6:20 p.m.

    Doredia gets butterfly dance? wow! Butterfly dance also raises Special Defense along with Speed and Special Attack also, is this my very first first?

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