Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Nageki and Dageki

It's no wonder that Black and White introduced two sets of Psychic/Flying Pokemon (Koromori and its evolution Kokoromori, plus Shimbora), because this generation also debuts four families of pure Fighting types (Psychic and Flying are Fighting's two weaknesses). This week's spotlight focuses on two vaguely related Fighting-type Pokemon that are clearly throwbacks to the original Red and Blue generation – Nageki and Dageki are the Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan of Black and White.

#044 Unova / #538 National
Species classification: Judo Pokemon
Guts – Boosts Attack stat by 50% when user has status ailment
Inner Focus – Prevents user from flinching
Dream World abilities: Mold Breaker – disables opponents' abilities
Location found (Black/White): Routes 10, 15, 18, Yaguruma Forest (more common in White)
Wild hold items: Black Belt (rare)
Egg groups: Humanshape
Capture rate: 45
Gender ratio: Male only
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 120 HP / 100 Atk / 85 Def / 30 SAtk / 85 SDef / 45 Spd / 465 Total
Effort values: 2 HP
Evolution family: None

More defense-oriented than its counterpart Dageki, Nageki is definitely the Hitmonchan of this Fighting-type duo. He's yet another Pokemon in Black and White that appears to be wearing clothes, and closely resembles a judo master. Nageki learns one of his most interesting move options at level 37 with Overhead Throw, a base power 60 physical attack that also switches your opponent's Pokemon out of battle and brings out the the next one in line. Because of his high defense, he's also good candidate for a Substitute (TM90) strategy.

Just because Nageki is this generation's Hitmonchan though, don't expect everything about him to be the same – his stats are actually distributed quite a bit differently. Most notably, Nageki's HP is over twice as high (base 120 vs base 50), but his speed and special defense are considerably lower than Hitmonchan's.

#045 Unova / #539 National
Species classification: Karate Pokemon
Sturdy – Leaves 1 HP when Pokemon would otherwise be one-hit KOed
Inner Focus – Prevents user from flinching
Dream World abilities: Mold Breaker – disables opponents' abilities
Location found (Black/White): Routes 10, 15, 18, Yaguruma Forest (more common in Black)
Wild hold items: Black Belt (rare)
Egg groups: Humanshape
Capture rate: 45
Gender ratio: Male only
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 75 HP / 125 Atk / 75 Def / 30 SAtk / 75 SDef / 85 Spd / 465 Total
Effort values: 2 Attack
Evolution family: None

Clearly meant as a physical attacker, Dageki is still a well-rounded Pokemon stats-wise except for his dismal special attack. Dageki's attack stat slightly edges out his twin Hitmonlee's (base 125 vs base 120), and his HP and defense are considerable higher too, although Dageki lacks the ultra-high special defense of Hitmonlee. Like Nageki, Dageki's level-up movepool is a smorgasbord of STAB physical attacks, so load him up with a few moves that will really take advantage of Dageki's natural talents. Speaking of nature, you really can't go wrong with Adamant (+Attack, -Special Attack) on any of the Fighting types mentioned in this article, since you won't be using any special attacks whatsoever with them. 

Side note: Why so many pure Fighting-types based on manly humanshapes? I think it would have been cool if one of the Pokemon in the Nageki/Dageki duo were based on a more feminine concept. Just a thought!

Previous Pokemon B&W spotlights:
The starters and their evolutions
Minezumi, Yorterii, Choroneko and their evolutions.
The monkey trio and their evolutions 
Munna, Mamepato, Shimama and their evolutions 
The ghosts of Isshu
Dangoro, Koromori and their evolutions
Tabunne, Moguryuu and and Doryuuzu
Otamaro, Dokkora and their evolutions

Dec 4, 2010




  • NightCrawler_358 - December 6, 2010 1:10 a.m.

    Now these are cool looking pokemon! They almost look like something off of Sesame Street, like Bert and Ernie haha
  • elpurplemonkey - December 5, 2010 7:16 a.m.

    I always thought Hitmonchan was plenty feminine, what with the skirt and all.
  • Cyberninja - December 5, 2010 4:22 a.m.

    awesome you can catch both easily
  • near01 - December 5, 2010 4:03 a.m.

    uninspired and boring. sorry ^_^
  • Larinah - December 5, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    You want a feminine fighting type? Go with Meloetta's Step Forme. For a pure fighting type, I'd have to say go with Kojondo. It strikes me as a female for some reason. Also, a spotlight suggestion, you should do the new dragons as a spotlight. Kibago, Kurimugan, and Monozu+their evos. Or considering the fact and Christmas is coming up, you could go for the new ice types!
  • Giinjii - December 4, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    So are these guys born with those robes as a part of their skin? They're born in the wild right?
  • shyfonzie - December 4, 2010 9:52 p.m.

    THEY REMIND ME OF BERT AND ERNIE. I agree with your sidenote. There were a lot of very feminine pokemon, but they all seemed to be such princessey types. I guess a female pokemon professor is the only progress on the feminist front in Unova. ACTUALLY THOUGH Kojondo is a pure fighting type who I would say looks very feminine.
  • Ilyere - December 4, 2010 9:30 p.m.

    I haven't really been a fan of Fighting types, and it looks like I won't be changing my mind anytime soon...
  • ventanger - December 4, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    Kinda blurs the line between "Pokemon" and "Person with blue or red skin that you enslave and force to fight battles for you."
  • Crabhand - December 4, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    I guess their faces kind of look like muppets... But yea, I'm totally in favor of Dageki, I just prefer his design to Nageki. I find the coloration strange though, you might expect them to have a second type like fire/ice or fire/water.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - December 4, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    Completely agree with ExcessGiraffe. I knew there was SOMETHING, I just couldn't place it. It's fucking MUPPETS! Anyway, the mouldbreaker ability could be quite good for getting rid of Dangoro et al in long cave trips. Fighting type moves would be a nice clincher in that senario. Shame they don't really have anything revoltionary here. [I still think with that cracked skin they look like a rock/fighting combo]
  • ExcessGiraffe - December 4, 2010 8:28 p.m.

    Ok, am I the only one that thinks they looks like muppets...?
  • thefreakysurgeon - December 4, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    Dageki looks awesome and overall, Black looks awesome i can't wait to get it!
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 4, 2010 7:29 p.m.

    Maybe it's just me, but I think in Chinese, 'na' might be grab, and 'da' is to hit. I don't know if it applies to Japanese the same way though... Hitmonlee is still my favorite Fighting Type.
  • Spartan11794 - December 4, 2010 7:12 p.m.

    Fighters are supposed to be buff burly mofo's, which sadly doesn't look well on women, I think a female oriented fighting type shouldn't be pure fighting, I think it should be fighting psychic, but Gallade disagrees Anyway it seems Psychic are more female oriented and fighting are male oriented, and as we all know Psychic>Fighting, so don't think gamefreak is sexist
  • Robusken - December 4, 2010 7:03 p.m.

    I like the move over head throw...but thats about all I like about these guys. At least hitmonchan and hitmonlee were somewhat creative, these guys are just two differently colored humans with judo clothes thrown in. Just plain not for me I suppose.
  • tbelz99 - December 4, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Also on nageki for good defense is wide guard which is like a protect for all pokemon you have out seems like a good choice for double/triple battles
  • masterjoe123 - December 4, 2010 6:03 p.m.

    First! and i agree with the sidenote

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