Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Otamaro, Dokkora and their evolutions

Continuing our journey through the Unova Pokedex with... a frog and a construction worker?

We're starting to notice a pattern here –many of the Unova region's new Pokemon bear a striking resemblance to Pokemon from Red and Blue's original 151. Today, we look at two evolutionary families, the first of which brings a brawny manliness reminiscent of the Machop family. The other doesn't have a direct counterpart, but its Water/Ground typing makes it impossible not to compare it to the great Ruby/Sapphire starter, Swampert. Let's see how these two triple stagers stack up against their predecessors.

Dokkora
#038Unova / #532 National
Type
: Fighting
Species classification: Muscle Pokemon
Abilities:
Guts – Boosts Attack stat by 50% when user has status ailment
Brute Force – If the user's move has less than 100% chance of hitting and a chance of inflicting a status ailment on the opponent, that move will be 30% more powerful but will not have a secondary effect
Dream World abilities: Iron Fist – Increases power of punching moves by 20%
Location found (Black/White): Yaguruma Forest
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Humanshape
Capture rate: 180
Gender ratio: 75% male, 25% female
Effort values: 1 Attack
Evolution family: To Dotekkotsu at level 25, then to Roobushin via trade


Dotekkotsu
#039Unova / #533 National
Type:
Fighting
Species classification: Muscle Pokemon
Abilities:
Guts – Boosts Attack stat by 50% when user has status ailment
Brute Force – If the user's move has less than 100% chance of hitting and a chance of inflicting a status ailment on the opponent, that move will be 30% more powerful but will not have a secondary effect
Dream World abilities: Iron Fist – Increases power of punching moves by 20%
Location found (Black/White): Mt. Neji
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Humanshape
Capture rate: 90
Gender ratio: 75% male, 25% female
Effort values: 2 Attack
Evolution family: From Dokkora at level 25, to Roobushin via trade


Roobushin
#040Unova / #534 National
Type:
Fighting
Species classification: Muscle Pokemon
Abilities:
Guts – Boosts Attack stat by 50% when user has status ailment
Brute Force – If the user's move has less than 100% chance of hitting and a chance of inflicting a status ailment on the opponent, that move will be 30% more powerful but will not have a secondary effect
Dream World abilities: Iron Fist – Increases power of punching moves by 20%
Location found (Black/White): Trade Dotekkotsu to evolve
Egg groups: Humanshape
Gender ratio: 75% male, 25% female
Experience at lvl 100: 1,059,860
Base stats: 105 HP / 140 Atk / 95 Def / 55 SAtk / 65 SDef / 45 Spd / 505 Total
Effort values: 3 Attack
Evolution family: From Dotekkotsu via trade, from Dokkora to Dotekkotsu at level 25

Like quite a few Pokemon we've covered in the Unova 'dex so far (Gigaiath and Kokoromoricome to mind), Dokkora's evolutionary family bears a striking resemblance to Machop, Machoke and Machamp. Both are pure Fighting type triple stage families where the final stage evolves by trading, and both have a gender ratio of 75% male to 25% female. Furthermore, both final evolutions have a base stat total of 505 and both can have the Guts ability.

Despite Roobushin's new Brute Force ability, Guts is overall still your best bet (especially in competitive battles), because it boosts Roobushin's already high attack stat by 50% whenever he has a status ailment. His dream world ability, Iron Fist, is also worth taking a look at too, because it increases the power of punching moves by 20% at all times, and Roobushin definitely has some excellent punching options. Mach Punch is a strong option, which can be taught via breeding from Infernape or Hitmonchan, and Drain Punch is another good egg move option that Roobushin can learn from Kojofu/Kojondo via breeding. Focus Punch is a risky choice, but with a staggering base power of 150 it can pay off with a one-hit KO if it hits.

Next page: Can Water/Ground type Gamageroge challenge the mighty Swampert?

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