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Pokemon Black and White spotlight: Tabunne, Moguryuu and Doryuuzu

Note to Pokemon Monday listeners: Pokemon Monday is taking the week of Thanksgiving off, so there will be no Pokemon Monday on 11/22. Please join us as we resume with episode 27 next Monday, 11/29. 

Now we're finally getting to the interesting Pokemon. First up, Doryuuzu is one of the most powerful Pokemon introduced in Black and White, and with the right tips to utilize its out-of-control attack and speed, he's easily a top choice for competitive battling. On the opposite end of the spectrum we have sweet Tabunne, whose impressive healing and recovery abilities make it a huge pain in the ass for your opponents to get rid of. Let's take a closer look.

Moguryuu
#035 Isshu / #529 National
Type:
Ground
Species classification: Mole Pokemon
Abilities:
Sand Power – Rock, Ground and Steel-type attacks get 30% power boost during sandstorms and gives user immunity to sandstorm damage
Sand Fence – Doubles Speed during Sandstorms and doesn't take Sandstorm damage
Dream World abilities: Mold Breaker – disables opponents' abilities
Location found (Black/White): Cave to the north of Route 3 (west of Day Care), Electric Rock Cave, Fukiyose Cave, Mt. Neji
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Ground
Capture rate: 120
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Attack
Evolution family: To Doryuuzu at level 31


Doryuuzu
#036 Isshu / #530 National
Type:
Ground/Steel
Species classification: Deep Earth Pokemon
Abilities:
Sand Power – Rock, Ground and Steel-type attacks get 30% power boost during sandstorms and gives user immunity to sandstorm damage
Sand Fence – Doubles Speed during Sandstorms and doesn't take Sandstorm damage
Dream World abilities: Mold Breaker – disables opponents' abilities
Location found (Black/White): Training Cavern, Victory Road
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Ground
Capture rate: 60
Gender ratio: 50/50
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 110 HP / 135 Atk / 60 Def / 50 SAtk / 65 SDef / 88 Spd / 508 Total
Effort values: 2 Attack
Evolution family: From Moguryuu at level 31

Doryuuzu doesn't have the high defense usually associated with its Steel type, and its combination of high HP (the highest of any Steel-type to date) yet fairly low defense and special defense frustratingly cancel each other out. But don't be fooled – this is one of the most powerful Pokemon introduced in Black and White. It's tied with formidable Metagross for the highest attack stat of any Steel-type Pokemon, so it makes an outstanding physical attacker. Pair that with its Sand Fence ability (not sure what this ability is actually going to be called in the English-language version), which doubles its already impressive speed stat during sandstorms, and you have a deadly combination. Add to that Doryuuzu's awesome dual Ground/Steel type, which gives it a whopping nine resistances, two immunities and no double weaknesses, and you're looking at an excellent choice for almost any team.

It's a bit disappointing that Moguryuu/Doryuuzu can only learn one damaging Steel-type move (Metal Claw at level 15) and you won't want to waste your time on it, but Earthquake is an absolute no-brainer for a Ground-type STAB attack. Add Swords Dance to boost your attack and you're looking at a lot of Pokemon that can be easily one-hit KOed.

Next page: The lovely, annoying (in a good way!) Tabunne

11 comments

  • xtremejosh - January 4, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    The mole is powerful, but it's weakness and defense combined could screw it over. But it is great in anyone's team. As for Tabunne, it could piss me off many times on online batting.
  • philipshaw - November 23, 2010 7:11 p.m.

    Only realised now that there is no pokemon monday this week, you guys derseve a week off anyway
  • AnalogKid - November 23, 2010 3:39 a.m.

    I also thought Tabunne could be a tank but with his speed attack he can definitely be used as a quick hitter and with all his resistances he could be an secondary tank likely will be using him
  • NentendoZ - November 23, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    Tweeted this to Carolyn:looks like Nintendo had an isshu with the name Isshu.....
  • rpadTVbsuKenyan5000 - November 23, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    Finally announced the English names of the starters: Snivy (grass), Tepig (fire), and Oshawott (water). Disappointed that they changed the name of the region from Isshu to Unova though.
  • MrSuitMan - November 23, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    Doryuuzu is extremely cool and all, but doesn't it seem kind of... awkward with that drill/visor thing on its head. It just looks a bit off to me.
  • 510BrotherPanda - November 22, 2010 9:41 p.m.

    Darn, I was hoping Tyler Nagata would be back on, having talked about his long absence at Pokemon Monday hosting... Oh well, hope the TalkRadar Thanksgiving episode is enough this week! I still don't understand how vegetable matter gamebirds for Vegans work... Happy Give-Thanks-for-Bountiful-Harvest Day!
  • NentendoZ - November 22, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    aw no Pokémon Monday! Well at least will know he starters English names next week.
  • Spartan11794 - November 22, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    The only problem with doryuuzu, competitively, is that it is easily OHKO'ed, and with insta transform choice scarf ditto lurking in most teams, he's good for taking out one or two pokemon, otherwise he's a serious beast
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - November 22, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo what will i listen to tomorrow while i play pokemon
  • Robusken - November 22, 2010 6:14 p.m.

    No Pokemon Monday? Noooooooo..... Have a great Thanksgiving break guys! Ground & Steel sure does make for an interesting choice. As for Tabunne my first thought was maybe she could make a good tank but im not sure if her stats would be up to that.

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