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Pokemon Black and White spotlight: The ghosts of Isshu

In honor of Halloween, we're breaking our numerical run through the Isshu Pokedex to bring you every single Ghost-type in Pokemon Black and White. These are some of the coolest Ghost-types the series has ever seen, with one pure Ghost family and three families with unique dual-typing. Let's take a closer look.

Desumasu
#068 Isshu / #562 National
Type:
Ghost
Species classification: Spirit Pokemon
Ability: Mummy – If user makes contact with opponent or vice versa, the opponent's ability will change to Mummy for the duration of the battle
Dream World ability: Same
Location found (Black/White): Ancient Castle (in Resort Desert area)
Wild hold items: Spell Tag (rare)
Egg groups: Mineral, Indeterminate
Capture rate: 190
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Defense
Evolution family: To Desukaan at level 34




Desukaan
#069 Isshu / #563 National
Type:
Ghost
Species classification: Coffin Pokemon
Ability: Mummy – If user makes contact with opponent or vice versa, the opponent's ability will change to Mummy for the duration of the battle
Dream World ability: Same
Location found (Black/White): Ancient Castle (in Resort Desert area)
Wild hold items: Spell Tag (rare)
Egg groups: Mineral, Indeterminate
Capture rate: 90
Gender ratio: 50/50
Experience at lvl 100: 1,000,000
Base stats: 58 HP / 50 Atk / 145 Def / 95 SAtk / 105 SDef / 30 Spd / 483 Total
Effort values: 2 Defense
Evolution family: From Desumasu at level 34

Desumasu (aka Deathmask) and Desukaan (aka Deathcoffin) are the only two pure Ghost types introduced in Black and White, and they're also the only two Pokemon with the new Mummy ability. Any time the user makes contact with an opponent either by hitting or being hit with a contact move, the opponent's Ability changes to Mummy for the duration of the battle, effectively neutralizing its own ability. Also worth noting, Desukaan not only has the highest defense of any Ghost-type to date, but it has the highest defense of any Isshu Pokemon. Its speed is dismal though, so it might be worth considering a Trick Room (TM92) moveset to turn that to your advantage.

Design-wise, Desumasu and Desukaan are two of our absolute favorites this generation. Both have two faces – which one are you supposed to look at? Desukaan looks like an Egyptian sarcophagus, and he's the perfect mix of creepy and cute. His favorite snack is humans.

Next page: Jellyfish-inspired dual  Water/Ghost types Pururiru and Burungeru

29 comments

  • xtremejosh - January 4, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    I can't wait to get my hands on Shandera cause it looks awesome and has great stats.
  • GameManiac - November 22, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    I definitely see myself using Shandera. I loved the unique type combination when I first heard of it. That Dark/Dragon type hydra-like Pokemon, same thing. I can use that too.
  • RaptorRider - November 13, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Fun fact: Goruugu can also learn Fly. That alone is likely the one reason I'm putting him in my team. Besides, y'know, being a ghost type who can use Earthquake. 'Course, for a Pokémon with an ability like Iron Fist, he only learns like two punching moves, interestingly enough. But still, Fly.
  • Chaoscoolperson - November 7, 2010 6:25 p.m.

    These guys look awesome but why hasn't there been a zombie-inspired ghost-type yet?
  • VercettisShirt - November 1, 2010 5:23 p.m.

    A ton of new Ghost-types and they all look gorgeous. I'm a little suprised that Desukaan is not part Rock-type.
  • thedonut - October 31, 2010 8:50 p.m.

    I was kind of expecting a Water/Ghost type to be a ball of mist. Then again, that was pretty much overdone.
  • maydae503 - October 31, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    i must get a DS asap so i can play this when it's released in the us!
  • PorkoMan - October 31, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    The isshu ghosts are so original. My fave has gotta be hitomoshi's family
  • Fusionmix - October 31, 2010 2:02 p.m.

    Wow. The first time in 10 years that Pokemon have looked like Pokemon. Congratulations, Nintendo. I may have to get this.
  • garfunkling - October 31, 2010 6:49 a.m.

    Awesome is all i can think of.
  • ThatGamerDude - October 31, 2010 5:01 a.m.

    They all look awesome but I think I'll be using Shandera the most out of all of them.
  • JCross3 - October 31, 2010 3:54 a.m.

    It's gonna be soooo hard to chose which ghost I want. They all look awesome!
  • Genericide - October 31, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    All awesome looking, and fairly good gameplay wise as well. The badass chandelier could and will probably replace pokemon like gengar and alakazam as the standard special attacker. But despite it's lower stats, I think I have to get a Burungeru, because nothing beats a giant moustache jellyfish.
  • JayBeat - October 31, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    I love the goruugu design, definitely catching that guy :)
  • Hotdiddykong - October 31, 2010 1:49 a.m.

    These ghost types are awesome! I was hoping for a Ghost/Rock to nickname bouldergiest from mario galaxy but Goruugo being Ghost/ground is good enough!
  • FrozenImplosion - October 31, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Wow these all look pretty good! Especially the fire and water ones! Definitely gonna need to have one of those on my team ahaha
  • Crabhand - October 31, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    Shandera is my favorite among the new ghosts. I think it's overall design fits well for ghosts, I would expect to see candles/chandeliers in a haunted mansion, so it's pretty nifty. Goruugu looks pretty cool as well.
  • Nap1400 - October 31, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    Uh....the Golem Pokemon? Didn't we have a Pokemon that was NAMED Golem? Anyway, the one family of the four I'd like to get is the Hitmoshi family. Come on, you gotta love having a chandelier for a Pokemon.
  • killorabbit - October 31, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    I'm a sucker for ghost pokemon. Can't wait to get my hands on B/W so I can experiment with Shandera and Desukaan.
  • Felixthecat - October 31, 2010 12:32 a.m.

    Desukaan is probably my favourite new Pokemon. It has a great design.

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