Pokemon Black and White Pokedex - Woobat, Swoobat

#033Unova / #527 National
: Psychic/Flying
Species classification: Bat Pokemon
Unaware – Ignores opponent's stat changes except for speed
Klutz – Disables the effect of user's held items (except for EXP affecting items)
Dream World ability: Simple – Doubles the effect of all stat modifiers on user; doubles critical hit damage
Location found (Black/White): Wellspring,Mistralton Cave, Twist Mountain, Victory Road, Challenger's Cave
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Ground, Flying
Capture rate: 190
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 1 Speed
Evolution family:Woobat > Swoobatvia Happiness

IfRoggenrola is the newGeodude, Woobatis definitely the newZubat– iteven evolves intoSwoobatvia Happiness, likeGolbatevolves intoCrobat. Based on looks alone,Woobat andSwoobat are two of our favorite new Pokemon, and their Psychic/Flying dual type is an interesting combo.

It's a bit sad then thatSwoobat has a few things going against it gameplay-wise. First, its signature move, Heart Stamp (a base power 60 Psychic attack) is a physical attack despite Swoobat's special attack stat being much higher than its attack stat. And speaking of stats,Swoobat is also outclassed in all but its speed stat by another Psychic/Flying Pokemon introduced this generation,Sigilyph.Besides that, it'stough not to compareSwoobat to Crobat,which isn't really fair, butthe awesome Crobat also outclassesSwoobat inevery respect.

We still love these guys, though, and if you need a Pokemon in your party to teach Fly, you could do worse than Woobat or Swoobat. Sometimes it's about more than stats, you know?

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