Excadrill (Unova Pokédex. It is a Ground/Steel Type, and it is known as the Subterrene Pokémon.) is the 36th Pokémon in the
A third Ability is available to Excadrill that come from the Dream World, the Mold Breaker Ability. This Ability allows its moves to work as they would normally without being affected by the Ability of the targeted Pokémon, allowing its Ground-type moves to hit a Pokémon with the Levitate Ability, for example.
Drilbur can evolve into Excadrill starting at Level 31.
Excadrill is in the Field Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Drilbur One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.
Excadrill takes on the appearance of a mole with a metallic horn on its head, and metallic claws at the end of both hands.
Excadrill doesn't have any differences to differentiate between male and female.
Excadrill appears at the Challenger's Cave, Victory Road and Giant Chasm in Black and White, but it only appears at Shaking Spots in each area. In Black 2 and White 2, Excadrill appears at Wellspring Cave, Clay Road, Twist Mountain, Rebirth Mountain, the Seaside Cave, Giant Chasm and Victory Road, but it only appears at Shaking Spots, just like the first Generation V games.
Excadrill appears at the Verdant Courts in the Arbor Area in PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond. It can be befriended by defeating it in battle, after which it can be called into battle.
Excadrill appears within the Earth Nation and the Steel Nation in Pokémon Conquest.
Trading Card Game
Excadrill appears in four sets and the Black/White Promo set. It is listed as a Rare Card in the Emerging Powers (2) and Dark Explorers (2) sets.
Iris would first use her Excadrill in the episode Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!. It wouldn't obey Iris during her first battle against Georgia, but would rebound, obeying Iris in a rematch. Since then, it has been a staple on Iris' Pokémon team.
Clay would use his own Excadrill in his gym battle against Ash. It would defeat Snivy, and would have Roggenrola on the ropes until it evolved into Boldore. Boldore would defeat Excadrill to win the match.
Iris' Excadrill appears in both versions of Pokémon Movie 14.
Excadrill's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.
In Generation VI, Excadrill finds itself residing in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling. With the nerf to sandstorm, Excadrill is no longer a broken force in the metagame, but it still remains a top-tier threat. While nerfing sandstorm may have set a limit on how many turns Excadrill can wreak havoc, it is incredibly threatening under sandstorm with Sand Rush doubling its speed. Excadrill is almost impossible to revenge kill under sand and becomes a major threat to offensive and defensive teams with Swords Dance giving it the capacity to tear apart even the bulkiest of walls. Excadrill also has access to Rapid Spin, which gives it great utility as it can remove hazards for offensive teams. Excadrill's typing gives it some major advantages against Pokemon like Raikou and Latios and does not make it completely vulnerable to offensive threats. If one desires to use Excadrill outside of sand, it can perform a bulky spinner role or Choice Scarf set with Mold Breaker. Excadrill's primary downfall is its reliance on sand when concerning the Sand Rush set, as it is easily outsped by many offensive threats without sand support. Excadrill also has a typing that leaves it vulnerable to being taken down by priority attacks like Mach Punch and Aqua Jet, and its typing has poor synergy with Tyranitar and Hippowdon, the two sand setters with Sand Stream. All in all, though, Excadrill is a massive threat in the Overused tier and should not be underestimated in the slighest.
Excadrill is also a viable option in the Uber tier of competitive battling. Excadrill's biggest niche has shifted from being solely a revenge killer and sweeper under sand to one that can act as a solid lead. Thanks to Mold Breaker, Excadrill can set up Stealth Rock against Magic Bounce users like Mega Sableye and Mega Diancie. It can beat opposing suicide leads thanks to its access to Rapid Spin, cripple Mega Sableye and Defog users with Toxic, and threaten Mega Diancie with an Earthquake. Even though the suicide lead Excadrill set has become more viable given the current metagame, Excadrill's Sand Rush set is still as threatening as ever. Excadrill can become one of the game's best Geomancy Xerneas checks under sand, as it is capable of destroying it with a Life Orb boosted Iron Head. Excadrill also has a nice resistance to Extreme Speed and numerous immunities allowing it to have some switch in opportunities. It can also remove entry hazards with Rapid Spin and blast through teams after getting a Swords Dance boost. Excadrill's main downfall is its over-reliance on sand regarding the Sand Rush set, and with Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre being so prevalent in the metagame and heavily pressuring Tyranitar, sand support can be hard to maintain. Excadrill also suffers from being checked by one of the tier's biggest threats in Mega Salamence which can switch into an Earthquake and pressure Excadrill heavily.
Via Move Tutor (Black2/White2)
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