Drilbur < Excadrill > Audino
Subterrene Pokémon
Ground.gif Steel.gif
2′4″ (0.7m)
89.1 lbs. (40.4kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
Egg Group
Catch Rate
EV Yield
5th Gen: Uber
6th Gen: OU

Excadrill (ドリュウズ) is the 36th Pokémon in the Unova Pokédex. It is a Ground/Steel Type, and it is known as the Subterrene Pokémon.

Both of Excadrill's primary Abilities take effect during a Sandstorm; Sand Rush doubles its Speed, while Sand Force will increase the power of its Steel, Ground and Rock-Type moves by 33%/

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.

Gender Differences

Excadrill doesn't have any differences to differentiate between male and female.

Game Information

Original Games

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.

Spin-off 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.

Anime/Manga Information


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.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

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.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Black/White 100% Challenger's Cave, Victory Road, Giant Chasm (Dust Cloud)
Black 2/White 2 75%
Victory Road, Clay Tunnel, Twist Mountain (Dust Cloud)
Victory Road (Dust Cloud)
Reversal Mountain, Wellspring Cave, Seaside Cave, Giant Chasm(Dust Cloud)
X/Y TBD Friend Safari (Steel)

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
V Black It can help in tunnel construction. Its drill has evolved into steel strong enough to bore through iron plates.
White More than 300 feet below the surface, they build mazelike nests. Their activity can be destructive to subway tunnels.
Black 2 Forming a drill with its steel claws and head, it can bore through a steel plate, no matter how thick it is.
White 2 Forming a drill with its steel claws and head, it can bore through a steel plate, no matter how thick it is.
VI X It can help in tunnel construction. Its drill has evolved into steel strong enough to bore through iron plates.
Y More than 300 feet below the surface they build mazelike nests. Their activity can be destructive to subway tunnels.
Omega Ruby It can help in tunnel construction. Its drill has evolved into steel strong enough to bore through iron plates.
Alpha Sapphire More than 300 feet below the surface they build mazelike nests. Their activity can be destructive to subway tunnels.


Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
. 330 424 .
247 275 369 405
112 125 219 240
Sp. Atk
94 105 199 218
Sp. Def
121 135 229 251
162 181 275 302


Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Scratch Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Mud Sport Ground.gif N/A N/A Other.png
Rapid Spin Normal.gif 20 100 Physical.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
12 Fury Swipes Normal.gif 18 80 Physical.png
15 Metal Claw Steel.gif 50 95 Physical.png
19 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
22 Hone Claws Dark.gif N/A N/A Other.png
26 Slash Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
29 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
31 Horn Drill Normal.gif ?? 30 Physical.png
36 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png
42 Swords Dance Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
49 Sandstorm Rock.gif N/A N/A Other.png
55 Drill Run Ground.gif 80 95 Physical.png
62 Fissure Ground.gif ?? 30 Physical.png


TM/HM - Gen 6
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM01 Hone Claws Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM26 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM28 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM36 Sludge Bomb Poison.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM37 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock.gif 60 95 Physical.png
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying.gif 60 -- Physical.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM75 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM78 Bulldoze Ground.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM81 X-Scissor Bug.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM84 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
HM01 Cut Normal.gif 50 95 Physical.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Iron Defense Steel.gif -- -- Other.png
Rapid Spin Normal.gif 20 100 Physical.png
Earth Power Ground.gif 90 100 Special.png
Crush Claw Normal.gif 75 95 Physical.png
Metal Sound Steel.gif -- 85 Other.png
Submission Fighting.gif 80 80 Physical.png
Skull Bash Normal.gif 100 100 Physical.png
Rock Climb Normal.gif 90 85 Physical.png

Via Move Tutor (Black2/White2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Drill Run Ground.gif 80 95 Physical.png
Earth Power Ground.gif 90 100 Special.png
Iron Defense Steel.gif -- -- Other.png
Iron Head Steel.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Magnet Rise Electric.gif -- -- Other.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Stealth Rock Rock.gif -- -- Other.png

Evolution Line

Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level 31

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages

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