Drilbur (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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Drilbur
Mole Pokémon
モグリュー
Mogurew
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Drilbur



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Ground Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sand Rush or Sand Force Cacophony
Cacophony
Mold Breaker
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
120 (24.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
1'00" 0.3 m
Drilbur
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Weight
18.7 lbs. 8.5 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
66
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Drilbur
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HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
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Speed
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Atk
0
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Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Gray
Base friendship
70
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Drilbur (Japanese: モグリュー Mogurew) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation V.

It evolves into Excadrill starting at level 31.

Biology

Drilbur is a mole-like Pokémon that has a short, wide body with two small, ovoid feet with three toes each. Its body is mostly black, but has a jagged, navy blue stripe that runs diagonally around its torso from its left shoulder. It is connected at the bottom to another stripe, which extends around the base of its torso. It has a white face with a long snout, tipped by its pink nose. Its eyes are at the base of its nose on either side. Drilbur's arms are wide and thin with a blue spot on its palms. It lacks traditional hands, as its arms form directly into its three, extremely large claws. It has a very small, stubby tail.

Drilbur can straighten its body and align its claws forward, allowing it to spin like a drill and dig through the ground. It is able to dig at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). As seen in both the manga and the anime, Drilbur has no issues being around humans and can be very friendly. Many farmers dislike Dribur due to it causing destruction to their vegetable crops.

In the anime

 
Drilbur in the anime

Major appearances

Iris's Drilbur

Drilbur debuted in a series of flashbacks in Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster! as the Pokémon that would become Iris's Excadrill.

Other

In PK22, a wild Drilbur, Darumaka, and Gothita were angry at Oshawott and Tepig, who had eaten the apples that they had collected.

In A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1, Ferris used a Drilbur to help him look for Fossils inside Twist Mountain.

In A Surface to Air Tag Battle Team!, Rocko's Drilbur battled alongside a Braviary belonging to Rocko's twin brother Soren, against Ash's Unfezant and Cilan's Pansage, and lost. Its Drill Run later became a vital component for a unique combination invented by Rocko, called "Bubble Drill".

In How Are You Gonna Keep 'Em Off of the Farm?, Jessie pulled a Drilbur from the Rocket Prize Master to battle Ash and Goh, only for it to be defeated by Goh's newly caught Dugtrio.

Minor appearances

Multiple Drilbur appeared in White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram.

A Drilbur appeared in Crisis at Ferroseed Research!.

In Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice, the Swords of Justice legend featured a Drilbur.

A Drilbur appeared in A Pokémon of a Different Color!.

In Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, a Drilbur was living at the Nebel Plateau.

In the manga

Pocket Monsters BW

A Drilbur appeared in Pocket Monsters BW.

Pocket Monsters BW: Good Partners

A Drilbur appeared in BWGP04.

Pocket Monsters HGSS

A Drilbur appeared in PMHGSS23.

Pokémon Adventures

A Trainer's Drilbur appeared in An Odd Speech.

In Sandstorm, a Drilbur partakes in a game that the Workers play in during their break.

Two Workers' Drilbur appeared in Giant Chasm.

Pokémon + Nobunaga's Ambition ~ Ranse's Color Picture Scroll ~

A Drilbur appeared in The Yellow Scroll: Hanbei vs Kanbei.

A Drilbur appeared in The Black Scroll: Nobunaga's Ambition.

Pokémon RéBURST

A Drilbur appears in The Beginning of the Adventure!.

In the TCG

Main article: Drilbur (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V Unova
BW: #035
Unova
B2W2: #076
Black It can dig through the ground at a speed of 30 mph. It could give a car running aboveground a good race.
White It makes its way swiftly through the soil by putting both claws together and rotating at high speed.
Black 2 By spinning its body, it can dig straight through the ground at a speed of 30 mph.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X It makes its way swiftly through the soil by putting both claws together and rotating at high speed.
Y By spinning its body, it can dig straight through the ground at a speed of 30 mph.
Omega Ruby It makes its way swiftly through the soil by putting both claws together and rotating at high speed.
Alpha Sapphire By spinning its body, it can dig straight through the ground at a speed of 30 mph.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#166
Sword It brings its claws together and whirls around at high speed before rushing toward its prey.
Shield It's a digger, using its claws to burrow through the ground. It causes damage to vegetable crops, so many farmers have little love for it.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White
Wellspring Cave, Chargestone Cave, Mistralton Cave, Twist Mountain (Dust cloud)
Black 2 White 2
Relic Passage, Chargestone Cave, Mistralton Cave (Dust cloud)
Dream World
Icy Cave*
Generation VI
X Y
Breed Excadrill
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Breed Excadrill
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Galar Mine, Stony Wilderness, Giant's Mirror, Giant's Cap, Dusty Bowl, Hammerlocke Hills
Rolling Fields, Bridge Field (Max Raid Battle)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Cave: Shimmering Lake, World Axle - B2F
PokéPark 2
Cove Area
Conquest
Terrera
MD GTI
Ragged Mountain (1F-5F), Stony Cave (B1-B5), Rusty Mountain (Gilded Hall), Jaws of the Abyss (Uncharted Road, Gilded Hall), Smoking Mountain (Uncharted Road, Gilded Hall)
Rumble U
Magical Lake: In Need of Trees, Variety Battle: It's Drill Time!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Sacred Plains: Stage 1
Shuffle
Wacky Workshop: Stage 168
Marron Trail: Stage 679
Rumble World
Ruby Volcano: Dusty Desert (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Zapdos Sea, Entei Sea, Entei SeaFinal


Held items

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
60
120 - 167 230 - 324
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
68
65 - 132 126 - 258
Total:
328
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100100% 10
011 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 05050 100100% 40
044 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
088 Hone Claws Dark Status 0000 00——% 15
1212 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
1616 Metal Claw Steel Physical 05050 09595% 35
2020 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
2424 Crush Claw Normal Physical 07575 09595% 10
2828 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 09090% 10
3232 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
3636 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
4040 Drill Run Ground Physical 08080 09595% 10
4444 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
4848 Fissure Ground Physical 0000 03030% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Drilbur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Drilbur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22  TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM32  TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM43  TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48  TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM49  TM49 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
TM53  TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM59  TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65  TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81  TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR00  TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR10  TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR22  TR22 Sludge Bomb Poison Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR46  TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR57  TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR60  TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR67  TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR76  TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR87  TR87 Drill Run Ground Physical 08080 095}}95% 10
TR94  TR94 High Horsepower Ground Physical 09595 095}}95% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Drilbur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Drilbur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
    Metal Sound Steel Status 85% 40
      
      
      
     
Slash Normal Physical 70 100% 20
  Submission Fighting Physical 80 80% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Drilbur in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Drilbur in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Drilbur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Drilbur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Scorching Sands Ground Special 70 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Drilbur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Drilbur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
V VI VII Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
V VI VII Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Mud Sport × Ground Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Rock Climb × Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
V VI VII Skull Bash Normal Physical 130130 100}}100% 10
V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Drilbur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Drilbur
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

By events

For a portion of the first day of the round of the Wild Area News for April 28 to May 11, 2020, ★ Drilbur raids originating from Shield came with the illegal move Hydro Pump. The same raids for the rest of the event's duration, or from Sword, come with the correct move, Scratch. Players who caught a Drilbur with Hydro Pump cannot trade or battle online with it unless that move is deleted.
These erroneous Drilbur otherwise function like other Drilbur, and can evolve into Excadrill with Hydro Pump.

Generation VIII
Other generations:
V - VI - VII
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Wild Area NewsSh Hydro Pump Water Special 110 80% 5
  • A superscript level indicates that Drilbur can learn this move normally in Generation VIII
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Drilbur
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Drilbur
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 2.08 seconds Base HP: 51
Base Attack: 71 Base Defense: 46 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
  Strong:    Weak:  
PokéPark Pad entry:
He started practicing his drilling moves to win battles, but now he enjoys drilling more than battling.
Pokémon Conquest
  HP: ★★ Move: Dig
Attack: ★★★ Ability 1: Sandpit
Ability 2: Stealth
Ability 3: Parry
Defense:
Speed: ★★★
Evolves into Excadrill when its Attack is 97 or higher
Range: 3 Perfect Links: Asahi, Kei, Naka, and Ume
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Ground
  Attack Power: 50 - 100   5

#206
 

Damage Streak
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.
Skill Swapper: Quirky++
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 155 Base Attack: 154 Base Defense: 85
Egg Distance: 5 km Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement:   50
Fast Attacks: Scratch, Mud-Slap
Charged Attacks: Rock Tomb, Dig, Drill Run
New Pokémon Snap
 
Photodex entry #222
Drilbur presses its claws together and spins its body to dig through the soil. If you see one pop its head above ground, that means it’s just taking a break.

In Pokémon GO, Drilbur could be obtained by completing 2/5 of the time-limited Special Research, Season of Legends.

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Drilbur
 Ground 
 
Level 31
 
First evolution
Excadrill
 Ground  Steel 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation V.
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
   
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Drilbur images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

Origin

Drilbur is based on a mole. The shape of its arms could come from shovels, and its claws from the teeth of burrs.

Name origin

Drilbur might be a combination of drill and burrow or burr.

Mogurew may be a combination of 土竜 mogura (mole) and screw.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese モグリュー Mogurew From 土竜 mogura and screw
  French Rototaupe From rotatif or rotor and taupe. Also possibly a pun on rototo
  Spanish Drilbur Same as English name
  German Rotomurf From Rotation and Maulwurf
  Italian Drilbur Same as English name
  Korean 두더류 Dudeoryu From 두더지 dudeoji and screw
  Cantonese Chinese
  Mandarin Chinese 螺釘地鼠 / 螺钉地鼠 Luódīngdìshǔ From 螺釘 luódīng, , shǔ, and 地鼠 dìshǔ.


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