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 debuted in a series of flashbacks in Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster! as the Pokémon that would become Iris's Excadrill.
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 JN052, 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.
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
In the TCG
Drilbur is based on a mole. The shape of its arms could come from shovels, and its claws from the teeth of burrs.
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