Iris's Excadrill

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Iris's Excadrill
アイリスのドリュウズ Iris's Doryuzu
Poké Ball
Iris Excadrill.png
Iris's Excadrill
Debuts in The Bloom Is on Axew!
Caught at Unova
Evolves in Prior to In The Shadow of Zekrom!
Gender Male
Ability Unknown
Current location With Iris
Drilbur Excadrill
This Pokémon spent an unknown amount of episodes as Drilbur.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Drilbur Kiyotaka Furushima N/A
As Excadrill Kiyotaka Furushima Tom Wayland

Iris's Excadrill (Japanese: アイリスのドリュウズ Iris's Doryuzu) is the second Pokémon that Iris was revealed to have but was revealed to be her first Pokemon. He first appeared in The Bloom Is on Axew!.


As a Drilbur

He first met Iris after tormenting some Patrat and stealing their food. She challenged him and after being defeated countless times, Iris finally managed to get the better of the Drilbur and got him tangled in some vines. Unfortunately, he was dangling over a cliff. Iris saved him from a deadly fall and the two they began training together. They eventually entered a tournament, where he evolved into Excadrill while battling a Druddigon. Iris then challenged Drayden to a battle which he happily accepted. Excadrill put up a good fight, but was taken out by Drayden's powerful Haxorus. The defeat led Excadrill to become ashamed of himself and he resorted to closing himself off from Iris, rarely opening up and always feeling the pain of his loss.

He is later introduced to Ash and Cilan in The Bloom Is on Axew! when Iris's Axew got stuck in the horns of a wild Scolipede, and both Cilan's Pansage and Ash's Snivy tried and failed to stop it. Reluctantly, Iris sent out Excadrill to help. But as soon as he came out, he stayed in his inactive state and refused to do anything. After Iris rescued Axew herself, Excadrill came to life and attacked Scolipede after Scolipede inadvertently kicked him. He easily defeated it and sent it flying off into the horizon. Excadrill cried out in victory before going back into his inactive state.

Iris sent out Excadrill to help out in BW020 when Ash and Pikachu went missing after falling down a hole. However Excadrill refused to help, remaining inactive and forcing Iris to recall him. He appeared again for a short time in BW027 to fend off a swarm of Swoobat, but as usual he just remained idle. He then fell for Emolga's Attract and was returned to his Poké Ball. Then in the next episode he was brought out by Emolga's Volt Switch, but still did nothing.

Excadrill while inactive

In BW036, after Axew was knocked out by Langley's Beartic, Excadrill was sent out to battle. After intentionally being knocked into a tree, Excadrill came out of his stasis and battled the Freezing Pokémon. He was knocked out and returned to his idle state of being curled up. Later that night, he wandered off and managed to work out how to use Focus Blast, but could not perform it properly. Iris then trained with him, and together they managed to perfect the attack. With his confidence in his Trainer restored, Excadrill re-challenged Beartic, which resulted in a draw. Despite tying, Excadrill was still pleased with the results, embracing his Trainer in a hug.


Excadrill, just like Ash's Charizard and Dawn's Mamoswine before him, did not listen to his Trainer in his debut. However, unlike the other two, this was not in disloyalty to his Trainer. In reality, Excadrill is a very proud Pokémon who was once very caring towards his Trainer. But after a devastating defeat, he becomes very upset to the point of hiding his face from Iris for years though secretly listening to her every word. He later reassured himself after learning a new attack and opens up to his Trainer once again.

Moves used

Using Metal Claw
Move First Used In
Dig  The Bloom Is on Axew!
Drill Run  The Bloom Is on Axew!
Metal Claw  BW036
Mud-Slap BW036
Fury Swipes BW036
Focus Blast  BW036
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Drilbur and Excadrill.