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 Near Village of Dragons
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 Tom Wayland
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 first Pokémon that Iris caught, but made his first on-screen appearance in The Bloom Is on Axew!.


As a Drilbur

Excadrill, as a Drilbur, first met Iris as a child 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 began training together. Drilbur won all of his matches through one-hit KOs, never taking a hit in the process. They eventually entered a tournament, where he evolved into Excadrill while battling a Trainer's Druddigon and won, earning Iris a streak of ninety-nine straight wins. Iris, looking to get her 100th win against a Dragon Master, challenged Drayden to a battle which he happily accepted. Excadrill put up a good fight against Drayden's powerful Haxorus, but he found himself taking hits for the first time. Haxorus soon knocked Excadrill out, and Excadrill, ashamed of having lost and thinking he let Iris down, closed himself off from her.

He was 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 out of his inactive state 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 Dancing With the Ducklett Trio! 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 Emolga the Irresistible! 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 Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!, after Axew was knocked out by Georgia'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 learn 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.

Iris used Excadrill in the final round of the Club Battle in Club Battle Finale: A Hero's Outcome! in her battle against Ash. He went up against Ash's Pikachu, and after a long battle, managed to beat the Electric Mouse Pokémon, allowing Iris to win the tournament.

In Battle For The Underground!, he was let out of his Poké Ball by Snivy when she found it amongst those that Team Rocket had stolen from the Nimbasa Pokémon Center, to free Pikachu and Axew from their cages with Metal Claw. He later helped fight off Dr. Zager's helicopter, while the other Pokémon worked out an escape.

In Stopping the Rage of Legends! Part 1, Excadrill battled Tornadus and Thundurus in an attempt to halt their rampage. He landed a hit on the legendary Pokémon by combining his Drill Run with Snivy's Leaf Storm, but was eventually defeated by the powerful opponents.

Iris chose Excadrill to participate in the Clubsplosion tournament in The Clubsplosion Begins!, he was sent out to battle Burgundy's Dewott and began battling it in the next episode. After withstanding an Ice Beam attack, Excadrill narrowly avoided Dewott's Water Pulse with Dig. However, after Dewott sent a Water Pulse into the hole, Excadrill took a lot of damage. He landed his first hit when he collided a short range Focus Blast with Dewott's Razor Shell and soon after, was able to knock its scalchops away. Iris then ordered a barrage of Metal Claw attacks, but Dewott took the damage and countered with Revenge, heavily damaging Excadrill. After Dewott retrieved its scalchops, Excadrill met its Razor Shell with an equally powerful Drill Run, knocking Dewott back. The match ended with Excadrill overpowering Ice Beam with Focus Blast, hitting Dewott with a Dig attack and knocking it out with a final Drill Run. Later, in A Clubsplosion of Excitement!, Iris and Excadrill faced Montgomery and his Throh. Excadrill tried to use Drill Run, but Throh countered by grabbing Excadrill and using Circle Throw on it. Next Excadrill tried to use Dig, but Throh used Superpower on the ground, forcing Excadrill to resurface. The Judo Pokémon then defeated the Subterrene Pokémon with a Seismic Toss, eliminating Iris from the tournament.

Personality and characteristics

Iris and Excadrill

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. However, after a devastating defeat, he becomes very upset to the point of hiding his face from Iris for years and distrustful of her advice in battle, fearful that it would make him lose again. He later reassured himself after learning a new attack and opens up to his Trainer once again.

Excadrill, as a Drilbur, was shown to be somewhat of a bully when it stole apples and abused a group of Patrat. Like Ash's Snivy, Excadrill has a passion for battling and won't ever give up, no matter what the circumstances. He always looks for different ways to improve. Excadrill, undoubtly is the powerhouse of Iris's team. By himself, he was able to help Iris win her 99-win streak. He is most often used in tournaments.

Moves used

Iris Excadrill Dig.png
Using Dig
Iris Excadrill Focus Blast.png
Using Focus Blast
Move First Used In
Dig  The Bloom Is on Axew!
Drill Run  The Bloom Is on Axew!
Metal Claw  Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
Mud-Slap Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
Fury Swipes Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
Focus Blast  Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!
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.

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