Diglett's name seems to combine dig and piglet or lett as a diminutive suffix. Its Japanese name simply refers to the word dig. In the English beta version of Pokémon Red and Blue, Diglett's name was still Digda.
Diglett is a small mole-like creature. The top of its head is rounded, and its thin skin is covered with short brown fur. It has two small black eyes and a large roundish pink nose. Interestingly, to date, no one has ever seen the entire body of a Diglett. If seen above ground, it usually only sticks its body out of the ground about 8 inches (0.2 meters). Therefore it is impossible to know Diglett's true size, even when they are called out of their Pokeballs. Some believe it has legs that it uses to dig, while others believe it is limbless and instead burrows like a worm or snake. The game Pokémon Snap appears to support the latter, as Digletts can be seen leaping out of their holes. However, in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, it was suggested that Diglett have legs and feet. The best answer is that they have very small legs that make little difference in height. This also supports the reason they never walk; their legs are too small to walk with. An interesting thing to note about Diglett (and Dugtrio) is that they learn Cut, Scratch and Slash. This also supports the theory that they have arms/claws.
Diglett appears to be very similar to the artificial moles used in Whac-A-Mole arcade games.
Diglett's thin skin makes it vulnerable when it spends too much time above ground. The sunlight can heat up its blood, weakening the Diglett. Therefore its natural habitat is underground, usually about one meter below the surface. When it burrows along at this shallow level, displaced soil can be seen along its path aboveground as a result. This makes it popular among farmers, who use Diglett to till their fields, preparing them to grow crops.
Diglett's natural diet consists of the roots of wild plants it finds while burrowing. It also likes to live in the huge tunnels made by the Pokémon Onix, due to leftover scraps of food. In the Kanto region there is a huge tunnel built by hordes of Diglett - this tunnel, called Diglett's cave is a tourist attraction.
Wild Diglett can be only found in Pokémon Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, Crystal, FireRed, LeafGreen Diamond, and Pearl. Countless wild Diglett and evolved form Dugtrio inhabit Diglett Cave, a natural Diglett-dug tunnel that connects Pewter City and Vermilion City. In Diamond and Pearl, Diglett are less common, but they can be found on Route 228.
Diglett's high Speed stat makes it a quick attacker, but its very low HP (which is the second lowest HP value in the games aside from Shedinja) gives it very little stamina if it gets attacked. The greatest attack Diglett can have is "Earthquake", which is super-effective against Electric-type Pokémon.
Diglett are also found in the Nintendo 64 game Pokémon Snap in the Tunnel Course. Diglett are seen popping their heads around a solitary Pikachu, and as pictures of Diglett are taken, more Diglett will appear. Eventually, Dugtrio will appear for photographing as well.
- In the Pokémon anime, Diglett and Dugtrio first appear in Episode 31, Dig Those Diglett!, in which a large herd of them are attempting to stop the construction of a dam. When Pokémon trainers recruited to fend off the Diglett attempt to call their Pokémon out of their Poké Balls, the Pokémon protest by refusing to come out (which happened to Ash Ketchum's Squirtle and Gary Oak's Pokémon), apparently supporting the Diglett's efforts. The Diglett eventually succeed in their efforts by using team Rocket to destroy the partly-constructed dam.
- This episode is one of the first episodes in the anime to show that wild Pokémon take an active role in the care and maintenance of their environment. It also shows that they are capable of taking action against human intrusion or actions against it.
- In Episode 116, The Underground Round-Up!, a group of Dugtrio and Diglett are used by Poncho, a Diglett Rancher, to herd troublesome Electrode away from a city into the wild by using underground tunnels.
- In Episode 145, Goin' Apricorn!, a herd of Diglett take on the job of protecting Apricorn trees from Team Rocket. They dig pits that lead to a maze of tunnels, successfully leading Team Rocket away from the trees.
- In Episode 220, Plant it Now...Diglett Later!, a herd of domestic Diglett are involved in an intricate but harmless scheme played on a village of senior citizens by their grown children to keep their parents busy and active. The sons of these elders dress as soldiers called "The Band of Pokémon Thieves" (which died out years ago), pretending to attack the village with the Diglett. After the "fight" has gone on for awhile, the soldiers pretend to surrender and move off, leaving their parents proud of their victory and off to prepare for a repeat performance in two years.
In Pokémon Special, Diglett makes a cameo in the Red, Green & Blue chapter in Raging Rhydon as a Mt. Moon wild Pokémon.
Trading Card Game
Diglett has appeared in the Pokémon Trading Card Game first in the Base set series. Diglett also appears in the Team Rocket set, Base 2 set, Gym Heros as Brock's Diglett, Expedition, and EX FireRed & LeafGreen.
- The following games and their instruction manuals: Pokémon Red and Blue; Pokémon Yellow; Pokémon Stadium and Pokémon Stadium 2; Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal; Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald; Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen; Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness
- Barbo, Maria. The Official Pokémon Handbook. Scholastic Publishing, 1999. ISBN 0-439-15404-9.
- Loe, Casey, ed. Pokémon Special Pikachu Edition Official Perfect Guide. Sunnydale, CA: Empire 21 Publishing, 1999. ISBN 1-930206-15-1.
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon FireRed & Pokémon LeafGreen Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., August 2004. ISBN 1-930206-50-X
- Mylonas, Eric. Pokémon Pokédex Collector’s Edition: Prima’s Official Pokémon Guide. Prima Games, September 21, 2004. ISBN 0-7615-4761-4
- Nintendo Power. Official Nintendo Pokémon Emerald Version Player’s Guide. Nintendo of America Inc., April 2005. ISBN 1-930206-58-5
- Official Pokémon website
- Bulbapedia (a Pokémon-centric Wiki)’s article about Diglett as a species
- The Diglett Compendium Pokémon fansite with statistics and team building strategies
- Pokédex entry at Serebii.net
- Pokémon Dungeon Pokédex entry, full of statistics analysis
- PsyPoke - Diglett Pokédex entry and Usage Overview