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- Rock redirects here. Rock is also the Japanese name of Rocco, a character from Phantom Thief Pokémon 7.
Notable trainers that specialize in the Rock type include Brock, Flint and Forrest of Pewter City, Roxanne of Rustboro City and Roark of Oreburgh City. They are, notably, all the first Gym Leader encountered in their respective regions.
The Rock type is very risky defensively. Despite having an overall high Defense on average, its weaknesses to Ground- and Template:Type2 moves, commonly physical in nature, take it down a notch. The fact that, at best, its Special Defense is mediocre, combined with its weakness to the common Grass- and Template:Type2 moves, greatly decrease its ability to defend. Double weaknesses among Rock-types are very common. Rock/Steel Pokémon are doubly weak to Ground and Fighting, two common powerful types. Rock/Water Pokémon and Rock/Ground Pokémon are doubly weak to Grass and the latter is also doubly weak to the common Water (along with an extra weakness to the powerful Ice.) The fact that many Rock-types have bad Speed causes even further problems.Their resistance to Fire can now be made useless as many Fire-types movesets have been expanded in Generation IV to include Grass attacks. However, resistances to Normal, Flying and Fire help the Rock-type to hold it's own if it needs to. Moreover, it has gotten a boost in Generation IV due to Sandstorm increasing said lackluster Special Defense by 50% and the fact that Sandstorm is very common in many tiers, thanks to Sand Stream automatically casting a permanent Sandstorm.
Rock is one of the best types offensively. Being resisted by only three of the seventeen types, two of which are hindered by their own bad defenses and relative scarcity helps it a lot, and the fact that only two Pokémon out of over 500 have a double resistance to Rock keeps its moves relatively effective. Double weaknesses to Rock are relatively common, with many Template:Type2s having one due to their secondary Template:Type2, while the typically high-powered Ice- and Template:Type2s also do not fare well. As Pokémon of the three types that resist Rock typically can master Rock-type moves, this proves a quite versatile combination.
When used in contests, Rock-type moves typically become Tough moves, but can also be of the other four Contest types, excluding Cute.
As of Generation IV, there are 37 Pokémon of the Rock type; 20 are fully evolved.
Pure Rock-type Pokémon
Half Rock-type Pokémon
Primary Rock-type Pokémon
Secondary Rock-type Pokémon
- If there were a hypothetical Pokémon of all 17 types, it would only be weak to Rock-type moves, due to the fact that there are more Pokémon types weak to it than Pokémon types that resist it.
- There were no pure Rock-type Pokémon until Generation II.
- No physical Rock-type move is 100% accurate. In contrast, all special Rock-type moves are 100% accurate.
- In the first season of the anime and during much of Generation I, the Rock type was often wrongly assumed to be unaffected by Template:Type2 attacks. This was likely due to the fact that at the time, the only Rock-types that were not part Ground were the fossil Pokémon, which happened to be weak to Electric-types.
- The Rock type is tied with the Template:Type2 for the largest number of weaknesses when unpaired, with five: Grass, Water, Ground, Fighting, and Steel.
- Coincidentally, Rock moves are super effective against four of the five types Grass is weak to, with Poison being the exception.
- Every known fossil Pokémon is primarily or solely Rock-type. This is most likely due to the placement of real fossils in rock formations, as well as the process by which fossils are created.
- Every known Gym that specializes in the Rock type has been the first Gym that the player visits on his/her adventure.
- Similarly, each of these Gyms' Leaders has used Geodude as at least one of their Pokémon.
- Two Rock-type moves do not have secondary effects: one in the Physical category and one in the Special.
- Regirock is the only pure Rock-type Pokémon that does not have any evolutionary relatives.
In other languages
- Chinese: 岩石 yánshí
- Dutch: Steen
- Finnish: Kivi
- French: Roche
- German: Gestein
- Hebrew: אבן aeven
- Italian: Roccia
- Japanese: いわ (岩) iwa
- Korean: 바위 bawi
- Polish: Kamienny
- Portuguese (Brazilian): Mineral / Pedra Stone / Rocha Rock
- Russian: Каменный kamennyi
- Spanish: Roca