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Rock (type)

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Types
Normal Fire
Fighting Water
Flying Grass
Poison Electric
Ground Psychic
Rock Ice
Bug Dragon
Ghost Dark
Steel Fairy
???

The Rock type (Japanese: いわタイプ Rock type) is one of the eighteen types. Notable Trainers who specialize in Rock-type Pokémon are the Gym Leaders Brock of Pewter City, Roxanne of Rustboro City, Roark of Oreburgh City, and Grant of Cyllage City. Jasmine is also stated to have trained Rock types in the past. Prior to changes in Generation IV, all Rock-type moves were physical, but they may now also be special depending on the attack.

Statistical averages

Overall

Stat
HP: 64.79
Attack: 88.09
Defense: 107.57
Sp.Atk: 56.49
Sp.Def: 69.04
Speed: 46.96
Total: 432.94


Fully evolved

Stat
HP: 74.52
Attack: 96.56
Defense: 119.12
Sp.Atk: 66.60
Sp.Def: 86.40
Speed: 54.28
Total: 497.48


Battle properties

Generation I

Offensive Rock Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Bug
Fire
Flying
Ice
½× Fire
Flying
Normal
Poison
½× Fighting
Ground
Fighting
Grass
Ground
Water
None None

Generation II onwards

Starting in Generation II, Rock-type Pokémon are immune to the damage from the sandstorm weather condition.

Starting in Generation IV, Rock-type Pokémon have their Special Defense boosted by 50% during a sandstorm.

Offensive Rock Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Bug
Fire
Flying
Ice
½× Fire
Flying
Normal
Poison
½× Fighting
Ground
Steel
Fighting
Grass
Ground
Steel
Water
None None

Characteristics

Defense

The Rock type is rather risky defensively. Tied with Grass, Rock types have the most weaknesses of any type, with five. The fact that Rock-types on average have mediocre Special Defense makes it harder to survive against its weakness to Grass- and Water-type moves, which are typically Special in nature. Double weaknesses among Rock types are very common, particularly to the Fighting type. Their typically low Speed stat also makes it harder for them to outspeed sweepers.

However, as Rock types have an overall high Defense, this allows them to take physical hits and stay on the field as long as they need to. Rock-types have key resistances to Fire and Flying moves, and the type is one of only three that resists Normal, the other two being Steel and Ghost, with Ghost types being completely immune to Normal attacks.

Since Generation IV, the Special Defense of a Rock-type Pokémon is increased by 50% during a sandstorm, in addition to being immune to the damage caused by it. Furthermore, the Ability Sand Stream is quite commonly used, due to its previously easy access and reliability. Moreover, most Rock types can learn Stealth Rock, an entry hazard moves that damage opposing switch-in Pokémon based on the type effectiveness against Rock.

Offense

Rock is one of the best types offensively. Rock types can deal super-effective damage to several common offensive types: Fire, Ice, and Flying, as well as Bug. Being resisted by only three of the eighteen types (Fighting, Ground, and Steel), and the fact that only a few Pokémon have a double resistance to Rock keeps its moves relatively effective. As Pokémon of the three types that resist Rock typically can learn Rock-type moves, this proves a quite versatile combination. Double weaknesses to Rock are relatively common, mostly due to many Pokémon which have Flying as a secondary type.

The biggest drawback of Rock-type moves is the large percentage of moves which have less than 100% accuracy; in particular, the commonly used Rock Slide and Stone Edge. This can be alleviated by using accuracy-boosting items or moves which guarantee a hit such as Lock-On. Overall, Rock is a powerful offensive type when paired with moves of other types for coverage and accuracy.

Contest properties

In Contests, Rock-type moves are typically Tough moves. None of them are Cute moves.

Pokémon

As of Generation VI, there are 55 Rock-type Pokémon or 7.3% of all Pokémon (assuming forms and Mega Evolutions that change typing as different Pokémon), making it the 9th rarest type.

Pure Rock-type Pokémon

# Name
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
299 Nosepass Nosepass
377 Regirock Regirock
408 Cranidos Cranidos
409 Rampardos Rampardos
438 Bonsly Bonsly
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola
525 Boldore Boldore
526 Gigalith Gigalith

Half Rock-type Pokémon

Primary Rock-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
074 Geodude Geodude Rock Ground
075 Graveler Graveler Rock Ground
076 Golem Golem Rock Ground
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water
139 Omastar Omastar Rock Water
140 Kabuto Kabuto Rock Water
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water
142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying
142 Aerodactyl Mega Aerodactyl Rock Flying
246 Larvitar Larvitar Rock Ground
247 Pupitar Pupitar Rock Ground
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar Rock Dark
248 Tyranitar Mega Tyranitar Rock Dark
337 Lunatone Lunatone Rock Psychic
338 Solrock Solrock Rock Psychic
345 Lileep Lileep Rock Grass
346 Cradily Cradily Rock Grass
347 Anorith Anorith Rock Bug
348 Armaldo Armaldo Rock Bug
410 Shieldon Shieldon Rock Steel
411 Bastiodon Bastiodon Rock Steel
476 Probopass Probopass Rock Steel
566 Archen Archen Rock Flying
567 Archeops Archeops Rock Flying
639 Terrakion Terrakion Rock Fighting
688 Binacle Binacle Rock Water
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water
696 Tyrunt Tyrunt Rock Dragon
697 Tyrantrum Tyrantrum Rock Dragon
698 Amaura Amaura Rock Ice
699 Aurorus Aurorus Rock Ice
703 Carbink Carbink Rock Fairy
719 Diancie Diancie Rock Fairy
719 Diancie Mega Diancie Rock Fairy

Secondary Rock-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock
219 Magcargo Magcargo Fire Rock
222 Corsola Corsola Water Rock
304 Aron Aron Steel Rock
305 Lairon Lairon Steel Rock
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock
369 Relicanth Relicanth Water Rock
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock
558 Crustle Crustle Bug Rock
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga Water Rock
565 Carracosta Carracosta Water Rock

Moves

Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
II Ancient Power Special Tough 60 100% 5 (max 8)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks with a prehistoric power. It may also raise all the user's stats at once.
VI Diamond Storm Physical Beautiful 100 95% 5 (max 8)
     
     
All adjacent foes
The user whips up a storm of diamonds to damage opposing Pokémon. This may also raise the user’s Defense stat.
IV Head Smash Physical Tough 150 80% 5 (max 8)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks the target with a hazardous, full-power headbutt. The user also takes terrible damage.
IV Power Gem Special Beautiful 80 100% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user attacks with a ray of light that sparkles as if it were made of gemstones.
III Rock Blast Physical Tough 25 90% 10 (max 16)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user hurls hard rocks at the target. Two to five rocks are launched in quick succession.
IV Rock Polish Status Tough % 20 (max 32)
     
     
Self
The user polishes its body to reduce drag. It can sharply raise the Speed stat.
I Rock Slide Physical Tough 75 90% 10 (max 16)
     
     
All adjacent foes
Large boulders are hurled at the opposing team to inflict damage. It may also make the targets flinch.
I Rock Throw Physical Tough 50 90% 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user picks up and throws a small rock at the target to attack.
III Rock Tomb Physical Clever 60 95% 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
Boulders are hurled at the target. It also lowers the target's Speed by preventing its movement.
IV Rock Wrecker Physical Tough 150 90% 5 (max 8)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user launches a huge boulder at the target to attack. It must rest on the next turn, however.
II Rollout Physical Tough 30 90% 20 (max 32)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user continually rolls into the target over five turns. It becomes stronger each time it hits.
II Sandstorm Status Tough % 20 (max 32)
     
     
All Pokémon
A five-turn sandstorm is summoned to hurt all combatants except the Rock, Ground, and Steel types.
V Smack Down Physical Tough 50 100% 15 (max 24)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user throws a stone or projectile to attack an opponent. A flying Pokémon will fall to the ground when it's hit.
IV Stealth Rock Status Cool % 20 (max 32)
     
     
All foes
The user lays a trap of levitating stones around the opponent's team. The trap hurts opponents that switch into battle.
IV Stone Edge Physical Tough 100 80% 5 (max 8)
     
     
Any adjacent Pokémon
The user stabs the target with sharpened stones from below. Critical hits land more easily.
V Wide Guard Status Tough % 10 (max 16)
     
     
All allies
The user and its allies are protected from wide-ranging attacks for one turn. If used in succession, its chances of failing rises.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.

Abilities

Interacting with Rock-type

A Pokémon with Color Change will be changed into the Rock-type after it is hit with a Rock-type move. Protean will change its user into Rock-type when it uses a Rock-type move. When a Pokémon with Multitype holds a Stone Plate, it will become a Rock-type Pokémon. When a Pokémon with Imposter is sent out and its opposite opponent is Rock-type, it will transform into that Pokémon and turn into Rock-type.

Gen Ability Description
V Sand Force Strengthens Rock, Ground, and Steel moves to 1.3× their power during a sandstorm.
All details are accurate to Generation VI games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual Ability's page.

Exclusive Abilities

Only Rock-type Pokémon can have these Abilities. This does not include signature Abilities.

Trivia

  • Generation III introduced the most Rock-type Pokémon of any Generation, with 12, and Generations II and IV introduced the fewest Rock-type Pokémon, both with seven.
  • Generation IV introduced the most Rock-type moves of any Generation, with six, and Generation VI introduced the fewest Rock-type moves, with only one.
  • In the first season of the anime and during much of Generation I, the Rock type was often wrongly assumed to be unaffected by Electric-type attacks. This was likely due to the fact that at the time, most Rock-type Pokémon were part Ground-type, and thus immune to Electric-type moves. However, the only non-Ground Rock-type Pokémon (the then five Fossil Pokémon) were actually weak to them.
  • The Rock type is tied with the Grass type for the largest number of weaknesses when unpaired, with five. However, a combination of the two types would (Rock/Grass), however, only have four weaknesses.
    • 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 part 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.
  • Generation V is the only generation that does not have a Rock-type Gym.
  • Johto's Olivine Gym was a Rock type Gym before the Steel type was discovered.
  • In Generation I there were only two Rock-type moves, which made it the type with the second fewest moves. Only the Dragon type had fewer moves, with only one move.
  • The Rock type has the fewest special moves of all types, with two.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese いわ (岩) Iwa
Mandarin Chinese 岩石 Yánshí
Denmark Flag.png Danish Sten
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Steen
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kivi
France Flag.png French Roche
Germany Flag.png German Gestein
Greece Flag.png Greek Πέτρας Petras
Israel Flag.png Hebrew סלע Sela
India Flag.png Hindi पथरीले Pathreele
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Batu
Italy Flag.png Italian Roccia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 바위 Bawi
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Stein
Poland Flag.png Polish Kamienny
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Mineral
Pedra Stone
Rocha Rock
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Pedra Stone
Romania Flag.png Romanian Piatră
Russia Flag.png Russian Каменный Kamennyi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Roca
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Sten
Thailand Flag.png Thai หิน