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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 Brock, Flint, and Forrest 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-onward

Rock-type Pokémon are immune to the damage from the sandstorm weather condition.

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

Generation IV-onward

Rock-type Pokémon have a Special Defense multiplier of 1.5 during a sandstorm.

Characteristics

Defense

The Rock type is rather risky defensively. Despite having an overall high Defense on average, and whilst it is defensive against the very common Normal-type moves, its weaknesses to Ground- and Fighting-type moves, typically physical in nature and rather commonly used, take it down a notch. The fact that its Special Defense is mediocre at best combined with its weakness to the common Grass- and Water-type 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 low Speed that many Rock types have 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 (most notably Solar Beam). Furthermore, tied with Grass, Rock types have the most weaknesses, with five.

However, resistances to Normal, Flying and Fire help the Rock type to hold its own if it needs to. Moreover, in a Sandstorm the Special Defense is increased by 50%. Furthermore, Sandstorms are very commonly seen, thanks to Sand Stream automatically creating a five-turn Sandstorm.

Offense

Rock is one of the best types offensively. Being resisted by only three of the eighteen types, two of which are hindered by their own mediocre defenses and relative scarcity helps it a lot, and the fact that only four Pokémon out of 718 have a double resistance to Rock keeps its moves relatively effective. Double weaknesses to Rock are relatively common, mostly due to the many Bug types having Flying as a secondary type, while the typically high-powered Ice- and Fire types 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.

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 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 Beauty 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 Smart 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 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 % 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

User of Color Change will be changed into 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.
  • If there were a hypothetical Pokémon of all 18 types, it would be weak to only Rock-type moves and Freeze-Dry, due to the fact that there are more Pokémon types weak to them than Pokémon types that resist them, and that no types are immune to them.
  • 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: 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. Interestingly though, the Rock type resists the Poison type.
  • Seven of the fifteen Rock-type moves (just under half) have the word 'rock' in their names.
  • 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.
  • Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 are the only main series games that do 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.
  • Ancient Power and Power Gem are the only special Rock-type moves.

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