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Rock Head (Ability)

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If you were looking for the Rock Head Pokémon, see Bagon.

Rock Head いしあたま
Rock Head
Flavor text
Generation III
Prevents recoil damage.
Generation IV
Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.
Generation V
Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.
Generation VI
Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.

Rock Head (Japanese: いしあたま Rock Head) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Twenty Pokémon can have this Ability.

Effect

In battle

Rock Head prevents recoil damage from moves (except Struggle), but not from use of a Life Orb, Jaboca Berry, or Rowap Berry. Crash damage is still received if Jump Kick or High Jump Kick misses.

If Rock Head is lost in a turn due to using a recoil-inducing contact move on a Pokémon with Mummy, the HP loss from recoil will occur that turn.

In Pokémon Colosseum, Pokémon with this Ability still receive recoil damage from Shadow Rush. In Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness Pokémon with this Ability still receive recoil damage from Shadow End.

Affected moves

The Ability affects the following moves:

Move Type Cat. Pokémon learned by*
Brave Bird  Flying  Physical 000
Double-Edge  Normal  Physical GeodudeGravelerGolemOnixSteelixCubone
MarowakRhyhorn*Rhydon*Aerodactyl*BonslySudowoodo
AronLaironAggronRelicanthBagonShelgon
Basculin
Flare Blitz  Fire  Physical 000
Head Charge  Normal  Physical 000
Head Smash  Rock  Physical AronLaironAggronRelicanthTyrantrum
Submission  Fighting  Physical 000
Take Down  Normal  Physical RhyhornRhydonAerodactylBonslySudowoodoAron
LaironAggronRelicanthBasculin
Volt Tackle  Electric  Physical 000
Wood Hammer  Grass  Physical Sudowoodo
Wild Charge  Electric  Physical 000

Outside of battle

Rock Head has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Rock Head

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Geodude Geodude Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
Graveler Graveler Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
Golem Golem Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
Onix Onix Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Weak Armor
Cubone Cubone Ground Ground Rock Head Lightning Rod Battle Armor
Marowak Marowak Ground Ground Rock Head Lightning Rod Battle Armor
Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
Aerodactyl Aerodactyl Rock Flying Rock Head Pressure Unnerve
Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock Sturdy Rock Head Rattled
Steelix Steelix Steel Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sheer Force
Aron Aron Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
Lairon Lairon Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
Aggron Aggron Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
Relicanth Relicanth Water Rock Swift Swim Rock Head Sturdy
Bagon Bagon Dragon Dragon Rock Head None Sheer Force
Shelgon Shelgon Dragon Dragon Rock Head None Overcoat
Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock Sturdy Rock Head Rattled
Basculin Basculin
Blue-Striped Form
Water Water Rock Head Adaptability Mold Breaker
Tyrantrum Tyrantrum Rock Dragon Strong Jaw None Rock Head
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

Paul Aggron Rock Head.png Brock Sudowoodo Rock Head.png Roark Onix Rock Head.png None.png
Aggron Sudowoodo Onix
When the user uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
185 Sudowoodo When Sudowoodo uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Brock's Sudowoodo Leave it to Brocko! Debut
First mentioned in Wild in the Streets!
095 Onix When Onix uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Roark's Onix Shapes of Things to Come! None
306 Aggron When Aggron uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Paul's Aggron Familiarity Breeds Strategy! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 石頭 Shí​tou​
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Rotshoofd
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kivipää
France Flag.png French Tête de Roc
Germany Flag.png German Steinhaupt
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Kepala Batu
Italy Flag.png Italian Testadura
South Korea Flag.png Korean 돌머리 Dol Meori
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Cabeça de Pedra
Romania Flag.png Romanian Capul de Piatră
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cabeza Roca


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