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Revision as of 09:35, 8 November 2013

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 that specialize in the Rock type include Brock, Flint and Forrest of Pewter City, Roxanne of Rustboro City, Roark of Oreburgh City, and Grant of Cyllage City. Excluding Grant, they all are the first Gym Leader encountered in their respective regions. Jasmine is also stated to have trained Rock types in the past. Prior to Generation IV, where moves are designated physical or special based on the move itself rather than the type, all Rock-type moves were physical.

Statistical averages


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

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

Offensive Rock Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
½× Normal
½× Fighting
None None



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 SolarBeam). 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 common in many tiers, thanks to Sand Stream automatically creating a five-turn 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 four Pokémon out of 649 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

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 V, there are 54 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
246 Larvitar Larvitar Rock Ground
247 Pupitar Pupitar Rock Ground
248 Tyranitar 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

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


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.
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 70 100% 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)
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 50 80% 10 (max 16)
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 VII games. For details that have changed between generations, please see an individual move's page. Target data assumes user is in the lower left.


  • Generation III introduced the most Rock-type Pokémon of any Generation, with 12, and Generations II, IV and VI introduced the least Rock-type Pokémon, all with seven.
  • Generation IV introduced the most Rock-type moves of any Generation, with six, and Generation VI introduced the least, with none.
  • If there were a Pokémon of all 18 types, it would be weak to only Rock-type moves, due to the fact that there are more Pokémon types weak to it than Pokémon types that resist it, and that no types are immune to it.
  • 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.
  • AncientPower 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