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Notable trainers that specialize in the Rock-type include Brock 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 to use 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 Grass- and Template:Type2 moves, greatly decrease its ability to defend. The only advantages of a Rock type Pokémon are its resistances to Normal and Fire. However, 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 poor defenses (Fighting) and relative scarcity (Steel) helps it a lot, and the fact that only two Pokémon out of nearly 500 (Lucario and Steelix) 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.
In total, 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. However, it is possible to create more weaknesses by using moves such as Foresight to remove immunities.
- 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.
- 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 partly or entirely a Rock-type, it being the primary element in the dual-types.
- Every known Gym that specializes in the Rock-type has been the first Gym that the trainer visits on his/her adventure.
- Similarly, each of these Gyms' Leaders has used Geodude as at least one of their Pokémon.
In other languages
- Brazilian Portuguese: Rocha, Pedra
- Dutch: Steen
- French: Roche
- German: Gestein
- Italian: Roccia
- Korean: 바위 bawi
- Polish: Kamienny
- Spanish: Roca