Rock Climb (move)

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Rock Climb
ロッククライム Rock Climb
Rock Climb.png
Type  Normal
Category  Physical
PP  20 (max. 32)
Power  90
Accuracy  85%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Makes contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by King's Rock
  • Usable outside of battle
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
+2 points if last to appeal.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Earn +2 if the Pokémon performs last in the turn.
Condition  Cool
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Rock Climb (Japanese: ロッククライム Rock Climb) is a damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation IV as HM08. It lost this status in Generation V.


In Battle

Rock Climb inflicts damage and has a 20% chance of confusing the opponent.

Outside of battle

A Pokémon using Rock Climb can scale rocky surfaces.


Games Description
A charging attack that may also leave the foe confused. It can also be used to scale rocky walls.
The user attacks the target by smashing into it with incredible force. It may also confuse the target.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison   40 '
544 Whirlipede Whirlipede Bug Poison   46 '
545 Scolipede Scolipede Bug Poison   50 '
559 Scraggy Scraggy Dark Fighting   45 '
560 Scrafty Scrafty Dark Fighting   51 '
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel   -- '
621 Druddigon Druddigon Dragon Dragon   49 '
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


# Pokémon Type Machine
003 Venusaur Venusaur Grass Poison
009 Blastoise Blastoise Water Water
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground
028 Sandslash Sandslash Ground Ground
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen Poison Ground
034 Nidoking Nidoking Poison Ground
055 Golduck Golduck Water Water
056 Mankey Mankey Fighting Fighting
057 Primeape Primeape Fighting Fighting
059 Arcanine Arcanine Fire Fire
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath Water Fighting
066 Machop Machop Fighting Fighting
067 Machoke Machoke Fighting Fighting
068 Machamp Machamp Fighting Fighting
075 Graveler Graveler Rock Ground
076 Golem Golem Rock Ground
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground
104 Cubone Cubone Ground Ground
105 Marowak Marowak Ground Ground
106 Hitmonlee Hitmonlee Fighting Fighting
107 Hitmonchan Hitmonchan Fighting Fighting
108 Lickitung Lickitung Normal Normal
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112 Rhydon Rhydon Ground Rock
113 Chansey Chansey Normal Normal
115 Kangaskhan Kangaskhan Normal Normal
125 Electabuzz Electabuzz Electric Electric
126 Magmar Magmar Fire Fire
127 Pinsir Pinsir Bug Bug
128 Tauros Tauros Normal Normal
139 Omastar Omastar Rock Water
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal
150 Mewtwo Mewtwo Psychic Psychic
151 Mew Mew Psychic Psychic
154 Meganium Meganium Grass Grass
157 Typhlosion Typhlosion Fire Fire
160 Feraligatr Feraligatr Water Water
208 Steelix Steelix Steel Ground
210 Granbull Granbull Normal Normal
217 Ursaring Ursaring Normal Normal
242 Blissey Blissey Normal Normal
243 Raikou Raikou Electric Electric
244 Entei Entei Fire Fire
245 Suicune Suicune Water Water
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar Rock Dark
254 Sceptile Sceptile Grass Grass
257 Blaziken Blaziken Fire Fighting
260 Swampert Swampert Water Ground
272 Ludicolo Ludicolo Water Grass
288 Vigoroth Vigoroth Normal Normal
289 Slaking Slaking Normal Normal
295 Exploud Exploud Normal Normal
296 Makuhita Makuhita Fighting Fighting
297 Hariyama Hariyama Fighting Fighting
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock
335 Zangoose Zangoose Normal Normal
377 Regirock Regirock Rock Rock
378 Regice Regice Ice Ice
379 Registeel Registeel Steel Steel
383 Groudon Groudon Ground Ground
387 Turtwig Turtwig Grass Grass
388 Grotle Grotle Grass Grass
389 Torterra Torterra Grass Ground
390 Chimchar Chimchar Fire Fire
391 Monferno Monferno Fire Fighting
392 Infernape Infernape Fire Fighting
395 Empoleon Empoleon Water Steel
400 Bibarel Bibarel Normal Water
408 Cranidos Cranidos Rock Rock
409 Rampardos Rampardos Rock Rock
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground
444 Gabite Gabite Dragon Ground
445 Garchomp Garchomp Dragon Ground
446 Munchlax Munchlax Normal Normal
448 Lucario Lucario Fighting Steel
452 Drapion Drapion Poison Dark
453 Croagunk Croagunk Poison Fighting
454 Toxicroak Toxicroak Poison Fighting
460 Abomasnow Abomasnow Grass Ice
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky Normal Normal
464 Rhyperior Rhyperior Ground Rock
466 Electivire Electivire Electric Electric
467 Magmortar Magmortar Fire Fire
473 Mamoswine Mamoswine Ice Ground
485 Heatran Heatran Fire Steel
486 Regigigas Regigigas Normal Normal
487 Giratina Giratina Ghost Dragon
491 Darkrai Darkrai Dark Dark
493 Arceus Arceus Normal Normal
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground no ScraggyScrafty
074 Geodude Geodude Rock Ground no Ferrothorn
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground no Ferrothorn
111 Rhyhorn Rhyhorn Ground Rock no ScraggyScraftyDruddigon
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying no VenipedeWhirlipedeScolipede
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon Normal Normal no ScraggyScrafty
399 Bidoof Bidoof Normal Normal no ScraggyScrafty
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground no ScraggyScraftyDruddigon
529 Drilbur Drilbur Ground Ground no ScraggyScrafty
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison no VenipedeWhirlipedeScolipede
551 Sandile Sandile Ground Dark no ScraggyScrafty
595 Joltik Joltik Bug Electric no VenipedeWhirlipedeScolipede
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel no Ferrothorn
626 Bouffalant Bouffalant Normal Normal no ScraggyScrafty
632 Durant Durant Bug Steel no VenipedeWhirlipedeScolipede
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By event

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
074 074 Geodude Rock Ground Dream World - Icy Cave
095 095 Onix Rock Ground Dream World - Icy Cave
108 108 Lickitung Normal Dream World - Pleasant Forest
128 128 Tauros Normal Dream World - Pleasant Forest
529 529 Drilbur Ground Dream World - Icy Cave
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Ash Grotle Rock Climb preparation.png Ash Grotle Rock Climb.png Ash Grotle Rock Climb jump.png Ash Torterra Rock Climb.png
Grotle Moving along the wall Jumps high Torterra
The user's claws glow white and grow, enabling the user to climb cliffs with agility.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
388 Grotle Grotle's claws glow white, then grow longer. It then runs quickly at the opponent and hits it with one of its claws, or slams into it with great force. It can also jump extremely high when using the attack, or Grotle's claws glow white and extend, and it gets on its hind legs and slams its front ones into the ground. A giant mountain then protrudes from the ground under the opponent. Grotle runs up the side of the mountain and slams into the opponent with great force.
Ash's Grotle The Lonely Snover! Debut
389 Torterra Torterra's claws glow white and then grow longer. It then gets onto its hind legs and slams its front ones into the ground. The ground separates and protrudes from the ground under the opponent. Torterra then runs up the side of the protruded ground and slams into the opponent. When Torterra is defeated, the ground forms back to the way it was.
Ash's Torterra Keeping in Top Forme! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

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Rock Climb IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast


  • In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, Rock Climb can be obtained and used as an HM, after Viridian City Gym Leader Blue has been defeated, despite the fact it did not appear in the Generation II version of the games. This makes Rock Climb the first HM that requires a Gym Badge outside of the starting region in order to be used.

In other languages

Language Title
Bulgaria Flag.png Bulgarian Скално изкачване Rock Climb
Mandarin Chinese 攀登岩石 Pāndēng Yánshí
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Rots Klim
France Flag.png French Escalade
Germany Flag.png German Kraxler
Greece Flag.png Greek Αναρρίχηση
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Naik Batuan
Panjat Tebing
Italy Flag.png Italian Scalaroccia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 락클라임 Rock Climb
Poland Flag.png Polish Wspinaczka
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Escalada
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Escalar
Romania Flag.png Romanian Cățărarea
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Treparrocas (DP Galactic Battles)
Escala Rocas (DP Sinnoh League Victors)
Spain Flag.png Spain Treparrocas

Generation IV TMs
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
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