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.
Generation VII
Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.
Generation VIII
Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.
Generation IX
Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.

Rock Head (Japanese: いしあたま Rock Head) is an Ability introduced in Generation III.

Effect

In battle

Rock Head prevents recoil damage from moves (except Struggle, Shadow RushColo, and Shadow EndXD).

If a Pokémon with Rock Head uses a contact move on a Pokémon with Mummy, so that it gains Mummy after inflicting damage, it does take recoil damage from that attack.

Rock Head does not affect other kinds of damage, such as crash damage, damage from a Life Orb, or damage from a Jaboca or Rowap Berry. Rock Head does not prevent the user from fainting from using moves that cause the user to faint.

Affected moves

The table below lists the moves affected by Rock Head, as well as the Pokémon that can have Rock Head and learn those moves.

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc. Learned by
Double-Edge  Normal  Physical 120 100 GrowlitheArcanineGeodudeGravelerGolemOnix
SteelixCuboneMarowakMarowakRhyhorn*Rhydon*
Aerodactyl*BonslySudowoodoAronLaironAggron
RelicanthBagonShelgonBasculin
{{{6}}}
Flare Blitz  Fire  Physical 120 100 GrowlitheArcanineMarowak {{{6}}}
Head Smash  Rock  Physical 150 80 GrowlitheArcanineOnixSteelixSudowoodoAron
LaironAggronRelicanthBasculinTyrantrum
{{{6}}}
Submission  Fighting  Physical 80 80 Marowak* {{{6}}}
Take Down  Normal  Physical 90 85 GrowlitheArcanineMarowak*RhyhornRhydonAerodactyl
BonslySudowoodoAronLaironAggronRelicanth
BagonShelgonBasculin
{{{6}}}
Wood Hammer  Grass  Physical 120 100 Sudowoodo {{{6}}}
Wave Crash  Water  Physical 120 100 Basculin {{{6}}}
Wild Charge  Electric  Physical 90 100 Arcanine {{{6}}}

Although the following moves are affected by the Ability, they currently cannot be learned by any Pokémon with Rock Head. They may, however, be called via Metronome, Mirror Move, Copycat, or Mimic, or be used by a Pokémon that gained Rock Head by an Ability like Trace or Receiver or a move such as Skill Swap or Role Play.

Move Type Cat. Pow. Acc.
Brave Bird  Flying  Physical 120 100 {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Head Charge  Normal  Physical 120 100 {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Light of Ruin  Fairy  Special 140 90 {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Volt Tackle  Electric  Physical 120 100 {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Outside of battle

Rock Head has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Rock Head

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Growlithe Growlithe
Hisuian Form
Fire Rock Intimidate Flash Fire Rock Head
Arcanine Arcanine
Hisuian Form
Fire Rock Intimidate Flash Fire Rock Head
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
Marowak Marowak
Alolan Form
Fire Ghost Cursed Body Lightning Rod Rock Head
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 IX games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.
  • For Generation VIII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IX or later.

In other games

Description

Games Description
MDRB Prevents damage from the recoil of moves such as Take Down.
MDTDS Protects the Pokémon from the recoil damage of moves such as Take Down.
BSL とっしん などの はんどうのダメージを うけない
MDGtI Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage from certain moves.*
Recoil damage from certain moves won't hurt the Pokémon!*
SMD Recoil damage from certain moves won't hurt the Pokémon!
MDRTDX The Pokémon won't be hurt when it uses moves that cause recoil damage.


In the anime

Brock Bonsly Rock Head.png Brock Sudowoodo Rock Head.png Roark Onix Rock Head.png Paul Aggron Rock Head.png
Bonsly Sudowoodo Onix Aggron
The Pokémon is protected from being affected by recoil damage.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Bonsly Bonsly Bonsly is not affected by the recoil damage inflicted by its own attack.
Brock's Bonsly From Cradle to Save Debut
Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Sudowoodo is not affected by the recoil damage inflicted by its own attack.
Brock's Sudowoodo Leave it to Brocko! None
Onix Onix Onix is not affected by the recoil damage inflicted by its own attack.
Roark's Onix Shapes of Things to Come! None
Aggron Aggron Aggron is not affected by the recoil damage inflicted by its own attack.
Paul's Aggron Familiarity Breeds Strategy! None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 堅硬腦袋 Gīnngaahng Nóuhdoih *
石頭 Sehktàuh *
Mandarin 堅硬腦袋 / 坚硬脑袋 Jiānyìng Nǎodai *
石頭 Shítou *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Steenkop
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
Poland Flag.png Polish Skalna Głowa
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Cabeça de Pedra (DP015, DP186–present, TCG, manga)
Cabeça de Rocha (DP017)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Cabeça de Rocha
Romania Flag.png Romanian Capul de Piatră
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Cabeza de Roca
Spain Flag.png Spain Cabeza Roca
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Đầu đá



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