Rhydon is a large, gray, bipedal Pokémon with features similar to both dinosaurs and rhinoceroses. It has narrow, red eyes and two fangs in its upper jaw. On the tip of its snout is a cream-colored horn, which is smaller on a female than a male. There are several other spikes and projections on its head: on top is spike that curves forward, two triangular points resembling ears on the sides, a wide, wavy crest under each ear, and spiky ridges on each cheek. It has a cream-colored abdomen divided into strips by thin divots. A rocky plate on its chest slightly overlaps its abdomen. There is a row of spikes down its back, and has a long tail with thin, black stripes.
Rhydon is a physically powerful Pokémon. It is recorded as being able to topple buildings with a sweeping blow of its tail, and its horn is able to bore through solid rock and shatter diamonds. Its armor-like hide protects it from heat and physical blows. It is stated to be capable of passing unscathed through streams of magma and withstanding a direct blow from a cannonball without being harmed. However, because of this tough hide, it is insensitive. Despite its well-developed brain, it can be forgetful. Rhydon lives in rough terrain.
In the main series
A Rhydon appeared in Riddle Me This, under the ownership of Blaine. Blaine used Rhydon against Ash during a Gym battle. It briefly battled Charizard who then refused to battle. While normally tough against Electric attacks, Rhydon was defeated when Pikachu struck Rhydon's horn, which acted like a lightning rod. It reappeared in a flashback in Volcanic Panic.
A Rhydon appeared in The Battle of the Badge, under the ownership of Giovanni. He loaned it to Jessie, James, and Meowth after he put them in charge of the Viridian Gym. It was subsequently used in their battle against Ash, where it was defeated by Pidgeotto and then Pikachu.
A giant Rhydon appeared in Bound For Trouble as a resident of Fairchild Island. Its size was due to there being excessive quantities of food on the island.
A Rhydon appeared in Right On, Rhydon!, where it was unique for its strength and its ability to know Surf. As a result, Pietra sought to catch it, but she needed a surfing Pokémon to accomplish this task. Pietra eventually caught Rhydon after rescuing it from Team Rocket.
A Rhydon appeared in Tag! We're It...!, under the ownership of a Scientist. Pikachu and Chimchar battled it and a Magmar belonging to an Ace Trainer during the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition. Rhydon had Lightning Rod, which left Pikachu's Electric attacks useless, but Pikachu was able to defeat Rhydon with Iron Tail.
A Rhydon appeared in Bibarel Gnaws Best!, under the ownership of the head engineer. It was used in order to drill out rocks for the bridge, but the Drill Pokémon was quickly attacked and defeated by a Bibarel. When Bibarel was cornered, Ash's Pikachu used Iron Tail to finish Rhydon off for good.
A Rhydon appeared in Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!, under the ownership of a Team Rocket Grunt. It was used alongside a Golem to capture Meloetta, but it was stopped from doing so by Ridley and his Golurk. Though the full battle wasn't shown onscreen, Rhydon was apparently defeated by Golurk.
A mechanical Rhydon appeared in Island of the Giant Pokémon as a part of Pokémon Land.
Rhydon physically debuted in the banned episode EP035, as one of the Pokémon seen in the Safari Zone.
Rhydon made its English dub debut in Showdown at Dark City, under the ownership of one of the Trainers at Kaz Gym.
A Rhydon appeared in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, where it was among the Pokémon living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
A Rhydon appeared in Friends to the End, under the ownership of Assunta. It was used to battle Ritchie's Zippo.
Multiple pink Rhydon appeared in In the Pink as residents of Pinkan Island.
Two Rhydon appeared in Shell Shock!, under the ownership of an expedition crew led by Nurse Joy, which was looking for Kabuto Fossils.
A Rhydon made a cameo appearance in Misty Meets Her Match, under the ownership of Rudy. It was one of the Pokémon seen at the Trovita Gym.
A Rhydon appeared in The Power of One.
A Rhydon appeared in the Japanese credits of Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.
Multiple Rhydon appeared in The Rivalry Revival, where they were among the Pokémon living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
A Rhydon was one of the Pokémon competing in the Pokémon Sumo Wrestling in Ring Masters.
A Rhydon also appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.
A Rhydon appeared in Extreme Pokémon!, under the ownership of a participant in the Extreme Pokémon Race.
A Rhydon appeared in a flashback in Pop Goes The Sneasel.
A Trainer's Rhydon appeared in Johto Photo Finish. It was the last Pokémon that Jon Dickson's Rapidash had to beat in order to win the Silver Conference Trophy.
Brock's dad, Flint, has a Rhydon, but it was just mentioned in A Family That Battles Together Stays Together!. Flint mostly used his Rhydon for helping him decorate the Pewter Gym's battlefield with rocks from mountaintops.
A Rhydon was owned by a demolition crew (which was changed into a construction crew due to Ritchie changing the past) in Celebi and Joy!.
A Rhydon appeared in Beg, Burrow and Steal.
A Coordinator's Rhydon appeared in Mean With Envy.
A Trainer's Rhydon appeared in A Judgment Brawl and Choose It or Lose It!.
A Rhydon made a cameo appearance in Numero Uno Articuno, under the ownership of Noland. It was among the Pokémon residing at the Battle Factory.
Multiple Rhydon appeared in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew as part of the feuding armies.
A Coordinator's Rhydon appeared in Harley Rides Again, where it was participating in the Wisteria Town Pokémon Contest.
A Trainer's Rhydon appeared in The Ole' Berate and Switch!.
A Coordinator's Rhydon appeared in Arrival of a Rival!, where it was participating in the Jubilife City Contest.
A Rhydon made a small appearance in The Rise of Darkrai as one of the Pokémon Darkrai hit with a Dark Void.
A Trainer's Rhydon appeared in Glory Blaze! as a participant in the Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition.
A Rhydon appeared in I Choose You!, where it was among the Pokémon that were under the control of Marshadow.
|| Ash's Pokédex
|| Rhydon, the evolved form of Rhyhorn. It is known as the Drill Pokémon. Its large horn gives it formidable attack power.
| This concludes the entries from the original series.
In Pokémon Origins
Giovanni used a Rhydon in File 3: Giovanni to battle against Red's Charizard and lost.
Blue's Rhydon was briefly seen in File 4: Charizard where it battled Red's Lapras and lost.
In Pokémon Generations
Blue owns a Rhydon, which appeared in The Challenger. He used it during his Indigo League battle against Agatha, where it was seen taking on her Arbok and Gengar. It managed to defeat Arbok, but it is unclear if it won against Gengar as well, for the outcome of that battle was never shown onscreen. Whatever the case, Blue eventually managed to defeat Agatha, allowing him to progress to Lance's room.
Two soldiers' Rhydon appeared in The Redemption, during a fantasy of a story from the past. They were seen petrified after the ultimate weapon was used by AZ to end the great war of Kalos 3,000 years previously.
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
- Main article: Blue's Rhydon
Rhydon debuts in Raging Rhydon under the ownership of Koga. It is forced to evolve by its Trainer with a mysterious injection, being the first evolution shown in the manga due to Red's Poliwhirl and Blue's Charmander evolving off-screen at the time.
Later in Tauros the Tyrant, a Team Rocket Grunt used a Rhydon in an attempt to catch Green.
In A Tale of Ninetales, a wild Rhydon attacked two of Blue's fan girls.
A Rhydon appeared in Long Live the Nidoqueen!?, under the ownership of Giovanni. He used its Fissure to trap Red.
In How Do You Do, Sudowoodo?, Gold encounters a wild Rhydon during his race with Whitney. It was hunting down a Sudowoodo, and kidnapped Whitney when she interfered with her Miltank, breaking her arm in the process. Gold tells Sudowoodo to stand up for itself and, with assistance from his billiard cue, helps Sudowoodo defeat the Rhydon with a strong punch to the gut.
In Rock, Paper...Scizor, Blue catches a Rhydon outside the Viridian Gym. He uses him to defeat Chuck in Heckled by Hitmontop, as well as Orm in Don't Doubt Deoxys. Near the end of the FireRed and LeafGreen saga, Blue remarks on a footnote Giovanni included in his handbook: Rhydon possibly possessed a stronger form. This is a reference to Rhydon's new evolved form, Rhyperior, an evolution that succeeded in occurring thanks to Silver's knowledge of Pokémon trading, resulting in the same Rhydon, as Rhyperior, being on hand with him until being returned to Blue later on.
A Rhydon appeared in Deprogramming Porygon-Z, under the ownership of an Ace Trainer.
A Trainer's Rhydon appeared in Clobbering Claydol.
In the Pokémon Zensho manga
Giovanni's Rhydon was Satoshi's opponent for his final Gym battle. It went up against his Charizard and was defeated.
In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga
Giovanni's Rhydon was used in the Gym battle against Red in Get The Last Badge!!.
In the Electric Tale of Pikachu manga
Gary has a Rhydon which was sent out with his other Pokémon to battle the giant Slowpoke in Ash vs. Gary.