Rock (type)

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Template:ElementalTypes The Rock type (Japanese: いわタイプ Rock type) is one of the seventeen elemental types. Notable Trainers that specialize in the Rock type include Brock, Flint and Forrest 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. Prior to Generation IV, where moves are designated physical or special based on the move itself rather than its 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   Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
None None



The Rock type is rather risky defensively. Despite having an overall high Defense on average, its weaknesses to Ground- and Template:Type2 moves, typically physical in nature and rather commonly used, take it down a notch. The fact that, at best, its Special Defense is mediocre, combined with its weakness to the common Grass and Template:Type2 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).

However, resistances to Normal, Flying and Fire help the Rock-type to hold its own if it needs to. Moreover, in a Sandstorm its said lackluster Special Defense is increased by 50%. Furthermore, Sandstorms are 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 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. However, Rock is not a great type for special attack. There are only two special Rock type moves and both of them aren't very powerful. Also, there are very few rock type pokemon whose special attack is higher than its attack.

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 47 Rock-type Pokémon or 7.24% of all Pokémon, making it the tenth most common elemental type.

Pure Rock-type Pokémon

# Name
185   Sudowoodo
299   Nosepass
377   Regirock
408   Cranidos
409   Rampardos
438   Bonsly
524   Roggenrola
525   Boldore
526   Gigalith

Half Rock-type Pokémon

Primary Rock-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
074   Geodude Rock Ground
075   Graveler Rock Ground
076   Golem Rock Ground
095   Onix Rock Ground
138   Omanyte Rock Water
139   Omastar Rock Water
140   Kabuto Rock Water
141   Kabutops Rock Water
142   Aerodactyl Rock Flying
246   Larvitar Rock Ground
247   Pupitar Rock Ground
248   Tyranitar Rock Dark
337   Lunatone Rock Psychic
338   Solrock Rock Psychic
345   Lileep Rock Grass
346   Cradily Rock Grass
347   Anorith Rock Bug
348   Armaldo Rock Bug
410   Shieldon Rock Steel
411   Bastiodon Rock Steel
476   Probopass Rock Steel
566   Archen Rock Flying
567   Archeops Rock Flying
639   Terrakion Rock Fighting

Secondary Rock-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
111   Rhyhorn Ground Rock
112   Rhydon Ground Rock
213   Shuckle Bug Rock
219   Magcargo Fire Rock
222   Corsola Water Rock
304   Aron Steel Rock
305   Lairon Steel Rock
306   Aggron Steel Rock
369   Relicanth Water Rock
464   Rhyperior Ground Rock
557   Dwebble Bug Rock
558   Crustle Bug Rock
564   Tirtouga Water Rock
565   Carracosta Water Rock


Gen Move Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Description
II AncientPower 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 foe with sharpened stones from below. It has a high critical-hit ratio.
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.


  • If there were a hypothetical Pokémon of all 17 types, it would only be weak to 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.
  • There were no pure Rock-type Pokémon in Generation I.
  • 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 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. Interestingly though, the Rock type resists the Poison type, being a good matchup for all of the Grass type's weaknesses.
  • 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.
  • Every known Gym that specializes in the Rock type has been the first Gym of its region.
    • Similarly, each of the Leaders of these Gyms have used Geodude as at least one of their Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
  Japanese いわ (岩) Iwa
Mandarin Chinese 岩石 Yánshí
  Danish Sten
  Dutch Steen
  Finnish Kivi
  French Roche
  German Gestein
  Greek Πέτρας Petras
  Hebrew אבן Aeven
  Indonesian Batu
  Italian Roccia
  Korean 바위 Bawi
  Norwegian Stein
  Polish Kamienny
Portuguese   Brazil Mineral
Pedra Stone
Rocha Rock
  Portugal Pedra Stone
  Russian Каменный Kamennyi
  Spanish Roca