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Cranidos
Head Butt Pokémon
ズガイドス
Zugaidos
#408
Cranidos



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Rock Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Mold Breaker Cacophony
Cacophony
Sheer Force
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
87.5% male, 12.5% female
Catch rate
45 (11.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Monster
Hatch time
7710 - 7966 steps
Height
2'11" 0.9 m
Cranidos
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Weight
69.4 lbs. 31.5 kg
Cranidos
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
99
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
70
V+
Leveling rate
Erratic
EV yield
Total: 1
Cranidos
0
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
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Footprint
F408.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Blue
Base friendship
70
External Links

Cranidos (Japanese: ズガイドス Zugaidos) is a Rock-type Fossil Pokémon introduced in Generation IV.

It is resurrected from a Skull Fossil and evolves into Rampardos starting at level 30.

Contents

Biology

Cranidos is a gray, dinosaur-like Pokémon resembling the Pachycephalosaurus. It has a hooked beak, red irises, and a hard, blue, dome-shaped head with four spikes on its back. It has stubby arms with three claws; despite the stubbiness, it can attack with them. The back half of its body has a large, spiky pattern of blue and it has a short tail. It has feet with three forward claws and one backward.

Its main attacking prowess involves charging head-first into its opponents. When it lived in dense forests and jungles 100 million years ago, it would use headbutts to snap obstructing trees, down its prey, and combat other Pokémon like Aerodactyl. It notably lacks any intelligence.

In the anime

Cranidos in the anime

Major appearances

Roark's Cranidos

Cranidos debuted in Shapes of Things to Come and A Gruff Act to Follow!, under the ownership of Roark. In Wild in the Streets!, it evolved into a Rampardos after being trapped in Meowth's net during an attack by Team Rocket.

Other

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (Part 2), a Cranidos was under the control of the Pokémon Pinchers. It fought Ben, who later captured it and released it back into the wild.

Minor appearances

In Tag! We're It...!, James's fantasy featured a Cranidos.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP015 Cranidos Ash's Pokédex Cranidos, the Head Butt Pokémon. Cranidos lived in the deep woods about one hundred million years ago, and its cranium is as hard as steel.

In the manga

Cranidos in Pocket Monsters DP
A Cranidos Egg in Pokémon Adventures

In the Phantom Thief Pokémon 7 manga

A Cranidos appeared in Behold The Phantom Thief Of Justice.

In the Pocket Monsters DP manga

Main article: Roark's Cranidos

A Cranidos appeared under the ownership of Roark in PMDP07.

A wild Cranidos appeared in PMDP06.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Main article: Roark's Cranidos

A Cranidos is owned by Roark, which he sends out against Platinum in her Gym match. He seems to be one of the first Pokémon that he owned, having been hatched from an Egg long ago. He later evolved to Rampardos around the three Sinnoh Trainers' arrival on Canalave City. He first appeared in Putting a Crimp in Kricketot.

In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga

Main article: Roark's Cranidos

Cranidos assisted its Trainer in rescuing Hareta, who had been captured by Team Galactic Grunts in Hareta's Very First Pokémon Battle!!. Later, Cranidos was used in a one-on-one Gym battle with Hareta's Piplup that ended in Hareta's favor with the help of an Oran Berry Roark gave to him earlier.

In the TCG

Main article: Cranidos (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#036
Johto
#—
Diamond It lived in jungles around 100 million years ago. Its skull is as hard as iron.
Pearl It was resurrected from an iron ball-like fossil. It downs prey with its headbutts.
Platinum A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with headbutts.
HeartGold Cranidos toughen up their already rock-hard heads by headbutting one another.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
#—
Black A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with headbutts.
White
Black 2 A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with headbutts.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#—
X It was resurrected from an iron ball-like fossil. It downs prey with its headbutts.
Y A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with headbutts.
Omega Ruby It was resurrected from an iron ball-like fossil. It downs prey with its headbutts.
Alpha Sapphire A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with headbutts.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #188
Alola
USUM: #235
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Sun It lived in jungles around a hundred million years ago. It used its skillful headbutts to combat Aerodactyl.
Moon In rock layers where Cranidos fossils are found, the fossilized trunks of trees snapped in two are also often found.
Ultra Sun A primeval Pokémon, it possesses a hard and sturdy skull, lacking any intelligence within.
Ultra Moon Its hard skull is its distinguishing feature. It snapped trees by headbutting them, and then it fed on their ripe berries.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Oreburgh Mining Museum in Oreburgh City
Pearl
Trade
Receive Skull Fossil held by a traded Pokémon and revive it
Platinum
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Oreburgh Mining Museum in Oreburgh City*
HeartGold SoulSilver
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Pewter Museum of Science*
Generation V
Black White
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Nacrene Museum
Black 2 White 2
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Nacrene Museum
Trade with Curtis in Nimbasa City (female player character only)
Dream World
Icy Cave
Generation VI
X Y
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Ambrette Town Fossil Lab
Omega Ruby
Trade
Receive Skull Fossil held by a traded Pokémon and revive it
Alpha Sapphire
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Devon Corporation in Rustboro City
Generation VII
Sun
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Fossil Restoration Center on Route 8
Moon
Trade
Receive Skull Fossil held by a traded Pokémon and revive it
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Revive from Skull Fossil at the Fossil Restoration Center on Route 8
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable

In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Crystal Cave (B5F-B9F)
MD Sky
Crystal Cave (B5F-B9F)
Ranger: SoA
Vien Forest
Rumble
Fiery Furnace Advanced Mode C & B
PokéPark Wii
Cavern Zone, Meeting Place*
Ranger: GS
Rasp Cavern, Thunder Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Lava: Volcanic Slope
MD GTI
Scorching Desert (1F-10F), Tyrian Maze (B1-B11), Moonlit Forest (Uncharted Road), Rusty Mountain (Uncharted Road, Gilded Hall), Jaws of the Abyss (Gilded Hall), Smoking Mountain (Gilded Hall)
Rumble U
Adventure Area: Unexpected Land, Model Train Room: Working Gears
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Colossal Forest: Stage 1
Shuffle
Violeta Palace: Stage 353
Rumble World
Black Realm: Rugged Flats (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Buzzwole Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Arceus Sea, Buzzwole SeaFinal
Masters
Sync Pair Scout (Roark's)

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BWB2W2 Pokémon Adventure Camp Cranidos Japan Japanese 15 July 21, 2012 to September 30, 2013

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Passho Berry Passho Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
67
127 - 174 244 - 338
125
117 - 194 229 - 383
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
58
56 - 121 108 - 236
Total:
350
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
4/5 ★★★★
Skill
3/3 ★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
14/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire ½×
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Cranidos's learnsets from other generations.


Side game data

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 408.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Rock
Poké Assist: Rock PA.png
Rock
Field move: None
Browser entry R-084
It rams with its rock-hard head.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Rock
Poké Assist:
(present)
Rock Assist.png
Rock
Field move:
(present)
Crush 2 field move.png
(Crush ×2)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Rock Assist.png
Rock
Field move:
(past)
Crush 1 field move.png
(Crush ×1)
Browser entry R-050/N-173
It triggers rockfalls around itself that make Pokémon Tired.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●●
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●
Defense
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush408Body.png Walking Speed: 1.67 seconds Base HP: 52
Base Attack: 74 Base Defense: 43 Base Speed: 60
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW408.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Cranidos come to the Cavern Zone to play. They agree that their favorite Attractions are Blaziken's Boulder Bash and Dusknoir's Speed Slam.
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Rock
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT408.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Rock
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#541
Shuffle408.png

Barrier Bash
Removes one barrier-type disruption without fail.


Pokémon GO
GO408.png Base Stamina: 167 Base Attack: 218 Base Defense: 61
Egg Distance: 10 km Buddy Distance: 5 km Evolution Requirement: Cranidos Candy 50
Fast Attacks: Zen Headbutt, Take Down
Charged Attacks: Rock Tomb, Ancient Power, Bulldoze

Evolution

408Cranidos.png
Unevolved
Cranidos
 Rock 
Rare Candy
Level 30
409Rampardos.png
First evolution
Rampardos
 Rock 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation IV.
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 408.png Spr b 4d 408.png Spr 4p 408.png Spr b 4p 408.png Spr 4p 408.png Spr b 4h 408.png
Spr 4d 408 s.png Spr b 4d 408 s.png Spr 4p 408 s.png Spr b 4p 408 s.png Spr 4p 408 s.png Spr b 4p 408 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 408.png Spr b 5b 408.png Spr 5b 408.png Spr b 5b 408.png
Spr 5b 408 s.png Spr b 5b 408 s.png Spr 5b 408 s.png Spr b 5b 408 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 408.png Spr b 6x 408.png Spr 6x 408.png Spr b 6x 408.png
Spr 6x 408 s.png Spr b 6x 408 s.png Spr 6x 408 s.png Spr b 6x 408 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 408.png Spr b 7s 408.png Spr 7s 408.png Spr b 7s 408.png
Spr 7s 408 s.png Spr b 7s 408 s.png Spr 7s 408 s.png Spr b 7s 408 s.png
Front Back Front Back
408MS6.png For other sprites and images, please see Cranidos images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Cranidos and its evolved form are the only Fossil Pokémon of a single type.
  • Cranidos is tied with Rockruff for the lowest base Defense stat of all Rock-type Pokémon.
  • Cranidos and Shieldon evolve at level 30, the earliest of any Fossil Pokémon.
  • Cranidos has the highest Attack stat of all unevolved Pokémon.

Origin

Cranidos seems to be based on the Micropachycephalosaurus.

Name origin

Cranidos is derived from cranium. The "nidos" part of its name may be a corruption of "dinos", which is short for "dinosaurs".

Zugaidos is derived from 頭蓋骨 zugaikotsu (cranium).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ズガイドス Zugaidos From 頭蓋骨 zugaikotsu (cranium)
France Flag.png French Kranidos Similar to English name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cranidos Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Koknodon From Kopf, Knochen, and don
Italy Flag.png Italian Cranidos Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 두개도스 Dugaedos From 두개골 dugaegol
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 頭蓋龍 Tàuhgoilùhng Same as Mandarin name
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 頭蓋龍 / 头盖龙 Tóugàilóng From 頭蓋 tóugài and lóng


Related articles

External links


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