The Protector (Japanese: プロテクター Protector) is a type of held item introduced in Generation IV. It allows Rhydon to evolve into Rhyperior.

Bag Protector Sprite.png
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation IV
Generation IV Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation V Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items (Held items)
Generation VI Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VII Bag Items HGSS pocket icon.png Items
Generation VIII Bag Other Items SwSh pocket icon.png Other Items
Power 80

In the core series games


Games Cost Sell price
N/A  1,050
B2W2  10000  1050
SMUSUM N/A  1,000
SwSh  3,000  1,000
LA  10,000  500


Causes Rhydon to evolve into Rhyperior when used on it in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Held item

Causes Rhydon to evolve into Rhyperior when traded while holding it. This consumes the Protector.


Games Description
A protective item of some sort. It is extremely stiff and heavy. It is loved by a certain Pokémon.
A protective item of some sort. It is extremely stiff and heavy. It's loved by a certain Pokémon.


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
DPPt Route 228, Iron IslandPt
HGSS Mt. Mortar
PBR 12000 Poké Coupons
BW Route 11 Route 13 (treasure hunter)
B2W2 Wellspring Cave Join Avenue (Antique Shop), Black City (Store 1)
XY Lost Hotel Battle Maison (32 BP)
ORAS Battle Maison (32 BP)
PMC Balloon Popping (Lv. 3)
SMUSUM Paniola Town Battle Tree (32 BP)
SwSh Route 9 Hammerlocke (10 BP), Stow-on-Side (bargain shop)
SwShIA Potbottom Desert Cram-o-matic (Rock: 62-70 points)
BDSP Route 228 Battle Park (5 BP)
LA Jubilife Village Trading Post (1,400 MP)
Jubilife Village (randomly available from Ginter, as "Unwieldy Armor")
Space-time distortions



Bag sprite from
Legends: Arceus

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

The Protector appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky.


Games Cost Sell price
MDTDS 1000  1 


If the player offers both a Link Cable and Protector at Luminous Spring, Rhydon can be evolved into Rhyperior. This consumes the Link Cable and Protector.

If thrown, it will deal 1 damage (2 if sticky). Using this item in a dungeon will consume it, with no effect.


Games Description
MDTDS A heavy, durable piece of protective equipment. It allows a certain kind of Pokémon to evolve.


Sprite from
Explorers of Time,
, and Sky


Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
MDTDS Treasure Boxes, Job requests (★3-★9)
Happy Outlook (Kecleon Shop: B3F, B5F, B7F, B9F, B11F, B13F, B15F, B17F, B19F), Mt. Mistral (Kecleon Shop: 3F, 5F, 7F, 9F, 11F, 13F, 15F, 17F, 19F), Shimmer Hill (Kecleon Shop: 2F, 4F, 6F, 8F, 10F, 12F, 14F, 16F), Lost Wilderness (Kecleon Shop: B3F, B5F, B7F, B9F, B11F, B13F, B15F, B17F)

Pokémon Conquest

In Pokémon Conquest, Rhydon evolves into Rhyperior if it knocks out a Warrior's Pokémon in a manner that allows recruitment while its own Warrior is equipped with a Protector.

The Protector can be purchased from the traveling merchant for 5000 gold, and sold for 2500-3250 gold.


Games Description
Conq. Enables certain Pokémon to evolve.

In the manga

A Protector in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Diamond & Pearl arc

In Yikes, Yanmega! II, Diamond's Lickilicky, Kit, used a Protector to protect itself from Mars's Yanmega swarm's soundwaves. Roseanne later revealed that the Protector was one of the items she used in her research of Pokémon Evolution.

HeartGold & SoulSilver arc

In Raising the Stakes with Rhyperior, it was revealed that Silver had given Blue a Protector to be held by his Rhydon, allowing him to evolve into a Rhyperior when he was traded between the two Trainers. Afterwards, Blue had let Silver keep Rhyperior as a temporary replacement for his lost Ursaring.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 護具 Wuhgeuih
Mandarin 護具 / 护具 Hùjù *
護身盔甲 Hùshēn Kuījiǎ *
  French Protecteur
  German Schützer
  Italian Copertura
  Korean 프로텍터 Protector
  Spanish Protector
  Vietnamese Miếng bảo vệ

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