Rock Head (Ability)

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.

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       
   * * * 
      
  
{{{6}}}
Flare Blitz  Fire  Physical 120 100   {{{6}}}
Head Smash  Rock  Physical 150 80       
   
{{{6}}}
Submission  Fighting  Physical 80 80  * {{{6}}}
Take Down  Normal  Physical 90 85  *     
     
{{{6}}}
Wood Hammer  Grass  Physical 120 100   {{{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}}}
Wild Charge  Electric  Physical 90 100 {{{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
  Geodude Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
  Graveler Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
  Golem Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
  Onix Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Weak Armor
  Cubone Ground Ground Rock Head Lightning Rod Battle Armor
  Marowak Ground Ground Rock Head Lightning Rod Battle Armor
  Marowak
Alolan Form
Fire Ghost Cursed Body Lightning Rod Rock Head
  Rhyhorn Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
  Rhydon Ground Rock Lightning Rod Rock Head Reckless
  Aerodactyl Rock Flying Rock Head Pressure Unnerve
  Sudowoodo Rock Rock Sturdy Rock Head Rattled
  Steelix Steel Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sheer Force
  Aron Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
  Lairon Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
  Aggron Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
  Relicanth Water Rock Swift Swim Rock Head Sturdy
  Bagon Dragon Dragon Rock Head None Sheer Force
  Shelgon Dragon Dragon Rock Head None Overcoat
  Bonsly Rock Rock Sturdy Rock Head Rattled
  Basculin
Blue-Striped Form
Water Water Rock Head Adaptability Mold Breaker
  Tyrantrum Rock Dragon Strong Jaw None Rock Head
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII 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.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, Blue-Striped Basculin have Reckless as their second standard Ability; however, a Blue-Striped Basculin with Rock Head can be obtained from an in-game trade in White. In Pokémon Black 2 and White 2, wild Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, but Blue-Striped Basculin bred in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 have Reckless as their second standard Ability. In Generation VI, Blue-Striped Basculin have Rock Head as their second standard Ability, and Blue-Striped Basculin with Reckless transferred to Pokémon Bank have their Ability changed to Rock Head.

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

       
Aggron Sudowoodo Onix Bonsly
When the Pokémon uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Bonsly When Bonsly uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Brock's Bonsly From Cradle to Save Debut
  Sudowoodo When Sudowoodo uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Brock's Sudowoodo Leave it to Brocko! None
  Onix When Onix uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
Roark's Onix Shapes of Things to Come! None
  Aggron When Aggron uses an attack that inflicts recoil damage, it doesn't get hit with recoil.
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 *
  Dutch Steenkop
  Finnish Kivipää
  French Tête de Roc
  German Steinhaupt
  Indonesian Kepala Batu
  Italian Testadura
  Korean 돌머리 Dol Meori
  Polish Skalna Głowa
  Portuguese Cabeça de Pedra
  Romanian Capul de Piatră
  Spanish Cabeza Roca
  Vietnamese Đầu đá



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