Rockruff (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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Rockruff
Puppy Pokémon
イワンコ
Iwanko
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Rockruff



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Rock Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Keen Eye or Vital Spirit Cacophony
Cacophony
Steadfast
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Own Tempo
Own Tempo Rockruff
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
190 (35.2%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
15 cycles
Height
1'08" 0.5 m
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Weight
20.3 lbs. 9.2 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
56
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
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HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
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HP
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Atk
0
Def
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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HP
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Speed
Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Brown
Base friendship
70
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Rockruff (Japanese: イワンコ Iwanko) is a Rock-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII.

It evolves into Lycanroc starting at level 25. The form of Lycanroc that it evolves into depends on the time, as well as its Ability, which corresponds to one of Rockruff's two visually indistinct forms.

  • Rockruff with the Abilities Keen Eye, Vital Spirit, or Steadfast evolve into:
    • Midday Form Lycanroc when leveled up during the day.
    • Midnight Form Lycanroc when leveled up at night.
  • Rockruff with the Ability Own Tempo evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc when leveled up during the evening.

(Specifics may differ in past games. Refer to Game data→Evolution data for these details.)

Biology

 
Concept art from Pokémon Sun and Moon

Rockruff is a quadrupedal, canine Pokémon. It is primarily light brown with a darker brown muzzle, paws, and ear tips. It has large blue eyes, button ears, a short muzzle with a triangular pink nose, and a short tuft of fur on each cheek. Around its neck is a ruff of grayish-white fur stubbed with dark brown pebbles. The dark brown markings on its paws extend to a thin point on each wrist and ankle. It has a grayish-white tail that curls tightly over its back and is covered in fluffy fur.

Rockruff has an excellent sense of smell and will never forget an odor after smelling it once. There are tales of it reuniting with its Trainer after becoming lost by following the faintest traces of scent. It has lived with humans since ancient times. Rockruff is often recommended as a good Pokémon for beginner Trainers due to its friendly nature and ability to bond with Trainers easily. However, Rockruff is said to be a challenging Pokémon to raise, to the point where some Trainers abandon it due to being unable to handle it. This Pokémon is very sociable and will greet others by rubbing them with the rocks around its neck. As it ages, Rockruff becomes wilder and more independent. Once it is close to evolving, it will begin to howl when the sun goes down. It has been said to leave its Trainer's side and return once it has evolved. Despite becoming more vicious as it matures over time, Rockruff never forgets its master's kindness. Wild Rockruff travels in packs until it evolves. A persistent Pokémon, it will keep going until it outlasts foes that are even more powerful.[1] Rockruff intimidates opponents by using the rocks on its neck to hit the ground. As mentioned in the anime, Rockruff trains itself by running around. It attacks foes the moment they flinch. It has been known to fight with Growlithe over territory.

Evolution

Rockruff can evolve into Midday Form, Midnight Form, or Dusk Form Lycanroc.

(For specifics on this Pokémon's evolution in the games, refer to Game data→Evolution data.)

 
Unevolved
Rockruff
 Rock 

 
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midday Form
 Rock 

 
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
 Rock 

 
First evolution
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
 Rock 

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
 S  M : #103
Alola
 US  UM : #126
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!.
Sun It's considered to be a good Pokémon for beginners because of its friendliness, but its disposition grows rougher as it grows up.
Moon This Pokémon has lived with people since times long ago. It can sense when its Trainer is in the dumps and will stick close by its Trainer's side.
Ultra Sun As they develop, their disposition grows more violent and aggressive. Many Trainers find them too much to handle and abandon them.
Ultra Moon When it rubs the rocks on its neck against you, that's proof of its love for you. However, the rocks are sharp, so the gesture is quite painful!
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #157
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.
Sword This Pokémon can bond very strongly with its Trainer, but it also has a habit of biting. Raising a Rockruff for a long time can be challenging.
Shield This Pokémon intimidates opponents by striking the ground with the rocks on its neck. The moment an opponent flinches, Rockruff attacks.
Generation IX Paldea
#89
Kitakami
#70
Blueberry
#—
Scarlet This Pokémon is very friendly when it's young. Its disposition becomes vicious once it matures, but it never forgets the kindness of its master.
Violet This Pokémon travels in a pack with others until it grows up. When its mood turns sour, it starts striking the ground with the rocks on its neck.


   
Rockruff in the Alola PokédexSM Rockruff in the Alola PokédexUSUM
   
Rockruff in the Paldea Pokédex Rockruff in the Kitakami Pokédex

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Ten Carat Hill Standard Form
Unobtainable (Own Tempo Form)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Route 1, Ten Carat Hill (Standard Form)
Events or breed event Rockruff (Own Tempo Form)
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Challenge Road (Standard Form)
Fields of Honor, Soothing Wetlands, Challenge Road, Loop Lagoon (Wanderer) (Standard Form)
Fields of Honor, Training Lowlands, Potbottom Desert, Challenge Road (Max Raid Battle) (Standard Form)
Challenge Road (Max Raid Battle) (Own Tempo Form)
Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable
Generation IX
Scarlet Violet
South Province: Area One, Area Four (Both Forms)
East Province: Area Two (Both Forms)
West Province: Area One (Both Forms)
West Province: Area One (Psychic Tera Type) (Own Tempo Form)
Tera Raid Battles (1★) (Standard Form)
The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero
Reveler's Road, Kitakami Hall, Oni Mountain, Oni's Maw, Infernal Pass, Crystal Pool, Chilling Waterhead, Wistful Fields, Paradise Barrens, Kitakami Wilds (Standard Form)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Buzzwole Sea, Charizard Sea2020, Buzzwole SeaFinal
Generation VIII
New Snap
Barren Badlands
Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (17th release)


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
USUM Own Tempo Rockruff Japanese Japan 10 November 17, 2017 to January 10, 2018
USUM Own Tempo Rockruff America English 10 November 17, 2017 to January 10, 2018
USUM Own Tempo Rockruff Korea Korean 10 November 17, 2017 to January 10, 2018

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events*   Focus Band (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
45
105 - 152 200 - 294
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
Total:
280
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.

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation IX, 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

By leveling up

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Tackle Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
044 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
088 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00——% 15
1212 Rock Throw Rock Physical 05050 09090% 15
1616 Howl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
2020 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
2424 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 09595% 15
2828 Roar Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
3232 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 09090% 10
3636 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
4040 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100100% 10
4444 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00——% 20
4848 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 08080% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Rockruff
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Rockruff
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM001  TM001 Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
TM002  TM002 Charm Fairy Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM005  TM005 Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100}}100% 10
TM006  TM006 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM007  TM007 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM008  TM008 Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM009  TM009 Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM020  TM020 Trailblaze Grass Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
TM025  TM025 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM028  TM028 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM030  TM030 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM036  TM036 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM047  TM047 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM051  TM051 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM055  TM055 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM059  TM059 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TM063  TM063 Psychic Fangs Psychic Physical 08585 100}}100% 10
TM066  TM066 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TM070  TM070 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM084  TM084 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TM085  TM085 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM086  TM086 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM087  TM087 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM088  TM088 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM099  TM099 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM103  TM103 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM104  TM104 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM108  TM108 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM116  TM116 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM117  TM117 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM127  TM127 Play Rough Fairy Physical 09090 090}}90% 10
TM130  TM130 Helping Hand Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM133  TM133 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM150  TM150 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TM171  TM171 Tera Blast Normal Special 08080 100}}100% 10
TM172  TM172 Roar Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM204  TM204 Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
TM205  TM205 Endeavor Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Rockruff
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or an alternate form of Rockruff
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
Last Resort Normal Physical 140 100% 5
Thrash Normal Physical 120 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Rockruff
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Rockruff
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Rockruff

Special moves

Generation IX
Other generations:
VII - VIII
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Wild Tera Pokémon Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 80 90% 15
  • A superscript level indicates that Rockruff can learn this move normally in Generation IX
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Rockruff
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Rockruff
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Rock
  Attack Power: 40 - 115   15

#729
 

Rockify
Sometimes turns two non-Support Pokémon into rocks.
  Swappable Skill(s): Unity Power


Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.55 seconds Base HP: 46
Base Attack: 67 Base Defense: 45 Base Speed: 60
New Pokémon Snap
 
Photodex entry #226
Rockruff is really good at making friends, which we saw when it was playing happily with some other Pokémon. But it’s also brave enough to protect its friends if something were to threaten them.
Pokémon GO
  Base HP: 128 Base Attack: 117 Base Defense: 78
Egg Distance: 10 km Buddy Distance: 5 km Evolution Requirement:
 50 +   
 50 +   
Fast Attacks: Tackle, Rock Throw
Charged Attacks: Stone Edge, Rock Tomb, Crunch, Trailblaze*

Form data

While Rockruff does not have visually distinct forms, Rockruff with the Abilities Keen Eye, Vital Spirit, and Steadfast are internally considered to be a distinct form from Rockruff with the Ability Own Tempo.

Rockruff with Own Tempo cannot be traded on Wonder Trade, likely due to Pokémon Sun and Moon not being programmed with Rockruff's alternate form. Due to being a separate form, Rockruff with Own Tempo behave according to form inheritance rules when bred, rather than Ability inheritance rules. Rockruff with Own Tempo and Dusk Form Lycanroc can breed to produce more Rockruff with Own Tempo. After initially being event-exclusive, Own Tempo Rockruff and Dusk Form Lycanroc were later made accessible within normal gameplay starting in Generation VIII.

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Rockruff with Own Tempo will not have its Pokédex number displayed when viewed from the Boxes, similar to species not found in the Paldean Pokédex. This quirk doesn't occur for all visually indistinct forms or forms without separate Pokédex entries. For example, Scatterbug and Spewpa each have 20 separate forms internally (one for each Vivillon pattern), but will display their Pokédex number regardless if they would evolve into a form other than Fancy Pattern Vivillon, which is the only form native to Paldea.

Evolution data

Rockruff evolves into Lycanroc starting at level 25. The form Rockruff evolves into depends on the time, as well as its Ability, which corresponds to one of Rockruff's two visually indistinct forms.

Rockruff with the Abilities Keen Eye, Vital Spirit, or Steadfast evolve into Midday Form Lycanroc when leveled up during the day, and Midnight Form Lycanroc when leveled up at night. In Generation VII, Rockruff only evolves into Midday Form Lycanroc in Pokémon Sun and Ultra Sun, and Midnight Form Lycanroc in Pokémon Moon and Ultra Moon.

Rockruff with the Ability Own Tempo is a separate form that can only evolve into Dusk Form Lycanroc. It evolves into this form when leveled up during the evening: from 5:00 to 5:59 PM in in-game time in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (equating to 5:00 to 5:59 PM in real-time in Ultra Sun and 5:00 to 5:59 AM in real-time in Ultra Moon), from 7:00 to 7:59 PM in real-time in Sword and Shield, and for a period lasting 3 minutes out of the 72-minute day/night cycle in Scarlet and Violet.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon run a third check due to Own Tempo Rockruff being event exclusive: if the byte 0x1D doesn't match to 0B (Fateful Encounter, Own Tempo "form"), then it will pretend it's a normal Rockruff, and it won't evolve into Dusk Form.

 
Unevolved
Rockruff
 Rock 
  +  
Level 25
during the day
 
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midday Form
 Rock 
  +  
Level 25
at night
 
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
 Rock 
  +  
Level 25
during the evening
if its Ability is Own Tempo

 
First evolution
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
 Rock 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Front Back Front Back
Cross-Generation
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Rockruff images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


In the anime

Main series

 
Rockruff in the anime

Major appearances

Ash's Rockruff

Rockruff debuted in The Guardian's Challenge!, under the care of Professor Kukui. In Rocking Clawmark Hill!, Ash officially caught Rockruff. It evolved into a Dusk Form Lycanroc in Rising from the Ruins!.

Murdock's Rockruff

Murdock owns a Rockruff, which first appeared in The Pendant That Starts It All (Part Two).

Minor appearances

A Trainer's Rockruff appeared in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!.

Two Trainers' Rockruff appeared in A Young Royal Flame Ignites!.

Two Trainers' Rockruff appeared in I Choose Paradise!, where they were among the Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Paradise Resort.

A Trainer's Rockruff appeared in Turning the Other Mask!.

A Trainer's Rockruff appeared in a flashback in Battling the Beast Within! as a resident of what is now the Ultra Ruin.

A Trainer's Rockruff appeared in Secrets of the Jungle.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM015 Rockruff and Lycanroc Rotom Pokédex Rockruff, the Puppy Pokémon. A Rock type. Rockruff have lived with humans since ancient times. They train themselves by running around. Rockruff evolves into Lycanroc, which has two different forms based on when it evolves. It evolves into Midday Form Lycanroc during the day and Midnight Form Lycanroc during the night. Furthermore, when it gets close to evolving, Rockruff's temperament becomes more aggressive, and it tends to act more independent. It's common for it to disappear and then return after it has evolved.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
HZ003 Rockruff Liko's Rotom Phone Rockruff, the Puppy Pokémon. A Rock type. It has an extremely powerful sense of smell.

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

 
Rockruff with Paulo in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

A Rockruff briefly appeared in the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer, under the ownership of Paulo.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Main article: Professor Kukui's Rockruff

Rockruff debuted in The Decision and the Tournament of Six with its Trainer in Iki Town.

A Rockruff first appeared in The Decision and the Tournament of Six, under the ownership of Professor Kukui. It was used to battle Sun at an Iki Town festival tournament.

A Rockruff appeared in a video in Homecoming and the Brilliant Professional Golfer.

A Rockruff appeared in Unleashing the Incredible Z-Move, where it starred in a commercial for the Aether Foundation.

Pokémon Horizon

Akira, the protagonist of Pokémon Horizon, has a Rockruff. It has the unique ability to evolve into Lycanroc and then devolve into Rockruff again, thanks to the strange red stone on its neck. It also has the ability to change in between its Midday and Midnight Forms while being evolved.

In the TCG

Main article: Rockruff (TCG)

Trivia

Origin

Rockruff appears to be based on the spitz breed of dogs. It may also be based on the Japanese wolf, which is often associated with rocks and mountains. The fur with rocks around its neck may be based on a dog collar.

Name origin

Rockruff may be a combination of rock, ruff (onomatopoetic word for barking, or the fur around its neck), and rough.

Iwanko may be a combination of 岩 iwa (rock), ワン wan (onomatopoetic word for barking), わんこ wanko (doggy), and 子 ko (young animal).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese イワンコ Iwanko From iwa, ワン wan, わんこ wanko, and ko
  French Rocabot From roc and cabot
  Spanish Rockruff Same as English name
  German Wuffels From wuff and Fels
  Italian Rockruff Same as English name
  Korean 암멍이 Ammeong-i From 암 (岩) am, 멍멍 meong-meong, and i
  Mandarin Chinese 岩狗狗 Yángǒugǒu From yán and 狗狗 gǒugǒu
  Cantonese Chinese 岩狗狗 Ngàahmgáugáu From ngàahm and 狗狗 gáugáu


Related articles

References

External links

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