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#745: Lycanroc Lycanroc
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Rockruff (disambiguation).
Rockruff
Puppy Pokémon
イワンコ
Iwanko
#744
Rockruff
Event



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Rock Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Event
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Keen Eye or Vital Spirit
Rockruff
Own Tempo
Event
Cacophony
Steadfast
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Event
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
190 (35.2%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
3855 - 4111 steps
Height
1'08" 0.5 m
Rockruff
0'0" 0 m
Event
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
20.3 lbs. 9.2 kg
Rockruff
0 lbs. 0 kg
Event
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
Unknown
Gen. IV
Unknown
IV
56
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Rockruff
0
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Event
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
Body08.png BodyUnknown.png
Event
Footprint
FUnknown.png None.png
Event
Pokédex color
Brown
Base friendship
70
External Links

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 it evolves into depends on the game it evolves in and on the time at which it evolves.

Generation VII

Generation VIII

  • Rockruff evolves into Midday Form Lycanroc when leveled up in the day.
  • Rockruff evolves into Midnight Form Lycanroc when leveled up at night.
  • A Rockruff with Own Tempo evolves into Dusk Form Lycanroc when leveled up from 7 P.M. to 7:59 P.M in real-time.

Contents

Biology

Rockruff is a quadruped, 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 beginner due to its friendly nature. It can 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. 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.

In the anime

In the 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!.

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.

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.

In the 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

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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.

In the Pokémon Horizon manga

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)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #103
Alola
USUM: #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
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.

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Ten Carat Hill
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Route 1, Ten Carat Hill
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Challenge Road
Fields of Honor, Soothing Wetlands, Challenge Road, Loop Lagoon (Wanderer)
Fields of Honor (Max Raid Battle)

In side games

Cross-Generation
Shuffle
Event: Pokémon Safari (17th release)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Buzzwole Sea, Charizard Sea2020

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Events* Focus Band 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 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

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 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

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM26Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM26 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM66Bag TM Electric VI Sprite.png TM66 Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM68Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM68 Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM85Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM85 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM98Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM98 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TR00Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR32Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR37Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR37 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR42Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR42 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR46Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR67Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR69Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR74Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR74 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR75Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR75 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TR76Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR90Bag TR Fairy Sprite.png TR90 Play Rough Fairy Physical 09090 090}}90% 10
  • 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

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
DunsparceWoobatSwoobatGrookeyThwackeyRillaboom Endeavor Normal Physical 100% 5
EeveeVaporeonJolteonFlareonEspeonUmbreon
LeafeonGlaceonLillipupHerdierStoutlandMinccino
CinccinoSylveonDubwool
Last Resort Normal Physical 140 100% 5
MeowthPiloswineMamoswineSandileKrokorokKrookodile
DarumakaDarumakaDarmanitanDarmanitanCubchooBeartic
LittenTorracatIncineroarStuffulBewearPassimian
PerrserkerMorpeko
Thrash Normal Physical 120 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Rockruff in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Rockruff in that game.
  • 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

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • 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 Move Tutor moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Rock
None.png Attack Power: 40 - 115 Raise Max Level.png 15

#729
Shuffle744.png

Rockify
Sometimes turns two non-Support Pokémon into rocks.
Skill Swapper: Unity Power
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush744Body.png Walking Speed: 1.55 seconds Base HP: 46
Base Attack: 67 Base Defense: 45 Base Speed: 60

Evolution

Generation VII

Rockruff
Unevolved
Rockruff
 Rock 
Rare Candy Pokémon SunPokémon Ultra Sun
Level 25
during the day
in Pokémon Sun
or Ultra Sun
Lycanroc
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midday Form
 Rock 
Rare Candy Pokémon SunPokémon Ultra Sun
Level 25
at night
in Pokémon Moon
or Ultra Moon
Lycanroc
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
 Rock 
Own Tempo Rockruff
744Rockruff.png
Unevolved
Rockruff
 Rock 
Rare Candy + Ability Urge
Level 25
between 5:00
and 5:59 PM
in-game
if its Ability is Own Tempo

745Lycanroc-Dusk.png
First evolution
Lycanroc
 Rock 

Generation VIII-present

Rockruff
Unevolved
Rockruff
 Rock 
Rare Candy
Level 25
during the day
Lycanroc
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midday Form
 Rock 
Rare Candy
Level 25
at night
Lycanroc
First evolution
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
 Rock 
Own Tempo Rockruff
744Rockruff.png
Unevolved
Rockruff
 Rock 
Rare Candy + Ability Urge
Level 25
between 7:00
and 7:59 PM
real-time
if its Ability is Own Tempo

745Lycanroc-Dusk.png
First evolution
Lycanroc
 Rock 

Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 744.png Spr b 7s 744.png Spr 7s 744.png Spr b 7s 744.png
Spr 7s 744 s.png Spr b 7s 744 s.png Spr 7s 744 s.png Spr b 7s 744 s.png
Front Back Front Back
744MS8.png For other sprites and images, please see Rockruff images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

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.

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
Japan Flag.png Japanese イワンコ Iwanko From iwa, ワン wan, わんこ wanko, and ko
France Flag.png French Rocabot From roc and cabot
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rockruff Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Wuffels From wuff and Fels
Italy Flag.png Italian Rockruff Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 암멍이 Ammeong-i From 암 (岩) am, 멍멍 meong-meong, and i
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 岩狗狗 Ngàahmgáugáu From ngàahm and 狗狗 gáugáu
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 岩狗狗 Yángǒugǒu From yán and 狗狗 gǒugǒu


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Notes

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