Rockruff (Pokémon)

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Pokémon
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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
Special



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Rock Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Special
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Keen Eye or Vital Spirit
Rockruff
Own Tempo
Special
Cacophony
Steadfast
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Special
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
Special
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
20.3 lbs. 9.2 kg
Rockruff
0 lbs. 0 kg
Special
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
Special
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
Footprint
FUnknown.png None.png
Special
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 it evolves into depends on the time.

  • Rockruff evolves into Midday Form Lycanroc when leveled up during the day (in Generation VII, in Pokémon Sun and Ultra Sun only).
  • Rockruff evolves into Midnight Form Lycanroc when leveled up at night (in Generation VII, in Pokémon Moon and Ultra Moon only).
  • A Rockruff with Own Tempo evolves into Dusk Form Lycanroc when leveled up from 7 PM to 7:59 PM in real-time (Generation VIII) or 5 PM to 5:59 PM in in-game time (Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon, equating to 5 PM to 5:59 PM in real-time for Ultra Sun and 5 AM to 5:59 AM in real-time for Ultra Moon).

Biology

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 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

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.

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.

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)

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

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


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
USUM Dusk Rockruff Japanese Japan 10 November 17, 2017 to January 10, 2018
USUM Dusk Rockruff America English 10 November 17, 2017 to January 10, 2018
USUM Dusk 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 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 
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22  TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM26  TM26 Scary Face Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 10
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM48  TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM66  TM66 Thunder Fang Electric Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM68  TM68 Fire Fang Fire Physical 06565 095}}95% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM85  TM85 Snarl Dark Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM98  TM98 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TR00  TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR32  TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR37  TR37 Taunt Dark Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TR42  TR42 Hyper Voice Normal Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR46  TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR67  TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR69  TR69 Zen Headbutt Psychic Physical 08080 090}}90% 15
TR74  TR74 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR75  TR75 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TR76  TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR90  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 
       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 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

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Covet Normal Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
VII Crush Claw Normal Physical 07575 095}}95% 10
VII Echoed Voice Normal Special 04040 100}}100% 15
VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Happy Hour Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
VII Odor Sleuth × Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 40
VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Rock Climb × Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
VII Rock Polish Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Sucker Punch Dark Physical 07070 100}}100% 5
VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • 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
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

Side game data

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Rock
  Attack Power: 40 - 115   15

#729
 

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

Evolution

Generation VII

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

 
First evolution
Lycanroc
 Rock 


Generation VIII-present

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

 
First evolution
Lycanroc
 Rock 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
400px 400px
HOME
   
  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
  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
  Cantonese Chinese 岩狗狗 Ngàahmgáugáu From ngàahm and 狗狗 gáugáu
  Mandarin Chinese 岩狗狗 Yángǒugǒu From yán and 狗狗 gǒugǒu


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Notes

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