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Now as we all know, there are a lot of different Pokémon element types that exist in the world of Pokémon. Although it started out as 15 element types of Pokémon in Generation I, it has increased through the years, adding both Dark-type and Steel-type Pokémon in Generation II, and then the later Fairy-type Pokémon was introduced in Generation VI Pokémon. For this article, we will be focusing on one of the original 15 element types of Pokémon that started it all; the Rock-type Pokémon!
Rock type Pokémon are known to have a generally sturdy exterior, well since they are literally hard as rock. But in the Pokémon world, that serves to be an advantage as well as a disadvantage as well, since they have low-speed stats, they do make up it with their Defense stats.
So without further ado, here’s the Top 10 Rock-type Pokémon!
- Episodes: Sixth
- Aired: 699
First up on this list is Aurorus, the Tundra Pokémon. This unique ancient Rock and Ice-type Pokémon evolved from Amura, which can be obtained by reviving it from the Sail Fossil. Since it is regarded as an ancient Pokémon, Aurorus’ appearance resembles of an extinct dinosaur species; the Amargasaurus that walks on all four feet, and has a fairly long neck. Notably, the most distinctive appearance of this majestic ancient Pokémon is its sails of membrane on top of its head that expands along its neck, with white and yellow color pallet as its base and then slowly fades to a pale blue, giving it an icy and cool look.
This magnificent looking Pokémon is also one of the few Pokémon able to learn the move Freeze-Dry, a powerful ice-type move that was introduced in Generation VI. One last fun fact about Aurorus is that its diamond-shaped crystals that surround the side of its body are able to expel powerful air with extreme temperatures, an ability that easily freezes any of its opponents in a jiffy and enveloping them in ice.
- Episodes: Sixth
- Aired: 697
Dominating its way to the number 9 on the list is Tyrantrum, the Despot Pokémon. Now that we have seen Aurorus, the Tundra Pokémon in the previous selection. Now, prepare to be intimidated by its awesome counterpart Pokémon, the Tyrantrum! Previously evolved from Tyrunt which was revived from the Jaw Fossil, this mean-looking animal does have a mean bite, literally, as it is able to learn a variety of Fang type moves such as Fire Fang, Ice Fang, Poison Fang, and Thunder Fan.
From its looks, Tyrantrum has a close resemblance to a Tyrannosaurs Rex, having red scaly skin covering its body, big jaw, moderately small arms, and big claws, making this ancient Pokémon one not to be messed with. It was also revealed in the Pokédex that this Pokémon could easily tear apart thick metal with its gigantic jaws, all the more reason to place this Pokémon in the number 9 spot on the list.
- Episodes: Fourth
- Aired: 464
Remember the badass Rock-type Pokémon way back from Generation I, Rhydon? Well, guess what? Game Freak introduced the next and final evolution line of Rhydon in Generation IV; Rhyperior the Rock and Ground-type Pokémon, making it better with a more badass looking exterior than Rhydon.
In comparison with Rhydon, Rhyperior has a more distinct color base of a darker surface with orange plates of rocks attached to its body, giving Rhyperior a look as if it is wearing a tactical vest made from molten lava plates around its body which totally makes this Pokémon look badass. In addition, this Pokémon definitely deserves to be on this list thanks to its ability to learn one of the most powerful Rock-type moves introduced in Generation V, Rock Wrecker.
- Episodes: Fifth
- Aired: 567
Now we all remember the Dual element Rock-type and Flying-type Pokémon from generation I, Aerodactyl, which was a fossil Pokémon. This next Pokémon on the list, Archeops is the only Dual Rock-type and Flying-type Pokémon ever introduced other than the 1st Generation Aerodactyl! Just like its previous predecessor, Archeops is a fossilized Pokémon that was brought back to life from the Plume Fossil.
From its outer appearance, this ‘First-Bird’ Pokémon really defines majestic to a whole new level. With stunning, extravagant color combinations of blue, red, and yellow on its feathers, this Pokémon will remind you of the modern tropical birds in the forest. It was also revealed that Archeops is believed to be the ancestor of all the bird Pokémon that exists in the present world.
- Episodes: Third
- Aired: 377
Next on the list, we have Regirock, the Rock Peak Pokémon. This Pokémon is the first legendary Rock-Type Pokémon to be ever introduced in the world of Pokémon. First appeared in Generation 3 as one of the Legendary Regi-Trio along with Regice and Registeel, this unique Pokémon is a true sight of wonders thanks to its peculiar appearance.
Just like the rest of the Regis, Regirock appeared to be made out of the element in which its name bears, rocks. Specifically, big chunks of rock were stacked together to form its exterior. Regirock also has a six orange dots as eyes on its face that resembles the letter “H”. Overall, this legendary Rock-type Pokémon took the number 7 spot on the list thanks to its remarkably high Defense Stats. Unfortunately, just like any other Rock-type Pokémon in general, it had to make up for the lack of Special Attack and Speed stats.
- Episodes: Fifth
- Aired: 639
Bulldozing its way to the number 5 spot of the list is the second Legendary Rock-type Pokémon to appear on the list, Terrakion. This sturdy and bulky ox-like Pokémon is one of the members of the Swords of Justice Legendary Pokémon, along with Virizion, Cobalion and Keldeo. According to legend, Terrakion, together with Virizion and Cobalion, took Keldeo under their wing and taught it the move, Secret Sword.
Truly, the legends of being one of the members of the Sword of Justice speaks for itself as it was said to be able to crush through castle walls with one blow. Although not much is known about Terrakion, this Pokémon is said to once fight during the war against humans to protect other Pokémon that are in danger. A rock-hard protector of Pokémon with extraordinary legends as the number 5 spot on the list, what more is expected?
- Episodes: Third
- Aired: 306
Aggron is one of the most well-known Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation III Pokémon. With its evolution line starting from Aaron, it evolves into Lairon before finally reaching the end of its evolution line, Aggron. In Generation VI Pokémon, Aggron was able to perform a Mega-Evolution to Mega Aggron using the Aggronite Mega Stone.
This steel-plated Pokémon is perhaps one of the most versatile Pokémon in terms of Move Learning as it is able to learn one of the most powerful, perhaps signature moves from a variety of types, such as Blizzard, Hyper Beam, Giga Impact, Solar Beam, Fire Blast, Thunder, Stone Edge and Earthquake. Aggron is even able to learn the HM move Surf, which is, to a point, an unusual move to be learned by Aggron, proving once again its versatility is what earns its position on number 4 of the list.
3. Mega Aerodactyl
- Episodes: First
- Aired: 142
Counting down the top 10 list of Rock-type Pokémon, we have Mega Aerodactyl taking the number 3 spot. As mentioned in the number 7 spot on the list, Aerodactyl is an ancient fossilized Pokémon that was resurrected from Old Amber first introduced in Generation I Pokémon. And it was not until Generation VI that this prehistoric Pokémon obtained its Mega Evolution to Mega Aerodactyl using Aerodactylite Mega Stone.
As one of the few fossil Pokémon ever existed, Aerodactyl is considered one of a kind as it is the only one that doesn’t have a normal evolution line like the other fossil Pokémon, but instead has the ability to Mega Evolve into Mega Aerodactyl. In terms of appearance, Aerodactyl is inspired from the prehistoric dinosaur pterodactyl. In its Mega-Evolved form, Mega Aerodactyl’s body is highlighted with spikes that resemble stalagmites, giving it an intimidating look.
2. Mega Diancie
- Episodes: Sixth
- Aired: 719
Diancie, the Rock-type and Fairy-type Pokémon on the list, is as rare and mythical as a jewel. This jewel-like Pokémon was first introduced in Generation VI, along with the Fairy-type element that serves as a purpose to balance out the type chart. Although many confused this luxurious Pokémon as a legendary Pokémon, it is, in fact, a Mythical Pokémon which is considered at one point the same as Legendary Pokémon.
Diancie is also able to Mega Evolve into Mega Diancie using Diancite Mega Stone, making it one of the few Legendary Pokémon to have a Mega-Evolution. When in its Mega-Evolution state, Mega Diancie appeared to be somewhat wearing a pink jewel dress covered with a tiara-like heart shape jewel, everything about Mega Diancie is just beautiful to look at, making this Pokémon earn the number 2 spot on the list. Thanks to its mesmerizing beauty, Mega Diancie is referred to as the “Royal Pink Princess”. Diancie is also the only Pokémon known to be able to use the move “Diamond Storm”.
1. Mega Tyranitar
- Episodes: Second
- Aired: 248
And taking the number 1 spot of the top 10 Rock-type Pokémon is… Mega Tyranitar! First introduced in Generation II, this large bipedal Pokémon is already known to be strong as it is. Basically, this Pokémon is similar to Aggron in terms of its evolution line since Tyranitar is also considered to be a Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon and its versatility in learning the most powerful or signature moves of the varied types, including Giga Impact, Hyper Beam, Focus Blast, Fire Blast, Blizzard, Thunder, Stone Edge, Earthquake and also able to learn the HM move Surf!
In its Mega-Evolved form, Mega Tyranitar has a more ‘wavy’ and ‘branch-full’ armor-like look so to speak, with more gaps on its body, and a long upright horn that has formed from its previous state of a spike on its head. With its immense size and power, this Pokémon can withstand any sort of attack making this Pokémon undoubtedly, a very strong Pokémon indeed.
When people hear the word Rock, you would think of sturdiness, solid, strong. Those aspects do not stray far from the Pokémon type in the world of Pokémon. Rock-type Pokémon are considered to be one of the basic Pokémon types, perhaps one of the most memorable. Even Brock, one of the protagonists of the Pokémon animated series, was a former gym leader that specializes in Rock-type Pokémon.
That concludes the article, this time, covering the Top 10 Rock Type Pokémon! What’s your favorite Rock Type Pokémon on the list? Speaking about Rock Type Pokémon in particular, fossil Pokémon are a definite honorable mention even though there are some that didn’t make it onto the list.
But nonetheless, what Pokémon do you think deserves an honorable mention on the list? If you have any other Pokémon suggestions, don’t hesitate and share them down below in the comments section!