Rhydon () is the 112th Pokémon in the Pokédex. It is a Ground/Rock-Type and is known as the Drill Pokémon.
Rhydon can use one of two Abilities: Lightningrod, which draws Electric-Type moves to it, nullifying the move and its effects, and in Generation V the Special Attack Statistic increases by one stage; or Rock Head, which nullifies the recoil damage caused by moves such as Take Down. Rhydon's Hidden Ability is the Reckless Ability. This Ability increases the power of its recoil-causing moves by 20%, but the recoil also increases with the damage.
Rhydon takes on the appearance of a large grey bipedal rhinoceros with a relatively large tail. The horn on its head is shaped like a drill.
The horn-like drill on a male Rhydon is longer than the horn-like drill of a female Rhydon.
Rhydon wouldn't appear in the wild again until the Fourth Generation, as Rhydon can be found at Route 227, Route 228 and Stark Mountain in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. Rhydon can also appear at Victory Road in Platinum. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Rhydon can appear at the Safari Zone's Savannah area after placing 10 Peak Objects in the area.
Rhydon can be found at Endless Level 15, Forever Level 64 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.
The only way to obtain a Rhydon in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games is to evolve a Rhyhorn. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Rhydon can be found at Deep Dusk Forest 1F-12F and Sky Stairway 1F-49F. While Rhydon is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, the only way to obtain one is to evolve a Rhyhorn.
Rhydon can be found at Terrera and Cragspur in Pokémon Conquest.
Trading Card Game
Rhydon is listed as a Common Card in the Versus set; as an Uncommon Card in the Jungle, EX Hidden Legends, Diamond and Pearl and Supreme Victors sets; and as a Rare Card in the Gym Heroes, Skyridge, EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua (2), EX Emerald and XY sets.
Blaine would use a Rhydon in the episode Riddle Me This, which was Ash's first Gym Battle against Blaine. Rhydon would be awarded the victory over Charizard because it left the battlefield to take a nap on a nearby ledge, but Rhydon would be beaten by Pikachu. During the episode The Battle of the Badge, Giovanni would leave the Viridian Gym under the watchful eye of Jessie, James and Meowth, only to have Rhydon get bested by Ash and his Pokémon.
Noland would appear with a Rhydon in the episode Numero Uno Articuno, but Ash would select a different matchup for his Battle Factory challenge.
Rhydon's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.
Rhydon is in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling, where it stands out as one of the tier's best Pokémon. With a massive Attack stat and great STAB combination, Rhydon can be quite a difficult Pokémon to switch into. It has excellent bulk thanks to a meaty base 105 HP stat and Eviolite to bolster its defenses even further. With access to Rock Polish and Swords Dance, Rhydon can use the Double Dance combination to threaten opposing offensive and defensive teams alike. It can also function as a Stealth Rock tank that has a favorable matchup against Xatu thanks to its Rock STAB while being able to tank hits from numerous threats. Rhydon's biggest flaws are its low Speed stat that leaves it even outsped by certain defensive Pokémon alongside numerous offensive threats and some glaring weaknesses to Grass and Water. Rhydon is also prone to being worn down by status ailments, repeated attacks, and entry hazards due to its lack of reliable recovery.
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Generation III Exclusive Moves
Via Purification (Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness)
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Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM01: Focus Punch
- TM34: Shock Wave
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM58: Endure
- TM72: Avalanche
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
- HM05: Whirlpool (Heart Gold/Soul Silver Only)
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Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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