Rhyperior (Sinnoh Pokédex. It is a Ground/Rock-Type, and is known as the Drill Pokémon.) is the 188th Pokémon in the
Rhyperior can use one of two abilities: Lightningrod, which draws Electric-type moves to Rhyperior, nullifying the move and increasing its Special Attack by one stage; or Solid Rock, which decreases the amount of damage dealt by Super-Effective moves by 25%. Rhyperior's Hidden Ability is the Reckless Ability, which increases the base power of moves that cause recoil by 20%, but the recoil also increases as a result.
Rhyperior is a brownish gray Pokémon that is covered in orange plates. It has a strong tail shaped like a club and it has rocky growths that elongate it's elbows. It has holes in the palms of it's hands that are used to shoot rocks. It also has two horns on it's head, one of which looks like a drill.
The upper horn on a Male Rhyperior's head is longer than the upper horn on a Female Rhyperior's head.
The only way to obtain a Rhyperior is to evolve a Rhydon, as Rhyperior has yet to appear in the wild in any of the main series games as of writing.
Rhyperior can be found at Dark Crater DPB3-B14 and Shimmer Desert 5F-8F in Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky. Rhyperior is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Weird Mountain 21F-23F and the following floors of Legendary Volcanic Island: 26 & 27, 29-33, 37, 42-44 and 46 & 47.
Rhyperior is a Boss Pokémon in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, a battle that takes place in Altru Tower before the final battle.
Rhyperior can be found at the Lava Zone in PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure. Clear Rhyperior's Bumper Burn with a score greater than 50,000 to obtain it. In PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond Rhyperior appears at the Crag Area's Colosseum. To befriend it you'll have to complete a Special Battle, after which you'll be able to call it into battle.
Rhyperior is owned by Shingen in Pokémon Conquest, and the only way to obtain a Rhyperior is to evolve a Rhydon.
Trading Card Game
A Lv. X Rhyperior is listed in the Diamond/Pearl Promo set. Rhyperior is listed as a Rare Card in the Diamond and Pearl, Rising Rivals, Supreme Victors and XY sets; and as an Ultra Rare Lv. X Card in the Legends Awakened set.
Tower Tycoon Palmer uses his Rhyperior during the episode Challenging A Towering Figure!. Ash won the right to battle Palmer by winning the Twinleaf Festival, but his Grotle would lose the one-on-one encounter.
In a Special Episode that has yet to air outside of Japan, Brock's brother Forrest would use a Rhyperior against Nurse Joy and her Latias. This Nurse Joy is also a Gym Inspector, and despite Rhyperior losing to Latios the review went well.
Rhyperior's Manga Information is unknown as of writing.
Rhyperior finds itself in the Rarelyused (RU) tier of competitive battling. With a high 115 base HP and 130 base Defense, Rhyperior is capable of checking Pokémon like Drapion and Diancie. With significant Special Defense investment and Solid Rock, Rhyperior can even take some super effective special attacks despite a somewhat low Special Defense stat. Its ability to support a team with Stealth Rock and Roar allows for it to act as a solid tank. Rhyperior's massive 140 base Attack is nothing to overlook as it can act as a strong wallbreaker with a Choice Band set that can run the great EdgeQuake STAB coverage alongside Megahorn to hammer Grass-types like Tangrowth. A low base Speed can be remedied with Rock Polish which makes Rhyperior a fearsome sweeper when faster threats are taken out. However, Rhyperior is weak to many common types, has a lackluster Speed that hampers its sweeping capabilities, and lacks reliable recovery.
Rhyperior is also usable in the Underused (UU) tier of competitive battling. With heavy investment in Special Defense and a great ability in Solid Rock, Rhyperior acts as a great check to certain Electric-types in the tier like Zapdos while still being able to hit hard due to a nice Attack stat and provide Stealth Rock support. Rhyperior's powerful attacks and decent coverage options make it a candidate for a Choice Band wallbreaker set that uses its great STAB coverage to dish out heavy damage to the majority of the tier. Rhyperior's biggest flaws are its common weaknesses to Water, Grass, and Ice attacks as well as its very low base 40 Speed that forces it to tank a hit before it can do something.
Rhyperior can be a viable, albeit niche, option in the Overused (OU) tier of competitive battling as well. With high HP and defense stats, Rhyperior can act as a physical wall against certain threats while having Solid Rock to patch up any weaknesses. These traits allow for it to check numerous threats in the tier such as Mega Charizard X, Talonflame, Mega Pinsir, and Dragonite. Its high base 140 Attack and good STAB combination allow for it to have good offensive prowess despite investing more heavily in its defenses. However, Rhyperior is not without flaws, as it is prone to being worn down due to a lack of reliable recovery which can be highly problematic when checking threats on a consistent basis. Rhyperior has exploitable Speed and Special Defense stats, and its common weaknesses to Grass and Water can be extremely detrimental. It can also be crippled with Will-O-Wisp by certain Pokémon it is supposed to check like Talonflame and Mega Charizard X.
Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)
Rhydon Exclusive Moves
Generation III Exclusive Moves
NOTE: Rhyperior can only know these moves if it learned these moves on a Third Generation game prior to being transferred to a Fourth/Fifth Generation Game and prior to evolving.
Via Purification (Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness)
Via Move Tutor
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)
Via Move Tutor
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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