Rhydon, The Drill Pokémon. Protected by an armor-like hide, it is capable of living in molten lava of 3,600 degrees. Walks on its hind legs. Shows signs of intelligence. Its horn can bore holes through boulders. Its rugged hide protects it from even the heat of lava. However, the hide also makes it insensitive. Its brain developed when it began walking on hind legs. By lightly spinning its drill-like horn, it can easily shatter even a diamond in the rough. Its horn, which rotates like a drill, destroys tall buildings with one strike.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Rhydon would have to be this:


Rock Blast/Rock Slide/Hidden Power [Rock]
Double-Edge/Focus Punch

Items Attached:

Choice Band

Preferred Nature:


Strategy Using Rhydon

Like all Choice-Banders, the strategy is prediction. A very nice Double-STAB on its Rock and Ground attacks while having Megahorn to screw up Grass types and Claydols who like to screw up the combo. Double-Edge is an option with Rock Head but I prefer Focus Punch for the potential 2KO on Skarmory (if you can predict correctly you could hit it with Focus Punch on the switch in then Focus Punch again if it decides it wants to try to Spike. [it happens a lot since people assume you'll switch out]).

The choice of Rock-typed move is up to preference: -Rock Blast destroys Substitute and can be the difference between destroying an opponent and being destroyed by an opponent. Unfortunately, 80% accuracy is shaky and you could end up striking twice for a very weak 50 (75 with STAB) Base attack. -Rock Slide and Hidden Power [Rock] have the accuracy edge over Rock Blast and have a guarantied set damage. When playing on your cartridge it can be very hard to get a good hidden Power [Rock] but when playing battle simulators, always go with Hidden Power [Rock] > Rock Slide.

Rhydon is one of the nicer Choice Banders in the sense that it is pretty easy to get into play. It can easily switch in on opposing Choice Banders using Flying or Normal (among other types) attacks as well as being able to freely switch into Thunder Waves and un-STABed Fire Attacks (the kind that happens all often with so many people needing to counter Skarmory).

EV Corner:

EVs: 200 HP / 252 Atk / 58 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

401 HP for taking 5 Seismic Tosses/Night Shades and Max Attack for obvious reasons. Placing the leftovers into Defence lets you wall physical attacks a little better when you switch in.

Other Optional Sets:

Rhydon @ Leftovers
EVs: 212 HP / 82 Atk / 216 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Swords Dance
- Earthquake
- Rock Blast/Hidden Power [Rock]/Rock Slide

Set up a 101 Sub on something and then Sword Dance up as many times as you can. The full force of this set is felt best in the later game when you've managed to take out any: Skarmorys, Claydols, Flygons, Brelooms, Water types. The Rock attack is once more up to preference.

Rhydon @ Leftovers
EVs: 212 HP / 202 Atk / 96 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Focus Punch
- Earthquake/Megahorn
- Rock Blast

A 101Sub-Puncher. Megahorn is an option over Earthquake since Celebi tends to spoil the party for Sub-Punchers. The full force of this set is weakened severely with Blisseys beginning to carry Hidden Power [Water] or Ice Beam but it still an option for Rhydon.

Strategy Against Rhydon

In between its weaknesses to Water, Ice, Grass, Steel and Ground attacks as well as pitiful Special Defence and terrible speed, a skilled player shouldn't have too many problems KOing Rhydon. Defensive water types such as Suicune, Swampert and Blastoise can easily 1KO it and most Choice Banders can leave a huge dent in it with Earthquake.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Rhydon would have to be this for the Tough Contest best with Impish, Lax, Relaxed or Bold Nature:


Rain dance
Hyper beam

Items Attached:

Yellow Scarf

Strategy Using Rhydon

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Swords dance, 2nd - Rock smash, 3rd - Endure/Swords dance, 4th - Take down/Rock smash, 5th - Rock smash

Locations in Games


Evolve Rhyhorn


Trade from R/S/E/FR/LG

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Evolve Rhyhorn

Animé Appearences

Rhydon has had a few Animé Appearences. First Blaine used it in his Gym Battle against Ash, after that Team Rocket used it in their gym battle against Ash. After that they were used for contruction. Ash & co. found an island full of giant Pokémon and finally they saw a special Rhydon that could surf

Episode 058: Riddle Me This!
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Episode 091: Shell Shock!
Episode 106: Bound For Trouble!
Episode 206: Right On Rhydon!

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