Rock-type Pokemon weaknesses & resistances

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If Rock-type Pokemon are causing you to hit a wall, here’s how to take advantage of their weaknesses in battle to bring them down with the best counters – as well as details of their resistances.

Rock-type Pokemon can be tough to take down, as they are literally as hard as stone by their very nature. They’re also easily confused with Ground-type Pokemon and can be deadly to an inexperienced trainer who doesn’t know how to exploit their weaknesses.

However, as with any element in the Pokemon game series, Rock-types can be countered as they have their own set of weaknesses that can be taken advantage of. Now that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are with us, here’s what you need to know to survive an encounter with a Rock-type Pokemon – and to come out victorious.

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Rock-type Pokemon weaknesses

Rock-type Pokemon have five primary weaknesses when it comes to moves and opposing Pokemon types: Grass, Water, Steel, Fighting, and Ground-types.

Therefore, when looking to take down a Rock-type Pokemon, bring along a team that includes Pokemon which belong to those categories. Also, make sure you focus on using moves from those types for the best results in battle.

Don’t forget that a Pokemon can have multiple types; For example, your chosen ‘mon may be a Rock and Ground or Flying-type Pokemon. So be sure to take advantage of any other weaknesses they may have by being aware of their secondary type.

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Best counters for Rock-type Pokemon

When competing against Rock-types, Pokemon like Poliwrath, Ferroseed, and Rhydon are reliable options – basically, any Pokemon that combines two Rock-type weaknesses. Each one represents one or more weaknesses that every Rock-type shares.

Always bear in mind a Pokemon’s secondary type when selecting your counter Pokemon and moves. While the above three examples are effective against Rock-types, the opposing Pokemon may have resistances based on their primary or secondary type.

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Golem is a rock-solid Pokemon, but it has weaknesses that can be exploited.

Rock-type Pokemon strengths & resistances

As well as having weaknesses, Rock-type Pokemon are also resistant to certain types and moves: When going up against a Rock-type Pokemon, avoid using Fire, Flying, Normal, and Poison-types.

Rock-type attacks are also strong against Bug, Fire, Flying, and Ice-type Pokemon. So, when you go into battle against a Rock-type Pokemon, be sure to switch these out accordingly.

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What is a Rock-type Pokemon?

Rock-type Pokemon are usually pretty easy to spot because they look like boulders or other rock-related objects. However, some Rock-types have less distinguishable features and can easily be confused with Ground-type Pokemon.

They also tend to overlap with these two other types at times, so when trying to identify a Rock-type, look for features like crags, stone, boulders, and anything else involving rock. Ground-type Pokemon are usually slightly different in design.

So, that’s all of the weaknesses and resistances you need to know about to help you bring down Rock-type Pokemon in the series.

For more Pokemon guides, check out our other ‘mon lists:

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