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Rock Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

Rock Type Pokemon Weakness and Strengths Guide

Possessing high defense and offense makes Rock Pokemon sturdy and formidable.

But despite its impressive characteristics, its ample weaknesses are still something to worry about.

To know how to handle Rock Pokemon scroll down for a quick rundown and comprehensive guide on Rock Pokemon’s strengths, weaknesses, and resistances.

We’ve also included a guide on what Pokemon to use to counter Rock Pokemon.

Ready? Let’s rock!


Rock Pokemon Weakness Strengths
Infographic showing Rock Pokemon’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Resistances and Vulnerabilities

What Pokemon Are Good Against Rock?

Fighting, Grass, Ground, Steel and Water Pokemon are good against Rock Pokemon.

With 5 weaknesses, Rock Pokemon have the most weaknesses among all types, tied with Grass.

Furthermore, there are some dual type Rock combinations that increase the number of weaknesses and even have a double weakness.

Rock/Water, Rock/Ice, Rock/Steel, and Rock/Normal, to name a few, have double weaknesses to some types. Interestingly, we’ve yet to see a Rock/Normal Pokemon.

Meanwhile, Rock/Fighting, Psychic/Rock, and Rock/Dark have 7 weaknesses instead of just 5.

On top of these weaknesses, Rock Pokemon also have the lowest average Speed among all Pokemon.

What Are Rock Pokemon Strong Against?

Rock type moves are strong against these types of Pokemon:

  • Bug
  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Ice

In addition, Rock Pokemon usually have the highest average Defense among other Pokemon, a high Attack stat, and decent Special Defense.

So even though it has a lot of weaknesses, it definitely has its strengths.

Some of the best Rock type moves to use are Rock Slide, Sandstorm, Stone Edge, and Power Gem.

Sandstorm, in particular, can boost the Special Defense of Rock Pokemon.

It is interesting to note that Rock type moves are currently the rarest among all types, with only 25 Rock type moves as of Gen 9.

It’s usually a good strategy to give your Rock Pokemon a Ground type move, like Earthquake, to cover your bases. Some Rock type moves don’t have full accuracy and only two types resist Ground attacks.

What Are Rock Pokemon Resistant To?

  • Fire
  • Flying
  • Normal
  • Poison

Rock Pokemon can resist four types. So even though it has a lot of weaknesses, having these resistances help.

Onix and Sudowoodo in battle
Source: Bulbapedia

Best Counters For Rock Pokemon

Empoleon, Tangrowth, Lucario, Metagross, Kyogre, and Breloom are some of the best counters to use when battling Rock Pokemon.

Empoleon’s Water/Steel typing are both strong against Rock. Steel can also resist Rock type moves.

Lucario’s Fighting/Steel typing are also both super effective on Rock.

Tangrowth is a pure Grass type that has the Defense and HP to face Rock Pokemon. Its Attack and Special Attack are both high too.

And since Rock Pokemon don’t have a high Special Attack and don’t have a lot of special moves, Tangrowth’s low Special Defense is a-okay.