Rhydon

Pokemon GO Rhydon

Rhydon is one of the few remaining relevant Pokémon from the metagame of the early days of Pokémon GO. It is a Ground and Rock type Pokémon, mainly used as a Ground type attacker, with great stats overall.

In this Battledex entry, we will analyse its stats, best movesets, viability in raids and how it performs in the current metagame.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Rhydon Ground Rock 222 206 210 3300

Rhydon overview

Rhydon is a Ground and Rock type Pokémon. It is considered a meta-relevant Pokémon in the current metagame due to the fact that it performs great as a Ground type attacker. It’s probably the best non-legendary alternative to the best Ground type attacker in the game, Groudon.

Rhydon is mainly used as an attacker, but it has great bulk too. However, it is not a good gym defender. It has a double weakness to Water and Grass type attacks and a single weakness to Ground, Ice, Steel and Fighting type attacks. There are plenty of meta-relevant Pokémon that can take advantage of these weaknesses and thus, Rhydon is not a good choice when it comes to defending gyms. Furthermore, there are plenty of better options such as Blissey, Chansey or Snorlax.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is one of the best Ground type attackers as of now, just behind Groudon
  • If you think that Rhydon is pretty good already, it even evolves further in Generation 4. Rhyperior (its evolution) even has better stats than Rhydon
  • It resists six different types of moves, which combined with its great bulk usually makes it last longer in battles
  • Getting Rhydon is not too hard, as it only requires 50 candies to evolve and Rhyhorn were a common spawn during the Earth Day event

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • Unfortunately, it is weak to Ground, Ice, Steel and Fighting type moves, and it has a DOUBLE weakness against Water and Grass type moves. Machamp, Kyogre, Groudon and Exeggutor/Venusaur are common Pokémon to use when taking down a gym and Rhydon will take super effective damage from their moves
  • Groudon outclasses it as a Ground type attacker. If you want maximum efficiency and the best time to win, Rhydon does not stand a chance against Groudon
  • Rhydon deserves a better Ground type moveset. Mud Slap and Earthquake is currently the best Ground type moveset in the game but that does not make it necessarily good. Mud Slap is too slow for a fast move and Earthquake has a very large damage window and move cooldown, which make it very easy to dodge and pretty hard to use on offense
Best Rhydon movesets
 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Gym defense Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock
PvP (speculative) Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground

Best Rhydon moves in Pokémon GO

The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Rhydon is able to learn. Some movesets are more viable or commonly used than others.

Rhydon moves in Pokémon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock 19.33
Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground 19.26
Mud Slap Ground Surf Water 18.58
Rock Smash Fighting Earthquake Ground 17.71
Rock Smash Fighting Stone Edge Rock 17.65
Mud Slap Ground Megahorn Bug 17.31
Rock Smash Fighting Surf Water 17.07
Rock Smash Fighting Megahorn Bug 15.79

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Mud Slap and Earthquake is its recommended moveset for offensive purposes. Rhydon works better as a Ground type attacker as it lacks a Rock type fast move to combine with Stone Edge. Thus, its dual Ground type moveset is recommended.
  • Stone Edge can be used over Earthquake if you want to use Rhydon as a mixed attacker. It also works better than Earthquake for gym defending purposes as it is harder to dodge, but Rhydon is not a good gym defender anyway due to its weaknesses
  • Megahorn and Surf are not recommended on Rhydon. Only keep Megahorn if you are a collector (it’s a legacy move), but TM away Surf as fast as you can if you want to use Rhydon efficiently

Rhydon counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Kyogre Water Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Exeggutor Grass Psychic Bullet Seed Grass Solar Beam Grass
Venusaur Grass Poison Vine Whip Grass Frenzy Plant* Grass
Sceptile Grass Bullet Seed Grass Leaf Blade Grass

* Legacy move

Kyogre is the best Water type Pokémon in the game. It has a massive attack stat of 270 and a great moveset to use against Rhydon. It is the best option to counter it, but other Water type Pokémon could work too. Gyarados would be considered as a supreme counter for this matchup if Rhydon does not have Stone Edge as its charge move, as it takes super effective damage from it.

Exeggutor, Sceptile and Venusaur are its best Grass type counters. Exeggutor has a higher attack stat than Venusaur, but Venusaur’s moveset is more consistent and better overall. For an in-depth comparison of both Pokémon, check out this guide. For this specific matchup, Sceptile and Exeggutor would work a little bit better than Venusaur only if Rhydon has Ground type moves, as they resist them.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Gyarados Water Flying Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Machamp Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Hariyama Fighting Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Groudon Ground Mud Shot Ground Earthquake Ground
Rhydon Ground Rock Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Golem Rock Ground Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Scizor Bug Steel Bullet Punch Steel Iron Head Steel
Articuno Ice Flying Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam or Blizzard Ice

Gyarados can be considered a supreme counter if Rhydon does not have Stone Edge as its charge move.

The remaining Pokémon are worse alternatives as they do not benefit from Rhydon’s double weakness to Grass and Water type attacks. Machamp is the best Fighting type Pokémon in the game, followed by Hariyama. From a time to win perspective, Machamp is the go-to Fighting type attacker you want to use, but Hariyama is a great alternative.

Groudon, Rhydon and Golem with Ground type moves can also be used to counter Rhydon. Keep in mind, though, that Rhydon and Golem take super effective damage from Ground type moves. Groudon is by far the best choice among these three.

Scizor could be used as a Rhydon counter with its Steel type moveset. It would not be a supreme counter, but it would deal super effective damage nonetheless.

Finally, Articuno could also be used to counter Rhydon ONLY if Rhydon does not have Stone Edge. Articuno takes double super effective damage from Rock type moves and Rhydon generally has Stone Edge as its charge move if placed in a gym. Thus, it is a risky option to use as a counter.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts its Ground type moves Boosts super-effective Grass and Ground type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts its Rock type moves
Cloudy Boosts super-effective Fighting type moves
Rainy Boosts its Water and Bug type moves Boosts super-effective Water type moves
Fog
Windy
Snow Boosts super-effective Ice and Steel type moves

Viability in raids

Rhydon is a useful Pokémon to use in raids, but Groudon outclasses it as a Ground type attacker. It can be efficiently used in several raids, and here is a compilation of the ones in which it is a viable counter:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Arcanine Fire* Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock or Earthquake Ground
Ninetales Fire* Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock or Earthquake Ground
Flareon Fire* Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock or Earthquake Ground
Entei Fire* Mud Slap Ground Stone Edge Rock or Earthquake Ground
Raikou Electric* Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Regirock Rock** Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground
Registeel Steel** Mud Slap Ground Earthquake Ground

*Legacy raid boss **Potential future raid boss

Pokédex

Rhydon, the evolved form of Rhyhorn. It is known as the Drill Pokémon. Its large horn gives it formidable attack power.

Rating

 Pokémon Attacker Defender Generalist Overall Tier
Rhydon Ground Rock 3.5/5 2/5 3/5 3/5 III

Rhydon is one of the best ground type attackers as of now, just behind Groudon. It evolves further in Generation 4, and Rhyperior (its evolution) even has better stats than Rhydon. It resists six different types of moves, but it has a double weakness to water and grass, making it a bad gym defender. Furthermore, it lacks a rock type fast move to pair up with Stone Edge and take advantage of its good attack stat.