With only 50 candy to evolve and Rhyhorn being fairly common in the wild, it is very easy to get good IV and high CP Rhydon. With that in mind, we approach the Rhydon as a commonly available Gym contender, unlike Ampharos and Tyranitar, which are rather rare.
Its typing is dual: ground and rock and just like Golem it has high CP, good defense and attack. However, Rhydon has evenly high stamina (50 more than Golem) which makes him very good and lately very often used as Gym defender.
On the other hand, lack of high speed quick move makes it a subpar attacker.
|112||Rhydon ground rock||3300||222||210||206|
Rhydon, the evolved form of Rhyhorn. It is known as the Drill Pokémon. Its large horn gives it formidable attack power.
Pokémon GO Rhydon overview
Rhydon is your typical bruiser, with great stats and strong stamina. Although it can’t win against a strong Vaporeon, Rhydon will not go down lightly and he will do A LOT of damage. A Rhydon chew through at least 50% of a Vaporeon’s HP pool.
We are very excited to see how Rhydon is positioned in PvP, as our current calculations show that he’s going to be a core addition to any strong Pokémon GO PvP team.
Best Rhydon movesets
|Role||Quick move||Charge move|
|⚔️||Gym offense||Mud Slap ground||Stone edge rock|
|🛡️||Gym defense||Mud Slap ground||Stone Edge rock|
|👑||PvP (speculative)||Mud Slap dark||Stone Edge rock|
Pokémon GO Rhydon counters
|Dragon Breath dragon||Water Gun water|
|Hydro Pump water||Hydro Pump water|
Its dual type makes Rhydon take decreased damage when attacked by
- Fire, Electric, Poison, Rock, Flying and Normal moves (80%),
but it takes extra damage from
- Steel, Ground, Ice and Fighting attacks (125%)
- Grass and Water (156%)
Evidently, any water type pokemon with a half decent moveset can take down Rhydon. However, Rhydon is a bruiser, meaning that even your Perfect IV Vaporeon will most likely lose half of its HP.
Scizor with a full on Steel moveset is good in theory, as bug types take reduced (80%) damage from Ground, but it would still have to dodge every single Stone Edge or it dies instantly.
Pokémon GO Rhydon moveset
|Mud slap Ground||Stone edge Rock||15/100||27.10||33.85|
|Rock smash Fighting||Stone edge Rock||15/100||27.50||32.90|
|Mud slap Ground||Earthquake Ground||15/120||22.00||27.55|
|Mud slap Ground||Megahorn Bug||15/90||25.80||27.15|
|Rock smash Fighting||Earthquake Ground||15/120||22.40||26.60|
|Rock smash Fighting||Megahorn Bug||15/90||26.20||26.20|
Stone Edge is faster than Earthquake, which implies that Stone Edge is the best Charged move. It makes it easier to dodge incoming blows when in offense, but it also makes it harder to dodge Rhydon’s charged move when defending.
Megahorn is bug type attack, which makes it super effective on grass type Pokémon, but there are very few Grass Pokémon that have CP even close to Rhydon. This makes Megahorn rather useless.
Given its’ movepool, we consider the following:
- Mud Slap / Stone Edge is the best defensive and offensive moveset, due to typing and speed considerations
- Mud Slap / Earthquake is second best moveset, but we recommend it only for Gym defense!
- Rock Smash is considered a novelty, as it doesn’t benefit from STAB and there are better fighting attackers and defenders