Pokémon GO Rhyperior is a dual typed Ground and Rock type Pokémon, and is one of many that evolve from a previously introduced Pokémon (check out our Pokémon Candy you should save for Generation 4). Rhyperior evolves from Rhydon, released in Generation 1 and it will likely take one hundred (100) candies to evolve, it is unlikely it will take more or less.

Rhyperior has a MAX CP of 3869, paired with an ATK of 241, DEF of 224 and STA of 230, which puts it as the second best attacking Ground type and the best Rock type in the game, but we will get into more of that, below.


Rhyperior in the Meta

Groudon still reigns the meta as the best Ground type attacker in the game, but Rhyperior will slot in at number 2 with fellow generation 4 newcomer Garchomp slotting in at 3 and Rhydon falling down to number 4. Rhyperior takes over the throne atop the Rock type attackers knocking the previous king, Tyranitar down to number 2.

In these charts, we will look at its viability as both a Ground and Rock type Pokémon and how it sizes up to some of the other popular Ground and Rock types in the game.

Ground Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Groudon 4074 270 251 182
Rhyperior 3869 241 224 230
Garchomp 3823 261 198 216
Rhydon 3300 222 206 210
Mamoswine 3289 247 157 220
Hippowdon 3089 201 212 216
Donphan 3022 214 214 180
Golem 2916 211 229 160

Overall, the Ground types sport a higher CP (with higher end Attack and Defense stats). In terms of attack, Rhyperior comes in fourth behind Groudon, Mamoswine, and Garchomp, though Rhyperior has a higher Stamina stat than all three and a higher CP and Defense/Stamina stat than Garchomp and Mamoswine.

Out of all the Ground types, it has the most balanced Atk/Def/Sta stat line and places number 1 in Stamina with a stat of 230.

With there being so few elite Ground types, Rhyperior should quickly find itself as a staple in raid/gym battles both as a counter and as a generalist attacker.

Rock Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Rhyperior 3869 241 224 230
Tyranitar 3670 251 212 200
Rhydon 3300 222 206 210
Rampardos 3179 295 114 194
Regirock 3087 179 356 160
Aggron 3004 198 314 140
Golem 2916 211 229 160
Armaldo 2675 222 183 150

As a Rock type, Rhyperior dethrones Tyranitar as king. Trailing only slightly behind in Attack (241) and having better Defense (224) and Stamina (230). Once again, Rhyperior finds itself as the most balanced out of all the Rock types and again has the highest Stamina stat (230).

As for Rhyperior itself, it will takes 2x super effective damage from Grass and Water type moves and increased damage from Ground, Steel, Fighting, and Ice type moves. On the other end, it will be take to Electric, Fire, Normal, Rock, and Flying type moves as well as double resistant to Poison type moves.

We expect to see Rhyperior fill in the same niche as Golem does currently, but offering more TDO due increased Stamina.


Rhyperior’s Possible Movepool

Though there is no way to know for sure what moves Rhyperior will have, we can look at its main series move pool, as well as the moves Rhydon already has access to, and we can compile a list of possible move sets for it:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Rock Smash
  • Mud Slap
  • Horn Drill
  • Tail Whip
  • Smack Down
  • Stone Edge
  • Earthquake
  • Rock Wrecker
  • Drill Run

Weather Influence on Rhyperior

The chart below will help you visualize what weather is beneficial or harmful for Rhyperior.

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

Shiny Rhyperior

It is unknown when shiny Rhyperior will be available , as shiny Rhyhorn and Rhydon are not currently in the game.

Normal Shiny
   

Pokedex Entries and Facts

Rhyperior’s pokedex entries from various games definitely give insight as why it is called the “Drill Pokémon”.

  • Its Diamond Pokédex entry states that, “It puts rocks in holes in its palms and uses its muscles to shoot them. Geodude are shot at rare times.”
  • Meanwhile other Pokédex entries state that, “It can launch a rock held in its hand like a missile by tightening then expanding its muscles instantly.” and “From holes in its palms, it fires out Geodude. Its carapace can withstand volcanic eruptions.”
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