Gym Teams | Rock

Hey guys! I will say this now, that the Rock-type is horrible to work with, so I did my best!

This series was inspired by my good friend Tim’s series that he did over the course of 18 months. He outlined the following rules, and I added the fourth:

  1. No Legendaries or Mythicals allowed
  2. No duplicate Pokemon across two posts.
  3. The exceptions to the above rule is regional variants or form changes that change the type.
  4. The Pokemon can be level 50 maximum

Tyrantrum

I wanted to take advantage of Tyrantrum’s Strong Jaw Ability, plus with some of these affected move that also help with coverage! That’s basically it for this thing.

Ability: Strong Jaw

Item: Leftovers

Moves: Earthquake, Dragon Claw, Fire Fang, Thunder Fang


Rhydon

Each move (Double-Edge and Earthquake aside) are to help deal with Rhydon’s crippling quad weaknesses to Water- and Grass-type moves. Eviolite as standard gives it a bit of extra bulk as well.

Ability: Rock Head

Item: Eviolite

Moves: Double-Edge, Thunder Fang, Earthquake, Ice Fang


Armaldo

While it’s slow, Armaldo’s strangely a strong attacker. This is why I decided to give it a largely Physical move. It doesn’t actually learn any new level-up moves past 48, so I had to work with a few TMs. Its moves are all Physical, and they feel like that they compliment Armaldo more than work for type coverage, but I can’t see Armaldo rocking much else.

Ability: Battle Armor

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves: X-Scissor, Rock Blast, Cross Poison, Liquidation


Lycanroc (Dusk)

I wanted the Dusk form for the nice Attack and Speed stats, and I wanted to take advantage of the Tough Claws Ability with the contact moves on hand, as that’s literally the only Ability for Dusk Form.

Ability: Tough Claws

Item: Rocky Helmet

Moves: Crunch, Rock Slide, Psychic Fangs, Iron Head


Tyranitar

I decided to increase the Defense of Tyranitar via Iron Defense, to help reduce the effect of the deadly Fighting-type moves. Sand Stream is going to be fun to help whittle down the health of the opponent, and this may be a Pokemon I might bring in first or second to bring in that Sand Stream, and then keep hard-switching so it’ll keep bringing it in. The other moves are just there to have a bit of fun!

Ability: Sand Stream

Item: Focus Sash

Moves: Stone Edge, Earthquake, Dragon Claw, Iron Defense


Mega Aerodactyl

Sadly there wasn’t a lot of moves that utilised Tough Claws, so I did the best that I could. However, Mega Aerodactyl is strong enough that it doesn’t need all of the biting moves on the planet, but Thunder Fang and Ice Fang will help wreck anyway, along with Iron Head and Wing Attack for extra coverage.

Ability: Tough Claws

Item: Aerodactylite

Moves: Iron Head, Thunder Fang, Wing Attack, Ice Fang


2 thoughts on “Gym Teams | Rock

  1. Tim

    I’m always surprised at how good Armaldo is in the main games. It’s not competitively great, per say. But you don’t want to run into one in the main game.

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    1. I will say that after doing some digging I’m glad they changed Steven’s Armaldo’s moveset in the remakes, half of its moves were Special, and clearly Armaldo is not a Special Attacker. But yes, playthrough Armaldo is dangerous when done right!

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