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Pojo's Pokemon of the Week



Date Reviewed: 09.01.06

Ratings & Reviews Summary: 3.95

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  5 is the highest rating.

Brown Bomber Hey, everyone. I haven't been posting for the last two weeks since school's started again for me, and there's a lot more work than last year. However, now that I've gotten adjusted, I'll try to write reviews for you again.

I also decided to come back after the absurd amount of Blissey hate on last week's review (don't listen to anyone who whines about Blissey; use the standard set that has dozens of counters if you want) so that the other reviewers won't lead you astray due to personal bias.

Today's gem is Rhydon, a Pokemon that's rather underrated as of late. It has an excellent 130 base Attack, Normal/Rock/Flying resistance, and has a nice physical movepool to go with it. Unfortunately, with bulky waters, Metagross, and HP Grass Electrics running rampant, Rhydon is slightly intimidated by common OU Pokemon. Fortunately, Rhydon has enough strengths to overlook these weaknesses.

Rhydon (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Rock Head
EVs: 212 HP / 132 Atk / 164 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Swords Dance
- Rock Slide/Rock Blast
- Earthquake

The standard set. Substitute up on a switch, Seismic Toss/Night Shade, Shadow Ball Snorlax, or Weezing Will-o-Wisp, Swords Dance, and proceed to knock out Pokemon with Rock Slide/Earthquake. Rock Blast can break Substitutes, but Rock Slide is the better move since it's generally more powerful, has more accuracy, and isn't as situational. Focus Punch was on this set for a while, but it's unnecessary as Rock Slide/Earthquake inflict neutral/super effective damage to Pokemon that are weak to Focus Punch. 157 Speed allows you to outspeed Weezing with no Speed EVs; however, a lot of Weezing carry speed for Rhydon, so you may want to bump speed into the 160+ range. 212 HP EVs are required for 101 HP Substitutes.

Rhydon (M) @ Choice Band
Trait: Rock Head
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Megahorn
- Focus Punch/Double-Edge/Sleep Talk

The other standard. Instead of Subbing and crying when a Surf breaks Rhydon's Sub, hit waters and other Pokemon on the switch with Earthquakes from 591 Attack. Megahorn can screw over any Celebi that think they can safely switch into an Earthquake. Focus Punch is for Skarmory, while Double-Edge is a powerful attack that does neutral damage to most Pokemon and eases up prediction (use Rock Head for no recoil). Sleep Talk is there to absorb sleep moves such as Spore/Hypnosis; since Sleep Talk randomly selects a move, Rhydon isn't limited to one move while it's asleep. This Rhydon doesn't need Speed EVs since it can't OHKO Weezing with any of its attacks anyways.

Rhydon (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Lightning Rod
EVs: 200 HP / 252 Atk / 56 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Curse
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Megahorn/Counter

A fairly common Rhydon set that I thought I'd mention. Curse up to boost Rhydon's Attack and nice Defense, then attack with three moves. Counter is funny since Rhydon can withstand a Choice Banded Meteor Mash after a Curse and counter it in Metagross's face for an OHKO; it can also Counter random Earthquakes and Brick Breaks, so it may be worth a shot. Since Rhydon is lowering its Speed, Speed EVs are worthless on this set.

Other Options: Roar makes Rhydon a decent pseudo-hazer, as it can withstand Curselax's attacks and phaze it away. Focus Punch is usable, but as stated in the Substitute set, it's unnecessary with Rock Slide/Earthquake. Horn Drill is an option if OHKOs are allowed; however, OHKOs are banned in standard, so don't use them. Reversal is there and could work after a Swords Dance, but Rhydon is too slow to sweep even after a Salac Berry. Thunder(bolt), Flamethrower/Fire Blast, Ice Beam, and Surf are all comedy options that you shouldn't use due to Rhydon's pathetic base 45 Special Attack.

Counters: Any water with Surf (Milotic, Suicune, Swampert, and Starmie are common waters), Flygon, Weezing on any set other than the Substitute set or if it can Will-o-Wisp before Rhydon can make a Sub, Flygon, Metagross (sort of), Celebi (without Megahorn), HP Grass Zapdos/Raikou (it can take an HP Ice if it's at or nearly at full health)

Opinion: Rhydon is truly underrated and a force to be reckoned with. It can easily take STABed Returns/HP Flyings/Rock Slides and Sub on the switch or hit the opponent hard, and STABed Earthquakes/Rock Slides from massive Attack is always nice. If you need a Normal/Rock resist and are tired of using your Skarm or whatnot, try Rhydon for a change; you'll be surprised at how effective it is.

Rating: 4.0/5

Peace Out,
Brown Bomber
Well, we have Rhydon today. I can't wait for Mystery Dungeon to come out.
gonna be SO cool.

Rhydon has amazing Attack and Defense, a signature trait of Ground/Rock types.
BUt then his Speed, and Specials are horrible. Then again, with Rhydon learning mostly Phsyical moves, low specials isn't a problem. But his speed is. His low speed will result in a STAB Surf that will knock him out easily before he gets to attack.

Rhydon is one of the best underused pokemon. His weaknesses make him bad. A
weakness to Grass, Ice, AND water does not help at all. Although he is useful, not many people use himdue to the X4. His moveset does give him some playability, as a Earthquake/ Substitute/ Double Edge or HP Rock/ Megahorn moveset is almost godly. Use Substitue when you are in trouble, as he makes
HP ones which can't be Seismic Toss KO'd, and a STAB Earthquake is just amazing.
Double Edge is for when your Rhydon has Rock Head. If he has LIghtning Rod, stick him with a Skarmory in a double battle, and hae him use HP Rock instead of Double Edge. Earthquake dosen't affect Skarmory, and all Lightning attacks that might do damage to Skarmory are taken care of. You can substitue Skarmory for a Pidgeot r other nice flyer instead and the combo works just as well.

CASUAL: 4/5. A nice alternative to all those other physical beatsticks.
COMPETITIVE: 2.5/5. Not so great, but with just the right moveset, h'll be pretty good.

Kijuna I really like Rhydon. In Leaf Green, a Rhyhorn ended up being my team's mascot at some point and I couldn't bring myself to let it evolve, as much as I wanted to. I've never used its evolved form, but as a kid I remember being amused to no end that a Pokémon so weak to water could learn Surf, an attack that involves being almost completely submerged in it, and moreso when an in-game character mentioned teaching Surf to his Rhydon.

Seriously, in Stadium, its nose drills. How cool is that? It even learns super-powerful moves like Earthquake and Mega Horn (Double-Edge if yours has Rock Head. My Rhyhorn did. ^_^) just by leveling up. How cool is that? It's hard not to go on a tangent about how awesome this Pokémon is. It's a good thing, too, for the sake of my writing, because it pretty much tells you how to use it by the time it hits level 60 or so.

Unfortunately for it, it's screwed if anything with a grass or water attack comes out. Don't bother with an ice, fire, or electric attack; it won't do much at all compared to an Earthquake or Megahorn. Your best bet of surviving one of those is to have a Substitute out at all times, which is a fun gimmick anyway since Substitute is a Rhydon doll. Personally, I'd rather use that move slot for an attacking move or Swords Dance, but if you want your Rhydon to be defensive, that's how to do it.

If you have any questions, I can be contacted by e-mail at Cowterpie (at) gmail (dot) com or on MSN using the same address.
Reeve Rhydon.
# 112.
Type: Ground/ Rock.
Ability: Rock head/ Lightning rod.
Locations: Evolve Rhyhorn, snag from Cipher Boss Greevil (Citadark Isle).

Hi everyone. Welcome to another Pokémon of the Week. Today we’re reviewing one of the best rock/ground types today; the drill rhino, Rhydon.

Obviously better than Golem, this one has a tremendous amount of physical stats and HP, so it won’t have a lot of troubles against some physical attacks. Has a decent move pool to build a good combination. Unfortunately Rhydon can’t stand water or grass types. So you’ll have to switch this one a couple of times to take advantage of all its potential.

Both abilities are useful, but let’s face it; Lightning rod is only an advantage for you in doubles, so we’re choosing Rock head for this one.

Now, we’re going to have two move combinations for this one. One is just for sweeping and switching, the second one is based on a little more strategy.

Nature: Adamant (+ Attack, - Special attack).
Equip: Choice band.
EV´s: 252 Attack, 129 Defense, 129 HP.
- Earthquake
- Rock slide
- Double edge
- Megahorn

Lots and lots of damage. Even in doubles this one is good enough. It’s been awhile since we last had a choice bander so remember; hit and run. That’s the key for this set.

Nature: Adamant (+ Attack, - Special attack).
Equip: Leftovers.
EV´s: 252 Attack, 129 Defense, 129 HP.
- Earthquake
- Rock slide
- Swords dance
- Megahorn

I know, it’s almost the same, but you don’t have Choice band in this one, swords dance makes its job. Problem with this one is that you’re risking your Pokémon one extra turn, but if you don’t like choice banders, then this is a good option for you.

When should I use this Pokémon?
As your choice bander, but you have to think if this type combination is appropriate for your team necessities.

What should I use against this Pokémon?
Water and grass. Doesn’t matter how strong is Rhydon, still has not so great special defense, so Suicune is a good call.

Bottom line:
Very good, great attack and decent ability, what else do you need? Just practice…


Hope you enjoyed.

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