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Rhyperior Best Moveset & Build

Total Base Stats535
TypeGround IconRock Icon

Weakness Policy Build

Best NatureBest Item
Brave (Atk↑ / Speed ↓)Weakness Policy
Best Ability
Solid Rock
Lowers damage when taking a super effective move.
Best Moveset
Earthquake / Hammer Arm / Stone Edge / Fire Punch
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, HP 212, Sp. Def 36, Defense 4

Adjust EVs To Deal With Wash Rotom

By putting 212 EVs in HP and 36 in Sp. Def, you're ensuring that you survive a Hydro Pump from a Dynamax Wash Rotom! 252 EVs in Attack are always a must, and you want to avoid putting EVs in Speed to maximize benefit from Trick Room, so the remainder can go into Defense.

Solid Rock Gives Excellent Survivability

Rhyperior's ability Solid Rock reduces the damage of super effective moves against it from 2x to 1.5x! Combine this with its already high base stats (115 HP, 130 Def), the HP bonus from Dynamax, and the bonus effect of Max Moves (Sandstorm buffs Sp. Def) and you've got quite a formidable wall on your hands. On top of all this, slapping a Weakness Policy on it will make it an offensive menace as well.

Choice Band Is Also An Option

Rhyperior works excellently with a Choice Band. It has enough firepower to one shot a fully defensive Toxapex! Considering that Dynamaxing will unlock your Choice Band restraint, it can also be surprisingly flexible.

A Trick Room Ace

You can make Rhyperior's abysmal 40 Speed into a massive positive by using it on a Trick Room team! This gives it the best traits of an excellent Pokemon: High attack, high defenses, and high speed. Consider running it with Mimikyu or Whimsicott as well.

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Rhyperior - Best Moves

Weakness Policy Build Build

Recommended Moves

Ground Icon
Good go-to high damage STAB move.
Hammer Arm
Fighting Icon
Powerful move which lowers the user's speed. This drawback isn't really a drawback for Rhyperior, making it an excellent choice.
Stone Edge
Rock Icon
High damage, incredibly powerful STAB move.
Fire Punch
fire Icon
Good coverage move for grass types.

Other Viable Moves

Rock Slide
Rock Icon
A weaker but higher accuracy alternative to Stone Edge
Thunder Punch
electric Icon
Possible coverage move for water types.
Ice Punch
ice Icon
Possible coverage move for Dragon types.
Horn Drill
Normal Icon
One-hit KO move. Has very low accuracy, but can be useful against otherwise unwinnable matchups VS. Tanks.
Rock Tomb
Rock Icon
Alternative Rock move, lowers the opponent's speed.
Rock Blast
Rock Icon
Alternate Rock move, multi-strike move.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Powerful Steel-type move. Good for dealing with Fairy types.
Brick Break
Fighting Icon
Fighting move alternative, goes through Reflect and Lightscreen, which can be quite useful.

Rhyperior - Best Item to Hold

Weakness PolicyGain a massive attack boost when hit with a super effective move. Works well with the super effective damage mitigation from Solid Rock.
Choice BandLocks you into one move, but you deal 150% more physical damage. Can become absolutely unstoppable offensively.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Rhyperior - Best Natures And EVs

Rhyperior - Recommended Natures

BraveAtk / Speed↓
Recommended for Trick Room variants! You're not going to be outspeeding anything outside Trick Room, so this nature is ideal.

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Weakness Policy Build

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
HP212 points
Sp.Def36 points
Def4 points

This spread is designed specifically to ensure you survive 1 hit from a Dynamaxed Wash Rotom Hydro Pump.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Rhyperior Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Rhyperior

Rotom-WashWash Rotom Pros
- Ignores Earthquake via Levitate
- Hydro Pump can usually one shot
- Certain EV builds can withstand a Hydro Pump and one shot you with Stone Edge
Rotom-MowMow Rotom Pros
- Ignores Earthquake via Levitate
- One shots with Leaf Storm
- Certain EV builds can withstand a Leaf Storm and one shot you with Stone Edge
CorviknightCorviknight Pros
- Immune to Earthquake
- Can set up Iron Defense or Bulk Up easily
- Earthquake can hit you while roosted
- Can be 2 shot by Choice Band Stone Edge
MiloticMilotic Pros
- Can withstand at least 3 shots
- Can deal massive damage with Scald
- Will proc Weakness Policy and be outsped in Trick Room

How To Play Against Rhyperior

Go With Special Grass And Water Type Moves

Rhyperior's Ground/Rock typing gives it an unfortunate 4x weakness to both Grass and Water type moves. In addition to this, its Sp. Def is relatively low, meaning you can deal lethal damage by exploiting this weakness. However, due to Solid Rock (and possibly Dynamax), you might not be able to one shot it. You will also probably proc Weakness Policy, so make sure to have a plan to finish it off!

Watch Out For Trick Room

Rhyperior is very often used on Trick Room teams. You should be able to spot this from the team preview, so bring in Pokemon that counter Trick Room.

Rhyperior - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Rhydon on Route 10
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Rhyhorn
3Breed that Rhyhorn until you get one with a Brave Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack, 212 EVs in HP, 36 in Sp. Def, and 4 in Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Evolve it by trading it while holding a Protector.
7Teach it Earthquake, Hammer Arm, Fire Punch, and Stone Edge
8Equip a Weakness Policy
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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