Cranidos is a short, bipedal, dinosaur-like Pokémon. It is very similar to the real life Pachycephalosaurus, having long hindlimbs and short forelimbs, and also having an extremely thick skull roof. The front of Cranidos' body is largely gray, while it's back and the top of its head are blue. From the sides to the back of its head are four large spikes. Cranidos' most notable feature though, is the large blue dome that is its head that it can use to smash down rocks or trees.
Cranidos is one of three Pokémon to have the ability Mold Breaker. This ability allows Cranidos's moves to strike through any opposing abilities. Cranidos also have incredible leg strength, allowing it to move at great speeds so as to hit its opponent. Cranidos's dome-like head is noted as being as hard as iron, making it capable of even breaking through rock.
|Diamond/Pearl||Revive from Skull Fossil (Diamond Only)||Fossil|
|Platinum||Revive from Skull Fossil||Fossil|
|HeartGold/SoulSilver||Revive from Skull Fossil||Fossil|
|Black/White||Revive from Skull Fossil||Fossil|
Side Game Locations
|Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness||Crystal Cave (B5F-B9F)|
|Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia||Vien Forest|
|Pokémon Rumble||Fiery Furnace|
Known Trainers With a Cranidos
Cranidos's appearance is very similar to the Pachycephalosaurus dinosaur, and is the basis of this Pokémon's looks and abilities.
Cranidos's name comes from the word cranium referring to its thick skull, while similarly its Japanese name Zugaidos comes from the word zugaikotsu, also meaning cranium.
- Cranidos, despite its head being its greatest asset, it could not learn Iron Head until Pokémon Platinum, and cannot learn Skull Bash. It also can't have the ability Rock Head.
- Cranidos is the first fossil Pokémon not to have two types.
- Cranidos and Shieldon evolve at Level 30, the earliest of any fossil Pokémon.
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