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Lycanroc
745
ルガルガン Rugarugan
745Lycanroc
Generation VII
Evolutionary line
744745
Type(s)
Type Rock  
Species Wolf Pokémon
Abilities Keen Eye
Sand Rush
Steadfast (DW)
Pokédex
Rockruff ← 745 → Wishiwashi
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Alola 104
Evolves from Rockruff
Evolves into None
Gender
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
55.1 lbs. 25.0 kg 2'07" 0.8 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Brown Field
Shape Footprint
Shape08
Cry
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Lycanroc
745Mn
ルガルガン Rugarugan
745MnLycanroc
Generation VII
Evolutionary line
744745Mn
Type(s)
Type Rock  
Species Wolf Pokémon
Abilities Keen Eye
Vital Spirit
No Guard (DW)
Pokédex
Rockruff ← 745Mn → Wishiwashi
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Alola 104
Evolves from Rockruff
Evolves into None
Gender
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
55.1 lbs. 25.0 kg 3'07" 1.1 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Red Field
Shape Footprint
Shape06
Cry
[[File:{{{ndexvoice}}}|100px|noicon]]

Lycanroc (ルガルガン Rugarugan) is a rock-type Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It is the evolved form of Rockruff.

Biology

Rockruff evolves into a different form of Lycanroc depending on the version of the game. If it evolves in Pokémon Sun, it will become the Midday Form; whereas if it evolves in Pokémon Moon, it will become the Midnight Form.

Physiology

In its Midday Form, Lycanroc resembles a quadrupedal wolf, having brown fur with white markings around its paws, neck, and tail. It has a long bushy tail, pointed ears, and blue eyes, and the pebbles around its neck as a Rockruff have now grown into long, rocky spikes resembling the rays of a sun.

In its Midnight Form, Lycanroc is a slouched bipedal wolf, with dark red fur and a thick mane that runs from its back to the top of its head. It has a short, stubby tail, folded ears and eyes that glow bright red with no visible iris or sclera. A fringe of black fur hangs over its face, and two pointed rocks emerge from either side of its waist.

Characteristics

Lycanroc is the evolved form of Rockruff. As Rockruff nears evolution, it becomes more aggressive and prone to howling loudly. It then runs away and disappears, only returning once it has evolved.

Behavior

Midday form

The midday form of Lycanroc tend to live in mountains. They are solitary hunters and actually avoid making packs at all costs to prevent disputes. However, to any trainer who accepted them while in their rambunctious Rockruff stage, they are fiercely loyal to a trainer they have bonded with.

Midnight form

The midnight form of Lycanroc prefers to let its enemy get the first hit before delivering a devastating counterattack. They are predisposed to violence and easy to get excited by a worthy opponent, which is shown by their glowing eyes. They will not accept trainers that they feel are poor battlers or give questionable orders.

Evolution

Lycanroc is the evolved form of Rockruff, at level 25. Midday form is evolved during the daytime in Sun while Midnight form is evolved during the nighttime in Moon.

Game info

Locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sun/Moon Vast Poni Canyon, evolve Rockruff


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Sun
Midday Form: Its quick movements confuse its enemies. Well equipped with claws and fangs, it also uses the sharp rocks in its mane as weapons.

Midnight Form: The more intimidating the opponent it faces, the more this Pokémon’s blood boils. It will attack with no regard for its own safety.
Moon
Midday Form: When properly raised from a young age, it will become a trustworthy partner that will absolutely never betray its Trainer.

Midnight Form: It goads its enemies into attacking, withstands the hits, and in return, delivers a headbutt, crushing their bones with its rocky mane.


Stats (Midday form)

Base Stats
HP
75
Attack
115
Defense
65
Sp. Atk
55
Sp. Def
65
Speed
112
Total
487

Stats (Midnight form)

Base Stats
HP
85
Attack
115
Defense
75
Sp. Atk
55
Sp. Def
75
Speed
82
Total
487

Learnset

Leveling

Midday Form
Leveling Generation VII
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
1 Accelerock 40 100% 20 Rock Physical
1 Quick Guard - -% 15 Fighting Status
1 Quick Attack 40 100% 30 Normal Physical
1 Tackle 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Leer - 100% 30 Normal Status
1 Sand Attack - 100% 15 Ground Status
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
4 Sand Attack - 100% 15 Ground Status
7 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
12 Howl - -% 40 Normal Status
15 Rock Throw 50 90% 15 Rock Physical
18 Odor Sleuth - -% 40 Normal Status
23 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical
* Accelerock 40 100% 20 Rock Physical
26 Roar - -% 20 Normal Status
29 Stealth Rock - -% 20 Rock Status
34 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical
37 Scary Face - 100% 10 Normal Status
40 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
45 Rock Climb 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
48 Stone Edge 100 80% 5 Rock Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Midnight Form
Leveling Generation VII
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
1 Counter - 100% 20 Fighting Physical
1 Reversal - 100% 10 Fighting Physical
1 Taunt - 100% 20 Dark Status
1 Tackle 40 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Leer - 100% 30 Normal Status
1 Sand Attack - 100% 15 Ground Status
1 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
4 Sand Attack - 100% 15 Ground Status
7 Bite 60 100% 25 Dark Physical
12 Howl - -% 40 Normal Status
15 Rock Throw 50 90% 15 Rock Physical
18 Odor Sleuth - -% 40 Normal Status
23 Rock Tomb 60 95% 15 Rock Physical
* Counter - 100% 20 Fighting Physical
26 Roar - -% 20 Normal Status
29 Stealth Rock - -% 20 Rock Status
34 Rock Slide 75 90% 10 Rock Physical
37 Scary Face - 100% 10 Normal Status
40 Crunch 80 100% 15 Dark Physical
45 Rock Climb 90 85% 20 Normal Physical
48 Stone Edge 100 80% 5 Rock Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Sun Moon Back
Lycanroc Midday SM
Lycanroc Midnight SM
Lycanroc Midday Shiny SM
Lycanroc Midnight Shiny SM

Anime

Two wild Lycanroc debuted in SM015: Rocking Clawmark Hill!.

Trainers with a Lycanroc

Trivia

  • It was teased early on that Rockruff's evolution was to be unique and had a "certain secret". It was later revealed by leaks to be based on a werewolf, which was confirmed in the CoroCoro magazine.
  • Rockruff's split evolution follows two common trends of small quadrupedal mammal Pokemon: some, such as Growlithe and Vulpix evolve in more "adult" but still animal-like quadrupedal forms, while others like Fennekin and Zorua become bipedal and anthropomorphic upon evolving. The Midday form follows the former, while the Midnight form follows the latter.

Origin

Midday form Lycanroc is based on a wolf, with elements of a fox or a dingo while Midnight form Lycanroc is based on a werewolf, with its red eyes, bared teeth and folded ears resembling a stereotypical "mad dog". Alternatively, Midday Lycanroc may be based on the "voluntary" werewolf (a version that changes from man to wolf at will and keeps control of its mind) while Midnight Lycanroc may be based on the "involuntary" werewolf (a version that turns into a monstrous man-wolf hybrid on a full moon and becomes a vicious rampaging beast).

Etymology

Lycanroc is a combination of the words "Lycan" (from the Greek Lykos, meaning wolf) and Rock due to its typing. Lycan may also refer to the modern use of the word "Lycanthropy" (the technical term for the affliction of being a werewolf) due to how Rockruff evolves. The majestic, noble appearance of the Midday form in stark contrast to the Midnight form's sinister look may be a reference to wolves equally both being portrayed as benevolent as well as malevolent in culture.

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