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[[File:Type Ground/Rock.gif|link=Ground/Rock type]]  
Species Drill Pokémon
Abilities Lightningrod
Rock Head
Reckless (Dream World)
None ← 112 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from [[Rhyhorn]]
Evolves into [[Rhyperior]]
(サイドン Saidon)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Gray>Gray</font>
Shape Footprint

Rhydon (Japanese: サイドン Saidon) is a Ground/Rock-type Pokémon.


It is a rock hard Pokémon that developed a long tail and learned to stand bipedally, meaning on two legs. It is a rhino-like creature that can crush rocks and has a long drill that can drill through rocks.

Special abilities

Rhydon can have the ability Rock Head or the ability Lightningrod. Rock Head prevents Rhydon from sustaining recoil damage. Lightningrod directs Electric-type attacks to Rhydon. This Pokémon is disadvantaged when attacking Grass, Fighting, Water, or other Ground-type Pokémon. This Pokémon's brain developed after it stood up on its hind legs. Its drill horn bores tunnels through solid rock. Its hide is so thick and protective that Rhydon can thrive in very hot places.


Rhydon is the evolved form of Rhyhorn. Rhydon evolves into the Generation IV Pokémon, Rhyperior, when traded while holding the Protector.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Cerulean Cave Rare
Yellow Cerulean Cave Rare
Gold/Silver Evolve Rhyhorn None
Crystal Victory Road Rare
Ruby/Sapphire Evolve Rhyhorn None
Emerald Evolve Rhyhorn None
FireRed/LeafGreen Evolve Rhyhorn None
Diamond/Pearl Route 227, Route 228, Stark Mountain Common
Platinum Route 227, Route 228, Stark Mountain, Sinnoh Victory Road


HeartGold/SoulSilver Safari Zone


Black/White Evolve Rhyhorn None

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Evolve Rhyhorn
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 15, Forever Level 64, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Evolve Rhyhorn
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Sky Stairway (1-49F)
Pokémon Ranger Jungle Relic
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Volcano Cave, Haruba Desert, Altru Tower
Pokémon Rumble Rocky Cave

Pokédex entries



Rhydon appears to be based off a rhinoceros whilst its name is possibly a reference to rhinoceros, due to its origin.



  • Rhydon and its family members are the only Pokémon to have a Rock/Ground combination where it is switched around with the only Pokémon having Ground type as the first type and Rock as the secondary.
  • Rhydon was the very first Pokémon to be designed.
  • Rhydon shares the same species name as Nidoking and Nidoqueen, they're all known as "Drill Pokémon".
  • A glitch Pokémon called 94 will convert into Rhydon for the first time after being caught.

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