Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pokemon of the Week - Rhydon

Haha, I've wanted to do a post for this guy since I started, kinda. While he may not be one of my top favorite of all Pokemon, I still respect this guy. He's also one of a select few Unevolved Pokemon that I really like (others being Scyther and a couple more). But my real reason for this guy's inclusion to the Pokemon of the Week is... kinda special. As many of you may not know already, Rhydon is actually the very first Pokemon ever created! Not Bulbasaur, not Mew, not even Pikachu! It was all Rhydon~ That would also explain why the Gym Statues and the beast-type Pokemon from Red, Blue, and Yellow resemble Rhydon. It's a tribute~! :3

Do note that my review here is on an unevolved Pokemon, so my sets and info are most going to revolve on the RSE games, to an extent (before Rhyperior existed).
Anyway, Rhydon is actually not the worst Pokemon, overall. While its typing leaves it heavily vulnerable to Grass and Water (both of which were all Special and would almost always destroy him), it gives him very useful STAB. This, along with his sky-high Attack and Defense, and an great HP stat, he can take almost anything physical and sweep if used right. Not only that, but Rhydon actually has a pretty nice movepool, boasting Megahorn, Earthquake, Focus Punch, and a lot more! If you can hit during a switch, it will be well worth it.

Base Stats:
Hp -  105
Atk - 130
Def - 120
Sp.Atk - 45
Sp.Def - 45
Spd - 40

Rhydon @ Choice Band

Ability: Rock Head
EVs: 252 HP, 252 Atk, 4 Spd
Nature: Adamant
- Megahorn
- Hidden Power [Rock]
- Earthquake
- Double-Edge

This is actually not that bad of a build for a Rhydon in RSE. Megahorn hits Grass users, and is somewhat of a filler. Hidden Power [Rock] gives STAB, and hits many Pokemon powerfully (and offers a more reliable accuracy and power than Rock Slide or Rock Blast). Earthquake is another great move that works nicely in combo with Hidden Power [Rock]. Finally, Double-Edge hits Pokemon hard and with 100% accuracy, specifically Weezing. After this, your main worry is a Skarmory. Other than this, simply use hit-and-run tactics, and make sure you predict a switch well. Have fun!

Rhyperior @ Leftovers

Ability: Solid Rock
EVs: 140 HP, 252 Atk, 32 Def, 84 Spd
Nature: Adamant
- Megahorn
- Stone Edge
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock

Well, I thought I'd post up a more currently usable set, for those of you interested. Rhyperior here is sadly hurt by a lot of others in the competition, but can fare in OU, to an extent or UU. Stone Edge is your power attack, with STAB, which hits many Pokemon in both tiers very hard, especially with his monstrous Attack. Earthquake gets incredible coverage with it, and Megahorn makes it so almost nothing can switch in on you without being burned by a good prediction. Plus, Earthquake's STAB is another useful bonus. Rock Blast can be used over Stone Edge, especially in UU, where Substitute users can be very tricky. For the last slot, I chose Stealth Rock as it can be useful, and Rhyperior can kill almost all of the UU Rapid Spinners with ease. If you wish to use Rhyperior as a defensive wall instead, replace Stealth Rock with your own Substitute instead, and you're good to go! Anyway, besides the even more massive Attack, Defense, and HP, not a whole lot is changed from 3rd Gen, but Rhyperior still stands out as a nice threat if used well!

Well, there you have it! My own little tribute to Rhydon, the very first Pokemon~! I hope you all had fun reading, and got a bit of fun trivia from this post! Not much else to say here really, except to have fun, and keep playing~! Remember: You are not too old for Pokemon!! >8U Hehe... So I'll talk to you all later!

Battle on! Guten tag, und ja ne! :3


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