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This is a strategy guide for using Rhyperior in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Rhyperior, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Rhyperior

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ground Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Rock Type
Abilities
Solid Rock Reduces damage from super-effective attacks.
Lightning Rod Draws in all Electric-type moves to up Special Attack.
Reckless (Hidden) Powers up moves that have recoil damage.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Water Image
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Pokemon Fighting Image
Pokemon Ground Image
Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Normal Image
Pokemon Fire Image
Pokemon Flying Image
Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Poison Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Electric Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
115 140 130 55 55 40

Best Nature for Rhyperior

Best Natures
Adamant
(+Atk, -SpAtk)
Brave
(+Atk, -Spd)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Rhyperior

Weakness Policy Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 222 / Atk. 211 / Def. 151 / Sp.Def. 75 / Spd. 60
Ability Solid Rock
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Earthquake
Rock Blast
Fire Punch
Superpower

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Weakness Policy Rhyperior.png

Weakness Policy has the key role of powering up Rhyperior's Attack. With its massive Defense, Rhyperior can weather a super-effective hit from an opponent's Physical attack, activating Weakness Policy and unleashing its true strength.

Further bolsters its constitution with Dynamax

Thanks to the combination of the HP boost provided by Dynamax and its ability Solid Rock, which decreases the damage of super effective moves, Rhyperior is a Pokemon which can survive even a super effective attack. Don't be stingy - go ahead and break out the Dynamax right away and reap the benefits of Weakness Policy.

On top of that, Rhyperior works well with Dynamax moves which improve its defensive characteristics.

Move Effect
Max Quake Raises its Special Defense by 1 stage.
Max Steelspike Raises its Defense by 1 stage.
Max Rockfall Causes a Sandstorm. Rock-type Pokemon receive a 50% Special Defense boost during a Sandstorm.

See All Dynamax Moves and Effects

Alternate Move Choices

Brick Break Has a high attacking power. Can also increase the damage of Max Rockfall.
Horn Drill Can power up its Attack with Max Knuckle.
Swords Dance Boosts Attack, and can be used as Max Guard to block attacks.
Iron Head Super effective against Fairy-types. Max Steelspike is great for boosting its Defense.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamant (+Atk, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 222 / Atk. 211 / Def. 150 / Sp.Def. 76 / Spd. 60
Ability Solid Rock
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Earthquake
Rock Blast
Horn Drill
Fire Punch

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Assault Vest increases Rhyperior's Special Defense by 50%, causing its already high defensive power to rise even further and allowing it to handle Special attacks it otherwise couldn't survive.

Horn Drill can be used to handle defensive walls.

Alternate Move Choices

Rock Wrecker Has a high attacking power. Can also increase the damage of Max Rockfall.
Iron Head Super effective against Fairy-types. Max Steelspike is great for boosting its Defense.
Hammer Arm Can power up its Attack with Max Knuckle.

How to Use Rhyperior Effectively

Stops Physical hitters in their tracks

Rhyperior's heaps of physical Attack and Defense allow it to stare down powerful physical hitters. Under the effects of Dynamax, Rhyperior can handle the likes of Gyarados's Max Geyser and counter back with Max Rockfall for a one-hit knockout.

Trick Room flips its Speed on its head

Thanks to its rock-bottom Speed, Rhyperior flourishes in a Trick Room setting, in which Pokemon with lower Speed move first.

Since the always-popular Mimikyu can use Trick Room, it's a strong contender to include in a party with Rhyperior.
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu

Counters for Rhyperior

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Weakness
Rhyperior Weakness - water
Rhyperior Weakness - grass

Wipe it out with a Water or Grass-type

With its 4x weakness to Water and Grass moves, Rhyperior can't stay afloat when hit hard with these attacks. Its Special Defense is middling, so using a Special attacker against it will guarantee a swift finish.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Wash Rotom ImageWash Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
Hydro Pump is super effective
・The Ability Levitate grants immunity to Ground-type moves
Moveset & Best Build for Wash Rotom
Mow Rotom ImageMow Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
Leaf Storm is super effective
・The Ability Levitate grants immunity to Ground-type moves
Moveset & Best Build for Mow Rotom
Dracovish ImageDracovish Ranking: ★★★★★
Fishious Rend can knock it out in one hit
Moveset & Best Build for Dracovish

Counter a Wall with a Wall

Using a highly-defensive Pokemon with an advantageous type matchup to Rhyperior such as Quagsire or Corviknight will leave Rhyperior out of options. As these Pokemon can use recovery moves, Rhyperior can't wear them down even with Dynamax moves.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can restore HP with Roost
・Can boost its Defense with Iron Defense
Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can restore HP with Recover
・Can use Stockpile to increase its Defense
Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire

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