Rock Head is a Pokémon ability introduced in the Third Generation. It protects the user from recoil damage.


Rock Head prevents recoil damage from its own attacks except for Struggle. It does not protect against damage caused by held items like Life Orb, Jaboca Berry or Rowap Berry. Crash damage from missing an attack is also not prevented.

If Rock Head is lost in a turn due to using a recoil-inducing contact move on a Pokémon with Mummy, the HP loss from recoil will occur that turn.

In Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD, the moves Shadow Rush and Shadow End still cause recoil in their respective games


Generation III - Prevents recoil damage.

Generation IV - VI - Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.

Affected Moves

These are the moves learned by those with Rock Head that cause recoil damage. Other moves are affected but, are very unlikely to be on a Pokémon with this ability.

Pokémon with Rock Head

As A Hidden Ability

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