Rock Head(JP) is a Pokémon ability introduced in the third generation.


The ability holder is immune to recoil damage (with the exception of Struggle), like from the moves Head Smash and Wood Hammer. 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

Game Descriptions

Generation III - Prevents recoil damage.

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

Pokémon with the Ability

Geodude Graveler Golem Onix Cubone
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Marowak Rhyhorn Rhydon Aerodactyl Sudowoodo
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Steelix Aron Lairon Aggron Relicanth
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Bagon Shelgon Bonsly Basculin (Blue-Striped)
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As A Hidden Ability

Alolan Marowak Tyrantrum
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