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Head Smash

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Rock 150 80% 5 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage, and the user receives recoil damage equal to 1/2 of the damage dealt, rounded half up, but not less than 1 HP.

Competitive Use

Head Smash is the strongest Rock-type move, but huge recoil and terrible distribution means that it is not so common. Due to 50% recoil (a distinction shared by no other move), Pokemon with the ability Rock Head use Head Smash best. Aggron and Relicanth get STAB and can rip through unprepared teams with Head Smash if they get a Rock Polish to boost their abysmal Speed. Rampardos, while not having Rock Head, has a massive 165 base Attack and will do great damage even to Pokemon who resist Head Smash. Emboar, Donphan, and Scrafty can use it as a coverage move, though the recoil will severely impact their otherwise good bulk. Archeops can use Head Smash with a Rock Gem to OHKO practically anything it wants, though it will become nearly useless afterwards due to its ability, Defeatist.

Related Moves

Stone Edge is weaker, but does not have recoil.

Rock Slide is half as powerful, but has better accuracy, no recoil, and a chance to flinch the opponent.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Aggron Steel / Rock RU Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal 70 110 180 60 60 50 530
Archen Rock / Flying LC Defeatist 55 112 45 74 45 70 401
Archeops Rock / Flying RU Defeatist 75 140 65 112 65 110 567
Aron Steel / Rock LC Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal 50 70 100 40 40 30 330
Corsola Water / Rock NU Hustle / Natural Cure / Regenerator 55 55 85 65 85 35 380
Cranidos Rock LC Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 67 125 40 30 30 58 350
Deino Dark / Dragon LC Hustle 52 65 50 45 50 38 300
Donphan Ground OU Sturdy / Sand Veil 90 120 120 60 60 50 500
Emboar Fire / Fighting RU Blaze / Reckless 110 123 65 100 65 65 528
Hydreigon Dark / Dragon OU Levitate 92 105 90 125 90 98 600
Lairon Steel / Rock NU Sturdy / Rock Head / Heavy Metal 60 90 140 50 50 40 430
Nidoking Poison / Ground UU Poison Point / Rivalry / Sheer Force 81 92 77 85 75 85 495
Nidoran-M Poison LC Poison Point / Rivalry / Hustle 46 57 40 40 40 50 273
Phanpy Ground LC Pickup / Sand Veil 90 60 60 40 40 40 330
Rampardos Rock NU Mold Breaker / Sheer Force 97 165 60 65 50 58 495
Relicanth Water / Rock NU Swift Swim / Rock Head / Sturdy 100 90 130 45 65 55 485
Scrafty Dark / Fighting UU Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 65 90 115 45 115 58 488
Scraggy Dark / Fighting LC Shed Skin / Moxie / Intimidate 50 75 70 35 70 48 348
Tepig Fire LC Blaze / Thick Fat 65 63 45 45 45 45 308
Zweilous Dark / Dragon NU Hustle 72 85 70 65 70 58 420