Arceus-Rock

Multitype
Type changes depending on the held plate. Prevents item loss.
Type Tier
Rock Uber
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
120
- 381 444 -
Atk
120
248 276 339 372
Def
120
248 276 339 372
SpA
120
248 276 339 372
SpD
120
248 276 339 372
Spe
120
248 276 339 372
  • Uber

Overview

The Creator rises out of the depths of the earth and takes on the very qualities of the rocks themselves, from the hardest obsidian to the smoothest alabaster. Sharp stones rain upon the hides of all those who dare oppose the mineral deity, as summoning the might of Gaia is but a trifle for this incarnation of Arceus. Those weak of faith will have you believe that Rock Arceus is prone to too many elements and thus an inferior forme, but rest assured that once He harnesses a few boosts, the Creator shall exact His revenge upon all. Underestimate Him at your own peril.

Name Item Nature

Calm Mind

Stone Plate Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Calm Mind
~ Judgment
~ Grass Knot / Substitute
~ Recover
100 HP / 100 Def / 100 SpA / 100 SpD / 100 Spe

Like all Arceus formes, Rock Arceus can run a very threatening Calm Mind set. Rock Arceus is also one of the few Arceus formes that can beat Ho-Oh with a Calm Mind set, thanks to its Rock-type Judgment. However, due to its weaknesses to common types such as Water, Ground, and Fighting, Rock Arceus can't tank hits very well. Despite this, with Calm Mind, Rock Arceus is still an offensive threat. Arceus's +1 Grass Knot always OHKOes offensive Groudon, and OHKOes support Groudon, who would otherwise stop Rock Arceus cold, after a little prior damage.

Calm Mind is the crux of the set, allowing Arceus to boost its Special Attack and Special Defense. Judgment is obviously the primary attacking move, thanks to STAB, and though it may seem weak at first, Arceus can easily obtain multiple Calm Mind boosts with its great bulk and Recover. Rock Arceus has two main options for the last spot: Grass Knot and Substitute. Grass Knot is used to hit Groudon and Kyogre for super effective damage, while Substitute is used to block status, allowing Rock Arceus to beat Blissey. Ice Beam can be used over Grass Knot to score an OHKO on Garchomp, while still hitting Groudon hard, but Rock Arceus will have problems with bulky Kyogre. Fire Blast can also work over Grass Knot to hit Steel-types for super effective damage while still doing respectable damage to Groudon.

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Name Item Nature

Swords Dance

Stone Plate Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Stone Edge
~ Earthquake
~ ExtremeSpeed / Recover
100 HP / 100 Atk / 100 Def / 100 SpD / 100 Spe

Rock Arceus has the potential to be a menacing Swords Dance sweeper. Stone Edge and Earthquake offer excellent coverage together, hitting nearly every Pokemon in the metagame for at least neutral damage. A Jolly nature is needed to outpace positive base 90 Speed Pokemon and lower.

Swords Dance boosts Arceus's attack to huge levels, while Stone Edge is the main attack as it recieves STAB. Stone Edge's damage output may seem lackluster at first, but Arceus's bulk and access to Recover allows it to obtain multiple Attack boosts with Swords Dance. Earthquake rounds off its near-perfect coverage by hitting most Pokemon who resist Stone Edge. ExtremeSpeed is a good option as it allows Arceus to pick off faster Pokemon, while Recover can be used in the same spot in order to increase longevity. The last option to consider is Overheat, which can be used to fry Skarmory and Forretress, who can otherwise take several hits and lay down hazards.

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Name Item Nature

Mixed

Stone Plate Naive / Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Stone Edge
~ Fire Blast / Earthquake
~ Grass Knot
~ Recover
100 HP / 100 Atk / 60 Def / 100 SpA / 50 SpD / 100 Spe

This set takes a more unusual approach to using Rock Arceus. Many common switch-ins to will struggle to deal with this set. For Instance, Kyogre and Groudon, Rock Arceus's two most common switch-ins, are hit very hard by Grass Knot. A Speed-boosting nature is needed to outpace positive base 90 Speed Pokemon and anything slower.

Stone Edge is the primary move due to STAB, and it hits many common Pokemon in the Uber environment for super effective damage. Fire Blast is used in order to hit Steel-types who resist the rest of Arceus's moves. Earthquake is also an option to hit harder in the rain, but it causes Arceus to struggle with Bronzong, Skarmory, and Forretress. Recover is used in the last spot into increase longevity. Dragon Claw can also be used in place of Stone Edge for a 100% accurate move to use against Dragon-type Pokemon, while also hitting Palkia and Dialga for more damage than Stone Edge. However, without Stone Edge, Pokemon such as Shaymin-S, Lugia, and especially Ho-Oh have a much easier time with Arceus.

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Other Options

Refresh allows Arceus to rid itself of status effects such as poison and paralysis, which could hinder a sweep. Arceus can also spread poison around with Toxic, but it's generally inferior to just attacking. Roar can allow Arceus to be an efficient phazer while wearing down its counters, and also gives Arceus a chance to win in a Calm Mind war when facing Latias or Latios. If Rock Arceus uses Roar, entry hazard support is necessary to make the most of its phazing ability. Reflect and Light Screen can be used to support teammates, but there are better dual screen users, especially given that Rock Arceus cannot carry Light Clay. Arceus can also use Perish Song to put a timer on Calm Mind users that think they can set up, and can also force switches to rack up entry hazard damage.

Checks and Counters

Rock Arceus has quite a few counters that can stop it cold. Garchomp outspeeds Arceus and can hit it with a super effective STAB Earthquake. Choice Scarf Kyogre can switch in and use Water Spout or Surf to devastating effect. Physically defensive Skarmory can phaze Arceus away after taking a considerable portion of damage from Stone Edge. Scizor can Bullet Punch Arceus for a large amount of damage. Fighting Arceus resists Rock Arceus's STAB moves and hits it with its Fighting-type Judgement. While Shaymin-S can't switch in, its STAB Seed Flare does an enormous amount of damage.