A Rhydon and a Rhyperior standing next to each other with a red arrow pointing from one to the other.

How to Evolve Rhydon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

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Key Takeaway

To evolve Rhydon into Rhyperior, you’ll need to use a Protector item on the former.

One of the easiest ways to get a Rhyperior is to evolve Rhydon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. To get your Rhydon to turn into Rhyperior, you’ll need a certain item. Thankfully, it’s simple to find and use.

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    What You Need to Evolve Rhydon

    The player looking at a Protector item while having a Rhydon in their party.

    You’ll need to use a Protector item on Rhydon to evolve it into Rhyperior. When you have both a Protector in your inventory and a Rhydon in your party, you can use the former on the latter to make it evolve. You can do this at any time—as long as Rhydon is in its Poké Ball.

    How to Get a Protector to Evolve Rhydon

    You can get a Protector via three main methods. Firstly, the simplest way is to buy one from Simona in Jubilife Village, who you’ll find near the Training Grounds. Simona sells Protectors for 1,400 Merit Points each. To get Merit Points, you’ll need to find and return lost satchels. Each lost satchel retrieved in this manner will give you 50 to 100 Merit Points.

    Another way to get a Protector is to buy one from Ginter, who can be found near the front of Galaxy Hall in Jubilife Village. Rarely, Ginter will have an item for sale called “Unwieldy Armor,” which is actually a Protector. He’ll sell this item to you for $10,000, so be sure to save up a lot of money. However, since Ginter’s inventory is random, he may not have this item. To refresh Ginter’s inventory, leave town, catch any 20 Pokémon, and then return to him.

    Next, an alternative method for finding a Protector is to search space-time distortions. This is the most random and unreliable method, as evolution items are rare in space-time distortions. Although, if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find a Protector among the many Red, Green, and Blue Shards.

    Reasons to Use a Rhyperior on Your Team

    A Rhyperior standing on a sunlit hill.

    Rhyperior is as tanky as many Pokémon can get. With excellent physical stats and HP, there are few physical attackers that can break through Rhyperior’s stalwart stance.

    Although this Pokémon doesn’t have the best defensive typing, it more than makes up for this with an impressively diverse movepool.

    Rhyperior’s Stats

    The most notable of Rhyperior’s stats are its high Attack and Defense. Both are greater than the comparative stats of many other Pokémon in the game, giving Rhyperior high usability in this regard.

    After its top-tier Attack and Defense, Rhyperior has a pretty solid HP stat that will let it soak up many physical attacks with ease.

    However, conversely, it won’t be able to deal with special attacks very well due to having a poor Special Defense stat. Its Special Attack is at a similar level, but not really an issue, as there’s no point in teaching Rhyperior special attacks in the first place.

    Rhyperior’s lowest stat is its Speed. As such, pretty much every foe will be able to move before Rhyperior in battle. Thankfully, this defensive pocket monster can take a few hits in many cases. Just keep it away from certain special attackers.

    A Breakdown of Rhyperior’s Type Matchups

    Like all Rock and Ground-types, Rhyperior is weak to six different types—and your biggest concerns should be Water and Grass-type threats. This is because Rhyperior has a severe quadruple weakness to those two types. Furthermore, Water and Grass-type damage-dealing moves are often special attacks, which Rhyperior cannot defend against effectively.

    With that said, you won’t need to worry too much about the other four weaknesses, as they are most often physical attacks, which Rhyperior can shrug off in most cases.

    To balance this out, Rhyperior has five resistances and one immunity, which allows it to have decent type matchups overall.

    The Best Moves for Rhyperior in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

    When leveling up, Rhyperior can learn four usable physical attacks—two of which are STAB (same type attack bonus) moves. They are:

    • Rock Slide, learned at level 25 [Rock-type] (75 base power)
    • High Horsepower, learned at level 34 [Ground-type] (85 base power)
    • Double-Edge, learned at level 43 [Normal-type] (100 base power)
    • Giga Impact, learned at level 52 [Normal-type] (120 base power)

    Furthermore, Rhyperior can learn damage-dealing moves from 13 different types via the move tutor. Therefore, this grants it access to enough coverage moves to prepare you for almost any threat. Here are the best physical damage-dealing moves that Rhyperior can learn from the move tutor:

    • Shadow Claw [Ghost-type] (70 base power)
    • Fire Punch [Fire-type] (75 base power)
    • Thunder Punch [Electric-type] (75 base power)
    • Ice Punch [Ice-type] (75 base power)
    • Poison Jab [Poison-type] (80 base power)
    • Aqua Tail [Water-type] (85 base power)
    • Outrage [Dragon-type] (90 base power)
    • Iron Tail [Steel-type] (100 base power)
    • Megahorn [Bug-type] (100 base power)
    • Stone Edge [Rock-type] (100 base power)

    Since Rhyperior doesn’t have any good status moves, you’ll want to give it four damage-dealing physical attacks. Now, two move slots should be occupied by STAB moves. In this regard, it’s recommended to give Rhyperior High Horsepower and Stone Edge.

    Then, for the other two move slots, you should choose the moves for it based on your team composition. Check to see where your party is lacking in terms of offensive. For example, if you have no Dragon-type Pokémon on your team, it can be a good idea to give Rhyperior Outrage in one of its move slots.