Cranidos

Cranidos is a Rock type Pokémon introduced in Generation 4. It is known as the Head Butt Pokémon.

Cranidos artwork by Ken Sugimori

Pokédex data

National № 408
Type Rock
Species Head Butt Pokémon
Height 2′11″ (0.9 m)
Weight 69.4 lbs (31.5 kg)
Abilities Mold Breaker
Sheer Force (hidden ability)
Local № 036 (Diamond/Pearl)
036 (Platinum)
188 (Sun/Moon)
235 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
136 (Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon)
Japanese Zugaidosu

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Happiness 70 (normal)
Base EXP 99
Growth Rate Erratic

Breeding

Egg Groups Monster
Gender 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Egg cycles 30 (base 7,680 steps)

Base stats

HP 67
244 338
Attack 125
229 383
Defense 40
76 196
Sp. Atk 30
58 174
Sp. Def 30
58 174
Speed 58
108 236
Total 350 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Cranidos.

Pokédex entries

Diamond It lived in jungles around 100 million years ago. Its skull is as hard as iron.
Pearl It was resurrected from an iron ball-like fossil. It downs prey with its head butts.
Platinum A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with head butts.
HeartGold
SoulSilver
CRANIDOS toughen up their already rock-hard heads by headbutting one another.
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with head butts.
X
Omega Ruby
It was resurrected from an iron ball-like fossil. It downs prey with its headbutts.
Y
Alpha Sapphire
A lifelong jungle dweller from 100 million years ago, it would snap obstructing trees with headbutts.
Sun It lived in jungles around a hundred million years ago. It used its skillful headbutts to combat Aerodactyl.
Moon In rock layers where Cranidos fossils are found, the fossilized trunks of trees snapped in two are also often found.
Ultra Sun A primeval Pokémon, it possesses a hard and sturdy skull, lacking any intelligence within.
Ultra Moon Its hard skull is its distinguishing feature. It snapped trees by headbutting them, and then it fed on their ripe berries.

Evolution chart

(Level 30)

Name origin

cranium
brain or head, referring to Cranidos’ thick skull
-dos
common dinosaur suffix

Moves learned by Cranidos

Moves learnt by level up

Cranidos learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HeadbuttNormal 70 100
1LeerNormal 100
6Focus EnergyNormal
10PursuitDark 40 100
15Take DownNormal 90 85
19Scary FaceNormal 100
24AssuranceDark 60 100
28Chip AwayNormal 70 100
33Ancient PowerRock 60 100
37Zen HeadbuttPsychic 80 90
42ScreechNormal 85
46Head SmashRock 150 80

Egg moves

Cranidos learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Cranidos egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CrunchDark 80 100
CurseGhost
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100
Hammer ArmFighting 100 90
Iron HeadSteel 80 100
Iron TailSteel 100 75
LeerNormal 100
SlamNormal 80 75
StompNormal 65 100
ThrashNormal 120 100
WhirlwindNormal

Move Tutor moves

Cranidos can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Moves learnt by TM

Cranidos is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
5RoarNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
13Ice BeamIce 90 100
14BlizzardIce 110 70
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
23Smack DownRock 50 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
32Double TeamNormal
35FlamethrowerFire 90 100
37SandstormRock
38Fire BlastFire 110 85
39Rock TombRock 60 95
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
56FlingDark 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
69Rock PolishRock
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Cranidos can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
IncinerateFire 60 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

Cranidos learns the following moves in Pokémon Sun & Moon at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1HeadbuttNormal 70 100
1LeerNormal 100
6Focus EnergyNormal
10PursuitDark 40 100
15Take DownNormal 90 85
19Scary FaceNormal 100
24AssuranceDark 60 100
28Chip AwayNormal 70 100
33Ancient PowerRock 60 100
37Zen HeadbuttPsychic 80 90
42ScreechNormal 85
46Head SmashRock 150 80

Egg moves

Cranidos learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sun & Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Cranidos egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CrunchDark 80 100
CurseGhost
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100
Hammer ArmFighting 100 90
Iron HeadSteel 80 100
Iron TailSteel 100 75
LeerNormal 100
SlamNormal 80 75
StompNormal 65 100
ThrashNormal 120 100
WhirlwindNormal

Moves learnt by TM

Cranidos is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sun & Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
5RoarNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
13Ice BeamIce 90 100
14BlizzardIce 110 70
17ProtectNormal
18Rain DanceWater
21FrustrationNormal 100
23Smack DownRock 50 100
24ThunderboltElectric 90 100
25ThunderElectric 110 70
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
32Double TeamNormal
35FlamethrowerFire 90 100
37SandstormRock
38Fire BlastFire 110 85
39Rock TombRock 60 95
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
56FlingDark 100
66PaybackDark 50 100
69Rock PolishRock
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Cranidos can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Sun & Moon.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormal Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGround 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
IncinerateFire 60 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Cranidos sprites

Type Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
Normal Cranidos  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Cranidos  sprite from Black & White Cranidos  sprite from X & Y
Shiny Cranidos Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Cranidos Shiny sprite from Black & White Cranidos Shiny sprite from X & Y

Where to find Cranidos

Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Oreburgh City
HeartGold
SoulSilver
Pewter City
Black
White
Black 2
White 2
Nacrene City
X
Y
Ambrette Town
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Rustboro City
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon
Route 8