Cranidos

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

Pokédex data

National № 408
Type Rock
Species Head Butt Pokémon
Height 0.9 m (2′11″)
Weight 31.5 kg (69.4 lbs)
Abilities 1. Mold Breaker
Sheer Force (hidden ability)
Local № 036 (Diamond/Pearl)
036 (Platinum)
188 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
235 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)

Training

EV yield 1 Attack
Catch rate 45 (5.9% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 50 (normal)
Base Exp. 70
Growth Rate Erratic

Breeding

Egg Groups Monster
Gender 87.5% male, 12.5% female
Egg cycles 30 (7,454–7,710 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.

Evolution chart

(Level 30)

Cranidos changes

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.

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.
1HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
1LeerNormalStatus 100
6Focus EnergyNormalStatus
10PursuitDarkPhysical 40 100
15Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
19Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
24AssuranceDarkPhysical 60 100
28Chip AwayNormalPhysical 70 100
33Ancient PowerRockSpecial 60 100
37Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical 80 90
42ScreechNormalStatus 85
46Head SmashRockPhysical 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.
CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
CurseGhostStatus
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
Hammer ArmFightingPhysical 100 90
Iron HeadSteelPhysical 80 100
Iron TailSteelPhysical 100 75
LeerNormalStatus 100
SlamNormalPhysical 80 75
StompNormalPhysical 65 100
ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
WhirlwindNormalStatus

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:

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
CaptivateNormalStatus 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormalStatus Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGroundPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
IncinerateFireSpecial 60 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFightingPhysical 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFightingPhysical 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormalPhysical 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.
1HeadbuttNormalPhysical 70 100
1LeerNormalStatus 100
6Focus EnergyNormalStatus
10PursuitDarkPhysical 40 100
15Take DownNormalPhysical 90 85
19Scary FaceNormalStatus 100
24AssuranceDarkPhysical 60 100
28Chip AwayNormalPhysical 70 100
33Ancient PowerRockSpecial 60 100
37Zen HeadbuttPsychicPhysical 80 90
42ScreechNormalStatus 85
46Head SmashRockPhysical 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.
CrunchDarkPhysical 80 100
CurseGhostStatus
Double-EdgeNormalPhysical 120 100
Hammer ArmFightingPhysical 100 90
Iron HeadSteelPhysical 80 100
Iron TailSteelPhysical 100 75
LeerNormalStatus 100
SlamNormalPhysical 80 75
StompNormalPhysical 65 100
ThrashNormalPhysical 120 100
WhirlwindNormalStatus

Moves learnt by TM

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

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
CaptivateNormalStatus 100 Generation 4 — TM
EndureNormalStatus Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormalPhysical 100 Generation 4 — TM
Mud-SlapGroundSpecial 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
DigGroundPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — TM
IncinerateFireSpecial 60 100 Generation 6 — TM
Power-Up PunchFightingPhysical 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Rock SmashFightingPhysical 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormalPhysical 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
StrengthNormalPhysical 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Cranidos sprites

Type Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Cranidos  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Cranidos  sprite from Black & White Cranidos  sprite from X & Y Cranidos  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Cranidos Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Cranidos Shiny sprite from Black & White Cranidos Shiny sprite from X & Y Cranidos Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

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
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Not available in this game
Sword
Shield
Not available in this game

Other languages

English, Spanish, Italian Cranidos
Japanese ズガイドス (Zugaidos)
German Koknodon
French Kranidos

Name origin

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