Boldore Guide: Can This Defensive Juggernaut Rock The Competition?

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Pokemon is just about the most recognizable gaming, anime, toy, and trading card franchise in the world. Ever since its humble beginnings in the late nineties, Pokemon has flourished into the global gaming Goliath that it is today. Twenty-five years have passed since then and while there have been dips in popularity over the years, the series still has a multitude of fans and is more relevant than ever thanks to a resurgence in recent years.

Over this time, there have been eight generations of Pokemon enter the series, each bringing their own brand of kooky fun. However, with almost one thousand unique creatures to keep up with, it’s pretty easy to forget some important details.

So with that in mind, we have created a series of Pokemon Handbooks, giving you all the key information that you need about any Pokemon that you choose to add to your party. In this guide, we take a look at the Pokemon Boldore. A rock-type Pokemon that is the middle child of Roggenrola and Gigalith. So without further delay, here is our Boldore essential Pokemon Handbook.

What is Boldore?

Boldore Guide

Boldore is a pure rock type Pokemon that was introduced in the fifth generation of the Pokemon series. In terms of this Pokemon’s appearance, this is a Pokemon that takes on a formation of navy-colored rocks. However, in terms of body structure, this Pokemon resembles a crab.

The rocks are littered with red crystals that are also placed on the Pokemon in the shape of a mouth, making up the facial structure. The eyes for this Pokemon sit just above a row of red crystals and have a piercing yellow glow. The Pokemon has three legs that hold the creature up much as a tripod would. The legs also have red crystals at the tips, resembling feet.

This Pokemon is targeted within the Pokemon world for these red crystals. They have the power to fuel over one hundred dump trucks each, making them a very valuable commodity. However, Boldores will do everything in their power to protect themselves. They tend to live in underground caves as a precaution and if called into battle, they will charge their red crystals which are able to facilitate powerful fire-type moves.

This Pokemon is number 525 in the Pokedex, is 0.9 meters tall, weighs a hefty 102 kilograms, has a slow/medium growth rate, and has a catch rate of 24.9%.

Does Boldore Appear in the Anime?

Yes, Boldore not only appears in the anime on several occasions, but it is also one of the Pokemon that Ash had in his party during the fifth generation of the anime series. However, you may be wondering exactly what episodes that this Pokemon popped up in. Well, here is a rundown of all the key appearances that Boldore makes within the Pokemon anime:

  • In Battling the King of the Mines! Ash’s Roggenrola evolves into a Boldore. This evolution happens during an intense gym battle with Pokemon gym leader, Clay. Roggenrola survives an onslaught of attacks from Clay’s Excadrill and thanks to this defensive masterclass, the Pokemon evolves and uses their newfound strength to win the battle.
  • During the Charjabug race in the episode Mounting an Electrifying Charge! Boldore creates a series of obstacles on the track when the race moves to rocky terrain.
  • Kiwae faced up against a Boldore owned by one of Viren’s Henchmen in the episode The Young Flame Strikes Back! However, Kiwae was able to best this Boldore with the help of his Alohan Marowak.
  • During A Pinch of This, a Pinch of That! Goh catches a Boldore that would become a staple of the Pokemon Series, Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

Aside from these main appearances, Boldore has also been seen in supporting or cameo roles on other occasions. Here is a quick list of the other episodes you would expect to see a Boldore:

  • Cilan Takes Flight!
  • Alola to New Adventure!
  • Lillie’s Egg-xhilarating Challenge!
  • Rocking Clawmark Hill!
  • Deceiving Appearances!
  • Not Caving Under Pressure!
  • Securing the Future!
  • Evolving Research!
  • Battle Royal 151!
  • Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!

Does Boldore Appear in Any Pokemon Movies?


Boldore has only made one brief appearance in the Pokemon movie, Secrets of the Jungle. So despite the rather extensive list of anime appearances, it seems that Boldore has not yet earned the right to feature heavily in a Pokemon feature. This may be due to similar Pokemon like Geodude taking precedence over this newer Pokemon. However, we reckon that in the coming years, Boldore will make a large contribution to a Pokemon movie.

How Good is Boldore’s Pokemon Trading Card?

Boldore hasn’t been around for the longest of times, yet this Pokemon has managed to warrant six different Pokemon TCG cards, each with its own merits and disadvantages. So let’s take a look at the original Boldore card and then we will give you our opinion on which Boldore card is the pick of the bunch.

Firstly, the original card. This Pokemon TCG card debuted in the Emerging Powers expansion pack and offers quite a decent offensive option considering it is a middle evolution Pokemon. This card has 90HP, a standard attack called smackdown that does twenty damage and a further sixty if the Pokemon is resistant to fighting-type moves. Plus, this Pokemon has a special attack that has a guaranteed damage output of eighty called Power Gem.

This card is a great attacking option, a formidable middle evolution Pokemon, has the potential to grow into the very powerful Gigalith, and perhaps best of all, this can cut straight through any fighting type resistance which can be a game-changer in a tight match. However, this card is not the best Boldore card in our opinion.

This honor goes to the Dragons Exalted Boldore card. This Pokemon has the potential to deal real damage based on how lucky you are. The standard attack Rock Cannon has a base damage of thirty plus an additional thirty for every time you flip a coin and get tails. Getting heads ends this sequence. Then the special attack, Earthquake, has the power to deal a base damage of sixty, plus additional ten damage for every Pokemon on your bench, meaning you could land a triple-digit attack with both of these options.

Boldore In The Pokemon Video Games

Boldore and Ash

Boldore has been around since the fifth generation of Pokemon, making its debut in Pokemon Black/White. However, you may be wondering how many Pokemon games that this creature has featured in since. Well, we have the answers you are looking for. Here is every Pokemon game that Boldore has featured in:

  • Pokemon Black
  • Pokemon White
  • Pokemon White II
  • Pokemon Black II
  • Pokemon X
  • Pokemon Y
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Sun
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon Ultra Moon
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Trozei
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon GTI
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon Rumble U
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Rumble World
  • Pokemon Rumble Rush
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Rumble Rush
  • Pokemon Conquest

What Moves Can Boldore Learn?

Boldore is a rock Pokemon through and through, which means that a lot of this Pokemon’s moves are in that wheelhouse. However, thanks to this Pokemon’s red crystals, there is the capacity to learn fire-type moves as well as several other powerful moves you might not have expected. Here is a complete list of all the moves that the Pokemon Boldore can learn:

Learned Moves:

  • Power Gem
  • Sand attack
  • Harden
  • Tackle
  • Stealth rock
  • Mud slap
  • SmackDown
  • Iron Defense
  • Headbutt
  • Rockslide
  • Rock blast
  • Sandstorm
  • Stone edge
  • Explosion

Taught Moves:

  • Rest
  • Rockslide
  • Snore
  • Protect
  • Attract
  • Sand storm
  • Facade
  • Rock tomb
  • Sand tomb
  • Rock blast
  • Round
  • Bulldoze
  • Stomping tantrum
  • Earthquake
  • Substitute
  • Endure
  • Sleep talk
  • Iron defense
  • Power Gem
  • Earth Power
  • Flash cannon
  • Stone edge
  • Stealth Rock
  • Heavy slam
  • Body press

Breeding Moves:

  • Autonomize
  • Gravity
  • Curse
  • Take Down
  • Wide Guard

What is Boldore Weak/Strong Against?

Boldore 1

Boldore is an out-and-out Rock-type Pokemon. So for that reason, this Pokemon is particularly effective against flying Pokemon for example and can defend itself well against poison, fire, and normal type Pokemon. However, this Pokemon does have several weaknesses that make it easy to tactically overcome if you play your cards right. This Pokemon really struggles against water, grass, fighting ground and steel types, which goes some way toward showcasing the fragile nature of this Pokemon in the wrong hands. Here is a rundown of Boldore’s weaknesses, resistances and immunities:

Weak against:

  • Grass
  • Water
  • Steel
  • Ground
  • Fighting

Resists against:

  • Fire
  • Normal
  • Flying
  • Poison


  • N/A

How to Catch Boldore in The Pokemon Games

Catching a Boldore in any Pokemon game that it features in could not be simpler. The only real difficulty you’ll have here is finding the specific area that this Pokemon turns up and then catching the Pokemon which has a 24.9% catch rate.

Aside from these small considerations, Boldore is a breeze to capture as it is available in the wild in every Pokemon game that it appears in except for one. In Pokemon X and Y, you will have to make use of the Pokemon Safari mechanic. However, this isn’t too taxing either so catching a Boldore will be a breeze no matter what game you are playing.

Does Boldore Evolve?

Boldore Evolve

Yes, Boldore evolves into Gigalith, a much more powerful rock-type Pokemon. Then, in addition, this Pokemon also evolves from a smaller rock-type Pokemon called Roggenrola. In terms of the evolutionary process involving Boldore, it goes as follows.

Roggenrola will evolve into a Boldore when Roggenrola reaches level twenty-five. Then Boldore will evolve into Gigalith after a trade has been made with another trainer. After the trade has been completed, the evolution will take place.

What Are Boldore’s Base Stats?

As you would expect from the rugged and powerful nature of this Pokemon, the main strengths lie in the Pokemon’s physical attacking and defensive stats. The Pokemon can hit hard and take a hit. However, it is an incredibly slow Pokemon, so don’t expect to make the first move in many battles that you find yourself in. Here is a full overview of Boldore’s base stats:

  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 105
  • Defense: 105
  • SP Attack: 50
  • SP Defense: 40
  • Speed: 20

What Does A Shiny Boldore Look Like?

A shiny Boldore is a very desirable Pokemon indeed. While the standard Pokemon will have crystals that are a blood orange/red color. The shiny version of this Pokemon will have neon blue crystals, clearly setting this shiny version apart from its standard counterpart.

Then in terms of the rock formation that makes up this Pokemon’s body, it changes from a navy blue color to a purple hue, plus the eyes change from a bright yellow to deep orange. Meaning that this Pokemon completely transforms when it becomes shiny. So if you want a shiny that will stand out and impress your friends, Boldore is a great option.

Boldore and Bashful

As you can see from the information above, Boldore is quite the Pokemon. It has an excellent rock-based moveset, has the ability to evolve into the hulking Pokemon, Gigalith. Plus, this Pokemon has some excellent stats that make this a reasonably good option in a competitive Pokemon battling context. So if you are on the hunt for a new rock type to add to your party, we would urge you to give Boldore a try.


Question: What is The Strongest Rock Type Pokemon?

Answer: There is a lot of strong Pokemon within the series and in the spirit of Rock beating scissors, we thought to ourselves, which Rock Pokemon are the most powerful within the entire series. These Pokemon are known for their defensive abilities and their hard-hitting physical moves but which one hits hardest. We answer that question with the top five strongest rock type Pokemon below:
• Tyranitar
• Ryperior
• Aggron
• Omastar
• Kabutops
For our money, Tyranitar is the top choice for all Rock-type lovers out there. It has the ability to whip up a sandstorm at the beginning of a battle, inflicting gradual damage. Plus, this hulking creature can really wail on enemies. It’s the clear choice for us and you should give it a place on your team if you are in need of a rugged rock type.

Question: Are There Any Other Pokemon Like Boldore?

Answer: Pokemon are a diverse bunch and each is unique in its own right. However, over the years there have been some Pokemon that do resemble others on the roster or have some aspects of their design that mirror existing Pokemon. The same can be said for Boldore as many Pokemon are made from rock but take on an anthropomorphic structure. So with that in mind, here is a quick list of all the Pokemon that look similar to Boldore:
• Geodude
• Golem
• Graveller
• Nosepass
• Regirock
• Stonjourner
• Rhyperior
• Roggenrola
• Gigalith

Answer: As is the case with every starter Pokemon, there is always the runaway favorite within the Pokemon Community and there is the Pokemon that is left on the table because even your rival wouldn’t take them.

It’s the nature of the game and in truth, there isn’t a bad starter Pokemon. However, some starters are more popular than others and we want to take a look at the gen five starters and establish which was best. So here is the ranking of the generation five starter Pokemon from most to least popular.
• Snivy
• Tepig
• Oshawott
Generation five was undoubtedly one of the worst starter offerings of all the generations with none of these Pokemon really offering a competitive edge in battle when compared to other similar Pokemon. However, the one that came closest to breaking into the competitive Pokemon scene was snivy. This grass Pokemon was the most popular of the three and can hold its own in battle but in truth, this is the best of a rather underwhelming bunch.

Final Thoughts

So that is our essential Pokemon handbook giving you all the info you could possibly need about the Pokemon, Boldore. What did you make of this guide? Was this helpful and informative? Are there any other Pokemon you would love to see a guide for? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.


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