Tyrunt Guide: Far From The Runt of The Litter

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If you are as old as we are, you may remember a simpler time back in the mid-nineties when Pokemon was in its infancy and the roster of Pokemon only extended to the original 151 monsters. At this time we only had the Kanto region to worry about, there was only one season of the anime series to catch up on and depending on when you jumped into the world of Pokemon. You probably only had one movie to get acquainted with.

However, in 2021, we now have close to one thousand Pokemon, eight generations of fully-fledged Pokemon games, countless movies, spin-off games, anime series, toys, trading card sets, and more merchandise than you could ever hope to own.

The main thing we are getting at here is that there are a lot of Pokemon, there is a lot of info to absorb and in most cases, it can be pretty overwhelming. So with that in mind, we have created a series of guides to help you understand everything there is to know about certain Pokemon.

In this guide, we take a look at the Rock/Dragon dual-type Pokemon, Tyrunt. This Generation VI dino Pokemon has the potential to grow into a formidable force. However, you may need some guidance on how to use this Pokemon best. So without further delay, here is our Essential Tyrunt Pokemon guide.

What is Tyrunt?


Tyrunt is a generation VI rock and dragon dual-type Pokemon. This Pokemon is one of the select few Pokemon that is gifted to the player for resurrecting the creature from a fossil.

In terms of appearance, this Pokemon is very similar to the prehistoric Goliath, the T-rex. The Pokemon has menacing eyes, razor-sharp fangs, two orange horns on its head that resemble ears, a white-collar of spikes around its neck, an orange spiked tail, and two brawny legs with three white claws on each and two short arms with claws, similar to that of a T-rex.

This dinosaur fossil Pokemon is still very much an infant of the Jurassic world. In terms of its usual behaviors, this Pokemon is known for its childish behavior.

If the Pokemon is upset, angry, or dislikes something, it will violently thrash and throw a tantrum. When a baby does this, it is tolerable. However, when Tyrunt does this, the Pokemon has been known to gnash through cars and destroy local settlements. The Pokemon does not know its own strength and even with a trusted trainer, this Pokemon may run wild and cause a few injuries unwittingly.

This Pokemon is number 696 in the Pokedex, is 0.8 meters tall, weighs around 26 kilograms, has a medium/fast growth rate and has an 11.9% catch rate. Also, if you want to see this Pokemon in action, here is a video showcasing all that this Pokemon has to offer:

Does Tyrunt Appear in the Anime?

Tyrunt may be a relatively new Pokemon to the series but due to the popularity of this Pokemon and its colossal evolution, this Pokemon has seen plenty of action in the anime series. This Pokemon made its debut in the episode, Climbing the Walls!

In this episode, Ash faced off against Pokemon Gym leader Grant. His Tyrunt was able to make short work of Froakie and Fletchling. However, when Pikachu was brought into action, a swift thunderbolt sealed the win for Ash.

Another major appearance was the one-hour special Rocking Kalos Defenses and Forming a More Perfect Union! In these episodes, Kalos is under attack by the legendary Pokemon Zygarde and alongside Ash and the gang, a Tyrunt appears to lend a hand in seeing off this creature.

Then the other major role Tyrunt played was in the episode The Tiny Caretaker! In this episode, a Tyrunt was captured by Team Rocket. However, the Tyrunt managed to escape and Bonnie saved the Pokemon. Then when under duress, the Tyrunt evolved into a Tyranium to save her.

Tyrunt has also made several other smaller, cameo appearances within the Pokemon series that are worth looking at as well if you haven’t seen enough of this dino Pokemon. Here is a rundown of the other smaller parts that Tyrunt has played in the anime series:

  • Pikachu, What’s This Key?

Does Tyrunt Appear in Any Pokemon Movies?


Yes, Tyrunt was involved in the Pokemon Movie, Diancie, and the Cocoon of Destruction. Bonnie features in this movie and as a result, so does her Tyrunt/Tyrantrum. However, this was more of a cameo role than anything else. We reckon that we have not seen the last of this Pokemon and much like another fossil Pokemon like Omastar or Aerodaytcl, this Pokemon will have its big moment on the silver screen.

How Good is Tyrunt’s Pokemon Trading Card?

Despite being around for a few generations now, Tyrunt rather surprisingly only has two Pokemon TCG cards to its name. Tyrunt debuted in the TCG card game in the Furious Fists expansion pack.

This card is a decent basic fighting type Pokemon with some physical attacks that have the Potential to deal some early damage in matches. The standard attack is gnawed which deals thirty damage, whereas the special attack Crunch, has the ability to deal a base damage of fifty with the added caveat that you have a 50% chance of discarding an energy card attached to a Pokemon.

The other card is from the Forbidden Light expansion pack and offers more of the same but overall, is a slightly worse card. Crunch is the standard attack here and only offers twenty damage with a 50% chance of discarding an opposition energy card. whereas the special attack is Hammer in which deals forty damage. Both cards are reasonably useful but of the two, we would say the Furious Fist Tyrunt card is the pick of the bunch.

Tyrunt In The Pokemon Video Games

Tyrunt Pokemon

Tyrunt made their Pokemon game debut back in Pokemon X and Y. However, since then the dino Pokemon has featured in a handful of other Pokemon games including some spin-offs and mobile games. However, you may be wondering what Pokemon games this Pokemon has featured in. Well, we have the answers that you seek. Here is every Pokemon that Tyrunt has been involved in:

  • Pokemon X
  • Pokemon Y
  • Pokemon Sun
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon Ultra Moon
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Rumble Rush
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Battle Trozei
  • Pokemon Rumble World

What Moves Can Tyrunt Learn?

Tyrunt Pokemon X and Y

Tyrunt is a Rock and Dragon-type Pokemon and as a result, this Pokemon tends to stick to moves of this nature. However, the Pokemon also has access to several Dark-type moves as well as a few other moves that you might not have expected. However, we are sure you want to know exactly what they are. So here is a rundown of all moves available to the Pokemon, Tyrunt:

Learned Moves:

  • Tackle
  • Tail Whip
  • Roar
  • Ancient Power
  • Charm
  • Bite
  • Dragon Tail
  • Stomp
  • Rock Slide
  • Crunch
  • Dragon Claw
  • Thrash
  • Earthquake
  • Horn Drill

Taught Moves:

  • Dig
  • Rest
  • Rock Slide
  • Snore
  • Protect
  • Scary Face
  • Charm
  • Attract
  • Sandstorm
  • Sunny Day
  • Facade
  • Brick break
  • Rock tomb
  • Rock blast
  • Assurance
  • Thunder fang
  • Ice Fang
  • Fire Fang
  • Round
  • Bulldoze
  • Stomping Tantrum
  • Body slam
  • Earthquake
  • Substitute
  • Outrage
  • Endure
  • Sleep talk
  • Iron Tail
  • Crunch
  • Superpower
  • Hyper voice
  • Iron defense
  • Dragon claw
  • Dragon dance
  • Dragon pulse
  • Dark pulse
  • Earth Power
  • Zen headbutt
  • Iron head
  • Stone edge
  • Stealth rock
  • Play rough
  • Psychic fangs

Breeding Moves:

  • Curse
  • Poison fang
  • Rock Polish
  • Rock Throw

What Moveset Is Best for Tyrunt?


With all these moves to choose from, you may be slightly overwhelmed. Don’t panic, it’s natural to feel this way but fear not, we have researched, scanned through all the options, and have been able to draw up the optimal moves for this Pokemon. This moveset will allow players to boost their attack stats fast and then hit opposing Pokemon with incredibly powerful moves. Here is the moveset below:

  • Move one: Dragon’s Dance
  • Move two: Stone Edge
  • Move three: Outrage
  • Move four: Earthquake

What is Tyrunt Weak/Strong Against?

Tyrunt may be one of the stronger basic Pokemon you will find on the roster. However, you will find that this Pokemon is weak to quite a number of move types. This Pokemon has a grand total of six weaknesses. However, it has five resistances which softens the blow ever slightly. Here is a quick rundown of all the immunities, resistances, and weaknesses that Tyrunt has:


  • Fighting
  • Ground
  • Steel
  • Ice
  • Dragon
  • Fairy


  • Normal
  • Flying
  • Poison
  • Fire
  • Electric


  • N/A

How to Catch Tyrunt in The Pokemon Games

Tyrunt isn’t a Pokemon that can be caught in the conventional sense. You will never find yourself in a position where you can throw a Pokeball at this creature.

In all Pokemon games that Tyrunt is featured in, aside from Sword and Shield where trading is required, you will need to revive Tyrunt from a Jaw Fossil. This Fossil can be acquired in both Pokemon X/Y and Pokemon Sun and Moon. Plus, if you trade this fossil as a held item to Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, the fossil can also be revived in this game.

Does Tyrunt Evolve?


Yes, Tyrunt evolves into the much larger and much more intimidating adult dino, Tyrantrum. This evolution takes place when the Pokemon has been trained up to reach level thirty-nine. However, an important caveat to remember is that this evolution will only occur if the Pokemon is leveled up during the day. So before you start grinding for XP, take a look to see if the sun is in the sky.

What Are Tyrunt’s Base Stats?

Tyrunt is a physical Pokemon and a hard-hitting one at that. This Pokemon is lacking in the more technical attack and defense specialties as well as speed.  However, this Pokemon more than makes up for it with incredible attack and defense stats that are capable of blowing most Pokemon away. Here is a full rundown of Tyrunt’s base stats:

  • HP: 58
  • Attack: 89
  • Defense: 77
  • SP Attack: 45
  • SP Defense: 45
  • Speed: 48

What Does A Shiny Tyrunt Look Like?

Shiny Tyrunt

A shiny Tyrunt is instantly recognizable against the standard model as they couldn’t be more different. The shiny model swaps the dark and earth tones that the standard Pokemon has for a cool blue tone. This Pokemon ironically looks like another existing Pokemon called Cranidos and you could easily mistake the two at a glance. That aside, this is an excellent shiny Pokemon to add to your collection and is well worth seeking out.

Take A Punt on A Runt

As you can see from the information above, tyrunt is a Pokemon that you’ll want to revive from that Jaw Fossil you find. It’s got tonnes of battling potential, evolves into one of the strongest physical attackers in the entire Pokemon roster and you can’t discount how cool this Dino Pokemon looks. Tyrunt is arguably the best fossil Pokemon in the entire series and if you are only going to revive one, we suggest you pick this one.


Question: What Other Pokemon Are Based on Dinosaurs?

Answer: Pokemon usually are designed with real-world entities in mind. Whether that be an animal, an object, a flower or a type of food, there tends to be an inspiration. Well, Dinosaurs are no different and they have been the source of inspiration for more Pokemon than just Tyrunt/Tyrantrum. So we thought we would list all the dino-inspired Pokemon on the roster below:
• Tyrantum
• Meganium
• Tyranitar
• Sceptile
• Rampardos
• Bastiodon
• Lapras.
• Groudon
• Cranidos
• Haxorus
• Aurorus
• Tropius
• Aerodactyl

Question: Which Dragon Type Pokemon is the Strongest?

Answer: As you would expect from one of the most popular Pokemon types of them all, the dragon type Pokemon on the roster all offer a lot in terms of power and battling prestige. All of these Pokemon can hit hard and dominate in clutch situations. However, some are more suited for battle than others. So we thought it would be beneficial to list the best dragon Pokemon in the series. So here is our top five listed below:
• Raquaza
• Dracovish
• Dragapult
• Dragonite
• Garchomp
It’s hardly a surprise that the Legendary poster Pokemon for the Emerald series tops this list. The flying serpent is powerful, lightning-fast and has the ability to pull off signature moves like Sky Ascent and Extremespeed to take out its competition. There are plenty of other strong competitors in the field but for our money, Raquaza is the fan favorite and ours too.

Answer: If this question were, which of these Pokemon is the best, we would have struggled as it’s a purely subjective question. All of these Pokemon have their merits, with unique moves and abilities that can turn the tide of a battle if the situation allows for it. However, despite these Pokemon being separate entities, fans tend to bundle starters into a group and choose their favorite based purely on preference. So with that in mind, here is the ranking order of the most popular Gen VI starter Pokemon:
• Froakie
• Chespin
• Fennekin
Froakie is the obvious choice of the bunch with Greninja, the full evolution offering one of the best competitive Pokemon in the entire roster. It’s fast, it hits hard and it also has a hidden ability called Protean which can offer some amazing results in battle. Chespin edges it due to its full evolution having excellent defensive capabilities and then Fennekin gets the wooden spoon as a Pokemon that simply can’t compete with the others.


So that is our essential Pokemon handbook giving you all the info you could possibly need about the Pokemon, Tyrunt. 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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