Roggenrola or Geodude: Which is a better choice in Pokemon GO?

Roggenrola or Geodude: Which is a better choice in Pokemon GO?
Is Geodude or Roggenrola a better option for trainers in Pokemon GO? (Image via The Pokemon Company)

In Pokemon GO, there is no shortage of Rock-type creatures to catch and use in battle, and two examples can be seen in the forms of Geodude and Roggenrola. Both creatures are relatively unimpressive at first, but evolve into capable species like Golem and Gigalith, respectively. But which of these two Rock-types should trainers prioritize? All signs point to Roggenrola being a better pick.

Although Roggenrola's stats in Pokemon GO are technically inferior to Geodude's, Roggenrola has a better selection of moves. Also, its final evolution Gigalith is considered an improvement over Golem, Geodude's last evolution. However, for a closer look, it doesn't hurt to examine why Roggenrola is a better option over Geodude.


Why Roggenrola is a better pick than Geodude in Pokemon GO

Roggenrola ultimately has more to offer than Geodude in Pokemon GO (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Roggenrola ultimately has more to offer than Geodude in Pokemon GO (Image via The Pokemon Company)

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Before diving too deeply into why Roggenrola is a better option than Geodude in Pokemon GO, it's worth taking a look at both of these Pokemon's stats and learnable Fast and Charged Moves:

Pokemon Base Stats Learnable Fast MovesLearnable Charged Moves
Roggenrola121 Atk
110 Def
146 Sta
1,362 Max CP
Tackle
Smack Down
Bulldoze
Rock Blast
Stone Edge
Power Gem
Geodude132 Atk
132 Def
120 Sta
1,462 Max CP
Tackle
Rock Throw
Dig
Rock Slide
Rock Tomb
Return (After Purification from a Shadow Form)

Based on the information above, Geodude has better base stats than Roggenrola in Pokemon GO, but the latter's moves like Smack Down, Bulldoze, and Stone Edge outclass Geodude's like Rock Throw and Dig.

However, trainers aren't likely to use Geodude or Roggenrola on their own in their unevolved forms, which is where a comparison between Gigalith and Golem is required.

Pokemon Base Stats Learnable Fast MovesLearnable Charged Moves
Gigalith
226 Atk
201 Def
198 Sta
3,650 Max CP
Mud Slap
Smack Down
Rock Slide
Solar Beam
Superpower
Heavy Slam
Meteor Beam
Golem211 Atk
192 Def
190 Sta
3,334 Max CP
Mud Slap
Mud Shot
Rock Throw
Rock Blast
Stone Edge
Earthquake
Ancient Power
Return (After Purification from a Shadow Form)

Although Golem does get some pretty great moves post-evolution in Pokemon GO, Gigalith retains quality moves; it also has better stats than Golem in every measurable category. Moreover, Gigalith has access to attacks like Heavy Slam (Steel-type), Superpower (Fighting-type), and Solar Beam (Grass-type), giving it the ability to counter more opponent types in Pokemon GO.

None of this is to say that Golem is terrible, as it can be a decent fighter, particularly in Ultra League PvP. However, its stats and maximum CP hold it back significantly in various battle formats, including Great/Master League PvP as well as higher-end PvE raids. Meanwhile, Gigalith doesn't suffer from some of the same limits.

Gigalith has multiple advantages over Golem in GO battles (Image via The Pokemon Company)
Gigalith has multiple advantages over Golem in GO battles (Image via The Pokemon Company)

Gigalith isn't a world-beater in every battle format, but it's considered to be a better raiding option while also having niche applications in every major PvP format. It's certainly a better PvE fighter. Gigalith is nonetheless a better pick over Golem, which, by extension, makes Roggenrola a better overall option compared to Geodude.

Even though Gigalith requires more candy to be obtained via evolution, both it and Golem can be obtained for free by trading a Boldore or a Graveler, respectively. Since both these Pokemon can be obtained via trade evolution for no candy, the difference in the candy cost isn't all that significant. This seals the deal for Roggenrola as the better overall option for trainers to have in Pokemon GO.

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Edited by Abu Amjad Khan
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