Top 10 Ground Type Pokémon

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While diversity is important for any would-be Pokémaster, everyone knows that out of all 18 types of Pokémon, when it comes time to pound, you gotta go with Ground. Their rock-hard defense makes them immune to all electricity moves, and the brute strength they often offer is super effective against five distinct Pokémon groups! Here are our top 10 Ground Type Pokémon.

10. Hippowdon

  • Generation: Fourth
  • Pokédex: 450

This heavyweight Ground-type evolves from Hippopotas, and as its name implies, greatly resembles a hippopotamus. Its coloration depends on its gender, but both male and female Hippowdon have several holes on their backs and snouts, in which they store sand used to generate sandstorms during attacks. It is an incredibly aggressive Pokémon with large teeth and a jaw powerful enough to crush a car!


9. Nidoking

  • Generation: First
  • Pokédex: 34

Nidoking is the final evolution of the Nidoran and evolves from the Nidorino. It is a Poison-Ground hybrid, and one of the few gender-specific evolutions. Its female equivalent is the Nidoqueen. It is a large, bipedal purple Pokémon with lizard-like features, including large ears and a horn sprouting from its head. It is another very powerful Pokémon and uses its tail to smash its prey before ruthlessly charging them down with its steel-like hide. It can inflict Poison damage using the ability Poison Sting, and can inflict massive damage with the move Thrash, although at the risk of leaving the user confused.


8. Gastrodon

  • Generation: Fourth
  • Pokédex: 423

Gastrodon is a dual-type Water/Ground Pokémon with two distinct colorations and slightly different features, depending on what side of the Sinnoh mountain range it lives on. It lives in shallow tidal pools and evolves from Shellos. Like its earlier form, it greatly resembles a much cuter version of a sea slug. Despite its appearance, it has only one weakness (Grass-type), and is capable of dishing out surprising amounts of damage with its poisonous attacks, and is overall quite well-balanced.


7. Steelix

  • Generation: Second
  • Pokédex: 208

Steelix is a dual-type Steel/Ground Pokémon that evolves from Onix. It is a serpentine creature made up of discreet, rock-like sections that are a steely grey, and lead to its massive head, which possesses a wide jaw filled with large teeth capable of chewing through boulders. While it is powerful in its standard form, it also possesses a Mega Evolution, in which the cells in its body crystallize, making it almost impervious to damage. However, it's powered up form isn’t without its drawbacks, as its immense strength comes at the cost of speed.


6. Excadrill

  • Generation: Fifth
  • Pokédex: 530

Excadrill is a Ground-Steel hybrid that evolves from Drilbur. Like Drilbur, it resembles a mole, although this evolved state resembles a warrior, with its sharp front claws and a large blade extending from the top of its head. It is capable of straightening its entire body which it can then spin rapidly, to drill through the earth, and even metals like iron and steel, which is valuable when used for construction, but can also devastate subway systems and man-made tunnels. It sometimes starts with the move Mud Slap, which does Ground damage and lowers an opponent’s accuracy.


5. Rhyperior

  • Generation: Fourth
  • Pokédex: 464

Evolving from Rhydon, Rhyperior is the final evolution of Rhyhorn. It is a Ground-Rock hybrid that resembles a cross between a dinosaur and rhinoceros. It is bipedal and has a brown, hard, plate-like skin, as well as a drill-shaped horn coming out of the center of its head. It is an immensely powerful Pokémon, capable of toppling buildings and boring through diamonds with its horn. It is also super tough, capable of withstanding extreme heat, and even molten magma. One of its means of attack is to take rocks and boulders and insert them into the holes in its hands, after which it will fire them at its enemies like massive bullets.


4. Swampert

  • Generation: Third
  • Pokédex: 260

Swampert evolves from Marshtomp and is the final evolution of the infamous Mudkip. It is a Water/Ground Pokémon with a large cobalt blue body accentuated by head and tail fins and is capable of walking on its hind legs. Despite its somewhat frog-like appearance, Swampert is strong enough to move boulders, and swims as fast as the best of ‘em! It has a powerful underwater vision, and its senses are keen enough to detect stormy weather, which it uses to safeguard its nests.

Swampert has access to a Mega Evolution, in which it gains considerable bulk, giving it the look of a prize fighter. In this form, it fills its organs with air in order to give more power to its attacks. Swampert is also only weak to Grass-type Pokémon, making it even more of a force to be reckoned with.


3. Garchomp

  • Generation: Fourth
  • Pokédex: 445

Garchomp is a dual-type Dragon/Ground Pokémon that evolves from Gabite and is the final evolution of Gible. It is a blue draconian Pokémon that walks on its hind legs. Because it has horns and a snout, as well as a fin and tail, it is rather shark-like in appearance. Its body is also covered with horns, and it has functional wings that allow it to fly at incredible speeds. On top of its three evolutions, it also has access to a Mega Evolution, a temporary, more powerful form that allows it to grow in size, making its claws more akin to scythes, which bring even more pain to an opponent’s creature!


2. Landorus

  • Generation: Fifth
  • Pokédex: 645

Landorus is a dual-type Ground/Flying Legendary Pokémon. It is unique in the fact that, while it doesn’t evolve from or into any other Pokémon, it does have another discreet form that changes its abilities and appearance. In its incarnate form, Landorus greatly resembles a Djinn, with muscular arms and a cloud-like lower body. In its other form, Therian, Landorus becomes a lean, orange, quadrupedal feline, with could-like paws and a tail. It is the leader of the group of Pokémon called the “Forces of Nature,” comprised of itself, Tornadus, and Thundurus, and is worshiped for its helpful nature in harvesting.

Landorus pokemon capture


1. Groudon

  • Generation: Third
  • Pokédex: 383

Worthy of the number one spot, Groudon is a legendary Ground-type Pokémon that possesses the incredible ability to expand continents. Because of this, it has an ancient rivalry with Kyogre, a Pokémon with the ability to expand oceans, and whenever they meet they engage in ferocious battle. It is a massive bipedal red dinosaur covered with spikes and has blue stripes that glow when it is charging its power. As its status as a legendary Pokémon would imply, it is immensely powerful, capable of evaporating large amounts of water and causing volcanic eruptions. The mascot for Pokémon Ruby, it is the only one capable of learning Precipice Blade, which causes Ground damage to the target and adjacent Pokémon.

Groudon pokemon wallpaper


Final Thoughts

With that, our list of Top 10 Ground Pokémon comes to an end. While it’s difficult to choose only 10 from an ever-increasing roster of adorable or powerful Pokémon, it certainly is fun to try. Are there any Pokémon we left off the list that you absolutely must-have in your roster? Sound off in the comments below, and let us know!

Nick Rich

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Author: Nick Rich

Nick is, first and foremost, a nerd. Netflix on in the background, a drink in one hand, and a book in the other is how you'll find him most days after work. He currently works as an English teacher in Kawasaki, where he lives next to a graveyard with his girlfriend and his unnamed flying squirrel. He hopes to run into Kitaro, late one night.

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