Sudowoodo: Best Moveset, Weaknesses & Counters, Stats, and Evolution


The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. Pokémon started off as a video game series and although new creatures are primarily introduced in the video games, the anime series has become as popular as the video games. As of December 2021, there are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Sudowoodo.

Sudowoodo is a Rock-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation II of the core game series. It is the only evolution of the Generation IV Pokémon Bonsly, from which it is evolved by leveling up while knowing the move Mimic. Sudowoodo has no Mega Evolution, nor a Gigantamax Form. It is weak to Fighting-, Ground-, Steel-, Water-, and Grass-type moves, and is super effective against Flying-, Ice-, Bug- and Fire-type Pokémon.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed a Sudowoodo in any of the games. You’ll find out about its type, its powers, its strengths and weaknesses, its evolutions, and its moves. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

Best moveset

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Sudwoodo are Rock Throw and Rock Slide if you’re battling Pokémon in Gyms. Namely, this moveset gives you the highest total DPS and is, likewise, the best moveset for PVP battles. The official description for Rock Throw reveals the following: “The user picks up and throws a small rock at the target to attack”; as for Rock Slide, the attack is described as follows: “Large boulders are hurled at the opposing Pokémon to inflict damage. This may also make the opposing Pokémon flinch.”

Weaknesses and Counters

As a Rock-type Pokémon, Sudowoodo is super effective against Flying-, Ice-, Bug- and Fire-type Pokémon. It is weak against Fighting-, Ground-, Steel-, Water-, and Grass-type Pokémon. It is not immune to any specific types. It receives normal damage from Rock-, Bug-, Ghost-, Electric-, Psychic-, Ice-, Dragon-, Dark-, Fairy-type Pokémon.

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Powers and Abilities

Sudowoodo’s Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
HP145 177 281 344  
Special Attack455082908696159174 
Special Defense7685117128149166229251 

In Pokémon GO, Sudowoodo has a Base Stamina of 172, a Base Attack of 167, and a Base Defense of 176.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Sturdy: It cannot be knocked out with one hit. One-hit KO moves cannot knock it out, either.(or)
  • Rock Head: Protects the Pokémon from recoil damage.
  • Rattled: Dark-, Ghost-, and Bug-type moves scare the Pokémon and boost its Speed stat. (Hidden Ability)


Sudowoodo is the final and only evolution stage of Bonsly; while Sudowoodo was introduced in Generation II, Bonsly was first introduced in Generation IV of the video games. The evolution is relatively simple – you just need to level up your Bonsly as soon as it learns the move Mimic. Sudowoodo cannot Mega Evolve. This Pokémon doesn’t have any known Regional Variants.

In Pokémon GO, Sudowoodo also evolves from Bonsly. To evolve your Bonsly into Sudowoodo, you need a total of 50 Bonsly Candy and you need to walk 15 km with Bonsly as your Buddy. You cannot further evolve Sudowoodo in the game.


As of Generation VIII, the movies that Sudowoodo can learn are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sudowoodo
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sudowoodo
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

By leveling up

Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Stone EdgeRockPhysical10080%5
1Hammer ArmFightingPhysical10090%10
1Wood HammerGrassPhysical120100%15
1Fake TearsDarkStatus100%20
1Rock ThrowRockPhysical5090%15
20Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
24Tearful LookNormalStatus—%20
28Sucker PunchDarkPhysical70100%5
32Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
36Low KickFightingPhysical100%20
48Head SmashRockPhysical15080%5


 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM00Mega PunchNormalPhysical8085%20
TM01Mega KickNormalPhysical12075%5
TM03Fire PunchFirePhysical75100%15
TM04Ice PunchIcePhysical75100%15
TM05Thunder PunchElectricPhysical75100%15
TM22Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM41Helping HandNormalStatus—%20
TM43Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM47Fake TearsDarkStatus100%20
TM48Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
TM49Sand TombGroundPhysical3585%15
TM54Rock BlastRockPhysical2590%10
TM98Stomping TantrumGroundPhysical75100%10
TR01Body SlamNormalPhysical85100%15
TR07Low KickFightingPhysical100%20
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR46Iron DefenseSteelStatus—%15
TR49Calm MindPsychicStatus—%20
TR67Earth PowerGroundSpecial90100%10
TR75Stone EdgeRockPhysical10080%5
TR76Stealth RockRockStatus—%20
TR81Foul PlayDarkPhysical95100%15
TR99Body PressFightingPhysical80100%10

By transfer from another generation

 Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
After YouNormalStatus—%15
Captivate ×NormalStatus100%20
Double TeamNormalStatus—%15
Dynamic PunchFightingPhysical10050%5
Feint Attack ×DarkPhysical60—%20
Focus PunchFightingPhysical150100%20
Frustration ×NormalPhysical100%20
Hidden Power ×NormalSpecial60100%15
Natural Gift ×NormalPhysical100%15
Nature PowerNormalStatus—%20
Power-Up PunchFightingPhysical40100%20
Psych UpNormalStatus—%10
Return ×NormalPhysical100%20
Rock SmashFightingPhysical40100%15
Role PlayPsychicStatus—%10
Secret Power ×NormalPhysical70100%20
Seismic TossFightingPhysical100%20
Smack DownRockPhysical50100%15

In Pokémon GO, Sudowoodo can learn Rock Throw and Counter as Fast Attacks, and Stone Edge, Earthquake, Rock Slide, and Rock Tomb as Charged Attacks. Some of these attacks depend on when you caught and evolved your Sudowoodo, as they are event-only attacks.

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