How To Get King’s Rocks in Pokémon ORAS

The Kings Rock NPC in Mossdeep City
All King’s Rock Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 Mossdeep City – Outside Steven’s house, Gift from a Youngster No
2 Held item from wild Hariyama found on Victory Road (5% chance) Yes
3 Pickup – Levels 11–30 (1% chance) Yes

There are three different ways to obtain King’s Rocks. The simplest method involves visiting Mossdeep City and speaking with an NPC standing outside Champion Steven’s house. If you answer “Yes” to his question he’ll give you a King’s Rock.

Alternatively you can use Thief to steal King’s Rocks from wild Hariyama, which can be found on Victory Road.

And finally, you can also obtain King’s Rocks from Pokémon with the Pickup ability in your party. They’ll need to be between levels 11-30, and the pickup chance for this specific item is only 1%.

Method 1 – Mossdeep City (One-time Only)

Obtaining a King's Rock from a Youngster / Pokémon ORAS
Obtaining a King’s Rock from a Youngster

Northwest of the city’s Pokémon Center is Champion Steven’s house. Just outside his house is a Youngster holding a King’s Rock given by Steven; talk to the Youngster to get the item as a gift.

Here’s a step-by-step guide of exactly where to find him:

Head west from the Pokémon Center, then turn up to walk between both buildings.

Mossdeep City / Pokémon ORAS
Mossdeep City

Turn left towards Steven’s house where you’ll soon spot a Youngster. Talk to him and respond to his question with a “Yes” to obtain a King’s Rock.

The King's Rock's location in the Mossdeep City / Pokémon ORAS
The King’s Rock’s location in the Mossdeep City

Method 2 – Stealing from Wild Hariyama

Using TM46 Thief on a wild Hariyama / Pokémon ORAS
Using TM46 Thief on a wild Hariyama

King’s Rocks can also be obtained as a held item on wild Hariyama.

Hariyama can be found inside Victory Road. Regardless of what floor you’re in, Hariyama appears at the same odds on every floor.

When you encounter a Hariyama, there’s a 5% chance it will be holding a King’s Rock. To take the item, use a Pokémon that knows TM46 Thief.

And we even created a dedicated guide on how to optimally farm held items from wild Pokémon, so check that out if you’re curious.

Here’s the full details on the encounter rates for Victory Road:

Victory Road (All Floors) – Wild Pokémon

Victory Road / Pokémon ORAS
Victory Road
Pokémon (Walking) Chance Levels
Hariyama 15% 38-40
Golbat 20% 37-39
Loudred 20% 37-39
Lairon 20% 37-39
Medicham 15% 38-40
Mawile 10% (OR) 40
Sableye 10% (AS) 40

Method 3 – Pokémon with the Ability Pickup

A Linoone with Pickup holding a King's Rock / Pokémon ORAS
A Linoone with Pickup holding a King’s Rock

For an alternative way to obtain King’s Rocks, you can also utilize Pokémon with the Pickup ability. Good choices include Zigzagoon and Linoone.

Here’s how it works:

After winning a battle, a Pokémon with the ability Pickup in your party has a 10% chance to find an item, as long as it’s not already holding one.

This ability remains active even if the Pokémon didn’t take part in the battle or is fainted.

Only by keeping your Pickup user within a certain level range do you stand a chance to obtain a King’s Rock. Here are the chances of finding one based on your Pickup user’s level:

Pokémon’s Level Chance at a King’s Rock
1-10; 31-100 0%
11-30 1%

Tip: Include up to six Pokémon with the Pickup ability in your party simultaneously to boost your odds. After winning any battle, check if any of them have picked up an item. You’re bound to get other valuable items in the process as well.

King’s Rock Uses

In-game details for King's Rock / Pokémon ORAS
In-game details for King’s Rock

In Battle

The King’s Rock is a held item that provides all attacking moves a 10% chance of making the target flinch.

Flinching prevents the target from attacking if the holder moves first, so your Pokemon’s Speed is crucial. This item works exactly like the Razor Fang.

However, because the flinch chance is relatively low, the King’s Rock’s effect may not even trigger throughout an entire battle.

Furthermore, it doesn’t enhance the flinch chance of existing flinch moves like Rock Slide or Iron Head. This makes the King’s Rock a less desirable choice in competitive battles.

Tip: Moves that hit multiple times in a turn, such as Icicle Spear or Tail Slap, can be slightly more advantageous with a King’s Rock. Each hit of these moves gets its own independent 10% chance to induce a flinch, potentially causing your opponent to flinch more often.

Outside of Battle

The King’s Rock is a held item that’s also classified as an Evolution Item. It’s a unique item designed for the evolution of Poliwhirl and Slowpoke.

This happens when a Pokémon is traded while holding a King’s Rock. It will then evolve into its related evolutionary form.

Here are all of the Pokémon that evolve via trading with a King’s Rock:

Original Form Evolution
Poliwhirl Politoed
Slowpoke Slowking


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