|All Protector Locations|
|1||Iron Island — Inside a Poké Ball at the western edge of floor B2F.||No|
|2||Route 228 — Inside a Poké Ball in a dirt pit to the east of the northern gate.||No|
The earliest available Protector that you can get in Pokémon Platinum is located on Iron Island’s second basement floor. No HMs are required to get it, but you must take a ship from Canalave City in order to reach the island.
Alternatively you can also find a Protector on Route 228, but these are the only 2 ways to get a Protector in the game.
Location 1: Iron Island
The first Protector is found on Iron Island. This island lies far north of Canalave City and requires taking a ship to reach.
It is full of Rock- and Steel-type Pokémon of levels mostly in the low-30s.
To locate Canalave City’s harbor, first cross the drawbridge to the west of the Canalave Pokémon Center.
Once you pass the Canalave Gym, turn south.
Pass the houses and turn right after you pass Sailor Eldritch’s house.
Speak with Sailor Eldritch at the dock and request a ride to Iron Island.
Once you arrive at Iron Island, head up the staircase to the east.
Pass the blue-roofed house here, and take the northern staircase further up the mountain.
Head through the entrance to Iron Island’s cave at the top of the staircase.
Once you’re inside, take the staircase to the left.
Head down and look for a staircase in the southern part of this room that leads up to a rocky landing.
Move along the elevated terrain here until you see a Poké Ball item at the end of the elevated path.
Pick up the Poké Ball item to add the Protector to your Bag.
Location 2: Route 228 (Step-by-Step)
A second Protector can be found on Route 228. This is located the north of the Resort Area in the Battle Zone.
Start by Flying to the Resort Area and crossing the bridge to the north (just right of the Pokecenter).
On the other side of the lake, continue northward to leave the Resort Area and enter Route 229.
Where the trail splits at the Resort Area/Route 229 sign, head northward through the tall grass.
Veer left toward the gap in the trees (this is opposite the path with taller grass).
Follow the path along until a sandstorm flares up when Route 229 becomes Route 228.
At this point just hug the eastern wall and maintain the course going northward through the narrow canyons.
Continue heading north, ignoring muddy slopes and other distractions.
Continue northward through the sandstorm and you’ll pass two Ace Trainers.
Keep going north until you can start heading northwest through some tall grass.
Pass by another Ace Trainer guarding the short canyon to the north.
Approach the northernmost wall here, then turn right and head down the muddy slope.
You should see an item on the ground just past this slope.
Grab the Poké Ball from the pit to add another Protector to your Bag.
Protector Details and Uses
The Protector has just one single purpose:
To evolve Rhydon into Rhyperior via trade.
After you give Rhydon the Protector to hold, you can trade it to another player and it will evolve into Rhyperior. Then you can trade back to get your new souped-up evolution.
Is Rhyperior Worth Using?
This is a straightforward upgrade.
Rhydon’s excellent Attack, Defense, and HP stats get respectable increases from evolving into Rhyperior, as do its Special Attack and Special Defense (although they’re still relatively useless).
Not much changes about Rhydon’s role in battle after it evolves.
Rhyperior is a tank by the simplest definition of the word:
Slow-moving and limited, but capable of dealing terrifying strikes and absorbing tons of damage.
Rhyperior’s Ground/Rock typing further raises its offensive potential, allowing it to always have at least one STAB move that the target Pokémon can’t resist. It can unleash an Earthquake or a Rock Blast like very few Pokémon can.
And it’s also bulky enough to make an adept Stealth Rock setter.
However, its typing also gives it six weaknesses – two of which are double-weaknesses that inflict 4x the damage.
But this is where Rhyperior’s Solid Rock Ability comes in handy:
Solid Rock decreases the damage of super-effective moves by 25%, helping to mitigate one of Rhyperior’s most painful drawbacks.