Rock Monster
A monster made of stone.
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Tommy: "Go for its vulnerable spot!"
Jason: "It's a rock monster! It doesn't have any vulnerable spots!"

A monster made out of rock, crystal, or chunks of metal. Nearly always very tough, it can take dynamite to get past them if they're guarding something. Gargoyles and golems are usually portrayed this way, and on occassion this type of monster will make an entire island.

May be a supertrope to Living Statue and often Golem. May overlap with Silicon-Based Life, Smash Mook, and Elemental Armor. Contrast Taken for Granite, when the creature didn't start out made of rock.

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Genbu from YuYu Hakusho. He's composed entirely of rock, and can melt into any rock surface. He can also control his rock body at will, and is fond of attacking by turning his body into a swarm of rocks and flying towards his opponent.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
  • The Thing looks like he's made of rocks (even though he isn't) and many who don't know who he is think he's a monster.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • Captain McTaggart has to fight a rock monster in Galaxy Quest, providing the page quote and image. It's then teleported up to the ship and begins destroying Sirrus's army.
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[[folder:Mythology]]
  • Scandinavian/Norse trolls are sometimes depicted in a stone variety. For example John Bauer's painting The Child and the Stone Troll. Normal Scandinavian/Norse trolls also turns into stones in sunlight.
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  • Dungeons & Dragons is chock full of these.
    • Creatures from the Elemental Plane of Earth:
      • The Xorn and Xaren, two related stone-like creatures that eat minerals and metals.
      • The Crysmal, a hexapedal crystalline creature about three feet high. They eat crystals and are preyed upon by Xorn.
      • Earth elementals were large humanoids made of stone and rock.
      • The 1st Edition supplement Manual of the Planes populated the Elemental Plane of Earth with creatures that appeared identical to Prime Material Plane creatures (such as bears, jackals and pegasi) but were made of rock and stone.
    • Creatures from the Quasi-Elemental Plane of Mineral:
      • Dragon magazine #174. The Dragon's Bestiary had four creatures made of crystal: Glomus, Shard, Trilling Crysmal and Crystalle the Ruler of the Plane of Mineral and Prince of Mineral Quasi-Elementals
    • The Bowler, which looks like a small-to-medium sized boulder. It rolls over other creatures and crushes them, then eats them.
    • The Galeb Duhr was a large boulder-like creature which had arms and legs and could use earth-related spells.
    • Stone Trolls (Dragon magazine #199) had rocky skin that they got from eating rocks, stones and gems.
    • Construct (created) monsters
      • The Caryatid Column, which animated and attacked intruders.
      • Gargoyles. In 2nd Edition they were magically animated sculptures. Dragon magazine #223 had four variant stone gargoyles.
      • The Stone Guardian, a golem-like creature used to protect specific areas.
      • Gem Vars in Dragon magazine #56. They were small humanoids made out of diamond or ruby.
      • Basic D&D had Living Statues, one of which was the Rock version. It had an outer crust of stone and was filled with magma (lava), which it could squirt out of its fingers.
      • 2nd Edition had the three gemstone golems (Diamond, Emerald, and Ruby).
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  • Pokémon:
    • The Geodude line, the Roggenrola line, and the Aron line, along with many other Rock and Steel type Pokemon.
    • Special mention to four of the legendaries: Regirock, Regice, and Registeel in Generation III and Regigigas in Generation IV.
  • Mabinogi has Golems in the Rock, Forest (looks like pieces of overgrown ruins) and Sulfur varieties. Also, the two dungeons in the Rano region are full of stone beasties that are basically animate Mayincatec sculpture.
  • Metroid Prime has Thardus, the boss of the Phendrana Drifts, which is an entity of living ice and rock.
  • The Elder Scrolls: Storm Atronach are conglomerations of floating boulders in a more-or-less humanoid shape.
  • The titan Perses from Age of Mythology is seemingly made of magma and crystals.
  • In Evil Islands, Stone Elementals, and Golems (the latter are made either of steel or diamond).
  • The rooks in Battle Chess. At rest they're just a stone tower, but they transform into a rock monster to move and attack.
  • Earth Elementals in Heroes of Might and Magic, neutral, bulky and sturdy creatures made of rock, with some immunities.
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