I don't know, all 3 are round rocks. Rhyperior isn't much like his prevos in any way except horns.
Geodude is a rock with a face and 2 arms growing out of it. Graveler is a rock with a face, 4 arms, and 2 legs growing out of it. Golem is a rock that grew a head and seemingly lost 2 of its arms. Its remaining arms and legs are completely different from what they were as Graveler as well.
Yeah. I'd actually argue that Rhyperior resembles Rhydon far more than Golem resembles Graveler.
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although i personally dont like rhyperior's design that much, and like how rhydon looks a whole lot more. i can appreciate how gamefreak gave rhydon a new evolution, giving him a whole new look and higher stats. and also a shiny rhyperior has colors that are more closely resembles a rhydon, well atleast closer than the colors of a regular one.
I do like Rhyperior. I'm more fond of his sprite than his artwork though.
On the subject of Golem, yeah, it is more of a change from Graveler than Rhydon to Rhyperior IMO. I always thought Golem looked more like an organic creature whereas Geodude and Graveler looked more like living rocks. Kind of unusual that it grows extra arms as Graveler then loses them again as well. Still I do like all three of the Geodude line.
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I think part of the reason is that Nidoking, Nidoqueen, and Rhydon all look similar, and while knowing Nidoking and Nidoqueen are final stages of Nidoran, Rhydon's appearance also looks "final." Giving Rhydon another stage above what looks "final" would be like adding blades to a broad sword, or extra barrels to a rocket launcher -- bulky, tacked on, unnecessary.
Pokemon like Tangela, Nosepass, Yanma, Gligar, Togetic, Lickitung don't look like they were designed with finality in mind. That's why their "upgrades" look appropriate (albeit silly, in some cases).
But neither Rhyhorn nor Rhydon are anything close to that. As another poster said, that only reinforces how out-of-place it is. Even disregarding the actual design, the drastic change in concept alone is enough to make it a horrible evolution.
It would have been a far better decision on Gamefreak's part to either make Rhyperior an independent Pokemon or a whole new evolution line.
Look at Graveler and Golem. Probably just about as coherently similar.
Did I ever say anything about Graveler or Golem? But since you bring it up, yes, I agree with you there. When I first got a Golem as an 8-year-old I thought, "What in the world? This doesn't look like Geodude or Graveler."