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Harden (move)

Harden
かたくなる Stiffen
Harden.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  30 (max. 48)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by other once.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.

Harden (Japanese: かたくなる Stiffen) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Harden increases the user's Defense stat by one stage.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Raises the user's Defense. Useful when battling physically strong Pokémon.
GSC Raises the user's Defense.
RSEColo.XD Stiffens the body’s muscles to raise Defense.
FRLG The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.
PMDRB Boosts the user's Defense by one level.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XY
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
011 Metapod Metapod Bug Bug -- --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7
014 Kakuna Kakuna Bug Poison -- --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7
074 Geodude Geodude Rock Ground 26 26       '
075 Graveler Graveler Rock Ground 29 27       '
076 Golem Golem Rock Ground 29 27       '
088 Grimer Grimer Poison Poison 42 5 4 4 4 4
089 Muk Muk Poison Poison 45 --, 5 --, 4 --, 4 --, 4 --, 4 --, 4
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground 43 23 21 19 -- -- --
098 Krabby Krabby Water Water 40 16 16 11 11 11
099 Kingler Kingler Water Water 49 16 16 -- 11 11 11
120 Staryu Staryu Water Water 22 -- -- -- -- --
121 Starmie Starmie Water Psychic --         '
127 Pinsir Pinsir Bug Bug 43 25 19 13 13 11 11
140 Kabuto Kabuto Rock Water -- -- -- -- -- --
141 Kabutops Kabutops Rock Water -- -- -- -- -- --
143 Snorlax Snorlax Normal Normal 41         '
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying   13 13 9 9 7 7
208 Steelix Steelix Steel Ground   23 21 19 -- -- --
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish Water Poison   10 10 9 9 9 9
218 Slugma Slugma Fire Fire   22 22 16 14 14
219 Magcargo Magcargo Fire Rock   22 22 16 14 14
222 Corsola Corsola Water Rock   7 6 4 4 4
266 Silcoon Silcoon Bug Bug     --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7
268 Cascoon Cascoon Bug Bug     --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7
273 Seedot Seedot Grass Grass     3 3 3 3
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf Grass Dark     3 3 3 3
275 Shiftry Shiftry Grass Dark     --     '
290 Nincada Nincada Bug Ground     -- -- -- --
291 Ninjask Ninjask Bug Flying     -- -- -- --
292 Shedinja Shedinja Bug Ghost     -- -- -- --
299 Nosepass Nosepass Rock Rock     7 7 7 4 4
304 Aron Aron Steel Rock     4 4 4 -- --
305 Lairon Lairon Steel Rock     4 4 --, 4 -- --
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock     4 4 --, 4 -- --
337 Lunatone Lunatone Rock Psychic     -- -- -- --
338 Solrock Solrock Rock Psychic     -- -- -- --
341 Corphish Corphish Water Water     7 7 7 7
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Water Dark     --, 7 --, 7 --, 7 --, 7
343 Baltoy Baltoy Ground Psychic     3 3 4 -- --
344 Claydol Claydol Ground Psychic     3 3 --, 4 -- --
347 Anorith Anorith Rock Bug     7 -- -- --
348 Armaldo Armaldo Rock Bug     7 -- -- --
369 Relicanth Relicanth Water Rock     -- -- -- --
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
Bug Ground       29 29 29
422 Shellos Shellos Water Water       4 4 4
423 Gastrodon Gastrodon Water Ground       --, 4 --, 4 --, 4
472 Gliscor Gliscor Ground Flying       --, 9 --, 9 --, 7 --, 7
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola Rock Rock         4 4
525 Boldore Boldore Rock Rock         --, 4 --, 4
526 Gigalith Gigalith Rock Rock         --, 4 --, 4
582 Vanillite Vanillite Ice Ice         4 4
583 Vanillish Vanillish Ice Ice         --, 4 --, 4
584 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe Ice Ice         --, 4 --, 4
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed Grass Steel         -- --
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn Grass Steel         -- --
665 Spewpa Spewpa Bug Bug           --
703 Carbink Carbink Rock Fairy           --
712 Bergmite Bergmite Ice Ice           --
713 Avalugg Avalugg Ice Ice           --
719 Diancie Diancie Rock Fairy           --
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
II III IV V VI
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock     OnixSteelixNosepass OnixSteelixNosepassRoggenrolaBoldoreGigalithVanilliteVanillishVanilluxeFerroseedFerrothorn OnixSteelixNosepassRoggenrolaBoldoreGigalithVanilliteVanillishVanilluxeFerroseedFerrothorn
214 Heracross Heracross Bug Fighting MetapodKakunaPinsirGligar MetapodKakunaPinsirGligarSilcoonCascoonNincadaNinjask MetapodKakunaPinsirGligarGliscorSilcoonCascoonNincadaNinjask MetapodKakunaPinsirGligarGliscorSilcoonCascoonNincadaNinjask MetapodKakunaPinsirGligarGliscorSilcoonCascoonNincadaNinjaskSpewpa
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock     OnixSteelixNosepass OnixSteelixNosepassRoggenrolaBoldoreGigalithVanilliteVanillishVanilluxeFerroseedFerrothorn OnixSteelixNosepassRoggenrolaBoldoreGigalithVanilliteVanillishVanilluxeFerroseedFerrothorn
610 Axew Axew Dragon Dragon       AronLaironAggron AronLaironAggronBergmiteAvalugg
636 Larvesta Larvesta Bug Fire       MetapodKakunaPinsirGligarGliscorSilcoonCascoonNincadaNinjask MetapodKakunaPinsirGligarGliscorSilcoonCascoonNincadaNinjaskSpewpa
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In the anime

Ash Metapod Harden.png Giovanni Kingler Harden.png Ash Corphish Harden.png Johnny Aggron Harden.png
Metapod Kingler Corphish Aggron
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
011 Metapod Metapod glows a greenish-whitish color and becomes hard as steel.
Ash's Metapod Challenge of the Samurai Debut
Samurai's Metapod Challenge of the Samurai None
Bugsy's Metapod Gettin' the Bugs Out None
099 Kingler Kingler glows pale blue and any attack that hits it bounces off.
Giovanni's Kingler The Battle of the Badge None
098 Krabby Krabby's body becomes sturdy and hard.
Ash's Krabby Round One - Begin! None
246 Larvitar Larvitar freezes its body in place like a statue and doesn't move.
Ash's Larvitar Hatch Me if You Can Larvitar cannot legally learn Harden
268 Cascoon Cascoon tenses up its body and its body shines, making attacks bounce off it.
Jessie's Cascoon Seeing is Believing! None
341 Corphish Corphish's body flashes white and shines, making it able to take attacks.
Ash's Corphish Just One of the Geysers None
306 Aggron Aggron tenses up and its body flashes white and shines, making it able to take attacks.
Johnny's Aggron Shocks and Bonds None

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations

Harden I.png Harden II.png Harden III.png Harden IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Harden V.png Harden PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Harden Stad.png Harden Stad2.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 僵硬 Goengngaahng
Mandarin 硬梆梆 Yìngbāngbāng
變硬 Biànyìng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Hærde
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Verharding
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kovetus
France Flag.png French Armure
Germany Flag.png German Härtner
Greece Flag.png Greek Σκλήρυνση
India Flag.png Hindi सख्त होजाओ Sakht Hojao
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Mengeras
Italy Flag.png Italian Rafforzatore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 단단해지기 Dandanhaejigi
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Endurecer
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Endurecimento
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Očvršćivanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fortaleza


Variations of the move Harden
Status HardenSharpen


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Last modified on 20 October 2014, at 06:04