Harden (move)

Harden
かたくなる Stiffen
Harden VIII.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 Mirror Move
  • 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 others once.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled one time this 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.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Harden, the user's Defense rises by another stage.

Harden can be used as a part of a Pokémon Contest combination, causing Double-Edge, Protect, Rollout, Tackle, and Take Down to have their base appeal points doubled if used in the next turn.

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.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
011   Metapod
  Bug Bug 1RGB
1, 7Y
1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
012   Butterfree
 
 
Bug Bug 1
014   Kakuna
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo. 1, Evo.BDSP
015   Beedrill
 
 
Bug Bug 1BDSP
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral 26 26 12BDSP
075   Graveler
 
 
Mineral Mineral 29 27 12BDSP
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral 29 27 12BDSP
088   Grimer
  Amorphous Amorphous 42 5 4 4 4 4 4SMUSUM
6PE
4BDSP
088   Grimer
Alolan Form
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 4SMUSUM
6PE
089   Muk
  Amorphous Amorphous 45 1, 33 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4SMUSUM
1, 6PE
1, 4BDSP
089   Muk
Alolan Form
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 4SMUSUM
1, 6PE
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral 43 23 21RSE
19FRLG
1 1 1 1 1
098   Krabby
  Water 3 Water 3 40 16 16 11 11 11 11SMUSUM
14PE
4
099   Kingler
  Water 3 Water 3 49 16 16RSE
1, 16FRLG
11 11 11 11SMUSUM
1, 14PE
1
120   Staryu
  Water 3 Water 3 22 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
121   Starmie
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 1 1PE 1
127   Pinsir
  Bug Bug 43 25 19 13 13BW
11B2W2
11 11SMUSUM
12PE
1
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1SMUSUM
6PE
1
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1SMUSUM
1, 6PE
1
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster 41
207   Gligar
 
 
Bug Bug 13 13 9 9BW
7B2W2
7 7 7BDSP
208   Steelix
 
 
Mineral Mineral 23 21RSE
19FRLG
1 1 1 1 1
211   Qwilfish
 
 
Water 2 Water 2 10 10RSE
9FRLG
9 9 9 9 4
218   Slugma
  Amorphous Amorphous 22 22 16 14 14XY
13ORAS
13 13BDSP
219   Magcargo
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 22 22 16 14 14XY
13ORAS
13 13BDSP
222   Corsola
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 7 6 4 4 4XY
1ORAS
1 1
222   Corsola
Galarian Form
  Water 1 Water 3 1SwSh
266   Silcoon
  Bug Bug 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo. 1, Evo.BDSP
267   Beautifly
 
 
Bug Bug 1BDSP
268   Cascoon
  Bug Bug 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo. 1, Evo.BDSP
269   Dustox
 
 
Bug Bug 1BDSP
273   Seedot
  Field Grass 3 3 3 3 3 1
274   Nuzleaf
 
 
Field Grass 3 3 3 3 3 1
275   Shiftry
 
 
Field Grass 1 1
290   Nincada
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 5
291   Ninjask
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
292   Shedinja
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1 1
299   Nosepass
  Mineral Mineral 7 7 7BW
4B2W2
4 4 4BDSP
304   Aron
 
 
Monster Monster 4 4 4BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
305   Lairon
 
 
Monster Monster 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1 1
338   Solrock
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1 1
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3 7 7 7 7XY
5ORAS
5 1
342   Crawdaunt
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7XY
1, 5ORAS
1, 5 1
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral 3 3 4BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1, 3 1, 3 1, 4BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
347   Anorith
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 7 1 1 1 1 1
348   Armaldo
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 1, 7 1 1 1 1 1
369   Relicanth
 
 
Water 1 Water 2 1 1 1 1 1 1
413   Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 29 29 29 29 29BDSP
422   Shellos
  Water 1 Amorphous 4 4 4 4 5
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1
472   Gliscor
 
 
Bug Bug 1, 9 1, 9BW
1, 7B2W2
1, 7 1, 7 1, 7BDSP
476   Probopass
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1BDSP
524   Roggenrola
  Mineral Mineral 4 4 4 4SwSh
525   Boldore
  Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1SwSh
526   Gigalith
  Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1SwSh
582   Vanillite
  Mineral Mineral 4 4 4 1SwSh
583   Vanillish
  Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1SwSh
584   Vanilluxe
  Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1SwSh
597   Ferroseed
 
 
Grass Mineral 1 1 1 1SwSh
598   Ferrothorn
 
 
Grass Mineral 1 1 1 1SwSh
665   Spewpa
  Bug Bug 1 1
703   Carbink
 
 
Fairy Mineral 1 1 1SwSh
712   Bergmite
  Monster Mineral 1 1 1SwSh
713   Avalugg
  Monster Mineral 1 1 1SwSh
719   Diancie
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1 1SwSh
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1SwSh
770   Palossand
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 1 1SwSh
771   Pyukumuku
  Water 1 Water 1 1 1SwSh
794   Buzzwole
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1SwSh
797   Celesteela
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 5SwSh
805   Stakataka
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1SwSh
808   Meltan
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1PE 1SwSh
809   Melmetal
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1PE 1SwSh
864   Cursola
  Water 1 Water 3 1
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 Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral
214   Heracross
 
 
Bug Bug
438   Bonsly
  Mineral Mineral
610   Axew
  Monster Dragon SwSh
636   Larvesta
 
 
Bug Bug SwSh
736   Grubbin
  Bug Bug SwSh
767   Wimpod
 
 
Bug Water 3 SwSh
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Harden is a move with 22PP. The user raises its Defense by one stage. This move is affected by Snatch and Taunt.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's PP has been decreased to 16.

Pokémon Stadium

In the minigame "Rock Harden" from Pokémon Stadium, the player and non-player characters are either Metapod or Kakuna. They are required to use Harden at the right times to avoid being hurt by falling rocks.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Defense by one level.
MDTDS Boosts the user's Defense by 1 level.
BSL じぶんの ぼうぎょを 1だんかいあげる
MDGtI It boosts your Defense. (The stat change returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.)
SMD It boosts your Defense. The stat returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.

In the anime

       
Metapod Meltan Boldore Aggron
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  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
  Kingler Kingler glows pale blue and any attack that hits it bounces off.
Giovanni's Kingler The Battle of the Badge None
  Krabby Krabby freezes its body in place like a statue and doesn't move.
Ash's Krabby Round One - Begin! None
  Larvitar Larvitar freezes its body in place like a statue and doesn't move.
Larvitar (anime) Hatch Me if You Can Larvitar cannot legally learn Harden
  Cascoon Cascoon tenses up its body and its body shines, making attacks bounce off it.
Jessie's Cascoon Seeing is Believing! None
  Corphish Corphish's body flashes white and shines, making it able to take attacks.
Ash's Corphish Just One of the Geysers None
  Aggron Aggron tenses up and its body flashes white and shines, making it able to take attacks.
Johnny's Aggron Shocks and Bonds None
  Meltan Meltan's body briefly turns light blue, making it able to take attacks.
Ash's Meltan Aiming for the Top Floor! None
  Boldore Boldore's body briefly turns light blue, making it able to take attacks.
Goh's Boldore A Pinch of This, a Pinch of That! None


In the manga

The Electric Tale of Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card


Pokémon Adventures


  • A wild Cascoon was revealed to know Harden on the official web site, but it was never shown using the move.
  • A wild Silcoon was revealed to know Harden on the official web site, but it was never shown using the move.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters


Pokémon Newspaper Strip


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 變硬 Binngaahng *
僵硬 Goengngaahng *
Mandarin 變硬 / 变硬 Biànyìng *
硬梆梆 Yìngbāngbāng *
  Czech Zpevnění
  Danish Hærde
  Dutch Verharding
  Finnish Kovetus
  French Armure
  German Härtner
  Greek Σκλήρυνση
  Hindi सख्त होजाओ Sakht Hojao
  Indonesian Mengeras
  Italian Rafforzatore
  Korean 단단해지기 Dandanhaejigi
  Polish Twardnienie*
Siłowy Atak*
Osłona*
Pełna Moc*
Kontratak*
Twardy Atak*
Portuguese   Brazil Endurecer (anime, Emerging Powers-present, manga, The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Endurecimento (Diamond & Pearl, The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Endurecimento
  Serbian Očvršćivanje
  Spanish Fortaleza
  Swedish Stelna*
Cementattack*
Hårdna*
  Vietnamese Gồng Cứng



Variations of the move Defense Curl
  Defense CurlHardenHowlMeditateSharpenWithdraw


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