Makuhita is a bipedal Pokémon with a bulky build. Most of its body is yellow, but it has a black marking on its chest that extends around its neck. Its round hands resemble black boxing gloves, but its feet are yellow with two visible toes. On its cheeks are red, ring-shaped markings, and it has slit-like eyes. On top of its head is a knot, which causes it to resemble a punching bag.
Makuhita is very gutsy and never gives up, no matter how many times it is knocked down. Energy is built into its body each time it rises back up. Broken trees often surround its nest, because it trains by slapping and slamming into them. It is known to mistake Exeggutor for a tree, and often gets flung away as a result. This Pokémon eats lots of food and gets plenty of sleep. Its rigorous training and lifestyle give it a sturdy body able to withstand any attack. It is found living and training in mountainous areas. Although initially brought from another region to Alola, Makuhita found in Alola are more famous than its region's counterparts.
Makuhita and its evolved form, Hariyama, are the only known Pokémon capable of learning the move Smelling Salts by leveling up. Prior to Generation V, Arm Thrust was also one of its signature moves.
Makuhita evolves into Hariyama.
(For specifics on this Pokémon's evolution in the games, refer to Game data→Evolution data.)
Makuhita debuted in Brave the Wave, under the ownership of Brawly. During Brawly's Gym battle with Ash, Makuhita evolved into a Hariyama.
In Cheer Pressure, a Makuhita was part of Sheridan's cheering squad along with a Roselia, Vileplume, and Shroomish. He later assigned it to heal James's Cacnea and Jessie's Seviper with Helping Hand.
In Pinch Healing, a Makuhita was being babysat by a Poké-Sitter named Matt. At the Pokémon Center, May tried to comfort it by playing with it.
In A Battle by Any Other Name!, the Berrybaker kids' Makuhita helped them in getting through the preliminary round of the Poké Puff Contest. It eventually also helped them win the competition.
In a flashback in A Timeless Encounter!, Hala's Makuhita defeated an Ace Trainer's Alolan Sandslash in a grand trial.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in Delcatty Got Your Tongue.
A Makuhita appeared in A Fan with a Plan.
A Coordinator's Makuhita appeared in Deceit and Assist.
In Queen of the Serpentine!, a Makuhita was one of Lucy's pets.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in Spontaneous Combusken!.
In Camping It Up!, the Pokémon Summer Academy gave Kendall a Makuhita to train.
A Makuhita appeared in Ghoul Daze!.
In Opposites Interact!, a Makuhita was at the Sinnoh Grand Festival.
In An Old Family Blend!, two Makuhita owned by the same Trainer competed in the Lily of the Valley Conference. Multiple others were wild.
A Makuhita appeared in a flashback or a fantasy in The Forest Champion!.
Multiple Makuhita appeared in Mega Evolution Special III, including some that belonged to Trainers.
In A Giga Battle with Mega Results!, a Trainer's Makuhita received treatment at the Pokémon Center.
Three Trainers' Makuhita appeared in Alola to New Adventure!.
Two Trainers' Makuhita appeared in A Shocking Grocery Run!.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in That's Why the Litten is a Scamp!.
In Racing to a Big Event!, a Trainer's Makuhita competed in the Pokémon Pancake Race.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in They Might Not Be Giants!.
Two Trainers' Makuhita appeared in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!.
Four Trainers' Makuhita appeared in One Journey Ends, Another Begins....
Three Trainers' Makuhita appeared in Getting the Band Back Together!.
Five Trainers' Makuhita appeared in A Glaring Rivalry!. One of them reappeared in a flashback in A Masked Warning!.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in Faba's Revenge!.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in Sours for the Sweet!.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!.
In Securing the Future!, four Trainers' Makuhita joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in Turning the Other Mask!.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in This Magik Moment!.
In A Little Rocket R & R!, two Trainers' Makuhita were captured by the Matori Matrix but later freed by Ash and his friends.
A Trainer's Makuhita appeared in Reuniting for the First Time!.
A Makuhita appeared in A Squad's Worth of Passion!. It got trapped by a fire before being rescued by the Squirtle Squad.
||Makuhita, the Guts Pokémon. Makuhita never gives up, always getting back on its feet, no matter how many times it's knocked over. Each time rising to its feet builds up energy in its body.
In The Cavern, a wild Makuhita was fleeing from a storm that a Primal Kyogre was creating.
A Makuhita briefly appeared in GOTCHA!, under the ownership of Brawly.
Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic
In Darkrai Mission Story: Pokémon Ranger Vatonage - the Comic, Makuhita appears as Barlow's partner.
- Main article: Brawly's Makuhita
Makuhita first appears in Stick This in Your Craw, Crawdaunt! II, under the ownership of Brawly, who, like in the games and anime, is Brawly's signature Pokémon. Brawly used it in his Gym battle against Sapphire, where it fought her Lairon, Rono, and managed to defeat it. It then fought her newly evolved Combusken, Chic; despite evolving into a Hariyama in the process, it was unable to defeat the challenger.
The Battle Tower rented a Makuhita, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII.
Pokémon Battle Frontier
A Makuhita appeared in Battle Between Student and Master!.
In Extra Heavyweight Battle, Clefairy challenges a Makuhita to a wrestling match.