Harden (move)

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Move data

Type Normal
Category Status  Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 30  (max. 48)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Harden raises the user's Defense by one stage.

Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Harden turns into Z-Harden and raises Defense one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Game descriptions

Gold/Silver
Crystal
Raises the user's DEFENSE.
Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Stiffens the body’s muscles to raise DEFENSE.
FireRed/LeafGreen The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its DEFENSE stat.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.
Sun/Moon
Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Harden at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Sun & Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

MetapodMetapod
#011 / Bug
Level 1
KakunaKakuna
#014 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
GrimerGrimer
#088 / Poison
Level 4
Alolan GrimerGrimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Level 4
MukMuk
#089 / Poison
Level 1
MukMuk
#089 / Poison
Level 4
Alolan MukMuk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Level 1
Alolan MukMuk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Level 4
OnixOnix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
KrabbyKrabby
#098 / Water
Level 11
KinglerKingler
#099 / Water
Level 11
StaryuStaryu
#120 / Water
Level 1
PinsirPinsir
#127 / Bug
Level 11
KabutoKabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 1
KabutopsKabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 1
GligarGligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Level 7
SteelixSteelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 1
QwilfishQwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 9
SlugmaSlugma
#218 / Fire
Level 13
MagcargoMagcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Level 13
CorsolaCorsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Level 1
SilcoonSilcoon
#266 / Bug
Level 1
CascoonCascoon
#268 / Bug
Level 1
SeedotSeedot
#273 / Grass
Level 3
NuzleafNuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Level 3
NincadaNincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Level 1
NinjaskNinjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
ShedinjaShedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 1
NosepassNosepass
#299 / Rock
Level 4
AronAron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 1
LaironLairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 1
AggronAggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 1
LunatoneLunatone
#337 / Rock · Psychic
Level 1
SolrockSolrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Level 1
CorphishCorphish
#341 / Water
Level 5
CrawdauntCrawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 1
CrawdauntCrawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 5
BaltoyBaltoy
#343 / Ground · Psychic
Level 1
ClaydolClaydol
#344 / Ground · Psychic
Level 1
AnorithAnorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Level 1
ArmaldoArmaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Level 1
RelicanthRelicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Level 1
Wormadam (Sandy Cloak)Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Level 29
ShellosShellos
#422 / Water
Level 4
GastrodonGastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Level 1
GastrodonGastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Level 4
GliscorGliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 1
GliscorGliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 7
RoggenrolaRoggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 4
BoldoreBoldore
#525 / Rock
Level 1
BoldoreBoldore
#525 / Rock
Level 4
GigalithGigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 1
GigalithGigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 4
VanilliteVanillite
#582 / Ice
Level 4
VanillishVanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 1
VanillishVanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 4
VanilluxeVanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 1
VanilluxeVanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 4
FerroseedFerroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
FerrothornFerrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
SpewpaSpewpa
#665 / Bug
Level 1
CarbinkCarbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Level 1
BergmiteBergmite
#712 / Ice
Level 1
AvaluggAvalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
DiancieDiancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Level 1
SandygastSandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
PalossandPalossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
PyukumukuPyukumuku
#771 / Water
Level 1
BuzzwoleBuzzwole
#794 / Bug · Fighting
Level 1
CelesteelaCelesteela
#797 / Steel · Flying
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Harden as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

SudowoodoSudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Mineral
HeracrossHeracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
Bug
BonslyBonsly
#438 / Rock
Undiscovered
AxewAxew
#610 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
FraxureFraxure
#611 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
HaxorusHaxorus
#612 / Dragon
Dragon, Monster
LarvestaLarvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Bug
VolcaronaVolcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Bug
GrubbinGrubbin
#736 / Bug
Bug
CharjabugCharjabug
#737 / Bug · Electric
Bug
VikavoltVikavolt
#738 / Bug · Electric
Bug
WimpodWimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Bug, Water 3
GolisopodGolisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Bug, Water 3