Harden (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 30  (max. 48)
Makes contact? No
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.

Other languages

English Harden
Japanese かたくなる (Katakunaru)
German Härtner
French Armure
Italian Rafforzatore
Spanish Fortaleza

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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Metapod
#011 / Bug
Level 1
Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
Krabby
#098 / Water
Level 4
Kingler
#099 / Water
Level 1
Staryu
#120 / Water
Level 1
Starmie
#121 / Water · Psychic
Level 1
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Level 1
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 1
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 4
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Level 1
Corsola
Galarian Corsola
#222 / Ghost
Level 1
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Level 1
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Level 5
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 1
Lunatone
#337 / Rock · Psychic
Level 1
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Level 1
Corphish
#341 / Water
Level 1
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 1
Baltoy
#343 / Ground · Psychic
Level 1
Claydol
#344 / Ground · Psychic
Level 1
Shellos
#422 / Water
Level 5
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Level 1
Roggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 4
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Level 1
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 1
Vanillite
#582 / Ice
Level 1
Vanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 1
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 1
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
Bergmite
#712 / Ice
Level 1
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Pyukumuku
#771 / Water
Level 1
Meltan
#808 / Steel
Level 1
Melmetal
#809 / Steel
Level 1
Cursola
#864 / Ghost
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Bug
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Bug
Grubbin
#736 / Bug
Bug