Harden (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   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 Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Metapod
#011 / Bug
Level 1
Kakuna
#014 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Grimer
#088 / Poison
Level 4
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Level 4
Muk
#089 / Poison
Level 1
Muk
#089 / Poison
Level 4
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Level 1
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Level 4
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
Krabby
#098 / Water
Level 11
Kingler
#099 / Water
Level 11
Staryu
#120 / Water
Level 1
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Level 11
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Level 7
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 1
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Level 9
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Level 13
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Level 13
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Level 1
Silcoon
#266 / Bug
Level 1
Cascoon
#268 / Bug
Level 1
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Level 3
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Level 3
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Level 1
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 1
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Level 4
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 1
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 1
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 1
Lunatone
#337 / Rock · Psychic
Level 1
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Level 1
Corphish
#341 / Water
Level 5
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 1
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 5
Baltoy
#343 / Ground · Psychic
Level 1
Claydol
#344 / Ground · Psychic
Level 1
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Level 1
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Level 1
Relicanth
#369 / Water · Rock
Level 1
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Level 29
Shellos
#422 / Water
Level 4
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Level 1
Gastrodon
#423 / Water · Ground
Level 4
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 1
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 7
Roggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 4
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Level 1
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Level 4
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 1
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 4
Vanillite
#582 / Ice
Level 4
Vanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 1
Vanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 4
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 1
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 4
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 1
Spewpa
#665 / Bug
Level 1
Carbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Level 1
Bergmite
#712 / Ice
Level 1
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
Diancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Level 1
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Pyukumuku
#771 / Water
Level 1
Buzzwole
#794 / Bug · Fighting
Level 1
Celesteela
#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.

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Harden in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Geodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Gen 1 — Level up
Graveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Gen 1 — Level up
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Gen 1 — Level up
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Gen 1 — Level up