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Sturdy (Ability)

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Sturdy がんじょう
Sturdy
Flavor text
Generation III
Negates 1-hit KO attacks.
Generation IV
The Pokémon is protected against 1-hit KO attacks.
Generation V
It cannot be knocked out with one hit.
Generation VI
It cannot be knocked out with one hit.

Sturdy (Japanese: がんじょう Sturdy) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Thirty-six Pokémon can have this Ability.

Effect

In battle

Generations III and IV

Sturdy negates one-hit knockout moves.

Generation V and on

In addition to Sturdy's previous effect, Sturdy now works like a Focus Sash, causing the Pokémon to have 1 HP remaining if an attack's hit would have brought it from full health to 0 HP (including confusion damage). Sturdy will activate as long as a Pokémon has full HP, and can therefore be used multiple times if brought back to full health, or if the Pokémon has a maximum of 1 HP.

If a Pokémon with Sturdy is holding a Focus Sash, Sturdy will activate first. If a Pokémon with Sturdy uses a move that causes the user to faint, such as Explosion or Final Gambit, it will still faint. It does not protect the Pokémon with Sturdy from knocking itself out with recoil damage. Destiny Bond and Perish Song can still cause a Pokémon with Sturdy to faint.

When a multi-strike move hits a Pokémon with Sturdy, Sturdy's effect activates only for hits while the user has full HP, so hits after the first one can potentially KO the Sturdy Pokémon.

Outside of battle

Sturdy has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Sturdy

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Geodude Geodude Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
Graveler Graveler Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
Golem Golem Rock Ground Rock Head Sturdy Sand Veil
Magnemite Magnemite Electric Steel Magnet Pull Sturdy Analytic
Magneton Magneton Electric Steel Magnet Pull Sturdy Analytic
Onix Onix Rock Ground Sturdy Rock Head Weak Armor
Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock Sturdy Rock Head Rattled
Pineco Pineco Bug Bug Sturdy None Overcoat
Forretress Forretress Bug Steel Sturdy None Overcoat
Steelix Steelix Steel Ground Sturdy Rock Head Sheer Force
Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock Sturdy Gluttony Contrary
Skarmory Skarmory Steel Flying Keen Eye Sturdy Weak Armor
Donphan Donphan Ground Ground Sturdy None Sand Veil
Nosepass Nosepass Rock Rock Sturdy Magnet Pull Sand Force
Aron Aron Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
Lairon Lairon Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
Aggron Aggron Steel Rock Sturdy Rock Head Heavy Metal
Relicanth Relicanth Water Rock Swift Swim Rock Head Sturdy
Regirock Regirock Rock Rock Clear Body None Sturdy
Shieldon Shieldon Rock Steel Sturdy None Soundproof
Bastiodon Bastiodon Rock Steel Sturdy None Soundproof
Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock Sturdy Rock Head Rattled
Magnezone Magnezone Electric Steel Magnet Pull Sturdy Analytic
Probopass Probopass Rock Steel Sturdy Magnet Pull Sand Force
Roggenrola Roggenrola Rock Rock Sturdy None Sand Force
Boldore Boldore Rock Rock Sturdy None Sand Force
Gigalith Gigalith Rock Rock Sturdy None Sand Force
Sawk Sawk Fighting Fighting Sturdy Inner Focus Mold Breaker
Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock Sturdy Shell Armor Weak Armor
Crustle Crustle Bug Rock Sturdy Shell Armor Weak Armor
Tirtouga Tirtouga Water Rock Solid Rock Sturdy Swift Swim
Carracosta Carracosta Water Rock Solid Rock Sturdy Swift Swim
Tyrunt Tyrunt Rock Dragon Strong Jaw None Sturdy
Carbink Carbink Rock Fairy Clear Body None Sturdy
Bergmite Bergmite Ice Ice Own Tempo Ice Body Sturdy
Avalugg Avalugg Ice Ice Own Tempo Ice Body Sturdy
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the anime

Cilan Dwebble Sturdy.png Ash Roggenrola Sturdy.png Ash Boldore Sturdy.png None.png
Dwebble Roggenrola Boldore
The user is prevented from being knocked out after being hit by a strong move.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
557 Dwebble When Dwebble is hit with a powerful attack, it pulls its body into its shell. When it comes out, it doesn't have any damage on it at all.
Cilan's Dwebble A Connoisseur's Revenge! Debut
524 Roggenrola When Roggenrola is hit with a powerful attack, it doesn't get hurt much from it. Also, when Roggenrola is hit with a one-hit knockout move, it stays in its place and does nothing. The move is then canceled on the spot.
Ash's Roggenrola Gotta Catch A Roggenrola! None
525 Boldore When Boldore is hit with a one-hit knockout move, it stays in its place and does nothing.
Ash's Boldore Battling the King of the Mines! None

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 結實 Jiē​shi​
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Stoer
Finland Flag.png Finnish Jämäkkyys
France Flag.png French Fermeté
Germany Flag.png German Robustheit
India Flag.png Hindi डटे रेह्ना Datte Rehna *
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Keras
Italy Flag.png Italian Vigore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 옹골참 Onggolcham
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Fortificar
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Resistencia
Spain Flag.png Spain Robustez


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