Hold Hands (move)

From Bulbapedia, the community-driven Pokémon encyclopedia.
Jump to navigationJump to search
Hold Hands
てをつなぐ Holding Hands
Hold Hands VIII.png
Hold Hands VIII 2.png
Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects an adjacent ally
Introduced  Generation VI
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled until the turn ends.

Hold Hands (Japanese: てをつなぐ Holding Hands) is a non-damaging Normal-type event-exclusive move introduced in Generation VI.


Hold Hands has no effect in battle. When a Pokémon uses this move in a Double Battle or Triple Battle, it and its target ally will perform a brief animation together.

It will fail if used in a Single Battle or Horde Encounter (even if used by one of the five opposing Pokémon). In a Battle Royal, the user is allowed to select any opponent as the target of the move, but it will fail regardless. Hold Hands ignores the target's use of Protect, Detect, or Spiky Shield, but will fail if the target is protected by Crafty Shield or in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move like Fly or Dig.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Hold Hands, the user's Attack, Defense, Special Attack, Special Defense, and Speed are raised by one stage each.

Hold Hands can be used as a part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing certain moves (Circle Throw, Seismic Toss, Sky Drop, Smack Down, Storm Throw and Vital Throw) to give an extra three appeal points if any of them is used in the next turn.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Hold Hands cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
The user and an ally hold hands. This makes them very happy.
BDSP This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.


By event

Generation VI

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0006 Charizard Charizard
FireIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Monster Dragon Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo Charizard
Spring 2015 Charizard
Pokémon Center Hiroshima Charizard
0025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy Minato Mirai Pikachu
Pokémon Center Mega Tokyo Pikachu
Tohoku Pikachu
Pokémon Center Hiroshima Pikachu
Pika Pika Pokémon Spa Pikachu
0666 Vivillon Vivillon
Fancy Pattern
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug GTS Fancy Pattern Vivillon
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

Generation VII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
0025 Pikachu Pikachu
ElectricIC Big.png Field Fairy Tohoku Pikachu
Carnival Pikachu
2018 Tohoku Pikachu
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations


  • Hold Hands is the first Event-exclusive move depicted in other media, particularly by the Vivillon owned by Yvette in the Pokémon Adventures manga in Xerneas Gives.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 牽手 Hīnsáu
Mandarin 牽手 / 牵手 Qiānshǒu
France Flag.png French Mains Jointes
Germany Flag.png German Händchenhalten
Italy Flag.png Italian Mano nella Mano
South Korea Flag.png Korean 손에손잡기 Sonesonjabgi
Spain Flag.png Spanish Manos Juntas

Variations of the move Splash
StatusIC HOME.png CelebrateHold HandsSplash

Event exclusives
Pikachu in a capSpiky-eared PichuVictiniMeloettaGenesect
Ash-GreninjaVivillon (Poké Ball Pattern)DiancieHoopaVolcanion
Walking WakeIron Leaves
Happy HourCelebrateHold HandsHold Back
Egg TicketEon TicketMysticTicketAuroraTicket
Old Sea MapMember CardOak's LetterEnigma Stone
Liberty PassDiscount CouponDynamax Crystal
Pokéwalker Routes
Yellow ForestWinner's PathSightseeingRallyAmity Meadow
C-Gear Skins

Project Moves and Abilities logo.png This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.