Tough Claws (Ability)

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Tough Claws かたいツメ
Tough Claws
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Generation VI
Powers up moves that make direct contact.
Generation VII
Powers up moves that make direct contact.
Generation VIII
Powers up moves that make direct contact.
Generation IX
Powers up moves that make direct contact.

Tough Claws (Japanese: かたいツメ Tough Claws) is an Ability introduced in Generation VI.


In battle

Tough Claws boosts the power of the Pokémon's contact moves by approximately 30% (more precisely, a factor of 5325/4096).

Affected moves

The table below lists the moves affected by Tough Claws, as well as the Pokémon that can have Tough Claws and learn those moves.

Although the following moves are affected by the Ability, they currently cannot be learned by any Pokémon with Tough Claws. They may, however, be used after a Pokémon with Tough Claws learned the move via Mimic, or be used by a Pokémon that gained Tough Claws by an Ability like Trace or Receiver or a move such as Skill Swap or Role Play.

Outside of battle

Tough Claws has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Tough Claws

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0006 Charizard Charizard
Mega Charizard X
Fire Dragon Tough Claws None None
0052 Meowth Meowth
Galarian Form
Steel Steel Pickup Tough Claws Unnerve
0142 Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
Mega Aerodactyl
Rock Flying Tough Claws None None
0376 Metagross Metagross
Mega Metagross
Steel Psychic Tough Claws None None
0688 Binacle Binacle
Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
0689 Barbaracle Barbaracle
Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
0745 Lycanroc Lycanroc
Dusk Form
Rock Rock Tough Claws None None
0863 Perrserker Perrserker
Steel Steel Battle Armor Tough Claws Steely Spirit
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Tough Claws boosts the power of contact moves by 20%.


Games Description
SMD Contact moves such as Take Down and Scratch become more powerful!
MDRTDX Contact moves, such as Take Down and Scratch, become more powerful.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

  • X's Charizard, Salamè, was revealed to have Tough Claws as his Ability when Mega Evolved into Mega Charizard X in the PokéSPedia data-book.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 硬爪 Ngaahngjáau
Mandarin 硬爪 Yìngzhuǎ
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Tvrdé drápy
France Flag.png French Griffe Dure
Germany Flag.png German Krallenwucht
Italy Flag.png Italian Unghiedure
South Korea Flag.png Korean 단단한 발톱 Dandanhan Baltop
Russia Flag.png Russian Крепкие Когти Krepkiye Kogti
Spain Flag.png Spanish Garra Dura
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Móng vuốt cứng

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