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.

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 30%.

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 called via Metronome, Mirror Move, Copycat, or 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
Charizard Charizard
Mega Charizard X
Fire Dragon Tough Claws None None
Aerodactyl Aerodactyl
Mega Aerodactyl
Rock Flying Tough Claws None None
Metagross Metagross
Mega Metagross
Steel Psychic Tough Claws None None
Binacle Binacle Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water Sniper Tough Claws Pickpocket
Lycanroc Lycanroc
Dusk Form
Rock Rock Tough Claws None None
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.

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!

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

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

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 硬爪 Ngaahngjáau
Mandarin 硬爪 Yìngzhǎo
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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