Hariyama

Hariyama, The Arm Thrust Pokémon. Hariyama practices its straight-arm slaps in any number of locations. One hit of this Pokémon's powerful, openhanded, straight-arm punches could snap a telephone pole in two. Hariyama's thick body may appear fat, but it is actually a hunk of solid muscle. If this Pokémon bears down and tightens all its muscles, its body becomes as hard as a rock. It stomps on the ground to build power. It can send a 10-ton truck flying with a straight-arm punch. It loves to match power with big-bodied Pokémon. It can knock a truck flying with its arm thrusts.

Overview

Hariyama is quite a memorable and unique Fighting-type, deviating somewhat from the expected role of an all-out offensive Pokémon. True to its sumo origins, Hariyama sports an incredible HP stat standing above the majority of Pokémon in the game. However, much like most other Fighting-type Pokémon, physical strength is Hariyama's forte so it faces heavy competition with the likes of Terrakion, Breloom and many more. That being said, Hariyama still manages to differentiate itself from the competition. Due to its massive HP stat and access to Thick Fat, Hariyama finds itself capable of tanking numerous hits despite its weaker defenses, so it functions well as a bulky offensive pivot. If that alone isn't good enough, Guts lets it take on a more offensive role and function as a status absorber to turn a crippling burn into a notable advantage. Hariyama also boasts the physical movepool to back up the tough demeanor, with options such as Close Combat, Knock Off and Fake Out to bring down its opponents. Unfortunately for Hariyama, a strong appearance and impressive movepool isn't always enough to compete with all the big threats out there. As expected from a sumo wrestler like Hariyama, it isn't the fastest or most agile Fighting-type out there, so it will often find itself striking after the opponent unless it's making use of Fake Out or Bullet Punch. On top of that, Hariyama's Guts set faces stiff competition from Conkeldurr, who boasts a higher Attack stat, less lopsided stat distribution and access to Mach Punch for a STAB priority move. The advantages it offers simply don't match up to the utility that Fighting-types like Keldeo, Breloom, Mega Medicham and many others provide, as being a slow attacker with low defenses really does detract from its incredible HP stat especially with no access to Drain Punch. While Hariyama isn't necessarily a weak choice for a Fighting-type, it lacks many of the same advantages that help other Fighting-types stand out so don't expect to run into it on a serious team in any Single Battle format. Hariyama has a much better time in Double Battles due to its numerous support options with Wide Guard and Fake Out for Trick Room teams, but if you're looking to use Hariyama outside of Doubles, Hariyama is unlikely to be the best fit for you. But if you're looking for someone to help train you for your upcoming career as a sumo wrestler, Hariyama is your best man.
Positives
+ Hariyama's boasts an impressive base 120 Attack stat, backed up by powerful moves like Close Combat, Knock Off and Earthquake to threaten a wide range of opponents.
+ Base 144 HP is incredibly, standing at the 10th highest HP stat in the entire game.
+ Hariyama has three great abilities to choose from in Thick Fat, Guts and Sheer Force, and they all provide different benefits that can throw off an opponent unsure of what ability it might be running.
+ Access to useful priority moves like Fake Out and Bullet Punch lets Hariyama bypass its mediocre Speed stat to pick off a weakened opponent or get a final hit off in a pinch.

Negatives
- Despite its incredible HP stat buffing it up, base 60 in both defensive stats really brings down Hariyama's bulk, made worse by its lack of recovery or even Drain Punch.
- Hariyama is expectedly slow. Base 50 is not going to be outspeeding many threats, which makes it difficult for Hariyama to stick around too long. This in combination with the defense drops from Close Combat also makes Hariyama much easier to revenge kill.
- Base 40 Special Attack is useless, don't let the temptation to use Surf Hariyama convince you otherwise.
- Despite access to the powerful Close Combat, the lack of access to Drain Punch and Mach Punch is a big hit to its usefulness given its stat distribution. This also gives Conkeldurr a huge edge over Hariyama, as otherwise both Pokémon are rather similar.
- Hariyama is generally outclassed as a Fighting-type, as most of what Hariyama can accomplish is better done by another Fighting-type, both offensively and defensively.

Abilities

Thick Fat: Fire and Ice-type moves deal 50% damage. Due to its impressive HP stat, Hariyama can make effective use of this ability, particularly when paired with an Assault Vest. This lets Hariyama function as an effective bulky pivot to Fire and especially Ice-type Pokémon. While this isn't the only ability Hariyama runs, this is definitely a useful ability.
Guts: Attack is increased by 50% when induced with a status (BURN, PARALYZE, SLEEP, POISON, FREEZE). Burn’s effect of lowering Attack is not applied. Another fine ability, as it lets Hariyama freely switch into a Will-O-Wisp or Scald or otherwise deter an opponent from using status moves in fear of giving Hariyama a huge Attack boost. While this ability makes Hariyama a less sturdy switch into Fire and Ice-type attacks, the ability to take advantage of an otherwise crippling burn is incredibly useful.
Hidden Ability (Available):
Sheer Force: Moves with a secondary effect are increased in power by 33% but lose their secondary effect. As mentioned previously, Sheer Force is an amazing ability that Hariyama gets. What was not mentioned is the fact that Hariyama often does not run this ability due to the better utility it gets out of Thick Fat and Guts. Hariyama also lacks any STAB move boosted by Sheer Force and none of its common moves get the boost, so it's often not the best use of Hariyama's talents.

Movesets

Enduring the Burning Cold

- Close Combat
- Knock Off
- Fake Out / Earthquake
- Bullet Punch / Fake Out
Item Attached: Assault Vest
Ability: Thick Fat / Guts
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Att / 4 SpD
Adamant Nature

This set takes advantage of the best niche Hariyama has over other Fighting-types as a bulky switch-in for a multitude of threats. Close Combat is Hariyama's strongest STAB move, functioning as the most powerful source of damage. However, the defense drops are bad for a bulky-minded set so be mindful of switching out to avoid wasting Hariyama's bulk as well as taking huge damage in retaliation. Knock Off is a fantastic support option that lets Hariyama hit Psychic-types and especially Ghost-types, with the fantastic utility of removing an opponent's item for otherwise. This is often a safe move to use if you expect the opponent to switch out into something else, though be mindful of what may be coming in since sometimes switching back out in anticipation of this threat is sometimes a better idea. The final two move options can be any combination of Fake Out, Earthquake and Bullet Punch, as they all offer useful utility. Fake Out provides great priority that can land a relatively free hit to get some chip damage or stall out a turn of weather or screens. Earthquake lets Hariyama hit Poison types harder than any of its other moves can, and prevents it from being walled by the likes of Garbodor and Muk. Meanwhile, Bullet Punch provides an alternative priority move that trades the ability to flinch for the ability to be used beyond the first turn Hariyama is sent out. It also can pick off weakened Fairy-types with it but otherwise is better off switching out against them. Remember that Hariyama is primarily used for its ability to switch into multiple weaker hits, so don't be afraid to switch it out regularly even if you switched Hariyama in on the previous turn. The decision between Thick Fat and Guts also changes which Pokémon Hariyama should and shouldn't be switching into, as the former makes it a better check to Fire-types and Ice-types and pairs well with Assault Vest while Guts lets it switch into Ghost-types relatively safely and threaten them back with Knock Off.

Adamant nature is a simple choice, it won't be outspeeding many threats or attempting to sweep so the Speed with a Jolly nature isn't worth it. Maximum Attack investment capitalizes on Hariyama's impressive Attack stat further, with the rest in HP to buff up its overall bulk since the set wants to be able to take multiple hits. However, HP investment can be dropped in favor of full Special Defense investment to help it take special hits more effective since its HP stat is already so high. Hariyama can also forgo a bit of bulk to outspeed slow Pokémon in its range such as Golurk and Torterra, though maximum Speed investment is not recommended.

Other Options

- Heavy Slam is an alternative to Bullet Punch if Hariyama wants to lure Fairy-types, but it often isn't worth giving up priority and fails to 2HKO physically defensive Mega Audino.
- Hariyama has access to the elemental punches but they range in usefulness. Ice Punch can be used to hit the likes of Vileplume, Scyther, Vivillon and Fan Rotom harder. Thunder Punch hits Mantine but not much else and Fire Punch doesn't hit anything that Close Combat doesn't already hit.
- Hariyama can utilize a Sheer Force set with Life Orb, but it doesn't really get much out of Sheer Force beyond the elemental punches, Poison Jab and Rock Slide and is outclassed in purely offensive roles for the most part.
- In a similar light, Choice Band Hariyama hits very hard while being able to switch into Will-O-Wisp safely, but is otherwise an inferior Sawk without the added benefit of Sturdy.
- A RestTalk set with Force Palm can let it function as a bulky disruptor with greater longevity, but is also very passive in nature compared to the Assault Vest set.

VGC, Double & Triple Battle Options

Hariyama isn't an uncommon sight on some Trick Room teams, it's naturally bulky and offensive with a side of support with Fake Out. It was a popular "Anti-Kangaskhan" method for those going with Trick Room in 2014's VGC.

Slap Chop

- Fake Out
- Knock Off
- Close Combat
- Rock Slide / Feint / Helping Hand / Wide Guard
Item Attached: Assault Vest / Sitrus Berry
Ability: Thick Fat or Guts
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Def, 4 SDef
Brave Nature

With Fake Out pressure, Trick Room getting up first turn is very likely. Knock Off is plain disruptive and can help break down defensive Pokemon easier, like a Sitrus Berry Rotom or Cresselia. Close Combat is it's strongest STAB attack, and the last attack depends on the held item. If Assault vest, then Rock Slide and Feint are neat options and make Hariyama look just like a bigger Mienshao, while Sitrus Berry holders will have access to some more support moves. Helping Hand has priority, so even if Trick Room isn't up, perhaps Hariyama's partner will be fast and strong enough to get the KO thanks to the Helping Hand, and Wide Guard is more just protection from Pixilated and Aerialated Hyper Voices that are bound to head Hariyama's way.

Hariyama partners well with Trick Room setters, so Aromatisse, Gothitelle or even some tricky Gardevoir make great partners for Hariyama. Especially considering the Pokemon listed are weak to either Dark or Steel, which Hariyama scares away with Close Combat easily.

Despite being very useful in Trick Room, priority Brave Bird cares less about who goes first, and more about who's weak to flying. Also, despite Wide Guard being a defensive tactic against some Hyper Voices, Sylveon still likes Trick Room, and will hurt Hariyama is it isn't careful.

Hariyama should avoid being on teams without Trick Room simply because it wants be able to get more attacks off than Fake Out before fainting. No point in being able to take 3 hits before fainting if you've only attacked on the first turn because of priority. Sheer defensive Pokemon like Cresselia and Suicune will trouble Hariyama from start to finish too.

Countering Hariyama

Despite Hariyama's tough look, it's not quite nearly that difficult to take it down. Fairy-types in particular are difficult for Hariyama to deal with since Bullet Punch and Earthquake don't do enough damage to most Fairy-types. Mega Audino and Aromatisse in particular don't mind any of its common moves and can retaliate with Dazzling Gleam and Moonblast respectively, while the former doesn't even fear losing its item. Physically bulky Pokémon in general also give Hariyama some trouble, and numerous Poison-types are among those that can handle a Close Combat or two. Weezing and Vileplume both wall Hariyama though the former wants to avoid burning it unless you know it isn't running Guts. Garbodor also makes for a good switch-in though must be wary of the occasional Earthquake that can 2HKO it. Offensively, many more things threaten Hariyama. However, due the prevalence of Bullet Punch on its sets, weakened or frail Pokémon must be careful when coming in to beat Hariyama. Psychic-types are solid answers to Hariyama, though they don't appreciate switching into Knock Off and also struggle to take it out in one hit if they lack Psyshock due to Hariyama's tendency to run Assault Vest. Mesprit and Xatu in particular are strong options that often run Psyshock, with the latter taking even less from Close Combat due to its secondary Flying typing. By extension, Flying-types in general can threaten Hariyama, with Scyther, Fan Rotom, Archeops and Pelipper serving as reliable answers to KO with their respective Flying STAB moves. Fan Rotom and Pelipper in particular also resist Bullet Punch so they have little to fear from Hariyama besides Knock Off. Beyond specific type advantages, its tendency to not invest much in physical bulk also makes it susceptible to powerful physical hits, which makes revenge killing it with strong physical attackers a safer option. Similarly, Hariyama's low Speed really hurts, especially with Close Combat's defense drops on top of its own poor defenses. This makes revenge killing it much easier, so anything that can outspeed it and hit it with a strong hit can threaten Hariyama, especially after a Close Combat.

In less restrictive formats, the issues become more apparent as the overall power level increases, reducing the effectiveness of Hariyama's niche. More threatening Fairy-types like Mega Altaria, Clefable and Azumarill can freely use Hariyama as setup fodder, and Psychic-types like Mega Metagross and Mega Medicham can easily Mega Evolve in front of it and KO with Zen Headbutt. That same Mega Medicham also joins Breloom and especially Conkeldurr on the list of Fighting-types that generally are more threatening than Hariyama. Meanwhile, Flying-types like Mega Pinsir, Talonflame, Gyarados and Landorus Therian all give Hariyama a bad time and threaten to give them a setup opportunity. Mega Slowbro, Mega Venusaur, Skarmory and Mega Sableye also wall Hariyama completely so it has a very hard time standing up to most big threats.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Victory Road

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Trade from Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Colosseum or XD

Colosseum/XD:
Evolve Makuhita

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Evolve Makuhita

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Evolve Makuhita

Black/White:
Trade from Black 2/White 2

Black 2/White 2:
Hidden Grotto - Pinwheel Forest

X/Y:
Route 11, Friend Safari

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire:
Victory Road

Animé Appearences

Hariyama has made a few appearances in the anime. In these, it was under control of a variety of trainers including the Dewford Gym Leader, Brawly, Tyson and Paul.

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
296 Brave The Wave Dewford Gym! Enter Brawly the Surfing Gym Leader! Pics
306 A Meditite Fight! Meditite and the Battle Girl! In a Storm! Pics
307 Just One Of The Geysers Dewford Gym Rematch! Surfing Battlefield! Pics
397 Not Aired Ash & May! Heated Battles In Hoenn! Pics
407 Choose It or Lose It Rival Confrontation! VS Morrison! Pics
408 At the End of the Fray The Last Fierce Fighting! The Road to the Championship!! Pics
422 Pasta La Vista Hand-to-Hand Fighting Dojo! Ash VS May!! Pics
426 Wheel...of Frontier! Battle Arena! Fighting Confrontation!! Pics
P9 Pikachu's Island Adventure Pikachu's Mischievous Island Pics
464 Pinch Healing! The Pokémon Center is Very Busy! Pics
582 Another One Gabites the Dust Pokémon Contest! Akebi Convention!! Pics
588 Not Aired Mysterious Creatures: Pokémon Pics
592 To Thine Own Pokemon Be True! Pokémon PingPong Competition! Ambipom Perseveres!! Pics
596 A Pyramiding Rage! Pyramid Battle! Brandon VS Paul! Pics
M12 Arceus & The Jewel of Life Arceus - Towards Conquering Space-Time Pics
795 The Journalist from Another Region! Alexa Appears! Helioptile & Gogoat!! Pics
952 To Top A Totem! The Totem Pokémon is Gumshoos! Pics
953 Trial and Tribulation Will the Z-Move Work?! Challenging the Grand Trial!! Pics
958 Rocking Clawmark Hill! Scratchmark Hill, Rockruff and Lycanroc!! Pics
994 TBC EffortfuLillie! A Determined Runaway Act! Pics

 
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