Chin up. You're gonna rock this fight.
Hardy Andersen is the nineteenth Gym Leader of the Reborn region, as well as the younger brother of Titania. He specializes in the Rock-type and is fought at Agate Arena, where he hands out the Geode Badge, the seventeenth Gym Badge the player receives.
In the game Edit
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Hardy is first met at Wasteland Hideout, which serves as the gym of Reborn's Poison-type Gym Leader, Aya. After some dialogue between Fern and Aya, Hardy enters and introduces himself as Reborn's Rock-type Gym Leader. It is revealed that Hardy and Fern have a strong disliking of each other, as they were in the same class when they attended the Onyx Trainer's School, and were also dragged along by their sisters - Titania and Florinia - when they hung out together.
It is also revealed early on that Hardy has some romantic interest in Aya, as shown by him caring for and trying to cheer her up, as well as helping her during her transition into a Gym Leader. After the player defeats Aya, Hardy stays behind to help her.
The next time the player meets Hardy is in Agate City, where the player and Cain find him asleep on the floor next to Aya. After Terra makes her introduction, she proceeds to use her oversized hammer to send both Aya and Hardy flying towards the general direction of Agate Circus.
While Aya is found in Agate Circus's Big Top Arena, the player must navigate downwards through Route 2 in order to find Hardy. The player eventually finds him in the Fiore Mansion on Celestinine Cascade, where he is being temporarilly taken care of by his sister Titania, and Amaria. After waking him up, he immediately begins worrying about Aya's whereabouts, and after being informed that she is in the Agate Circus, he hurriedly makes his way up there.
Gym Battle Edit
|Seen on the Profiles channel after obtaining the Torrent Badge from Amaria|
|A special report from… the Investigation Squad!
Yo, Reborn City! What’s up?! We’re here with the Reborn Rundown, giving you a look at the Leaders of the Reborn League!I’m your host, DJ Arclight, now on air!
We’ve got a special program rolling out for you today on the Rock-type and rockin’ roller renegade, Hardy Andersen! If that last name sound familiar to you, it should— He’s the younger brother of Steel Leader Titania Andersen… And in a sense, he’s got her to thank for his stairway to heaven!
You see, nowadays there isn’t a whole lotta love between them, but they weren’t always in such bad company. Back in the glory days, the two of them were as thick as thieves, united in their interest for Rock-type Pokemon! But when Steel-types were discovered and were all the latest pride and joy of the Pokemon world, Titania jumped ship and went her own way! She never looked back, but Hardy was determined to dream on with his classic type! And thus started an enduring rivalry between the siblings— one that don’t stop even today!
Hardy's held that determination fast to take care of business and rise up in the ranks, raring to prove once and for all just which is the better type! And indeed, Hardy isn’t just another brick in the cabal of Rock Leaders at the bottom of their totems. As the second highest-ranked Leader in Reborn, that boy promises to rock all his challengers like a hurricane!
Challengers looking to face down Hardy should take extra care for his Dusk Form Lycanroc! This beast of burden promises to send any challenger free-fallin’ unless they escape just by the hair of the dog! And that’s more than just a feeling.
That’s all for now, but remember, Trainers, Keep fighting with everything you’ve got! Hold your spirits high, and even you can defeat the Reborn League!
- “What happens here is one thing... But don’t think our spirit can ever be broken!"-When sending out last Pokemon.
- “Heh, looks like I still got a ways to go."-After defeat.
|Gym battle speech|
|TM80 (Rock Slide)|
|Seen on the Interviews channel after obtaining the Venom Badge from Aya|
|Gossip Gardevoir's interview intermission!
Hello! Gossip Gardevoir here in Interview Intermission, bringing YOU the inside scoop on Reborn's celebrity figures!
So! Today I'm joined by Reborn’s Gym Leader, Hardy!
So Hardy, I hear you’re pretty adamant when it comes to defending rock types, right. Why’s that?
[Hardy]: Aye. Here’s the deal, you remember back in the old days before all this Steel type stuff, aite? See, back then, Rock was well known champ of defense. You know there ain’t nothin’ that’s gonna beak it. But then this whole steel nonsense comes along, suddenly Rock is like old news, everyone’s too caught up with the shiny new. But theres one thing, mate, Rock’s still as solid as ever. It didn’t change, it didn’t get worse- it never was. It’s the underdog, it’s the sleeping giant, aye? So I roll with that, and dish out the pain!
[Gardevoir]: Very well said! You’re certainly more personable than your sister, Titania!
[Hardy]: …Yea, that’s not much of an accomplishment, yanno? But I rather not talk about her.
[Gardevoir]: I agree! She's so ungrateful, she should just never be mentioned ever because she doesn’t deserve it!
[Hardy]: Um, did I miss somethin’?
[Gardevoir]: No! Nothing! It was Titania who missed out! But anyways…that’s all on today’s interview intermission. Until next time!
- The replacement of Hardy's Gigalith as his ace Pokémon with Dusk Lycanroc came from a suggestion by former developer Jasper Fox.
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