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.
Hardy is very headstrong and fairly short-tempered. He is known to be a rock musician and incredibly supportive to people, particularity Aya. Hardy can become quite impulsive and protective when someone is in danger, but is otherwise laid-back and cheerful to his allies.
In the game
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.
Hardy came to Byxbysion Wasteland to greet the new gym leader to their job, but say Fern's attitude probably gave her a sour one. He then referees the gym battle between the player and Aya. After the player defeats Aya, Hardy stays behind to help her transition being a gym leader and tries to cheer her up.
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. Aya landed in the circus, but Hardy landed near Fiore Mansion in Route 2. After Aya wakes up, she insists on finding out where Hardy landed and asks the player to get him. 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 temporarily taken care of by his sister Titania, and Amaria. After Titania use Wake-Up Slap on him, he wakes up and immediately begins worrying about Aya's whereabouts. Hardy says he was going to show Aya his gym and Titania says he must know how to treat a lady. Hardy tells her to shove off and after being informed that she is in the Agate Circus, he hurriedly makes his way up there. He catches the news that Calcenon City is dealing with Team Meteor and wonders if he should help them.
After Hardy comes back to Agate Circus, Cain and Aya talk to him for a bit before the player battles Samson. Hardy traveled to Agate City with Aya to give her an example of a puzzle since Aya's gym doesn't really have one (Aya also remarks how a gym has a puzzle for some reason). He also reveals that he is a musician during his free time from gym battles, which Aya says he's really good at the guitar.
|This article contains plot details about events that occur later in the game.|
After beating Samson, Terra says that the PULSE which has the city in a sleeping curse is located on top of Ametrine Mountain, Hardy, Aya, and Cain decide to head towards Calcenon City to help the other gym leaders help fend off against Team Meteor while the player will head to Ametrine City.
While the player heads towards Ametrine City, they find Aya, Cain, and Hardy looking at an enormous ice blockage in the path. Hardy sends out his Gigaltih to break it but is unable to break through it (Which is later discovered to be a PULSE Avalugg). With Ametrine City being trapped at the top of the mountain without supplies, the group proposes treading to Calcenon City to get help. Before climbing the stairs to enter Calcenon City, the stairs are destroyed by a stray shot from a PULSE Clawitzer. Saphira, who is currently trying to combat the PULSE, meets up with the group on her Dragonite and tells them to enter through the eastern entrance. As the group is traveling, the bridge is destroyed by a stray shot from the PULSE Clawitzer, splitting Cain and Hardy with Aya and the player. Cain and Hardy go on ahead and the player and Aya to team up throughout Route 3.
Cain and Hardy safely enter Calcenon City, and Hardy waits for the player and Aya at the checkpoint. When he realizes that Aya has been kidnapped by Team Meteor, he hurries to the barrier separating Labradorra City from Calcenon City (which is caused by a PULSE Mr.Mime on the other side). Hardy is seen trying to break the barrier to get her back but Saphira tells him someone is coming. Fern appears and is revealed to actually have sided with Team Meteor when he appears on their side of the barrier. When he speaks to the player, Hardy, and Saphira - who are all present on the opposite side - he explains that the reason he joined Team Meteor is simple - he's just siding with the winners. He also taunts and torments Hardy over the fact that Team Meteor currently holds Aya captive and Hardy tells him he will punch his face in when the barrier gets broken.
Some time later after talking with Fern, Aya is dragged in front of the barrier by Sirius in order to bargain the Ruby Ring for her life. Hardy tells the player to give the ring but Saphira says don't, since the Ruby Ring is important. Hardy then says if one of Saphira's sister was on that side she would think different, which Saphira says she wouldn't change he decision. Charlotte then shows up when hearing Saphira and asks if you would trade her for the Ruby Ring. however, either choice will lead Charlotte to taking the ring and running off to "make a deal" with Team Meteor.
Hardy then yells at Saphira for not giving a damn about Aya, which Saphira says Charlotte just in fact saved her due to not having anything of value, so there is no reason to threaten Aya's life. Saphira has absolute faith in her sisters since the three of them been through so much together. Hardy then remarks that absolute faith in someone will always end up broken in the end, so you need to take matters in your own hand.
After the player gets the Ruby Ring back from Charlotte, the player can go talk to Hardy to tell him about the trick she devised. He's relieved that Charlotte was on his side the whole time and remarks how crazy these girls are (which Anna says she isn't crazy and Noel says she's the craziest of all of them). Hardy then says he don't know when he became so concerned for Aya but became so connected with her, which implies he has some romantic interest in Aya.
Hardy then stays in Calcenon City to watch over the city from Team Meteor. He walks around the city after the player comes back from Ametrine City, saying he has to do something for Aya, but being on the same side as Fern would be torture. After the player activates TMX Fly, Hardy says the twins are missing and are looking for them. After the player gets the Alloy badge, he says the Cain and Shelly (who just came back from Ametrine City with Heather) went to find the twins instead.
After getting the Torrent Badge, the player goes back to Calcenon City to search for the twins, Cain, and Shelly since they are all missing. Florinia reveals that a broadcast signal putting Agate City to sleep is somewhere in Route 4. Hardy and the player then explore the rest of Route 4 to search for them. Hardy gives the player TMX Rock Climb since they beat Amaria and goes on ahead. They then discover the Glass Workstation and tries to enter, but there isn't an entrance. Hardy the sends out his Gigalith to use Earthquake to break through the place instead. After finding the elevator to the place, Bennet shows up and puts them to sleep instead.
The player wakes up due to Glaceon's Heal Bell but Hardy is unfortunately still asleep and cannot wake up no matter how many Heal Bells the Glaceon uses. Although he does describe a dream where there was some sort of dragon type Eevee king with a machine, was fighting the player and the other Eeveelutions, However it turned out that the Eevee king wanted everyone to fight them and a doubleganger was even fighting the king. Radomus then carries Hardy to Calcenon City after rescuing the twins and Shelly.
Hardy wakes up in the city and hurries to Agate City to rescue it from Team Meteor. He was about to face a group of meteor grunts until the player arrives to fight alongside with him. Hardy then backs off for Solaris and the player to fight. After the player beats Solaris, Hardy blocks off some meteor grunts for the player to chase after Lin. When Lin escapes with an artifact, Hardy shows up to cheer Shelly up after one of their allies disappear and tells her to go back to Calcenon City to help some people. Hardy then tells the player that he's waiting to challenge the player for a long time and after the battle they'll go back to save Aya.
After the player beats Hardy, he gives the player the gym badge and TMX Rock Slide. He remarks that the final showdown between Team Meteor isn't so far from now but he's going to get Aya back no matter what. If he needs to beat every single part of Team Meteor or even the player to save her, he'll do it, and hurries back to the city to get through the barrier.
Agate City Team
Hardy is your partner for one battle in the Agate City.
- “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 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!
|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!
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- Hardy's name is a wordplay on "hard", like rocks.
- The replacement of Hardy's Gigalith as his ace Pokémon with Dusk Lycanroc came from a suggestion by former developer Jasper Fox. Its still on his gym team, but is the lowest level on the team.
- Hardy has the move Rock Smash on both of his Lycanrocs, which can't be learned through legitimate means.
- Hardy's "accent" (yea, aye, dunno, yanno, etc.) is apparently fake. 
- According to Amethyst, Hardy gave Aya a Lycanroc (Dusk Form), which is seen on her team in Route 3. 
- His strategy in the online league was to apparently set up Trick Room for his slow rock-types to out speed his opponents. However, its the opposite in the game, mostly to differentiate from Radomus.