Hardening ( (こう) () Kōka?) is a Quirk used by Eijiro Kirishima.[1]


Hardening gives Eijiro the power to harden any part of his body.

Hardening protects Eijiro from most physical threats. This Quirk is strong enough to protect its user from several tons of metal falling on him as well as multiple explosions through an extended amount of time.[2]

Aside from increased defense, Hardening also grants Eijiro offensive power, as his hardened body becomes rough and sharp like rock, allowing him to cut enemies on contact. Eijiro's physical strength also increases as a consequence of his now rigid body. This all leads to Hardening being a highly practical Quirk for Hero work, which is frequently combat-oriented.

One drawback to this Quirk is that there is a limit to how much damage the hardened skin can withstand, causing Hardening to slowly dissipate.[3] Furthermore, Hardening is noted to lack long-range potential, limiting Eijiro's combat repertoire and forcing him to take battles up close.


Hardening first manifested on Eijiro when he was just three years old, as he was rubbing his right eye after waking up. Eijiro ended up cutting himself, leaving a scar around his right eyebrow. Originally, this Quirk only slightly hardened Eijiro's skin, but he was able to improve its effects ever since through intense training. Before that, he could barely defend himself against rocks.

Katsuki vs Eijiro

Eijiro using his Quirk to engage in close combat against Katsuki.

In combat, Eijiro is very straightforward and reckless, letting his hardened body take the opposing hits as he counterattacks with hard punches and other close-range moves. As even bullets cannot pierce his skin when his Quirk is active, Eijiro is capable of turning himself into a human shield for allies or defenseless civilians. During rescue operations, he has to be extra careful with victims as his rugged body can hurt them.

In desperate situations, Eijiro can increase his own hardness to its maximum level, becoming almost invincible temporarily. His tactics remain the same however, due to the simple nature of his Quirk.

Super Moves

  • Red Counter (烈怒交吽咤 (レッドカウンター) Reddo Kauntā?): While hardened, Eijiro endures a close-range attack with his skin, and then counters with a straight punch.[4]
Red Riot Unbreakable

Red Riot Unbreakable.

  • Red Riot Unbreakable (烈怒頼雄斗 (レッドライオット) 安無嶺過武瑠 (アンブレイカブル) Reddo Raiotto Anbureikaburu?): Eijiro reaches his maximum hardening level by turning his entire body extremely hard and rugged, leaving him with a monstrous appearance and practically invulnerable to most forms of attack. At first, this form can only be maintained for around 30 to 40 seconds, but we later see Kirishima entering and maintaining it more easily.[5]
  • Red Gauntlet (烈怒頑斗裂屠 (レッドガントレット) Reddo Gantoretto?) Eijiro rushes towards the enemy and delivers a single strong punch against them.[6]


  • Like several other Quirks, Hardening has its own signature sound effect: "SKLIT".
  • This Quirk is very similar to Steel, and the two appear to be roughly equal in terms of power and effectiveness.
  • This Quirk, in terms of function, is the inverse of Stiffening, which consists of hardening foreign objects instead of one's own body.


  1. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 13 (p. 8).
  2. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 25.
  3. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 41.
  4. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 133 (p. 5).
  5. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 133 (p. 19).
  6. My Hero Academia Manga: Chapter 134 (p. 4).

External Links

  • Hardness - Wikipedia article about the property Eijiro's Quirk is based after.

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