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Technical Information
Given Name Hardship
Status Deceased
Origin Anteverse
Kaiju Specifications
Battle Information
Target Information
Jaegers Targeted
or Destroyed
Romeo Blue

Hardship is a Kaiju.


Hardship's appearance is similar to Mutavore, its main distinction being the huge knife-like protrusion in its head. It also possesses a yellow bioluminescence in the eyes, mouth, and across the rest of the body. Its attack behavior is similar to Leatherback's, which consists of pouncing at an enemy and clutching tightly at it.


Hardship attacks during the earlier years of Kaiju War. Romeo Blue is deployed in an undisclosed location where it made landfall sometime during the night. The Mark-1 Jaeger fights and kills Hardship.[1][2][3]

Hardship's likeness is later used in a shoe line alongside Romeo Blue's as a part of merchandising gambit to promote the Jaegers to the public in commercials.[2] In addition, Hardship's likeness is used by Kaiju Cultists for churches and general worship of the Kaiju.[2]


  • According to Travis Beacham, the original concept for Mutavore was used for Hardship's final design in the film.[4][5]
  • Hardship has similar facial characteristics as the earlier Kaiju, Hundun. In place of Hundun's blunt head, Hardship gains a bladed skull.
  • A Toy of Hardship appears in the introduction to the film.
  • "Hardship" is a noun referring to something difficult to bear, or a condition that is too difficult to endure


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Hardship

  • OMG! Hardship is in Pacific Rim!

    42 messages
    • Can we possibly get a screenshot of Hardship? if we can get it, that proves hardship was one of Romeo Blue's kill, and maybe the second Ka...
    • A Category VI Kaiju wrote: Does He Looks Awesome? WHAT A FOREHEAD!!! Just l...
  • Is Hardship Category I or II

    15 messages
    • It could be possible that Karloff was the last Category I, and the Category II's didn't show up until the first Jaegers were built.
    • I don't think things purely increased. I doubt Hardship's a cat 2, and I doubt it's the last cat 1 either.

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