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Protect (move)

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Protect
まもる Protect
Protect.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  +4*
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Category  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by others.
Category  Cute
Appeal  0  
Raises the score if the Voltage is low.

Protect (Japanese: まもる Protect) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II. It has been TM17 since Generation II.

Effect

Generation II

Protects the user from all effects of moves that target it during the turn it is used, including damage. This does not include damage afflicted by weather conditions it is susceptible to, or damage from a status condition that it obtained on a previous turn. Using Protect, Detect, or Endure consecutively (not counting turns spent using items) decreases the chance of success by 50% each use, whether it is successful or not. Protect has an extra 1/256 chance of failing at any consecutive use, due to the accuracy check in the first two generations.[1]

The following moves cannot be stopped by Protect:

Move Type
Curse  ???  Status {{{3}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Sketch  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}}

Generation III

Protect now has a 50% decaying rate of success on the current turn if Protect, Detect, or Endure, was used successfully on the previous turn. This was intended to cap at 12.5% on the fourth consecutive turn, but a glitch causes the cap to not work, causing Protect's success rate on the fifth and future turns to follow an erratic sequence given in the table below:[2][3]

Turn Chance (/65536) Turn Chance (/65536) Turn Chance (/65536) Turn Chance (/65536) Turn Chance (/65536)
1 65536[citation needed] 17 168 33 89 49 2000 65 110
2 32767 18 266 34 56 50 100 66 90
3 16383 19 289 35 57 51 65535 67 64
4 8191 20 270 36 61 52 65535 68 95
5 118 21 343 37 157 53 22 69 69
6 165 22 271 38 247 54 30 70 99
7 166 23 264 39 129 55 23 71 187
8 102 24 65535 40 129 56 40 72 1
9 65534 25 51201 41 100 57 2 73 3084
10 68 26 38404 42 20 58 50 74 2820
11 243 27 25609 43 250 59 68 75 2827
12 182 28 20496 44 40 60 60 76 1285
13 197 29 10272 45 500 61 19 77 0
14 203 30 5168 46 60 62 70
15 194 31 78 47 1000 63 24
16 214 32 75 48 80 64 80

Turn Chance (%) Turn Chance (%) Turn Chance (%) Turn Chance (%) Turn Chance (%)
1 100%[citation needed] 17 00.2563% 33 00.0595% 49 03.0517% 65 00.1678%
2 49.9998% 18 00.4059% 34 00.0854% 50 00.1526% 66 00.1373%
3 24.9985% 19 00.4410% 35 00.0870% 51 99.9985% 67 00.0992%
4 12.4985% 20 00.4120% 36 00.0931% 52 99.9985% 68 00.1450%
5 00.1801% 21 00.5234% 37 00.2396% 53 00.0336% 69 00.1053
6 00.2518% 22 00.4135% 38 00.3769% 54 00.0458% 70 00.1515%
7 00.2533% 23 00.4028% 39 00.1968% 55 00.0351 71 00.2853
8 00.1556% 24 99.9985% 40 00.1968% 56 00.0610% 72 00.0015%
9 99.9970% 25 78.1265% 41 00.1526% 57 00.0031% 73 04.7058%
10 00.1038% 26 58.5999% 42 00.0305% 58 00.0763% 74 04.3030%
11 00.3708% 27 39.0762 43 00.3815% 59 00.1038 75 04.3137
12 00.2777% 28 31.2744% 44 00.0610% 60 00.0916% 76 01.9608%
13 00.3006% 29 15.6738% 45 00.7629% 61 00.0290% 77 0%
14 00.3098% 30 07.8857% 46 00.0916% 62 00.1068%
15 00.2960% 31 00.1190% 47 01.5259% 63 00.0366%
16 00.3265% 32 00.1144% 48 00.1221% 64 00.1221%

Protect fails if the user goes last in the turn.

The following moves cannot be stopped by Protect:

Move Type
Curse  ???  Status {{{3}}}
Doom Desire  Steel  Status {{{3}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Imprison  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Role Play  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Sketch  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}}

Generation IV

Protect now properly caps at a minimum success rate of 12.5% on the fourth and future consecutive turns.

In Diamond and Pearl only, if an attack is given perfect accuracy through the effect of a move (Lock-On/Mind Reader), the weather (Thunder in Rain, or Blizzard in Hail), or an Ability (No Guard), it has a chance to hit through Protect equal to (100 - move accuracy)%. OHKO moves are unaffected, and will never hit through Protect.

The following moves cannot be stopped by Protect:

Move Type Damage category
Acupressure  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Curse  ???  Status {{{3}}}
Doom Desire  Steel  Special {{{3}}}
Feint  Normal  Physical {{{3}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Special {{{3}}}
Imprison  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Role Play  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Shadow Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}}
Sketch  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}}

Additionally, Feint and Shadow Force lift Protect's protection for the rest of the turn.

Generation V

Protect no longer has a minimum success rate, and still has 50% decay, which now includes Quick Guard and Wide Guard as well.[4]

The following moves cannot be stopped by Protect:

Move Type Cat.
Acupressure  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Curse  Ghost  Status {{{3}}}
Doom Desire  Steel  Special {{{3}}}
Feint  Normal  Physical {{{3}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Special {{{3}}}
Imprison  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Role Play  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Shadow Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}}
Sketch  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}}

Additionally, Feint and Shadow Force lift Protect's protection for the rest of the turn.

Generation VI

The moves King's Shield and Spiky Shield now also decrease the chance of success of Protect. Even though Quick Guard and Wide Guard no longer fail due to consecutive use, they still decrease the chance of success of Protect on consecutive turns.

The following moves cannot be stopped by Protect:

Move Type Cat.
Acupressure  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Aromatic Mist  Fairy  Status {{{3}}}
Confide  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Curse  Ghost  Status {{{3}}}
Doom Desire  Steel  Special {{{3}}}
Feint  Normal  Physical {{{3}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Special {{{3}}}
Imprison  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Phantom Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}}
Play Nice  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Roar  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Role Play  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Shadow Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}}
Sketch  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Whirlwind  Normal  Status {{{3}}}

Additionally, Feint, Shadow Force, and Phantom Force lift Protect's protection for the rest of the turn.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon

The user is protected from all attacks for a set amount of turns, which ends on the user's turn. However, items such as toss items can still hit.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Completely foils an opponent's attack. If used consecutively, its success rate decreases.
GSC Foils attack that turn. It may fail.
RSEColo.XD Evades attack, but may fail if used in succession.*
Negates all damage, but may fail if used in succession.*
FRLG Enables the user to evade all attacks. It may fail if used in succession.
PMDRB The user gains the Protect status, preventing damage from enemy attacks and moves.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
XY Enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
007 Squirtle Squirtle Water Water 28 28 22 22 22
008 Wartortle Wartortle Water Water 31 31 24 24 24
009 Blastoise Blastoise Water Water 31 31 24 24 24
090 Shellder Shellder Water Water 25 25 29 16 16 16
091 Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice -- -- -- -- --
098 Krabby Krabby Water Water 34 41 39 29 29 29
099 Kingler Kingler Water Water 38 49 42 29 32 32
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water 37 37 34 34 34
139 Omastar Omastar Rock Water 37 37 34 34 '
204 Pineco Pineco Bug Bug -- -- -- -- --
205 Forretress Forretress Bug Steel -- -- -- -- --
258 Mudkip Mudkip Water Water   37 37 37 37
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp Water Ground   42 42 42 42
260 Swampert Swampert Water Ground   46 46 46 46
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison   17 17 17 17
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying   25 25 25 25
304 Aron Aron Steel Rock   34 32 32 29 29
305 Lairon Lairon Steel Rock   37 34 34 29 29
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock   37 34 34 29 29
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug   29 29 29 29
324 Torkoal Torkoal Fire Fire   27 36 36 --, 36
341 Corphish Corphish Water Water   23 22 23 23 23
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Water Dark   23 22 23 23 23
347 Anorith Anorith Rock Bug   31 25 25 '
348 Armaldo Armaldo Rock Bug   31 25 25 '
361 Snorunt Snorunt Ice Ice   25 22 22 22
362 Glalie Glalie Ice Ice   25 22 22 22
372 Shelgon Shelgon Dragon Dragon   30 30 30 30
373 Salamence Salamence Dragon Flying   30 30 30 30
381 Latios Latios Dragon Psychic   25 25 25 '
410 Shieldon Shieldon Rock Steel     -- -- '
411 Bastiodon Bastiodon Rock Steel     -- -- '
412 Burmy Burmy Bug Bug     -- -- --
413 Wormadam Wormadam Bug Grass     10 10 10
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying     10 10 10
475 Gallade Gallade Psychic Fighting     50 53 53
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Psychic     16 16 '
541 Swadloon Swadloon Bug Grass       20 20
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison       15 15
544 Whirlipede Whirlipede Bug Poison       15 15
545 Scolipede Scolipede Bug Poison       15 15
562 Yamask Yamask Ghost Ghost       -- --
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus Ghost Ghost       -- --
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga Water Rock       11 '
565 Carracosta Carracosta Water Rock       11 '
594 Alomomola Alomomola Water Water       21 21
616 Shelmet Shelmet Bug Bug       28 28
665 Spewpa Spewpa Bug Bug         9
704 Goomy Goomy Dragon Dragon         9
705 Sliggoo Sliggoo Dragon Dragon         9
706 Goodra Goodra Dragon Dragon         9
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Type Machine
I
--
II
TM17
III
TM17
IV
TM17
V
TM17
VI
TM17
All Pokémon that can learn TMs can learn Protect except Wobbuffet, Wynaut, Kricketot, Regigigas, and Tynamo.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In the anime


In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Be a Master!! Pokémon BW manga


In other generations

Protect II.png Protect III.png Protect IV.png Protect V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Trivia

  • In Generation II, after the "[Pokémon's name] protected itself!" message appears, another message saying that the opponent's Pokémon's move missed appears. The second message was removed in Generation III, likely to avoid redundancy.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 守住 Shǒuzhù
Denmark Flag.png Danish Beskyt
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Bescherming
Finland Flag.png Finnish Suojaus
France Flag.png French Abri
Germany Flag.png German Schutzschild
Greece Flag.png Greek Προστασία
India Flag.png Hindi बचाओ Bachao
रक्षा कवच Raksha Kavach
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Lindungi
Bertahan
Berlindung
Italy Flag.png Italian Protezione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 방어 Bang'eo
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Proteção
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Proteção
Proteger
Romania Flag.png Romanian Protecția
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Zaštita
Spain Flag.png Spanish Protección

References

  1. Pokémon Online forums
  2. ポケットモンスター情報センター 2号館 (Japanese)
  3. 【ポケモン】TASさんがまもるの限界に挑戦してみた【ルビー】 (Japanese)
  4. Smogon forums


Variations of the move Detect
Status DetectProtectKing's Shield


Generation II TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation II HMs
01020304050607
Generation III TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation III HMs
0102030405060708
Generation IV TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
7677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Generation VI HMs
0102030405


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