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Spiky Shield (move)

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Spiky Shield
ニードルガード Needle Guard
Spiky Shield 2.png
Type  Grass
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  +4
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation VI
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled until the turn ends.

Spiky Shield (Japanese: ニードルガード Needle Guard) is a damage-dealing Grass-type move introduced in Generation VI. Prior to Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, it was the signature move of Chesnaught.


Spiky Shield protects the user from all effects of moves that target users 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 ailment that it obtained on a previous turn.) Additionally, if Spiky Shield blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker suffers damage equal to 1/8 of its maximum HP. However, if an attack is blocked by Spiky Shield, the effects of the user's Rocky Helmet, Rough Skin, and Iron Barbs will not activate. If Sucker Punch is used on a Pokémon that has used Spiky Shield, the move fails and the Pokémon does not take damage.

Using Spiky Shield, Protect, Detect, Endure, or King's Shield consecutively decreases the chance of success to 30%. It is an increased priority move that will always go before attacks during the turn.

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

Spiky Shield is unable to defend against any of the following moves:

Move Type Cat.
Acupressure  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Conversion 2  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Curse  Ghost  Status {{{3}}}
Doom Desire  Steel  Special {{{3}}}
Feint  Normal  Physical {{{3}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Special {{{3}}}
Hold Hands  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Imprison  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Phantom Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}}
Role Play  Psychic  Status {{{3}}}
Shadow Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}}


Games Description
XYORAS In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also damages any attacker who makes direct contact.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
332 Cacturne Cacturne Grass Dark 32
556 Maractus Maractus Grass Grass --
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught Grass Fighting 36, 75
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

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The user produces a protective force field.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught slams its fists together, and forms a round shield from its forearms. The shield then produces a green force field covered with spikes that protects Chesnaught and those standing behind it.
Millis Steel's Chesnaught Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Debut

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png French Pico-Défense
Germany Flag.png German Schutzstacheln
Italy Flag.png Italian Agodifesa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 니들가드 Needle Guard
Spain Flag.png Spanish Barrera Espinosa

Variations of the move Detect
Status DetectProtectKing's ShieldSpiky Shield

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