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まもる Protect
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
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by others.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Raises the score if the Voltage is low.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

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


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 ailment 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  ???  {{{3}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  {{{3}}}
Perish Song  Normal  {{{3}}}
Psych Up  Normal  {{{3}}}
Transform  Normal  {{{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. The minimum success rate is limited to 12.5%, which is four consecutive turns.[2] Protect fails if the user goes last in the turn.

The following moves cannot be stopped by Protect:

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

Generation IV

In Diamond and Pearl, 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. In other Generation IV games it works the same way as it did in Generation III.

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.[3]

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}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}}

Additionally, Feint lifts 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.


Games Description
Completely foils an opponent's attack. If used consecutively, its success rate decreases.
Foils attack that turn. It may fail.
RSE 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.
Evades attack, but may fail if used in succession.
It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
007 Squirtle Squirtle Water Water 28 28 22 22 '
008 Wartortle Wartortle Water Water 31 31 24 24 '
009 Blastoise Blastoise Water Water 31 31 24 24 '
090 Shellder Shellder Water Water 25 25 29 16 16 '
091 Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice -- -- -- -- '
098 Krabby Krabby Water Water 34 41 39 29 32 '
099 Kingler Kingler Water Water 38 49 42 29 32 '
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water 37 37 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 '
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp Water Ground   42 42 42 '
260 Swampert Swampert Water Ground   46 46 46 '
269 Dustox Dustox Bug Poison   17 17 17 '
279 Pelipper Pelipper Water Flying   25 25 25 '
304 Aron Aron Steel Rock   34 32 32 29 '
305 Lairon Lairon Steel Rock   37 34 34 29 '
306 Aggron Aggron Steel Rock   37 34 34 29 '
313 Volbeat Volbeat Bug Bug   29 29 29 '
324 Torkoal Torkoal Fire Fire   27 36 36 '
341 Corphish Corphish Water Water   23 22 23 23 '
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt Water Dark   23 22 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 '
362 Glalie Glalie Ice Ice   25 22 22 '
372 Shelgon Shelgon Dragon Dragon   30 30 30 '
373 Salamence Salamence Dragon Flying   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 '
414 Mothim Mothim Bug Flying     10 10 '
475 Gallade Gallade Psychic Fighting     50 50 '
481 Mesprit Mesprit Psychic Psychic     16 16 '
541 Swadloon Swadloon Bug Grass       20 '
543 Venipede Venipede Bug Poison       15 '
544 Whirlipede Whirlipede Bug Poison       15 '
545 Scolipede Scolipede Bug Poison       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 '
616 Shelmet Shelmet Bug Bug       28 '
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


# Pokémon Type Machine
All Pokémon who can learn TMs can learn Protect except Regigigas.
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 Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys manga

In other generations

Protect II.png Protect III.png Protect IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS 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


  • 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
Italy Flag.png Italian Protezione
South Korea Flag.png Korean 방어 Bang'eo
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Proteção
Romania Flag.png Romanian Protecția
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Zaštita
Spain Flag.png Spanish Protección


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Variations of the move Detect
Status DetectProtectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful Bunker

Generation II TMs
Generation II HMs
Generation III TMs
Generation III HMs
Generation IV TMs
Generation IV HMs
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Generation V TMs
Generation V HMs
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