Baneful Bunker (move)

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Baneful Bunker
トーチカ Pillbox
Baneful Bunker IX.png
Type  Poison
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 Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation VII
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Baneful Bunker (Japanese: トーチカ Pillbox) is a non-damaging Poison-type move introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature move of Toxapex.


Main article: Protection

Baneful Bunker protects the user from all effects of moves that target it during the turn it is used, including damage. (This does not include damage at the end of a turn such as from weather or a status condition.) If Baneful Bunker blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker becomes poisoned (unless they are immune). (Moves that are blocked do not activate other effects that require making contact, like Rocky Helmet or Rough Skin.)

If the user goes last in the turn, the move will fail. The chance that Baneful Bunker will succeed also drops each time the user successfully and consecutively uses Endure, any protection move that only affects the user, Quick Guard, or Wide Guard. Each time, the chance of success is divided by 3.

Some moves will do damage through Baneful Bunker. Most damaging Z-Moves and Max Moves will only do 25% of their original damage, except G-Max One Blow and G-Max Rapid Flow which do full damage. Moves that break protection, like Feint, will do their full damage and remove the effects of Baneful Bunker. The Ability Unseen Fist allows contact moves to bypass Baneful Bunker.

Status moves that are unaffected by Baneful Bunker are listed here. Generally, moves that target the user, moves that target the user and all allies, moves that target all Pokémon, and entry hazard moves cannot be blocked by Baneful Bunker.

Baneful Bunker is an increased priority move that will go before most attacks in a turn.

If powered up by a Poisonium Z into Z-Baneful Bunker, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Baneful Bunker cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also poisons any attacker that makes direct contact.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0748 Toxapex PoisonIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 1 1, Evo. 1, Evo. Evo.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 碉堡 Dīubóu
Mandarin 碉堡 Diāobǎo
France Flag.png French Blockhaus
Germany Flag.png German Bunker
Italy Flag.png Italian Fortino
South Korea Flag.png Korean 토치카 Tochika
Spain Flag.png Spanish Búnker

Variations of the move Protect
StatusIC HOME.png ProtectDetectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstructSilk TrapBurning Bulwark

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