Max Guard (move)

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Max Guard
ダイウォール Dai Wall
Max Guard VIII.png
Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  — (max. —)
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 VIII
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
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Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Max Guard (Japanese: ダイウォール Dai Wall) is a non-damaging Normal-type Max Move introduced in Generation VIII.


Main article: Protection

Max Guard protects the user from moves for the rest of the turn. It offers greater protection than most other protection moves.

Max Guard fully protects the user from most Max Moves and cannot be penetrated or nullified by most moves that break protection. G-Max One Blow, G-Max Rapid Flow, and Feint deal full damage through Max Guard, but Feint does not lift Max Guard's protection like it would other protection effects. Max Guard also follows many of the moves that bypass other protection, but it successfully protects from Block, Flower Shield, Gear Up, Magnetic Flux, Phantom Force, Psych Up, Shadow Force, Teatime, Transform, and any contact move affected by Unseen Fist.

If the user goes last in the turn, Max Guard will fail. The chance that Max Guard will succeed drops each time the user successfully and consecutively uses Endure, any protection move that only affects the user, Quick Guard, or Wide Guard.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Max Guard cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
BDSP This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.


Generation VIII

Any Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon can use Max Guard if it knows a status move.

In other games

Pokémon Masters EX

Action Class Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Max Move Status —% An ally Applies the Damage Guard Next effect to an ally.* Elesa (Classic) & Emolga
Raihan (Anniversary 2022) & Flygon
Sygna Suit Red (Thunderbolt) & Pikachu
Gordie & Coalossal
Melony & Lapras
Anabel & Snorlax
Oleana & Garbodor
Leon (Alt.) & Dragapult
Victor & Spectrier
Paulo & Lycanroc
Argenta & Skarmory
Sygna Suit Roxie & Toxtricity

In the anime

Main series

Lance Gyarados Max Guard.png
Dynamax Gyarados

The Dynamaxed user creates a barrier that blocks incoming attacks. This works even against Max Moves.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Gyarados Dynamax Gyarados forms a light blue barrier of energy in front of itself, protecting it from attacks, including Max Moves.
Lance's Gyarados Flash of the Titans! Debut
Base move is
Dragon Dance

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Raihan Duraludon Max Guard TW.png
Gigantamax Duraludon

The Dynamaxed user creates a barrier that blocks incoming attacks. This works even against Max Moves.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
Duraludon Gigantamax Duraludon forms a light blue barrier of energy in front of itself, protecting it from attacks, including Max Moves.
Raihan's Duraludon Sky Debut

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Spin-off series games


  • Max Guard is the only Max Move to be a status move.
  • Max Guard is the only Max Move with a priority that is not 0.
  • Max Guard is the only Max Move that can have a different type than its base move.
  • Max Guard is the first Generation VIII move in index number order.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 極巨防壁 Gihkgeuih Fòhngbīk
Mandarin 極巨防壁 / 极巨防壁 Jíjù Fángbì
France Flag.png French Gardomax
Germany Flag.png German Dyna-Wall
Italy Flag.png Italian Dynabarriera
South Korea Flag.png Korean 다이월 Daiwol
Poland Flag.png Polish Max Ochrona
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Guarda Max
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Proteção Max
Spain Flag.png Spanish Maxibarrera
Thailand Flag.png Thai ไดวอล

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Max RockfallMax FlutterbyMax PhantasmMax Steelspike
Max FlareMax GeyserMax OvergrowthMax LightningMax Mindstorm
Max HailstormMax WyrmwindMax DarknessMax StarfallMax Guard
G-Max Moves
G-Max Vine LashG-Max WildfireG-Max CannonadeG-Max Befuddle
G-Max Volt CrashG-Max Gold RushG-Max Chi StrikeG-Max Terror
G-Max Foam BurstG-Max ResonanceG-Max CuddleG-Max Replenish
G-Max MalodorG-Max MeltdownG-Max Drum SoloG-Max Fireball
G-Max HydrosnipeG-Max Wind RageG-Max GravitasG-Max Stonesurge
G-Max VolcalithG-Max TartnessG-Max SweetnessG-Max Sandblast
G-Max Stun ShockG-Max CentifernoG-Max SmiteG-Max SnoozeG-Max Finale
G-Max SteelsurgeG-Max DepletionG-Max One BlowG-Max Rapid Flow

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