Obstruct (move)

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ブロッキング Blocking
Obstruct VIII.png
Obstruct VIII 2.png
Type  Dark
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
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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Jamming  0  

Obstruct (Japanese: ブロッキング Blocking) is a non-damaging Dark-type move introduced in Generation VIII. It is the signature move of Obstagoon.


Obstruct protects the user from any moves except status moves for that turn. Additionally, if Obstruct blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker's Defense stat drops by 2 stages. If Sucker Punch is used on a Pokémon that has used Obstruct, the move fails and the Pokémon's Defense does not drop. Obstruct causes the Defense stat to drop even if the user of Obstruct was immune to that contact move.

Using Obstruct, Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker, Wide Guard, or Quick Guard consecutively divides the chance of success of Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker and Obstruct by 3 for each consecutive use, with a minimum (1/3)^6 (1/729 or ~0.1%) chance.


Games Description
SwSh This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession. Direct contact harshly lowers the attacker's Defense stat.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
862 Obstagoon Obstagoon
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Field Field 1, Evo.
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 manga

Pokémon Adventures


  • Despite Obstagoon's Pokédex entries describing it as shouting as it crosses its arms, Obstruct is not a sound-based move.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 攔堵 Làahndóu
Mandarin 攔堵 / 拦堵 Lándǔ
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Blokáda
France Flag.png French Blocage
Germany Flag.png German Abblocker
Italy Flag.png Italian Sbarramento
South Korea Flag.png Korean 블로킹 Beulloking
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Obstruir
Russia Flag.png Russian Препятствие Prepyatstviye
Spain Flag.png Spanish Obstrucción

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

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