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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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.


Main article: Protection

Obstruct protects the user from all effects of physical and special moves that target it during the turn it is used. If Obstruct blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker's Defense stat is lowered by 2 stages. Obstruct causes the Defense stat to drop even if the user of Obstruct was immune to that contact move. (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 Obstruct 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 Obstruct. Most damaging 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 Obstruct. The Ability Unseen Fist allows contact moves to bypass Obstruct.

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

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Obstruct cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

Obstruct cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
SwShLA 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.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.
SV This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if used in succession. Direct contact harshly lowers the attacker's Defense stat.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0862 Obstagoon DarkIC Big.png
NormalIC Big.png
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.
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 other games

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Status 2 2 —% Self The user takes up a defensive posture. Using this move again will make the user leave this defensive posture. No other actions can be taken when in this defensive posture. Nullifies an attack move that targets the user while it is in this defensive posture, then the user leaves the defensive posture. If the move was a physical attack move, lowers the Defense of the opponent that used it by two stat ranks. Piers & Obstagoon

Past description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0*: ...If the move was a physical attack move, sharply lowers the Defense of the opponent that used it.

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Obstruct is a Charged Attack that was made available on August 13, 2022.

GO Dark.png Obstruct
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 20
Energy cost 33
Duration 1.7 seconds
Damage window 0.5-1.6 seconds
Obstruct GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 15
Energy cost 40
Secondary effect GO drop arrow.png 1 Opponent Defense
GO boost arrow.png 1 Defense
Effect chance 100%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Spin-off series games


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 攔堵 Làahndóu
Mandarin 攔堵 / 拦堵 Lándǔ
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 Protect
StatusIC HOME.png ProtectDetectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstructSilk TrapBurning Bulwark

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