Protection

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A protected Pokémon is unaffected by both damaging moves and status moves during that turn. This is also referred to as "evades all attacks" or "negates all damage".

Effect

A Pokémon that uses Protect, Detect, Spiky Shield, or Baneful Bunker will be unaffected by both damaging moves and status moves during that turn. A Pokémon that uses King's Shield will be unaffected by damaging moves for the rest of that turn.

If the protected Pokémon is hit by Feint, Shadow Force, Hyperspace Fury, Hyperspace Hole, or Phantom Force—which can all hit regardless of protection—the Pokémon's protection is removed for the rest of the turn.

Some moves cannot be stopped by protection, such as Future Sight and Curse. Damaging Z-Moves will also strike through protection, but deal only one-quarter of the damage they would otherwise deal.

Moves

A Pokémon can be protected when using any of the following moves.

Move Type Category Priority Accuracy Notes
Baneful Bunker Poison Status +4 —% Will poison a Pokémon that attempts to use a contact move on the user
Crafty Shield Fairy Status +3 —% Protects the user's side of the field from status moves
Detect Fighting Status +4 —%
King's Shield Steel Status +4 —% Will drop the Attack stat by 1 stage of a Pokémon that attempts to use a contact move on the user.*
Protects the user from any moves except status moves
Mat Block Fighting Status 0 —% Always goes first; only works if it is the user's first turn
Max Guard Normal Status +4 —% User must be Dynamaxed and know a status move
Fully protects the user from Max Moves
Protects the user from Block, Flower Shield, Gear Up, Magnetic Flux, Phantom Force, Psych Up, Teatime, and Transform
Obstruct Dark Status +4 —% Will drop the Defense stat by 2 stages of a Pokémon that attempts to use a contact move on the user.
Protect Normal Status +4 —%
Quick Guard Fighting Status +3 —% Protects the user's side of the field from moves that have increased priority
Spiky Shield Grass Status +4 —% Will deal damage equal to 1/8 of its maximum HP of a Pokémon that attempts to use a contact move on the user
Wide Guard Rock Status +3 —% Protects the user's side of the field from damaging moves that can target multiple Pokémon


In the anime

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