Spiky Shield (move)

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Spiky Shield
ニードルガード Needle Guard
Spiky Shield VIII.png
Type  Grass
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 VI
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
Condition  Tough
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled until the turn ends.

Spiky Shield (Japanese: ニードルガード Needle Guard) is a non-damaging Grass-type move introduced in Generation VI. In Pokémon X and Y, it was the signature move of Chesnaught.


Spiky Shield protects the user from all effects of moves that target the user during the turn it is used, including damage. (This does not include damage afflicted by weather conditions it is susceptible to, or damage from a status ailment that it obtained on a previous turn.) Additionally, if Spiky Shield blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker suffers damage equal to 1/8 of its maximum HP. However, if an attack is blocked by Spiky Shield, the effects of the user's Rocky Helmet, Rough Skin, and Iron Barbs will not activate. If Sucker Punch is used on a Pokémon that has used Spiky Shield, the move fails and the Pokémon does not take damage.

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

It is an increased priority move that will always go before attacks during the turn.

Feint, Phantom Force, Shadow Force, Hyperspace Hole, and Hyperspace Fury lift Spiky Shield's protection for the rest of the turn. If a damaging Z-Move targets a Pokémon that used Spiky Shield, the Z-Move will bypass Spiky Shield but only do 25% of the original damage (the effects of Spiky Shield are not lifted).

In addition to damaging Z-Moves, Spiky Shield is unable to defend against any of the following moves:

Move Type Cat.
Acupressure  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Aromatic Mist  Fairy  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Bestow  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Block  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Confide  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Conversion 2  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Curse  Ghost  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Doom Desire  Steel  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Feint  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hyperspace Fury  Dark  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hyperspace Hole  Psychic  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hold Hands  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mean Look  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Phantom Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Play Nice  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Roar  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Role Play  Psychic  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Shadow Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Sketch  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Spider Web  Bug  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Tearful Look  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Whirlwind  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

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 Spiky Shield.

If powered up by a Grassium Z into Z-Spiky Shield, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.


Games Description
In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also damages any attacker who makes direct contact.
SwSh In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also damages any attacker that makes direct contact.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
332 Cacturne Cacturne
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Grass Human-Like 32ORAS 1, Evo.
556 Maractus Maractus
GrassIC Big.png Grass Grass 1ORAS 1 1
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught
GrassIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Field Field 36, 75 1, Evo.
777 Togedemaru Togedemaru
ElectricIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Fairy 49 60
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
511 Pansage Pansage
GrassIC Big.png Field Field USUM
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

The user obtains the Spiky Shield status and is shielded from enemies' attacks and move effects for one turn. Any contact moves from the enemy will deal damage back to the enemy equal to 10% of their max HP. Using Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Wide Guard, or Quick Guard consecutively reduces the chance of success of the move.


Games Description
SMD You'll get the Spiky Shield, which protects you from enemies' attacks and move effects. You counterattack when you're attacked by a contact move. This move's chance of failure rises if you use it after you use a move that evades enemies' attacks.

In the anime

None.png Millis Chesnaught Spiky Shield.png Sophocles Togedemaru Spiky Shield.png None.png
Chesnaught Togedemaru
The user produces a protective force field.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
652 Chesnaught Chesnaught slams its fists together, and forms a round shield from its forearms. The shield then produces a green force field covered with spikes that protects Chesnaught and those standing behind it.
Millis Steel's Chesnaught Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction Debut
777 Togedemaru Togedemaru curls up and reveals its spikes. If the opponent makes contact with the spikes, they start glowing green and extend, hurting the opponent.
Sophocles's Togedemaru Battle Royal 151! None

In the manga

In the movie adaptations

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Spiky Shield VI.png Spiky Shield VII.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 尖刺防守 Jīmchi Fòhngsáu
Mandarin 尖刺防守 Jiāncì Fángshǒu
France Flag.png French Pico-Défense
Germany Flag.png German Schutzstacheln
Italy Flag.png Italian Agodifesa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 니들가드 Needle Guard
Poland Flag.png Polish Kolczasta Tarcza
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Escudo Espinhoso
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Proteção Espinhosa
Escudo Espinhoso
Spain Flag.png Spanish Barrera Espinosa


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

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