Iron Defense (move)

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Move data

Type Steel
Category Status Status
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Iron Defense raises the user's Defense by two stages.

Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Game descriptions

Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Hardens the body’s surface to sharply raise DEFENSE.
FireRed/LeafGreen The user hardens its body’s surface to sharply raise its DEFENSE stat.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.
X/Y The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Iron Defense at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Squirtle
#007 / Water
Level 34
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Level 40
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Level 46
Shellder
#090 / Water
Level 49
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Level 39
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 46
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Level 37
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Level 29
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Level 41
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 15
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 15
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 15
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 44
Clamperl
#366 / Water
Level 1
Metang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Level 47
Metagross
#376 / Steel · Psychic
Level 53
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Level 41
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Level 41
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 73
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Level 19
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Level 19
Bronzor
#436 / Steel · Psychic
Level 19
Bronzong
#437 / Steel · Psychic
Level 19
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 1
Probopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 4
Roggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 20
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Level 20
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 20
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 22
Escavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Level 40
Ferroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 26
Ferrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 26
Golett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 17
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 17
Pawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Level 46
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Level 46
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Level 56
Honedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Level 32
Doublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Level 32
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Aegislash
Shield Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Iron Defense as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Monster
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Monster
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
Riolu
#447 / Fighting
Undiscovered
Lucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Field, Human-Like
Drilbur
#529 / Ground
Field
Excadrill
#530 / Ground · Steel
Field
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
Vanillite
#582 / Ice
Mineral
Vanillish
#583 / Ice
Mineral
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Mineral
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Mineral

Learnt in previous generations only

These Pokémon can only learn Iron Defense in previous games; check the respective Pokédex pages for full details.

Metapod
#011 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Butterfree
#012 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Pre-evolution
Kakuna
#014 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Beedrill
#015 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Pre-evolution
Geodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Graveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slowbro
#080 / Water · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Magnemite
#081 / Electric · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Magneton
#082 / Electric · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Krabby
#098 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kingler
#099 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cubone
#104 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Marowak
#105 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mr. Mime
#122 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slowking
#199 / Water · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Heracross
#214 / Bug · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Donphan
#232 / Ground
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Silcoon
#266 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Beautifly
#267 / Bug · Flying
Gen 5 — Pre-evolution
Cascoon
#268 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Pre-evolution
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Corphish
#341 / Water
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Shelgon
#372 / Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Salamence
#373 / Dragon · Flying
Gen 5 — Pre-evolution
Beldum
#374 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Jirachi
#385 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Empoleon
#395 / Water · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Magnezone
#462 / Electric · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Dialga
#483 / Steel · Dragon
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Arceus
#493 / Normal
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Archeops
#567 / Rock · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Karrablast
#588 / Bug
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Klink
#599 / Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Klang
#600 / Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Klinklang
#601 / Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cryogonal
#615 / Ice
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Vullaby
#629 / Dark · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Mandibuzz
#630 / Dark · Flying
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Cobalion
#638 / Steel · Fighting
Gen 5 — Move tutor
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Gen 5 — Move tutor