Cotton Guard (move)

Move data

Type Grass
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Introduced Generation 5

Effects

Cotton Guard raises the user's Defense by three stages.

Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each. Assuming no other stat changes, the first use of Cotton Guard would raise Defense to 2.5× normal value, and the second to 4× (the maximum level).

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Grassium Z and uses its Z-Power, Cotton Guard turns into Z-Cotton Guard and eliminates any stat drops applied to the user, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Game descriptions

Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user protects itself by wrapping its body in soft cotton, drastically raising the user’s Defense stat.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user protects itself by wrapping its body in soft cotton, which drastically raises the user’s Defense stat.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user protects itself by wrapping its body in soft cotton, which drastically raises the user’s Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Cotton Guard at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Mareep
#179 / Electric
Level 36
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Level 43
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Level 46
Swablu
#333 / Normal · Flying
Level 34
Altaria
#334 / Dragon · Flying
Level 34
Cottonee
#546 / Grass · Fairy
Level 37
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 55
Furfrou
#676 / Normal
Level 48
Swirlix
#684 / Fairy
Level 41
Slurpuff
#685 / Fairy
Level 41

Learnt by breeding

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