Defense Curl (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 40  (max. 64)
Introduced Generation 1

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM40

Effects

Defense Curl raises the user's Defense by one stage. Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each.

After Defense Curl has been used at least once and while the user stays in battle, the power of Rollout and Ice Ball is double their regular base power.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Defense Curl turns into Z-Defense Curl and raises Accuracy one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Heightens the user's DEFENSE.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Curls up to conceal weak spots and raise DEFENSE.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its DEFENSE stat.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Defense Curl 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.

Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 1
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Level 1
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Level 1
Clefairy
#035 / Fairy
Level 13
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Level 3
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Level 1
Geodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Level 1
Graveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
Graveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Level 1
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Level 1
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Level 9
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Level 1
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Level 4
Cyndaquil
#155 / Fire
Level 22
Quilava
#156 / Fire
Level 24
Typhlosion
#157 / Fire
Level 24
Sentret
#161 / Normal
Level 4
Furret
#162 / Normal
Level 1
Furret
#162 / Normal
Level 4
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Level 3
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Level 10
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Level 10
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Level 1
Phanpy
#231 / Ground
Level 1
Donphan
#232 / Ground
Level 1
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 1
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Level 5
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Level 1
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Bidoof
#399 / Normal
Level 5
Bibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 5
Buneary
#427 / Normal
Level 1
Lopunny
#428 / Normal
Level 1
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Level 4
Lickilicky
#463 / Normal
Level 9
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Level 13
Pignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Level 13
Emboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Level 13
Munna
#517 / Psychic
Level 1
Musharna
#518 / Psychic
Level 1
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
Golett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 1
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 1
Minior
Meteor Form
#774 / Rock · Flying
Level 3
Komala
#775 / Normal
Level 1
Togedemaru
#777 / Electric · Steel
Level 5
Magearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Learnt in previous generations only

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

Bulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Ivysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Venusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Charmander
#004 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Charmeleon
#005 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Charizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Squirtle
#007 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Rattata
#019 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Raticate
#020 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Pikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Raichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidorina
#030 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidorino
#033 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Meowth
#052 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Persian
#053 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mankey
#056 / Fighting
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Primeape
#057 / Fighting
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Poliwag
#060 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Poliwhirl
#061 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Poliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Pichu
#172 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Cleffa
#173 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Togepi
#175 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Togetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mareep
#179 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Flaaffy
#180 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Ampharos
#181 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Politoed
#186 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Hoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Skiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Jumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Wooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Quagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Misdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Snubbull
#209 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Granbull
#210 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Qwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Teddiursa
#216 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Ursaring
#217 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Piloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Remoraid
#223 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Octillery
#224 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Celebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Marshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Swampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Seedot
#273 / Grass
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Ralts
#280 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Kirlia
#281 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Gardevoir
#282 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Whismur
#293 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Loudred
#294 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Exploud
#295 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Azurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nosepass
#299 / Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Skitty
#300 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Delcatty
#301 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Plusle
#311 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Minun
#312 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Gulpin
#316 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Swalot
#317 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Spinda
#327 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Zangoose
#335 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Lunatone
#337 / Rock · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Castform
#351 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Kecleon
#352 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Chimecho
#358 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Metang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Metagross
#376 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Regice
#378 / Ice
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Registeel
#379 / Steel
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Groudon
#383 / Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Jirachi
#385 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Gen 4 — Level up