Defense Curl (move)

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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 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 Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

SandshrewSandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 1
SandslashSandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
ClefairyClefairy
#035 / Fairy
Level 13
JigglypuffJigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Level 3
WigglytuffWigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Level 1
GeodudeGeodude
#074 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
GravelerGraveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
GolemGolem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
LickitungLickitung
#108 / Normal
Level 9
ChanseyChansey
#113 / Normal
Level 1
SnorlaxSnorlax
#143 / Normal
Level 4
CyndaquilCyndaquil
#155 / Fire
Level 22
QuilavaQuilava
#156 / Fire
Level 24
TyphlosionTyphlosion
#157 / Fire
Level 24
SentretSentret
#161 / Normal
Level 4
FurretFurret
#162 / Normal
Level 1
FurretFurret
#162 / Normal
Level 4
IgglybuffIgglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Level 3
MarillMarill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Level 10
AzumarillAzumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Level 10
DunsparceDunsparce
#206 / Normal
Level 1
PhanpyPhanpy
#231 / Ground
Level 1
DonphanDonphan
#232 / Ground
Level 1
Porygon2Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 1
MiltankMiltank
#241 / Normal
Level 5
BlisseyBlissey
#242 / Normal
Level 1
SphealSpheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Level 1
SealeoSealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Level 1
WalreinWalrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 1
BidoofBidoof
#399 / Normal
Level 9
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 9
BunearyBuneary
#427 / Normal
Level 1
LopunnyLopunny
#428 / Normal
Level 1
MunchlaxMunchlax
#446 / Normal
Level 4
LickilickyLickilicky
#463 / Normal
Level 9
TepigTepig
#498 / Fire
Level 13
PignitePignite
#499 / Fire · Fighting
Level 13
EmboarEmboar
#500 / Fire · Fighting
Level 13
MunnaMunna
#517 / Psychic
Level 1
MusharnaMusharna
#518 / Psychic
Level 1
VenipedeVenipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
WhirlipedeWhirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
ScolipedeScolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
GolettGolett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 1
GolurkGolurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

OnixOnix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Mineral
SudowoodoSudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Mineral
SteelixSteelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Mineral
WailmerWailmer
#320 / Water
Field, Water 2
WailordWailord
#321 / Water
Field, Water 2
NumelNumel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Field
CameruptCamerupt
#323 / Fire · Ground
Field
BagonBagon
#371 / Dragon
Dragon
ShelgonShelgon
#372 / Dragon
Dragon
SalamenceSalamence
#373 / Dragon · Flying
Dragon
BidoofBidoof
#399 / Normal
Field, Water 1
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Field, Water 1
PachirisuPachirisu
#417 / Electric
Fairy, Field
CherubiCherubi
#420 / Grass
Fairy, Grass
CherrimCherrim
#421 / Grass
Fairy, Grass
BonslyBonsly
#438 / Rock
Undiscovered
FoongusFoongus
#590 / Grass · Poison
Grass
AmoongussAmoonguss
#591 / Grass · Poison
Grass
ChespinChespin
#650 / Grass
Field
QuilladinQuilladin
#651 / Grass
Field
ChesnaughtChesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Field
BunnelbyBunnelby
#659 / Normal
Field
DiggersbyDiggersby
#660 / Normal · Ground
Field
SkiddoSkiddo
#672 / Grass
Field
GogoatGogoat
#673 / Grass
Field

Learnt in previous generations only

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

BulbasaurBulbasaur
#001 / Grass · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
IvysaurIvysaur
#002 / Grass · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
VenusaurVenusaur
#003 / Grass · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
CharmanderCharmander
#004 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
CharmeleonCharmeleon
#005 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
CharizardCharizard
#006 / Fire · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SquirtleSquirtle
#007 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
WartortleWartortle
#008 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
BlastoiseBlastoise
#009 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RattataRattata
#019 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RaticateRaticate
#020 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PikachuPikachu
#025 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RaichuRaichu
#026 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidoran♀Nidoran♀
#029 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
NidorinaNidorina
#030 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
NidoqueenNidoqueen
#031 / Poison · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Nidoran♂Nidoran♂
#032 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
NidorinoNidorino
#033 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
NidokingNidoking
#034 / Poison · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MeowthMeowth
#052 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PersianPersian
#053 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MankeyMankey
#056 / Fighting
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PrimeapePrimeape
#057 / Fighting
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PoliwagPoliwag
#060 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PoliwhirlPoliwhirl
#061 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PoliwrathPoliwrath
#062 / Water · Fighting
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MewMew
#151 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PichuPichu
#172 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
CleffaCleffa
#173 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
TogepiTogepi
#175 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
TogeticTogetic
#176 / Fairy · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MareepMareep
#179 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
FlaaffyFlaaffy
#180 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
AmpharosAmpharos
#181 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PolitoedPolitoed
#186 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
HoppipHoppip
#187 / Grass · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SkiploomSkiploom
#188 / Grass · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
JumpluffJumpluff
#189 / Grass · Flying
Gen 3 — Move tutor
AipomAipom
#190 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
WooperWooper
#194 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
QuagsireQuagsire
#195 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MisdreavusMisdreavus
#200 / Ghost
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PinecoPineco
#204 / Bug
Gen 3 — Move tutor
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SnubbullSnubbull
#209 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
GranbullGranbull
#210 / Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
QwilfishQwilfish
#211 / Water · Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
ShuckleShuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SneaselSneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Gen 3 — Move tutor
TeddiursaTeddiursa
#216 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
UrsaringUrsaring
#217 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SlugmaSlugma
#218 / Fire
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MagcargoMagcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SwinubSwinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PiloswinePiloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
CorsolaCorsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RemoraidRemoraid
#223 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
OctilleryOctillery
#224 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
CelebiCelebi
#251 / Psychic · Grass
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MudkipMudkip
#258 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MarshtompMarshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SwampertSwampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
ZigzagoonZigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
LinooneLinoone
#264 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SeedotSeedot
#273 / Grass
Gen 3 — Move tutor
NuzleafNuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
ShiftryShiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RaltsRalts
#280 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
KirliaKirlia
#281 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
GardevoirGardevoir
#282 / Psychic · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
WhismurWhismur
#293 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
LoudredLoudred
#294 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
ExploudExploud
#295 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
AzurillAzurill
#298 / Normal · Fairy
Gen 3 — Move tutor
NosepassNosepass
#299 / Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SkittySkitty
#300 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
DelcattyDelcatty
#301 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
AronAron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
LaironLairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
AggronAggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
PluslePlusle
#311 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MinunMinun
#312 / Electric
Gen 3 — Move tutor
GulpinGulpin
#316 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SwalotSwalot
#317 / Poison
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SpindaSpinda
#327 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
ZangooseZangoose
#335 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
LunatoneLunatone
#337 / Rock · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
SolrockSolrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
CastformCastform
#351 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
KecleonKecleon
#352 / Normal
Gen 3 — Move tutor
ChimechoChimecho
#358 / Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
GlalieGlalie
#362 / Ice
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MetangMetang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
MetagrossMetagross
#376 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RegirockRegirock
#377 / Rock
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RegiceRegice
#378 / Ice
Gen 3 — Move tutor
RegisteelRegisteel
#379 / Steel
Gen 3 — Move tutor
KyogreKyogre
#382 / Water
Gen 3 — Move tutor
GroudonGroudon
#383 / Ground
Gen 3 — Move tutor
JirachiJirachi
#385 / Steel · Psychic
Gen 3 — Move tutor
Shaymin (Land Forme)Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Gen 4 — Level up