Defense Curl (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 40  (max. 64)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 1

Machine/Record

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.

Other languages

English Defense Curl
Japanese まるくなる (Marukunaru)
German Einigler
French Boul'Armure
Italian Ricciolscudo
Spanish Rizo Defensa

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
L.G. Pikachu​/​L.G. Eevee
The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield 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 1
Clefable
#036 / Fairy
Level 1
Jigglypuff
#039 / Normal · Fairy
Level 1
Wigglytuff
#040 / Normal · Fairy
Level 1
Lickitung
#108 / Normal
Level 1
Chansey
#113 / Normal
Level 1
Snorlax
#143 / Normal
Level 1
Igglybuff
#174 / Normal · Fairy
Level 4
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Level 1
Azumarill
#184 / Water · Fairy
Level 1
Dunsparce
#206 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon2
#233 / Normal
Level 1
Miltank
#241 / Normal
Level 10
Blissey
#242 / Normal
Level 1
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 1
Buneary
#427 / Normal
Level 4
Lopunny
#428 / Normal
Level 1
Happiny
#440 / Normal
Level 4
Munchlax
#446 / Normal
Level 4
Lickilicky
#463 / Normal
Level 1
Porygon-Z
#474 / Normal
Level 1
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 4
Golurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 1
Wimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Level 1
Golisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Level 1
Togedemaru
#777 / Electric · Steel
Level 5
Magearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy
Level 6
Wooloo
#831 / Normal
Level 4
Dubwool
#832 / Normal
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

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

Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Bug