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 Sun & Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

SandshrewSandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 1
Alolan SandshrewSandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Level 1
SandslashSandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
Alolan SandslashSandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
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
Alolan GeodudeGeodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Level 1
GravelerGraveler
#075 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
Alolan GravelerGraveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Level 1
GolemGolem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Level 1
Alolan GolemGolem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
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 5
BibarelBibarel
#400 / Normal · Water
Level 5
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
Minior (Meteor Form)Minior
Meteor Form
#774 / Rock · Flying
Level 3
KomalaKomala
#775 / Normal
Level 1
TogedemaruTogedemaru
#777 / Electric · Steel
Level 5
MagearnaMagearna
#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.

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