Iron Defense (move)

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Move data

Type Steel
Category Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Iron Defense raises the user's Defense by two stages.

Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Steelium Z and uses its Z-Power, Iron Defense turns into Z-Iron Defense 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

Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Hardens the body’s surface to sharply raise DEFENSE.
FireRed/LeafGreen The user hardens its body’s surface to sharply raise its DEFENSE stat.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.
Sun/Moon The user hardens its body’s surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Iron Defense 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.

SquirtleSquirtle
#007 / Water
Level 34
WartortleWartortle
#008 / Water
Level 41
BlastoiseBlastoise
#009 / Water
Level 47
Alolan SandshrewSandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Level 23
ShellderShellder
#090 / Water
Level 49
PinecoPineco
#204 / Bug
Level 39
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 42
ScizorScizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Level 37
CorsolaCorsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Level 29
MawileMawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Level 33
AronAron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 37
LaironLairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 39
AggronAggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 39
TorkoalTorkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 38
ClamperlClamperl
#366 / Water
Level 1
MetangMetang
#375 / Steel · Psychic
Level 47
MetagrossMetagross
#376 / Steel · Psychic
Level 52
RegirockRegirock
#377 / Rock
Level 37
RegisteelRegisteel
#379 / Steel
Level 37
Deoxys (Defense Forme)Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Level 55
ShieldonShieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Level 19
BastiodonBastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Level 19
BronzorBronzor
#436 / Steel · Psychic
Level 19
BronzongBronzong
#437 / Steel · Psychic
Level 19
ProbopassProbopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 1
ProbopassProbopass
#476 / Rock · Steel
Level 4
RoggenrolaRoggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 20
BoldoreBoldore
#525 / Rock
Level 20
GigalithGigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 20
WhirlipedeWhirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
ScolipedeScolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 1
EscavalierEscavalier
#589 / Bug · Steel
Level 40
FerroseedFerroseed
#597 / Grass · Steel
Level 26
FerrothornFerrothorn
#598 / Grass · Steel
Level 26
GolettGolett
#622 / Ground · Ghost
Level 17
GolurkGolurk
#623 / Ground · Ghost
Level 17
PawniardPawniard
#624 / Dark · Steel
Level 46
BisharpBisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Level 46
DurantDurant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Level 46
HonedgeHonedge
#679 / Steel · Ghost
Level 32
DoubladeDoublade
#680 / Steel · Ghost
Level 32
Aegislash (Blade Forme)Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Level 1
AvaluggAvalugg
#713 / Ice
Level 1
CharjabugCharjabug
#737 / Bug · Electric
Level 49
CrabrawlerCrabrawler
#739 / Fighting
Level 42
CrabominableCrabominable
#740 / Fighting · Ice
Level 42
MudbrayMudbray
#749 / Ground
Level 29
MudsdaleMudsdale
#750 / Ground
Level 29
GolisopodGolisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Level 36
SandygastSandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 32
PalossandPalossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 32
TurtonatorTurtonator
#776 / Fire · Dragon
Level 25
Jangmo-oJangmo-o
#782 / Dragon
Level 37
Hakamo-oHakamo-o
#783 / Dragon · Fighting
Level 38
Kommo-oKommo-o
#784 / Dragon · Fighting
Level 38
CelesteelaCelesteela
#797 / Steel · Flying
Level 59
NecrozmaNecrozma
#800 / Psychic
Level 59
MagearnaMagearna
#801 / Steel · Fairy
Level 57

Learnt by breeding

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

LarvitarLarvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Monster
PupitarPupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Monster
TyranitarTyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Monster
AnorithAnorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
ArmaldoArmaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
RioluRiolu
#447 / Fighting
Undiscovered
LucarioLucario
#448 / Fighting · Steel
Field, Human-Like
DrilburDrilbur
#529 / Ground
Field
ExcadrillExcadrill
#530 / Ground · Steel
Field
DwebbleDwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
CrustleCrustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
TirtougaTirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
CarracostaCarracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
VanilliteVanillite
#582 / Ice
Mineral
VanillishVanillish
#583 / Ice
Mineral
VanilluxeVanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Mineral
KlefkiKlefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Mineral