Protect (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Priority +4
Introduced Generation 2

Technical/Hidden Machine

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
TM17
Ruby​/​Sapphire
FireRed​/​LeafGreen
Emerald
TM17
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
TM17
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
TM17
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
TM17
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
TM17

Effects

Protect prevents any attacks targeted at the user from striking, for the duration of the turn. It has priority +4 so will activate before most other moves. The move functions identically to Detect.

The accuracy of Protect decreases by 13 each time it is used consecutively after itself or Detect, Endure, Wide Guard, Quick Guard, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, or Baneful Bunker.

Damage-dealing Z-Moves bypass Protect but deal 14 of the damage.

Changes

In Generations 2-5, the accuracy of Protect decreases by 12 each time it is used consecutively after itself or any protecting move listed above. In Generation 4 only, it has a minimum accuracy of 18 (i.e. from the fourth consecutive use onwards).

In Diamond and Pearl only, Thunder during rain and Blizzard during hail have a 30% chance to bypass Protect.

In Generations 3-4 Protect has priority +3, while in Generation 2 it has priority +2.

In Generation 2, Protect will fail if the user is behind a Substitute.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Protect turns into Z-Protect 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.

Other languages

English Protect
Japanese まもる (Mamoru)
German Schutzschild
French Abri
Italian Protezione
Spanish Protección

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Foils attack that turn. It may fail.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Evades attack, but may fail if used in succession.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen Enables the user to evade all attacks. It may fail if used in succession.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
Enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
Enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Protect 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.

Squirtle
#007 / Water
Level 22
Wartortle
#008 / Water
Level 25
Blastoise
#009 / Water
Level 25
Shellder
#090 / Water
Level 16
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Level 1
Krabby
#098 / Water
Level 29
Kingler
#099 / Water
Level 32
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Level 34
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Level 34
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Level 1
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
Mudkip
#258 / Water
Level 28
Marshtomp
#259 / Water · Ground
Level 32
Swampert
#260 / Water · Ground
Level 32
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Level 37
Pelipper
#279 / Water · Flying
Level 1
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Level 16
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Level 16
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Level 16
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Level 29
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 30
Corphish
#341 / Water
Level 17
Crawdaunt
#342 / Water · Dark
Level 17
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Level 49
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Level 53
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Level 32
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Level 32
Shelgon
#372 / Dragon
Level 1
Salamence
#373 / Dragon · Flying
Level 1
Latios
#381 / Dragon · Psychic
Level 4
Shieldon
#410 / Rock · Steel
Level 1
Bastiodon
#411 / Rock · Steel
Level 1
Burmy
#412 / Bug
Level 1
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Level 1
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Level 10
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Level 1
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Level 10
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Level 10
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Level 10
Gallade
#475 / Psychic · Fighting
Level 49
Mesprit
#481 / Psychic
Level 16
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Level 1
Venipede
#543 / Bug · Poison
Level 15
Whirlipede
#544 / Bug · Poison
Level 15
Scolipede
#545 / Bug · Poison
Level 15
Yamask
#562 / Ghost
Level 1
Cofagrigus
#563 / Ghost
Level 1
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 11
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 11
Alomomola
#594 / Water
Level 21
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Level 28
Spewpa
#665 / Bug
Level 1
Goomy
#704 / Dragon
Level 9
Sliggoo
#705 / Dragon
Level 9
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 1
Goodra
#706 / Dragon
Level 9
Turtonator
#776 / Fire · Dragon
Level 9
Drampa
#780 / Normal · Dragon
Level 9
Jangmo-o
#782 / Dragon
Level 13
Hakamo-o
#783 / Dragon · Fighting
Level 1
Hakamo-o
#783 / Dragon · Fighting
Level 13
Kommo-o
#784 / Dragon · Fighting
Level 1
Kommo-o
#784 / Dragon · Fighting
Level 13
Stakataka
#805 / Rock · Steel
Level 1

Learnt by TM

Rattata
Alolan Rattata
#019 / Dark · Normal
Raticate
Alolan Raticate
#020 / Dark · Normal
Raichu
Alolan Raichu
#026 / Electric · Psychic
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Vulpix
#037 / Fire
Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Gloom
#044 / Grass · Poison
Paras
#046 / Bug · Grass
Parasect
#047 / Bug · Grass
Venonat
#048 / Bug · Poison
Diglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Meowth
Alolan Meowth
#052 / Dark
Persian
Alolan Persian
#053 / Dark
Geodude
Alolan Geodude
#074 / Rock · Electric
Graveler
Alolan Graveler
#075 / Rock · Electric
Golem
#076 / Rock · Ground
Golem
Alolan Golem
#076 / Rock · Electric
Ponyta
#077 / Fire
Seel
#086 / Water
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Grimer
Alolan Grimer
#088 / Poison · Dark
Muk
#089 / Poison
Muk
Alolan Muk
#089 / Poison · Dark
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Exeggutor
Alolan Exeggutor
#103 / Grass · Dragon
Marowak
Alolan Marowak
#105 / Fire · Ghost
Rhydon
#112 / Ground · Rock
Scyther
#123 / Bug · Flying
Jynx
#124 / Ice · Psychic
Magmar
#126 / Fire
Pinsir
#127 / Bug
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Ledyba
#165 / Bug · Flying
Ledian
#166 / Bug · Flying
Ariados
#168 / Bug · Poison
Marill
#183 / Water · Fairy
Yanma
#193 / Bug · Flying
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Sneasel
#215 / Dark · Ice
Slugma
#218 / Fire
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Corsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Houndour
#228 / Dark · Fire
Houndoom
#229 / Dark · Fire
Magby
#240 / Fire
Entei
#244 / Fire
Ho-oh
#250 / Fire · Flying
Dustox
#269 / Bug · Poison
Lotad
#270 / Water · Grass
Lombre
#271 / Water · Grass
Nuzleaf
#274 / Grass · Dark
Shiftry
#275 / Grass · Dark
Surskit
#283 / Bug · Water
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Sableye
#302 / Dark · Ghost
Mawile
#303 / Steel · Fairy
Aron
#304 / Steel · Rock
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Volbeat
#313 / Bug
Numel
#322 / Fire · Ground
Lileep
#345 / Rock · Grass
Cradily
#346 / Rock · Grass
Anorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Armaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Absol
#359 / Dark
Snorunt
#361 / Ice
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Regice
#378 / Ice
Deoxys
Normal Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Attack Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Defense Forme
#386 / Psychic
Deoxys
Speed Forme
#386 / Psychic
Budew
#406 / Grass · Poison
Burmy
#412 / Bug
Wormadam
Plant Cloak
#413 / Bug · Grass
Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
#413 / Bug · Ground
Wormadam
Trash Cloak
#413 / Bug · Steel
Mothim
#414 / Bug · Flying
Stunky
#434 / Poison · Dark
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Skorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Weavile
#461 / Dark · Ice
Yanmega
#469 / Bug · Flying
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Froslass
#478 / Ice · Ghost
Rotom
Heat Rotom
#479 / Electric · Fire
Rotom
Wash Rotom
#479 / Electric · Water
Rotom
Frost Rotom
#479 / Electric · Ice
Rotom
Fan Rotom
#479 / Electric · Flying
Rotom
Mow Rotom
#479 / Electric · Grass
Heatran
#485 / Fire · Steel
Giratina
Altered Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Giratina
Origin Forme
#487 / Ghost · Dragon
Shaymin
Land Forme
#492 / Grass
Shaymin
Sky Forme
#492 / Grass · Flying
Snivy
#495 / Grass
Tepig
#498 / Fire
Sewaddle
#540 / Bug · Grass
Swadloon
#541 / Bug · Grass
Leavanny
#542 / Bug · Grass
Basculin
Red-Striped Form
#550 / Water
Darmanitan
Standard Mode
#555 / Fire
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Archen
#566 / Rock · Flying
Zorua
#570 / Dark
Klink
#599 / Steel
Klang
#600 / Steel
Litwick
#607 / Ghost · Fire
Lampent
#608 / Ghost · Fire
Axew
#610 / Dragon
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Shelmet
#616 / Bug
Bisharp
#625 / Dark · Steel
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Deino
#633 / Dark · Dragon
Larvesta
#636 / Bug · Fire
Volcarona
#637 / Bug · Fire
Tornadus
Incarnate Forme
#641 / Flying
Thundurus
Incarnate Forme
#642 / Electric · Flying
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
Black Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Kyurem
White Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Keldeo
Ordinary Forme
#647 / Water · Fighting
Meloetta
Aria Forme
#648 / Normal · Psychic
Genesect
#649 / Bug · Steel
Spewpa
#665 / Bug
Litleo
#667 / Fire · Normal
Pyroar
#668 / Fire · Normal
Meowstic
Male
#678 / Psychic
Meowstic
Female
#678 / Psychic
Aegislash
Blade Forme
#681 / Steel · Ghost
Inkay
#686 / Dark · Psychic
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Tyrunt
#696 / Rock · Dragon
Amaura
#698 / Rock · Ice
Aurorus
#699 / Rock · Ice
Carbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Klefki
#707 / Steel · Fairy
Pumpkaboo
Average Size
#710 / Ghost · Grass
Gourgeist
Average Size
#711 / Ghost · Grass
Avalugg
#713 / Ice
Zygarde
50% Forme
#718 / Dragon · Ground
Diancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Hoopa
Hoopa Confined
#720 / Psychic · Ghost
Hoopa
Hoopa Unbound
#720 / Psychic · Dark
Litten
#725 / Fire
Grubbin
#736 / Bug
Oricorio
Baile Style
#741 / Fire · Flying
Cutiefly
#742 / Bug · Fairy
Ribombee
#743 / Bug · Fairy
Rockruff
Own Tempo Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Wishiwashi
Solo Form
#746 / Water
Dewpider
#751 / Water · Bug
Wimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Minior
Meteor Form
#774 / Rock · Flying