Spiky Shield (move)

Move data

Type Grass
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 10  (max. 16)
Priority +4
Introduced Generation 6

Effects

Spiky Shield prevents any attacks targeted at the user from striking, for the duration of the turn. If a contact move is targeted at the Spiky Shield user on that turn, the attacker receives damage of 18 their maximum HP. It has priority +4 so will activate before most other moves.

Contact damage does not stack with the Rocky Helmet item or the Rough Skin or Iron Barbs abilities.

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

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Grassium Z and uses its Z-Power, Spiky Shield turns into Z-Spiky Shield and raises Defense one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Spiky Shield
Japanese ニードルガード (Needle Guard)
German Schutzstacheln
French Pico-Défense
Italian Agodifesa
Spanish Barrera Espinosa

Game descriptions

X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also damages any attacker who makes direct contact.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also damages any attacker who makes direct contact.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Spiky Shield 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.

Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 1
Maractus
#556 / Grass
Level 1
Chesnaught
#652 / Grass · Fighting
Level 1
Togedemaru
#777 / Electric · Steel
Level 49

Learnt by breeding

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