Defense Curl (move)

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Defense Curl
まるくなる Curl Up
Defense Curl.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  40 (max. 64)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by others once.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled one time this turn.

Defense Curl (Japanese: まるくなる Curl Up) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I. It was TM40 in Generation II.

Effect

Generation I

Defense Curl increases the user's Defense by 1 stage.

Generation II

Defense Curl now also doubles the power of the user's Rollout as long as the user remains in battle. This effect cannot be Baton Passed.

Generation III onward

Defense Curl doubles the power of the user's Ice Ball as long as the user remains in battle.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Defense Curl, the user's accuracy raises one stage.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Raises the user's Defense. Can normally be used up to six times in a row.
GSC Heightens the user's Defense.
RSEColo.XD Curls up to conceal weak spots and raise Defense.
FRLG The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Field Field 6 6 3 3BW
1B2W2
1 1
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Alola Form
Field Field 1
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Field Field 1, 6 1, 6 1, 3 1, 3BW
1B2W2
1 1
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Alola Form
Field Field 1
035 Clefairy Clefairy
Fairy Fairy 39 26 25 13 13 13 13
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Fairy Fairy 19 4 4 5 5 5XY
3ORAS
3
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
Fairy Fairy 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral 11 6 1 1 1 1 1
074 Geodude Geodude
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral 1
075 Graveler Graveler
Mineral Mineral 1, 11 1, 6 1 1 1 1 1
075 Graveler Graveler
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral 1
076 Golem Golem
Mineral Mineral 1, 11 1, 6 1 1 1 1 1
076 Golem Golem
Alola Form
Mineral Mineral 1
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster 23 13 12 9 9 9 9
113 Chansey Chansey
Fairy Fairy 44 41 41 31 1 1 1
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster 15 10RSE
9FRLG
4 4 4 4
155 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil
Field Field 22 22 22 22
156 Quilava Quilava
Field Field 24 24 24 24
157 Typhlosion Typhlosion
Field Field 24 24 24 24
161 Sentret Sentret
Field Field 5 4 4 4 4 4
162 Furret Furret
Field Field 1, 5 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
Undiscovered Undiscovered 4 4 5 5 5XY
3ORAS
3
183 Marill Marill
Water 1 Fairy 3 3 2 2BW
10B2W2
10 10
184 Azumarill Azumarill
Water 1 Fairy 1, 3 1, 3 1, 2 1, 2BW
10B2W2
10 10
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce
Field Field 5 4 5 4BW
1B2W2
1 1
231 Phanpy Phanpy
Field Field 9 9 1 1 9XY
1ORAS
1
232 Donphan Donphan
Field Field 9 9 1 1 9XY
1ORAS
1
233 Porygon2 Porygon2
Mineral Mineral 24 24 1 1 1 1
241 Miltank Miltank
Field Field 8 8 5 5 5 5
242 Blissey Blissey
Fairy Fairy 33 33 31 31 1 1
363 Spheal Spheal
Water 1 Field 1FRLG 1 1 1 1
364 Sealeo Sealeo
Water 1 Field 1FRLG 1ORAS 1
365 Walrein Walrein
Water 1 Field 1FRLG 1ORAS 1
399 Bidoof Bidoof
Water 1 Field 9 9 9 5
400 Bibarel Bibarel
Water 1 Field 9 9 9 7
427 Buneary Buneary
Field Human-Like 1 1 1 1
428 Lopunny Lopunny
Field Human-Like 1 1 1 1
446 Munchlax Munchlax
Undiscovered Undiscovered 4 4 4 4
463 Lickilicky Lickilicky
Monster Monster 9 9 9 9
492 Shaymin Shaymin
Land Forme
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1DP
498 Tepig Tepig
Field Field 13 13 13
499 Pignite Pignite
Field Field 13 13 13
500 Emboar Emboar
Field Field 13 13 13
517 Munna Munna
Field Field 1 1 1
518 Musharna Musharna
Field Field 1 1 1
543 Venipede Venipede
Bug Bug 1 1 1
544 Whirlipede Whirlipede
Bug Bug 1 1 1
545 Scolipede Scolipede
Bug Bug 1 1 1
622 Golett Golett
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1
623 Golurk Golurk
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1
774 Minior Minior
Mineral Mineral 3
775 Komala Komala
Field Field 1
777 Togedemaru Togedemaru
Field Fairy 5
801 Magearna Magearna
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Egg Groups Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
095 Onix Onix
Mineral Mineral
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
320 Wailmer Wailmer
Field Water 2
322 Numel Numel
Field Field
371 Bagon Bagon
Dragon Dragon
399 Bidoof Bidoof
Water 1 Field
417 Pachirisu Pachirisu
Field Fairy
420 Cherubi Cherubi
Fairy Grass
438 Bonsly Bonsly
Undiscovered Undiscovered
590 Foongus Foongus
Grass Grass
650 Chespin Chespin
Field Field
659 Bunnelby Bunnelby
Field Field
672 Skiddo Skiddo
Field Field
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
TM40
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
Monster Grass
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur
Monster Grass
003 Venusaur Venusaur
Monster Grass
004 Charmander Charmander
Monster Dragon
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon
Monster Dragon
006 Charizard Charizard
Monster Dragon
007 Squirtle Squirtle
Monster Water 1
008 Wartortle Wartortle
Monster Water 1
009 Blastoise Blastoise
Monster Water 1
019 Rattata Rattata
Field Field
020 Raticate Raticate
Field Field
025 Pikachu Pikachu
Field Fairy
026 Raichu Raichu
Field Fairy
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Field Field
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Field Field
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Monster Field
030 Nidorina Nidorina
Undiscovered Undiscovered
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen
Undiscovered Undiscovered
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
Monster Field
033 Nidorino Nidorino
Monster Field
034 Nidoking Nidoking
Monster Field
035 Clefairy Clefairy
Fairy Fairy
036 Clefable Clefable
Fairy Fairy
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Fairy Fairy
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
Fairy Fairy
052 Meowth Meowth
Field Field
053 Persian Persian
Field Field
056 Mankey Mankey
Field Field
057 Primeape Primeape
Field Field
060 Poliwag Poliwag
Water 1 Water 1
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
Water 1 Water 1
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
Water 1 Water 1
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral
075 Graveler Graveler
Mineral Mineral
076 Golem Golem
Mineral Mineral
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster
113 Chansey Chansey
Fairy Fairy
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
155 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil
Field Field
156 Quilava Quilava
Field Field
157 Typhlosion Typhlosion
Field Field
161 Sentret Sentret
Field Field
162 Furret Furret
Field Field
172 Pichu Pichu
Undiscovered Undiscovered
173 Cleffa Cleffa
Undiscovered Undiscovered
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
Undiscovered Undiscovered
175 Togepi Togepi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
176 Togetic Togetic
Fairy Flying
179 Mareep Mareep
Monster Field
180 Flaaffy Flaaffy
Monster Field
181 Ampharos Ampharos
Monster Field
183 Marill Marill
Water 1 Fairy
184 Azumarill Azumarill
Water 1 Fairy
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
186 Politoed Politoed
Water 1 Water 1
187 Hoppip Hoppip
Fairy Grass
188 Skiploom Skiploom
Fairy Grass
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff
Fairy Grass
190 Aipom Aipom
Field Field
194 Wooper Wooper
Water 1 Field
195 Quagsire Quagsire
Water 1 Field
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Amorphous Amorphous
204 Pineco Pineco
Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress
Bug Bug
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce
Field Field
208 Steelix Steelix
Mineral Mineral
209 Snubbull Snubbull
Field Fairy
210 Granbull Granbull
Field Fairy
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
Water 2 Water 2
213 Shuckle Shuckle
Bug Bug
215 Sneasel Sneasel
Field Field
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa
Field Field
217 Ursaring Ursaring
Field Field
218 Slugma Slugma
Amorphous Amorphous
219 Magcargo Magcargo
Amorphous Amorphous
220 Swinub Swinub
Field Field
221 Piloswine Piloswine
Field Field
222 Corsola Corsola
Water 1 Water 3
223 Remoraid Remoraid
Water 1 Water 2
224 Octillery Octillery
Water 1 Water 2
231 Phanpy Phanpy
Field Field
232 Donphan Donphan
Field Field
233 Porygon2 Porygon2
Mineral Mineral
241 Miltank Miltank
Field Field
242 Blissey Blissey
Fairy Fairy
251 Celebi Celebi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By Move Tutor

# Pokémon Egg Groups Game
FRLG E XD
001 Bulbasaur Bulbasaur
Monster Grass
002 Ivysaur Ivysaur
Monster Grass
003 Venusaur Venusaur
Monster Grass
004 Charmander Charmander
Monster Dragon
005 Charmeleon Charmeleon
Monster Dragon
006 Charizard Charizard
Monster Dragon
007 Squirtle Squirtle
Monster Water 1
008 Wartortle Wartortle
Monster Water 1
009 Blastoise Blastoise
Monster Water 1
019 Rattata Rattata
Field Field
020 Raticate Raticate
Field Field
025 Pikachu Pikachu
Field Fairy
026 Raichu Raichu
Field Fairy
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Field Field
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Field Field
029 Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Monster Field
030 Nidorina Nidorina
Undiscovered Undiscovered
031 Nidoqueen Nidoqueen
Undiscovered Undiscovered
032 Nidoran♂ Nidoran♂
Monster Field
033 Nidorino Nidorino
Monster Field
034 Nidoking Nidoking
Monster Field
035 Clefairy Clefairy
Fairy Fairy
036 Clefable Clefable
Fairy Fairy
039 Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Fairy Fairy
040 Wigglytuff Wigglytuff
Fairy Fairy
052 Meowth Meowth
Field Field
053 Persian Persian
Field Field
056 Mankey Mankey
Field Field
057 Primeape Primeape
Field Field
060 Poliwag Poliwag
Water 1 Water 1
061 Poliwhirl Poliwhirl
Water 1 Water 1
062 Poliwrath Poliwrath
Water 1 Water 1
074 Geodude Geodude
Mineral Mineral
075 Graveler Graveler
Mineral Mineral
076 Golem Golem
Mineral Mineral
108 Lickitung Lickitung
Monster Monster
113 Chansey Chansey
Fairy Fairy
143 Snorlax Snorlax
Monster Monster
151 Mew Mew
Undiscovered Undiscovered
155 Cyndaquil Cyndaquil
Field Field
156 Quilava Quilava
Field Field
157 Typhlosion Typhlosion
Field Field
161 Sentret Sentret
Field Field
162 Furret Furret
Field Field
172 Pichu Pichu
Undiscovered Undiscovered
173 Cleffa Cleffa
Undiscovered Undiscovered
174 Igglybuff Igglybuff
Undiscovered Undiscovered
175 Togepi Togepi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
176 Togetic Togetic
Fairy Flying
179 Mareep Mareep
Monster Field
180 Flaaffy Flaaffy
Monster Field
181 Ampharos Ampharos
Monster Field
183 Marill Marill
Water 1 Fairy
184 Azumarill Azumarill
Water 1 Fairy
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
Mineral Mineral
186 Politoed Politoed
Water 1 Water 1
187 Hoppip Hoppip
Fairy Grass
188 Skiploom Skiploom
Fairy Grass
189 Jumpluff Jumpluff
Fairy Grass
190 Aipom Aipom
Field Field
194 Wooper Wooper
Water 1 Field
195 Quagsire Quagsire
Water 1 Field
200 Misdreavus Misdreavus
Amorphous Amorphous
204 Pineco Pineco
Bug Bug
205 Forretress Forretress
Bug Bug
206 Dunsparce Dunsparce
Field Field
208 Steelix Steelix
Mineral Mineral
209 Snubbull Snubbull
Field Fairy
210 Granbull Granbull
Field Fairy
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
Water 2 Water 2
213 Shuckle Shuckle
Bug Bug
215 Sneasel Sneasel
Field Field
216 Teddiursa Teddiursa
Field Field
217 Ursaring Ursaring
Field Field
218 Slugma Slugma
Amorphous Amorphous
219 Magcargo Magcargo
Amorphous Amorphous
220 Swinub Swinub
Field Field
221 Piloswine Piloswine
Field Field
222 Corsola Corsola
Water 1 Water 3
223 Remoraid Remoraid
Water 1 Water 2
224 Octillery Octillery
Water 1 Water 2
231 Phanpy Phanpy
Field Field
232 Donphan Donphan
Field Field
233 Porygon2 Porygon2
Mineral Mineral
241 Miltank Miltank
Field Field
242 Blissey Blissey
Fairy Fairy
251 Celebi Celebi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
258 Mudkip Mudkip
Monster Water 1
259 Marshtomp Marshtomp
Monster Water 1
260 Swampert Swampert
Monster Water 1
263 Zigzagoon Zigzagoon
Field Field
264 Linoone Linoone
Field Field
273 Seedot Seedot
Field Grass
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
Field Grass
275 Shiftry Shiftry
Field Grass
280 Ralts Ralts
Amorphous Amorphous
281 Kirlia Kirlia
Amorphous Amorphous
282 Gardevoir Gardevoir
Amorphous Amorphous
293 Whismur Whismur
Monster Field
294 Loudred Loudred
Monster Field
295 Exploud Exploud
Monster Field
298 Azurill Azurill
Undiscovered Undiscovered
299 Nosepass Nosepass
Mineral Mineral
300 Skitty Skitty
Field Fairy
301 Delcatty Delcatty
Field Fairy
304 Aron Aron
Monster Monster
305 Lairon Lairon
Monster Monster
306 Aggron Aggron
Monster Monster
311 Plusle Plusle
Fairy Fairy
312 Minun Minun
Fairy Fairy
316 Gulpin Gulpin
Amorphous Amorphous
317 Swalot Swalot
Amorphous Amorphous
320 Wailmer Wailmer
Field Water 2
321 Wailord Wailord
Field Water 2
322 Numel Numel
Field Field
323 Camerupt Camerupt
Field Field
327 Spinda Spinda
Field Human-Like
335 Zangoose Zangoose
Field Field
337 Lunatone Lunatone
Mineral Mineral
338 Solrock Solrock
Mineral Mineral
351 Castform Castform
Fairy Amorphous
352 Kecleon Kecleon
Field Field
358 Chimecho Chimecho
Amorphous Amorphous
362 Glalie Glalie
Fairy Mineral
363 Spheal Spheal
Water 1 Field
364 Sealeo Sealeo
Water 1 Field
365 Walrein Walrein
Water 1 Field
372 Shelgon Shelgon
Dragon Dragon
373 Salamence Salamence
Dragon Dragon
375 Metang Metang
Mineral Mineral
376 Metagross Metagross
Mineral Mineral
377 Regirock Regirock
Undiscovered Undiscovered
378 Regice Regice
Undiscovered Undiscovered
379 Registeel Registeel
Undiscovered Undiscovered
382 Kyogre Kyogre
Undiscovered Undiscovered
383 Groudon Groudon
Undiscovered Undiscovered
385 Jirachi Jirachi
Undiscovered Undiscovered
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Description

Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Defense by one level.

In the anime

Sentret Defense Curl.png Ash Phanpy Defense Curl.png Chopper Golem Defense Curl.png Ash Donphan Defense Curl.png
Sentret Phanpy Golem Donphan
The user curls up to conceal weak spots.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew curls itself into a ball.
A.J.'s Sandshrew Path to the Pokémon League Debut
Sandshrew could not legally learn Defense Curl at the time
076 Golem Golem pulls its arms and legs into its shell, and hides its head, making itself a ball.
Chopper's Golem The Bridge Bike Gang None
A wild Golem Hour of the Houndour None
161 Sentret Sentret rolls itself up in a ball.
A wild Sentret Tanks a Lot! None
075 Graveler Graveler pulls its arms and legs in and curls itself into a ball.
Rory's Graveler Spring Fever None
231 Phanpy Phanpy curls itself into a ball and becomes outlined in yellow, protecting it from attacks.
Ash's Phanpy Entei at Your Own Risk None
060 Poliwag Poliwag pulls in its legs and wraps its tail around itself to make itself a ball.
A Poliwag Max borrowed from the Pokémon Trainer's School Gonna Rule the School! None
232 Donphan Donphan curls itself into ball, protecting itself from attacks.
Ash's Donphan Queen of the Serpentine! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure! manga


In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations

Defense Curl I.png Defense Curl II.png Defense Curl III.png Defense Curl IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Defense Curl V.png Defense Curl PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Defense Curl Stad.png Defense Curl Stad2.png Defense Curl Colo.png Defense Curl XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 防衛卷 Fángwèijuǎn
Denmark Flag.png Danish Forsvarsrul
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Verdediging
Finland Flag.png Finnish Torjuntakierre (EP267)
Puolustuskihara (AG140)
France Flag.png French Boul'Armure
Germany Flag.png German Einigler
Greece Flag.png Greek Αμυντική Περιέλιξη
India Flag.png Hindi बचाओ पैतरा "Bachao paintra"
Italy Flag.png Italian Ricciolscudo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 웅크리기 Ungkeurigi
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Defesa Fechada
Espiral de Defesa (TCG)
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Sklupčavanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Rizo Defensa
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Cuộn Tròn



Variations of the move Defense Curl
Status Defense CurlHowlMeditateWithdraw


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
01020304050607


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