Baneful Bunker (move)

Baneful Bunker
トーチカ Pillbox
Baneful Bunker VIII.png
Type  Poison
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  +4
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation VII
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Baneful Bunker (Japanese: トーチカ Pillbox) is a non-damaging Poison-type move introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature move of Toxapex.


Generations VII and VIII

Baneful Bunker protects the user from all effects of moves that target the user during the turn it is used, including damage. (This does not include damage afflicted by weather conditions it is susceptible to, or damage from a status ailment that it obtained on a previous turn.) Additionally, if Baneful Bunker blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker becomes poisoned (unless they're Poison- or Steel-type, or have Immunity, Comatose, or another status condition). However, if an attack is blocked by Baneful Bunker, the effects of the user's Rocky Helmet, Rough Skin, and Iron Barbs will not activate. If Sucker Punch is used on a Pokémon that has used Baneful Bunker, the move fails and the Pokémon does not get poisoned.

Using Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker, Wide Guard, Quick Guard, Obstruct or Max Guard consecutively decreases the chance of success of Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker, Obstruct, and Max Guard for each consecutive use.

It is an increased-priority move that will always go before attacks during the turn.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Baneful Bunker cannot be selected in a battle.

Moves that bypass Baneful Bunker

Feint, Phantom Force, Shadow Force, Hyperspace Hole, and Hyperspace Fury lift Baneful Bunker's protection for the rest of the turn. If a damaging Z-Move targets a Pokémon that used Baneful Bunker, the Z-Move will bypass Baneful Bunker but only do 25% of the original damage (the effects of Baneful Bunker are not lifted).

In addition to damaging Z-Moves, Baneful Bunker is unable to defend against any of the following moves:

Move Type Cat.
Acupressure  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Aromatic Mist  Fairy  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Bestow  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Block  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Confide  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Conversion 2  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Curse  Ghost  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Doom Desire  Steel  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Feint  Normal  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Future Sight  Psychic  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hyperspace Fury  Dark  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hyperspace Hole  Psychic  Special {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Hold Hands  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Mean Look  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Perish Song  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Phantom Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Play Nice  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Psych Up  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Roar  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Role Play  Psychic  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Shadow Force  Ghost  Physical {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Sketch  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Spider Web  Bug  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Tearful Look  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Transform  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}
Whirlwind  Normal  Status {{{3}}} {{{4}}} {{{5}}} {{{6}}}

Moves that target the user, moves that target the user and all allies, moves that target all Pokémon, and entry hazard moves cannot be blocked by Baneful Bunker.

If powered up by a Poisonium Z into Z-Baneful Bunker, the user's Defense stat rises by one stage.


Games Description
In addition to protecting the user from attacks, this move also poisons any attacker that makes direct contact.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
748   Toxapex
Water 1 Water 1 1, Evo. 1, Evo.SwSh Evo.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 碉堡 Dīubóu
Mandarin 碉堡 Diāobǎo
  French Blockhaus
  German Bunker
  Italian Fortino
  Korean 토치카 Tochika
  Spanish Búnker

Variations of the move Detect
  DetectProtectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstructSilk Trap

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