Burning Bulwark (move)

Burning Bulwark
かえんのまもり Protective Flame
Burning Bulwark IX.png
Burning Bulwark IX 2.png
Type  Fire
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 IX
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Burning Bulwark (Japanese: かえんのまもり Protective Flame) is a non-damaging Fire-type move introduced in Generation IX. It is the signature move of Gouging Fire.


Main article: Protection

Burning Bulwark protects the user from all effects of physical and special moves that target it during the turn it is used. If Burning Bulwark blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker becomes burned (unless they are immune). (Moves that are blocked do not activate other effects that require making contact, like Rocky Helmet or Rough Skin.)

If the user goes last in the turn, the move will fail. The chance that Burning Bulwark will succeed also drops each time the user successfully and consecutively uses Endure, any protection move that only affects the user, Quick Guard, or Wide Guard. Each time, the chance of success is divided by 3.

Some moves will do damage through Burning Bulwark. Moves that break protection, like Feint, will do their full damage and remove the effects of Burning Bulwark. The Ability Unseen Fist allows contact moves to bypass Burning Bulwark.

Burning Bulwark is an increased priority move that will go before most attacks in a turn.


Games Description
SV The user’s intensely hot fur protects it from attacks and also burns any attacker that makes direct contact with it.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 49
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 火焰守護 Fóyihm Sáuwuh
Mandarin 火焰守護 / 火焰守护 Huǒyàn Shǒuhù
  French Rempart Brûlant
  German Flammenschild
  Italian Egida Ignea
  Korean 화염의수호 Hwayeom-ui Suho
  Spanish Llama Protectora

Variations of the move Protect
  ProtectDetectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstructSilk TrapBurning Bulwark

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