Defense Curl (move)

Defense Curl
まるくなる Curl Up
Defense Curl VIII.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

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

Defense Curl also doubles the power of the user's Rollout and Ice Ball as long as the user remains in battle. This effect does not stack with itself and cannot be Baton Passed.

Defense Curl can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with Rollout and Tackle having their base appeal points doubled if they are used in the next turn. It can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, causing Ice Ball and Rollout to give the user an extra three appeal points if they are used in the next turn.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Defense Curl, the user's accuracy is raised by 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.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
The user curls up to conceal weak spots and raise its Defense stat.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
027   Sandshrew
  Field Field 6 6 3 3BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
027   Sandshrew
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1 1
028   Sandslash
  Field Field 1, 6 1, 6 1, 3 1, 3BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
028   Sandslash
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1 1
035   Clefairy
  Fairy Fairy 39 26 25 13 13 13 13SMUSUM
4PE
1
036   Clefable
  Fairy Fairy 1PE 1
039   Jigglypuff
 
 
Fairy Fairy 19 4 4 5 5 5XY
3ORAS
3SMUSUM
6PE
1
040   Wigglytuff
 
 
Fairy Fairy 1 1 1 1 1 1 1SMUSUM 1
074   Geodude
 
 
Mineral Mineral 11 6 1 1 1 1 1
074   Geodude
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1
075   Graveler
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1, 11 1, 6 1 1 1 1 1
075   Graveler
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1
076   Golem
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1, 11 1, 6 1 1 1 1 1
076   Golem
Alolan Form
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1
108   Lickitung
  Monster Monster 23 13 12 9 9 9 9SMUSUM 1
113   Chansey
  Fairy Fairy 44 41 41 31 1 1 1SMUSUM
4PE
1
143   Snorlax
  Monster Monster 15 10RSE
9FRLG
4 4 4 4SMUSUM
6PE
1
155   Cyndaquil
  Field Field 22 22 22 22
156   Quilava
  Field Field 24 24 24 24
157   Typhlosion
  Field Field 24 24 24 24
161   Sentret
  Field Field 5 4 4 4 4 4
162   Furret
  Field Field 1, 5 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4
174   Igglybuff
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 4 4 5 5 5XY
3ORAS
3 1
183   Marill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy 3 3 2 2BW
10B2W2
10 10 1
184   Azumarill
 
 
Water 1 Fairy 1, 3 1, 3 1, 2 1, 2BW
10B2W2
10 10 1
206   Dunsparce
  Field Field 5 4 5 4BW
1B2W2
1 1 1
231   Phanpy
  Field Field 9 9 1 1 1 1
232   Donphan
  Field Field 9 9 1 1 1 1
233   Porygon2
  Mineral Mineral 24 24 1 1 1 1 1
241   Miltank
  Field Field 8 8 5 5 5 5 10
242   Blissey
  Fairy Fairy 33 33 31 1 1 1 1
363   Spheal
 
 
Water 1 Field 1FRLG 1 1 1 1 1
364   Sealeo
 
 
Water 1 Field 1FRLG 1ORAS 1 1
365   Walrein
 
 
Water 1 Field 1FRLG 1ORAS 1 1
399   Bidoof
  Water 1 Field 9 9 9 5
400   Bibarel
 
 
Water 1 Field 9 9 9 5
427   Buneary
  Field Human-Like 1 1 1 1 4
428   Lopunny
  Field Human-Like 1 1 1 1 1
440   Happiny
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 4
446   Munchlax
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 4 4 4 4 4
463   Lickilicky
  Monster Monster 9 9 9 9 1
474   Porygon-Z
  Mineral Mineral 1
492   Shaymin
Land Forme
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 1DP
498   Tepig
  Field Field 13 13 13
499   Pignite
 
 
Field Field 13 13 13
500   Emboar
 
 
Field Field 13 13 13
517   Munna
  Field Field 1 1 1 1
518   Musharna
  Field Field 1 1 1 1
543   Venipede
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1
544   Whirlipede
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1
545   Scolipede
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1
622   Golett
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 4
623   Golurk
 
 
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1
767   Wimpod
 
 
Bug Water 3 1
768   Golisopod
 
 
Bug Water 3 1
774   Minior
 
 
Mineral Mineral 3
775   Komala
  Field Field 1
777   Togedemaru
 
 
Field Fairy 5 5
801   Magearna
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 6
831   Wooloo
  Field Field 4
832   Dubwool
  Field Field 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 TM

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

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


Special move

Generation VIII

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
801   Magearna
Original Color
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered HOME National Pokédex Completion Magearna
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

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Defense Curl is a move with 27PP. The user raises its Defense by one stage. This move is affected by Snatch and Taunt.

In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, the move's PP was decreased to 16.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Defense by one level.
MDTDS Boosts the user's Defense by 1 level.
BSL じぶんの ぼうぎょを 1だんかいあげる
MDGtI It boosts your Defense. (The stat change returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.)
SMD It boosts your Defense. The stat returns to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.


In the anime

Main series

       
Sentret Phanpy Golem Donphan
The user curls up to conceal weak spots.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  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
  Golem Golem pulls its arms and legs into its shell, and hides its head, making itself into a ball.
Chopper's Golem The Bridge Bike Gang None
A wild Golem Hour of the Houndour None
  Sentret Sentret rolls itself up into a ball.
A wild Sentret Tanks a Lot! None
  Graveler Graveler pulls its arms and legs in and curls itself into a ball.
Rory's Graveler Spring Fever None
  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
  Poliwag Poliwag pulls in its legs and wraps its tail around itself to make itself into a ball.
A Poliwag Max borrowed from the Pokémon Trainer's School Gonna Rule the School! None
  Donphan Donphan curls itself into a ball, protecting itself from attacks.
Ash's Donphan Queen of the Serpentine! None


Pokémon: Twilight Wings

  • In Buddy, Hop mentioned that his Wooloo knows Defense Curl, but it hasn't been seen using the move.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure!


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 變圓 Binyùhn *
Mandarin 變圓 / 变圆 Biànyuán *
防衛捲 / 防卫卷 Fángwèijuǎn *
  Czech Obranné klubíčko
  Danish Forsvarsrul
  Dutch Verdediging
  Finnish Torjuntakierre (EP267)
Suojakilpi (AG015)
Puolustuskihara (AG140)
  French Boul'Armure
  German Einigler
  Greek Αμυντική Περιέλιξη Amyntikí Periélixi
  Hindi बचाओ पैतरा "Bachao paintra"
  Italian Ricciolscudo
  Korean 웅크리기 Ungkeurigi
  Polish Obronny Lok*
Ochronny Unik*
Obronny Unik*
Obronny Skręt*
Podwójna Garda*
Kiwanie*
Portuguese   Brazil Espiral de Defesa (TCG, manga)
Defesa Fechada (anime)
Enrolar (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Defesa de Enrolar (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Enrolamento de Defesa (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
  Portugal Espiral de Defesa
  Serbian Sklupčavanje
Spanish   Latin America Rizo de Defensa
Defensa de Giro (AG140)
Defensa Curva (AG158)
  Spain Rizo Defensa
  Swedish Försvarsboll
Försvarsrull*
  Vietnamese Cuộn Tròn




Variations of the move Defense Curl
  Defense CurlHardenHowlMeditateSharpenWithdraw


Generation II TMs
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Generation II HMs
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