Guard Dog (Ability)

Guard Dog ばんけん
Guard Dog
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Generation IX
Boosts the Pokémon’s Attack stat if intimidated. Moves and items that would force the Pokémon to switch out also fail to work.

Guard Dog (Japanese: ばんけん Guard Dog) is an Ability introduced in Generation IX.


In battle

This Ability prevents other Pokémon from forcing the Pokémon with this Ability to switch out or flee with a move (e.g. Roar, Circle Throw, etc.) or item (Red Card). Guard Dog does not affect the Pokémon switching out manually, or switching out or fleeing with its own move (e.g. Baton Pass, Teleport, etc.) or item (Eject Button and Eject Pack).

Additionally, if a Pokémon with this ability is affected by Intimidate, its Attack stat will increase by one stage, rather than decreasing by one stage.

Outside of battle

Guard Dog has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Guard Dog

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
0943   Mabosstiff
Dark Dark Intimidate Guard Dog Stakeout
1014   Okidogi
Poison Fighting Toxic Chain None Guard Dog
Please note that abilities marked with a superscript are only available in the stated generation or later.
  • For Generation III and IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 看門犬 Hōnmùhnhyún
Mandarin 看門犬 / 看门犬 Kānménquǎn
  French Chien de Garde
  German Wachhund
  Italian Cane da Guardia
  Korean 파수견 Pasugyeon
  Spanish Perro Guardián

  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.