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Guard Spec.
エフェクトガード
Effect Guard
Guard Spec.
Guard Spec.
Pokémon Global Link artwork
Introduced in Generation I
Pocket
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Generation II Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation III Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation IV Bag Battle items pocket icon.png Battle items
Generation V Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
Generation VI Bag Items pocket icon.png Items
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Generation VIII Bag Battle Items pocket icon.png Battle Items
Fling
Power 30

The Guard Spec. (Japanese: エフェクトガード Effect Guard) is a type of battle item introduced in Generation I. It temporarily prevents stat reduction.

Contents

In the core series games

Price

Games Cost Sell price
RGBY/RBY
GSC
RSEFRLG
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
PokémonDollar.png700 PokémonDollar.png350
SMUSUM
SwSh
PokémonDollar.png1,500 PokémonDollar.png750
PE PokémonDollar.png700 PokémonDollar.png350

Effect

Guard Spec. replicates the effect of the move Mist, which itself has changed through the generations.

Generation I

When used on a Pokémon from the Bag during battle, it creates Mist on that Pokémon's side of the field as long as it is in battle.

The mist protects the Pokémon from opponent's status moves that lower the target's stats (such as Growl and String Shot). It has no effect on damaging moves that have additional effects to lower stats (such as Aurora Beam or Psychic).

Generation II

When used on a Pokémon from the Bag during battle, it creates Mist on that Pokémon's side of the field as long as it is in battle (although it can be passed by Baton Pass).

The mist makes the Pokémon immune to the stat-lowering effects of other Pokémon's moves (both damaging and status moves). It does not prevent the user from decreasing its own stats with its own moves (such as a non-Ghost-type Pokémon using Curse).

Generation III onward

When used on a Pokémon from the Bag during battle, it creates Mist on that Pokémon's side of the field for 5 turns (even if the original Pokémon leaves the field). It also increases the Pokémon's friendship a little.

The mist makes the Pokémon immune to the stat-lowering effects of other Pokémon's moves and Abilities. It does not prevent the user from decreasing its own stats with its own moves (such as a non-Ghost-type Pokémon using Curse).

Description

Games Description
Stad Temporarily increases Speed for one battle.
GS Prevents stat reduction. (1 BTL)
C Prevents stats reduction. (1 BTL)
RSEColo.XD Prevents stat reduction when used in battle.
FRLG An item that prevents stat reduction among party Pokémon for five turns after use.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
An item that prevents stat reduction among the Trainer's party Pokémon for five turns after use.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwSh
An item that prevents stat reduction among the Trainer's party Pokémon for five turns after it is used in battle.

Acquisition

Games Finite methods Repeatable methods
RBY/RGBY Victory Road Celadon Department Store
GSC Team Rocket's HideoutC Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
RSE Route 103 Mauville and Fallarbor Poké Marts, Lilycove Department Store
FRLG Victory Road Celadon Department Store
Colo. Phenac Poké Mart
XD Realgam Tower (Battle CD 18 completion prize) Pyrite Poké Mart
DPPt Route 205Pt, Route 215DP Veilstone Department Store
HGSS Team Rocket HQ Goldenrod Department Store, Celadon Department Store
PW Suburban Area, Town Outskirts
BW Nacrene City, Shopping Mall Nine
B2W2 Castelia City Battle Company Nacrene City, Shopping Mall Nine
Join Avenue (Market)
XY Routes 13 and 21 Santalune City Poké Mart
ORAS Routes 103 and 112 Slateport City Poké Mart, Lilycove Department Store (Level 3)
SMUSUM Route 13, Poni Gauntlet, Team Rocket's CastleUSUM Route 2, Route 5USUM, Route 8, and Hau'oli Poké Marts
Festival Plaza (Battle Store)MUM
PE Route 6, Team Rocket Hideout, Silph Co. All Poké Marts (after obtaining 1 Badge), Celadon Department Store
SwSh Hammerlocke Poké Mart (south)

Wonder Launcher

Bag Guard Spec. WL Sprite.png The Guard Spec. appears as a Wonder Launcher item. It costs 3 points to use.

In the TCG

Guard Spec. appears as a Trainer card in Sheet 2 of the Vending Machine cards released exclusively in Japan.

Trivia

  • In Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, there is a Trainer Tips sign in Celadon City that states Guard Specs. decrease damage taken by Special attacks. This is incorrect, as Guard Specs. protect a Pokémon from having its stats lowered.
    • Interestingly, the item's description in the leaked beta version of Gold and Silver states that it increases Special Defense, which would make the sign retroactively correct. The item's actual effect in the beta, however, is still the same as in the officially released versions of the games.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 能力防守 Nàhnglihk Fòhngsáu *
效果防護 Haauhgwó Fòhngwuh *
Mandarin 能力防守 Nénglì Fángshǒu
France Flag.png French Garde-Stats*
Défense Spéciale*
Défense Spéc.*
Germany Flag.png German Megablock
Italy Flag.png Italian Superguardia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 이펙트가드 Effect Guard
Spain Flag.png Spanish Protección X*
Protec. Especial*



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