Guard Swap (move)

Guard Swap
ガードスワップ Guard Swap
Guard Swap IX.png
Guard Swap IX 2.png
Type  Psychic
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation IV
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Raises the score if the Voltage is low.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Shows off the Pokémon's appeal about as well as all the moves before it this turn.

Guard Swap (Japanese: ガードスワップ Guard Swap) is a non-damaging Psychic-type move introduced in Generation IV. It was TM61 in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Effect

Guard Swap switches the user's Defense stat stages and Special Defense stat stages with the target's Defense stat stages and Special Defense stat stages. Since this changes stat stages, the stat stages can be passed via Baton Pass.

Guard Swap bypasses accuracy checks to always hit, unless the target is in the semi-invulnerable turn of a move such as Dig or Fly.

If powered up by a Psychium Z into Z-Guard Swap, the user's Speed stat is raised by one stage.

Description

Games Description
DPPtHGSSPBR The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Defense and Sp. Def with the foe.
BWB2W2 The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Defense and Sp. Def with the target.
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwShBDSPLA
SV
The user employs its psychic power to switch changes to its Defense and Sp. Def stats with the target.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0122    
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1 1 1 1 1 1
0150     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 64 57 43 43 56 56 56
0177    
 
Flying Flying 44 47 47 47 35 35
0178    
 
Flying Flying 54 59 59XY
53ORAS
53 34 34
0197     Field Field 78PtHGSS 78BW
45B2W2
45 45 35 35 35
0203    
 
Field Field 1 1 1 1 1 1
0616     Bug Bug 52 50 50 32
0617     Bug Bug - - - 1
0831     Field Field 28
0832     Field Field 32
0954    
 
Bug Bug 40
0981    
 
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 breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0063     Human-Like Human-Like
0096     Human-Like Human-Like HGSS
0194    
 
Water 1 Field - - -
0218     Amorphous Amorphous - -
0227    
 
Flying Flying HGSS -
0303    
 
Field Fairy HGSS
0307    
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0351     Fairy Amorphous - -
0564    
 
Water 1 Water 3 -
0605     Human-Like Human-Like
0686    
 
Water 1 Water 2 - USUM -
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 Compatibility
0063     Human-Like Human-Like
0064     Human-Like Human-Like
0065     Human-Like Human-Like
0122    
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0122  
Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0137     Mineral Mineral
0144  
Articuno
Galarian Form
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0150     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0151     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0177    
 
Flying Flying
0178    
 
Flying Flying
0194    
 
Water 1 Field
0195    
 
Water 1 Field
0197     Field Field
0227    
 
Flying Flying
0233     Mineral Mineral
0282    
 
Human-Like Amorphous
0303    
 
Field Fairy
0343    
 
Mineral Mineral
0344    
 
Mineral Mineral
0436    
 
Mineral Mineral
0437    
 
Mineral Mineral
0474     Mineral Mineral
0488     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0494    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0517     Field Field
0518     Field Field
0555     Field Field
0563     Mineral Amorphous
0564    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0565    
 
Water 1 Water 3
0574     Human-Like Human-Like
0575     Human-Like Human-Like
0576     Human-Like Human-Like
0577     Amorphous Amorphous
0578     Amorphous Amorphous
0579     Amorphous Amorphous
0605     Human-Like Human-Like
0606     Human-Like Human-Like
0616     Bug Bug
0617     Bug Bug
0686    
 
Water 1 Water 2
0687    
 
Water 1 Water 2
0703    
 
Fairy Mineral
0719    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0786    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0787    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0788    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0801  
Magearna
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0825    
 
Bug Bug
0826    
 
Bug Bug
0831     Field Field
0832     Field Field
0858    
 
Fairy Fairy
0866    
 
Human-Like Human-Like
0867    
 
Mineral Amorphous
0876  
Indeedee
Female
 
 
Fairy Fairy
0889  
Zamazenta
All forms
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0898  
Calyrex
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
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

Guard Swap switches the user's Defense stat stages and Special Defense stat stages with the target's Defense stat stages and Special Defense stat stages.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDTDS - - 11 - —% - Front All Yes
BSL - - 11 - —% - Front All Yes
MDGtI - - 13 50 100% - Front All Yes
SMD - - 13 30 100% - Front All Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Guard Swap was Mr. Mime's second move. It since has been replaced by Power Swap. It was obtained by reaching level 6 and upgrading Light Screen into it instead of Barrier. The user fires a beam, swapping base Defense and Sp. Defense with another Pokémon for as long as they stay in range or until another target is Guard Swapped. Swapping with an enemy slows and damages them over time while increasing the user's movement speed. Swapping with an ally increases the movement speed of that ally and the user. Damage ticks every .5s. At level 13, the move heals the user, plus an ally if tethered to them every .5s.

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Swaps any modified stat levels and rates for Defense and Special Defense with the Pokémon the user is facing.
BSL しょうめんの ポケモンの ぼうぎょ とくぼうの だんかいと ばいりつを じぶんと いれかえる
MDGtI It switches any changes to your Defense and Special Defense with the target. (The stat changes return to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.)
SMD It switches existing changes to your Defense and Sp. Def with the target.*
It switches any changes to your Defense and Sp. Def with the target's. The stats return to normal when you go to the next floor or step on a  Wonder Tile.*

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 防守互換 Fòhngsáu Wuhwuhn *
防禦交換 Fòhngyuh Gāauwuhn *
Mandarin 防守互換 / 防守互换 Fángshǒu Hùhuàn *
防禦交換 / 防御交换 Fángyù Jiāohuàn *
  French Permugarde
  German Schutztausch
  Greek Ανταλλαγή Άμυνας Antallagí Hamunas
  Italian Barattoscudo
  Korean 가드스왑 GadeuseuwapIX+
가드스웹 GadeuseuwepIVVIII
  Norwegian Vaktbytte
  Brazilian Portuguese Troca de Defesa
  Spanish CambiadefensaVIII+
Cambia DefensaVIVII
Cambia Def.IVV
  Vietnamese Hoán Đổi Phòng Ngự



Variations of the move Skill Swap
  Skill SwapHeart SwapPower SwapGuard SwapSpeed Swap


Generation VIII TMs
SwSh
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8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
BDSP
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4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
6162636465666768697071727374757677787980
81828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Generation VIII TRs (SwSh)
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6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899


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