Magic Guard (Ability)

Magic Guard マジックガード
Magic Guard
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Generation IV
The Pokémon only takes damage from attacks.
Generation V
The Pokémon only takes damage from attacks.
Generation VI
The Pokémon only takes damage from attacks.
Generation VII
The Pokémon only takes damage from attacks.
Generation VIII
The Pokémon only takes damage from attacks.

Magic Guard (Japanese: マジックガード Magic Guard) is an Ability introduced in Generation IV. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature Ability of Clefairy's evolutionary line.

Effect

In battle

Magic Guard prevents the Pokémon from receiving indirect damage, but does not prevent it from becoming afflicted by statuses that would deal such damage. Additional effects, such as being trapped by binding moves or having its Attack reduced by burn, are not prevented even though their damage is.

Magic Guard prevents damage caused by effects including weather, poison and burn, effects like Curse and Leech Seed, entry hazards, recoil (except from Struggle), crash damage, and damage from using Mind Blown or Steel Beam. Magic Guard prevents the damage inflicted by a Life Orb, but the holder still gains the power boost. Damage from confusion still occurs.

Magic Guard does not prevent direct modification of a Pokémon's HP through means other than damage, such as by Pain Split, Belly Drum, Substitute, or a Ghost type cutting its own HP to use Curse. Moves that cause the user to faint, Destiny Bond, and Perish Song can still cause a Pokémon with Magic Guard to faint.

Generation IV

If a Pokémon with Magic Guard is paralyzed, it cannot be fully paralyzed, although its Speed is still reduced. A Pokémon with Magic Guard cannot be poisoned by Toxic Spikes.

Generation V onward

Magic Guard no longer grants immunity to being fully paralyzed and no longer prevents poisoning from Toxic Spikes (but it still prevents poison damage).

Outside of battle

Magic Guard has no effect outside of battle. This means a poisoned Pokémon with Magic Guard will still take damage in the field in Generation IV (but not later generations, because poison no longer causes damage in the field starting in Generation V).

Pokémon with Magic Guard

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
  Clefairy Fairy Fairy Cute Charm Magic Guard Friend Guard
  Clefable Fairy Fairy Cute Charm Magic Guard Unaware
  Abra Psychic Psychic Synchronize Inner Focus Magic Guard
  Kadabra Psychic Psychic Synchronize Inner Focus Magic Guard
  Alakazam Psychic Psychic Synchronize Inner Focus Magic Guard
  Cleffa Fairy Fairy Cute Charm Magic Guard Friend Guard
  Sigilyph Psychic Flying Wonder Skin Magic Guard Tinted Lens
  Solosis Psychic Psychic Overcoat Magic Guard Regenerator
  Duosion Psychic Psychic Overcoat Magic Guard Regenerator
  Reuniclus Psychic Psychic Overcoat Magic Guard Regenerator
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VIII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII or later.
  • For Generation VII games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VIII or later.

In other games

Description

Games Description
MDTDS Protects the Pokémon from all damage except from direct attacks.
BSL わざや こうげき いがいからの ダメージを うけない
MDGtI Unavailable
SMD The Pokémon is protected from most indirect damage, such as damage from a sandstorm, a  Blast Trap, or getting poisoned. But it takes damage from attack moves.
MDRTDX The Pokémon won't take damage from things like the Sandstorm weather condition, Blast Traps, or getting Poisoned.


In the anime

       
Clefable
The Pokémon is unaffected by indirect damage through means such as poison.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Clefable Clefable is unaffected by indirect damage through means such as poison.
Lusamine's Clefable 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight! Debut


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 魔法防守 Mōfaat Fòhngsáu
Mandarin 魔法防守 Mófǎ Fángshǒu *
魔法防禦 Mófǎ Fángyù *
  Danish Magic Guard
  Finnish Taikasuoja
  French Garde Magik
  German Magieschild
  Italian Magicscudo
  Korean 매직가드 Magic Guard
  Norwegian Magic Guard
  Polish Magiczna Ochrona
  Portuguese Escudo Mágico
  Spanish Muro Mágico
  Swedish Magic Guard
  Vietnamese Phòng Ngự Ma Thuật



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