Obstruct (move)

ブロッキング Blocking
Obstruct VIII.png
Obstruct VIII 2.png
Type  Dark
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  +4
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Introduced  Generation VIII
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Obstruct (Japanese: ブロッキング Blocking) is a non-damaging Dark-type move introduced in Generation VIII. It is the signature move of Obstagoon.


Obstruct protects the user from any moves except status moves for that turn. Additionally, if Obstruct blocks an attack that would make contact with the user, the attacker's Defense stat drops by 2 stages. If Sucker Punch is used on a Pokémon that has used Obstruct, the move fails and the Pokémon's Defense does not drop. Obstruct causes the Defense stat to drop even if the user of Obstruct was immune to that contact move.

Using Obstruct, Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker, Wide Guard, Quick Guard, or Max Guard consecutively divides the chance of success of Protect, Detect, Endure, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker, Obstruct, and Max Guard by 3 for each consecutive use, with a minimum (1/3)^6 (1/729 or ~0.1%) chance.


Games Description
SwShLA This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession. Direct contact harshly lowers the attacker's Defense stat.
BDSP This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
862   Obstagoon
Field Field 1, Evo.SwSh
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 Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Status 2 2 —% Self The user takes up a defensive posture. Using this move again will make the user leave this defensive posture. No other actions can be taken when in this defensive posture. Nullifies an attack move that targets the user while it is in this defensive posture, then the user leaves the defensive posture. If the move was a physical attack move, lowers the Defense of the opponent that used it by two stat ranks.

Past Description

  • Prior to Version 2.10.0 (from June 28, 2021): ... If the move was a physical attack move, sharply lowers the Defense of the opponent that used it.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Spin-off series games


  • Despite Obstagoon's Pokédex entries describing it as shouting as it crosses its arms, Obstruct is not a sound-based move.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 攔堵 Làahndóu
Mandarin 攔堵 / 拦堵 Lándǔ
  Czech Blokáda
  French Blocage
  German Abblocker
  Italian Sbarramento
  Korean 블로킹 Beulloking
  Brazilian Portuguese Obstruir
  Russian Препятствие Prepyatstviye
  Spanish Obstrucción

Variations of the move Detect
  DetectProtectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstruct

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