Protect (move)

Protect
まもる Protect
Protect VIII.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
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
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation II
Condition  Cute
Appeal  1
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by others.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  0  
Raises the score if the Voltage is low.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled one time this turn.

Protect (Japanese: まもる Protect) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation II. It was TM17 from Generation II to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and TM07 in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. It is TM25 in Generation VIII.

Effect

Generation II

Protect protects the user from all effects of moves that target it during the turn it is used, including damage.

This does not include damage inflicted by weather it is susceptible to, or damage from a status condition that it obtained on a previous turn (as these are not moves that targeted the user this turn). If the user goes last this turn, the move will fail.

Protect will fail if the user is behind a substitute.

Each time any of Protect, Detect, or Endure is successfully used without other moves used in between, the success rate will halve. In this generation, the success rate is implemented as a single byte over 255 which starts at the maximum of 255 and is floor-divided by 2 each time. This causes the success rate to drop to 0 on its ninth consecutive successful use.[1]

Turn Success Rate
1 255
2 127
3 63
4 31
5 15
6 7
7 3
8 1
9 0


Generation III

Protect can now be used when the user is behind a substitute.

Like in Generation II, the success rates of Protect, Detect, and Endure halve each time any of the three are used successfully and consecutively. In this generation, the halving was intended to cap at a 12.5% success rate on the fourth consecutive successful use, but a bug[citation needed] causes the cap to not work, causing the game to read garbage values and causing Protect's success rate on the fifth and future turns to follow an erratic sequence.[2][3]

The following success rates are accurate to Ruby and Sapphire; from the 53rd turn onward, FireRed and LeafGreen have a different sequence of values, as does Emerald.[4] These numbers represent success rates out of 65536, which means that the move has a 1/65536 chance of missing on the first use.[5]

Turn Success Rate Turn Success Rate Turn Success Rate Turn Success Rate Turn Success Rate
1 65535 17 168 33 89 49 2000 65 110
2 32767 18 266 34 56 50 100 66 90
3 16383 19 289 35 57 51 65535 67 64
4 8191 20 270 36 61 52 65535 68 95
5 118 21 343 37 157 53 22 69 69
6 165 22 271 38 247 54 30 70 99
7 166 23 264 39 129 55 23 71 187
8 102 24 65535 40 129 56 40 72 1
9 65534 25 51201 41 100 57 2 73 3084
10 68 26 38404 42 20 58 50 74 2820
11 243 27 25609 43 250 59 68 75 2827
12 182 28 20496 44 40 60 60 76 1285
13 197 29 10272 45 500 61 19 77 0
14 203 30 5168 46 60 62 70
15 194 31 78 47 1000 63 24
16 214 32 75 48 80 64 80


Protect can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra appeal point if Harden was used in the prior turn.

Generation IV

Protect now properly caps at a minimum success rate of 12.5% on the fourth and future consecutive turns.

In Diamond and Pearl only, if an attack is given perfect accuracy through the effect of a move (Lock-On/Mind Reader), the weather (Thunder in Rain, or Blizzard in Hail), a Micle Berry, or an Ability (No Guard), it has a chance to hit through Protect equal to (100 - move accuracy)%. OHKO moves are unaffected, and will never hit through Protect. This behavior was reverted in Platinum.

Generation V

Protect's success rate no longer has a lower bound of 12.5%. Quick Guard and Wide Guard now also count toward this halving.[6]

Generation VI onwards

Successfully using Protect, Detect, Endure, Wide Guard, Quick Guard, Spiky Shield, King's Shield, Baneful Bunker, Obstruct, or Max Guard consecutively now 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.[7]

If a damaging Z-Move or a Max Move targets a Pokémon that used Protect, the move will bypass Protect but only do 25% of the original damage. The effects of Protect are not lifted.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Protect, all of the user's lowered stats are reset.

Moves that bypass Protect

In addition to damaging Z-Moves and Max Moves, the following moves marked with a ✔ bypass Protect:


Additionally, Feint, Shadow Force, Phantom Force, Hyperspace Fury, and Hyperspace Hole lift Protect's protection for the rest of the turn.

Moves that target the user, moves that target the user and all allies, moves that target all Pokémon (except Shadow Shed and Shadow Half), and entry hazard moves cannot be blocked by Protect.

Abilities that bypass Protect

Unseen Fist is an Ability that allows all moves that make contact to bypass protection moves.

Description

Games Description
Stad2 Completely foils an opponent's attack. If used consecutively, its success rate decreases.
GSC Foils attack that turn. It may fail.
RSEColo.XD Evades attack, but may fail if used in succession.*
Negates all damage, but may fail if used in succession.*
FRLG Enables the user to evade all attacks. It may fail if used in succession.
DPPtHGSSPBR
BWB2W2
It enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
Enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
SwSh This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
007   Squirtle
  Monster Water 1 28 28 22 22 22 22SMUSUM
32PE
18
008   Wartortle
  Monster Water 1 31 31 24 24 24 25SMUSUM
40PE
20
009   Blastoise
  Monster Water 1 31 31 24 24 24 25SMUSUM
44PE
20
027   Sandshrew
  Field Field 24PE
028   Sandslash
  Field Field 28PE
090   Shellder
  Water 3 Water 3 25 25RSE
29FRLG
16 16 16 16SMUSUM
31PE
28
091   Cloyster
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1SMUSUM 1
098   Krabby
  Water 3 Water 3 34 41RSE
38FRLG
29 29 29 29SMUSUM
27PE
16
099   Kingler
  Water 3 Water 3 38 49RSE
42FRLG
32 32 32 32SMUSUM
27PE
16
122   Mr. Mime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 20
122   Mr. Mime
Galarian Form
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1
138   Omanyte
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 37 37 34 34 34 34SMUSUM
33PE
41
139   Omastar
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 37 37 34 34 34 34SMUSUM
33PE
43
140   Kabuto
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 41
141   Kabutops
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 43
204   Pineco
  Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
205   Forretress
 
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1 1
258   Mudkip
  Monster Water 1 37 37 37 37XY
28ORAS
28 12
259   Marshtomp
 
 
Monster Water 1 42 42 42 42XY
32ORAS
32 12
260   Swampert
 
 
Monster Water 1 46 46 46 46XY
32ORAS
32 12
269   Dustox
 
 
Bug Bug 17 17 17 17XY
37ORAS
37
279   Pelipper
 
 
Water 1 Flying 25 25 25 25 1, Evo. 1
304   Aron
 
 
Monster Monster 34 32 32BW
29B2W2
29XY
16ORAS
16 20
305   Lairon
 
 
Monster Monster 37 34 34BW
29B2W2
29XY
16ORAS
16 20
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster 37 34 34BW
29B2W2
29XY
16ORAS
16 20
313   Volbeat
  Bug Human-Like 29 29 29 29 29
324   Torkoal
  Field Field 27 36 36 1, 36XY
30ORAS
30 24
341   Corphish
  Water 1 Water 3 23RSE
22FRLG
23 23 23XY
17ORAS
17 24
342   Crawdaunt
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 23RSE
22FRLG
23 23 23XY
17ORAS
17 24
347   Anorith
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 31 25 25 25XY
49ORAS
49 41
348   Armaldo
 
 
Water 3 Water 3 31 25 25 25XY
53ORAS
53 43
361   Snorunt
  Fairy Mineral 25 22 22 22XY
32ORAS
32 20
362   Glalie
  Fairy Mineral 25 22 22 22XY
32ORAS
32 20
372   Shelgon
  Dragon Dragon 30 30 30 30 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
373   Salamence
 
 
Dragon Dragon 30 30 30 30 1 1
381   Latios
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 25 25 25 25XY
4ORAS
4
410   Shieldon
 
 
Monster Monster 1 1 1 1
411   Bastiodon
 
 
Monster Monster 1 1 1 1
412   Burmy
  Bug Bug 1 1 1 1
413   Wormadam
Plant Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 10 10 10 1, 10
413   Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 10 10 10 1, 10
413   Wormadam
Trash Cloak
 
 
Bug Bug 10 10 10 1, 10
414   Mothim
 
 
Bug Bug 10 10 10 1, 10
439   Mime Jr.
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 20
475   Gallade
 
 
Human-Like Amorphous 50 53 53XY
49ORAS
49 28
478   Froslass
 
 
Fairy Mineral 1
481   Mesprit
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 16 16 16 16 14
486   Regigigas
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 24
541   Swadloon
 
 
Bug Bug 20 20 1, Evo.
543   Venipede
 
 
Bug Bug 15 15 15 8
544   Whirlipede
 
 
Bug Bug 15 15 15 1
545   Scolipede
 
 
Bug Bug 15 15 15 1
559   Scraggy
 
 
Field Dragon 20
560   Scrafty
 
 
Field Dragon 20
562   Yamask
  Mineral Amorphous 1 1 1 1
562   Yamask
Galarian Form
 
 
Mineral Amorphous 1
563   Cofagrigus
  Mineral Amorphous 1 1 1 1
564   Tirtouga
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 11 11 11 3
565   Carracosta
 
 
Water 1 Water 3 11 11 11 1
577   Solosis
  Amorphous Amorphous 1
578   Duosion
  Amorphous Amorphous 1
579   Reuniclus
  Amorphous Amorphous 1
594   Alomomola
  Water 1 Water 2 21 21 21
616   Shelmet
  Bug Bug 28 28 28 1
665   Spewpa
  Bug Bug 9 1, Evo.
704   Goomy
  Dragon Dragon 9 9 15
705   Sliggoo
  Dragon Dragon 9 9 15
706   Goodra
  Dragon Dragon 9 1, 9 15
712   Bergmite
  Monster Mineral 15
713   Avalugg
  Monster Mineral 15
776   Turtonator
 
 
Monster Dragon 9 8
780   Drampa
 
 
Monster Dragon 9 10
782   Jangmo-o
  Dragon Dragon 13 4
783   Hakamo-o
 
 
Dragon Dragon 1, 13 1
784   Kommo-o
 
 
Dragon Dragon 1, 13 1
805   Stakataka
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1USUM 10
809   Melmetal
  Undiscovered Undiscovered 63PE 56
833   Chewtle
  Monster Water 1 14
834   Drednaw
 
 
Monster Water 1 1
841   Flapple
 
 
Grass Dragon 16
842   Appletun
 
 
Grass Dragon 16
854   Sinistea
  Mineral Amorphous 18
855   Polteageist
  Mineral Amorphous 18
866   Mr. Rime
 
 
Human-Like Human-Like 1
867   Runerigus
 
 
Mineral Amorphous 1
870   Falinks
  Fairy Mineral 1
882   Dracovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 7
883   Arctovish
 
 
Undiscovered Undiscovered 7
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 Machine
I
--
II
TM17
III
TM17
IV
TM17
V
TM17
VI
TM17
VII
TM17
TM07
VIII
TM25
Every Pokémon can learn this move by TM except the ones listed below and only if marked with ✘.
010   Caterpie
  Bug Bug
011   Metapod
  Bug Bug
013   Weedle
 
 
Bug Bug
014   Kakuna
 
 
Bug Bug
129   Magikarp
  Water 2 Dragon
132   Ditto
  Ditto Ditto
201   Unown
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
202   Wobbuffet
  Amorphous Amorphous
235   Smeargle
  Field Field
265   Wurmple
  Bug Bug
266   Silcoon
  Bug Bug
268   Cascoon
  Bug Bug
360   Wynaut
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
374   Beldum
 
 
Mineral Mineral
401   Kricketot
  Bug Bug
412   Burmy
  Bug Bug
415   Combee
 
 
Bug Bug
486   Regigigas
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
602   Tynamo
  Amorphous Amorphous
664   Scatterbug
  Bug Bug
789   Cosmog
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
790   Cosmoem
  Undiscovered Undiscovered
824   Blipbug
  Bug Bug
840   Applin
 
 
Grass Dragon
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

In Red Rescue Team, Blue Rescue Team, Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Protect is a move with 10PP and 75% accuracy. The user gains Protect status condition for 3-6 turns, causing it to be protected from most attacks; it still can be damaged by items or explosions. This move is affected by Taunt.

Description

Games Description
MDRB The user gains the Protect status, preventing damage from enemy attacks and moves.
MDTD Gives the user a Protect status. A Pokémon with the Protect status doesn't take damage from enemy attacks and moves, and is also protected from the effects of moves.
MDS Gives the user a Protect status. A Pokémon with the Protect status doesn't take damage from enemy attacks and moves and is also protected from the effects of moves.
BSL じぶんを まもりじょうたいにかえる まもりじょうたいになると てきのこうげきや わざのこうかを うけない
MDGtI You'll get the Protect status, which enables you to evade enemies' attacks and move effects. Its chance of failing rises if you use it multiple times in a row.
SMD You'll protect yourself and evade enemies' attacks and move effects. But its chance of failure rises if you use it after you use a move that evades enemies' attacks.


In the anime

Main series


Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 Animated Trailer


Pokémon Generations


In the manga

Ash & Pikachu


Pokémon Adventures


Be the Best! Pokémon B+W


Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl


Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys


Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All

Pocket Monsters Platinum: Aim to Be Battle King!!


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • In Generation II, after the "[Pokémon's name] protected itself!" message appears, there is another message saying that the opponent's move missed. This is caused by Protect's effect internally leading moves with an accuracy check to miss, and was changed in Generation III to omit the second message.
  • Protect is the most common move among the movesets of Video Game World Championships team's winners.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 守住 Sáujyuh
Mandarin 守住 Shǒuzhù
  Czech Ochranný útok
  Danish Beskyt
  Dutch Bescherm
  Finnish Suojaus
French   Canada Protéger*
  Europe Abri
  German Schutzschild
  Greek Προστασία Prostasía
  Hebrew הגנה Hagana
  Hindi बचाओ Bachao
रक्षा कवच Raksha Kavach
  Indonesian Lindungi
Bertahan
Berlindung
  Italian Protezione
  Korean 방어 Bang'eo
  Polish Ochrona*
Tarcza Obronna*
Portuguese   Brazil Proteção
  Portugal Proteção
Proteger
  Romanian Protecția
  Russian Щит Schit
  Serbian Zaštita
  Spanish Protección
  Swedish Försvara
  Vietnamese Bảo Vệ


References

External links


Variations of the move Detect
  DetectProtectKing's ShieldSpiky ShieldBaneful BunkerObstruct


Generation II TMs
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26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation II HMs
01020304050607
Generation III TMs
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
Generation III HMs
0102030405060708RSE
Generation IV TMs
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223
2425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
4748495051525354555657585960616263646566676869
7071727374757677787980818283848586878889909192
Generation IV HMs
01020304 • 05 (DPPtHGSS) • 060708
Generation V TMs
010203040506070809101112131415161718192021222324
252627282930313233343536373839404142434445464748
495051525354555657585960616263646566676869707172
7374757677787980818283848586878889909192939495
Generation V HMs
010203040506
Generation VI TMs
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223242526
2728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849505152
5354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475767778
798081828384858687888990919293 • 94 (XYORAS) • 9596979899100
Generation VI HMs
010203040506ORAS07ORAS
Generation VII TMs
Alola
01020304050607080910111213141516171819202122232425
26272829303132333435363738394041424344454647484950
51525354555657585960616263646566676869707172737475
767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Kanto
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
Generation VIII TMs
00010203040506070809101112131415161718192021222324
25262728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849
50515253545556575859606162636465666768697071727374
75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation VIII TRs
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25262728293031323334353637383940414243444546474849
50515253545556575859606162636465666768697071727374
75767778798081828384858687888990919293949596979899


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