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Barrier

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Psychic - - 30 0 - User

Description

Boosts the user's Defense by two stages.

Competitive Use

Defensive boosts from Barrier and moves like it are rarely helpful in allowing the user to overcome its common checks or counters. However, Barrier does have some utility on Baton Pass teams in the form of Mr. Mime and Mew. Mr. Mime is often relied upon in a Baton Pass team to prevent Perish Song and Roar from ending the stat boosting spree prematurely, thanks to its Soundproof ability. Mr. Mime has the option of setting up a Barrier after it has switched in, but Baton Passing Calm Mind boosts with Mr. Mime while using another teammate to boost Defense is generally a better idea. Mew on the other hand can utilize Barrier with any number of its other boosting attacks to fill in any gaps on a Baton Pass team. However, Mew's pure Psychic typing, which gives it a weakness to Pursuit and U-turn, greatly interferes with setting up defensive boosts, so the use of another Defense-passing Pokemon like Iron Defense Scizor is generally a better idea. Overall, Barrier has a small niche with its Defense-boosting abilities, but a very small and situational niche at that.

Related Moves

Acid Armor is a Poison-type equivalent.

Iron Defense is a Steel-type equivalent.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Abra Psychic LC Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 25 20 15 105 55 90 310
Alakazam Psychic OU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 55 50 45 135 85 120 490
Beheeyem Psychic NU Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 75 75 75 125 95 40 485
Clamperl Water LC Shell Armor / Rattled 35 64 85 74 55 32 345
Cloyster Water / Ice OU Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 50 95 180 85 45 70 525
Corsola Water / Rock NU Hustle / Natural Cure / Regenerator 55 55 85 65 85 35 380
Cradily Rock / Grass NU Suction Cups / Storm Drain 86 81 97 81 107 43 495
Drowzee Psychic LC Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 60 48 45 43 90 42 328
Electabuzz Electric NU Static / Vital Spirit 65 83 57 95 85 105 490
Electivire Electric RU Motor Drive / Vital Spirit 75 123 67 95 85 95 540
Elekid Electric LC Static / Vital Spirit 45 63 37 65 55 95 360
Elgyem Psychic LC Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 55 55 55 85 55 30 335
Glaceon Ice NU Snow Cloak / Ice Body 65 60 110 130 95 65 525
Gorebyss Water NU Swift Swim / Hydration 55 84 105 114 75 52 485
Huntail Water NU Swift Swim / Water Veil 55 104 105 94 75 52 485
Hypno Psychic NU Insomnia / Forewarn / Inner Focus 85 73 70 73 115 67 483
Kadabra Psychic NU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
Lileep Rock / Grass LC Suction Cups / Storm Drain 66 41 77 61 87 23 355
Magby Fire LC Flame Body / Vital Spirit 45 75 37 70 55 83 365
Magmar Fire NU Flame Body / Vital Spirit 65 95 57 100 85 93 495
Magmortar Fire RU Flame Body / Vital Spirit 75 95 67 125 95 83 540
Magnezone Electric / Steel OU Magnet Pull / Sturdy / Analytic 70 70 115 130 90 60 535
Mew Psychic UU Synchronize 100 100 100 100 100 100 600
Mewtwo Psychic Uber Pressure / Unnerve 106 110 90 154 90 130 680
Mime Jr. Psychic LC Soundproof / Filter / Technician 20 25 45 70 90 60 310
Mr. Mime Psychic NU Soundproof / Filter / Technician 40 45 65 100 120 90 460
Munna Psychic LC Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy 76 25 45 67 55 24 292
Musharna Psychic NU Forewarn / Synchronize / Telepathy 116 55 85 107 95 29 487
Shellder Water LC Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 30 65 100 45 25 40 305
Tentacool Water / Poison LC Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 40 40 35 50 100 70 335
Tentacruel Water / Poison OU Clear Body / Liquid Ooze / Rain Dish 80 70 65 80 120 100 515