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Guard Split

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Psychic - - 10 0 - Single non-user

Description

The user and the target have their Defense and Special Defense stats set to be equal to the average of the user and the target's Defense and Special Defense stats, respectively, rounded down. Stat stage changes are unaffected. The effect on each lasts until they faint or switch out.

Competitive Use

The fact that Guard Split ignores the stats changes of both the user and the target makes it an inferior Guard Swap.

Theoretically, it's supposed to be used by a frail Pokemon on a bulky one. Averaging the Defense and Special Defense would mean boosting the user's own defenses while lowering the opponent's once bulky stats, making an impassable wall easier to kill. However, most users already sport great defenses regardless (the exceptions are Smeargle and Alakazam), so using this move would be entirely counterproductive.

Related Moves

Power Split works identically; however, it averages the Attack and Special Attack stats.

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
Accelgor Bug RU Hydration / Sticky Hold / Unburden 80 70 40 100 60 145 495
Alakazam Psychic OU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 55 50 45 135 85 120 490
Baltoy Ground / Psychic LC Levitate 40 40 55 40 70 55 300
Beheeyem Psychic NU Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 75 75 75 125 95 40 485
Claydol Ground / Psychic UU Levitate 60 70 105 70 120 75 500
Cofagrigus Ghost UU Mummy 58 50 145 95 105 30 483
Elgyem Psychic LC Telepathy / Synchronize / Analytic 55 55 55 85 55 30 335
Kadabra Psychic NU Synchronize / Inner Focus / Magic Guard 40 35 30 120 70 105 400
Latias Dragon / Psychic OU Levitate 80 80 90 110 130 110 600
Shelmet Bug LC Hydration / Shell Armor / Overcoat 50 40 85 40 65 25 305
Shuckle Bug / Rock NU Sturdy / Gluttony / Contrary 20 10 230 10 230 5 505
Yamask Ghost LC Mummy 38 30 85 55 65 30 303