You can buy TM17 Protect from the Technical Machine Shop in the Heahea City Pokémon Center. This shop sells another three TMs: TM16, TM20 and TM33.
Heahea City is located on Akala Island. You will be able to access Heahea once you complete the Melemele grand trial.
Obtaining TM17 Protect (Step-by-Step)
While playing through the main storyline you’ll arrive at Heahea City from the southwest.
Step 1: After exiting the stairs, walk east on the main street.
Step 2: Continue walking east on the main street.
Step 3: Continue east until you reach the intersection past the sign board. Walk east past the intersection.
Step 4: After the intersection, you will arrive at the Pokémon Center. Enter the building.
Step 5: In the Pokémon Center, walk to the counter on the right side.
Step 6: Talk to the clerk on the right side of the counter in order to access the Technical Machine Shop. Select “Buy” from the menu.
Step 7: Select Protect, which is the second item from top to bottom. The TM will cost 10,000 PokéDollars.
TM17 Protect Details + Use
|Protect Move Details|
Protect is a defensive move that renders the user immune to all moves for a turn.
The following damage-dealing moves will bypass Protect’s effect:
- Hyperspace Fury
- Hyperspace Hole
- Phantom Force
- Shadow Force
Damage-dealing Z Moves will also bypass Protect, but will have their damage reduced by 75%.
When used with a Normalium Z, Protect becomes Z-Protect. Aside from Protect’s basic effect, Z-Protect will also reset the user’s lowered stats.
Protect has +4 priority. In battle, priority determines which user will act first. Moves with higher priority will bypass Speed checks against moves with lower priority. At +4 priority, Protect is part of the second-highest priority bracket.
When used in consecutive turns, Protect will have a higher chance of failing.
|Consecutive Turns||Success Rate|
Protect is a staple move in competitive play. Most teams have at least one Pokémon with Protect in the moveset.
In a main story playthrough, Protect is only useful against high level opponents. You can use Protect to guard from Z Moves later in the game. Most opponents in the main story, however, are too weak to make Protect a worthy investment.