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I found the next sentence:

魔物が防御に徹するかのように動く。

And when I searched the word 防御 I found out that this word works only as a noun and as a のadjective, hence my doubt regarding the use and meaning of に in this particular sentence.

My question is, is it working with a "aim" meaning? or is it working with a "-ly meaning (like "defensively" or something like that)"?

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In answer to your title question, noun+に has no special meaning at all. You should think of this に as working with the verb 徹する. This verb means "devote oneself to". The thing you are devoting yourself to is marked with に.

魔物が防御に徹するかのように動く。
The monster moves as though devoting itself to defense.

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