Research on the effect of ion implantation on the corrosion behaviour of metals has been carried out for years, but some difficulties arise in the comparison of the obtained results due to variations in experimental conditions (alloys, surface preparation, doses, experimental techniques...). This work tries to overcome those differences, presenting the effect of several elements (Ce+, N+, Cr+ and Cr+ N+) implanted in similar conditions on the pitting corrosion resistance of AISI 430 stainless steel. Potentiodynamic measurements in 1M NaCl demonstrate the beneficial effect of all the implanted elements, showing that Ce+ is the less efficient ion, while Cr+ N+ co-implantation gives the best results in terms of localized attack resistance. Pitting morphology is explained in terms of the XPS and GIXRD data that allow chemical and structural characterization of the implanted layer. Those results help to enlighten the protection mechanisms involved in the considered implantations.