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[[File:Type Bug/Rock.gif|link=Bug/Rock type]]  
Species Mold Pokémon
Abilities Sturdy
Contrary (Dream World)
None ← 213 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into None
(ツボツボ Tsubotsubo)
[[Generation II]]
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex Color Egg Group
<font color=Yellow>Yellow</font>
Shape Footprint

Shuckle (Japanese: ツボツボ Tsubotsubo) is a Bug/Rock-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II. It has the highest non-legendary base Defense and Special Defense stats, but has very low Attack, HP, Special Attack, and Speed stats. It is usually used as a stalling Wall, with moves such as Sandstorm, Toxic, Gyro Ball (for the sake of a decent offensive move), and Withdraw. A Shiny Shuckle appeared in the episode A Better Pill to Swallow as a purple one, despite shiny Shuckles being blue. It is known for its massive amount of Defense and resembles a turtle or tortoise. It can withdraw into its shell like a tortoise. It is able to make Berry Juice. It may have a massive amount of Speed, Attack, etc. if it uses Power Trick so then it may become very powerful with its attack.


Shuckle appears to be a small yellow turtle inside a red shell with many holes in it, fitting all four of its legs out. Some beige-like color surrounds the holes in Shuckle's body.

Special abilities

Shuckle has the abilities Sturdy and Gluttony along with the hidden ability Contrary. Sturdy protects Shuckle from one-hit KOs whilst Gluttony increases the healing restoration of Shuckle when it eats a berry. Finally, Contrary makes stat changes have opposite effects.

In the anime

In JL070: A Better Pill to Swallow, a Shuckle appeared. Butch's Shuckle and Conway's Shuckle appeared in DP065: Sleight of Sand! and DP185: Working on a Right Move! respectively. Shuckles also made more minor appearances in the anime.

Game info

Game locations

Shuckle Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Gold/Silver Rock Smash boulders in Cianwood City or Vermilion City Rare
Crystal Rock Smash boulders in Cianwood City or Vermilion City Rare
Ruby/Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Rock Smash boulders in Areas 5-6 Common
FireRed/LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/Pearl Route 224 (Insert Pokemon Emerald after obtaining the National Pokédex Rare
Platinum Route 224 (Insert Pokemon Emerald after obtaining the National Pokédex Rare
HeartGold/SoulSilver Rock Smash boulders in Cianwood City and Vermilion City Rare
Black/White Route 14 Rare

Side game locations

Shuckle Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Channel Colbat Coast
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 8, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Mt. Blaze (5-9F), Howling Forest (7-11F), Oddity Cave (6-9BF)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Upper Steam Cave (1-7F), Landslide Cave (1-12BF)
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs Wireless Tower, Fire Temple

Pokédex entries



Generation II

Main article: Shuckle/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Shuckle/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Shuckle/Learnset Generation IV

Generation V

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
1 Withdraw —% 40 [[Water type|Water]] [[Move#Status Status


1 Constrict 10 100% 35 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Bide ?? —% 10 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


1 Struggle Bug 30 100% 20 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Special Special


7 Encore 100% 5 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


13 Wrap 15 90% 20 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Physical Physical


19 Safeguard —% 25 [[Normal type|Normal]] [[Move#Status Status


25 Rest —% 10 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


31 Gastro Acid 100% 10 [[Poison type|Poison]] [[Move#Status Status


37 Rollout 30 90% 20 [[Rock type|Rock]] [[Move#Physical Physical


43 Power Trick —% 10 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


49 Bug Bite 60 100% 20 [[Bug type|Bug]] [[Move#Physical Physical


55 Power Split —% 10 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


55 Guard Split —% 10 [[Psychic type|Psychic]] [[Move#Status Status


Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


Shuckle appears to be based on a Template:WP or a Template:WP. Whilst its names appears to be derived from shuck, barnacle or the word turtle.


  • Shuckle has both the highest base defense of all Pokémon and the highest Special Defense of all Pokémon: both peak at a monstrous 614 DEF/SDEF.
  • Shuckle couldn't use any Bug-type moves in Pokémon Platinum despite Bug being its primary type.
  • Shuckle is the only Pokémon with a function that is not an ability (changing of Oran Berry to Berry Juice then finally into a Rare Candy.)
  • It is possible for Shuckle to have the highest attack of all the Pokémon using the move Power Trick which switches a Pokémons Attack and Defense. The drawback on those tactics is his pretty low ATK value, peaking at 130, meaning that he can become pretty defenseless once he inverts ATK and DEF values.
  • Despite Pokédex Entries saying that Shuckle has weak muscles, Shuckle is able to learn Rock Smash and Strength possibly because of its hard defense shell.
  • Shuckle is the only dual-type Pokémon that can naturally have the ability Gluttony.


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