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Type Ground  
Species Ant Pit Pokémon
Abilities Hyper Cutter
Arena Trap
Sheer Force (DW)
Spinda ← 328 → Vibrava
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves From None
Evolves Into Vibrava
ナックラー Nuckrar
Generation III
Evolutionary Line
No evolution line
50% ♂ / 50% ♀
Weight Height
33.1 lbs. 15.0kg 2'04" 0.7m
Pokédex Color Egg Group
Shape Footprint

Trapinch (Japanese: ナックラー Nuckrar) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation III.



Trapinch appears to be an orange bug with a large head and jaws as well as a white underside. Trapinch also has short stubby legs along with twinkles found in its eyes.

Special abilities

Trapinch has the abilities Hyper Cutter and Arena Trap along with the hidden ability Sheer Force. Hyper Cutter prevents Trapinch's attack from becoming decreased whilst Arena Trap prevents Pokémon from fleeing the battle, excluding itself. Sheer Force removes additional effects from Trapinch to raise its power.


Trapinch can evolve into Vibrava once level 35 is reached, then into Flygon at Level 45.

Game info

Game locations

Trapinch Locations
Version(s) Location Rarity
Ruby/Sapphire Route 111 Uncommon
Emerald Mirage Tower, Route 111 Common
FireRed/LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/Pearl Route 228 (Poké Radar) Rare
Platinum Trade None
HeartGold/SoulSilver Safari Zone Rare
Black/White White Forest (White only) Common
Black 2/White 2 Desert Resort Common
X/Y Route 13 Uncommon

Side game locations

Trapinch Locations
Game(s) Location
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Hatch an egg
Pokémon Trozei! Phobos Drill, Endless Level 27, Forever Level 27, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Silent Chasm (6-9F), Wish Cave (21-28F), Desert Region (1-11F), Joyous Tower (21-24F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Northern Desert (1-15F)

Pokédex entries




Trapinch appears in AG106: Beg, Burrow and Steal who dug into a labyrinth where Ash and co. along with Team Rocket and the researchers Hal and Eliza become stuck at. Noland has a Trapinch appearing in AG135: Numero Uno Articuno. DP072: Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2, Solana caught a Trapinch to defeat a Golem. DP033: All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go! and DP145: A Rivalry To Gible On!.


Trapinch appears to be based on an antlion whilst its name comes from trap and pinch.


  • Despite its appearance, Trapinch isn't part Bug-type.
  • Trapinch & Nidorino are the only Pokémon that, when evolving, lose the ability to learn a 1-hit KO move during evolution.


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