Shuckle (Japanese: ツボツボ Tsubotsubo) is a Bug/Rock-type Pokémon introduced in Generation II. It is known for having the highest base Defense and Special Defense stats of any Pokémon.



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.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Gold and Silver Rock Smash boulders in Cianwood City or Vermilion City Rare
Crystal Rock Smash boulders in Cianwood City or Vermilion City Rare
Ruby and Sapphire Trade None
Emerald Rock Smash boulders in Areas 5-6 Common
FireRed and LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond and 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 and SoulSilver Rock Smash boulders in Cianwood City and Vermilion City Rare
Black and White Route 14 Rare
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Trade None

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
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




LevelingGeneration V
Level Move Power Accuracy PP Type Category
1 Withdraw —% 40 Water Status
1 Constrict 10 100% 35 Normal Physical
1 Bide  ?? —% 10 Normal Physical
1 Struggle Bug 30 100% 20 Bug Special
7 Encore 100% 5 Normal Status
13 Wrap 15 90% 20 Normal Physical
19 Safeguard —% 25 Normal Status
25 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
31 Gastro Acid 100% 10 Poison Status
37 Rollout 30 90% 20 Rock Physical
43 Power Trick —% 10 Psychic Status
49 Bug Bite 60 100% 20 Bug Physical
55 Power Split —% 10 Psychic Status
55 Guard Split —% 10 Psychic 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.





In JE054: 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.


  • Shuckle's base Defense is equal to that of both Mega Aggron and Mega Steelix.
  • 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 Pokémon's 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.


Shuckle appears to be based on a tortoise or a turtle whilst its names appear to be derived from shuck, barnacle or the word turtle.


See also

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