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

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

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
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. Factory Head 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!.


  • Despite its appearance and egg group, Trapinch isn't Bug-type.
  • Trapinch and Nidorino are the only Pokémon that, when evolving, lose the ability to learn a 1-hit KO move.
  • Trapinch's way of catching prey is used by many real-world desert animals.


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


See also

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