Shiftry is a large brown Pokémon with menacing features. It has long shaggy white hair which covers most of its face, the hair bearing strong resemblance to a spider web. It has long ears, a very long pointed nose and teeth that are usually gritted. Its hands consist of three broad leaves with brown 'spokes', which it can use to create powerful winds. Its feet are unusual in that they resemble Japanese tengu-geta, footwear with only a single central "tooth" strongly associated to the mythical figure of tengu. Its eyes are yellow.
A female's leaves are smaller than a male's.
Shiftry can create powerful winds of close to 100 feet per second with their fan-shaped hands. They are also capable of reading their foe's mind.
Shiftry are said to be cruel creatures that enjoy nothing but deliberately injuring passers-by for no reason whatsoever, however, this view has little basis. They do however lead large groups of Seedot, Nuzleaf and even lower-ranking Shiftry and are quite loyal to their own kind.
Shiftry's evolutionary line is very similar with Ludicolo's family. Both of them are part Template:Type2, they first evolve at level 14, a respective evolutionary stone is used to reach the final stage, and both of them are also version-exclusive Pokémon of Sapphire and Ruby respectively.