Shiftry is a large brown Pokémon with menacing features. It has a long, shaggy, white mane which covers most of its face and is comparable in appearance to a cobweb. It has long ears, fierce-looking yellow eyes, a very long pointed nose, and a large mouth with 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 with the mythical figure of tengu.
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, and therefore can use the moves Whirlwind and Razor Wind. 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.