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Crafty Shield
トリックガード Trick Guard
Crafty Shield VII.png
Type  Fairy
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  +3
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user and all allies
Introduced  Generation VI
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Condition  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Excites the audience a lot if used first.

Crafty Shield (Japanese: トリックガード Trick Guard) is a non-damaging Fairy-type move introduced in Generation VI. Prior to Generation VII, it was one of the signature moves of Klefki.



Crafty Shield protects all Pokémon on the user's side of the field from status moves. It does not protect against damaging moves or moves that target their user. Crafty Shield can be used consecutively without failing.

Crafty Shield even protects from status moves that can bypass Protect, Detect, and Spiky Shield (such as Sketch and Play Nice). The only status moves that target a Pokémon other than the user it cannot protect from are entry hazard moves and Perish Song, Rototiller, and Flower Shield. Because it cannot protect against moves that target their user, it will only protect a Pokémon from Acupressure if it targets a Pokémon other than the user.

Feint, Hyperspace Fury, Hyperspace Hole, Shadow Force, and Phantom Force lift the effect of Crafty Shield from the target's team.

If powered up by a Fairium Z into Z-Crafty Shield, the user's Special Defense stat is raised by one stage.


Games Description
The user protects itself and its allies from status moves with a mysterious power. This does not stop moves that do damage.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
707 Klefki Klefki
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 23 23
801 Magearna Magearna
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
358 Chimecho Chimecho
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous USUM
562 Yamask Yamask
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous USUM
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In other games


Games Description
SMD It protects from status moves.*
You and your teammates in the same room will get the Crafty Shield, which protects you from status moves.*

In other generations

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 戲法防守 Heifaat Fòhngsáu
Mandarin 戲法防守 / 戏法防守 Xìfǎ Fángshǒu
France Flag.png French Vigilance
Germany Flag.png German Trickschutz
Italy Flag.png Italian Truccodifesa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 트릭가드 Trick Guard
Spain Flag.png Spanish Truco Defensa

Variations of the move Quick Guard
Status Quick GuardWide GuardCrafty Shield

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