Crafty Shield (move)

Crafty Shield
トリックガード Trick Guard
Crafty Shield VIII.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
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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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.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Crafty Shield cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
The user protects itself and its allies from status moves with a mysterious power. This does not stop moves that do damage.
BDSP This move can't be used. It's recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can't be remembered.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
562   Yamask
  Mineral Amorphous 20SwSh
562   Yamask
Galarian Form
Mineral Amorphous 20SwSh
563   Cofagrigus
  Mineral Amorphous 20SwSh
707   Klefki
Mineral Mineral 23 23 16SwSh
801   Magearna
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 54SwSh
867   Runerigus
Mineral Amorphous 20SwSh
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
  Amorphous Amorphous USUM
562   Yamask
  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

Core series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 戲法防守 Heifaat Fòhngsáu
Mandarin 戲法防守 / 戏法防守 Xìfǎ Fángshǒu
  French Vigilance
  German Trickschutz
  Italian Truccodifesa
  Korean 트릭가드 Trick Guard
  Spanish Truco Defensa

Variations of the move Quick Guard
  Quick GuardWide GuardCrafty Shield

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