Shell Trap (move)

Shell Trap
トラップシェル Trap Shell
Shell Trap VIII.png
Shell Trap VIII 2.png
Type  Fire
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  150
Accuracy  100%
Priority  -3
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects all adjacent foes, but not allies
Introduced  Generation VII
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Jam  0  
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Shell Trap (Japanese: トラップシェル Trap Shell) is a damage-dealing Fire-type move introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature move of Turtonator.


Shell Trap is a decreased priority move. The user sets up a trap at the beginning of the turn, then if it gets hit by an opponent's physical move within the same turn, it will use Shell Trap immediately after that move. Otherwise, when the user's scheduled turn happens at -3 priority, Shell Trap will fail at that time. If the user is affected by Powder, Powder will trigger when the user of Shell Trap is hit by a physical attack.

Encore will fail if the target has an active Shell Trap in waiting.

Shell Trap will not be triggered from the Pokémon being hit by an ally's move, having its substitute take a hit, being hit by a move that's receiving a bonus from Sheer Force, being hit after its own turn has already passed (such as by Dragon Tail or another move with priority lower than -3), or being hit by a move that causes it to faint.

Due to a glitch, if a Pokémon's use of Shell Trap is preempted by Encore to lock it into another move instead, and the Pokémon is then hit by a physical attack on any turn before Encore ends, the Pokémon's next use of Shell Trap will skip the step of setting a trap, and the move will go off successfully at its normal priority regardless of whether it was hit in the current turn.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Shell Trap cannot be selected in a battle.

Generation IX

Shell Trap cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
SMUSUM The user sets a shell trap. If the user is hit by a physical move, the trap will explode and inflict damage on the opposing Pokémon.
The user sets a shell trap. If the user is hit by a physical move, the trap will explode and inflict damage on opposing Pokémon.
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
Monster Dragon 45 40SwSh
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the anime


If the user is attacked from behind, their shell spikes explode.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  When the opponent attacks, Turtonator turns its shell at them. If the opponent makes contact with the spikes on Turtonator's shell, the spikes explode.
Kiawe's Turtonator Alola to New Adventure! Debut

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 陷阱甲殼 Hahmjehng Gaaphok
Mandarin 陷阱甲殼 / 陷阱甲壳 Xiànjǐng Jiǎké
  French Carapiège
  German Panzerfalle
  Italian Gusciotrappola
  Korean 트랩셸 Teuraepsyel
  Polish Pułapka Skorupy
Portuguese   Brazil Armadilha de Carapaça
  Portugal Carapaça Armadilha
  Russian Панцирь-Ловушка Pantsir'-Lovushka
Spanish   Latin America Trampa Coraza
  Spain Coraza Trampa

  This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.