Spirit Shackle (move)

Spirit Shackle
かげぬい Shadow Stitching
Spirit Shackle IX.png
Spirit Shackle IX 2.png
Type  Ghost
Category  Physical
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  80
Accuracy  100%
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Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation VII
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Spirit Shackle (Japanese: かげぬい Shadow Stitching) is a damage-dealing Ghost-type move introduced in Generation VII. It is the signature move of Alolan Decidueye.

It can be upgraded to the special Z-Move Sinister Arrow Raid by Decidueye holding Decidium Z.


Spirit Shackle inflicts damage and prevents the target from fleeing or switching out as long as the user remains in battle. Wimp Out, Emergency Exit, the Red Card, the Shed Shell, and the Eject Button can bypass this effect.

Generation VIII

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Spirit Shackle cannot be selected in a battle.


Games Description
The user attacks while simultaneously stitching the target's shadow to the ground to prevent the target from escaping.
BDSP This move can’t be used. It’s recommended that this move is forgotten. Once forgotten, this move can’t be remembered.
SV The user attacks while simultaneously stitching the target's shadow to the ground to prevent the target from fleeing.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
Flying Flying 1, Evo. 1, Evo. Evo.
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

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Spirit Shackle
Attack power 70.70078
Charge time 1.02 seconds
Range type Homing
Number of hits 1
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect Prevents the foe from moving

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description Playable Users
Physical 3 80 96 100% An opponent Applies the Restrain effect to the target. Selene & Decidueye

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Spirit Shackle is Decidueye's first move. It is obtained by evolving from Dartrix and upgrading Leafage into it instead of Razor Leaf. The user charges power before firing a large arrow in the designated direction. Damage dealt increases the longer power is charged (with 6 breakpoints), but movement speed is decreased by 25% while charging. If this move hits after power is charged to the maximum, it can stitch enemies to the ground. The affected enemy has their movement speed decreased by 80% for a short time while in the area, and receives damage upon leaving the area. A maximum of 3 uses can be kept in reserve for this move. At level 11, the move deals 15% more damage to enemies under 50% HP.

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Spirit Shackle is a Charged Attack that has been available since January 6, 2024.

  Spirit Shackle
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 70
Energy cost 33
Duration 2.5 seconds
Damage window 2-3.4 seconds
File:Spirit Shackle GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 50
Energy cost 40
Secondary effect   1 Opponent Defense
Effect chance 33%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible

In the anime

Trainer's Decidueye
Hau's Decidueye
Target unable to move
The user attacks while simultaneously stitching the target's shadow to the ground to prevent the target from moving.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Decidueye draws an arrow quill from its wing, with a shadowy aura surrounding the tip after it's drawn, and fires it at the opponent. The arrow loops around the opponent before striking the ground in front of it, creating a burst of blue fire-like energy around the opponent or sticking the opponent's shadow in place, preventing the opponent from moving.
A Trainer's Decidueye Pushing the Fiery Envelope! Debut
Hau's Decidueye Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Strategy! None

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

In other generations

Core series games

Spin-off series games


  • This move originated as a TCG attack.
  • The move's Japanese name, kagenui ("shadow stitching"), refers to a fabled ninja technique that restrains a target's movements by pinning their shadow with a kunai or shuriken.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 縫影 Fùhng Yéng
Mandarin 縫影 / 缝影 Fèng Yǐng
  French Tisse Ombre
  German Schattenfessel
  Italian Cucitura d'Ombra
  Korean 그림자꿰매기 Geurimja Kkwemaegi
  Polish Pęta Ducha
Portuguese   Brazil Manilha Sombria
  Portugal Sombra Presa
  Russian Спиритические Оковы Spiriticheskiye Okovy
  Spanish Puntada Sombría
  Vietnamese Mũi Khâu Bóng Ma

  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.