Trapinch (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Spinda #327: Spinda
Pokémon
#329: Vibrava Vibrava
Trapinch
Ant Pit Pokémon
ナックラー
Nuckrar
#328
Trapinch



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Ground Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Hyper Cutter or Arena Trap Cacophony
Cacophony
Sheer Force
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (43.9%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Bug and DragonGen VIII
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
2'04" 0.7 m
Trapinch
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Weight
33.1 lbs. 15.0 kg
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
73
Gen. III-IV
Unknown
IV
58
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 1
Trapinch
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HP
1
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
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Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
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Speed
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HP
0
Atk
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Def
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
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HP
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Atk
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Def
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
Shape
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Brown
Base friendship
70
External Links

Trapinch (Japanese: ナックラー Nuckrar) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation III.

It evolves into Vibrava starting at level 35, which evolves into Flygon starting at level 45.

Biology

Trapinch is an orange, insectoid Pokémon. It has a round body with a white underside and four stumpy legs. It also has a proportionally large head, small black eyes with twinkle-shaped pupils, and a zigzagging mouth.

Trapinch's large jaws are powerful enough to crush boulders. It lives in arid deserts, and it can go a week without water. Instead of actively hunting prey, it digs into the sand to build its bowl- or cone-shaped nests, where it waits for prey to stumble inside and become trapped. The weight of this Pokémon's large head makes Trapinch move slower but becomes vulnerable after falling or rolling into their backs. Its natural predator is Sandile.

In the anime

 
Trapinch in the anime

Major appearances

Multiple Trapinch debuted in Beg, Burrow and Steal. They had dug a complex underground labyrinth containing a lake, which Hal wanted to find after he previously came across it when he was young. When Hal, Ash, his friends, Elisa, and Team Rocket got lost in the labyrinth, they eventually found the underground lake.

In Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2), Solana used her Capture Styler on a Trapinch and had it use Rock Tomb to trap J's client's henchmen's Pokémon that were attacking Dawn, Brock, and Officer Jenny's Pokémon.

In A Rivalry to Gible On!, a Trapinch living at Mt. Shady used its Arena Trap to capture Ash while he and Khoury were trying to catch a Gible.

In Making Battles in the Sand!, Goh caught a Trapinch while he was investigating a sandstorm in Mauville City. It has since made further appearances in Pokémon Journeys: The Series.

Minor appearances

A Coordinator's Trapinch appeared in Mean With Envy.

A Trapinch appeared in a visualization in Hi Ho Silver Wind!.

A Coordinator's Trapinch appeared in Deceit and Assist.

In Numero Uno Articuno, Noland's Trapinch was living at the Battle Factory.

A Coordinator's Trapinch appeared in The Saffron Con.

In All Dressed Up with Somewhere To Go!, a Trapinch was dressed up as a Turtwig.

A Trainer's Trapinch appeared in A Shocking Grocery Run!.

In Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!, a Trapinch was playing in Lillie's garden. It reappeared in The Ol' Raise and Switch!.

In Some Kind of Laziness!, a Trapinch ate an Oran Berry that slid into its pit in the middle of the Haina Desert.

In I Choose Paradise!, a Trainer's Trapinch was at the Pokémon Paradise Resort.

In Securing the Future!, five Trainers' Trapinch joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.

In Don't Ignore the Small Stufful!, a Trapinch was staying at Aether Paradise.

In The Battlefield of Truth and Love!, a Trainer's Trapinch was at Manalo Stadium.

A Trainer's Trapinch appeared in JN070.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG106 Trapinch Ash's Pokédex Trapinch, the Ant Pit Pokémon. Trapinch dig cone-shaped holes in desert areas. Its large and powerful jaws are capable of crushing stone.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
JN036 Trapinch Goh's Rotom Phone Trapinch, the Ant Pit Pokémon. A Ground type. Trapinch's nest is at the bottom of a cone-shaped hole, where it patiently waits for something to fall in. It can break rocks apart with its huge jaws.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

A Trainer's Trapinch appeared in Bubble Bubble Toil and Azumarill I.

The Battle Factory rented a Trapinch, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in Facing Gulpin Is Hard to Swallow.

A Trapinch appeared in The Transfer Student, under the ownership of Hugh. It later evolved into Vibrava.

In PS547, a Trapinch liberated by Team Plasma was stuck in N's Castle.

In the TCG

Main article: Trapinch (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III Hoenn
#116
Kanto
#—
Ruby Trapinch's nest is a sloped, bowl-like pit dug in sand. This Pokémon patiently waits for prey to tumble down the pit. Its giant jaws have enough strength to crush even boulders.
Sapphire Trapinch is a patient hunter. It digs an inescapable pit in a desert and waits for its prey to come tumbling down. This Pokémon can go a whole week without access to any water.
Emerald Its big jaws crunch through boulders. Because its head is so big, it has a hard time getting back upright if it tips over onto its back.
FireRed It lives in arid deserts. It makes a sloping pit trap in sand where it patiently awaits prey.
LeafGreen
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#—
Diamond It makes a conical pit in desert sand and lies in wait at the bottom for prey to come tumbling down.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold Its nest is a sloped, bowl-like pit in the desert. Once something has fallen in, there is no escape.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #121
Black It makes a conical pit in desert sand and lies in wait at the bottom for prey to come tumbling down.
White
Black 2 It makes an inescapable conical pit and lies in wait at the bottom for prey to come tumbling down.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #003
Hoenn
#121
X It lives in arid deserts. It makes a sloping pit trap in sand where it patiently awaits prey.
Y It makes an inescapable conical pit and lies in wait at the bottom for prey to come tumbling down.
Omega Ruby Trapinch's nest is a sloped, bowl-like pit dug in sand. This Pokémon patiently waits for prey to tumble down the pit. Its giant jaws have enough strength to crush even boulders.
Alpha Sapphire Trapinch is a patient hunter. It digs an inescapable pit in a desert and waits for its prey to come tumbling down. This Pokémon can go a whole week without access to any water.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #235
Alola
USUM: #304
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!‎.
Sun It can live for a week without eating a thing. It waits patiently at the bottom of its nest for prey to appear.
Moon As it digs through the sand, its giant jaws crush any rocks that obstruct its path. It builds a funnel-shaped nest.
Ultra Sun Its jaws are strong enough to crush rocks but so heavy that it can't get up if it flips over. Sandile seize those moments as their chance.
Ultra Moon It builds nests that double as traps, lying in wait for its prey to get caught. When night falls, it digs itself a spot beneath the sand to sleep.
Generation VIII Galar
#321
Sword Its nest is a sloped, bowl-like pit in the desert. Once something has fallen in, there is no escape.
Shield It makes an inescapable conical pit and lies in wait at the bottom for prey to come tumbling down.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Route 111
Emerald
Route 111, Mirage Tower
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Rock Poké Spot
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 228 (Poké Radar)
Platinum
Trade
HeartGold SoulSilver
Safari Zone
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black
Trade, Event
White
White Forest
Black 2 White 2
Desert Resort, Reversal Mountain
Dream World
Rugged Mountain
Generation VI
X Y
Route 13, Friend Safari (Ground)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Route 111
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Haina Desert
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Haina Desert
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Route 6, Hammerlocke HillsSh
Rolling Fields, Axew's Eye, Dusty Bowl (Max Raid Battle)


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Hatch from Egg
Trozei!
Phobos Drill, Endless Level 27, Forever Level 27, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Silent Chasm (6F-9F), Wish Cave (21F-28F), Desert Region (1F-11F), Joyous Tower (21F-24F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Northern Desert (1F-15F)
MD Sky
Northern Desert (1F-15F)
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Rugged Flats
Rumble U
Vehicle Gallery: Spike Ball Alert!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Distortion Island: Stage 3
Shuffle
Violeta Palace: Stage 358
Rumble World
White Ruins: Trailhead Field (All Areas), Plasma Tundra: Sacred Blade Cliff (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Dragonite Sea, Jirachi Sea, Celebi Sea, Zygarde Sea, Jirachi SeaFinal, Celebi SeaFinal, Zygarde SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
BW Year of the Dragon Egg Trapinch Japanese Japan 1 January 6 to February 5, 2012
BW Year of the Dragon Trapinch Korean Wi-Fi 1 August 23 to October 4, 2012

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Ruby Sapphire   Soft Sand (5%)
Emerald
Pokémon XD   Soft Sand (5%)
Diamond Pearl   Soft Sand (5%)
HeartGold SoulSilver   Soft Sand (5%)
Black White   Soft Sand (5%)
Black 2 White 2   Soft Sand (5%)
X Y   Soft Sand (5%)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire   Soft Sand (5%)
Sun Moon   Soft Sand (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon   Soft Sand (5%)
Sword Shield   Soft Sand (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
45
105 - 152 200 - 294
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
10
13 - 68 22 - 130
Total:
290
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
1/2
Power
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Skill
2/3 ★★
Stamina
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
11/17 ★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
011 Astonish Ghost Physical 03030 100100% 15
044 Laser Focus Normal Status 0000 00——% 30
088 Bite Dark Physical 06060 100100% 25
1212 Mud-Slap Ground Special 02020 100100% 10
1616 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 08585% 15
2020 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100100% 20
2424 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
2828 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100100% 15
3232 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
3636 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100100% 10
4040 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
4444 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100100% 5
4848 Fissure Ground Physical 0000 03030% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Trapinch
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Trapinch
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/TR

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM08  TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM11  TM11 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22  TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM28  TM28 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM32  TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM34  TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM48  TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM49  TM49 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
TM53  TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81  TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR10  TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR13  TR13 Focus Energy Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR32  TR32 Crunch Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR39  TR39 Superpower Fighting Physical 120120 100}}100% 5
TR67  TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Trapinch
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Trapinch
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
      
      
      
      
  
Bug Bite Bug Physical 60 100% 20
   Feint Normal Physical 30 100% 10
  First Impression Bug Physical 90 100% 10
      
      
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
      
      
 
Fury Cutter Bug Physical 40 95% 20
      Gust Flying Special 40 100% 35
      
     
Quick Attack Normal Physical 40 100% 30
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Trapinch in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Trapinch in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Trapinch
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Trapinch
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Scorching Sands Ground Special 70 100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Trapinch
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Trapinch
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By transfer from another generation

Generation VIII
Other generations:
IV - V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
III IV V VI VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
III IV V VI VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
III IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
III IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
III IV V VI VII Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
III IV V VI VII Feint Attack × Dark Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
III IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
III IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
III IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
III IV V VI VII Mimic Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
III IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
III IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
III IV V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
III IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
III IV V VI VII Signal Beam × Bug Special 07575 100}}100% 15
III IV V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
III IV V VI VII Struggle Bug Bug Special 05050 100}}100% 20
III IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
III IV V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Trapinch
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Trapinch
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Fling Trapinch (EX Legend Maker 67)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball RS
   
Acquisition: Hatch
Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.3%
Friend Area: Furnace Desert
Phrases
51%-100% HP Learn to endure! Endurance will always help you!
26%-50% HP We should be careful. My HP has fallen by half already.
1%-25% HP I'm at the end of my endurance... I can't open my mouth...
Level up Leveled up! There's plenty of prey I can ambush!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense
Speed
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.55 seconds Base HP: 46
Base Attack: 70 Base Defense: 46 Base Speed: 40
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Ground
  Attack Power: 40 - 90   5

#525
 

Barrier Bash
Removes one barrier-type disruption without fail.


Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 128 Base Attack: 162 Base Defense: 78
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 5 km Evolution Requirement:   25
Fast Attacks: Mud Shot, Struggle Bug
Charged Attacks: Sand Tomb, Dig, Crunch, Frustration, Return

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Trapinch
 Ground 
 
Level 35
 
First evolution
Vibrava
 Ground  Dragon 
 
Level 45
 
Second evolution
Flygon
 Ground  Dragon 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
   
HOME
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Trapinch images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

  • Trapinch is the only one in its evolutionary family to have a Hidden Ability.
  • Trapinch has the lowest base Speed stat of all Ground-type Pokémon.
  • Trapinch's base Attack stat is higher than that of its evolved form and is the same as that of its final evolved form. That may be a reference to the fact that antlion larvae are more aggressive and predatory than their adult stages.
    • It also has the highest base Attack stat of all Pokémon that can evolve twice.
  • Evolving a Trapinch in Pokémon GO will result in the CP going down upon evolution.
  • As of Generation VIII, Trapinch and its evolved forms are the only Pokémon that are in the Bug and Dragon Egg Groups.

Origin

Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

Trapinch is based on the larval stage of the antlion, which live in conical sandy pits before maturing into winged adults.

Name origin

Trapinch is a combination of trap (describing traps it uses to catch prey) and pinch (referring to its powerful jaws).

Nuckrar may be a contraction of nutcracker, referencing its nutcracker-like jaws. Nuckrar may also be a play on the word "knucker", a type of folkloric dragon which lives in a hole.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ナックラー Nuckrar Contraction of nutcracker
  French Kraknoix Corruption of craque-noix
  Spanish Trapinch Same as English name
  German Knacklion From Knacken and antlion
  Italian Trapinch Same as English name
  Korean 톱치 Topchi From top and 치 (齒) chi; literally "Saw tooth"
  Cantonese Chinese
  Mandarin Chinese 大顎蟻 / 大颚蚁 Dà'èyǐ Literally "Big jaw ant"


External links


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