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Shell Smash (move)

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Shell Smash
からをやぶる Shell Break
Shell Smash V.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation V
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
Condition  [[{{{category}}} (condition)|{{{category}}}]]
Appeal  0  

Shell Smash (Japanese: からをやぶる Shell Break) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation V.

Effect

Shell Smash decreases the user's Defense and Special Defense stat by one level, but increases the user's Attack, Special Attack, and Speed by two levels each.

Description

Games Description
BWB2W2 The user breaks its shell, lowering its Defense and Sp. Def stats but sharply raising Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.
XY The user breaks its shell, which lowers Defense and Sp. Def stats but sharply raises its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
I II III IV V VI
090 Shellder Shellder Water Water 56 56
091 Cloyster Cloyster Water Ice   --
138 Omanyte Omanyte Rock Water 52 50
139 Omastar Omastar Rock Water 67 67
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock   34 34
219 Magcargo Magcargo Fire Rock 38 38
324 Torkoal Torkoal Fire Fire 65 --, 65
366 Clamperl Clamperl Water Water 51 50
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock 37 37
558 Crustle Crustle Bug Rock 43 --, 43
564 Tirtouga Tirtouga Water Rock 38 38
565 Carracosta Carracosta Water Rock 40 40
688 Binacle Binacle Rock Water   --
689 Barbaracle Barbaracle Rock Water   --
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation V

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
213 213 Shuckle Bug Rock Dream World - Icy CaveBW
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

None.png Cilan Dwebble Shell Smash.png Cilan Crustle Shell Smash.png None.png
Dwebble Crustle
The user decreases its defense stat and increases its attack and speed stat.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
557 Dwebble Dwebble jumps out of its shell and its whole body glows white and crimson red cracks form around its entire body. The white energy then breaks apart and comes off Dwebble's body like pieces of a shell. When the energy cracks and breaks apart, Dwebble's body glows crimson red. When Dwebble uses another attack right after using Shell Smash, the white energy particles floating around Dwebble will morph with the attack, giving it more attack power.
Cilan's Dwebble A Home for Dwebble! Debut
558 Crustle Crustle jumps out of its shell and its entire body glows white. Crimson cracks then form all around its body, and the white energy breaks apart and comes off Crustle's body like pieces of a shell. When the energy cracks and breaks apart, Crustle's body glows crimson red. When Crustle uses another attack after using Shell Smash, the white energy particles floating around Crustle will morph with the attack, giving it more attack power. Crustle's body continues to glow crimson until the battle is over as well.
Cilan's Crustle Evolution Exchange Excitement! None

Trivia

  • Shell Smash is the only status move that affects more than three stats at once, and the only move of any kind to do so reliably. Only the attack Ancient Power and its variations have a small chance of affecting an equal number of stats.
  • Shell Smash causes the greatest overall base stat changes of any move from no changes at all, with 8.
    • However, Belly Drum surpasses this if the user has a -3 stat change in Attack, resulting in a +9 net stat change, and capping at +12 if executed from -6.
  • With the exception of Gorebyss and Smeargle, all the Pokémon that are able to know Shell Smash have Defense as their highest stat.
  • Shell Smash is similar to Weak Armor, as both of them lower the Defense stat, but at the same time boost the Speed stat.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 破殼 Pòké
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Schelp Knal
France Flag.png French Exuviation
Germany Flag.png German Hausbruch
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Menghancurkan Cangkang
Italy Flag.png Italian Gettaguscio
South Korea Flag.png Korean 껍질깨기 Kkeopjilkkaegi
Poland Flag.png Polish Cios Muszli
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Destruição de Concha
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Rompecoraza
Spain Flag.png Spain Rompecoraza


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