Shield Dust (Ability)

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Shield Dust りんぷん
Moth Scales
Flavor text
Generation III
Prevents added effects.
Generation IV
Blocks the added effects of attacks taken.
Generation V
Blocks the added effects of attacks taken.
Generation VI
Currently unknown
Generation VII
Currently unknown

Shield Dust (Japanese: りんぷん Moth Scales) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Five Pokémon have this Ability, all of which are Bug-type.


In battle

Shield Dust negates all possible side-effects whose probability would be boosted by Serene Grace: any side-effect would be prevented. It also blocks the side-effects of moves that have a 100% probability of a side-effect occurring regardless of Serene Grace, such as DynamicPunch. For example, Body Slam would only deal damage and not have its usual 30% chance of causing Paralysis. It does not stop moves that only cause these effects, like Thunder Wave.

Outside of battle

Shield Dust has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Shield Dust

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Caterpie Caterpie Bug Bug Shield Dust None Run Away
Weedle Weedle Bug Poison Shield Dust None Run Away
Venomoth Venomoth Bug Poison Shield Dust Tinted Lens Wonder Skin
Wurmple Wurmple Bug Bug Shield Dust None Run Away
Dustox Dustox Bug Poison Shield Dust None Compoundeyes
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VII games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV or later and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI or later.
  • For Generation VI games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VII.


  • Shield Dust essentially prevents the Pokémon from being frozen in battle, as the Freeze status ailment is always caused as a secondary effect of an opponent's move, and the status cannot be passed to another Pokémon via Baton Pass or Synchronize.
    • For the same reason, Shield Dust also prevents flinching.
  • No Pokémon with Shield Dust have been introduced after Generation III

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 鱗粉 Línfěn
France Flag.png French Écran Poudre
Germany Flag.png German Puderabwehr
Italy Flag.png Italian Polvoscudo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 인분 Inbun
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Escudo de Poeira
Spain Flag.png Spanish Polvo Escudo

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