Crafty Shield (move)

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Crafty Shield
トリックガード Trick Guard
Crafty Shield VII.png
Type  Fairy
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  +3
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user and all allies
Introduced  Generation VI
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Appeal  0  
Condition  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Excites the audience a lot if used first.

Crafty Shield (Japanese: トリックガード Trick Guard) is a non-damaging Fairy-type move introduced in Generation VI. Prior to Generation VII, it was one of the signature moves of Klefki. In Generation VIII, it is the signature move of the Yamask evolutionary line.


Crafty Shield protects all Pokémon on the user's side of the field from status moves. It does not protect against damaging moves or moves that target their user. Crafty Shield can be used consecutively without failing.

Crafty Shield even protects from status moves that can bypass Protect, Detect, and Spiky Shield (such as Sketch and Play Nice). The only status moves that target a Pokémon other than the user it cannot protect from are entry hazard moves and Perish Song, Rototiller, and Flower Shield. Because it cannot protect against moves that target their user, it will only protect a Pokémon from Acupressure if it targets a Pokémon other than the user.

Feint, Hyperspace Fury, Hyperspace Hole, Shadow Force, and Phantom Force lift the effect of Crafty Shield from the target's team.

If powered up by a Fairium Z into Z-Crafty Shield, the user's Special Defense stat is raised by one stage.


Games Description
The user protects itself and its allies from status moves with a mysterious power. This does not stop moves that do damage.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
562 Yamask Yamask
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous 20
562 Yamask Yamask
Galarian Form
GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Amorphous 20
563 Cofagrigus Cofagrigus
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous 20
707 Klefki Klefki
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 23 23
801 Magearna Magearna
SteelIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
867 Runerigus Runerigus
GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Amorphous 20
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
358 Chimecho Chimecho
PsychicIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous USUM
562 Yamask Yamask
GhostIC Big.png Mineral Amorphous USUM
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


Games Description
SMD It protects from status moves.*
You and your teammates in the same room will get the Crafty Shield, which protects you from status moves.*

In other generations

Crafty Shield VI.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
Generation V
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 戲法防守 Heifaat Fòhngsáu
Mandarin 戲法防守 / 戏法防守 Xìfǎ Fángshǒu
France Flag.png French Vigilance
Germany Flag.png German Trickschutz
Italy Flag.png Italian Truccodifesa
South Korea Flag.png Korean 트릭가드 Trick Guard
Spain Flag.png Spanish Truco Defensa

Variations of the move Quick Guard
Status Quick GuardWide GuardCrafty Shield

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