Shell Smash (move)

Move data

Type Normal
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 5

Effects

Shell Smash lowers the user's Defense and Special Defense by one stage each, while also raising Attack, Special Attack and Speed by two stages each.

Stats can be raised to a maximum of +6 stages each, or lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Normalium Z and uses its Z-Power, Shell Smash turns into Z-Shell Smash and eliminates any stat drops applied to the user, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets the user.

Game descriptions

Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
The user breaks its shell, lowering its Defense and Sp. Def stats but sharply raising Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user breaks its shell, which lowers Defense and Sp. Def stats but sharply raises its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user breaks its shell, which lowers Defense and Sp. Def stats but sharply raises its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Shell Smash at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Shellder
#090 / Water
Level 56
Cloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Level 1
Omanyte
#138 / Rock · Water
Level 50
Omastar
#139 / Rock · Water
Level 67
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Level 34
Magcargo
#219 / Fire · Rock
Level 1
Torkoal
#324 / Fire
Level 47
Clamperl
#366 / Water
Level 50
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Level 37
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Level 1
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Level 43
Tirtouga
#564 / Water · Rock
Level 38
Carracosta
#565 / Water · Rock
Level 40
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Minior
Meteor Form
#774 / Rock · Flying
Level 45
Turtonator
#776 / Fire · Dragon
Level 37