How To Get Shed Shells in Pokémon ORAS

Route 114 looking for a Shed Shell
All Shed Shell Locations
# Method Repeatable?
1 Held item from Wild Pokemon (5% chance):

  • Scraggy – Route 113
  • Seviper – Route 114 (Alpha Sapphire Only)
  • Venomoth – Mirage Island

Shed Shells can only be obtained as held items from wild Scraggy, Seviper, or Venomoth. Each of these Pokémon has a 5% chance of holding a Shed Shell, but you can use your DexNav to improve your odds.

The Shed Shell is a held item that allows the holder to switch out even when trapped by an opponent’s move or ability.

Stealing from Wild Scraggy, Seviper, or Venomoth

Using TM46 Thief on a wild Seviper / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Using TM46 Thief on a wild Seviper

The Shed Shell can only be found on these wild Pokémon:

  • Scraggy
  • Seviper
  • Venomoth

You can encounter Scraggy on Route 113 using the DexNav after obtaining the National Dex.

Seviper can be located on Route 114 exclusively in Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.

Venomoth can be spotted on certain Mirage Islands, which can be accessed using the Eon Flute.

When you encounter any of these Pokémon, there’s a 5% chance they will be holding a Shed Shell. To take the item just use a Pokémon that knows TM46 Thief.

Tip: We also have a separate guide explaining how to build an optimized team for held item farming.

Here’s the complete list of Pokémon available in these areas:

Route 113 – DexNav (Post National Dex)

Route 113 / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Route 113
Pokemon (DexNav) Chance Levels
Scraggy -% 18
Bouffalant -% 18
Klefki -% 18

Route 114 (Alpha Sapphire Only)

Route 114 / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Route 114
Pokemon (Tall Grass) Chance Levels
Seviper 19% 16-19
Lombre 40% 16-19
Swablu 40% 19
Surskit 1% 19

Since Venomoth can be found in multiple Mirage Islands, check if any of the Mirage Islands shown in the image below are available. Additionally, refer to the table detailing their respective locations and encounter rates for each possible location:

Mirage Islands

Mirage Islands where Venomoth can be found / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Mirage Islands where Venomoth can be found
Mirage Island Locations Chance Levels
West of Route 104 30% 36-38
West of Dewford Town 10% 36-38
North of Route 124 30% 36-38
South of Route 134 30% 36-38

Using Detector Mode

To increase the chances of finding a Shed Shell, you can use your DexNav’s Detector Mode.

Here’s how it works:

After catching a specific species of Pokémon, you can use the DexNav to track more of the same species in the wild.

The DexNav’s search level increases with each encounter with this Pokémon, regardless of whether you catch it or not. As this level rises, the likelihood of encountering Pokémon carrying items also increases.

Using the DexNav’s Detector Mode / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Using the DexNav’s Detector Mode

How the Shed Shell Works

In-game details for Shed Shell / Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
In-game details for Shed Shell

The Shed Shell is a held item that gives the holder the ability to switch out of battle, even when the opponent uses trapping moves, binding moves, or abilities that are designed to prevent switching.

Here’s the list of all trapping moves, trapping abilities, and binding moves that the Shed Shell can work on:

Trapping Moves Trapping Abilities Binding Moves
Block Arena Trap Bind
Fairy Lock Magnet Pull Clamp
Ingrain Shadow Tag Fire Spin
Mean Look Infestation
Spider Web Magma Storm
Sand Tomb

Because of how rare trapping moves and abilities are, the Shed Shell isn’t typically recommended as a held item. This goes for both a casual playthrough and in competitive play.

While you may stumble upon Pokémon with Shadow Tag like Mega Gengar once in a while, it’s not a common scenario.

The benefit of being able to switch when trapped doesn’t provide that much of an advantage too, even when such a situation pops up.


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