|Shed Shell Locations
|Route 228—On top of a hill to the southeast of the northern gate, behind three smashable rocks (requires Rock Smash and the National Pokédex)
Held item (5% chance) by these wild Pokémon:
The easiest Shed Shell you can get is located on northern Route 228. However, this area is only open after you’ve received the National Pokédex upgrade after the end of the main game.
You can also obtain Shed Shells much earlier by taking them as held items from wild Pokémon like Dustox and Beautifly. But this is a highly unreliable method that can require hours of fighting wild Pokémon battles.
Shed Shell Locations
Method 1: Route 228 (Step-by-Step)
The simplest Shed Shell to obtain is on a hill on Route 228, which you’ll only have access to after you’ve received the National Pokédex.
You’ll also need a Pokémon that knows Rock Smash in order to reach the Shed Shell itself.
Once you’re prepared, head to the Resort Area of the Battle Zone and cross the bridge north of the Pokémon Center.
On the other side of the pond, continue northward to leave the Resort Area and enter Route 229.
Where the trail splits at the Resort Area/Route 229 sign, head northward through the tall grass, past the two Ace Trainers.
Veer to the northwest and slip through the gap in the trees.
A sandstorm will flare up as Route 229 becomes Route 228.
Hug the eastern wall but maintain your course northward through the narrow canyons.
Continue heading north, ignoring muddy slopes and other distractions.
Continue northward past the Ace Trainers.
You’ll eventually walk past a pond – keep going north from here.
Head up the first staircase you see, then use Rock Smash to reach the Poké Ball item on the other side of this platform.
Pick up this Poké Ball to add a Shed Shell to your Bag.
Method 2: Held Item on Wild Pokémon (Repeatable)
You’ll also be able to obtain an unlimited supply of Shed Shells from wild Dustox, Beautifly, and Venomoth.
Each of these three Pokémon has a 5% chance of holding a Shed Shell.
But these Pokémon are extremely rare.
Dustox and Beautifly have only a 1% encounter rate throughout most of the game, and you’ll only find Venomoth after you’ve beaten the Pokémon League and received the National Pokédex upgrade.
Though after you get the National Pokédex, you’ll find all three Pokémon in the tall grass of Route 229 with the following encounter rates:
- Beautifly and Dustox will have a 5% encounter rate
- Venomoth will have a 20% encounter rate, but requires the Poké Radar
It doesn’t matter which Pokémon you try to farm Shed Shells from. But going for Dustox and Beautifly will keep you from having to constantly recharge the Poké Radar.
Due to the item’s rarity, you’ll probably want to use an item-farming team during your search.
Employing one of these specially-crafted item farming parties will help you in the following ways:
- The Compoundeyes Ability will raise the chance that a wild Dustox, Beautifly, or Venomoth will have a Shed Shell from 5% to 20%
- The Frisk Ability will alert you whenever one of the Pokémon has a Shed Shell in its held item slot
- Stealing moves like Thief or Trick will help you grab the Shed Shell quickly without having to waste Poké Balls or Box space
This will probably be a huge time commitment regardless which Pokémon you go after. But each of the three Pokémon can be found at any time of day, so you’ll eventually run into them if you’re tenacious.
One of the benefits of using an item-farming team is the Frisk Ability. Since the Frisk Pokémon will let you know what’s in the opponent’s held item slot, you won’t have to waste time with guesswork.
Once you detect a Shed Shell, either catch the Pokémon or steal the item with a move.
Afterwards, end the battle however you wish. You will keep the Shed Shell even if you run from the battle.
Shed Shell Details and Uses
The Shed Shell is a held item that allows the holder to switch out of battle even if the holder is bound by a trapping Ability or move.
The following Abilities and moves are affected by the Shed Shell:
The Shed Shell probably won’t be useful enough to have one of your Pokémon hold it for the long term.
Some Pokémon are natural born trappers due to their Abilities—like Dugtrio’s Arena Trap or Magnezone’s Magnet Pull—but attempting to judge which Pokémon are likely to use trap/bind maneuvers largely boils down to guesswork.
If you know you’ll be fighting a Pokémon known specifically for its trapping/binding potential, you might swap items for a Shed Shell.
Otherwise, a better strategy is to maximize each of your Pokémon’s type coverages so that if one gets caught in a trap, it can more easily fight its way out.