Crustle Guide: Can This Crustatcean Crush Its Competitors?

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Throughout the 1990s and the 2000s, there were many trends, fads, and cultural phenomenons that captured the imagination and the attention of the general public. There was Digimon, there was Yu-gi-oh, there were Tamagotchis, Cartoon Network, Furbies, Troll dolls, and Pogs.

However, none of these things ever stood a chance against the long-running and Uber successful brand that is Pokemon. This series has been running for as long as we can remember and yet it remains as popular as ever.

The reason for this is the constant work of the respective Pokemon teams who make the games, anime series, merchandise, and trading card game so fantastic. Plus, they give us a wave of new Pokemon every few years to fall in love with.

However, with all these new Pokemon, there is the danger of falling behind and forgetting important Pokemon knowledge. So we are here to help by offering essential Pokemon handbooks which focus on one Pokemon at a time and give you all the information you could possibly need.

In this guide, we take a look at Crustle, a bug/rock dual-type Pokemon that is inspired by the real-world animal, the hermit crab. This fifth-generation Pokemon is a defensive giant but what else can it offer? Well, let us tell you in our Crustle essential Pokemon guide.

What is Crustle?

Crustle is a Bug/Rock-type Pokemon that was first introduced to the series in generation V. In terms of appearance, this Pokemon is inspired by the Hermit crab. This Pokemon is an imaginative and exaggerated version of this animal this Pokemon takes on the usual shape of a crab, with pincers on either side of its body, three legs on each side of the body, and two yellow eyes and a mouth in the middle.

The Pokemon also has a straight tail, however, this is concealed under a huge boulder. The bulk of this creature’s appearance is made up of a huge cube-shaped boulder that it carries on its back. This is a piece of cutaway grey and yellow sediment and acts as this crab Pokemon’s shell.

In terms of this Pokemon’s behavior, Crustle is a very territorial Pokemon with strength that is surprising considering its small frame. It will often engage in fights with other Crustle’s and these fights can be brutal. When the shell of the Crustle breaks, this signifies that they have lost their battle for territory.

Then the Crustle will wander lost and aimless until they find a new shell. However, without their shell, they are not helpless as they have super-strong claws which can take down just about any Pokemon and cut through the strongest of defenses.

This Pokemon is number 558 in the Pokedex, is 1.4 meters tall, weighs a staggering 200 kilograms, has a medium/fast growth rate, and has a catch rate of 17.5%

Here is a video of Crustle in action so you can see for yourself exactly what this Pokemon has to offer:

Does Crustle Appear in the Anime?

Yes, Crustle has made quite a few appearances within the anime series, some of which being more meaty roles and others being more brief appearances. Crustle debuted in the episode, Crisis at Chargestone Cave! In this episode, Cillian’s Dwebble was engaged in a battle with Team Rocket and during this battle, Dwebble evolved into a Crustle which causes the Rocket goons to flee the scene.

Another major appearance was split across the episodes Curtain Up, Unova League!, and Mission: Defeat Your Rival! In these episodes, Ultimo battles Virgil during the Vertress Conference, and Ultimo uses his Crustle. However, this Pokemon is handily defeated by Virgil’s Vaporeon.

The rest of this Pokemon’s appearances within the anime were much more short-lived. However, you may be wondering which other episodes that Crustle popped up in. Well, allow us to inform you. Here is every minor appearance that Crustle has made within the Pokemon anime series:

  • A Restoration Confrontation! Part 1
  • A Legendary Photo Op!
  • A Close Call… Practically!

Does Crustle Appear in Any Pokemon Movies?

Despite the various appearances within the anime series, Crustle has never appeared in any of the Pokemon feature-length movies.

It is worth mentioning that Dwebble has appeared in two Pokemon movies, Genesect and the Legend Awakened and Secrets of the Jungle, respectively. However, the much more bulky and powerful Pokemon Crustle hasn’t had the same luxury. We reckon that this Pokemon will at least have a small role in a Pokemon movie in the future but as it stands, Crustle will have to wait for its moment on the silver screen.

How Good is Crustle’s Pokemon Trading Card?

Crustle has been the subject of a Pokemon TCG card on a very respectable five occasions. Each of these cards has its own strengths and weaknesses but instead of running through every single option. We are going to take a look at the original TCG card and then we will give you our opinion on which of these five Crustle cards is the best of the bunch.

Beginning with the original Crustle card, this card debuted in the Noble Victories expansion pack and is a stage one grass-type Pokemon. This card has 100HP, a standard attack called X-Scissor which does twenty base damage and has a 50% chance of dealing seventy damage depending on the outcome of a coin toss.

Then this card has a secondary attack called reckless charge which does eighty damage but will do ten damage to Crustle if you choose to use it. This is a decent attacking option for a grass-type deck. However, for our money, this isn’t the best Crustle card you can get.

In our opinion, this honor goes to the Boundaries Crossed expansion version of this card. This version has an ability called Sturdy which allows the player to tank any attack regardless of damage provided the Crustle was at full HP before the attack took place.

Then when this phase is over, the Crustle is left with 10HP. Then the secondary attack is a stone edge that does seventy base damage and has the potential to deal ninety damage based on the outcome of a coin toss. This card is excellent not only as an attacking option but it is also a great way to get a shot at a much stronger Pokemon without being blown back without a chance to deal any damage. This is an extremely rare card but if you can get your hands on it, you’ll have the best Crustle card in existence.

Crustle In The Pokemon Video Games

Crustle has been around since the fifth generation of the Pokemon series, making its debut in Pokemon Black and White. However, you may be wondering what other main Pokemon games that Crustle has featured in and how many spin-off titles this Pokemon has popped up in. Well, we have the answers that you seek. Here is every Pokemon game that Crustle has ever featured in:

  • Pokemon Black
  • Pokemon White
  • Pokemon White II
  • Pokemon Black II
  • Pokemon X
  • Pokemon Y
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Sun
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon Ultra Moon
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon Rumble U
  • Pokemon Battle Trozei
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Rumble World
  • Pokemon Rumble Rush
  • Pokemon Park 2
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon GTI

What Moves Can Crustle Learn?

Crustle is a bug/rock type Pokemon and for that reason, this Pokemon does have a variety of moves within this bracket. However, this Pokemon does have several physical moves and grass types move to call upon too. However, you may be wondering which moves you have to choose from when training a Crustle. Well, here is a complete list of every single move available to Crustle within the Pokemon video games:

Learned moves:

  • Fury Cutter
  • Sand attack
  • Withdraw
  • Smack down
  • Bug bite
  • Flail
  • Slash
  • Rock slide
  • Stealth rock
  • Rock blast
  • X-Scissor
  • Rock polish
  • Shell smash
  • Rock Wrecker

Taught/transfer Moves:

  • Hyper beam
  • Solar beam
  • Giga impact
  • Solar blade
  • Dig
  • Rest
  • Rock slide
  • Snore
  • Protect
  • Attract
  • Sandstorm
  • Facade
  • Rock tomb
  • Sand tomb
  • Rock blast
  • Shadow claw
  • Round
  • Bulldoze
  • Stomping tantrum
  • Swords dance
  • Earthquake
  • Substitute
  • Spikes
  • Endure
  • Sleep talk
  • Iron defense
  • Poison jab
  • X-Scissor
  • Stone edge
  • Stealth rock
  • Heavy slam
  • Body press
  • Aerial ace
  • Confide
  • Cut
  • Double team
  • Feint
  • Frustration
  • Hidden power
  • Home claws
  • Nature power
  • Return
  • Rock smash
  • Rototiller
  • Secret power
  • Strength
  • Struggle bug
  • Swagger
  • Toxic

Breeding Moves:

  • Block
  • Counter
  • Curse
  • Knock off
  • Night slash
  • Wide guard

What is the Best Moveset for Crustle?

As you can see, Crustle has quite a few moves capable of dealing lots of damage, setting up a defensive wall, and offering tactics that will give your opponents a hard time. However, with so many options, it’s easy to get flustered. So we aim to make the process of picking a moveset for Crustle as easy as possible. Here is the optimal moveset for the Pokemon, Crustle within the Pokemon video game series:

  • Stealth Rock
  • Spikes
  • Knock off
  • Stone Edge

What is Crustle Weak/Strong Against?

Crustle is a dual-type Bug and Rock-type Pokemon which would have you assume that this Pokemon would have a lot of weaknesses. However, in truth, this Pokemon isn’t as easily dealt with as you might think.

The Pokemon is susceptible to Rock, Steel, and Water-type moves, whereas, in terms of resistances, this Pokemon fairs best against normal and poison-type moves. Every other typing hits with the standard amount of damage. Here is a rundown of Crustle’s weaknesses, resistances, and immunities:


  • Rock
  • Steel
  • Flying


  • Normal
  • Poison


  • N/A

How to Catch Crustle in The Pokemon Games

Catching a Crustle is relatively easy in most Pokemon games that it appears in. This Pokemon can be encountered randomly within games such as Pokemon Black and White, Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire and Sword/Shield. So aside from the rather low catch rate of 17.5% trainers should have no bother adding this one to their Pokedex.

Trainers could run into trouble in games such as Pokemon Sun and Moon or X and Y where the trainer will have to trade with another player or evolve a Dwebble, respectively. However, this isn’t too much of a problem and for that reason, we would say that Crustle is a rather common Pokemon.

Does Crustle Evolve?

No, Crustle does not evolve. This Pokemon is the last stop on its particular evolutionary chain, evolving from the Pokemon, Dwebble.

To evolve a Dwebble into a much more intimidating and battle-ready Pokemon in the form of Crustle, players will have to train a Dwebble up to at least level thirty-four before this event will occur. However, this is certainly something worth doing, so be sure to get battling, build up that XP and turn that Dwebble into a fully grown Crustle.

What Are Crustle’s Base Stats?

As you would imagine by merely looking at this Pokemon, Crustle is a very defensive-minded Pokemon. It has incredible base defense stats and also has excellent base physical attack stats too. Where this Pokemon falls down is in the speed department.

This Pokemon will rarely get the first move, but if you allow it to hit back, you best believe that it will hit hard. Here is a rundown of Crustle’s base stats within the Pokemon video game series:

  • HP: 70
  • Attack: 105
  • Defense: 125
  • SP Attack: 65
  • SP defense: 75
  • Speed: 45

What Does A Shiny Crustle Look Like?

A shiny Crustle doesn’t differ a tremendous amount from the original as the changes are very subtle. For the most part, the Pokemon looks the same when compared to the standard model.

However, if you take a look at the large boulder that Crustle is carrying, a shiny version will have lime green veins of limestone through the rock rather than the standard pale yellow color. This is an aesthetically pleasing way to give this Pokemon a new and interesting look and if you haven’t hunted one down yet, we would urge you to give it a go.

What Lies Below the Crustle

As you can see from the information above, Crustle is a formidable defensive Pokemon with more than enough attack power to lay into its competitors. It has an array of excellent physical and rock moves to utilize, its shiny form looks great, and perhaps best of all, it’s pretty easy to catch too. So if you haven’t already added this Pokemon to your Pokedex, get out there into the tall grass and claim one for your squad.


Question: Which Pokemon Has the Highest Base Defense?

Answer: Some say that attack is the best form of defense but in most situations, a strong defense can be used as a foundation to mount an attack. What we are getting at here is that if you have a strong Pokemon that can take a hit, it won’t matter how many attacks you have to lay down. In the end, your Pokemon will be too tough to defeat anyway.

Some Pokemon are built this way. However, you may be wondering what Pokemon has the best defensive capabilities in the game. Well, we have your answer. Here are the top five Pokemon with the highest base defense:
• Shucke
• Stakataka
• Steelix
• Regirock
• Avalugg
Despite the various legendary Pokemon, Goliath creatures, and hulking beasts within the Pokemon franchise. It is the unassuming Pokemon Shuckle that has the best base defense in the entire game. You would hardly think that this Pokemon would be able to take hit after hit but it absolutely can. It’s a shame that it can’t hit back with the same force but as they say, Arceus doesn’t give with both hands.

Question: What Other Pokemon Are Based on Crabs?

Answer: Pokemon are often designed with real-world assets in mind, with items, animals, and plants acting as the inspiration for a number of the existing Pokemon on the roster to this day.

So with that in mind, you may be wondering how many other Pokemon like Dwebble and Crustle has been designed with a crab acting as the designer’s muse. Well, we would like to put your mind at ease. Here is every single crab Pokemon within the series to date:
• Paras
• Parasect
• Krabby
• Kingler
• Corphish
• Crawdaunt
• Clauncher
• Clawitzer
• Crabominable
• Crabrawler

Question: Which Pokemon Game Has Sold The Most Copies?

Answer: Just in case you weren’t aware, the Pokemon series when compared to every single gaming property in the world ranks second in the highest amount of copies sold. Now, part of this is down to the longevity of this franchise but this is also down to the popularity of these games over the years too.

You can continue producing games but you can’t force folks to buy them, so Game Freak must be doing something right. Well, you might be asking yourself, which of these games has sold the most copies out of all the Pokemon games ever made. Well, we have your answer, here are the top five best selling Pokemon games of all time:
• Pokemon Red, Green, & Blue – 31.05 Million.
• Pokemon Gold & Silver – 23.73 Million
• Pokemon Sword & Shield – 21.10 Million
• Pokemon Diamond & Pearl – 17.67 Million
• Pokemon X & Y – 16.53 Million
It probably comes as no surprise to you that the breakout Pokemon game is the best selling of all time. This game sold incredibly well at launch and for many years after was helped by the success of the Game Boy Color and even to this day, thanks to the power of nostalgia, this game continues to sell all over the world. If this isn’t proof to you that Pokemon is an evergreen product, I don’t know what will.

Final Thoughts

So that is our essential Pokemon handbook giving you all the info you could possibly need about the Pokemon, Crustle. What did you make of this guide? Was this helpful and informative? Are there any other Pokemon you would love to see a guide for? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.

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