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* Although being one of the few pure Ground-type Pokémon in the first generations, Sandslash did not learn any damage-dealing {{type2|Ground}} move via leveling up until Generation III.
 
* Although being one of the few pure Ground-type Pokémon in the first generations, Sandslash did not learn any damage-dealing {{type2|Ground}} move via leveling up until Generation III.
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* Although its species is the Mouse Pokémon, non of the animals it draws its design inspiration from are actually rodents.
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* Both {{p|Sandshrew}} and Sandslash are mentioned to have poisonous claws. This relates to one of their real life counterpart the Shrew, where several species are known to be venomous.
   
 
===Origin===
 
===Origin===

Revision as of 17:04, 1 February 2010

Sandshrew #027: Sandshrew
Pokémon
#029: Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Sandslash
サンドパン Sandpan
#028
028Sandslash.png
Artwork from FR/LG
Type
Ground '
Category
Mouse Pokémon
Ability
Sand Veil
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#028
Johto
#049
Hoenn
#113
Regional Browser numbers
Height
3'03"
Imperial
1.0 m
Metric
Weight
65.0 lbs.
Imperial
29.5 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
90 (11.8%)
Body style
Body06.png
Footprint
 F028.png 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Ground group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
2
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 163 Battle Exp.: 1631*

Sandslash (Japanese: サンドパン Sandpan) is a Template:Type2 Pokémon.

It evolves from Sandshrew starting at level 22.

Biology

Physiology

Sandslash is a ground-dwelling pholidote notable for its offensive and defensive capabilities. Its body is mostly covered in sharp quills formed from its tough, dry hide. It can curl into a large ball to protect its underbelly, and in this position it can roll to attack or escape. Its primary weapon is the large claws on its paws, which can be used to slash at enemies but which also useful for burrowing quickly and can sometimes be poisoned. Its claws and spikes can both break off and are shed regularly, but grow back quickly.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Sandslash are able to roll themselves into sharp balls of spikes, which can be used to both attack and defend themselves. In this ball form Sandslash can protect themselves from heatstroke, and can even kick up a dust storm. Sandslash is also adept at climbing trees, and is prone to ambush its enemies from above.

Like most evolved Pokémon, Sandslash can generate a Hyper Beam.

Behavior

In the wild, Sandslash are more offensive than their pre-evolution, Sandshrew, but are still mostly defensive by nature. They spend much of their time hidden underground in their burrows, and will kick up sand or curl into a ball to escape predators. It will also curl into a ball to prevent heatstroke during the high temperatures of the daytime in its habitat. Although it is known to regrow its claws and spines if broken or snapped off, it does seem to have habitual molting, for once a year the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old spikes.

When needed, they can perform a variety of techniques to attack enemies, including slashing at them, rolling at them while curled up, and even climbing trees and attacking from above.

Habitat

They are adapted to dry, arid areas. Thus, they can mostly be found in deserts and grasslands, and sometimes in river valleys or the upper levels of caves as well. Wherever they are, they live underground in burrows.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

Sandslash do not require a lot of water, due to a very efficient system of staying hydrated with minimal moisture. They hunt for prey in the wild.

In the anime

File:Sandslash anime.JPG
A Trainer and his Sandslash

Major appearances

In Good 'Quil Hunting, a Pokémon Trainer named Koji informed Ash about a place that was good for catching Cyndaquil. After Ash captured a Cyndaquil, the trainer challenged Ash to a 1-on-1 Pokémon battle to determine who'd keep the Cyndaquil. Koji used a Sandslash against Ash's Cyndaquil and lost.

In Bulbasaur... the Ambassador, several Sandslash helped dig a new lake for the Template:Type2 Pokémon at Professor Oak's Lab.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness, Sandslash was a member of Team Razor Wind, along with Scyther and Zangoose. The trio of clawed Pokémon were first seen being blasted out of the Wigglytuff Guild. Team Razor Wind overheard that Team Poképals were assigned with the task of traveling to the Labyrinth Cave to get a Gabite Scale for an ailing Shinx, and decided to attempt beating the Poképals. Unfortunately for Team Razor Wind, Gabite beat them up.

Minor appearances

Sandslash first appeared in To Master the Onixpected. It was stuck underneath the rocky skin of a giant Onix and causing so much pain, that the Rock Snake Pokémon was on a rampage. Bruno helped to get the Sandslash out.

A Sandslash owned by Corey was one of the Pokémon that was captured and cloned by Mewtwo in Mewtwo Strikes Back. When Team Rocket saw this Pokémon being cloned, it was mistaken for its pre-evolution, Sandshrew. The Sandslash clone was seen again in Mewtwo Returns.

Sandslash also made a cameo in Numero Uno Articuno as a Pokémon belonging to Noland.

In Gymbaliar! a Sandslash was under the ownership of a boy Trainer battling Jessie for "a Badge". It lost to Jessie's (then) Croagunk.

A group of Sandslash also appeared in Historical Mystery Tour!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP071 Sandslash Ash's Pokédex Sandslash, the Mouse Pokémon. The evolved form of Sandshrew. It attacks opponents with the quills on its back.
This concludes the entries from the original series.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP008 Sandslash Dawn's Pokédex Sandslash, the Mouse Pokémon. When it runs at full speed, it sends up a thick cloud of sand in order to hide itself.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In the manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Sandslash's most dominant appearance was in When Sandslash Gets Rowdy. While trying to find out their location, Gold and Silver are attacked by a swarm of spiky balls, which are revealed to be Sandslash migrating in response to the wrath of Lugia.

In the TCG

Main article: Sandslash (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Blue
Yellow It is skilled at slashing enemies with its claws. If broken, they start to grow back in a day.
Stadium Curls into a ball of sharp spikes and rolls into enemies. It is also adept at slashing with its sharp claws.
Generation II
Gold In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
Silver If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spike and claws. They grow back in a day.
Crystal Adept at climbing trees, it rolls into a spiny ball, then attacks its enemies from above.
Stadium 2 In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
Generation III
Ruby Sandslash's body is covered by tough spikes, which are hardened sections of its hide. Once a year, the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old ones.
Sapphire Sandslash can roll up its body as if it were a ball covered with large spikes. In battle, this Pokémon will try to make the foe flinch by jabbing it with its spines. It then leaps at the stunned foe to tear wildly with its sharp claws.
Emerald It curls up in a ball to protect itself from enemy attacks. It also curls up to prevent heatstroke during the daytime when temperatures rise sharply.
FireRed It is adept at attacking with the spines on its back and its sharp claws while quickly scurrying about.
LeafGreen Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Generation IV
Diamond It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
Pearl It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
Platinum It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
HeartGold In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
SoulSilver If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spike and claws. They grow back in a day.
Generation V
Black {{{blackdex}}}
White {{{whitedex}}}
Black 2 {{{black2dex}}}
White 2 {{{white2dex}}}
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
Uncommon Route 23, Cerulean Cave (Blue only)
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
Uncommon Cerulean Cave
Generation II
Gold Silver
Few (Gold)
None (Silver)
Routes 26 and 27, Mt. Moon (Gold)
Evolve Sandshrew (Silver)
Crystal
Uncommon Route 26 and Victory Road
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Evolve Sandshrew
Emerald
None Evolve Sandshrew
FireRed LeafGreen
Uncommon Route 23 and Victory Road (LeafGreen only)
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Evolve Sandshrew
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Dongle Route 228 (LeafGreen)
Platinum
Dongle Route 228 (LeafGreen)
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Evolve Sandshrew
Pal Park
Mountain
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
None Trade
Black 2 White 2
None Trade
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Snap Valley
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Evolve from Sandshrew
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 3
Endless Level 20
Forever Level 52
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve from Sandshrew
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Quicksand Cave (B1-B10)
Quicksand Pit (B1-B10)
Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Hippowdon Temple
Pokémon Rumble Gravel Cave

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*
FireRed LeafGreen Soft Sand Soft Sand (5%)
Diamond Pearl Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Platinum

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 75
135 - 182 260 - 354
Attack: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Defense: 110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Sp.Atk: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Sp.Def: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Speed: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Total: 450   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 55.


Pokéthlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
14/17 ★★

Type effectiveness

Template:DP type effectiveness

Learnset

By leveling up

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Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only from an evolution of this Pokémon
A colored initial indicates that the move is not available to be tutored in this game,
while a colored background indicates that the move is available.
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Side game data

Template:Side game

Evolution

Sandshrew
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 22


Sandslash
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ground 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 028.png Spr 1y 028.png Spr 1g 028.png Spr b g1 028.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 028.png Spr 2s 028.png Spr 2c 028.png Spr b 2g 028.png
Spr 2g 028 s.png Spr 2s 028 s.png Spr 2c 028 s.png Spr b 2g 028 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 028.png Spr 3e 028.png Spr 3f 028.png Spr b 3r 028.png
Spr 3r 028 s.png Spr 3e 028 s.png Spr 3f 028 s.png Spr b 3r 028 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 028.png Spr 4d 028.png Spr 4h 028.png Spr b 4d 028.png
Spr 4d 028 s.png Spr 4d 028 s.png Spr 4h 028 s.png Spr b 4d 028 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 028.png Spr 5b 028.png Spr b 5b 028.png
Spr 5b 028 s.png Spr 5b 028 s.png Spr b 5b 028 s.png
Sandslash For other sprites and images, please see Sandslash images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Sandslash's original name was "Sandstorm".
    • If this had happened, it would have been the only Pokémon with the same name as a move.
  • Although being one of the few pure Ground-type Pokémon in the first generations, Sandslash did not learn any damage-dealing Template:Type2 move via leveling up until Generation III.
  • Although its species is the Mouse Pokémon, non of the animals it draws its design inspiration from are actually rodents.
  • Both Sandshrew and Sandslash are mentioned to have poisonous claws. This relates to one of their real life counterpart the Shrew, where several species are known to be venomous.

Origin

Sandslash share various physical traits with both hedgehogs and pangolins.

Name origin

Sandslash's name is a combination of sand and slash, referring to its long claws. Its Japanese name may be a combination of sand and pangolin.

In other languages

External links

Notes



Sandshrew #027: Sandshrew
Pokémon
#029: Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Project Pokédex logo.png This Pokémon article is part of Project Pokédex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each Pokémon as a species.