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Sand Stream (Ability)

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Sand Stream すなおこし
Sand Raising
Flavor text
Generation III
Summons a sandstorm.
Generation IV
The Pokémon summons a sandstorm in battle.
Generation V
The Pokémon summons a sandstorm in battle.
Generation VI
The Pokémon summons a sandstorm in battle.

Sand Stream (Japanese: すなおこし Sand Raising) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Three Pokémon can have this Ability, all of which take no damage from sandstorms because of their type. Prior to Generation IV, it was the signature Ability of Tyranitar.


In battle

Generation III-V

Sand Stream summons a sandstorm in battle as soon as a Pokémon with Sand Stream enters the battle. Its effects almost are the same as Sandstorm's; the only difference is that instead of lasting for five turns, it lasts for the whole battle until a different weather condition replaces it. If a Pokémon with Sand Stream is sent out in the same turn as another Pokémon whose Ability causes a different weather condition, the slower Pokémon's Ability will override the faster Pokémon's Ability.

Generation VI

In Generation VI, the sandstorm will last only for five turns instead. This can be extended to eight turns if the Pokémon is holding a Smooth Rock.

If the heavy rain, extremely harsh sunlight, or strong winds weather conditions are present, Sand Stream will fail to activate.

Outside of battle

Sand Stream has no effect outside of battle.

Pokémon with Sand Stream

# Pokémon Types First Ability Second Ability Hidden Ability
Tyranitar Tyranitar Rock Dark Sand Stream None Unnerve
Tyranitar Tyranitar
Mega Tyranitar
Rock Dark Sand Stream None None
Hippopotas Hippopotas Ground Ground Sand Stream None Sand Force
Hippowdon Hippowdon Ground Ground Sand Stream None Sand Force
Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
  • For Generation III games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation IV and Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation IV games, ignore Hidden Abilities.
  • For Generation V games, ignore Abilities introduced in Generation VI.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


  • This is the only weather-summoning Ability that has yet to be featured in the anime.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 沙流 Shāliú
France Flag.png French Sable Volant
Germany Flag.png German Sandsturm
Italy Flag.png Italian Sabbiafiume
South Korea Flag.png Korean 모래날림 Morae Nallim
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Corrente de Areia
Spain Flag.png Spanish Chorro Arena

Variations of the Ability Drizzle
DrizzleDroughtSand StreamSnow Warning

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