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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.
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.
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 heavy rain, extremely harsh sunlight, or a mysterious air current is present, Sand Stream will fail to activate.
Outside of battle
Sand Stream has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Sand Stream
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