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Sand Tomb (move)

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Sand Tomb
すなじごく Sand Hell
Sand Tomb V.png
Type  Ground
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  35
Accuracy  85%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.

Sand Tomb (Japanese: すなじごく Sand Hell) is a damage-dealing Ground-type move introduced in Generation III.


Generation III

Sand Tomb inflicts 1/16 of the target's maximum HP as damage for two to five turns upon use, in addition to the damage dealt when it is used. The quote "<Pokémon> was trapped by SAND TOMB!" It also traps the target, preventing switching and escape. If a trapped Pokémon uses Rapid Spin, it will be freed. If a wild Pokémon uses Sand Tomb on the player's Pokémon, the player may escape if the affected Pokémon has Run Away or is holding a Smoke Ball. However, these do not allow the player to switch the Pokémon out.

Sand Tomb has a Power of 15 and an accuracy of 70.

Generation IV

In Generation IV, if the user of Sand Tomb is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will always be 5 turns. Also, if an affected Pokémon is holding a Shed Shell, it can switch out.

Generation V

Sand Tomb's power and accuracy were increased to 35 and 85 respectively, and now lasts four to five turns. If a Binding Band is held by the user, the damage done at the end of each turn will increase from 1/16 of the target's maximum HP to 1/8. The text also changes to "<Pokémon> became trapped by Sand Tomb!"

Generation VI

The end turn damage of Sand Tomb is increased from 1/16 to 1/8 of the target's maximum HP. If the user is holding a Binding Band, the end turn damage of Sand Tomb will increase to 1/6 of the target's maximum HP.


Games Description
RSE Traps and hurts the foe in quicksand for 2 to 5 turns.
Colo.XD Traps and hurts target in a whirlpool for 2 to 5 turns.
FRLG The foe is trapped inside a painful sandstorm for two to five turns.
DPPtHGSS The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm for two to five turns.
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground 45 27 27 23 23
028 Sandslash Sandslash Ground Ground 52 33 33 23 23
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Ground Ground 26 26 26 26
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground 49 52 41 46 54 37 37
328 Trapinch Trapinch Ground Ground 25 25 25 10 10
329 Vibrava Vibrava Ground Dragon --, 25 --, 25 --, 25 --, 10 --, 10
330 Flygon Flygon Ground Dragon --, 25 --, 25 --, 25 --, 10 --, 10
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground   19 19 19
444 Gabite Gabite Dragon Ground   19 19 19
445 Garchomp Garchomp Dragon Ground   19 19 19
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Ground Ground   25 25 25
450 Hippowdon Hippowdon Ground Ground   25 25 25
551 Sandile Sandile Ground Dark     13 13
552 Krokorok Krokorok Ground Dark     13 13
553 Krookodile Krookodile Ground Dark     13 13
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By breeding

# Pokémon Type Father
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo Rock Rock   Onix Onix Onix
204 Pineco Pineco Bug Bug TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock   TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon
387 Turtwig Turtwig Grass Grass   GibleGabiteGarchomp GibleGabiteGarchomp GibleGabiteGarchomp
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock   Onix Onix Onix
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground   GibleGabiteGarchomp GibleGabiteGarchomp GibleGabiteGarchomp
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Ground Ground   SandshrewSandslashDugtrioHippopotasHippowdon SandshrewSandslashDugtrioHippopotasHippowdonSandileKrokorokKrookodile SandshrewSandslashDugtrioHippopotasHippowdonSandileKrokorokKrookodile
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock     OnixTrapinchVibravaFlygon OnixTrapinchVibravaFlygon
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

In the anime

Katie Dugtrio Sand Tomb.png Brianna Vibrava Sand Tomb.png Ursula Gabite Sand Tomb.png Hippopotas Sand Tomb.png
Dugtrio Vibrava Gabite Hippopotas
The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio digs underground, and a huge hole opens up in the ground that sucks in the opponent. Dugtrio appears in the middle of the hole.
Katie's Dugtrio Shocks and Bonds Debut
329 Vibrava Vibrava's eyes glow light blue and the opponent's legs becomes surrounded by a sand tornado. When the tornado fades, the opponent's legs become trapped in sand.
Brianna's Vibrava Spontaneous Combusken! None
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas releases a geyser of sand from the hole on its back, flooding the area with sand and trapping the opponent.
A wild Hippopotas Mass Hip-Po-Sis! None
450 Hippowdon Hippowdon releases sand out of the holes on its back and digs into the ground.
A Hippowdon Jessie used briefly One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! None
444 Gabite Gabite waves its arms to one side, kicking up sand. Then, it waves its arms to the other side and a cyclone of sand is fired at the opponent. When the sand reaches the opponent, it spins around it like a tornado, or Gabite crouches down and medium sized sand dunes rise out of the ground and around Gabite.
A wild Gabite Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness None
Ursula's Gabite Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn! None
328 Trapinch Trapinch creates a huge hole in the ground that sucks the opponent in. Trapinch appears in the middle of the hole and bites the opponent when it reaches it.
A wild Trapinch A Rivalry to Gible on! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In other generations

Sand Tomb III.png Sand Tomb IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
Generation V
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast


  • Its Japanese name, すなじごく Suna Jigoku (Sand Hell), is likely referring to the sand pit traps dug by antlions.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 流沙地獄 Liúshā Dìyù
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Zand Tombe
Finland Flag.png Finnish Hiekkahauta
France Flag.png French Tourbi-Sable
Germany Flag.png German Sandgrab
Greece Flag.png Greek Αμμόλακος
India Flag.png Hindi रेत का मकबरा Rayt Ka Maqbara
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jebakan Pasir
Italy Flag.png Italian Sabbiotomba
South Korea Flag.png Korean 모래지옥 Morae Jiok
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Tumba de Areia
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Peščana Grobnica
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Tumba de Arena (Advanced Generation series)
Trampa de Arena (DP Galactic Battles)
Bucle Arena (DP Sinnoh League Victors)
Spain Flag.png Spain Bucle Arena

Variations of the move Clamp
Physical ClampSand Tomb
Special Fire SpinWhirlpool

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