Sandslash (Pokémon)

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Sandshrew #027: Sandshrew
Pokémon
#029: Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Sandslash
Mouse Pokémon
サンドパン
Sandpan
#028
Sandslash
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Types
Ground Unknown
Sandslash
Ice Steel
Alolan Sandslash
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sand Veil
Sandslash
Snow Cloak
Alolan Sandslash
Cacophony
Sand Rush
Sandslash Hidden Ability
Slush Rush
Alolan Sandslash Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Alolan Sandslash
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
90 (11.8%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
3'03" 1.0 m
Sandslash
3'11" 1.2 m
Alolan Sandslash
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
65.0 lbs. 29.5 kg
Sandslash
121.3 lbs. 55.0 kg
Alolan Sandslash
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#028
Kanto
#049
Johto
#118
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh
#114
Unova
Mountain
#098
Kalos
#252
Alola
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-195
Almia
R-181/N-011
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
Base experience yield
163
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
158
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Sandslash
0
HP
0
Atk
2
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Alolan Sandslash
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Body style
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
Alolan Sandslash
Footprint
F028.png None.png
Alolan Sandslash
Pokédex color
Yellow
Other forms may have other colors.
Base friendship
70
External Links

Sandslash (Japanese: サンドパン Sandpan) is a Ground-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Sandshrew starting at level 22.

In Alola, Sandslash has a regional variant that is Ice/Steel. It evolves from Alolan Sandshrew when exposed to an Ice Stone.

Biology

Sandslash is a bipedal, ground dwelling pholidote Pokémon. Although Sandslash is usually bipedal, it can run on all fours. Most of its underside is light yellow with a white underbelly. It has a narrow muzzle, almond-shaped blue eyes, and a thick tail. Its back is mostly covered in sharp, brown quills formed from its tough, dry hide. It has two large claws on its paws and feet. These claws are its primary weapons, and are used for slashing. They can also be used for burrowing. Its claws and spikes can both break off and are shed regularly, but grow back quickly. It can curl into a large ball to protect its white underbelly. In this position, it can roll to attack or escape and protect itself from heatstroke. Sandslash is also adept at climbing trees, and is prone to ambush its enemies from above. Sandslash can mostly be found in deserts.

In the Alola region, Sandslash has an icy blue hide and quills covered in ice. These quills stand taller than a regular Sandslash's quills, and resemble icicles. This Pokémon uses its hide for camouflage in the snow, while leaving only its spines exposed. Its forepaws are larger than its counterpart, and its claws are longer, thinner, and hooked at the tips. Despite the weight of its ice-covered body, Alolan Sandslash is able to move swiftly by carving a path in the snow with its claws. This Pokémon tends to live in the deeper parts of snowy mountains, where climbing is forbidden. However, the sprays of snow it kicks up are popular shots for photographers.[1]

In the anime

Sandslash in the anime

In the main series

Major appearances

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

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 would 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 Grass-type Pokémon at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

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 Wigglytuff's 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 Team Poképals. Unfortunately for Team Razor Wind, Gabite beat them up. It reappeared alongside its team in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness.

Minor appearances

Sandslash first appeared in The Flame Pokémon-athon!.

A Sandslash appeared in A Chansey Operation as one of the injured Pokémon brought to the clinic.

A Sandslash appeared in To Master the Onixpected. It was stuck between the rocky body segments of a giant Onix and causing so much pain that the Rock Snake Pokémon rampaged until Bruno freed it.

A Sandslash appeared in Round One - Begin! under the ownership of a Trainer competing in the Indigo Plateau Conference.

Sandslash also appeared in The Power of One.

A Sandslash appeared in Pokémon Double Trouble.

A Trainer's Sandslash appeared in Hello, Pummelo! in a photograph inside the Palace of Victory.

A Sandslash was part of the Pokémon Swap Meet in Tricks of the Trade.

Pietra used her Sandslash for her digging project in Right on, Rhydon!.

A Sandslash also appeared in Celebi: Voice of the Forest.

A Sandslash was seen in the wild in The Legend of Thunder!.

A Sandslash appeared in Nurse Joy's poem in Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?.

A Sandslash made a brief cameo along with a Sandshrew in Destiny Deoxys and Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

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

A Sandslash appeared in the opening Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

In Gymbaliar!, a Trainer used a Sandslash to battle a wild Croagunk under Jessie's command.

Multiple Sandslash made a cameo in Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

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

A Trainer's Sandslash appeared in Curtain Up, Unova League!.

A Sandslash appeared as a silhouette in SM003.

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 Pokémon Origins

A Sandslash appeared in a flashback in File 2:Cubone.

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Sandslash first appeared in Sea Sea Seadra where a wild Sandslash and Weezing appeared behind Bill still showing the ecology in Viridian Forest hasn't changed back to normal in two years.

In A Flaaffy Kerfuffle a Sandslash appeared where it was one of the Pokémon in Professor Oak's fantasy when he explains that trainers should only have six Pokémon with them.

Sandslash's most predominant appearance was in Sandslash Surprise. While trying to find out their location, Gold and Silver are attacked by a swarm of spiky balls, which are revealed to be Sandslash fleeing from the wrath of Lugia.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Giovanni used Sandslash in his hair salon.

In the TCG

Main article: Sandslash (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Sandslash

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 spikes 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
Platinum
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 It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
White
Black 2 The spikes on its body are made up of its hardened hide. It rolls up and attacks foes with its spikes.
White 2
Generation VI
X If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
Y Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Omega 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.
Alpha 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.
Generation VII
Sun Although they are sharp, its claws and spikes often break off. They grow back the next day, so it is not bothered by the temporary loss.
Moon It uses its claws to climb trees and then curls its body into a spiny ball, ready to drop onto any prey that appears.

Alolan Sandslash

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
Sun Fleeing a volcanic eruption, it settled on a snowy mountain. As it races through the snowfields, it sends up a spray of snow.
Moon This Pokémon's steel spikes are sheathed in ice. Stabs from these spikes cause deep wounds and severe frostbite as well.

Game locations

Generation I
Red
Trade
Blue
Route 23, Cerulean Cave
Blue (Japan)
Route 23, Cerulean Cave
Yellow
Cerulean Cave
Generation II
Gold
Routes 26 and 27, Mt. Moon
Silver
Evolve Sandshrew
Crystal
Route 26 and Victory Road
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Sandshrew
Emerald
Evolve Sandshrew
FireRed
Trade
LeafGreen
Route 23 and Victory Road
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 228 (LeafGreen)
Platinum
Route 228 (LeafGreen)
HeartGold
Routes 26 and 27, Safari Zone, Mt. Moon
SoulSilver
Safari Zone
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Relic Castle
Black 2 White 2
Route 15, Relic Castle
Generation VI
X Y
Route 18, Terminus Cave
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation VII
Sun
Trade
Moon
Evolve Sandshrew

In side games

Generation I
Snap
Valley
Pinball
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Sandshrew
Trozei!
Endless Level 3, Endless Level 20, Forever Level 52, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Quicksand Cave (B1-B10, Quicksand Pit B1-B10), Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
MD Sky
Quicksand Cave (B1-B10, Quicksand Pit B1-B10), Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Ranger: SoA
Hippowdon Temple
Rumble
Rocky Cave (Normal Mode B & S)
Ranger: GS
Daybreak Ruins, Forest Temple, Light Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Rugged Flats
Rumble U
Variety Battle: It's Drill Time!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 2Tu
Rumble World
Fairy Land: Heat-Wave Desert (All Areas, Entrance Boss)

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
HeartGold SoulSilver Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Black White Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Black 2 White 2 Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
X Y Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Sandslash
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.


Alolan Sandslash
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 75
135 - 182 260 - 354
Attack: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Defense: 120
112 - 189 220 - 372
Sp.Atk: 25
27 - 84 49 - 163
Sp.Def: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
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.


Pokéathlon stats

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

Type effectiveness

Sandslash

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Alolan Sandslash

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VI, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Crush Claw Normal Physical 07575 09595% 10
011 Crush Claw Normal Physical 07575 09595% 10
011 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
011 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
033 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
055 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
077 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 09090% 20
099 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 02020 100100% 40
1111 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 09595% 20
1414 Magnitude Ground Physical 0000 100100% 30
1717 Swift Normal Special 06060 00——% 20
2020 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
2424 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 08585% 15
2828 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
3333 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
3838 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100100% 5
4343 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
4848 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
5353 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
None
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Icicle Spear Ice Physical 02525 100100% 30
011 Icicle Spear Ice Physical 02525 100100% 30
011 Metal Burst Steel Physical 0000 100100% 10
011 Icicle Crash Ice Physical 08585 09090% 10
011 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
011 Ice Ball Ice Physical 03030 09090% 20
011 Metal Claw Steel Physical 05050 09595% 35
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

By TM/HM

Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM15Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM20Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM26Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM31Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM37Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM40Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM52Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM68Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM71Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TM74Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM74 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TM75Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM78Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM80Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM81Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM84Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
None
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM07Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM14Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM15Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM20Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM26Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM28Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM28 Leech Life Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM31Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM40Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM52Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM68Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM70Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM70 Aurora Veil Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM74Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM74 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TM75Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM78Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM79Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM79 Frost Breath Ice Special 06060 090}}90% 10
TM80Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM81Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM84Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

By breeding

Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
Rapid Spin Normal Physical 20 100% 40
Metal Claw Steel Physical 50 95% 35
Crush Claw Normal Physical 75 95% 10
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
Mud Shot Ground Special 55 95% 15
Endure Normal Status —% 10
Chip Away Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Rock Climb Normal Physical 90 85% 20
Rototiller Ground Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandslash in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Sandslash in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
None
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
Icicle Spear Ice Physical 25 100% 30
Metal Claw Steel Physical 50 95% 35
Crush Claw Normal Physical 75 95% 10
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
Icicle Crash Ice Physical 85 90% 10
Endure Normal Status —% 10
Chip Away Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Curse Ghost Status —% 10
Amnesia Psychic Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandslash in Generation VI
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Sandslash in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

By tutoring

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Sandslash can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Sandslash cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution or alternate form of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VII
Other generations:
None
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
027A Scratch Normal Physical 40 100% 35
027A Bide Normal Status —% 10
027A Powder Snow Ice Special 40 100% 25
027A Rapid Spin Normal Physical 20 100% 40
027A Fury Cutter Bug Physical 40 95% 20
027A Swift Normal Special 60 —% 20
027A Fury Swipes Normal Physical 18 80% 15
027A Iron Defense Steel Status —% 15
027A Iron Head Steel Physical 80 100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
Pin028.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS028.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani028.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP028.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Furnace Desert
Phrases
51%-100% HP Let me take them on with the spikes on my back and my big claws!
26%-50% HP Uh-oh, not good. My health is down to half.
1%-25% HP I'm beat... I don't have the energy to shake my spikes...
Level up There! I leveled! My claws are even sharper!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP028.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist: Ground PA.png
Ground
Field move: Tunnel 1 field move.png
(Tunnel ×1)
Browser entry
It hurls lumps of sand to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist:
(present)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(present)
Cut 3 field move.png
(Cut ×3)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(past)
Cut 1 field move.png
(Cut ×1)
Browser entry
It triggers tremors and opens fissures that make Pokémon Paused.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT028.png

Pokémon GO
GO028.png Base Stamina: 150 Base Attack: 150 Base Defense: 172
Egg Distance: N/A Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Metal Claw, Mud Shot
Special Attacks: Earthquake, Rock Tomb, Bulldoze

Evolution

Sandslash

027Sandshrew.png
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 22
028Sandslash.png
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ground 

Alolan Sandslash

027Sandshrew-Alola.png
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ice  Steel 
Ice Stone
Ice Stone
028Sandslash-Alola.png
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ice  Steel 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 028.png Spr b g1 028.png Spr 1y 028.png Spr b g1 028.png Spr 1g 028.png Spr b g1 028.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 028.png Spr b 2g 028.png Spr 2s 028.png Spr b 2g 028.png Spr 2c 028.png Spr b 2c 028.png
Spr 2g 028 s.png Spr b 2g 028 s.png Spr 2s 028 s.png Spr b 2g 028 s.png Spr 2c 028 s.png Spr b 2g 028 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 028.png Spr b 3r 028.png Spr 3e 028.png Spr b 3r 028.png Spr 3f 028.png Spr b 3f 028.png
Spr 3r 028 s.png Spr b 3r 028 s.png Spr 3e 028 s.png Spr b 3r 028 s.png Spr 3f 028 s.png Spr b 3f 028 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 028.png Spr b 4d 028.png Spr 4d 028.png Spr b 4d 028.png Spr 4h 028.png Spr b 4d 028.png
Spr 4d 028 s.png Spr b 4d 028 s.png Spr 4d 028 s.png Spr b 4d 028 s.png Spr 4h 028 s.png Spr b 4d 028 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 028.png Spr b 5b 028.png Spr 5b 028.png Spr b 5b 028.png
Spr 5b 028 s.png Spr b 5b 028 s.png Spr 5b 028 s.png Spr b 5b 028 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 028.png Spr b 6x 028.png Spr 6x 028.png Spr b 6x 028.png
Spr 6x 028 s.png Spr b 6x 028 s.png Spr 6x 028 s.png Spr b 6x 028 s.png
Front Back Front Back
028MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Sandslash images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Bulbanews
Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

Sandslash shares various physical traits with the pangolin. It also draws from hedgehogs, porcupines, and echidnas due to its coloration and having spikes instead of scales. Both Sandshrew and Sandslash are mentioned to have poisonous claws, similar to how some species of the shrew are poisonous.

Name origin

Sandslash is a combination of sand and slash, referring to its long claws.

Sandpan may be a combination of sand and pangolin.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese サンドパン Sandpan From "sand" and "pangolin"
France Flag.png French Sablaireau From sable and blaireau
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sandslash Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Sandamer From Sand
Italy Flag.png Italian Sandslash Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 고지 Koji From 고슴도치 goseumdochi and 두더지 dudeoji
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 穿山王 Chyūnsāanwohng A portmanteau of 穿山甲 and . Literally "King of going through mountains"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 穿山王 Chuānshānwáng A portmanteau of 穿山甲 and . Literally "King of going through mountains"


Notes

  1. Pokémon Sun and Moon

External links


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