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Sandstorm (Japanese: すなあらし Sandstorm) is a weather condition introduced in battle in Generation II. It will last for five turns if created using Sandstorm (eight if the user is holding a Smooth Rock) or Sand Stream (Generation VI only). If encountered in the overworld or created using Sand Stream (prior to Generation VI), it will last until replaced.
|| Gen II
|| Gen III
|| Gen IV
|| Gen V
|| Gen VI
| If naturally occurring
|| "A sandstorm is raging."
|| "A sandstorm brewed!"
|| "A sandstorm kicked up!"
| Sandstorm used
|| "A Sandstorm brewed!"
|| "A sandstorm brewed!"
| Sand Stream activated
|| "(Wild/Foe) <Pokémon>'s Sand Stream whipped up a sandstorm!"
|| "(The wild/foe's) <Pokémon>'s Sand Stream whipped up a sandstorm!"
| After turn is complete
|| "The Sandstorm rages!"
|| "The sandstorm rages."
|| (no text)
| When damaging Pokémon
|| "The Sandstorm hits (Enemy) <Pokémon>!"
|| "(Wild/Foe) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the sandstorm!"
|| "(The wild/foe's) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the Sandstorm!"
|| "(The wild/foe's) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the sandstorm!"
| When sandstorm ends
|| "The Sandstorm subsided."
|| "The sandstorm subsided."
On the field
Outside of battle
From Generation IV onward, Sweet Scent and Honey will fail if there is a sandstorm in the area, or if any other weather condition is present.
Sand is whipped around by wind, making it difficult to see. Found in Hoenn on Route 111, in Sinnoh on Route 228, and in Unova inside the Desert Resort.
Several sand particles are whipped diagonally across the screen. In Generation V, it is found on Route 4BWW2 and at the entrance to the Desert ResortBWB2W2.
This variation does not create sandstorm weather in battles where it occurs, but the overworld effect resembles a sandstorm. Found in Kalos on Route 13, bits of dust and debris are blown around by a strong wind from the west. Occasionally the wind abates, but whenever it is blowing, it hinders the player's movement westward.
In the anime
- Main article: Sandstorm (move) → In the anime
In the manga
- Main article: Sandstorm (move) → In the manga
- Main article: Sand Stream (Ability) → In the manga
In other generations
In the overworld
Unused sandstorm weather in FRLG.
- Some lines of unused sandstorm quotes appear within the code of the games. These appear to be weather-triggered quotes from previous games.