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Sandstorm (weather condition)

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Sandstorm
すなあらし Sandstorm
Sandstorm V Field.png
Sandstorm V.png
Move Ability
Sandstorm Sand Stream

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.

Description

Event Gen II Gen III Gen IV Gen V Gen VI
If naturally occurring N/A "A sandstorm is raging." "A sandstorm brewed!" "A sandstorm kicked up!"
Sandstorm used "A Sandstorm brewed!" "A sandstorm brewed!"
Sand Stream activated N/A "(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

Game Region Location Conditions
RSE Hoenn Route 111 Within the desert part
DPPt Sinnoh Route 228 Always
BWW2 Unova Route 4 Always
BWB2W2 Unova Desert Resort Always

Effects

In battle

Advantages

Disadvantages

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.

Variations

Normal

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.

Light

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.

Windstorm

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 battle

Sandstorm II.png Sandstorm III.png Sandstorm IV.png Sandstorm V.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
Sandstorm Stad2.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
Sandstorm PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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

In the overworld

Normal

Sandstorm III Field.png Sandstorm IV Field.png Sandstorm V Field.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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
Unused sandstorm weather in FRLG.

Light

Sandstorm V Field Light.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
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

Trivia

  • Some lines of unused sandstorm quotes appear within the code of the games. These appear to be weather-triggered quotes from previous games.
A sandstorm is raging.DPPtHGSS
The sandstorm rages.BWB2W2


Weather conditions
Intense sunlightRainSandstormHailShadowy auraFogStrong winds