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Sand Tomb
すなじごく Sand Hell
Sand Tomb.png
Type  Ground
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  35
Accuracy  85%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone but 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.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Jamming  0  

Sand Tomb (Japanese: すなじごく Sand Hell) is a damage-dealing Template:Type2 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. 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. Sand Tomb now lasts four to five turns.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew Ground Ground 45 27 27 ''''
028 Sandslash Sandslash Ground Ground 52 33 33 ''''
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio Ground Ground 26 26 26 ''''
095 Onix Onix Rock Ground 49 52 41 46 54 ''''
328 Trapinch Trapinch Ground Ground 25 25 25 ''''
329 Vibrava Vibrava Ground Dragon --, 25 --, 25 --, 25 ''''
330 Flygon Flygon Ground Dragon --, 25 --, 25 --, 25 ''''
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground   19 19 ''''
444 Gabite Gabite Dragon Ground   19 19 ''''
445 Garchomp Garchomp Dragon Ground   19 19 ''''
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Ground Ground   25 25 ''''
450 Hippowdon Hippowdon Ground Ground   25 25 ''''
551 Sandile Sandile Ground Dark     13 ''''
552 Krokorok Krokorok Ground Dark     13 ''''
553 Krookodile Krookodile Ground Dark     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
204 Pineco Pineco Bug Bug TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon
207 Gligar Gligar Ground Flying TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon
213 Shuckle Shuckle Bug Rock   TrapinchVibravaFlygon TrapinchVibravaFlygon
387 Turtwig Turtwig Grass Grass   GibleGabiteGarchomp GibleGabiteGarchomp
438 Bonsly Bonsly Rock Rock   Onix Onix
443 Gible Gible Dragon Ground   GibleGabiteGarchomp GibleGabiteGarchomp
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas Ground Ground   SandshrewSandslashDugtrioHippopotasHippowdon SandshrewSandslashDugtrioHippopotasHippowdon
557 Dwebble Dwebble Bug Rock     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 150px 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
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
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

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


The Japanese name, すなじごく Sand Hell, is probably an idiom referring to the trap an ant lion nymph (q.v. Trapinch) uses to catch prey—a small pit in sand that ants can easily stumble into, but can't climb out of. The nymph itself lies hidden at the bottom of the pit.

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 Rayt Ka Maqbara
Italy Flag.png Italian Sabbiotomba
South Korea Flag.png Korean 모래지옥 Morae Jiok
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Peščana Grobnica
Spain Flag.png Spanish Bucle Arena

Variations of the move Clamp
Physical ClampSand Tomb
Special Fire SpinWhirlpool

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