Sand tile

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A sand tile is a special tile that can be found in the beach and desert areas of the Pokémon games. There are two types of sand tile: regular and deep.

Normal sand

Normal sand does not have any wild Pokémon, so it is very similar to a regular tile. Walking or running over sand leaves footprints, while cycling leaves a tire track; both disappear shortly after appearing.

Deep sand

Deep sand is a special type of sand that appears in Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Black, and White. By entering patches of deep sand, wild Pokémon may appear and battle the player, making it the desert equivalent of tall grass. In Hoenn, it is found in the desert section of Route 111. In Unova, it is found on Route 4 and in the Desert Resort. In Generation V, it slows down the bicycle to speeds slower than the walking speed.

Differences between games

RSE Sand.png
BW Sand.png

Technical mechanics

The rate of Pokémon encounter is determined from a simple mathematical formula:

1 in (187.5 / ( x )) per step

Let x equal the a value which determines how rare the Pokémon is. The higher the encounter rate, the more common the Pokémon is.

Encounter-rate table
Encounter Type Encounter Rate
Very Common 10
Common 8.5
Semi-Rare 6.75
Rare 3.33
Very Rare 1.25

In battle

In Generation III, IV, and V, sand gives Secret Power a 30% chance of lowering its target's accuracy and gives it the appearance of Mud Shot; it causes Nature Power to become Earthquake.

Camouflage makes the user Ground-type when used on sand.

Special tiles in the Pokémon games
Cave tileHoleIce tileLedgeMarsh tilePuddleSand tileSnow tile
Spin tileSoft soilTall grassTrapWarp tileWater tile
Dungeon tile

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