Sand Tomb (move)

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Sand Tomb
すなじごく Sand Hell
Sand Tomb VIII.png
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Type  Ground
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  35
Accuracy  85%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
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  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.

Sand Tomb (Japanese: すなじごく Sand Hell) is a damage-dealing Ground-type move introduced in Generation III. It is TM49 in Generation VIII.

Effect

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. When successful, the text "<Pokémon> was trapped by SAND TOMB!" appears. It also traps the target, preventing switching and escape. If the user switches out, the target will be freed. 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.

Sand Tomb can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining three extra appeal points if move Sandstorm was used in the prior turn.

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 respectively, and now lasts four to five turns. If a Binding Band is held by the user, the damage done at the end of each turn will increase from 1/16 of the target's maximum HP to 1/8. The text was also altered to, "<Pokémon> became trapped by Sand Tomb!"

Generation VI

The end turn damage of Sand Tomb is increased from 1/16 to 1/8 of the target's maximum HP. If the user is holding a Binding Band, the end turn damage of Sand Tomb will increase to 1/6 of the target's maximum HP. Ghost-type Pokémon cannot be trapped by Sand Tomb.

Sand Tomb can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an three extra appeal points if move Sandstorm was used in the prior turn.

Description

Games Description
RSE Traps and hurts the foe in quicksand for 2 to 5 turns.
Colo.XD Traps and hurts target in a whirlpool for 2 to 5 turns.
FRLG The foe is trapped inside a painful sandstorm for two to five turns.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm for two to five turns.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUM
SwSh
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
GroundIC Big.png Field Field 45 27 27BW
23B2W2
23 23
028 Sandslash Sandslash
GroundIC Big.png Field Field 52 33 33BW
23B2W2
23XY
24ORAS
24
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
GroundIC Big.png Field Field 26 26 26 26 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
Alolan form
GroundIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field 1, Evo. 1, Evo.
095 Onix Onix
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 49RSE
52FRLG
41DP
46PtHGSS
54BW
37B2W2
37 37 28
208 Steelix Steelix
SteelIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 28
328 Trapinch Trapinch
GroundIC Big.png Bug Dragon 25 25 25BW
10B2W2
10XY
12ORAS
12 16
329 Vibrava Vibrava
GroundIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Bug Dragon 1, 25 1, 25 1, 25BW
1, 10B2W2
1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 16
330 Flygon Flygon
GroundIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Bug Dragon 1, 25 1, 25 1, 25BW
1, 10B2W2
1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 16
443 Gible Gible
DragonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19
444 Gabite Gabite
DragonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19
445 Garchomp Garchomp
DragonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas
GroundIC Big.png Field Field 25 25 25 25 12
450 Hippowdon Hippowdon
GroundIC Big.png Field Field 25 25 25 25 12
551 Sandile Sandile
GroundIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Field 13 13 13
552 Krokorok Krokorok
GroundIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Field 13 13 13
553 Krookodile Krookodile
GroundIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Field 13 13 13
769 Sandygast Sandygast
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 14
770 Palossand Palossand
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 14
843 Silicobra Silicobra
GroundIC Big.png Field Dragon 50
844 Sandaconda Sandaconda
GroundIC Big.png Field Dragon 51
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
TM49
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
051 Dugtrio Dugtrio
Alolan form
GroundIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field
095 Onix Onix
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
151 Mew Mew
PsychicIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
208 Steelix Steelix
SteelIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
213 Shuckle Shuckle
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Bug
220 Swinub Swinub
IceIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
221 Piloswine Piloswine
IceIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
246 Larvitar Larvitar
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Monster
247 Pupitar Pupitar
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Monster
248 Tyranitar Tyranitar
RockIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Monster Monster
328 Trapinch Trapinch
GroundIC Big.png Bug Dragon
329 Vibrava Vibrava
GroundIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Bug Dragon
330 Flygon Flygon
GroundIC Big.png
DragonIC Big.png
Bug Dragon
337 Lunatone Lunatone
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
338 Solrock Solrock
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
340 Whiscash Whiscash
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2
343 Baltoy Baltoy
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
344 Claydol Claydol
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
423 Gastrodon Gastrodon
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
450 Hippowdon Hippowdon
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
452 Drapion Drapion
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Bug Water 3
473 Mamoswine Mamoswine
IceIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
525 Boldore Boldore
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
526 Gigalith Gigalith
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
529 Drilbur Drilbur
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
530 Excadrill Excadrill
GroundIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field
557 Dwebble Dwebble
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Mineral
558 Crustle Crustle
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Mineral
660 Diggersby Diggersby
NormalIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
749 Mudbray Mudbray
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
750 Mudsdale Mudsdale
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
834 Drednaw Drednaw
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Water 1
837 Rolycoly Rolycoly
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
838 Carkol Carkol
RockIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
839 Coalossal Coalossal
RockIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral
843 Silicobra Silicobra
GroundIC Big.png Field Dragon
844 Sandaconda Sandaconda
GroundIC Big.png Field Dragon
867 Runerigus Runerigus
GroundIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Amorphous
874 Stonjourner Stonjourner
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
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 Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
204 Pineco Pineco
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
207 Gligar Gligar
GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
213 Shuckle Shuckle
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Bug
387 Turtwig Turtwig
GrassIC Big.png Monster Grass
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
443 Gible Gible
DragonIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Monster Dragon
449 Hippopotas Hippopotas
GroundIC Big.png Field Field
557 Dwebble Dwebble
BugIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Bug Mineral
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Sand Tomb is a Charged Attack that has been available since February 16, 2017.

GO Ground.png Sand Tomb
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 60
Energy cost 33 33
Duration 4 seconds
Damage window 1.7 - 4 seconds
Sand Tomb GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 25
Energy cost 40 40
Secondary effect GO drop arrow.png 1 Opponent Defense
Effect chance 100%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
SandshrewOnixPinecoForretressTrapinchVibravaTorterraGarchompGliscor
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
Smeargle
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • December 11, 2019
    • Power: 80 → 60
    • Energy cost: 50 → 33
Trainer Battles
  • December 11, 2019
    • Power: 80 → 25
    • Energy cost: 60 → 40
    • Secondary effect added

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also cause constriction, making the foe incapable of movement.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Constriction status, making it incapable of movement.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで しめつけじょうたいに かえて いどうできなくする
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Sand Tomb status condition. (With the Sand Tomb status, the enemy can't move and keeps taking damage.)
SMD It could trap an enemy, make it unable to move, and keep damaging the enemy.

In the anime

In the main series

Katie Dugtrio Sand Tomb.png Brianna Vibrava Sand Tomb.png Ursula Gabite Sand Tomb.png Nanu Krookodile Sand Tomb.png
Dugtrio Vibrava Gabite Krookodile
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.
Hippopotas (anime) 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
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
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
553 Krookodile Krookodile creates wisps of sand that surround the opponent which then turn into a swirling sand vortex which encompasses the opponent.
Nanu's Krookodile Tough Guy Trials! None

In the Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

None.png Acerola Palossand Masters Trailer.png None.png None.png
Palossand
The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
770 Palossand Palossand traps the opponent in a tornado of sand.
Acerola's Palossand Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Core series games

Sand Tomb III.png Sand Tomb IV.png Sand Tomb V.png Sand Tomb VI.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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
Sand Tomb VII.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Side series games

Sand Tomb Colo.png Sand Tomb XD.png Sand Tomb PBR.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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

Spin-off series games

Sand Tomb 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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Generation VII SMUSUM LGPE Generation VIII 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

  • Its Japanese name, すなじごく Suna Jigoku (Sand Hell), is likely referring to the sand pit traps dug by antlions.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 流沙地獄 Làuhsā Deihyuhk
Mandarin 流沙地獄 / 流沙地狱 Liúshā Dìyù
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Zandtombe
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 रेत का मकबरा Rayt Ka Maqbara
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jebakan Pasir
Italy Flag.png Italian Sabbiotomba
South Korea Flag.png Korean 모래지옥 Morae Jiok
Poland Flag.png Polish Piaskowy Grób
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Fosso de Areia (games, TCG, manga)
Tumba de Areia (early anime)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Sepultura de Areia
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Peščana Grobnica
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Tumba de Arena (AG128-DP091)
Trampa de Arena (DP145)
Bucle Arena (DP161)
Spain Flag.png Spain Bucle Arena
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Địa Ngục Cát


Variations of the move Clamp
Physical ClampSand Tomb
Special Fire SpinWhirlpool
Generation VIII TMs
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Generation VIII TRs
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