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Raichu #026: Raichu
Pokémon
#028: Sandslash Sandslash
Sandshrew
Mouse Pokémon
サンド
Sand
#027
Sandshrew
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew



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Types
Ground Unknown
Sandshrew
Ice Steel
Alolan Sandshrew
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sand Veil
Sandshrew
Snow Cloak
Alolan Sandshrew
Cacophony
Sand Rush
Sandshrew Hidden Ability
Slush Rush
Alolan Sandshrew Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Alolan Sandshrew
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
255 (43.9%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
2'00" 0.6 m
Sandshrew
2'04" 0.7 m
Alolan Sandshrew
0'0" 0 m
{{{form3}}}
0'0" 0 m
{{{form4}}}
Weight
26.5 lbs. 12.0 kg
Sandshrew
88.2 lbs. 40.0 kg
Alolan Sandshrew
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form3}}}
0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
93
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
60
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 1
Sandshrew
0
HP
0
Atk
1
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Alolan Sandshrew
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Shape
Body06.png BodyUnknown.png
Alolan Sandshrew
Footprint
F027.png None.png
Alolan Sandshrew
Pokédex color
Yellow
Other forms may have other colors.
Base friendship
70
External Links

Sandshrew (Japanese: サンド Sand) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves into Sandslash starting at level 22.

In Alola, Sandshrew has a Ice/Steel-type regional form. It evolves into Alolan Sandslash when exposed to an Ice Stone.

Biology

Sandshrew blending in with its surroundings

Sandshrew is a bipedal mammalian Pokémon, but runs on all fours in the anime. Its brick-patterned yellow hide is dry, tough, blends in with desert sand, and protects its soft white underbelly and muzzle. Sandshrew has blue, almond-shaped eyes, a pointed snout, and triangular ears with white insides. Its tail is thick and conical. It has two long claws on each foot and three sharp claws on its forepaws, which are used to burrow.

Sandshrew spends much of its time hidden underground in deep burrows. It only emerges to lunge and drag in passing Bug-type Pokémon. Sandshrew can quickly curl into a tight ball to protect itself from great falls and opponents, but may also throw sand at attackers. While its body can efficiently absorb water to facilitate life in the desert, Sandshrew has been found in caves as well. It also lives deep underground in nests it has created from digging tunnels. Should hard rocks get in the way of digging, Sandshrew will use its sharp claws to remove them before continuing to dig. If it is too wet, its skin becomes wrinkly. It dries itself out by using the geothermal heat near a volcano.

In the Alola region, Sandshrew migrated to snowy mountains due to the volcanic activity near the desert areas. Its body is a light, icy blue, with a cream-colored belly and muzzle. This results in Sandshrew developing a body of ice that is as hard as steel. Thicker plates form a dome around its head and its ears resemble an igloo's entrances. In adapting to this cold climate, its body became larger and heavier with a shell of ice covering its hide. This steel-like covering grants it extra defense, but it is unable to curl into a ball like its desert counterpart. It can burrow itself in the snow to avoid being blown away by blizzards. Predators, such as Weavile, exploit of its soft underbelly. Alolan Sandshrew's claws allow it to move without slipping on icy surfaces, but it slides on its stomach when it needs to move quickly.[1]

In the anime

In the main series

Sandshrew in the anime
Alolan Sandshrew in the anime

Major appearances

Sandshrew debuted in The Path to the Pokémon League, under the ownership of A.J. Despite A.J.'s seemingly harsh and barbaric training methods, like using a whip on it and training in a pool, it was very loyal to him.

In Pikachu's PikaBoo, a Sandshrew was one of the Pokémon that played hide-and-seek. Sandshrew hid by camouflaging itself in front of a brick wall.

In Sandshrew's Locker!, Mira enlisted Ash and his friends to help retrieve her Sandshrew after it was lost at the bottom of an artificial lake created by a dammed river.

In Not Caving Under Pressure!, multiple Alolan Sandshrew were menaced by a Tyranitar that wanted to take over their home inside a cave at Mount Lanakila. The group's leader, a giant Sandshrew, later evolved into an Alolan Sandslash after touching an Ice Stone.

Minor appearances

A Sandshrew Egg in the anime

In Pokémon - I Choose You!, Ash and Pikachu passed three Sandshrew while being chased by a flock of wild Spearow.

Near the beginning of Clefairy and the Moon Stone, an ailing Sandshrew was seen lying down. Seymour described as it "drying out" because of the significant increase of light sources inside Mt. Moon.

A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in Electric Shock Showdown.

In Pokémon Fashion Flash, a Sandshrew was on Scissor Street.

In Sparks Fly for Magnemite, a Sandshrew was in Gringey City's Pokémon Center.

A Sandshrew appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, a Trainer's Sandshrew was defeated by Mewtwo while it was serving for Giovanni.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Sandshrew was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, a Sandshrew was living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

In The Lost Lapras, a Trainer's Sandshrew was brought to the Pokémon Center.

In The Joy of Pokémon, a Trainer's Sandshrew was treated by the Nurse Joy of an unnamed island.

In The Power of One, a Sandshrew sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

Two wild Sandshrew appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure. One of them helped the Trainers' Pokémon and Elekid save the Exeggcute nests and Togepi during a storm.

In Tanks a Lot!, multiple Sandshrew fled from Team Rocket's rampaging Arbotank.

In The Fortune Hunters, a Sandshrew was stolen by Butch and Cassidy.

In Beauty and the Breeder, a Pokémon Breeder's Sandshrew participated in a Pokémon breeding competition.

Multiple Sandshrew appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.

In Got Miltank?, a Sandshrew was an inhabitant of a Pokémon-exclusive oasis.

In Throwing in the Noctowl, two Sandshrew were living at Wings Alexander's barn.

A Sandshrew appeared in The Legend of Thunder!.

In A Tyrogue Full of Trouble, a Sandshrew received an apple from a Tyrogue.

In Showdown at the Oak Corral, two Sandshrew were living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

In Gonna Rule The School!, the Pokémon Trainers' School lent a Sandshrew to the school's underage students for use in lessons.

A Sandshrew made a brief cameo in Destiny Deoxys.

In Hi Ho Silver Wind! and Deceit and Assist, a Coordinator's Sandshrew participated in the Hoenn Grand Festival.

In Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, a Sandshrew appeared during the opening sequence, while another was living in the Tree of Beginning.

A Coordinator's Sandshrew appeared in The Saffron Con.

In Once More With Reeling!, a Coordinator's Sandshrew participated in the Terracotta Contest.

In Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!, a Sandshrew was hypnotized by Team Rocket.

In Drifloon On the Wind!, Marnie fed a Sandshrew.

A Sandshrew appeared in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1). Two additional Sandshrew appeared in the follow-up episode.

A Sandshrew made a brief cameo in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

A Sandshrew appeared in Camping It Up!.

In Battling a Cute Drama!, a Sandshrew was at the Shelter Town's Pokémon Center.

Multiple Sandshrew made a cameo in Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in Lost at the League!.

A Sandshrew appeared in Lumiose City Pursuit!.

In Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, a Sandshrew was a resident of Allearth Forest.

In Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad, a Sandshrew was residing in a forest.

A Sandshrew appeared in Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in Kalos League Passion with a Certain Flare!.

A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in The First Day of the Rest of Your Life!.

Two Sandshrew appeared in I Choose You!. One was among the Pokémon taking shelter from the rain in a cave alongside Entei.

In Getting a Jump on the Competition!, two Alolan Sandshrew were on Mount Lanakila.

A Trainer's Alolan Sandshrew appeared in Battling Besties!.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP047 Sandshrew Dawn's Pokédex Sandshrew, the Mouse Pokémon. Sandshrew hates moisture and lives in holes it digs in dry places. It protects itself by curling into a ball.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
SM060 Sandshrew Rotom Pokédex Sandshrew, Alola Form. The Mouse Pokémon. An Ice and Steel type. Their outer armor is like steel, which prevents them from rolling up into a ball.

In Pokémon Origins

Sandshrew in Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, a Sandshrew was one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.

A Sandshrew appeared in a flashback in File 2: Cubone.

In File 3: Giovanni, a Sandshrew was at Silph Co.

In the manga

Alolan Sandshrew in Pokémon Adventures

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Professor Oak owns a Sandshrew in The Electric Tale of Pikachu. He uses it in Clefairy in Space to stop a wild Clefairy from causing mischief.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Sandshrew makes a cameo in Onix is On!, battling Red's Bulbasaur as a Pewter Gym Trainer's Pokémon.

Red caught a Sandshrew prior to Make Way for Magmar!, which he uses to fight Fire-types such as Magmar.

A Sandshrew appeared in Murkrow Row as one of the residents of Gold's house.

A Sandshrew appeared in The Last Battle XIII as one of the Pokémon sent to participate in the fight in Ilex Forest.

A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in Plugging Past Electrike I.

A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in Deprogramming Porygon-Z.

An Alolan Sandshrew debuted in the Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter, where it was seen on Mount Lanakila.

In the Pokémon Gotta Catch 'Em All manga

A Sandshrew appeared in GDZ45, under the ownership of a contestant.

In the TCG

Main article: Sandshrew (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#027
Red Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
Blue
Yellow Its body is dry. When it gets cold at night, its hide is said to become coated with a fine dew.
Stadium When hunting, it hides at the lip of its burrow. If prey comes close, it lunges out and drags in the prey instantly.
Generation II Johto
#048
Gold If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
Silver Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Crystal It prefers dry, sandy places because it uses the sand to protect itself when threatened.
Stadium 2 If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
Generation III Hoenn
#112
Kanto
#027
Ruby Sandshrew's body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This Pokémon curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Sapphire Sandshrew has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The Pokémon can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert sand to sleep.
Emerald When it curls up in a ball, it can make any attack bounce off harmlessly. Its hide has turned tough and solid as a result of living in the desert.
FireRed It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
LeafGreen Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#048
Diamond To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
SoulSilver Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #113
Black To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
White
Black 2 It digs deep burrows to live in. When in danger, it rolls up its body to withstand attacks.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #097
Hoenn
#117
X It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
Y Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Omega Ruby Sandshrew's body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This Pokémon curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Alpha Sapphire Sandshrew has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The Pokémon can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert to sleep.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #251
Alola
USUM: #328
Kanto
#027
Kantonian Sandshrew
Sun It can roll its body into a ball. It moves through the desert by rolling at high speeds.
Moon It usually makes its home in deserts and arid zones, where rain does not fall. It digs holes to catch Bug-type Pokémon.
Ultra Sun It lives in areas of limited rainfall. When danger approaches, it curls up into a ball to protect its soft stomach.
Ultra Moon When its skin gets wrinkled from moisture, it heads for a volcano. It lies flat on a spot with a lot of geothermal heat and dries itself out.
Let's Go Pikachu Its body is dry. When it gets cold at night, its hide is said to become coated with a fine dew.
Let's Go Eevee
Alolan Sandshrew
Sun It lives on snowy mountains. Its steel shell is very hard—so much so, it can't roll its body up into a ball.
Moon An ancient tradition of Alolan festivals, still carried on to this day, is a competition to slide Sandshrew across ice as far as one can.
Ultra Sun After fleeing a volcanic eruption, it ended up moving to an area of snowy mountains. Its ice shell is as hard as steel.
Ultra Moon The skin on its back is as hard as steel. Predators go after its soft belly, so it clings to the ground desperately.
Let's Go Pikachu Its ice-covered body lets it slide across the ground with bullet-like speed, sending its enemies flying when it hits them.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #168
Kantonian Sandshrew
Sword It loves to bathe in the grit of dry, sandy areas. By sand bathing, this Pokémon rids itself of dirt and moisture clinging to its body.
Shield It burrows into the ground to create its nest. If hard stones impede its tunneling, it uses its sharp claws to scatter them and then carries on digging.
Alolan Sandshrew
Sword Life on mountains covered with deep snow has granted this Pokémon a body of ice that's as hard as steel.
Shield It lives in snowy mountains on southern islands. When a blizzard rolls in, this Pokémon hunkers down in the snow to avoid getting blown away.

Game locations

Generation I
Red
Trade
Blue
Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 23
Blue (Japan)
Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 23
Yellow
Routes 3 and 4, Mt. Moon
Generation II
Gold
Union Cave, Mt. Moon
Silver
Goldenrod Game Corner
Crystal
Routes 3 and 4, Union Cave, Mt. MoonMorningDay
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Routes 111 and 113
Emerald
Route 111, Mirage Tower
FireRed
Trade, Event
LeafGreen
Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 23
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Rock Poké Spot
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Wayward Cave (LeafGreen)
Platinum
Wayward Cave (LeafGreen)
HeartGold
Union Cave, Mt. Moon, Safari Zone
SoulSilver
Safari Zone, Goldenrod Game Corner
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Breed Sandslash
Black 2 White 2
Desert Resort, Relic Castle
Dream World
Icy Cave
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Ground)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Routes 111 and 113
Generation VII
Sun
Trade
Moon
Mount Lanakila, Tapu Village
Ultra Sun
Trade
Ultra Moon
Mount Lanakila, Tapu Village
Let's Go Pikachu
Routes 3 and 4 Kanto Form
Trade Sandshrew in Celadon City Alolan Form
Let's Go Eevee
Trade
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Warm-Up Tunnel Kantonian Form
Reward for finding 30 Alolan Diglett Alolan Form

In side games

Generation I
Snap
Valley
Pinball
Blue Field: Mt. Moon, Vermilion City Streets, Rock Mountain, Saffron City, Indigo Plateau
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Hatch from Egg
Trozei!
Secret Storage 2, Huge Storage 3, Endless Level 9, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Magma Cavern (B1F-B6F), Buried Relic (B36F-B59F), Desert Region (1F-6F), Joyous Tower (68F-73F)
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Northern Desert (1F-15F), Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
MD Sky
Northern Desert (1F-15F), Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Ranger: SoA
Chroma Ruins
Rumble
Rocky Cave (Normal Mode B(
Ranger: GS
Daybreak Ruins, Mitonga Road, Forest Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Rugged Flats
Rumble U
Variety Battle: It's Drill Time!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 1Tu
Shuffle
Marron Trail: Stage 661
Event: Pokémon Safari (14th release)
Event: The Daily Pokémon (#8) (Alola Form)
Rumble World
Ruby Volcano: Dusty Desert (All Areas), Fairy Land: Heat-Wave Desert (All Areas)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea2019, Zapdos Sea, Entei Sea, Lugia Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal, Entei SeaFinal Kantonian Form
Jirachi SeaFinal Alolan Form

In events

Sandshrew
Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
FRLG Pokémon Trade and Battle Day Sandshrew English United States 12 September 25, 2004
Alolan Sandshrew
Games Event Language/Region Location Level Distribution period
SM Pokémon Sun & Moon Alolan Sandshrew Korean region Online 10 May 9 to June 30, 2017

Held items

Sandshrew

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*
Ruby Sapphire Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Emerald
Pokémon XD Quick Claw Quick Claw (100%)
Diamond Pearl Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Black 2 White 2 Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
X Y Quick Claw Quick Claw (5%)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire Grip Claw Grip Claw (5%)
Sword Shield Grip Claw Grip Claw (5%)

Alolan Sandshrew

Game Held Item(s)
Sun Moon Grip Claw Grip Claw (5%)
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Grip Claw Grip Claw (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Kantonian Sandshrew
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
50
110 - 157 210 - 304
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
85
81 - 150 157 - 295
20
22 - 79 40 - 152
30
31 - 90 58 - 174
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Total:
300
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 30.

Alolan Sandshrew
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
50
110 - 157 210 - 304
75
72 - 139 139 - 273
90
85 - 156 166 - 306
10
13 - 68 22 - 130
35
36 - 95 67 - 185
40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Total:
300
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
3/3 ★★★
Skill
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
13/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Sandshrew

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
Fairy
None
Notes:

Alolan Sandshrew

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Weak to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Immune to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Resistant to:
Normal ½×
Fighting
Flying ½×
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic ½×
Ice ¼×
Dragon ½×
Dark
Fairy ½×
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up
Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
033 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
066 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
099 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 09090% 20
1212 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 09595% 20
1515 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 05050 100100% 40
1818 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100100% 20
2121 Swift Normal Special 06060 00——% 20
2424 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
2727 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00——% 30
3030 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
3333 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
3636 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100100% 5
3939 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
4242 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
4545 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
Alolan Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
033 Mist Ice Status 0000 00——% 30
066 Powder Snow Ice Special 04040 100100% 25
099 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 09090% 20
1212 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 09595% 20
1515 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 05050 100100% 40
1818 Metal Claw Steel Physical 05050 09595% 35
2121 Swift Normal Special 06060 00——% 20
2424 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
2727 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00——% 15
3030 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
3333 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100100% 15
3636 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100100% 5
3939 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
4242 Hail Ice Status 0000 00——% 10
4545 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 07070% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
By TM/HM
Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM19Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM34Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM49Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM49 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
TM53Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM98Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM98 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TR00Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR10Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR12Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR17Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR17 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR18Bag TR Bug Sprite.png TR18 Leech Life Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR52Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR52 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TR57Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR60Bag TR Bug Sprite.png TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR67Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR76Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR85Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR85 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR95Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
Alolan Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM04Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM04 Ice Punch Ice Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM15Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM19Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM34Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM43Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM51Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM51 Icicle Spear Ice Physical 02525 100}}100% 30
TM59Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM64Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM64 Avalanche Ice Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM76Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR00Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR01Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR06Bag TR Ice Sprite.png TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR10Bag TR Ground Sprite.png TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR17Bag TR Psychic Sprite.png TR17 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR18Bag TR Bug Sprite.png TR18 Leech Life Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TR20Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR26Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR46Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR52Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR52 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TR57Bag TR Poison Sprite.png TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR60Bag TR Bug Sprite.png TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR74Bag TR Steel Sprite.png TR74 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR76Bag TR Rock Sprite.png TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR85Bag TR Normal Sprite.png TR85 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR95Bag TR Dark Sprite.png TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
By breeding
Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
ZigzagoonLinooneLucarioLycanrocLycanrocMudbray
MudsdaleScorbunnyRabootCinderaceSkwovetGreedent
Obstagoon
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
DunsparceSwinubPiloswineZigzagoonLinooneMamoswine
CubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersbyStuffulBewear
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
MeowthSneaselLinooneLinooneWeavilePurrloin
LiepardDrilburExcadrillSandileKrokorokKrookodile
ZoruaZoroarkMienfooMienshaoHeatmorNickit
ThievulObstagoonPerrserker
Hone Claws Dark Status —% 15
SandshrewSandslashDiglettDugtrioMeowthSneasel
LucarioWeavileDrilburExcadrillPerrserker
Metal Claw Steel Physical 50 95% 35
DiglettDiglettDugtrioDugtrioDunsparceSwinub
PiloswineMamoswineDrilburExcadrillBunnelbyDiggersby
MudbrayMudsdale
Mud-Slap Ground Special 20 100% 10
DugtrioDugtrioMeowthPersianLinooneStunky
SkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroarkPangoro
NickitThievulObstagoon
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandshrew in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Sandshrew in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
Alolan Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
ZigzagoonLinooneLucarioLycanrocLycanrocMudbray
MudsdaleScorbunnyRabootCinderaceSkwovetGreedent
Obstagoon
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
SandslashDrilburExcadrillLycanroc Crush Claw Normal Physical 75 95% 10
Torkoal Curse Ghost Status —% 10
DunsparceSwinubPiloswineZigzagoonLinooneMamoswine
CubchooBearticBunnelbyDiggersbyStuffulBewear
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
MeowthSneaselLinooneLinooneWeavilePurrloin
LiepardDrilburExcadrillSandileKrokorokKrookodile
ZoruaZoroarkMienfooMienshaoHeatmorNickit
ThievulObstagoonPerrserker
Hone Claws Dark Status —% 15
DugtrioDugtrioMeowthPersianLinooneStunky
SkuntankWeavilePurrloinLiepardZoroarkPangoro
NickitThievulObstagoon
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandshrew in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Sandshrew in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
By tutoring
Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh IoA Scorching Sands Ground Special 70 100% 10
Sw Sh IoA Steel Roller Steel Physical 130 100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations
Alolan Sandshrew
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh IoA Steel Beam Steel Special 140 95% 5
Sw Sh IoA Steel Roller Steel Physical 130 100% 5
Sw Sh IoA Triple Axel Ice Physical 20 90% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Sandshrew
Move Card
Slam Sandshrew (McDonald Pack 16)

Side game data

Sandshrew

Pokémon Pinball
Pin027.png Pinani027.png
Acquisition: Catch
Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS027.png PinRSani027.png
Acquisition: Hatch
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani027.png
Rarity: Common
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 10.4%
Friend Area: Furnace Desert
Phrases
51%-100% HP Defense Curl makes me better protected!
26%-50% HP I have only half my HP left...
1%-25% HP I'm close to fainting... Can I just curl up somewhere?
Level up Yeah! I leveled!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 027.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 8.2%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist: Ground PA.png
Ground
Field move: Tunnel 1 field move.png
(Tunnel ×1)
Browser entry R-194
It hurls lumps of sand to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist:
(present)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(present)
Crush 1 field move.png
(Crush ×1)
Poké Assist:
(past)
Ground Assist.png
Ground
Field move:
(past)
Crush 1 field move.png
(Crush ×1)
Browser entry R-180/N-010
It triggers tremors and opens fissures that make Pokémon Paused.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush027Body.png Walking Speed: 1.97 seconds Base HP: 48
Base Attack: 69 Base Defense: 50 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT027.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Ground
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#680
Shuffle027.png

Damage Streak
Increases damage when it is triggered in a row.
Skill Swapper: Three Force
Pokémon GO
GO027.png Base Stamina: 137 Base Attack: 126 Base Defense: 120
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Sandshrew Candy 50
Fast Attacks: Scratch, Mud Shot
Charged Attacks: Dig, Rock Slide, Sand Tomb*, Rock Tomb, Frustration, Return

Alolan Sandshrew

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Ice
None.png Attack Power: 50 - 100 Raise Max Level.png 5

#680
Shuffle027A.png

Rock Break+
Sometimes destroys three breakable-rock disruptions.


Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush027ABody.png Walking Speed: 1.97 seconds Base HP: 48
Base Attack: 69 Base Defense: 51 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon GO
GO027A.png Base Stamina: 137 Base Attack: 125 Base Defense: 129
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: Sandshrew Candy 50
Fast Attacks: Metal Claw, Powder Snow
Charged Attacks: Blizzard, Gyro Ball, Night Slash

Evolution

Sandshrew

027Sandshrew.png
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ground 
Rare Candy
Level 22
028Sandslash.png
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ground 

Alolan Sandshrew

027Sandshrew-Alola.png
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ice  Steel 
Ice Stone
Ice Stone
028Sandslash-Alola.png
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ice  Steel 

Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
Spr 1b 027.png Spr b g1 027.png Spr 1y 027.png Spr b g1 027.png Spr 1g 027.png Spr b g1 027.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
Spr 2g 027.png Spr b 2g 027.png Spr 2s 027.png Spr b 2g 027.png Spr 2c 027.png Spr b 2c 027.png
Spr 2g 027 s.png Spr b 2g 027 s.png Spr 2s 027 s.png Spr b 2g 027 s.png Spr 2c 027 s.png Spr b 2g 027 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 027.png Spr b 3r 027.png Spr 3e 027.png Spr b 3r 027.png Spr 3f 027.png Spr b 3r 027.png
Spr 3r 027 s.png Spr b 3r 027 s.png Spr 3e 027 s.png Spr b 3r 027 s.png Spr 3f 027 s.png Spr b 3f 027 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Spr 4d 027.png Spr b 4d 027.png Spr 4d 027.png Spr b 4p 027.png Spr 4h 027.png Spr b 4p 027.png
Spr 4d 027 s.png Spr b 4d 027 s.png Spr 4d 027 s.png Spr b 4p 027 s.png Spr 4h 027 s.png Spr b 4p 027 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Spr 5b 027.png Spr b 5b 027.png Spr 5b 027.png Spr b 5b 027.png
Spr 5b 027 s.png Spr b 5b 027 s.png Spr 5b 027 s.png Spr b 5b 027 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Spr 6x 027.png Spr b 6x 027.png Spr 6x 027.png Spr b 6x 027.png
Spr 6x 027 s.png Spr b 6x 027 s.png Spr 6x 027 s.png Spr b 6x 027 s.png
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Spr 7s 027.png Spr b 7s 027.png Spr 7s 027.png Spr b 7s 027.png
Spr 7s 027A.png Spr b 7s 027A.png Spr 7s 027A.png Spr b 7s 027A.png
Spr 7s 027 s.png Spr b 7s 027 s.png Spr 7s 027 s.png Spr b 7s 027 s.png
Spr 7s 027A s.png Spr b 7s 027A s.png Spr 7s 027A s.png Spr b 7s 027A s.png
Front Back Front Back
027MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Sandshrew images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • No other Pokémon has the same type combination as Alolan Sandshrew and its Alolan evolved form.
  • Sandshrew and its evolved form both share their category name with Rattata, Raticate, Pikachu, and Raichu. They are all known as the Mouse Pokémon, though Rattata and Raticate have also been called the Rat Pokémon.
  • Alolan Sandshrew is the first Steel-type Pokémon in National Pokédex order.
  • Alolan Sandshrew has the lowest base Special Attack stat of any Pokémon, tied with Shuckle, Feebas, and Bonsly.
    • Sandshrew has the lowest base Special Attack stat of all Ground-type Pokémon.
  • Both Sandshrew and Alolan Sandshrew have Abilities that boost evasion in certain weather (Sandstorm for Sandshrew and Hail for Alolan Sandshrew) and Hidden Abilities that boost Speed in those same weather conditions.
  • Alolan Sandshrew can be seen as a parallel to Alolan Vulpix. Both were initially introduced in Generation I and got Alolan Forms in Sun and Moon. Both Pokémon are Ice-type with Vulpix being exclusive to Sun and Sandshrew being exclusive to Moon. Furthermore, both Pokémon evolve when exposed to an Ice Stone.

Origin

Bulbanews
Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

Sandshrew may be based on the armadillo, a mammal that curls up into a ball, has sharp claws, and lives in desert regions. Both Sandshrew and Sandslash are mentioned to have poisonous claws, similar to how some species of the shrew are poisonous. Sandshrew also closely resembles a pangolin.

Alolan Sandshrew seems to also be based on an igloo and a curling stone.

Name origin

Sandshrew is a combination of sand and shrew.

Sand is simply sand.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese サンド Sand From sand
France Flag.png French Sabelette From sable and belette
Spain Flag.png Spanish Sandshrew Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Sandan From Sand
Italy Flag.png Italian Sandshrew Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 모래두지 Moreduji From 모래 morae and 두더지 dudeoji
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 穿山鼠 Chyūnsāansyú A portmanteau of 穿山甲 and . Literally "Mouse that passes through mountains"
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 穿山鼠 Chuānshānshǔ A portmanteau of 穿山甲 and . Literally "Mouse that passes through mountains"


Related articles

Notes

External links


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