Sand Stream (Japanese: すなおこし Sand Raising) is an Ability introduced in Generation III. Three Pokémon can have this Ability, all of which take no damage from sandstorms because of their type. Prior to Generation IV, it was the signature Ability of Tyranitar.
Sand Stream summons a sandstorm in battle as soon as a Pokémon with Sand Stream enters the battle. Its effects almost are the same as Sandstorm's; the only difference is that instead of lasting for five turns, it lasts for the whole battle until a different weather condition replaces it. If a Pokémon with Sand Stream is sent out in the same turn as another Pokémon whose Ability causes a different weather condition, the slower Pokémon's Ability will override the faster Pokémon's Ability.
In Generation VI, the sandstorm will last only for five turns instead. This can be extended to eight turns if the Pokémon is holding a Smooth Rock.
Outside of battle
Sand Stream has no effect outside of battle.
Pokémon with Sand Stream
|#||Pokémon||Types||First Ability||Second Ability||Hidden Ability|
|Hippopotas||Ground||Sand Stream||None||Sand Force|
|Hippowdon||Ground||Sand Stream||None||Sand Force|
| Please note that this is only 100% accurate to Generation VI games.
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
|The user releases a powerful sandstorm from its body.|
|User||First Chapter Used In||Notes|
|Hippowdon||Hippowdon releases multiple streams of sand from the holes in its body into the air. The streams of sand then form into a powerful sand tornado and blow the opponent away.|
|A wild Hippowdon||Bombastic Bibarel & Heroic Hippopotas||Debut|
|Tyranitar||A while after when Tyranitar is sent out, a spiraling sandstorm surrounds the battle arena, hurting the opponent.|
|The Battle Factory's Tyranitar||Outlasting Ledian||None|
- This is the only weather-summoning Ability that has yet to be featured in the anime.
In other languages
|Variations of the Ability Drizzle|
|Drizzle • Drought • Sand Stream • Snow Warning|
|This article is part of Project Moves and Abilities, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on two related aspects of the Pokémon games.|