Sandshrew (Pokémon)

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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



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
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 (33.3%)
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
Regional numbers
Pokédex
#027
Kanto
#048
Johto
#117
Hoenn
#000
Sinnoh
#113
Unova
Mountain
#097
Kalos
#251
Alola
Not in any regional Pokédex
Browser
R-000
Fiore
R-194
Almia
R-180/N-010
Oblivia
Not in any Browser
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
Body style
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.

It evolves into Sandslash starting at level 22.

In Alola, Sandshrew has a regional variant that is Ice/Steel. 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 yellow hide is dry, tough, blends in with desert sand, and has a brick pattern, but its underbelly and muzzle are white. 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 hunt, which it does by waiting within its burrow to instantly lunge out and drag in passing prey. 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.

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 and with a cream-colored belly and muzzle. Its head now resembles an igloo. 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. The steel-like covering grants it extra defense, but it is unable to curl into a ball like its desert counterpart. 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

Sandshrew in the anime
A Sandshrew Egg in the anime

In the main series

Major appearances

Sandshrew was first featured in The Path to the Pokémon League. It was owned by a Pokémon Trainer named A.J.. Despite A.J.'s seemingly barbaric training methods (e.g. using a whip, training in a pool), it was very loyal to him.

A Sandshrew was one of the Pokémon that played Hide-n-Seek in Pikachu's PikaBoo. Sandshrew camouflaged itself in front of a brick wall.

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

Minor appearances

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

An ailing Sandshrew is seen briefly near the beginning of Clefairy and the Moon Stone. It was seen lying down, which 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.

A Sandshrew appeared in Pokémon Fashion Flash.

A Sandshrew was seen in a Pokémon Center in Sparks Fly for Magnemite.

A Sandshrew appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.

A Sandshrew appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back.

A Sandshrew was among the Pokémon seen at Professor Oak's Laboratory in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral.

A Trainer's Sandshrew was brought to the Pokémon Center in The Lost Lapras.

A Trainer's Sandshrew was treated by Nurse Joy in The Joy of Pokémon.

Sandshrew also appeared in The Power of One.

Sandshrew made an appearance in Tanks a Lot!.

A Sandshrew was one of the Pokémon stolen by Butch and Cassidy in The Fortune Hunters.

A Sandshrew appeared in Beauty and the Breeder where it participated in a Pokémon Beauty Contest.

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

A Sandshrew was one of the inhabitants of a Pokémon oasis in Got Miltank?.

Two Sandshrew were among the Pokémon seen at Wings Alexander's barn in Throwing in the Noctowl.

A Sandshrew was seen in the wild in The Legend of Thunder!.

A Sandshrew appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble receiving an apple from a Tyrogue.

Two Sandshrew were among the Pokémon seen at Professor Oak's Laboratory in Showdown at the Oak Corral.

A Sandshrew was used by one of the students of the Pokémon Trainer's School in Gonna Rule The School!.

A Sandshrew appeared under the possession of a Coordinator in Hi Ho Silver Wind!.

Sandshrew appeared in the opening of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and living in the Tree of Beginning.

Sandshrew also appeared in Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part One.

A Sandshrew made a brief cameo along with a Sandslash in Destiny Deoxys and Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

A Sandshrew appeared in Camping It Up!.

A Sandshrew was also seen at the Shelter Town's Pokémon Center in Battling a Cute Drama!.

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!.

A Sandshrew appeared in Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction.

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

A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in XY138.

A Sandshrew appeared as a silhouette in SM003.

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.
This concludes the entries from the Diamond & Pearl series.

In Pokémon Origins

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

Another Sandshrew appeared in File 3: Giovanni at Silph Co.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

Professor Oak owns a Sandshrew in the The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga. 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!, part of the Red, Green & Blue chapter, battling against Red's Bulbasaur as a Pewter Gym Trainer's Pokémon.

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

In Murkrow Row, Gold has a Sandshrew residing in his house, but has never used it in battle.

A Sandshrew was one of the Pokémon sent to help the fight in Ilex Forest in The Last Battle XIII.

In the TCG

Main article: Sandshrew (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

Sandshrew

Generation I
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Alolan Sandshrew

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation VII.
Generation VII
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.

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. Moon
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

In side games

Generation I
Snap
Valley
Pinball
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 (1F-6F), Buried Relic (36F-59F), 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
Rumble World
Ruby Volcano: Dusty Desert (All Areas), Fairy Land: Heat-Wave Desert (All Areas)

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
FRLG Pokémon Trade and Battle Day Sandshrew English United States 12 September 25, 2004

Held items

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%)

Stats

Base stats

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


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


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 VI, 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 VI, 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 VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
033 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
055 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
077 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 09090% 20
099 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 02020 100100% 40
1111 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 09595% 20
1414 Magnitude Ground Physical 0000 100100% 30
1717 Swift Normal Special 06060 00——% 20
2020 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
2323 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 08585% 15
2626 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
3030 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
3434 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100100% 5
3838 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
4242 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
4646 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 VII
Other generations:
None
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
033 Bide Normal Physical 0000 00——% 10
055 Powder Snow Ice Special 04040 100100% 25
077 Ice Ball Ice Physical 03030 09090% 20
099 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 02020 100100% 40
1111 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 09595% 20
1414 Metal Claw Steel Physical 05050 09595% 35
1717 Swift Normal Special 06060 00——% 20
2020 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
2323 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00——% 15
2626 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
3030 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100100% 15
3434 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100100% 5
3838 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
4242 Hail Ice Status 0000 00——% 10
4646 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 VII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM20Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM26Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM31Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM37Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM40Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM74Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM74 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TM75Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM78Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM80Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM81Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM84Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
None
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM01Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM01 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TM06Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
TM07Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM07 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM10Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM14Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM14 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM20Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM26Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TM27Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
TM28Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM28 Leech Life Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM31Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TM40Bag TM Flying VI Sprite.png TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM46Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM46 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM48Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65Bag TM Ghost VI Sprite.png TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM70Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM70 Aurora Veil Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM74Bag TM Steel VI Sprite.png TM74 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TM75Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TM78Bag TM Ground VI Sprite.png TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM79Bag TM Ice VI Sprite.png TM79 Frost Breath Ice Special 06060 090}}90% 10
TM80Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM81Bag TM Bug VI Sprite.png TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TM84Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM88Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM88 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
XTM100Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM100 Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
Rapid Spin Normal Physical 20 100% 40
Metal Claw Steel Physical 50 95% 35
Crush Claw Normal Physical 75 95% 10
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
Mud Shot Ground Special 55 95% 15
Endure Normal Status —% 10
Chip Away Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Rock Climb Normal Physical 90 85% 20
Rototiller Ground Status —% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandshrew in Generation VI
  • 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 VII
Other generations:
None
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
Icicle Spear Ice Physical 25 100% 30
Metal Claw Steel Physical 50 95% 35
Crush Claw Normal Physical 75 95% 10
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
Icicle Crash Ice Physical 85 90% 10
Endure Normal Status —% 10
Chip Away Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Curse Ghost Status —% 10
Amnesia Psychic Status —% 20
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandshrew in Generation VI
  • 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

Generation VII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black or white abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Sandshrew can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Sandshrew cannot be tutored the move 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 or alternate form of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Slam Sandshrew (McDonald Pack 16)

Side game data

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
MDP027.png 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
MDP027.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
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
It triggers tremors and opens fissures that make Pokémon Paused.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★

BT027.png

Pokémon GO
GO027.png Base Stamina: 100 Base Attack: 90 Base Defense: 114
Egg Distance: 5 km Evolution Requirement: GO Candy.png 50
Fast Attacks: Scratch, Mud Shot
Special Attacks: Dig, Rock Slide, Rock Tomb

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
027MS.png For other sprites and images, please see Sandshrew images on the Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

Origin

Bulbanews
Bulbanews has an article related to this subject:

Sandshrew is based on the pangolin, 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 an armadillo.

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"


Notes

  1. Pokémon Sun and Moon

External links


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