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. 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 and with a cream-colored belly and muzzle. 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. 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.
Alolan Sandshrew in the anime
A Sandshrew Egg
in the anime
In the main series
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.
A Sandshrew was one of the Pokémon that played hide-and-seek in Pikachu's PikaBoo. Sandshrew hid by camouflaging itself in front of a brick wall.
A Sandshrew appeared in Sandshrew's Locker!, under the ownership of Mira. She enlisted Ash and his friends to help her retrieve Sandshrew after it was lost at the bottom of an artificial lake created by a dammed river.
Multiple Alolan Sandshrew appeared in Not Caving Under Pressure!, where they 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.
Three Sandshrew in Pokémon - I Choose You!, where Ash and Pikachu passed them while being chased by a flock of wild Spearow.
An ailing Sandshrew briefly appeared 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 as one of the Pokémon seen on Scissor Street.
A Sandshrew appeared in Sparks Fly for Magnemite, where it was seen in Gringey City's Pokémon Center.
A Sandshrew appeared in The Breeding Center Secret.
A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back as one of the Pokémon Mewtwo defeated while serving for Giovanni.
A Sandshrew appeared in Pikachu's Vacation as one of the Pokémon seen at the Pokémon Theme Park.
A Sandshrew appeared in Showdown at the Po-ké Corral, where it was among the Pokémon living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in The Lost Lapras, where it was among the Pokémon brought to the Pokémon Center.
A Trainer's Sandshrew appeared in The Joy of Pokémon, where it was treated by the Nurse Joy of an unnamed island.
A Sandshrew appeared in The Power of One.
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.
Multiple Sandshrew appeared in Tanks a Lot!, where they were forced to flee from Team Rocket's rampaging Arbotank.
A Sandshrew appeared in The Fortune Hunters as one of the Pokémon stolen by Butch and Cassidy.
A Sandshrew appeared in Beauty and the Breeder, under the ownership of a Pokémon Breeder participating in a Pokémon breeding competition.
Multiple Sandshrew appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.
A Sandshrew appeared in Got Miltank? as an inhabitant of a Pokémon-exclusive oasis.
Two Sandshrew appeared in Throwing in the Noctowl as some of the Pokémon seen living at Wings Alexander's barn.
A Sandshrew appeared in The Legend of Thunder!.
A Sandshrew appeared in A Tyrogue Full of Trouble, where it was seen receiving an apple from a Tyrogue.
Two Sandshrew appeared in Showdown at the Oak Corral, where they were among the Pokémon living at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
A Sandshrew appeared in Gonna Rule The School!, under the ownership of the Pokémon Trainers' School. It was temporarily loaned to one of the school's underage students for use.
A Sandshrew made a brief cameo in Destiny Deoxys.
A Sandshrew appeared in Hi Ho Silver Wind! and Deceit and Assist, under the ownership of a Coordinator participating in the Hoenn Grand Festival.
Two Sandshrew appeared in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew. One appeared during the opening sequence, while another was one of the Pokémon living in the Tree of Beginning.
A Coordinator's Sandshrew appeared in The Saffron Con.
A Coordinator's Sandshrew appeared in Once More With Reeling!, where it was seen participating in the Terracotta Contest.
A Sandshrew appeared in Not on MY Watch Ya Don't!, where it was among the Pokémon that were hypnotized by Team Rocket.
A Sandshrew appeared in Drifloon On the Wind!, where it was among the Pokémon that Marnie fed.
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!.
A Sandshrew was 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 as a resident of Allearth Forest.
A Sandshrew appeared in Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad. It was among the Pokémon 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.
Two Alolan Sandshrew debuted in Getting a Jump on the Competition!, where they were seen on Mount Lanakila.
A Trainer's Alolan Sandshrew appeared in SM130.
|| 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.
|| 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.
| This concludes the entries from the Sun & Moon series.
In Pokémon Origins
A Sandshrew appeared in a flashback in File 2: Cubone.
A Sandshrew appeared in File 3: Giovanni at Silph Co.