Sand Attack (move)

Sand Attack
すなかけ Sand Attack
Sand Attack IX.png
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Type  Ground
Category  Status
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  —
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Startles the Pokémon that has the judge's attention.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going down in the same turn.
Condition  Cute
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Makes audience expect little of other contestants.

Sand Attack (Japanese: すなかけ Sand Attack), formatted as Sand-Attack prior to Pokémon X and Y, is a non-damaging Ground-type move introduced in Generation I. Prior to Generation II, it was a Normal-type move.

Effect

Generation I

Sand Attack decreases the target's accuracy stat by one stage. Sand Attack is a Normal-type move in this generation, but it is not affected by immunities to Normal-type.

In the Generation I core series games, when an in-game opponent uses Sand Attack, the move has a 25% chance to fail.

Generation II onwards

Sand Attack is now a Ground-type move, but it is not affected by immunities to Ground-type.

In the Generation II core series games, when an in-game opponent outside of the Battle Tower uses Sand Attack, the move has a 25% chance to fail.

Generation III onwards

Sand Attack can be used as the first move of a Pokémon Contest combination, causing Mud-Slap to score double the normal appeal if used in the next turn. It can also be used to finish a combination, with the user gaining 2 bonus appeal points if Mud-Slap or Sandstorm was used in the previous turn. It is also part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an three extra appeal points if Sandstorm was used in the prior turn.

If powered up by a Groundium Z into Z-Sand Attack, the user's evasiveness is raised by one stage.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 An attack in which sand is used to blind the target and reduce its attack accuracy.
GSC Reduces accuracy by throwing sand.
RSE Reduces the foe's accuracy by hurling sand in its face.
FRLG A lot of sand is hurled in the foe's face, reducing its accuracy.
ColoXD Lowers accuracy of target by hurling sand in its face.
DPPtHGSSPBR Sand is hurled in the foe's face, reducing its accuracy.
BWB2W2 Sand is hurled in the target's face, reducing its accuracy.
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
Sand is hurled in the target's face, reducing the target's accuracy.
SV Sand is hurled in the target's face, lowering the target's accuracy.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0016    
 
Flying Flying 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 3 5
0017    
 
Flying Flying 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 3 1, 5
0018    
 
Flying Flying 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 1, 3 1, 5
0027     Field Field 10 11 11 7 7BW
3B2W2
3 3 8 6 6 6
0028     Field Field 1, 10 1, 11 1, 11 1, 7 1, 7BW
1, 3B2W2
1, 3 1, 3 1, 8 1 1 1
0050     Field Field 24 25 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 1 1
0050  
Diglett
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1 4 1 1
0051     Field Field 24 25 1 1 1 1 1 1, 4 1 1 1
0051  
Dugtrio
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1 1, 4 1 1
0074    
 
Mineral Mineral 3
0075    
 
Mineral Mineral 1,3
0076    
 
Mineral Mineral 1,3
0083    
 
Flying Field 1 7 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0083  
Farfetch'd
Galarian Form
  Flying Field 1
0111    
 
Monster Field 1
0112    
 
Monster Field 1
0133     Field Field 1RGB
8Y
8 8 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 14 5 5 5
0134     Field Field 1RGB
8Y
8 8 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 1, 14 5 5 5
0135     Field Field 1RGB
8Y
8 8 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 1, 14 5 5 5
0136     Field Field 1RGB
8Y
8 8 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 1, 14 5 5 5
0138    
 
Water 1 Water 3 10 10
0139    
 
Water 1 Water 3 1 1
0140    
 
Water 1 Water 3 28 31 21 21 21 21 36 10 10
0141    
 
Water 1 Water 3 28 31 21 21 21 21 36 1 1
0190     Field Field 6 6 4 4 4 4 4 4
0196     Field Field 8 8 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 5 5 5
0197     Field Field 8 8 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 5 5 5
0207    
 
Bug Bug 6 6 5 5BW
4B2W2
4 4 4 4
0227    
 
Flying Flying 13 10 7DP
6PtHGSS
6 6 6 4 4 4
0234     Field Field 31 31RSE
27FRLG
16 16 16 16 16 16
0255     Field Field 19 19 19 19XY
10ORAS
10 15 15 15
0256    
 
Field Field 21 21 21 21XY
1, 10ORAS
1, 10 15 15 15
0257    
 
Field Field 21 21 21 21XY
1, 10ORAS
1, 10 15 15 15
0261     Field Field 9 9 9 9XY
7ORAS
7 7 7
0262     Field Field 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9XY
1, 7ORAS
1, 7 1, 7 1
0263     Field Field 13 13 13 13XY
7ORAS
7 3 3
0263  
Zigzagoon
Galarian Form
 
 
Field Field 3
0264     Field Field 13 13 13 13XY
1, 7ORAS
1, 7 1 1
0264  
Linoone
Galarian Form
 
 
Field Field 1
0290    
 
Bug Bug 9 9 9 9 9 1 1
0291    
 
Bug Bug 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9 1 1
0292    
 
Mineral Mineral 9 9 9 9 1, 9 1 1
0296     Human-Like Human-Like 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
0297     Human-Like Human-Like 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1
0328     Bug Dragon 9 9 9BW
4B2W2
4XY
1ORAS
1 1 1 1
0329    
 
Bug Dragon 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9BW
1, 4B2W2
1, 4XY
1ORAS
1 1 1 1
0330    
 
Bug Dragon 1, 9 1, 9 1, 9BW
1, 4B2W2
1, 4XY
1ORAS
1 1 1 1
0331     Grass Human-Like 17 17 17 17XY
13ORAS
13 13 13
0332    
 
Grass Human-Like 17 17 17 17XY
13ORAS
13 13 13
0424     Field Field 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1
0443    
 
Monster Dragon 3 3 3 3 6 6 6
0444    
 
Monster Dragon 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1 1 1
0445    
 
Monster Dragon 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1, 3 1 1 1
0449     Field Field 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0450     Field Field 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
0470     Field Field 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 5 5 5
0471     Field Field 8 8BW
5B2W2
5 5 5 5 5
0472    
 
Bug Bug 1, 5 1, 5BW
1, 4B2W2
1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1
0504     Field Field 13 13 13
0505     Field Field 13 13 13
0509     Field Field 10 10 10 4
0510     Field Field 1, 10 1, 10 1, 10 1
0524     Mineral Mineral 7 7 7 1
0525     Mineral Mineral 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1
0526     Mineral Mineral 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1
0551    
 
Field Field 7 7 7 3 3
0552    
 
Field Field 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1 1
0553    
 
Field Field 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1 1
0557    
 
Bug Mineral 11 11 11 1
0558    
 
Bug Mineral 1, 11 1, 11 1, 11 1
0559    
 
Field Dragon 5 5 5 12 12
0560    
 
Field Dragon 1, 5 1, 5 1, 5 12 12
0585  
Deerling
All forms
 
 
Field Field 7 7 7 7
0586  
Sawsbuck
All forms
 
 
Field Field 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1
0632    
 
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1
0676  
Furfrou
All forms
  Field Field 5 5
0688    
 
Water 3 Water 3 1 1
0689    
 
Water 3 Water 3 1 1
0700     Field Field 5 5 5 5
0734     Field Field 10 10
0735     Field Field 1, 10 1
0744     Field Field 4 4 4
0745  
Lycanroc
Midday Form
  Field Field 1, 4 1 1
0745  
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
  Field Field 1, 4 1 1
0745  
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
  Field Field 1, 4USUM 1 1
0767    
 
Bug Water 3 1 1
0768    
 
Bug Water 3 1 1
0769    
 
Amorphous Amorphous 9 20 20
0770    
 
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 9 20 20
0843     Field Dragon 1 1
0844     Field Dragon 1 1
0862    
 
Field Field 1
0865     Flying Field 1
0899    
 
Field Field 16
0953     Bug Bug 4
0954    
 
Bug Bug 4
0960     Water 3 Water 3 1
0961     Water 3 Water 3 1
0992    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Egg Move
0179     Monster Field
0347    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0396    
 
Flying Flying
0431     Field Field
0451    
 
Bug Water 3
0506     Field Field
0522     Field Field
0568     Mineral Mineral
0688    
 
Water 3 Water 3
0757    
 
Monster Dragon
0813     Field Human-Like
0821     Flying Flying
0835     Field Field
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


In other games

Pokémon GO

  Sand Attack
Fast Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 4
Energy boost 7
Duration 0.5 seconds
Damage window 0.3-0.6 seconds
File:Sand Attack GO.png
Trainer Battles
Power 2
Energy boost 4
Turns 1
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
                      
By Elite Fast TM
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

Sand Attack lowers the target's accuracy by one stage. This move is affected by Magic Coat.

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB - - 22 - 80% - Front Enemy Yes
MDTDS - - 20 - 80% - Front Enemy Yes
BSL - - 20 - 80% - Front Enemy Yes
MDGtI - - 15 50 75% 98% Front Enemy Yes
SMD - - 15 30 75% 98% Front Enemy Yes
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon Rumble Rush

In Pokémon Rumble Rush, all status moves including Sand Attack could only be used by opposing Pokémon and could not be obtained on any caught Pokémon. Sand Attack could be seen as a move used by Boss Wimpod.

  Sand Attack
Charge time 0.98 seconds
Range type Arc (wide)
Target Enemy
Additional effect None

Pokémon UNITE

In Pokémon UNITE, Sand Attack is Garchomp's first move as Gible. The user hurls sand toward a designated area, reducing enemy visibility and slowing them for 2s. The user's movement speed and basic attack speed are increased if an enemy is hit. After evolving into Gabite at level 5, the move is replaced by either Dig or Dragon Rush.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Lowers the target's Accuracy by one level.
MDTDS Reduces the target's accuracy by 1 level.
BSL てきポケモンの めいちゅうを 1だんかいさげる
MDGtI
SMD
It lowers the enemy's accuracy.


In the anime

 
Pidgeotto
 
Ninjask
 
Gliscor
 
Gumshoos
The user throws sand in the target's face, blinding them.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Pidgey flaps its wings and a sandstorm is created.
A wild Pidgey Pokémon - I Choose You! Debut
  Pidgeotto flaps its wings and sand is spewed up at the opponent.
Ash's Pidgeotto Challenge of the Samurai None
  Sandslash digs into the ground with its hind or front legs and flings dirt at the opponent.
Koji's Sandslash Good 'Quil Hunting None
Jenaro's Sandslash Hi Ho Silver... Away! None
A Trainer's Sandslash Gymbaliar! None
  Aipom digs and throws dirt at the opponent.
Multiple wild Aipom A Hot Water Battle None
  Eevee turns around and kicks dirt at the opponent with its hind legs, or Eevee stands on its hind legs and slams its front legs on the ground, sending a big cloud of sand at the opponent.
Sakura's Eevee Trouble's Brewing None
Virgil's Eevee Mewtwo — Prologue to Awakening None
Risa's Eevee The Power of Us None
  Vaporeon turns around and kicks dirt at the opponent with its hind legs.
Sumomo's Vaporeon Trouble's Brewing None
  Zigzagoon kicks dirt at the opponent with its front paws.
Nicholai's Zigzagoon In the Knicker of Time! None
  Ninjask flies low to the ground and spins around, making a spiral of dirt appear and go into the air. The dirt falls down over the opponent; or, Ninjask flies at the ground while flying at the opponent and flings dirt at the opponent, blinding them.
Evian's Ninjask From Cradle to Save None
Brandon's Ninjask Pace - The Final Frontier! None
  Hippopotas releases a stream of sand out of the hole on its back, or Hippopotas sprays sand from the hole on its back at the opponent, or Hippopotas releases a smog of sand from its nostrils at the opponent, or Hippopotas releases a stream of sand from its mouth at the opponent.
Hippopotas (recurring) Mass Hip-Po-Sis! None
A wild Hippopotas Hoopa and the Clash of Ages None
  Umbreon flips around in the air and lands with its back facing the opponent and kicks dirt at the opponent with its back legs.
Gary's Umbreon Ill-Will Hunting! None
  Gligar throws sand at the opponent using its claws.
Ash's Gligar The Bells are Singing! None
  Gliscor uses its pincers or its tail and throws sand at the opponent.
Ash's Gliscor Dealing with Defensive Types! None
  Skarmory uses one of its wings to scoop dirt from the ground and fling it at the opponent.
Taylor's Skarmory Pursuing an Lofty Goal! None
  Purrloin throws sand at the opponent using its front legs.
Ricard Nouveau's Purrloin Clash of the Connoisseurs! None
  Watchog throws sand at the opponent using its hands.
Halsey's Watchog The Pokémon Harbor Patrol! None
  Glaceon kicks dirt at the opponent with its front legs.
Virgil's Glaceon Mewtwo — Prologue to Awakening None
  Leafeon kicks dirt at the opponent with its front legs.
Virgil's Leafeon Mewtwo — Prologue to Awakening None
  Sawsbuck kicks sand at the opponent with its hind legs.
Two wild Sawsbuck Genesect and the Legend Awakened None
  Deerling kicks sand at the opponent with its hind legs.
Two wild Deerling Genesect and the Legend Awakened None
  Furfrou jumps in the air and slams its two front legs onto the ground as it lands, creating a cloud of sand that is sent flying at the opponent.
Everett's Furfrou A League of His Own! None
  Gumshoos throws sand at the opponent using its hands. The sand blinds the opponent and causes attacks to miss, and can deflect projectile attacks.
Totem Gumshoos To Top a Totem! None
Officer Jenny's Gumshoos To Top a Totem! None
  Yungoos throws sand at the opponent using its hands. The sand blinds the opponent and causes attacks to miss.
An ally Yungoos To Top a Totem! None
A Trainer's Yungoos A Little Rocket R & R! None


In the manga

  This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: appearance with Torchic using it in Pokémon Chamo-Chamo ☆ Pretty ♪

The Electric Tale of Pikachu


How I Became a Pokémon Card

  • In PW11, Diglett was mentioned to use Sand-Attack but it wasn't shown using the move.
  • In PW17, Giovanni's Diglett was mentioned to use Sand-Attack but it wasn't shown using the move.

Movie adaptations


Pokémon Adventures


Pocket Monsters BW: The Heroes of Fire and Thunder


Pocket Monsters HGSS Jō's Big Adventure


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team


Pokémon Pocket Monsters


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 潑沙 Putsā *
飛沙拔擊 Fēisā Bahtgīk *
踢沙 Teksā *
Mandarin 潑沙 / 泼沙 Pōshā *
飛沙腳 / 飞沙脚 Fēishājiǎo *
起沙 Qǐshā *
  Czech Písečný Útok
  Danish Sandangreb
  Dutch Zandaanval
  Finnish Hiekkaisku
  French Jet de Sable
  German Sandwirbel
  Greek Ρίψη Άμμου
  Hindi रेतीला हमला Rayteela Hamla
  Indonesian Serangan Pasir
  Italian Turbosabbia
  Korean 모래뿌리기 Moraeppurigi
  Norwegian Sandangrep
  Polish Atak Piaskiem
  Brazilian Portuguese Ataque de Areia
  Romanian Atacul cu Nisip
  Serbian Napad Peskom
Spanish   Latin America Ataque de Arena
  Spain Ataque ArenaII+
Ataque-ArenaI
  Swedish Sandattack*
Sandanfall*
  Turkish Kum Saldırısı
  Vietnamese Rải Cát



Variations of the move Flash
  FlashSmokescreenSand Attack


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