Sand Tomb (move)

Sand Tomb
すなじごく Sand Hell
Sand Tomb IX.png
Type  Ground
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  35
Accuracy  85%
Priority  0
Range
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Normal: May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Smart
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jam  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.
Condition  Smart
Appeal  0  
Earn a higher score the later the Pokémon performs.
Condition  Clever
Appeal  3 ♥♥♥
Jamming  0  
Temporarily stops the crowd from growing excited.

Sand Tomb (Japanese: すなじごく Sand Hell) is a damage-dealing Ground-type move introduced in Generation III. It was TM49 in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and is TM176 in Generation IX.

Effect

Generation III

Sand Tomb inflicts 1/16 of the target's maximum HP as damage for two to five turns upon use, in addition to the damage dealt when it is used. When successful, the text "<Pokémon> was trapped by SAND TOMB!" appears. It also traps the target, preventing switching and escape. If the user switches out, the target will be freed. If a trapped Pokémon uses Rapid Spin, it will be freed. If a wild Pokémon uses Sand Tomb on the player's Pokémon, the player may escape if the affected Pokémon has Run Away or is holding a Smoke Ball. However, these do not allow the player to switch the Pokémon out.

Sand Tomb has a power of 15 and an accuracy of 70.

Sand Tomb can be used as the second move of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining 3 bonus appeal points if Sandstorm was used in the previous turn.

Generation IV

In Generation IV, if the user of Sand Tomb is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will always be 5 turns. Also, if an affected Pokémon is holding a Shed Shell, it can switch out.

Generation V

Sand Tomb's power and accuracy were increased to 35 and 85 respectively, and now lasts four to five turns. If a Binding Band is held by the user, the damage done at the end of each turn will increase from 1/16 of the target's maximum HP to 1/8. If the user of Sand Tomb is holding a Grip Claw, the duration will be 7 turns. The text was also altered to, "<Pokémon> became trapped by Sand Tomb!"

Generation VI onwards

The end turn damage of Sand Tomb is increased from 1/16 to 1/8 of the target's maximum HP. If the user is holding a Binding Band, the end turn damage of Sand Tomb will increase to 1/6 of the target's maximum HP. Ghost-type Pokémon cannot be trapped by Sand Tomb.

Sand Tomb can also be used as part of a Contest Spectacular combination, with the user gaining an extra three appeal points if the move Sandstorm was used in the prior turn.

Description

Games Description
RSE Traps and hurts the foe in quicksand for 2 to 5 turns.
ColoXD Traps and hurts target in a whirlpool for 2 to 5 turns.
FRLG The foe is trapped inside a painful sandstorm for two to five turns.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm for two to five turns.
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SMUSUMPE
SwShBDSPLA
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
SV The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm that inflicts damage for four to five turns.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
0027     Field Field 45 27 27BW
23B2W2
23 23
0028     Field Field 52 33 33BW
23B2W2
23XY
24ORAS
24 31 31 31
0051     Field Field 26 26 26 26 1, Evo. 1, Evo. 1, Evo. Evo.
0051  
Dugtrio
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1, Evo. 1, Evo. Evo.
0095    
 
Mineral Mineral 49RSE
52FRLG
41DP
46PtHGSS
54BW
37B2W2
37 37 28 28
0208    
 
Mineral Mineral 28 28
0328     Bug Dragon 25 25 25BW
10B2W2
10XY
12ORAS
12 16 16 16
0329    
 
Bug Dragon 1, 25 1, 25 1, 25BW
1, 10B2W2
1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 16 16 16
0330    
 
Bug Dragon 1, 25 1, 25 1, 25BW
1, 10B2W2
1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 16 16 16
0443    
 
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19 1 1 1
0444    
 
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19 1 1 1
0445    
 
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19 1 1 1
0449     Field Field 25 25 25 25 12 12 12
0450     Field Field 25 25 25 25 12 12 12
0551    
 
Field Field 13 13 13 9 9
0552    
 
Field Field 13 13 13 9 9
0553    
 
Field Field 13 13 13 9 9
0645  
Landorus
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
0769    
 
Amorphous Amorphous 14 10 10
0770    
 
Amorphous Amorphous 14 1 1
0843     Field Dragon 50 50
0844     Field Dragon 51 51
1003    
 
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 TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Compatibility
0027     Field Field
0028     Field Field
0031    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0034    
 
Monster Field
0050     Field Field
0050  
Diglett
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
0051     Field Field
0051  
Dugtrio
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
0095    
 
Mineral Mineral
0151     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0185     Mineral Mineral
0204     Bug Bug
0205    
 
Bug Bug
0207    
 
Bug Bug
0208    
 
Mineral Mineral
0212    
 
Bug Bug
0213    
 
Bug Bug
0219    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0220    
 
Field Field
0221    
 
Field Field
0227    
 
Flying Flying
0231     Field Field
0232     Field Field
0246    
 
Monster Monster
0247    
 
Monster Monster
0248    
 
Monster Monster
0259    
 
Monster Water 1
0260    
 
Monster Water 1
0299     Mineral Mineral
0305    
 
Monster Monster
0306    
 
Monster Monster
0328     Bug Dragon
0329    
 
Bug Dragon
0330    
 
Bug Dragon
0337    
 
Mineral Mineral
0338    
 
Mineral Mineral
0340    
 
Water 2 Water 2
0343    
 
Mineral Mineral
0344    
 
Mineral Mineral
0377     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0379     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0383     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0387     Monster Grass
0388     Monster Grass
0389    
 
Monster Grass
0410    
 
Monster Monster
0411    
 
Monster Monster
0423  
Gastrodon
All forms
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous
0438     No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0443    
 
Monster Dragon
0444    
 
Monster Dragon
0445    
 
Monster Dragon
0449     Field Field
0450     Field Field
0452    
 
Bug Water 3
0472    
 
Bug Bug
0473    
 
Field Field
0476    
 
Mineral Mineral
0524     Mineral Mineral
0525     Mineral Mineral
0526     Mineral Mineral
0529     Field Field
0530    
 
Field Field
0551    
 
Field Field
0552    
 
Field Field
0553    
 
Field Field
0557    
 
Bug Mineral
0558    
 
Bug Mineral
0645  
Landorus
All forms
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0660    
 
Field Field
0703    
 
Fairy Mineral
0719    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0749     Field Field
0750     Field Field
0769    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0770    
 
Amorphous Amorphous
0834    
 
Monster Water 1
0837     Mineral Mineral
0838    
 
Mineral Mineral
0839    
 
Mineral Mineral
0843     Field Dragon
0844     Field Dragon
0867    
 
Mineral Amorphous
0874     Mineral Mineral
0968     Field Field
0969    
 
Mineral Mineral
0970    
 
Mineral Mineral
0989    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
0995    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
1003    
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
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
0185     Mineral Mineral
0204     Bug Bug
0207    
 
Bug Bug
0213    
 
Bug Bug
0387     Monster Grass
0438     Mineral Mineral
0443    
 
Monster Dragon
0449     Field Field
0557    
 
Bug Mineral
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 Mystery Dungeon series

In the Rescue Team, Explorers, and Adventure Squad series, Sand Tomb deals damage and can inflict the Constriction status condition on the enemy. With this, the Pokémon cannot move (though it may attack), cannot switch places with the team leader, and loses 5 HP every two turns (for 4-6 turns).

From Gates to Infinity, it instead can cause the Sand Tomb status condition which causes the enemy to lose 3 HP at the end of every 2 turns (lasting 6 turns).

Game Base
Power
Max
Power
Base
PP
Max
PP
Base
Accuracy
Max
Accuracy
Range Target Cuts
corners
MDRB 4 - 17 - 73% - Front Enemy No
MDTDS 4 - 17 - 73% - Front Enemy No
BSL 4 - 17 - 73% - Front Enemy No
MDGtI 3 99 17 50 95% 98% Front Enemy No
SMD 3 99 17 40 95% 98% Front Enemy No
With some exceptions, Pokémon learnsets match those from the core series games:

Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, Sand Tomb is a Charged Attack that has been available since February 16, 2017.

  Sand Tomb
Charged Attack
Gyms & Raids
Power 60
Energy cost 33
Duration 4 seconds
Damage window 1.7 - 4 seconds
 
Trainer Battles
Power 25
Energy cost 40
Secondary effect   1 Opponent Defense
Effect chance 100%
Eligible Pokémon:
Standard eligibility
             
By Elite Charged TM
By GO Snapshot
 
As Shadow Pokémon
As Purified Pokémon
Formerly eligible
None

Updates

Gyms & Raids
  • December 11, 2019
    • Power: 80 → 60
    • Energy cost: 50 → 33
Trainer Battles
  • December 11, 2019
    • Power: 80 → 25
    • Energy cost: 60 → 40
    • Secondary effect added

Pokémon Rumble Rush

  Sand Tomb
Attack power 12.51031
Charge time 0.86 seconds
Range type Circular (ranged)
Number of hits 3
Number of projectiles 1
Critical hit rate 1.5%
Additional effect None

Pokémon Masters EX

Name Category Cost in move-gauge slots MP
(uses)
Base power Max power Accuracy Target Effect tag Description Playable sync pair(s)
Sand Tomb Physical 2 38 45 85% An opponent Leaves the target trapped. Bertha & Hippowdon
Roxanne (Fall 2023) & Runerigus
Scottie/Bettie & Sandshrew/SandslashEgg (Tech role only)

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It may also cause constriction, making the foe incapable of movement.
MDTDS Inflicts damage on the target. It may also afflict the targeted enemy with a Constriction status, making it incapable of movement.
BSL てきポケモンに ダメージをあたえる しかも いっていのかくりつで しめつけじょうたいに かえて いどうできなくする
MDGtI It damages an enemy. It could also cause the Sand Tomb status condition. (With the Sand Tomb status, the enemy can't move and keeps taking damage.)
SMD It could trap an enemy, make it unable to move, and keep damaging the enemy.


In the anime

Main series

 
Vibrava
 
Gabite
 
Krookodile
 
Dugtrio
The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Dugtrio digs underground, and a huge hole opens up in the ground that sucks in the opponent. Dugtrio appears in the middle of the hole.
Katie's Dugtrio Shocks and Bonds Debut
Laxton's Dugtrio How Are You Gonna Keep 'Em Off of the Farm? None
  Vibrava's eyes glow light blue and the opponent's legs becomes surrounded by a sand tornado. When the tornado fades, the opponent's legs become trapped in sand.
Brianna's Vibrava Spontaneous Combusken! None
  Hippopotas releases a geyser of sand from the hole on its back, flooding the area with sand and trapping the opponent.
Hippopotas (recurring) Mass Hip-Po-Sis! None
  Hippowdon releases sand out of the holes on its back and digs into the ground.
A Hippowdon Jessie used briefly One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team! None
  Gabite waves its arms to one side, kicking up sand. Then, it waves its arms to the other side and a cyclone of sand is fired at the opponent. When the sand reaches the opponent, it spins around it like a tornado, or Gabite crouches down and medium sized sand dunes rise out of the ground and around Gabite.
A wild Gabite Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness None
Ursula's Gabite Yes in Dee Dee, It's Dawn! None
  Krookodile creates wisps of sand that surround the opponent which then turn into a swirling sand vortex which encompasses the opponent.
Nanu's Krookodile Tough Guy Trials! None
  Sandaconda forms a whirlwind of sand that surrounds the opponent.
Lyla's Sandaconda Chasing to the Finish! None
  Runerigus forms a whirlwind of sand that surrounds the opponent.
Sterling's Runerigus Chasing to the Finish! None


Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

 
Palossand


The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Palossand traps the opponent in a tornado of sand.
Acerola's Palossand Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Its Japanese name, すなじごく Suna Jigoku (Sand Hell), is likely referring to the sand pit traps dug by antlions.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 流沙地獄 Làuhsā Deihyuhk
Mandarin 流沙地獄 / 流沙地狱 Liúshā Dìyù *
流沙深渊 Liúshā Shēnyuān *
  Dutch Zandtombe
  Finnish Hiekkahauta
  French Tourbi-Sable
  German Sandgrab
  Greek Αμμόλακος
  Hindi रेत का मकबरा Rayt Ka Maqbara
  Indonesian Jebakan Pasir
  Italian Sabbiotomba
  Korean 모래지옥 Morae Jiok
  Polish Piaskowy Grób
Portuguese   Brazil Fosso de Areia (games, SM074-present, TCG, manga)
Tumba de Areia (early anime)
  Portugal Sepultura de Areia
  Serbian Peščana Grobnica
Spanish   Latin America Tumba de Arena (AG128-DP091)
Trampa de Arena (DP145)
Bucle Arena (DP161)
  Spain Bucle Arena
  Thai สุสานทรายดูด
  Vietnamese Địa Ngục Cát


Variations of the move Fire Spin
  ClampSand Tomb
  Fire SpinWhirlpool


Generation VIII TMs
SwSh
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2021222324252627282930313233343536373839
4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
BDSP
0102030405060708091011121314151617181920
2122232425262728293031323334353637383940
4142434445464748495051525354555657585960
6162636465666768697071727374757677787980
81828384858687888990919293949596979899100
Generation VIII TRs (SwSh)
0001020304050607080910111213141516171819
2021222324252627282930313233343536373839
4041424344454647484950515253545556575859
6061626364656667686970717273747576777879
8081828384858687888990919293949596979899
Generation IX TMs
SV
001002003004005006007008009010011012013014015016017018019
020021022023024025026027028029030031032033034035036037038
039040041042043044045046047048049050051052053054055056057
058059060061062063064065066067068069070071072073074075076
077078079080081082083084085086087088089090091092093094095
096097098099100101102103104105106107108109110111112113114
115116117118119120121122123124125126127128129130131132133
134135136137138139140141142143144145146147148149150151152
153154155156157158159160161162163164165166167168169170171
Added in SV 2.0.1
172173174175176177178179180181182183184185186
187188189190191192193194195196197198199200201
Added in SV 3.0.0
202203204205206207208209210211212213214215216
217218219220221222223224225226227228229


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