Sand Tomb (move)

Sand Tomb
すなじごく Sand Hell
Sand Tomb VIII.png
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Type  Ground
Category  Physical
PP  15 (max. 24)
Power  35
Accuracy  85%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
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 is TM49 in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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 also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining three extra appeal points if move Sandstorm was used in the prior 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 onward

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.
Colo.XD 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
SMUSUM
SwShBDSPLA
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
027   Sandshrew
  Field Field 45 27 27BW
23B2W2
23 23SMUSUM
028   Sandslash
  Field Field 52 33 33BW
23B2W2
23XY
24ORAS
24SMUSUM 31
051   Dugtrio
  Field Field 26 26 26 26 1, Evo.SMUSUM 1, Evo.
051   Dugtrio
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1, Evo.SMUSUM 1, Evo.
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral 49RSE
52FRLG
41DP
46PtHGSS
54BW
37B2W2
37 37SMUSUM 28
208   Steelix
 
 
Mineral Mineral 28
328   Trapinch
  Bug Dragon 25 25 25BW
10B2W2
10XY
12ORAS
12 16
329   Vibrava
 
 
Bug Dragon 1, 25 1, 25 1, 25BW
1, 10B2W2
1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 16
330   Flygon
 
 
Bug Dragon 1, 25 1, 25 1, 25BW
1, 10B2W2
1, 10XY
12ORAS
12 16
443   Gible
 
 
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19 1
444   Gabite
 
 
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19 1
445   Garchomp
 
 
Monster Dragon 19 19 19 19 1
449   Hippopotas
  Field Field 25 25 25 25 12
450   Hippowdon
  Field Field 25 25 25 25 12
551   Sandile
 
 
Field Field 13 13 13 9
552   Krokorok
 
 
Field Field 13 13 13 9
553   Krookodile
 
 
Field Field 13 13 13 9
645   Landorus
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 14 10
770   Palossand
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous 14 1
843   Silicobra
  Field Dragon 50
844   Sandaconda
  Field Dragon 51
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By TM

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Machine
I
--
II
--
III
--
IV
--
V
--
VI
--
VII
--
VIII
TM49
027   Sandshrew
  Field Field
028   Sandslash
  Field Field
031   Nidoqueen
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
034   Nidoking
 
 
Monster Field
051   Dugtrio
  Field Field
051   Dugtrio
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field
095   Onix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
151   Mew
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral
208   Steelix
 
 
Mineral Mineral
212   Scizor
 
 
Bug Bug
213   Shuckle
 
 
Bug Bug
220   Swinub
 
 
Field Field
221   Piloswine
 
 
Field Field
227   Skarmory
 
 
Flying Flying
246   Larvitar
 
 
Monster Monster
247   Pupitar
 
 
Monster Monster
248   Tyranitar
 
 
Monster Monster
259   Marshtomp
 
 
Monster Water 1
260   Swampert
 
 
Monster Water 1
305   Lairon
 
 
Monster Monster
306   Aggron
 
 
Monster Monster
328   Trapinch
  Bug Dragon
329   Vibrava
 
 
Bug Dragon
330   Flygon
 
 
Bug Dragon
337   Lunatone
 
 
Mineral Mineral
338   Solrock
 
 
Mineral Mineral
340   Whiscash
 
 
Water 2 Water 2
343   Baltoy
 
 
Mineral Mineral
344   Claydol
 
 
Mineral Mineral
377   Regirock
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
379   Registeel
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
423   Gastrodon
 
 
Water 1 Amorphous
438   Bonsly
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
443   Gible
 
 
Monster Dragon
444   Gabite
 
 
Monster Dragon
445   Garchomp
 
 
Monster Dragon
449   Hippopotas
  Field Field
450   Hippowdon
  Field Field
452   Drapion
 
 
Bug Water 3
473   Mamoswine
 
 
Field Field
524   Roggenrola
  Mineral Mineral
525   Boldore
  Mineral Mineral
526   Gigalith
  Mineral Mineral
529   Drilbur
  Field Field
530   Excadrill
 
 
Field Field
551   Sandile
 
 
Field Field
552   Krokorok
 
 
Field Field
553   Krookodile
 
 
Field Field
557   Dwebble
 
 
Bug Mineral
558   Crustle
 
 
Bug Mineral
645   Landorus
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
660   Diggersby
 
 
Field Field
703   Carbink
 
 
Fairy Mineral
719   Diancie
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered
749   Mudbray
  Field Field
750   Mudsdale
  Field Field
769   Sandygast
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
770   Palossand
 
 
Amorphous Amorphous
834   Drednaw
 
 
Monster Water 1
837   Rolycoly
  Mineral Mineral
838   Carkol
 
 
Mineral Mineral
839   Coalossal
 
 
Mineral Mineral
843   Silicobra
  Field Dragon
844   Sandaconda
  Field Dragon
867   Runerigus
 
 
Mineral Amorphous
874   Stonjourner
  Mineral Mineral
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII VIII
185   Sudowoodo
  Mineral Mineral BDSP
204   Pineco
  Bug Bug BDSP
207   Gligar
 
 
Bug Bug BDSP
213   Shuckle
 
 
Bug Bug BDSP
387   Turtwig
  Monster Grass BDSP
438   Bonsly
  Mineral Mineral BDSP
443   Gible
 
 
Monster Dragon BDSP
449   Hippopotas
  Field Field BDSP
557   Dwebble
 
 
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.


In other games

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, and Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, Sand Tomb is a move with base power of 4, 17 PP and 73% accuracy. The user hits enemy in the front, and might inflict the Constriction status condition on the enemy.

Pokémon Masters EX

Category Move Gauge MP Base Power Max Power Accuracy Target Effect Tag Description
Physical 2 38 45 85% An opponent Leaves the target trapped.

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

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

       
Dugtrio Vibrava Gabite Krookodile
The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Dugtrio 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 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 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 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 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 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


Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

       
Palossand
The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Palossand 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 Clamp
  ClampSand Tomb
  Fire SpinWhirlpool
Generation VIII TMs
SwSh
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