Sandslash (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
Sandshrew #027: Sandshrew
Pokémon
#029: Nidoran♀ Nidoran♀
Sandslash
Mouse Pokémon
サンドパン
Sandpan
#028
Sandslash
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Types
Ground Unknown
Sandslash
Ice Steel
Alolan Sandslash
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sand Veil
Sandslash
Snow Cloak
Alolan Sandslash
Cacophony
Sand Rush
Sandslash Hidden Ability
Slush Rush
Alolan Sandslash Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Alolan Sandslash
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
90 (20.1%)
Breeding
Egg Group
Field
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
3'03" 1.0 m
Sandslash
3'11" 1.2 m
Alolan Sandslash
0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
65.0 lbs. 29.5 kg
Sandslash
121.3 lbs. 55.0 kg
Alolan Sandslash
0 lbs. 0 kg
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0 lbs. 0 kg
{{{form4}}}
Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
163
Gen. I-IV
Unknown
IV
158
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Fast
EV yield
Total: 2
Sandslash
0
HP
0
Atk
2
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
Alolan Sandslash
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
Shape
Body06.png
Footprint
F028.png None.png
Alolan Sandslash
Pokédex color
Yellow
Other forms may have other colors.
Base friendship
70
External Links

Sandslash (Japanese: サンドパン Sandpan) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I.

It evolves from Sandshrew starting at level 22.

In Alola, Sandslash has a dual-type Ice/Steel regional form. It evolves from Alolan Sandshrew when exposed to an Ice Stone.

Biology

Sandslash is a bipedal, ground-dwelling pholidote Pokémon. Although Sandslash is usually bipedal, it can run on all fours. Most of its underside is light yellow with a white underbelly. It has a narrow muzzle, almond-shaped blue eyes, and a thick tail. Its back is mostly covered in sharp, brown quills formed from its tough, dry hide. It has two large claws on its paws and feet.

These claws are its primary weapons and are used for slashing, but can also be used for burrowing. Its claws and spikes can both break off and are shed regularly, but grow back quickly. Sandslash's broken parts can be used as carving plows for tilling farm fields. The claws can become smoother if it lives in drier areas. It can curl into a large ball, which allows it to roll to attack or escape, protect itself from heatstroke, and guard its belly. Sandslash is also adept at climbing trees and is prone to ambush its enemies from above. It also climbs trees to slash Berries to feed the Sandshrew waiting bellow. Sandslash can mostly be found in deserts. Sandslash also lives in trees while sleeping for the night

In the Alola region, Sandslash has an icy blue hide and quills covered in ice. These quills stand taller than a regular Sandslash's quills and resemble icicles. This Pokémon uses its hide for camouflage in the snow while leaving only its spines exposed. Unlike its Kantonian variant, the thick hide and icy spines completely prevent Alolan Sandslash from curling up into a ball. Its body emits cold air, which sharpens its quills. Its forepaws are larger than its counterpart, and its claws are longer, thinner, and hooked at the tips.

Formerly used for climbing trees, they now allow it to scale icebergs. Despite the weight of its ice-covered body, Alolan Sandslash is able to move swiftly by carving a path in the snow with its claws. It can move faster than any Pokémon while in the snowy mountains. This Pokémon tends to live in the deeper parts of snowy mountains, where climbing is forbidden. However, the sprays of snow it kicks up are popular shots for photographers.[1] People also climb up the mountains it lives in, in order to see Sandslash's icy spikes sparkle during the light of dawn.

In the anime

Main series

 
Sandslash in the anime
 
Alolan Sandslash in the anime

Major appearances

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, Corey's Sandslash was captured and cloned by Mewtwo. When Team Rocket saw it being cloned, it was mistaken for its pre-evolved form, Sandshrew. The Sandslash clone was seen again in Mewtwo Returns. Corey's Sandslash reappeared in Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution, a remake of Mewtwo Strikes Back, where it played the same role.

In Good 'Quil Hunting, Koji used a Sandslash in a battle against Ash to determine who would keep a Cyndaquil. Despite its exceptional power and agility, Sandslash ultimately lost to Cyndaquil.

In Bulbasaur... the Ambassador!, three Sandslash helped dig a new lake for the Grass-type Pokémon at Professor Oak's Laboratory.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness, a Sandslash was a member of Team Razor Wind, along with Scyther and Zangoose. The trio of clawed Pokémon were first seen being blasted out of Wigglytuff's Guild. Team Razor Wind overheard that Team Poképals were assigned with the task of traveling to the Labyrinth Cave to get a Gabite Scale for an ailing Shinx, and decided to attempt beating Team Poképals. Unfortunately for Team Razor Wind, Gabite beat them up. It reappeared alongside its team in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness.

In Not Caving Under Pressure!, an Alolan Sandslash evolved from an Alolan Sandshrew after touching an Ice Stone. It gave Lillie an Icium Z as thanks for helping it battle a Tyranitar that was threatening a home it shared with several other Alolan Sandshrew at Mount Lanakila.

In How Are You Gonna Keep 'Em Off of the Farm?, James pulled a Sandslash from the Rocket Prize Master to battle Ash and Goh, only for it to be defeated by Goh's newly caught Dugtrio.

Minor appearances

In The Flame Pokémon-athon!, multiple Sandslash were at the Laramie Ranch. One was later seen among the Pokémon participating in the Big P Pokémon Race.

In A Chansey Operation, an injured Sandslash was brought to the clinic.

In Pikachu's Vacation, a Sandslash was at the Pokémon Theme Park.

In To Master the Onixpected, a Sandslash was stuck between the rocky body segments of a giant Onix and causing so much pain that the Rock Snake Pokémon rampaged until Bruno freed it.

In Round One - Begin!, a Trainer's Sandslash competed in the Indigo Plateau Conference.

In The Power of One, a Sandslash sensed the disturbance caused by Lawrence III.

A wild Sandslash appeared in Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

A Sandslash appeared in Pokémon Double Trouble.

In Tricks of the Trade, a Sandslash at the Pokémon Swap Meet in Palmpona.

In Right On, Rhydon!, Pietra uses a Sandslash for her digging project.

A Sandslash appeared in Celebi: The Voice of the Forest.

A Sandslash appeared in Hi Ho Silver...Away!, under the ownership of Jenaro.

A Sandslash appeared in The Legend of Thunder!.

In Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up?, a Sandslash appeared in Nurse Joy's poem.

A Sandslash appeared in Gone Corphishin'.

A Sandslash made a brief cameo in Destiny Deoxys.

In Numero Uno Articuno, Noland's Sandslash was among the Pokémon residing at the Battle Factory.

A Sandslash appeared in the opening sequence of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew.

In Gymbaliar!, a male Trainer used a Sandslash to battle a wild Croagunk while it was under Jessie's command.

A Sandslash made a brief cameo in Giratina and the Sky Warrior.

Multiple Sandslash made a cameo in Arceus and the Jewel of Life.

In Historical Mystery Tour!, Barry encountered multiple Sandslash in Xatu's Forest.

A Trainer's Sandslash appeared in Curtain Up, Unova League!.

In Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction, a Sandslash was a resident of Allearth Forest.

A Trainer's Sandslash appeared in a flashback in Alola to New Adventure!.

A Sandslash appeared in I Choose You!.

In The Power of Us, a Sandslash participated in the effort to put out a fire.

In A Timeless Encounter!, an Ace Trainer's Sandslash battled Hala and his Makuhita in a flashback, but was defeated.

In Battle Royal 151!, a Trainer's Alolan Sandslash competed in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference but was defeated by Turtonator.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP071 Sandslash Ash's Pokédex Sandslash, the Mouse Pokémon. The evolved form of Sandshrew. It attacks opponents with the quills on its back.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
DP008 Sandslash Dawn's Pokédex Sandslash, the Mouse Pokémon. When it runs at full speed, it sends up a thick cloud of sand in order to hide itself.

Pokémon Origins

 
Sandslash in Pokémon Origins

In File 1: Red, a Sandslash as one of the Pokémon seen in Professor Oak's introduction.

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

In the manga

Ash & Pikachu

Similar to her anime counterpart, Pietra owns a Sandslash. It appeared in The Grand Rhydon Plan.

Pokémon Adventures

Sandslash debuted in Sea Sea Seadra, where it and a wild Weezing appeared behind Bill, still showing the ecology in Viridian Forest hasn't changed back to normal in two years.

In A Flaaffy Kerfuffle, a Sandslash appeared as one of the Pokémon in Professor Oak's fantasy when he explains that Trainers should only have six Pokémon with them.

Sandslash's most predominant appearance was in Sandslash Surprise. While trying to find out their location, Gold and Silver are attacked by a swarm of spiky balls, which are revealed to be Sandslash fleeing from the wrath of Lugia.

A Sandslash was seen as one of the Pokémon used by Team Magma, which first appeared in What Would You Do for a Whismur?.

A Sandslash appeared in Pinsir Changes.

A Sandslash appeared in a flashback in Charizard Transforms.

Two Alolan Sandslash debuted in the Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon chapter, where it was seen on Mount Lanakila.

Pokémon Pocket Monsters

Giovanni was revealed to own a Sandslash in Pokémon Hair Salon Opens!!, where he used it in his hair salon.

In the TCG

Main article: Sandslash (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

Pokédex entries

Generation I Kanto
#028
Red Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Blue
Yellow It is skilled at slashing enemies with its claws. If broken, they start to grow back in a day.
Stadium Curls into a ball of sharp spikes and rolls into enemies. It is also adept at slashing with its sharp claws.
Generation II Johto
#049
Gold In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
Silver If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
Crystal Adept at climbing trees, it rolls into a spiny ball, then attacks its enemies from above.
Stadium 2 In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
Generation III Hoenn
#113
Kanto
#028
Ruby Sandslash's body is covered by tough spikes, which are hardened sections of its hide. Once a year, the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old ones.
Sapphire Sandslash can roll up its body as if it were a ball covered with large spikes. In battle, this Pokémon will try to make the foe flinch by jabbing it with its spines. It then leaps at the stunned foe to tear wildly with its sharp claws.
Emerald It curls up in a ball to protect itself from enemy attacks. It also curls up to prevent heatstroke during the daytime when temperatures rise sharply.
FireRed It is adept at attacking with the spines on its back and its sharp claws while quickly scurrying about.
LeafGreen Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#049
Diamond It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
SoulSilver If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spike and claws. They grow back in a day.
Generation V Unova
B2W2: #114
Black It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
White
Black 2 The spikes on its body are made up of its hardened hide. It rolls up and attacks foes with its spikes.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
Mountain #098
Hoenn
#118
X If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
Y Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Omega Ruby Sandslash's body is covered by tough spikes, which are hardened sections of its hide. Once a year, the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old ones.
Alpha Sapphire Sandslash can roll up its body as if it were a ball covered with large spikes. In battle, this Pokémon will try to make the foe flinch by jabbing it with its spines. It then leaps at the stunned foe to tear wildly with its sharp claws.
Generation VII Alola
SM: #252
Alola
USUM: #329
Kanto
#028
Sun Although they are sharp, its claws and spikes often break off. They grow back the next day, so it is not bothered by the temporary loss.
Moon It uses its claws to climb trees and then curls its body into a spiny ball, ready to drop onto any prey that appears.
Ultra Sun Its claws and horns often break off. The broken claws and horns can be used to carve plows for tilling farm fields.
Ultra Moon Thanks to its thick claws, it's good at climbing trees. There are plenty of Sandslash that park themselves in trees and go right to sleep.
Let's Go Pikachu It is skilled at slashing enemies with its claws. If broken, they start to grow back in a day.
Let's Go Eevee
Alolan Sandslash
Sun Fleeing a volcanic eruption, it settled on a snowy mountain. As it races through the snowfields, it sends up a spray of snow.
Moon This Pokémon's steel spikes are sheathed in ice. Stabs from these spikes cause deep wounds and severe frostbite as well.
Ultra Sun It runs across snow-covered plains at high speeds. It developed thick, sharp claws to plow through the snow.
Ultra Moon A long, long time ago, it lived in the desert. With its sharp claws fully extended, it can climb right up an iceberg without slipping.
Let's Go Pikachu This is Sandslash's form after adaptation to a frigid environment. The cold air emitted by its body sharpens its icy spikes.
Let's Go Eevee
Generation VIII Galar
Isle of Armor #169
Sword The drier the area Sandslash lives in, the harder and smoother the Pokémon's spikes feel when touched.
Shield It climbs trees by hooking on with its sharp claws. Sandslash shares the berries it gathers, dropping them down to Sandshrew waiting below the tree.
Alolan Sandslash
Sword It uses large, hooked claws to cut a path through deep snow as it runs. On snowy mountains, this Sandslash is faster than any other Pokémon.
Shield Many people climb snowy mountains, hoping to see the icy spikes of these Pokémon glistening in the light of dawn.


Game locations

Generation I
Red
Trade
Blue
Route 23, Cerulean Cave
Blue (Japan)
Route 23, Cerulean Cave
Yellow
Cerulean Cave
Generation II
Gold
Routes 26 and 27, Mt. Moon
Silver
Evolve Sandshrew
Crystal
Route 26 and Victory RoadMorningDay
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Sandshrew
Emerald
Evolve Sandshrew
FireRed
Trade
LeafGreen
Route 23 and Victory Road
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 228 (LeafGreen)
Platinum
Route 228 (LeafGreen)
HeartGold
Routes 26 and 27, Safari Zone, Mt. Moon
SoulSilver
Safari Zone
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Relic Castle
Black 2 White 2
Route 15, Relic Castle
Generation VI
X Y
Route 18, Terminus Cave
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation VII
Sun
Trade
Moon
Evolve Sandshrew
Ultra Sun
Trade
Ultra Moon
Evolve Sandshrew
Let's Go Pikachu
Evolve Sandshrew
Let's Go Eevee
Trade
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
TradeVersion 1.2.0+
Expansion Pass
Forest of Focus, Potbottom Desert (Wanderer) Kantonian Form
Challenge Beach, Courageous Cavern, Potbottom Desert (Max Raid Battle) Kantonian Form
Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure) Both forms


In side games

Generation I
Snap
Valley
Pinball
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation II
This Pokémon is unavailable in Generation II side games.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Sandshrew
Trozei!
Endless Level 3, Endless Level 20, Forever Level 52, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Sandshrew
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Quicksand Cave (B1F-B10F, Quicksand Pit B1F-B10F), Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
MD Sky
Quicksand Cave (B1F-B10F, Quicksand Pit B1F-B10F), Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Ranger: SoA
Hippowdon Temple
Rumble
Rocky Cave (Normal Mode B & S)
Ranger: GS
Daybreak Ruins, Forest Temple, Light Temple
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Rugged Flats
Rumble U
Variety Battle: It's Drill Time!
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Safari Jungle: Stage 2Tu
Shuffle
Marron Trail: Stage 668
Event: Pokémon Safari (14th release)
Event: Sandslash Appears (Alola Form)
Rumble World
Fairy Land: Heat-Wave Desert (All Areas, Entrance Boss)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Charizard Sea2019, Entei Sea, Lugia Sea, Bulbasaur Sea, Charizard SeaFinal, Entei SeaFinal Kantonian Form
Jirachi SeaFinal Alolan Form
Masters EX
Seasonal sync pair scout (Summer 2020 Steven's) Alolan Form
Generation VIII
MD DX
Magma Cavern (20F-23F), Mt. Faraway (2F-59F Fainted Pokémon), Desert Region (15F-19F), Joyous Tower (79F-87F)


Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Red* Blue* Berry (100%)
Yellow*
FireRed LeafGreen   Soft Sand (5%)
Diamond Pearl   Quick Claw (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver   Quick Claw (5%)
Black White   Quick Claw (5%)
Black 2 White 2   Quick Claw (5%)
X Y   Quick Claw (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Sandslash
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
75
135 - 182 260 - 354
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
110
103 - 178 202 - 350
45
45 - 106 85 - 207
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Total:
450
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.
  • This Pokémon's Special base stat in Generation I was 55.


Alolan Sandslash
Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
75
135 - 182 260 - 354
100
94 - 167 184 - 328
120
112 - 189 220 - 372
25
27 - 84 49 - 163
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Total:
450
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
2/3 ★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
3/3 ★★★
Jump
2/2 ★★
Total
14/17 ★★


Type effectiveness

Sandslash

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, 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 Sandslash

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, 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

Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Crush Claw Normal Physical 07575 09595% 10
011 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
011 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
099 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 09090% 20
1212 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 09595% 20
1515 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 05050 100100% 40
1818 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100100% 20
2121 Swift Normal Special 06060 00——% 20
2626 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
3131 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 08585% 15
3636 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
4141 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100100% 10
4646 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100100% 5
5151 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
5656 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00——% 10
6161 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100100% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Icicle Spear Ice Physical 02525 100100% 30
011 Icicle Crash Ice Physical 08585 09090% 10
011 Metal Burst Steel Physical 0000 100100% 10
011 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 09090% 20
011 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 04040 09595% 20
011 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 05050 100100% 40
011 Metal Claw Steel Physical 05050 09595% 35
011 Swift Normal Special 06060 00——% 20
011 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 08080% 15
011 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00——% 15
011 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100100% 20
011 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100100% 15
011 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100100% 5
011 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00——% 20
011 Hail Ice Status 0000 00——% 10
011 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 07070% 5
011 Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100100% 35
011 Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 00——% 40
011 Mist Ice Status 0000 00——% 30
011 Powder Snow Ice Special 04040 100100% 25
Evo.Evo. Icicle Spear Ice Physical 02525 100100% 30
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

By TM/TR

Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM07  TM07 Pin Missile Bug Physical 02525 095}}95% 20
TM08  TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09  TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM19  TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22  TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23  TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM32  TM32 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM34  TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40  TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM43  TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48  TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM49  TM49 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
TM53  TM53 Mud Shot Ground Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM59  TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM65  TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81  TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TM98  TM98 Stomping Tantrum Ground Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TR00  TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR10  TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR12  TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR17  TR17 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR18  TR18 Leech Life Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR23  TR23 Spikes Ground Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR52  TR52 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TR57  TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR60  TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR64  TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR67  TR67 Earth Power Ground Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TR75  TR75 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100100 080}}80% 5
TR76  TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR85  TR85 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR87  TR87 Drill Run Ground Physical 08080 095}}95% 10
TR95  TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM04  TM04 Ice Punch Ice Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM07  TM07 Pin Missile Bug Physical 02525 095}}95% 20
TM08  TM08 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM09  TM09 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM15  TM15 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TM19  TM19 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 25
TM21  TM21 Rest Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM22  TM22 Rock Slide Rock Physical 07575 090}}90% 10
TM23  TM23 Thief Dark Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
TM24  TM24 Snore Normal Special 05050 100}}100% 15
TM25  TM25 Protect Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM27  TM27 Icy Wind Ice Special 05555 095}}95% 15
TM31  TM31 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM34  TM34 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
TM35  TM35 Hail Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TM39  TM39 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM40  TM40 Swift Normal Special 06060 00—}}—% 20
TM43  TM43 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM48  TM48 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 06060 095}}95% 15
TM51  TM51 Icicle Spear Ice Physical 02525 100}}100% 30
TM59  TM59 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM64  TM64 Avalanche Ice Physical 06060 100}}100% 10
TM65  TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
TM76  TM76 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
TM81  TM81 Bulldoze Ground Physical 06060 100}}100% 20
TR00  TR00 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR01  TR01 Body Slam Normal Physical 08585 100}}100% 15
TR06  TR06 Blizzard Ice Special 110110 070}}70% 5
TR10  TR10 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
TR12  TR12 Agility Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR17  TR17 Amnesia Psychic Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR18  TR18 Leech Life Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
TR20  TR20 Substitute Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR23  TR23 Spikes Ground Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR26  TR26 Endure Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR27  TR27 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
TR31  TR31 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100100 075}}75% 15
TR46  TR46 Iron Defense Steel Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
TR52  TR52 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
TR57  TR57 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TR60  TR60 X-Scissor Bug Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR64  TR64 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TR74  TR74 Iron Head Steel Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
TR76  TR76 Stealth Rock Rock Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
TR85  TR85 Work Up Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 30
TR87  TR87 Drill Run Ground Physical 08080 095}}95% 10
TR95  TR95 Throat Chop Dark Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

By breeding

Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
      
      
 
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
      
      
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
      
      
      
   
Hone Claws Dark Status —% 15
      
     
Metal Claw Steel Physical 50 95% 35
      
      
  
Mud-Slap Ground Special 20 100% 10
      
      
    
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandslash in Generation VIII
  • 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 Sandslash in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
      
      
 
Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
     Crush Claw Normal Physical 75 95% 10
  Curse Ghost Status —% 10
      
      
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
      
      
      
   
Hone Claws Dark Status —% 15
      
      
    
Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandslash in Generation VIII
  • 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 Sandslash in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

By tutoring

Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Scorching Sands Ground Special 70 100% 10
Sw Sh EP Steel Roller Steel Physical 130 100% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
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Alolan Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Sw Sh EP Steel Beam Steel Special 140 95% 5
Sw Sh EP Steel Roller Steel Physical 130 100% 5
Sw Sh EP Triple Axel Ice Physical 20 90% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
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By a prior evolution

Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandslash
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash

By transfer from another generation

Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
I - II - IV - V - VI - VII 
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
I II III IV V VI VII Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Captivate × Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Chip Away × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Covet Normal Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
I II III IV V VI VII Curse Ghost Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
I II III IV V VI VII Detect Fighting Status 0000 00—}}—% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Double-Edge Normal Physical 120120 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Dynamic Punch Fighting Physical 100100 050}}50% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Fissure Ground Physical 0000 030}}30% 5
I II III IV V VI VII Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150150 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Knock Off Dark Physical 06565 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Magnitude × Ground Physical 0000 100}}100% 30
I II III IV V VI VII Mimic Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Natural Gift × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Rage × Normal Physical 02020 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Rock Climb × Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Rock Smash Fighting Physical 04040 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Rototiller × Ground Status 0000 00—}}—% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Secret Power × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Seismic Toss Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Skull Bash Normal Physical 130130 100}}100% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Submission Fighting Physical 08080 080}}80% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Super Fang Normal Physical 0000 090}}90% 10
I II III IV V VI VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
I II III IV V VI VII Take Down Normal Physical 09090 085}}85% 20
I II III IV V VI VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
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  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see transfer-only moves for other generations
Alolan Sandslash
Generation VIII
Other generations:
None
 Gen.   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
VII Aerial Ace Flying Physical 06060 00—}}—% 20
VII Aqua Tail Water Physical 09090 090}}90% 10
VII Aurora Veil Ice Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Bide × Normal Physical 0000 00—}}—% 10
VII Chip Away × Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
VII Confide Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 20
VII Covet Normal Physical 06060 100}}100% 25
VII Double Team Normal Status 0000 00—}}—% 15
VII Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150150 100}}100% 20
VII Frost Breath Ice Special 06060 090}}90% 10
VII Frustration × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Headbutt Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 15
VII Hidden Power × Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
VII Ice Ball × Ice Physical 03030 090}}90% 20
VII Ice Beam Ice Special 09090 100}}100% 10
VII Ice Shard Ice Physical 04040 100}}100% 30
VII Knock Off Dark Physical 06565 100}}100% 20
VII Mirror Coat Psychic Special 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Return × Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Seismic Toss Fighting Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
VII Super Fang Normal Physical 0000 090}}90% 10
VII Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
VII Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
  • A striped background indicates a generation in which the move can only be obtained via event or as a special move
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  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandslash
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

Side game data

Sandslash

Pokémon Pinball
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Furnace Desert
Phrases
51%-100% HP Let me take them on with the spikes on my back and my big claws!
26%-50% HP Uh-oh, not good. My health is down to half.
1%-25% HP I'm beat... I don't have the energy to shake my spikes...
Level up There! I leveled! My claws are even sharper!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: D
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist:  
Ground
Field move:  
(Tunnel ×1)
Browser entry R-195
It hurls lumps of sand to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group:
Ground
Poké Assist:
(present)
 
Ground
Field move:
(present)
 
(Cut ×3)
Poké Assist:
(past)
 
Ground
Field move:
(past)
 
(Cut ×1)
Browser entry R-181/N-011
It triggers tremors and opens fissures that make Pokémon Paused.
Pokémon Rumble
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●
Defense ●●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.58 seconds Base HP: 54
Base Attack: 77 Base Defense: 56 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Ground
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Ground
  Attack Power: 60 - 111   7

#681
 

Counterattack
Deals even more damage the more disruptions there are.
Skill Swapper: Sand Sport
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 181 Base Attack: 182 Base Defense: 175
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Metal Claw, Mud Shot
Charged Attacks: Earthquake, Rock Tomb, Bulldoze, Frustration, Return

Alolan Sandslash

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Ice
  Attack Power: 60 - 105   5

#681
 

Ice Dance
Increases damage done by Ice types in the combo.


Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.58 seconds Base HP: 54
Base Attack: 77 Base Defense: 58 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 181 Base Attack: 177 Base Defense: 195
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Metal Claw, Powder Snow
Charged Attacks: Blizzard, Gyro Ball, Bulldoze, Ice Punch*

Evolution

Sandslash

 
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ground 
 
Level 22
 
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ground 


Alolan Sandslash

 
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ice  Steel 
 
Ice Stone
 
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ice  Steel 


Sprites

Generation I
Red Blue Yellow Red Green
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation II
Gold Silver Crystal
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
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Trivia

Origin

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Sandslash shares various physical traits with the pangolin. It also draws from hedgehogs, porcupines, and echidnas due to its coloration and having spikes instead of scales. Both Sandshrew and Sandslash are mentioned to have poisonous claws, similar to how some species of the shrew are poisonous.

Alolan Sandslash's hooked claws combined with its ability to ice climb seem to be inspired by ice axes.

Name origin

Sandslash is a combination of sand and slash, referring to its long claws.

Sandpan may be a combination of sand and pangolin.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese サンドパン Sandpan From "sand" and "pangolin"
  French Sablaireau From sable and blaireau
  Spanish Sandslash Same as English name
  German Sandamer From sand, armadillo, and Wie Sand am Meer
  Italian Sandslash Same as English name
  Korean 고지 Koji From 고슴도치 goseumdochi and 두더지 dudeoji
  Cantonese Chinese 穿山王 Chyūnsāanwòhng A portmanteau of 穿山甲 and . Literally "King of going through mountains"
  Mandarin Chinese 穿山王 Chuānshānwáng A portmanteau of 穿山甲 and . Literally "King of going through mountains"


Related articles

Notes

External links


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