Sandstorm (Japanese: 砂あらし Sandstorm) is a type of weather introduced in battle in Generation II. It was introduced in the overworld in Generation III.
It will last for five turns if created using
Sand Stream ( Generation VI onwards) or Sandstorm, or eight if created while holding a Smooth Rock. If created using Sand Stream (prior to Generation VI) or encountered in the overworld, it will last until replaced.
If naturally occurring
"A sandstorm is raging."
"A sandstorm brewed!"
"A sandstorm kicked up!"
Sandstorm brewed!" "A sandstorm brewed!"
Sand Stream activated
(Wild/Foe) <Pokémon>'s Sand Stream whipped up a sandstorm!" "
(The wild/foe's) <Pokémon>'s Sand Stream whipped up a sandstorm!" After turn is complete
"The sandstorm rages."
When damaging Pokémon
Sandstorm hits (Enemy) <Pokémon>!"
(Wild/Foe) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the sandstorm!"
(The wild/foe's) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the Sandstorm!"
(The wild/foe's) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the sandstorm!"
(The wild/opposing) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the sandstorm!"' "
(The wild/The opposing/Totem) <Pokémon> is buffeted by the sandstorm!"' When sandstorm ends
Sandstorm subsided." "The sandstorm subsided."
On the field Effects
In battle At the end of each turn, damages each Pokémon for
1/ 16 (⅛ in Generation II) of its maximum HP, unless it is Rock-, Steel-, or Ground-type; has one of the Abilities Sand Force, Sand Rush, Sand Veil, Magic Guard, or Overcoat; or is holding Safety Goggles. Activates the following
Abilities: Sand Force, Sand Rush, Sand Veil. From Generation IV onward, raises the
Special Defense of all Rock-type Pokémon by 50%. Changes
Weather Ball to a Rock-type move and doubles its power. From Generation III onward, halves the power of
Solar Beam and Solar Blade. Causes
Shore Up to recover ⅔ of max HP instead of ½. Causes Moonlight, Synthesis, and Morning Sun to recover ¼ of max HP (half the normal amount in Generation II).
Outside of battle
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to Pokémon X and Y, Sweet Scent and Honey will fail if there is a sandstorm in the area, or if any other type of weather is present. In the Generation III games and from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire onward, Sweet Scent and Honey are unaffected by the weather.
Sand is whipped around by wind, making it difficult to see. Found in Hoenn on
Route 111, in Sinnoh on Route 228, and in Unova inside the Desert Resort.
Several sand particles are whipped diagonally across the screen. In Generation V, it is found on
Route 4 B W and at the entrance to the W2 Desert Resort B W .
This variation does not create sandstorm weather in battles where it occurs, but the overworld effect resembles a sandstorm. Found in
Kalos on Route 13, bits of dust and debris are blown around by a strong wind from the west. Occasionally the wind abates, but whenever it is blowing, it hinders the player's movement westward.
In the anime In the manga In other generations
Core series games
Spin-off series games
In the overworld
Unused sandstorm weather in FRLG.
Some lines of unused sandstorm quotes appear within the code of the games. These appear to be weather-triggered quotes from previous games. In other languages