Sandshrew

For the Alolan form of this Pokémon, see Sandshrew/Alolan
Sandshrew
サンド
Sandshrew.png
Raichu < Sandshrew > Sandslash
Species
Type
Mouse Pokémon
Ground.gif
Number
Ability
#27
Height
Weight
2' (0.8m)
26.5 lbs. (12kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
None
Egg Group
Catch Rate
255
Tier
EV Yield
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Sandshrew (サンド) is the 27th Pokémon in the Pokédex. It is a Ground Type, and it is known as the Mouse Pokémon.

Sandshrew has the Sand Veil Ability, which increases its Evasion in a Sandstorm by one level. Its Hidden Ability is Sand Rush, which doubles its Speed during a Sandstorm.

Sandshrew gain the opportunity to evolve into Sandslash starting at Level 22.

Sandshrew is in the Field Egg Group, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Sandshrew One Million Experience Points to reach Level 100.

Contents

Biology

Physiology

Sandshrew is a small Pokémon that has yellow plate-like armor on its body excluding the white underbelly and snout. It has two stubby arms and legs, with poisonous claws. Sandshrew has two pointy ears and a tail which is also has a point at the tip. Sandshrew can curl up into a ball for defense, and when it does, it is about the size of a basketball.

Gender Differences

Sandshrew doesn't have any differences to differentiate between male and female.

Game Information

Original Games

Sandshrew can only be obtained in Red by trading for one, but it appears at Routes 4, 11 and 23 in Blue, and Routes 3 & 4 and Mt. Moon in Yellow.

Routes 4 and 32, Mt. Moon and Union Cave are the areas in which Sandshrew can be found in Gold, and Routes 2 and 4, along with Union Cave and Mt. Moon in Crystal. Sandshrew is available as a Prize at Goldenrod Game Corner in Silver. 700 Coins are required to get one.

Sandshrew appears at Route 113 in Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald. Sandshrew also appears in the Desert and Mirage Tower in Emerald. Pokémon Leaf Green is the only version of the Generation I remakes in which Sandshrew can be found--it appears on Routes 4, 8, 9-11, 22 and 23. The only way to obtain one in Fire Red is to trade for one.

Leaf Green is also the key to finding Sandshrew in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum--with this game inserted into the Game Boy Advance slot of a Nintendo DS or DS Lite, Sandshrew appears inside Wayward Cave after the National Pokédex has been obtained. In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, Sandshrew appears within the Safari Zone's Desert section without needing to place any blocks. Sandshrew also appears within Union Cave and Mt. Moon in Heart Gold.

Sandshrew can only be obtained in Pokémon Black and Pokémon White by Breeding a Sandslash. In Black 2 and White 2, Sandshrew can be found at Desert Resort and Relic Castle.

Spin-Off Games

Sandshrew can be found at the Desert PokéSpot in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness, a location within the Orre region in which Wild Pokémon can be encountered.

Sandshrew appears at Secret Storage 2, Huge Storage 3, Endless Level 9 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.

Sandshrew can be found in Magma Cavern 1F-6F, Buried Relic 36F-59F, Desert Region 1F-6F and Joyous Tower 68F-73F in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Sandshrew appears at Northern Desert 1F-15F and Shimmer Desert 1F-9F. Sandshrew is exclusive to Stormy Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on the Path to Treasure Mountain B6 and B7 and Final Island 17F-21F.

Sandshrew can be found within Chroma Ruins in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. Sandshrew also appears on the eastern end of Mitonga Road, the Monument and Exit Room of Daybreak Ruins in Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs in the Present, and in the Forest Temple mission "Where Are You, Sunkern?" by completing the mission with an S Rank.

Sandshrew appears at the Desolated Ruins Desert 3-1 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.

Trading Card Game

Sandshrew is listed in 11 sets and a McDonalds Promo. Sandshrew is listed as a Common Card in the Base Set, Gym Heroes (2 Brock), Skyridge, EX Sandstorm, EX Team Rocket Returns, EX Delta Species, Mysterious Treasures, Supreme Victors, HeartGold/SoulSilver and Boundaries Crossed sets.

Anime/Manga Information

Anime

Sandshrew curled up in a ball in the anime.

Sandshrew made it's debut appearance in The Path to the Pokemon League. A trainer named Mira used a Sandshrew in the episode Sandshrew's Locker.

Movies

Wild Sandshrew appear in the films Celebi: Voice of the Forest, Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Arceus and the Jewel of Life, along with the Pikachu Shorts Pikachu's Rescue Adventure and Pikachu's Pikaboo.

Manga

Red would defeat two wild Magmar with his Sandshrew in Chapter 23, which was nicknamed "Sand".

Gold grew up with a Sandshrew, which stays at home and makes appearances in Chapters 91-93, 95 & 96.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Sandshrew is placed in the Not Fully Evolved Tier of Competitive Battling as it is an unevolved Pokémon.

Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
Red None Trade
Blue Few Route 4, Route 11, Route 23
Yellow Few Route 3, Route 4, Mt. Moon
Gold Few Route 4, Route 32, Union Cave, Mt. Moon
Silver Rare Goldenrod Game Corner Prize: 700 Coins
Crystal Few Route 2, Route 4, Union Cave, Mt. Moon
Ruby/Sapphire Uncommon Route 113
Emerald Common Route 113, Desert, Mirage Tower
Fire Red None Trade
Leaf Green Common Route 4, Route 8, Route 9, Route 10, Route 11, Route 22, Route 23
XD: Gale of Darkness Uncommon Desert PokéSpot
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 8% Wayward Cave: 1F & B1 (Leaf Green inserted into DS)
Heart Gold/Soul Silver Unknown% Safari Zone: Desert
Heart Gold 20% Mt. Moon: 1F & 2F
Heart Gold 30% Union Cave: 1F & B1
Black/White None Breed Sandslash
Black 2/White 2 10% Desert Resort: Entrance
Black 2/White 2 15% Desert Resort: Desert
Black 2/White 2 20% Relic Castle: 1F & B1
X/Y Common Friend Safari
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Common Route 111
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Uncommon Route 113
Sun/Moon None Transfer or Trade

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
Blue Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
Yellow Its body is dry. When it gets cold at night, its hide is said to become coated with a fine dew.
II Gold If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
Silver Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Crystal It prefers dry, sandy places because it uses the sand to protect itself when threatened.
III Ruby Sandshrew's body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This Pokémon curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Sapphire Sandshrew has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The Pokémon can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert sand to sleep.
Emerald When it curls up in a ball, it can make any attack bounce off harmlessly. Its hide has turned tough and solid as a result of living in the desert.
FireRed It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
LeafGreen Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
IV Diamond To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Pearl To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Platinum To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
HeartGold If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
SoulSilver Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
V Black To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
White To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Black 2 It digs deep burrows to live in. When in danger, it rolls up its body to withstand attacks.
White 2 It digs deep burrows to live in. When in danger, it rolls up its body to withstand attacks.
VI X It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
Y Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Omega Ruby Sandshrew's body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This Pokémon curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Alpha Sapphire Sandshrew has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The Pokémon can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert sand to sleep.
VII Sun It can roll its body into a ball. It moves through the desert by rolling at high speeds.
Moon It usually makes its home in deserts and arid zones, where rain does not fall. It digs holes to catch Bug-type Pokémon.

Pokéthlon Statistics

Stats
Speed
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Power
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Technique
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Stamina
Full.pngFull.pngEmpty.png
Jump
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Statistics

Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
HP
50
. 210 304 .
Atk
75
139 155 249 273
Def
85
157 175 269 295
Sp. Atk
20
40 45 139 152
Sp. Def
30
58 65 159 174
Speed
40
76 85 179 196

Moves

For learnsets from previous generations, see here

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Scratch Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Defense Curl Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
3 Sand Attack Ground.gif -- 100 Other.png
5 Poison Sting Poison.gif 15 100 Physical.png
7 Rollout Rock.gif 30 90 Physical.png
9 Rapid Spin Normal.gif 20 100 Physical.png
11 Fury Cutter Bug.gif 40 95 Physical.png
14 Magnitude Ground.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
17 Swift Normal.gif 60 -- Special.png
20 Fury Swipes Normal.gif 18 80 Physical.png
23 Sand Tomb Ground.gif 35 85 Physical.png
26 Slash Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
30 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
34 Gyro Ball Steel.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
38 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
42 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
46 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png

Via TM/HM

TM/HM - Gen 7
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM20 Safeguard Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM26 Earthquake Ground.gif 100 100 Physical.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM37 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
TM39 Rock Tomb Rock.gif 60 95 Physical.png
TM40 Aerial Ace Flying.gif 60 -- Physical.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM46 Thief Dark.gif 40 100 Physical.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM74 Gyro Ball Steel.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM75 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM78 Bulldoze Ground.gif 60 100 Physical.png
TM80 Rock Slide Rock.gif 75 90 Physical.png
TM81 X-Scissor Bug.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM84 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 85 Other.png
TM88 Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM100 Confide Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Chip Away Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
Counter Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Crush Claw Normal.gif 75 95 Physical.png
Endure Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Flail Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Metal Claw Steel.gif 50 95 Physical.png
Mud Shot Ground.gif 55 95 Special.png
Night Slash Dark.gif 70 100 Physical.png
Rapid Spin Normal.gif 20 100 Physical.png
Rock Climb Normal.gif 90 85 Physical.png
Rototiller Ground.gif -- -- Other.png

Z-Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Breakneck Blitz Normal.gif 175*/120* -- Physical.png Special.png
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Supersonic Skystrike Flying.gif 120 -- Physical.png
Acid Downpour Poison.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Tectonic Rage Ground.gif 180*/100* -- Physical.png Special.png
Continental Crush Rock.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Savage Spin-Out Bug.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Never-Ending Nightmare Ghost.gif 140 -- Physical.png
Corkscrew Crash Steel.gif 160 -- Physical.png
Black Hole Eclipse Dark.gif 140 -- Physical.png

Transfer Only Z-Moves

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 200 -- Physical.png
Tectonic Rage Ground.gif 175 -- Special.png
Corkscrew Crash Steel.gif 180 -- Physical.png

Evolution Line

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Sandshrew
Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level 22

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages
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Fire.gif
Poison.gif
Rock.gif
Steel.gif
Bug.gif
Flying.gif
Grass.gif
Electric.gif
Poison.gif
Rock.gif
Grass.gif
Ice.gif
Water.gif

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