Sandslash

For the Alolan form of this Pokémon, see Sandslash/Alolan
Sandslash
サンドパン
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Sandshrew < Sandslash > Nidoran (F)
Species
Type
Mouse Pokémon
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Number
Ability
#28
Height
Weight
3'3" (1m)
65 lbs. (29.5kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
None
Egg Group
Catch Rate
90
Tier
EV Yield
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Sandslash (サンドパン) is the 28th Pokémon in the Pokédex. It is a Ground-Type, and is known as the Mouse Pokémon.

Sandslash uses the Sand Veil Ability, which increases its Evasion by one stage during a Sandstorm. Its Hidden Ability is Sand Rush, which doubles its Speed during a Sandstorm.

Sandshrew can evolve into Sandslash at Level 22.

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

Contents

Biology

Physiology

Sandslash is a Pokémon that is based off a hedgehog with sharp claws. It has sharp brown spikes on its back and it can curl into a ball for protection and to attack. Sandslash has four limbs and usually stands on its hind legs. Its two feet have sharp claws and its hands have large sharp claws. It has a thin snout and large eyes. Its underbelly is white and the rest of its fur is a yellowish color.

Gender Differences

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

Game Information

Original Games

Trading for one is the only way to get a Sandslash in Pokémon Red, while Sandslash can be found at Route 23 and Cerulean Cave in Pokémon Blue, and Cerulean Cave in Pokémon Yellow.

Sandslash can be found at Routes 26 & 27 and Mt. Moon in Gold, and Route 26 & Victory Road in Crystal.

Sandslash can be found at Route 23 and Victory Road in Leaf Green. With Leaf Green inserted into the Game Boy Advance Slot of a Nintendo DS or DS Lite, Sandslash can be found at Route 228. Sandslash reprises its original appearance in HeartGold, appearing at Routes 26 & 27 and Mt. Moon. Sandslash also makes an appearance at the Safari Zone's Desert Area in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

The only way to obtain a Sandslash in Silver, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald is to evolve a Sandshrew.

Sandslash can be found at Relic Castle in Black and White. In Black 2 and White 2, Sandslash can be found at Relic Castle and Route 15.

In Pokémon X and Y, Sandslash can be caught in the wild at Route 18 and Terminus Cave. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, the only way to obtain one is to evolve a Sandshrew.

Spin-Off Games

A Sandslash can be obtained in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness by capturing a Wild Sandshrew and evolving it.

Sandslash can be found at Endless Levels 3 & 20, Forever Level 52 and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.

The only way to obtain a Sandslash in the first set of Mystery Dungeon games is to evolve a Sandshrew. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Sky, Sandslash can be found at Quicksand Cave B1-B10 & DPB1-B10 and Shimmer Desert 1F-9F, the latter of which is known as Shimmering Desert in Explorers of Sky but the floor range is the same. Sandslash is exclusive to Stormy Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing on the Path to Treasure Mountain B6 and Legendary Wetland on the following floors: 26 & 27, 31-33, 38 & 41-45.

Sandslash can be found in Hippowdon Temple in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia. In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Sandslash can be found in the Daybreak Ruins at the Monument and in the Submarine before it crashes in the Present, and in the Forest Temple mission "Where Are You, Sunkern?" by completing the Mission with an S Rank.

Sandslash can be found at Desolated Ruins Desert 3-1 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.

Trading Card Game

Sandslash is listed in 11 sets. It is listed as a Common Card in the Skyridge and Boundaries Crossed sets; as an Uncommon Card in the Fossil, Gym Challenge and Mysterious Treasures sets; and as a Rare Card in the Gym Heroes, EX Sandstorm, EX Team Rocket Returns, EX Delta Species (Delta Species card), Supreme Victors and Heart Gold/Soul Silver sets.

Anime/Manga Information

Anime

A Wild Sandslash had gotten caught in an Onix in the episode To Master the Onixpected, an Onix that would be captured by Bruno after he had helped solve the Rock Snake Pokémon's problem.

A trainer named Koji would try to capture a Cyndaquil by using some...unsavory tactics in Good 'Quil Hunting, but Ash would prevail and catch a Cyndaquil.

Movies

A trainer named Corey would have his Sandslash cloned by Mewtwo in Mewtwo Strikes Back, which would make a subsequent appearance in Mewtwo Returns. Wild Sandslash make appearances in The Power of One, Celebi: Voice of the Forest, Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Arceus and the Jewel of Life, along with the Pikachu Short Pikachu's Rescue Adventure.

Manga

Team Magma Grunts would use a Sandslash during their attack on Rusturf Tunnel in Chapter 219. Wild Sandslash make appearances in Chapters 43 & 145.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Sandslash finds itself in the NU Tier of Competitive Battling. Even though often ridiculed when brought up competitively, Sandslash can set up Stealth Rock and get rid of the opponents' entry hazards with Rapid Spin. Sandslash can become an offensive threat with its Hidden Ability Sand Rush, which is great when paired with Hippowdon or Tyranitar in the Over-Utilized environment--due to Excadrill getting banished to the Uber Tier competition for a sweeper on a Sand team won't be a problem.

What is a problem for Sandslash, however, is lackluster Special Defense, which opponents can take advantage of.

Area Locations

Game Rarity Location
Red None Trade
Blue Few Route 23, Cerulean Cave
Yellow Few Cerulean Cave
Gold Few Route 26, Route 27, Mt. Moon
Silver None Evolve Sandshrew
Crystal Few Route 26, Victory Road
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald None Evolve Sandshrew
Fire Red None Trade
Leaf Green Uncommon Route 23, Victory Road
XD: Gale of Darkness None Evolve Sandshrew
Diamond/Pearl/Platinum 8% Route 228 (Leaf Green inserted into DS)
Heart Gold/Soul Silver Unknown% Safari Zone: Desert
Heart Gold 5% Route 27, Mt. Moon: 1F & 2F
Heart Gold 30% Route 26
Black/White 30% Relic Castle: B6 & Maze
Black 2/White 2 20% Relic Castle: Maze
Black 2/White 2 30% Route 15 (Regular and Double Grass)
X/Y 10% Route 18
X/Y 20% Route 18 (Red Flowers), Terminus Cave
Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire None Evolve Sandshrew
Sun/Moon None Transfer or Trade

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Blue Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Yellow It is skilled at slashing enemies with its claws. If broken, they start to grow back in a day.
II 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 spike 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.
III 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.
IV Diamond It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
Pearl It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
Platinum It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
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.
V Black It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
White It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
Black 2 The spikes on its body are make up of its hardened hide. It rolls up and attacks foes with its spikes.
White 2 The spikes on its body are make up of its hardened hide. It rolls up and attacks foes with its spikes.
VI 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.
VII 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.

Pokéthlon Statistics

Stats
Speed
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Power
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Technique
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Stamina
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Jump
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Statistics

Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
. 260 354 .
Atk
100
184 205 299 328
Def
110
202 225 319 350
Sp. Atk
45
85 95 189 207
Sp. Def
55
103 115 209 229
Speed
65
121 135 229 251

Moves

For learnsets from previous generations, see here

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Evolve Crush Claw Normal.gif 75 95 Physical.png
Start Scratch Normal.gif 40 100 Physical.png
Start Defense Curl Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Start Sand Attack Ground.gif -- 100 Other.png
Start Poison Sting Poison.gif 15 100 Physical.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
24 Sand Tomb Ground.gif 35 85 Physical.png
28 Slash Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
33 Dig Ground.gif 80 100 Physical.png
38 Gyro Ball Steel.gif ?? 100 Physical.png
43 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
48 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
53 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
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.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
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM71 Stone Edge Rock.gif 100 80 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 200*/200* -- Physical.png Special.png
All-Out Pummeling Fighting.gif 140*/190* -- Physical.png Special.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 180 -- 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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Level 22
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Sandslash

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages
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