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026MS #026: Raichu
Pokémon
#028: Sandslash 028MS
Sandshrew
サンド Sand
#027
027Sandshrew
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Ground Unknown
Species
Mouse Pokémon
Abilities
Sand Veil Sand Rush
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#027
Johto
#048
Hoenn
#112
Unova
#113
Regional Browser numbers
Almia
R-194
Oblivia
R-180 N-010
Height
2'00"
Imperial
0.6 m
Metric
Weight
26.5 lbs.
Imperial
12.0 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
255 (33.3%)
Body style
Body06
Footprint
 F027 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Field group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
1
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 93 Battle Exp.: 931*

Sandshrew (Japanese: サンド Sand) is a Ground-type Pokémon.

It evolves into Sandslash starting at level 22.

Biology

Physiology

Sandshrew is a tailed, bipedal, ground-dwelling pholidote notable for its defensive capabilities. Its body is mostly covered in a dry, tough hide, which is colored to blend in with the sands of the desert. It has two sharp claws on each foot and has three small but sharp claws on its paws, which are also useful for burrowing and can sometimes be poisonous. It can curl into a tight ball about the same size as a basketball to protect its soft underbelly.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Sandshrew's special abilities are extremely limited compared to other Pokémon. It has a greater control over the ground and sand than the average Pokémon, mostly derived from adaptation to its habitat.

Behavior

In the wild, Sandshrew are mostly defensive by nature. They spend much of their time hidden underground in their burrows and will kick up sand or instantly roll into a ball to escape predators. They may venture out to hunt, taking advantage of the desert sands to hide themselves.

However, with the help of a Trainer, a Sandshrew can become bolder and much more daring, and can even be trained to swim despite the fact that the water weakens them. They are still fond of curling up, though, even if not for defense. Although Sandshrew are usually bipedal, they are able to run on all fours.

Habitat

Roughterrain

Rough-terrain Pokémon

Disliking water, Sandshrew are adapted to dry, arid areas. Thus, they can be commonly found in deserts and grasslands, and sometimes in river valleys or the upper levels of caves as well. For the cave varieties, they also dry up if exposed to concentrated doses of light, particularly lights strung together in the cave. Wherever they are, they live underground in deep burrows. It can be found in Kanto and Johto.

Diet

Sandshrew do not require a lot of water, due to a very efficient system of staying hydrated with minimal moisture. They hunt for prey in the wild.

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
Generation II
Johto
If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
 ???
No Pokédex data is available.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
Uncommon Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23
Generation II
Johto
Uncommon Union Cave, Mt. Moon, Safari Zone, Goldenrod Game Corner

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
None Trade
Generation II
Johto
None Trade

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 50
110 - 157 210 - 304
Attack: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Defense: 85
81 - 150 157 - 295
Sp.Atk: 20
22 - 79 40 - 152
Sp.Def: 30
31 - 90 58 - 174
Speed: 40
40 - 101 76 - 196
Total: 300   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 30.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
3/3 ★★★
Skill
3/5 ★★★☆☆
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
13/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, 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
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison ½×
Ground
Rock ½×
Bug
Ghost
Steel
Fire
Water
Grass
Electric
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
BW B2W2 Move Type Cat. Power Accuracy PP
00Start 00Start Scratch Normal Physical 04040 100}}100% 35
033 00Start Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 40
077 033 Sand-Attack Ground Status 0000 100}}100% 15
099 055 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100}}100% 35
2121 077 Rollout Rock Physical 03030 090}}90% 20
1313 099 Rapid Spin Normal Physical 02020 100}}100% 40
1515 1111 Swift Normal Special 06060 —}}—% 20
2525 1414 Fury Cutter Bug Physical 02020 095}}95% 20
N/AN/A 1717 Magnitude Ground Physical 0000 100}}100% 30
1919 2020 Fury Swipes Normal Physical 01818 080}}80% 15
2727 2323 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
3131 2626 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
N/AN/A 3030 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
3333 3434 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
N/AN/A 3838 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 30
3737 4242 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
N/AN/A 4646 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Sandshrew obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Dark Sprite TM01 Hone Claws Dark Status —% 15
Bag TM Poison Sprite TM06 Toxic Poison Status 90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status —% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM17 Protect Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM20 Safeguard Normal Status —% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite TM26 Earthquake Ground Physical 100 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM27 Return Normal Physical 100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite TM28 Dig Ground Physical 80 100% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 75 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM32 Double Team Normal Status —% 15
Bag TM Rock Sprite TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status —% 10
Bag TM Rock Sprite TM39 Rock Tomb Rock Physical 50 80% 10
Bag TM Flying Sprite TM40 Aerial Ace Flying Physical 60 —% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM42 Facade Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite TM44 Rest Psychic Status —% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM45 Attract Normal Status 100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite TM46 Thief Dark Physical 40 100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM48 Round Normal Special 60 100% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite TM56 Fling Dark Physical 100% 10
Bag TM Ghost Sprite TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 70 100% 15
Bag TM Steel Sprite TM74 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 100% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status —% 30
Bag TM Ground Sprite TM78 Bulldoze Ground Physical 60 100% 20
Bag TM Rock Sprite TM80 Rock Slide Rock Physical 75 90% 10
Bag TM Bug Sprite TM81 X-Scissor Bug Physical 80 100% 15
Bag TM Poison Sprite TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 80 100% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM87 Swagger Normal Status 90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM90 Substitute Normal Status —% 10
Bag TM Fighting Sprite TM94 Rock Smash Fighting Physical 40 100% 15
Bag HM Normal Sprite HM01 Cut Normal Physical 50 95% 30
Bag HM Normal Sprite HM04 Strength Normal Physical 80 100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
034MS111MS112MS464MS Chip Away Normal Physical 70 100% 20
028MS Crush Claw Normal Physical 75 95% 10
220MS221MS473MS231MS232MS Endure Normal Status —% 10
206MS231MS232MS Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
215MS461MS Mud Shot Ground Special 55 95% 15
051MS052MS053MS083MS Night Slash Dark Physical 70 100% 15
027MS028MS232MS Rapid Spin Normal Physical 20 100% 40
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Sandshrew in Generation V
  • 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 Sandshrew in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
B W B2 W2 Covet Normal Physical 60 100% 40
B W B2 W2 Earth Power Ground Special 90 100% 10
B W B2 W2 Iron Tail Steel Physical 100 75% 15
B W B2 W2 Knock Off Dark Physical 20 100% 20
B W B2 W2 Sleep Talk Normal Status —% 10
B W B2 W2 Snore Normal Special 40 100% 15
B W B2 W2 Stealth Rock Rock Status —% 20
B W B2 W2 Super Fang Normal Physical 90% 10
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Sandshrew can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Sandshrew cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Sandshrew
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Sandshrew
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

Evolution

027
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ground 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Level 22


028
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ground 

Notes


026MS #026: Raichu
Pokémon
#028: Sandslash 028MS