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027MS #027: Sandshrew
Pokémon
#029: Nidoran♀ 029MS
Sandslash
サンドパン Sandpan
#028
028Sandslash
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
#028
Johto
#049
Hoenn
#113
Unova
#114
Regional Browser numbers
Almia
R-195
Oblivia
R-181 N-011
Height
3'03"
Imperial
1.0 m
Metric
Weight
65.0 lbs.
Imperial
29.5 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
90 (11.8%)
Body style
Body06
Footprint
 F028 
Gender ratio
50% male, 50% female
Breeding
Field group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
2
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
Base Exp.: 163 Battle Exp.: 1631*

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

It evolves from Sandshrew starting at level 22.

Biology

Physiology

Sandslash is a Pokémon with a tailed bipedal, ground-dwelling pholidote notable for its offensive and defensive capabilities. Its body is mostly covered in sharp quills formed from its tough, dry hide. It has two large claws on its paws and feet. It can curl into a large ball to protect its underbelly, and in this position it can roll to attack or escape. Its primary weapon is the large claws on its paws, which can be used to slash at enemies. The claws are also useful for burrowing quickly and can sometimes be poisoned. Its claws and spikes can both break off and are shed regularly, but grow back quickly.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Sandslash are able to roll themselves into sharp balls of spikes, which can be used to both attack and defend themselves. In this ball form Sandslash can protect themselves from heatstroke, and can even kick up a dust storm. Sandslash is also adept at climbing trees, and is prone to ambush its enemies from above.

Like most fully evolved Pokémon, Sandslash can generate a Hyper Beam and Giga Impact.

Behavior

In the wild, Sandslash are more offensive than their pre-evolution, Sandshrew, but are still mostly defensive by nature. They spend much of their time hidden underground in their burrows, and will kick up sand or curl into a ball to escape predators. It will also curl into a ball to prevent heatstroke during the high temperatures of the daytime in its habitat. Although it is known to regrow its claws and spines if broken or snapped off, it does seem to have habitual molting. Once a year the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old spikes.

When needed, they can perform a variety of techniques to attack enemies, including slashing at them, rolling at them while curled up, and even climbing trees and attacking from above. Although Sandslash are usually bipedal, they are able to run on all fours.

Habitat

Roughterrain

Rough-terrain Pokémon

They are adapted to dry, arid areas. Thus, they can mostly be found in deserts and grasslands, and sometimes in river valleys or the upper levels of caves as well. Wherever they are, they live underground in burrows. They are most common in Kanto and Johto.

Diet

Sandslash 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 is adept at attacking with the spines on its back and its sharp claws while quickly scurrying about.
Generation II
Johto
In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
 ???
No Pokédex data is available.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Kanto
Uncommon Route 23 and Victory Road
Generation II
Johto
Few Safari Zone

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 75
135 - 182 260 - 354
Attack: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Defense: 110
103 - 178 202 - 350
Sp.Atk: 45
45 - 106 85 - 207
Sp.Def: 55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Speed: 65
63 - 128 121 - 251
Total: 450   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 55.


Pokéathlon stats

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

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
00Start 00Start Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 40
00Start 00Start Sand-Attack Ground Status 0000 100}}100% 15
N/AN/A 00Start Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100}}100% 35
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
2828 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
2222 2222 Crush Claw Normal Physical 07575 095}}95% 10
3333 2323 Sand Tomb Ground Physical 03535 085}}85% 15
4040 2626 Slash Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
N/AN/A 3030 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
4545 3434 Gyro Ball Steel Physical 0000 100}}100% 5
N/AN/A 3838 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 30
5252 4242 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
N/AN/A 4646 Earthquake Ground Physical 100100 100}}100% 10
033 N/AN/A Defense Curl Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 40
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Sandslash obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • 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

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 TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150 90% 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 Fighting Sprite TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120 70% 5
Bag TM Dark Sprite TM56 Fling Dark Physical 100% 10
Bag TM Ghost Sprite TM65 Shadow Claw Ghost Physical 70 100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150 90% 5
Bag TM Rock Sprite TM71 Stone Edge Rock Physical 100 80% 5
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 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

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 Sandslash 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 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

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 Sandslash can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Sandslash cannot be tutored the move 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 Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
027MS Super Fang Normal Physical 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
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

Evolution

027
Unevolved
Sandshrew
 Ground 
Bag Rare Candy Sprite
Level 22


028
First evolution
Sandslash
 Ground 

Notes


027MS #027: Sandshrew
Pokémon
#029: Nidoran♀ 029MS