Sand Tomb (move)

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Move data

Type Ground
Category Physical Physical
Power 35
Accuracy 85
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Sand Tomb inflicts damage on the first turn then traps the opponent, causing them to lose 116 of their maximum HP after each turn, for 4-5 turns. If the user holds a Grip Claw then it is always 5 turns.

Changes

In Generations 1-4, Sand Tomb has a base power of 15 and 70% accuracy. Its after-effects also last for 2-5 turns instead of 4-5.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets any single Pokemon on the field including non-adjacent ones.

Game descriptions

Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Traps and hurts the foe in quicksand for 2 to 5 turns.
FireRed/LeafGreen The foe is trapped inside a painful sandstorm for two to five turns.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user traps the foe inside a harshly raging sandstorm for two to five turns.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
X/Y The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Sand Tomb at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 23
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 23
Dugtrio
#051 / Ground
Level 26
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 37
Trapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 10
Vibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Level 1
Vibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Level 10
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Level 1
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Level 10
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Level 19
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Level 19
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 19
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 25
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 25
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 13
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 13
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 13

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Sand Tomb as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Sudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Mineral
Pineco
#204 / Bug
Bug
Forretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Bug
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Bug
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Bug
Turtwig
#387 / Grass
Grass, Monster
Grotle
#388 / Grass
Grass, Monster
Torterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Grass, Monster
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Undiscovered
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Field
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Field
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Bug
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral