Sand Attack (move)

Move data

Type Ground
Category   Status
Power
Accuracy 100
PP 15  (max. 24)
Introduced Generation 1

Effects

Sand Attack lowers the target's Accuracy by one stage. Although it is a Ground-type move it still affects raised Pokemon. Raised Pokémon are any Flying types or those under the effects of Levitate, Magnet Rise or Telekinesis. Full details in glossary.

Stats can be lowered to a minimum of -6 stages each. Pokémon with the abilities Keen Eye, Clear Body or White Smoke cannot have their accuracy reduced.

Changes

In Generation 1, Sand Attack is a Normal-type move.

In Generations 1-5, this move's name was formatted as Sand-Attack.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Groundium Z and uses its Z-Power, Sand Attack turns into Z-Sand Attack and raises Evasiveness one stage, in addition to its usual effect as above.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Gold​/​Silver
Crystal
Reduces accuracy by throwing sand.
Ruby​/​Sapphire
Emerald
Reduces the foe’s accuracy by hurling sand in its face.
FireRed​/​LeafGreen A lot of sand is hurled in the foe’s face, reducing its accuracy.
Diamond​/​Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold​/​SoulSilver
Sand is hurled in the foe’s face, reducing its accuracy.
Black​/​White
Black 2​/​White 2
Sand is hurled in the target’s face, reducing its accuracy.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
Sand is hurled in the target’s face, reducing the target’s accuracy.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
Sand is hurled in the target’s face, reducing the target’s accuracy.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Sand Attack at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Pidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Level 5
Pidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Pidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Level 5
Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Pidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Level 5
Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 3
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 3
Diglett
#050 / Ground
Level 1
Diglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
Dugtrio
#051 / Ground
Level 1
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
Farfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
Eevee
#133 / Normal
Level 5
Vaporeon
#134 / Water
Level 5
Jolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 5
Flareon
#136 / Fire
Level 5
Kabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 21
Kabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 21
Aipom
#190 / Normal
Level 4
Espeon
#196 / Psychic
Level 5
Umbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 5
Gligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Level 4
Skarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Level 6
Stantler
#234 / Normal
Level 16
Torchic
#255 / Fire
Level 10
Combusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
Combusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Level 10
Blaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
Blaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Level 10
Poochyena
#261 / Dark
Level 7
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 1
Mightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 7
Zigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Level 7
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 1
Linoone
#264 / Normal
Level 7
Nincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Level 9
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
Ninjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 1
Shedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 9
Makuhita
#296 / Fighting
Level 4
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Level 1
Hariyama
#297 / Fighting
Level 4
Trapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 1
Vibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Level 1
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Level 1
Cacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 13
Cacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 13
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Level 1
Ambipom
#424 / Normal
Level 4
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Level 3
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Level 3
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 3
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 1
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 1
Leafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 5
Glaceon
#471 / Ice
Level 5
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 1
Gliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 4
Patrat
#504 / Normal
Level 13
Watchog
#505 / Normal
Level 13
Purrloin
#509 / Dark
Level 10
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Level 1
Liepard
#510 / Dark
Level 10
Roggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 7
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Level 1
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Level 7
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 1
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 7
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 7
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 1
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 7
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 1
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 7
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Level 11
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Level 1
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Level 11
Scraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Level 5
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Level 1
Scrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Level 5
Deerling
#585 / Normal · Grass
Level 7
Sawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
Level 1
Sawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
Level 7
Durant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
Furfrou
#676 / Normal
Level 5
Binacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Barbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 1
Sylveon
#700 / Fairy
Level 5
Yungoos
#734 / Normal
Level 10
Gumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 1
Gumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 10
Rockruff
#744 / Rock
Level 4
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Level 1
Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Level 4
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 1
Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 4
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Level 1
Lycanroc
Dusk Form
#745 / Rock
Level 4
Wimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Level 1
Golisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Level 1
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 9
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 9

Learnt by breeding

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