Sand Attack (move)

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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 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 Sun & Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

PidgeyPidgey
#016 / Normal · Flying
Level 5
PidgeottoPidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
PidgeottoPidgeotto
#017 / Normal · Flying
Level 5
PidgeotPidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
PidgeotPidgeot
#018 / Normal · Flying
Level 5
SandshrewSandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 3
SandslashSandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 1
SandslashSandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 3
DiglettDiglett
#050 / Ground
Level 1
Alolan DiglettDiglett
Alolan Diglett
#050 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
DugtrioDugtrio
#051 / Ground
Level 1
Alolan DugtrioDugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
Farfetch'dFarfetch'd
#083 / Normal · Flying
Level 1
EeveeEevee
#133 / Normal
Level 5
VaporeonVaporeon
#134 / Water
Level 5
JolteonJolteon
#135 / Electric
Level 5
FlareonFlareon
#136 / Fire
Level 5
KabutoKabuto
#140 / Rock · Water
Level 21
KabutopsKabutops
#141 / Rock · Water
Level 21
AipomAipom
#190 / Normal
Level 4
EspeonEspeon
#196 / Psychic
Level 5
UmbreonUmbreon
#197 / Dark
Level 5
GligarGligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Level 4
SkarmorySkarmory
#227 / Steel · Flying
Level 6
StantlerStantler
#234 / Normal
Level 16
TorchicTorchic
#255 / Fire
Level 10
CombuskenCombusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
CombuskenCombusken
#256 / Fire · Fighting
Level 10
BlazikenBlaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Level 1
BlazikenBlaziken
#257 / Fire · Fighting
Level 10
PoochyenaPoochyena
#261 / Dark
Level 7
MightyenaMightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 1
MightyenaMightyena
#262 / Dark
Level 7
ZigzagoonZigzagoon
#263 / Normal
Level 7
LinooneLinoone
#264 / Normal
Level 1
LinooneLinoone
#264 / Normal
Level 7
NincadaNincada
#290 / Bug · Ground
Level 9
NinjaskNinjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 1
NinjaskNinjask
#291 / Bug · Flying
Level 9
ShedinjaShedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 1
ShedinjaShedinja
#292 / Bug · Ghost
Level 9
MakuhitaMakuhita
#296 / Fighting
Level 4
HariyamaHariyama
#297 / Fighting
Level 1
HariyamaHariyama
#297 / Fighting
Level 4
TrapinchTrapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 1
VibravaVibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Level 1
FlygonFlygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Level 1
CacneaCacnea
#331 / Grass
Level 13
CacturneCacturne
#332 / Grass · Dark
Level 13
AmbipomAmbipom
#424 / Normal
Level 1
AmbipomAmbipom
#424 / Normal
Level 4
GibleGible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Level 3
GabiteGabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
GabiteGabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Level 3
GarchompGarchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
GarchompGarchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 3
HippopotasHippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 1
HippowdonHippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 1
LeafeonLeafeon
#470 / Grass
Level 5
GlaceonGlaceon
#471 / Ice
Level 5
GliscorGliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 1
GliscorGliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Level 4
PatratPatrat
#504 / Normal
Level 13
WatchogWatchog
#505 / Normal
Level 13
PurrloinPurrloin
#509 / Dark
Level 10
LiepardLiepard
#510 / Dark
Level 1
LiepardLiepard
#510 / Dark
Level 10
RoggenrolaRoggenrola
#524 / Rock
Level 7
BoldoreBoldore
#525 / Rock
Level 1
BoldoreBoldore
#525 / Rock
Level 7
GigalithGigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 1
GigalithGigalith
#526 / Rock
Level 7
SandileSandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 7
KrokorokKrokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 1
KrokorokKrokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 7
KrookodileKrookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 1
KrookodileKrookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 7
DwebbleDwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Level 11
CrustleCrustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Level 1
CrustleCrustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Level 11
ScraggyScraggy
#559 / Dark · Fighting
Level 5
ScraftyScrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Level 1
ScraftyScrafty
#560 / Dark · Fighting
Level 5
DeerlingDeerling
#585 / Normal · Grass
Level 7
SawsbuckSawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
Level 1
SawsbuckSawsbuck
#586 / Normal · Grass
Level 7
DurantDurant
#632 / Bug · Steel
Level 1
FurfrouFurfrou
#676 / Normal
Level 5
BinacleBinacle
#688 / Rock · Water
Level 1
BarbaracleBarbaracle
#689 / Rock · Water
Level 1
SylveonSylveon
#700 / Fairy
Level 5
YungoosYungoos
#734 / Normal
Level 10
GumshoosGumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 1
GumshoosGumshoos
#735 / Normal
Level 10
RockruffRockruff
#744 / Rock
Level 4
Lycanroc (Midday Form)Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Level 1
Lycanroc (Midday Form)Lycanroc
Midday Form
#745 / Rock
Level 4
Lycanroc (Midnight Form)Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 1
Lycanroc (Midnight Form)Lycanroc
Midnight Form
#745 / Rock
Level 4
WimpodWimpod
#767 / Bug · Water
Level 1
GolisopodGolisopod
#768 / Bug · Water
Level 1
SandygastSandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 9
PalossandPalossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
PalossandPalossand
#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.

MareepMareep
#179 / Electric
Field, Monster
FlaaffyFlaaffy
#180 / Electric
Field, Monster
AmpharosAmpharos
#181 / Electric
Field, Monster
AnorithAnorith
#347 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
ArmaldoArmaldo
#348 / Rock · Bug
Water 3
StarlyStarly
#396 / Normal · Flying
Flying
StaraviaStaravia
#397 / Normal · Flying
Flying
StaraptorStaraptor
#398 / Normal · Flying
Flying
GlameowGlameow
#431 / Normal
Field
PuruglyPurugly
#432 / Normal
Field
SkorupiSkorupi
#451 / Poison · Bug
Bug, Water 3
DrapionDrapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Bug, Water 3
LillipupLillipup
#506 / Normal
Field
HerdierHerdier
#507 / Normal
Field
StoutlandStoutland
#508 / Normal
Field
BlitzleBlitzle
#522 / Electric
Field
ZebstrikaZebstrika
#523 / Electric
Field
TrubbishTrubbish
#568 / Poison
Mineral
GarbodorGarbodor
#569 / Poison
Mineral
SalanditSalandit
#757 / Poison · Fire
Dragon, Monster
SalazzleSalazzle
#758 / Poison · Fire
Dragon, Monster