Sand Tomb (move)

Move data

Type Ground
Category   Physical
Power 35
Accuracy 85
PP 15  (max. 24)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 3

Machine/Record

Sword​/​Shield TM49

Effects

Sand Tomb inflicts damage on the first turn then traps the opponent, causing them to lose 18 of their maximum HP after each turn, for 4-5 turns.

If the user holds a Grip Claw, the after-effects last for 7 turns. If a Binding Band is held, the damage is 16 of the target's maximum HP.

Changes

In Generations 3-4, Sand Tomb has a base power of 15 and 70% accuracy. Its after-effects last for 2-5 turns instead of 4-5; holding Grip Claw they last for 5 turns.

In Generations 3-5, the target loses only 116 of their maximum HP after each turn, or 18 if a Binding Band is held.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Groundium Z and uses its Z-Power, Sand Tomb turns into Tectonic Rage and has base power 100.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

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

Other languages

English Sand Tomb
Japanese すなじごく (Suna Jigoku)
German Sandgrab
French Tourbi-Sable
Italian Sabbiotomba
Spanish Bucle Arena

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
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
Sword​/​Shield 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 Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 31
Dugtrio
#051 / Ground
Level 1
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 28
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Level 28
Trapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 16
Vibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Level 16
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Level 16
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
Garchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 1
Hippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 12
Hippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 12
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 9
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 9
Krookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 9
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Level 1
Landorus
Therian Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Level 1
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 10
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 1
Silicobra
#843 / Ground
Level 50
Sandaconda
#844 / Ground
Level 51

Learnt by TM

Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Mew
#151 / Psychic
Steelix
#208 / Steel · Ground
Scizor
#212 / Bug · Steel
Shuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Swinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Piloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Larvitar
#246 / Rock · Ground
Pupitar
#247 / Rock · Ground
Tyranitar
#248 / Rock · Dark
Lairon
#305 / Steel · Rock
Aggron
#306 / Steel · Rock
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Solrock
#338 / Rock · Psychic
Regirock
#377 / Rock
Bonsly
#438 / Rock
Gible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Gabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Drapion
#452 / Poison · Dark
Mamoswine
#473 / Ice · Ground
Boldore
#525 / Rock
Gigalith
#526 / Rock
Sandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Krokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Dwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Crustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Landorus
Incarnate Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Landorus
Therian Forme
#645 / Ground · Flying
Carbink
#703 / Rock · Fairy
Diancie
#719 / Rock · Fairy
Drednaw
#834 / Water · Rock
Rolycoly
#837 / Rock
Carkol
#838 / Rock · Fire
Coalossal
#839 / Rock · Fire