Sand Tomb (move)

Move data

Type Ground
Category   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 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.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Sand Tomb 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.

Sandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 23
Sandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 24
Dugtrio
#051 / Ground
Level 1
Dugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
Onix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 37
Trapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 12
Vibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Level 12
Flygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Level 12
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
Sandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 14
Palossand
#770 / Ghost · Ground
Level 14

Learnt by breeding

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