Sand Tomb (move)

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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 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.

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

SandshrewSandshrew
#027 / Ground
Level 23
SandslashSandslash
#028 / Ground
Level 24
DugtrioDugtrio
#051 / Ground
Level 1
Alolan DugtrioDugtrio
Alolan Dugtrio
#051 / Ground · Steel
Level 1
OnixOnix
#095 / Rock · Ground
Level 37
TrapinchTrapinch
#328 / Ground
Level 12
VibravaVibrava
#329 / Ground · Dragon
Level 12
FlygonFlygon
#330 / Ground · Dragon
Level 12
GibleGible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Level 19
GabiteGabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Level 19
GarchompGarchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Level 19
HippopotasHippopotas
#449 / Ground
Level 25
HippowdonHippowdon
#450 / Ground
Level 25
SandileSandile
#551 / Ground · Dark
Level 13
KrokorokKrokorok
#552 / Ground · Dark
Level 13
KrookodileKrookodile
#553 / Ground · Dark
Level 13
SandygastSandygast
#769 / Ghost · Ground
Level 14
PalossandPalossand
#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.

SudowoodoSudowoodo
#185 / Rock
Mineral
PinecoPineco
#204 / Bug
Bug
ForretressForretress
#205 / Bug · Steel
Bug
GligarGligar
#207 / Ground · Flying
Bug
ShuckleShuckle
#213 / Bug · Rock
Bug
TurtwigTurtwig
#387 / Grass
Grass, Monster
GrotleGrotle
#388 / Grass
Grass, Monster
TorterraTorterra
#389 / Grass · Ground
Grass, Monster
BonslyBonsly
#438 / Rock
Undiscovered
GibleGible
#443 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
GabiteGabite
#444 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
GarchompGarchomp
#445 / Dragon · Ground
Dragon, Monster
HippopotasHippopotas
#449 / Ground
Field
HippowdonHippowdon
#450 / Ground
Field
GliscorGliscor
#472 / Ground · Flying
Bug
DwebbleDwebble
#557 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral
CrustleCrustle
#558 / Bug · Rock
Bug, Mineral