Sand Tomb (move)

Move data

Type Ground
Category Physical  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 15 base power.
  • In Generations 3-4, Sand Tomb has 70% accuracy.
  • In Generations 3-4, the after-effects of Sand Tomb 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
B.Diamond​/​S.Pearl
The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm for four to five turns.
Scarlet​/​Violet The user traps the target inside a harshly raging sandstorm that inflicts damage 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