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If you have a good competitive moveset for Alolan Sandslash, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Sandslash @ Life Orb/Chople Berry
Ability: Slush Rush
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant/Jolly Nature
- Swords Dance
- Icicle Crash
- Iron Head
- Earthquake

Both Icicle Crash and Iron Head are the main offensive moves. Both of them get STAB and 30% flinch rate. Earthquake completes the coverage allowing it to face opposing Steel and Rock types and punishing possible Fire opposition. Thanks to some key resistances as Psychic or Fairy and to its 120 base defense, it can set Swords Dance to raise its attack. For nature, go to Adamant if you want full power, or Jolly if you want to outspeed opposing non-scarf Pheromosa or scarf Genesect. Life Orb is the main item to use, but you can use Chople Berry to survive a Fighting move and set up or attack.

Alola Sandslash main partner is Alola Ninetales which set up hail, Aurora Veil and can scare Fighting types with Moonblast. That Hail+Aurora Veil support allows Sandslash to do its job to the fullest (Vanilluxe can also fit for that role, but in a lesser way).

Another great partner could be Dugtrio, thanks to its power to trap and eliminate Steel, Rock, and Fire types, making easier the work of Sandslash (have in mind Alolan Marowak can't be trapped). Magnezone could be also considered for trapping Skarmory and Celesteela.


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How rare is the ability slush rush?
It's a hidden ability so your going to need to do some SOS chaining
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Alolan Sandslash @ Leftovers
Ability: Sand Cloak
EV's: 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 Spe
Adamant/Jolly Nature
- Hail
- Icicle Crash/Iron Head
- Leech Life
- Aerial Ace

This set is a bit of a speedy, evasive tank. Always set up with Hail, and heal with Leech Life as necessary. Aerial Ace is there for coverage against Fighting and Ground types, I didn't include coverage for Fire because Alolan Sandslash should never go against a Fire type because of its 4× weakness. Lastly your real hard hitters are EITHER Icicle Crash or Iron Head both of them are very strong moves with a good chance to make the opponent flinch, so either one is a good pick.

A great teammate to have can definitely be Walrein with Ice Body to heal itself and even for Walrein to use hail freeing up Alolan Sandslash to have BOTH Icicle Crash and Iron Head

Snow cloak ?
........ LOL
...ice can cover ground, flying isn't supereffective against ground...
Best to have Slush rush at all times Lol otherwise, you're screwed.
It's not that hard to hunt a HA, just sos call at least 30 times,get trevenant with harvest skill swap and trick, use skill swap to change the pokemon's ability to the pokemon that used skill swap then use trick to give it your leppa berry then get a pokemon with false swipe, I would max out it's attack because alola sandshrew gets iron defense that sharply raises it's defense, then sos call at least 30 sandshrew, Then use skill swap on the 30th sos called sanshrew to see if it has slush rush, if not keep repeating each time it sos calls a sandshrew until it has slush rush, then get your leppa berry back with trick, then knock it out then proceed to catch the ha sandshrew. I suggest getting T wave pokemon or one with spore, when a pokemon has a status condition, it cannot call for help. So that's your chance to catch it.  it seems complicated when I explain, but it's easier to just do it and you'll learn as you go. Who knows, you might even get a shiny trying to hunt down it's HA :) Happy hunting
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Speed is Key

[email protected]'s Rock/Life Orb/Focus Sash
Ability: Slush Rush
EVs: 252 Spd, 126 Atk, 126 Def, 4 SpD or 252 Spd, 252 Atk, 4 SpD
Nature: Jolly

-Icicle Spear/Crash
-Iron Head/Earthquake/Aerial Ace/Rock Slide
-Swords Dance/Fling

I based my Alolan Sandslash around Speed. That's why I chose Slush Rush over Snow Cloak. It can hold a King's Rock for Fling and making other moves get a better flinch rate. (Only choose Fling with a King's Rock.) Life Orb for better power in its attacks, and Focus Sash to withstand a super-effective Fire or Fighting type move. These EV spreads I find useful for Sandslash, to unlock its true power.

Its Moveset I had trouble filling in, so here's what I came up with.
-Hail is necessary for activating Slush Rush. The Focus Sash is useful with this move so that he can take a hit while setting up.
-Icicle Spear has better accuracy, better power 1/4 of the time, and can break through Substitutes and Focus Sashes. Icicle Crash is better for flinching, and usually more power. Both get STAB.
-Any of these moves can be used. Iron Head for STAB and flinching, Earthquake to counter Fire type with good power, Aerial Ace to counter Fighting types and has unlimited accuracy, or Rock Slide to counter Fire types and flinch.
-You should probably go with Swords Dance. Only have Fling if you're holding a King's Rock, and even then you still might want Swords Dance. This can also be a flinch master set.

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Gen 8 Super Hail Sweeper

Sandslash-Alola @ Life Orb
Ability: Slush Rush
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature
- Swords Dance
- Iron Head
- Triple Axel
- Earthquake
Quick Note: This Set works well ONLY in hail, please mind about that.

Set Explaintion:
Both Iron Head and Triple Axel was it’s STAB move, Iron Head has also 30% to flinch and 100% Acc which was pretty nice, and Triple Axel was good because it could turn up to a power of 120. Sword Dance for good stat boosting, and Earthquake for Coverge Fire types. And if you want, here’s the calculation:
+2 (After Sword Dance) 252+ Atk Life Orb Sandslash-Alola Iron Head vs. 252 HP / 252+ Def Shuckle: 242-283 (99.1 - 115.9%) -- 87.5% chance to OHKO

+2 252+ Atk Life Orb Sandslash-Alola Triple Axel (40 BP) (3 hits) vs. 200 HP / 252+ Def Blissey: 846-999 (120.6 - 142.5%) -- guaranteed OHKO

OMG! See how strong was this set? It could just kill Shuckle and Blissy without a minute!

I really like this set seems Slush Rush also makes it faster than the other in Hail, hope you guys like it too!

Teammate Suggestion see HERE

Hope I helps!

It’s a really good set up for possibly a double battle or lead off with an Alolan nine tails with snow warning too set up the hail and then switch into Sandslash
haha, good choice. But i mainly play single, and click the green triangle button pointing on top if you think this answer was helpful!