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What is a good moveset for Alolan Sandslash?

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SLUSH RUSH ABUSER

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.

http://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/alola-sandslash.3588582/

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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

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Snow cloak ?
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