Sandshrew

Sandshrew is a Ground type Pokémon introduced in Generation 1. It is known as the Mouse Pokémon.

Sandshrew has a new Alolan form introduced in Pokémon Sun/Moon.

Pokédex data

National № 027
Type Ground
Species Mouse Pokémon
Height 0.6 m (2′00″)
Weight 12.0 kg (26.5 lbs)
Abilities 1. Sand Veil
Sand Rush (hidden ability)
Local № 027 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
048 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
112 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
027 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
048 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
113 (Black 2/White 2)
097 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
117 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
251 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
328 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
027 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
168 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 1 Defense
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 60
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 50
210 304
Attack 75
139 273
Defense 85
157 295
Sp. Atk 20
40 152
Sp. Def 30
58 174
Speed 40
76 196
Total 300 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Sandshrew.

Pokédex data

National № 027
Type Ice Steel
Species Mouse Pokémon
Height 0.7 m (2′04″)
Weight 40.0 kg (88.2 lbs)
Abilities 1. Snow Cloak
Slush Rush (hidden ability)
Local № 027 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
048 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
112 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
027 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
048 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
113 (Black 2/White 2)
097 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
117 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
251 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
328 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
027 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
168 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 1 Defense
Catch rate 255 (33.3% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 60
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (4,884–5,140 steps)

Base stats

HP 50
210 304
Attack 75
139 273
Defense 90
166 306
Sp. Atk 10
22 130
Sp. Def 35
67 185
Speed 40
76 196
Total 300 Min Max

The ranges shown on the right are for a level 100 Pokémon. Maximum values are based on a beneficial nature, 252 EVs, 31 IVs; minimum values are based on a hindering nature, 0 EVs, 0 IVs.

Type defenses

The effectiveness of each type on Sandshrew.

Evolution chart

(Level 22)
#027
Sandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
Ice · Steel
(use Ice Stone)
#028
Sandslash
Alolan Sandslash
Ice · Steel

Sandshrew changes

Pokédex entries

Sandshrew

Red
Blue
Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
Yellow Its body is dry. When it gets cold at night, its hide is said to become coated with a fine dew.
Gold If it fell from a great height, this POKéMON could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
Silver Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Crystal It prefers dry, sandy places because it uses the sand to protect itself when threatened.
Ruby SANDSHREW’s body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This POKéMON curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Sapphire SANDSHREW has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The POKéMON can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert sand to sleep.
FireRed It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
LeafGreen Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for prey.
Emerald When it curls up in a ball, it can make any attack bounce off harmlessly. Its hide has turned tough and solid as a result of living in the desert.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
HeartGold If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
SoulSilver Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Black
White
To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Black 2
White 2
It digs deep burrows to live in. When in danger, it rolls up its body to withstand attacks.
X It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
Y Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Omega Ruby Sandshrew’s body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This Pokémon curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Alpha Sapphire Sandshrew has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The Pokémon can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert sand to sleep.
Sun It can roll its body into a ball. It moves through the desert by rolling at high speeds.
Moon It usually makes its home in deserts and arid zones, where rain does not fall. It digs holes to catch Bug-type Pokémon.
Ultra Sun It lives in areas of limited rainfall. When danger approaches, it curls up into a ball to protect its soft stomach.
Ultra Moon When its skin gets wrinkled from moisture, it heads for a volcano. It lies flat on a spot with a lot of geothermal heat and dries itself out.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Its body is dry. When it gets cold at night, its hide is said to become coated with a fine dew.
Sword It loves to bathe in the grit of dry, sandy areas. By sand bathing, the Pokémon rids itself of dirt and moisture clinging to its body.
Shield It burrows into the ground to create its nest. If hard stones impede its tunneling, it uses its sharp claws to shatter them and then carries on digging.

Alolan Sandshrew

Sun It lives on snowy mountains. Its steel shell is very hard—so much so, it can’t roll its body up into a ball.
Moon An ancient tradition of Alolan festivals, still carried on to this day, is a competition to slide Sandshrew across ice as far as one can.
Ultra Sun After fleeing a volcanic eruption, it ended up moving to an area of snowy mountains. Its ice shell is as hard as steel.
Ultra Moon The skin on its back is as hard as steel. Predators go after its soft belly, so it clings to the ground desperately.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
Its ice-covered body lets it slide across the ground with bullet-like speed, sending its enemies flying when it hits them.
Sword Life on mountains covered with deep snow has granted this Pokémon a body of ice that’s as hard as steel.
Shield It lives in snowy mountains on southern islands. When a blizzard rolls in, this Pokémon hunkers down in the snow to avoid getting blown away.

Moves learned by Sandshrew

Moves learnt by level up

Sandshrew learns the following moves in Pokémon Sword & Shield at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Defense CurlNormal
1ScratchNormal 40 100
3Poison StingPoison 15 100
6Sand AttackGround 100
9RolloutRock 30 90
12Fury CutterBug 40 95
15Rapid SpinNormal 50 100
18BulldozeGround 60 100
21SwiftNormal 60
24Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
27AgilityPsychic
30SlashNormal 70 100
33DigGround 80 100
36Gyro BallSteel 100
39Swords DanceNormal
42SandstormRock
45EarthquakeGround 100 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Defense CurlNormal
1ScratchNormal 40 100
3MistIce
6Powder SnowIce 40 100
9RolloutRock 30 90
12Fury CutterBug 40 95
15Rapid SpinNormal 50 100
18Metal ClawSteel 50 95
21SwiftNormal 60
24Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
27Iron DefenseSteel
30SlashNormal 70 100
33Iron HeadSteel 80 100
36Gyro BallSteel 100
39Swords DanceNormal
42HailIce
45BlizzardIce 110 70

Egg moves

Sandshrew learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Sandshrew egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CounterFighting 100
FlailNormal 100
Hone ClawsDark
Metal ClawSteel 50 95
Mud-SlapGround 20 100
Night SlashDark 70 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
CounterFighting 100
Crush ClawNormal 75 95
CurseGhost
FlailNormal 100
Hone ClawsDark
Night SlashDark 70 100

Move Tutor moves

Sandshrew can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Sword & Shield from move tutors (details):

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Scorching SandsGround 70 100
Steel RollerSteel 130 100
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Steel RollerSteel 130 100
Triple AxelIce 20 90

Moves learnt by TM

Sandshrew is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by TR

Sandshrew is compatible with these Technical Records in Pokémon Sword & Shield:

Moves learnt by level up

Sandshrew learns the following moves in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee at the levels specified.

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Defense CurlNormal
1ScratchNormal 40 100
4Poison StingPoison 15 100
8Sand AttackGround 100
12SwiftNormal 60
16Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
20DigGround 80 100
24ProtectNormal
28Swords DanceNormal
32SlashNormal 70 100
36EarthquakeGround 100 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Defense CurlNormal
1ScratchNormal 40 100
4BideNormal
8Ice ShardIce 40 100
12SwiftNormal 60
16Mirror CoatPsychic 100
20Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
24Ice PunchIce 75 100
28Swords DanceNormal
32SlashNormal 70 100
36BlizzardIce 110 70

Moves learnt by TM

Sandshrew is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee:

Sandshrew sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7 Generation 8
Normal Sandshrew  sprite from Red & Blue Sandshrew  sprite from Silver Sandshrew  sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Sandshrew  sprite from Diamond & Pearl Sandshrew  sprite from Black & White Sandshrew  sprite from X & Y Sandshrew  sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon
Shiny Sandshrew Shiny sprite from Silver Sandshrew Shiny sprite from Ruby & Sapphire Sandshrew Shiny sprite from Diamond & Pearl Sandshrew Shiny sprite from Black & White Sandshrew Shiny sprite from X & Y Sandshrew Shiny sprite from Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon

Where to find Sandshrew

Red Trade/migrate from another game
Blue Route 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23
Yellow Route 3, 4, Mt. Moon
Gold Mt. Moon, Union Cave
Silver Goldenrod City, Union Cave
Crystal Route 3, 4, Mt. Moon, Union Cave
Ruby
Sapphire
Route 111, 113
FireRed Trade/migrate from another game
LeafGreen Route 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23
Emerald Route 111, Mirage Tower
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Wayward Cave
HeartGold Mt. Moon, Union Cave
SoulSilver Goldenrod City
Black
White
Breed Sandslash
Black 2
White 2
Relic Castle, Desert Resort
X
Y
Breed Sandslash
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Route 111, 113
Sun Trade/migrate from another game
Moon Route 14, Tapu Village, Mount Lanakila
Ultra Sun Trade/migrate from another game
Ultra Moon Route 14, Tapu Village, Mount Lanakila
Let's Go Pikachu Route 3, 4, Celadon City
Let's Go Eevee Trade/migrate from another game
Sword
Shield
Warm-Up Tunnel

Other languages

English Sandshrew
Japanese サンド (Sand)
German Sandan
French Sabelette

Name origin

sand
fine debris of rocks
shrew
a rodent