Sandslash

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

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

Pokédex data

National № 028
Type Ground
Species Mouse Pokémon
Height 1.0 m (3′03″)
Weight 29.5 kg (65.0 lbs)
Abilities 1. Sand Veil
Sand Rush (hidden ability)
Local № 028 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
049 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
113 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
028 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
049 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
114 (Black 2/White 2)
098 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
118 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
252 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
329 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
028 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
169 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 2 Defense
Catch rate 90 (11.8% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 158
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

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

Base stats

HP 75
260 354
Attack 100
184 328
Defense 110
202 350
Sp. Atk 45
85 207
Sp. Def 55
103 229
Speed 65
121 251
Total 450 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 Sandslash.

Pokédex data

National № 028
Type Ice Steel
Species Mouse Pokémon
Height 1.2 m (3′11″)
Weight 55.0 kg (121.3 lbs)
Abilities 1. Snow Cloak
Slush Rush (hidden ability)
Local № 028 (Red/Blue/Yellow)
049 (Gold/Silver/Crystal)
113 (Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald)
028 (FireRed/LeafGreen)
049 (HeartGold/SoulSilver)
114 (Black 2/White 2)
098 (X/Y — Mountain Kalos)
118 (Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire)
252 (Sun/Moon — Alola dex)
329 (U.Sun/U.Moon — Alola dex)
028 (Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee)
169 (The Isle of Armor)

Training

EV yield 2 Defense
Catch rate 90 (11.8% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 158
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

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

Base stats

HP 75
260 354
Attack 100
184 328
Defense 120
220 372
Sp. Atk 25
49 163
Sp. Def 65
121 251
Speed 65
121 251
Total 450 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 Sandslash.

Evolution chart

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

Sandslash changes

Pokédex entries

Sandslash

Red
Blue
Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Yellow It is skilled at slashing enemies with its claws. If broken, they start to grow back in a day.
Gold In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
Silver If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
Crystal Adept at climbing trees, it rolls into a spiny ball, then attacks its enemies from above.
Ruby SANDSLASH’s body is covered by tough spikes, which are hardened sections of its hide. Once a year, the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old ones.
Sapphire SANDSLASH can roll up its body as if it were a ball covered with large spikes. In battle, this POKéMON will try to make the foe flinch by jabbing it with its spines. It then leaps at the stunned foe to tear wildly with its sharp claws.
FireRed It is adept at attacking with the spines on its back and its sharp claws while quickly scurrying about.
LeafGreen Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Emerald It curls up in a ball to protect itself from enemy attacks. It also curls up to prevent heatstroke during the daytime when temperatures rise sharply.
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
HeartGold In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
SoulSilver If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
Black
White
It curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
Black 2
White 2
The spikes on its body are made up of its hardened hide. It rolls up and attacks foes with its spikes.
X If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
Y Curls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
Omega Ruby Sandslash’s body is covered by tough spikes, which are hardened sections of its hide. Once a year, the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old ones.
Alpha Sapphire Sandslash can roll up its body as if it were a ball covered with large spikes. In battle, this Pokémon will try to make the foe flinch by jabbing it with its spines. It then leaps at the stunned foe to tear wildly with its sharp claws.
Sun Although they are sharp, its claws and spikes often break off. They grow back the next day, so it is not bothered by the temporary loss.
Moon It uses its claws to climb trees and then curls its body into a spiny ball, ready to drop onto any prey that appears.
Ultra Sun Its claws and horns often break off. The broken claws and horns can be used to carve plows for tilling farm fields.
Ultra Moon Thanks to its thick claws, it’s good at climbing trees. There are plenty of Sandslash that park themselves in trees and go right to sleep.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
It is skilled at slashing enemies with its claws. If broken, they start to grow back in a day.
Sword The drier the area Sandslash lives in, the harder and smoother the Pokémon’s spikes will feel when touched.
Shield It climbs trees by hooking on with its sharp claws. Sandslash shares the berries it gathers, dropping them down to Sandshrew waiting below the tree.

Alolan Sandslash

Sun Fleeing a volcanic eruption, it settled on a snowy mountain. As it races through the snowfields, it sends up a spray of snow.
Moon This Pokémon’s steel spikes are sheathed in ice. Stabs from these spikes cause deep wounds and severe frostbite as well.
Ultra Sun It runs across snow-covered plains at high speeds. It developed thick, sharp claws to plow through the snow.
Ultra Moon A long, long time ago, it lived in the desert. With its sharp claws fully extended, it can climb right up an iceberg without slipping.
Let's Go Pikachu
Let's Go Eevee
This is Sandslash’s form after adaptation to a frigid environment. The cold air emitted by its body sharpens its icy spikes.
Sword It uses large, hooked claws to cut a path through deep snow as it runs. On snowy mountains, this Sandslash is faster than any other Pokémon.
Shield Many people climb snowy mountains, hoping to see the icy spikes of these Pokémon glistening in the light of dawn.

Moves learned by Sandslash

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Crush ClawNormal 75 95
1Defense CurlNormal
1Poison StingPoison 15 100
1Sand AttackGround 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100
9RolloutRock 30 90
12Fury CutterBug 40 95
15Rapid SpinNormal 50 100
18BulldozeGround 60 100
21SwiftNormal 60
26Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
31Sand TombGround 35 85
36SlashNormal 70 100
41DigGround 80 100
46Gyro BallSteel 100
51Swords DanceNormal
56SandstormRock
61EarthquakeGround 100 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1BlizzardIce 110 70
1Defense CurlNormal
1Fury CutterBug 40 95
1Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
1Gyro BallSteel 100
1HailIce
1Icicle CrashIce 85 90
1Icicle SpearIce 25 100
1Iron DefenseSteel
1Iron HeadSteel 80 100
1Metal BurstSteel 100
1Metal ClawSteel 50 95
1MistIce
1Powder SnowIce 40 100
1Rapid SpinNormal 50 100
1RolloutRock 30 90
1ScratchNormal 40 100
1SlashNormal 70 100
1SwiftNormal 60
1Swords DanceNormal

Moves learnt on evolution

Sandslash learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Sword & Shield (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Icicle SpearIce 25 100

Egg moves

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

Sandslash 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

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

Moves learnt by TR

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

Moves learnt by level up

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

Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1CounterFighting 100
1Defense CurlNormal
1Poison StingPoison 15 100
1Sand AttackGround 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100
4Poison StingPoison 15 100
8Sand AttackGround 100
12SwiftNormal 60
16Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
20DigGround 80 100
28ProtectNormal
36Swords DanceNormal
44SlashNormal 70 100
52EarthquakeGround 100 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1BideNormal
1CounterFighting 100
1Defense CurlNormal
1Ice ShardIce 40 100
1ScratchNormal 40 100

Moves learnt by TM

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

Sandslash sprites

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

Where to find Sandslash

Red Trade/migrate from another game
Blue Route 23, Cerulean Cave
Yellow Cerulean Cave
Gold Route 26, 27, Mt. Moon
Silver Evolve Sandshrew
Crystal Route 26, Victory Road
Ruby
Sapphire
Evolve Sandshrew
FireRed Trade/migrate from another game
LeafGreen Route 23, Victory Road
Emerald Evolve Sandshrew
Diamond
Pearl
Platinum
Route 228
HeartGold Route 26, 27, Mt. Moon
SoulSilver Evolve Sandshrew
Black
White
Relic Castle
Black 2
White 2
Route 15, Relic Castle
X
Y
Route 18, Terminus Cave
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Sandshrew
Sun Trade/migrate from another game
Moon Evolve Sandshrew/Alolan Sandshrew
Ultra Sun Trade/migrate from another game
Ultra Moon
Let's Go Pikachu
Evolve Sandshrew/Alolan Sandshrew
Let's Go Eevee Trade/migrate from another game
Sword
Shield
Evolve Sandshrew/Alolan Sandshrew

Other languages

English Sandslash
Japanese サンドパン (Sandpan)
German Sandamer
French Sablaireau

Name origin

sand
fine debris of rocks
slash
to swipe