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 3′03″ (1.0 m)
Weight 65.0 lbs (29.5 kg)
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)

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 (base 5,120 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 3′11″ (1.2 m)
Weight 121.3 lbs (55.0 kg)
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)

Training

EV yield 2 Defense
Catch rate 90 (11.8% with PokéBall, full HP)
Base Friendship 70 (normal)
Base Exp. 163
Growth Rate Medium Fast

Breeding

Egg Groups Field
Gender 50% male, 50% female
Egg cycles 20 (base 5,120 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.

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.

Moves learned by Sandslash

Moves learnt by level up

Sandslash learns the following moves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon 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
3Sand AttackGround 100
5Poison StingPoison 15 100
7RolloutRock 30 90
9Rapid SpinNormal 20 100
11Fury CutterBug 40 95
14MagnitudeGround 100
17SwiftNormal 60
20Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
24Sand TombGround 35 85
28SlashNormal 70 100
33DigGround 80 100
38Gyro BallSteel 100
43Swords DanceNormal
48SandstormRock
53EarthquakeGround 100 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Defense CurlNormal
1Ice BallIce 30 90
1Icicle CrashIce 85 90
1Icicle SpearIce 25 100
1Metal BurstSteel 100
1Metal ClawSteel 50 95
1SlashNormal 70 100

Moves learnt on evolution

Sandslash learns the following moves when it evolves in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (regardless of level).

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Crush ClawNormal 75 95
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Icicle SpearIce 25 100

Egg moves

Sandslash learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Sandslash egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Chip AwayNormal 70 100
CounterFighting 100
Crush ClawNormal 75 95
EndureNormal
FlailNormal 100
Hone ClawsDark
Metal ClawSteel 50 95
Mud ShotGround 55 95
Night SlashDark 70 100
Rapid SpinNormal 20 100
Rock ClimbNormal 90 85
RototillerGround
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
Chip AwayNormal 70 100
CounterFighting 100
Crush ClawNormal 75 95
CurseGhost
EndureNormal
FlailNormal 100
Hone ClawsDark
Icicle CrashIce 85 90
Icicle SpearIce 25 100
Metal ClawSteel 50 95
Night SlashDark 70 100

Move Tutor moves

Sandslash can be taught these attacks in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon from move tutors (details):

Pre-evolution moves

These moves can only be learned in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon by a previous evolution of Sandslash. Check the respective Pokédex for the exact details.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Level up
BlizzardIce 110 70 Level up
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Level up
Fury SwipesNormal 18 80 Level up
Gyro BallSteel 100 Level up
HailIce Level up
Iron DefenseSteel Level up
Iron HeadSteel 80 100 Level up
Powder SnowIce 40 100 Level up
Rapid SpinNormal 20 100 Level up
ScratchNormal 40 100 Level up
SwiftNormal 60 Level up
Swords DanceNormal Level up

Moves learnt by TM

Sandslash is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
20SafeguardNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
37SandstormRock
39Rock TombRock 60 95
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
56FlingDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
74Gyro BallSteel 100
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal
TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Work UpNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
7HailIce
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
14BlizzardIce 110 70
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
20SafeguardNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
28Leech LifeBug 80 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
56FlingDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
70Aurora VeilIce
74Gyro BallSteel 100
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
79Frost BreathIce 60 90
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Sandslash can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Dynamic PunchFighting 100 50 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Moves learnt by level up

Sandslash learns the following moves in Pokémon Sun & Moon 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
3Sand AttackGround 100
5Poison StingPoison 15 100
7RolloutRock 30 90
9Rapid SpinNormal 20 100
11Fury CutterBug 40 95
14MagnitudeGround 100
17SwiftNormal 60
20Fury SwipesNormal 18 80
24Sand TombGround 35 85
28SlashNormal 70 100
33DigGround 80 100
38Gyro BallSteel 100
43Swords DanceNormal
48SandstormRock
53EarthquakeGround 100 100
Lv.
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Defense CurlNormal
1Ice BallIce 30 90
1Icicle CrashIce 85 90
1Icicle SpearIce 25 100
1Metal BurstSteel 100
1Metal ClawSteel 50 95
1SlashNormal 70 100

Moves learnt on evolution

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

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Crush ClawNormal 75 95
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Icicle SpearIce 25 100

Egg moves

Sandslash learns the following moves via breeding in Pokémon Sun & Moon. Details and compatible parents can be found on the Sandslash egg moves page.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Chip AwayNormal 70 100
CounterFighting 100
Crush ClawNormal 75 95
EndureNormal
FlailNormal 100
Metal ClawSteel 50 95
Mud ShotGround 55 95
Night SlashDark 70 100
Rapid SpinNormal 20 100
Rock ClimbNormal 90 85
RototillerGround
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
AmnesiaPsychic
Chip AwayNormal 70 100
CounterFighting 100
Crush ClawNormal 75 95
CurseGhost
EndureNormal
FlailNormal 100
Icicle CrashIce 85 90
Icicle SpearIce 25 100
Metal ClawSteel 50 95
Night SlashDark 70 100

Pre-evolution moves

These moves can only be learned in Pokémon Sun & Moon by a previous evolution of Sandslash. Check the respective Pokédex for the exact details.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Level up
BlizzardIce 110 70 Level up
Fury CutterBug 40 95 Level up
Fury SwipesNormal 18 80 Level up
Gyro BallSteel 100 Level up
HailIce Level up
Iron DefenseSteel Level up
Iron HeadSteel 80 100 Level up
Powder SnowIce 40 100 Level up
Rapid SpinNormal 20 100 Level up
ScratchNormal 40 100 Level up
SwiftNormal 60 Level up
Swords DanceNormal Level up

Moves learnt by TM

Sandslash is compatible with these Technical Machines in Pokémon Sun & Moon:

TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
6ToxicPoison 90
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
20SafeguardNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
37SandstormRock
39Rock TombRock 60 95
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
56FlingDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
71Stone EdgeRock 100 80
74Gyro BallSteel 100
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal
TM
Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
1Work UpNormal
6ToxicPoison 90
7HailIce
10Hidden PowerNormal 60 100
11Sunny DayFire
14BlizzardIce 110 70
15Hyper BeamNormal 150 90
17ProtectNormal
20SafeguardNormal
21FrustrationNormal 100
26EarthquakeGround 100 100
27ReturnNormal 100
28Leech LifeBug 80 100
31Brick BreakFighting 75 100
32Double TeamNormal
40Aerial AceFlying 60
42FacadeNormal 70 100
44RestPsychic
45AttractNormal 100
46ThiefDark 60 100
48RoundNormal 60 100
52Focus BlastFighting 120 70
56FlingDark 100
65Shadow ClawGhost 70 100
68Giga ImpactNormal 150 90
70Aurora VeilIce
74Gyro BallSteel 100
75Swords DanceNormal
78BulldozeGround 60 100
79Frost BreathIce 60 90
80Rock SlideRock 75 90
81X-ScissorBug 80 100
84Poison JabPoison 80 100
87SwaggerNormal 85
88Sleep TalkNormal
90SubstituteNormal
100ConfideNormal

Transfer-only moves

Sandslash can only learn these moves in previous generations. It must be taught the moves in the appropriate game and then transferred to Pokémon Sun & Moon.
Note: Generation 1 and 2 refer to the 3DS Virtual Console titles, not the physical cartridges.

Move
Type
Cat.
Power
Acc.
Method
BideNormal Generation 1 — TM
FissureGround Generation 1 — TM
RageNormal 20 100 Generation 1 — TM
Skull BashNormal 130 100 Generation 1 — TM
SubmissionFighting 80 80 Generation 1 — TM
Take DownNormal 90 85 Generation 1 — TM
CurseGhost Generation 2 — TM
DetectFighting Generation 2 — TM
Body SlamNormal 85 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Double-EdgeNormal 120 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
Dynamic PunchFighting 100 50 Generation 3 — Move tutor
MimicNormal Generation 3 — Move tutor
Seismic TossFighting 100 Generation 3 — Move tutor
CaptivateNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
Natural GiftNormal 100 Generation 4 — TM
HeadbuttNormal 70 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Mud-SlapGround 20 100 Generation 4 — Move tutor
Rock SmashFighting 40 100 Generation 6 — TM
Secret PowerNormal 70 100 Generation 6 — TM
CutNormal 50 95 Generation 6 — HM
StrengthNormal 80 100 Generation 6 — HM

Sandslash sprites

Type Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4 Generation 5 Generation 6 Generation 7
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 Sun & 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 Sun & 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 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