Sandslash # 028

Sandslash, a Generation 1 Pokemon ranked 28th in the Pokedex… It is a Pokémon of the terrestrial type that resides in the Kanto area. This is the Sandshrew’s ultimate stage of development.

The Mouse Pokémon has strong spikes on its body that are hardened portions of its skin. Old spikes fall out once a year and are replaced by new ones that grow out from underneath the old ones.

Parameters and characteristics of Pokemon Sandslash

Max PC 2684
Attack 182
Defense 175
Stamina 181

How to find and catch Pokemon Sandslash?

Sandslash Pokémon may be found in farms, parks, and forested slopes. Sometimes found in quarries for stone extraction.

Sandslash is an uncommon sighting on the map. The most likely method is to evolve the Pokemon Sendshrew. Sometimes encountered during raids and field investigations.


Sandslash is a bipedal pholidote that lives on the ground. Sandslash can sprint on all fours while being bipedal. Its bottom is mostly bright yellow, with a white underbelly. It features a broad tail, a thin nose, and almond-shaped blue eyes. The majority of its back is covered with spiky, brown quills generated from its tough, dry skin. Its paws and feet have two huge claws.

These claws are its main weapons, and they are utilized for slicing as well as burrowing. Its claws and spikes may break off and shed often, but they grow back fast. The shattered sections of sandslash may be used to carve plows for tilling agricultural fields. If it lives in dry places, its claws will grow smoother. It has the ability to coil into a big ball, allowing it to roll to fight or flee, protect itself from heatstroke, and shield its tummy. Sandslash is also capable of climbing trees and ambushing its foes from above. It also climbs trees to slice Berries for the Sandshrew that waits below. Sandslash is most often seen in deserts. Sandslash also spends his nights resting in trees.

Sandslash has an icy blue skin and steel quills encrusted in ice in the Alola area. These quills resemble icicles and stand higher than typical Sandslash quills. This Pokémon utilizes its hide to blend in with the snow, exposing just its spines. Unlike its Kantonian counterpart, Alolan Sandslash’s thick hide and ice spines prohibit it from curling up into a ball. Its body exudes chilly air, sharpening its quills. It has bigger forepaws and claws that are longer, thinner, and hooked at the points than its counterpart.

They used to use it to climb trees, but now they use it to scale icebergs. Despite its ice-covered body, Alolan Sandslash can travel quickly by digging a passage through the snow with its claws. In the icy mountains, it can go faster than any Pokémon. This Pokémon like to reside in the depths of cold mountains, where climbing is prohibited. Photographers, on the other hand, love the sprays of snow it creates. People also hike up the mountains it dwells in to witness Sandslash’s ice spikes shine in the early light.

 Best moveset for Sandslash

When fighting Pokémon in Gyms, Sandslash’s greatest attacks are Mud Shot and Earthquake. This moveset has the most overall DPS and is also the finest for PVP encounters.


  Mud Shot 10 dps
  Earthquake 46.7 dps


  Metal Claw 11.4 dps
  Bulldoze 27.4 dps


 All moves

Quick move Damage EPS DPS
 Mud Shot 5 11.7 10
 Metal Claw 8 10 11.4
Main move Damage EPS DPS
 Earthquake 140 -27.8 46.7
 Rock Tomb 70 -15.6 21.9
 Bulldoze 80 -14.3 27.4
 Night Slash Elite TM 50 -15 22.7
 Frustration Shadow 10 -16.5 5
 Return Purified 35 -47.1 50

The moves highlighted in green benefit from the Same Type Attack Bonus, and deal 20% more damage.

Evolution family

Sandslash is part of a two-member family.

Regular Version


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Shiny Version


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  • Sandslash was released along with the game launch on July 6th, 2016.Shiny_Pokemon_icon
  • Shiny form of Sandslash was released at the start of Tottori Festival on December 6th, 2018.Icon_Shadow_Pokemon
  • Shadow form of Sandslash was released at the start of Team GO Rocket Leaders Disruption on November 7th, 2019.
Method Maximum CP Details

(weather boosted)
In wild since 2016 Jul 6Increased spawns in:
Pokémon Day 2020: Feb 25 – Mar 2
Raid Battles

(weather boosted)
Tier 2 CP 11,520Visit List of Raid Bosses changes for complete appearance
Research tasks
1,017 Field Research:
Evolve a Pokémon: 2020 Jun
Special Research/Timed Research:
Gritty and Glacial – 4th part: Claim Reward
A Professor’s Work is Never Done – 1st part: Spin 10 PokéStops

Alolan Sandslash

  • Alolan Sandslash was released at the start of the release of Friends System on June 21st, 2018.Shiny_Pokemon_icon
  • Shiny form of Alolan Sandslash was released at the start of the 3rd Anniversary on June 28th, 2019.Icon_Shadow_Pokemon
  • Shadow form of Alolan Sandslash was released at the start of All-Hands Rocket Retreat on April 3rd, 2022.
Method Maximum CP Details
Research tasks
1,017 Special Research/Timed Research:
Gritty and Glacial – Completing 4th part


 What counters Sandslash?

Sandslash is a Ground type Pokémon, which makes it weak against WaterGrass and Ice moves.

The 5 strongest Pokémon you can use to beat Sandslash are:

  • Kartana,
  • Darmanitan (Galarian Zen),
  • Kingler,
  • Darmanitan (Galarian Standard),
  • Kyogre.