Best Alolan Sandshrew counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Alolan Sandshrew counters in Pokémon GO with their Fast Attacks, Charged Attacks, DPS (damage per second), TDO (total damage output), faints, TTW (time to win), and score. The list is sorted by the score, which is calculated based on the DPS and TDO.

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          Best performing move types

          • Fire51.0%
          • Fighting46.0%
          • Ground1.0%
          • Normal0.5%
          • Psychic0.5%
          • Ghost0.5%
          • Electric0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *86.214511.86045.0s192.0
          2Mega Y CharizardMega Pokémon iconMega Y CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *82.843851.21047.2s180.1
          3ReshiramReshiramFireFire Fang FireFusion Flare *73.513725.60052.8s162.7
          4Shadow BlazikenShadow Pokémon iconShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *77.822982.52151.1s162.7
          5Shadow EnteiShadow Pokémon iconShadow EnteiFireFire Fang FireOverheat 72.093764.12053.8s160.5
          6Shadow MoltresShadow Pokémon iconShadow MoltresFireFire Spin FireOverheat 74.632831.39153.3s155.7
          7Mega X CharizardMega Pokémon iconMega X CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *71.513337.72154.7s155.6
          8Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 66.654254.09057.4s154.6
          9HeatranHeatranFireFire Spin FireMagma Storm *63.245121.97059.7s154.1
          10TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *74.012745.16153.9s153.7
          11Mega HoundoomMega Pokémon iconMega HoundoomFireFire Fang FireFlamethrower 67.573805.89057.1s152.8
          12Shadow InfernapeShadow Pokémon iconShadow InfernapeFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *71.102787.02155.8s149.3
          13Shadow MachampShadow Pokémon iconShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 73.652363.52155.0s148.5
          14Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot FireFire Punch *63.334159.13060.3s147.8
          15Shadow TyphlosionShadow Pokémon iconShadow TyphlosionFireIncinerate FireBlast Burn *69.922786.22156.7s147.3
          16Shadow CharizardShadow Pokémon iconShadow CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *72.132383.30156.0s146.3
          17Shadow Ho-OhShadow Pokémon iconShadow Ho-OhFireIncinerate FireSacred Fire *65.843330.74159.0s145.6
          18LucarioLucarioFightingCounter FightingAura Sphere 68.312872.39157.7s145.5
          19VolcaronaVolcaronaFireFire Spin FireOverheat 64.873482.73159.6s145.3
          20Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 72.092056.77156.9s141.9
          21Standard DarmanitanStandard DarmanitanFireFire Fang FireOverheat 66.932748.19159.0s141.9
          22DarmanitanDarmanitanFireFire Fang FireOverheat 66.932748.19159.0s141.9
          23Shadow MagmortarShadow Pokémon iconShadow MagmortarFireFire Spin FireFire Blast 67.122595.36159.2s140.6
          24Shadow HariyamaShadow Pokémon iconShadow HariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 68.482362.25158.7s140.1
          25Shadow ArcanineShadow Pokémon iconShadow ArcanineFireFire Fang FireFlamethrower 65.602787.82160.0s140.0
          26BlazikenBlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *64.482921.11160.8s139.5
          27EnteiEnteiFireFire Fang FireOverheat 60.023701.96063.9s138.3
          28Mega LopunnyMega Pokémon iconMega LopunnyFightingDouble Kick FightingFocus Blast 65.492574.29160.6s137.6
          29ChandelureChandelureFireFire Spin FireOverheat 65.862343.49160.8s135.6
          30ConkeldurrConkeldurrFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 63.282676.47162.3s135.0
          31Shadow HoundoomShadow Pokémon iconShadow HoundoomFireFire Fang FireFlamethrower 64.642410.51161.7s134.4
          32EmboarEmboarFightingLow Kick FireBlast Burn *60.343144.88164.2s134.3
          33MoltresMoltresFireFire Spin FireOverheat 62.152791.11163.1s134.2
          34Shadow Sirfetch'dShadow Pokémon iconShadow Sirfetch'dFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 68.171860.88160.5s133.0
          35DelphoxDelphoxFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *61.082587.09164.5s130.3
          36CobalionCobalionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *54.103987.95070.2s129.3
          37FlareonFlareonFireFire Spin FireOverheat 60.292585.25165.3s128.9
          38InfernapeInfernapeFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *58.922728.12166.4s128.0
          39MachampMachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 60.922318.86165.3s127.2
          40Shadow PoliwrathShadow Pokémon iconShadow PoliwrathFightingCounter *FightingDynamic Punch 57.072959.89167.9s126.9
          41TyphlosionTyphlosionFireIncinerate FireBlast Burn *57.922726.16167.4s126.3
          42PheromosaPheromosaFightingLow Kick FightingFocus Blast 69.221328.30262.9s125.6
          43Ho-OhHo-OhFireIncinerate FireSacred Fire *54.803268.77170.1s125.4
          44CharizardCharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *59.682335.27166.5s125.3
          45IncineroarIncineroarFireFire Fang FireBlaze Kick 53.823282.56171.3s123.7
          46BuzzwoleBuzzwoleFightingCounter FightingSuperpower 56.682682.88168.9s123.7
          47Mega SalamenceMega Pokémon iconMega SalamenceFireFire Fang FireFire Blast 59.962031.91167.1s122.2
          48Pyroar (Female)Pyroar (Female)FireFire Fang FireOverheat 56.372505.76169.6s121.5
          49PyroarPyroarFireFire Fang FireOverheat 56.372505.76169.6s121.5
          50MagmortarMagmortarFireFire Spin FireFire Blast 56.012558.00169.9s121.3
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          Alolan Sandshrew type chart

          When fighting Alolan Sandshrew, keep in mind the following that Ice and Steel-type Pokémon are weak to Fighting, Fire, and Ground type moves. They take reduced damage from Bug, Dragon, Fairy, Flying, Grass, Normal, Psychic, Ice, and Poison type moves.


          Type chart shows the percentage (%) of damage taken from an incoming attack of a particular type.

          About the results

          Our guide provides detailed information on recommended Pokémon and moves that are most effective against Alolan Sandshrew in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Alolan Sandshrew down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          The top-ranked Alolan Sandshrew counter is Mega Blaziken, followed by Mega Y Charizard, Reshiram, and Shadow Blaziken. The table also includes Shadow Entei, Shadow Moltres, Mega X Charizard, and Keldeo (Ordinary), among others. Each Pokemon's move type is indicated by an icon beside the move name.

          The most effective move-types to use against Alolan Sandshrew are:

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          About our ranking methodology

          When calculating the best counters for any Pokémon, our simulator takes into account various factors, such as the defender's typing and average DPS against each attacker, the weather's influence, energy left over from using charge moves, Shadow Pokémon attack and defense stat changes, and more. During the initial phase of simulations, we calculate DPS and TDO for each attacker that is currently available in the game, and then we continue to rank them.

          We use a ranking method developed by a Reddit user named /u/Elastic_Space, which is described in detail in this Reddit post. It is a fairly complicated, but very well thought-out mathematical model for predicting simulation results without actually running the simulations. It also correlates with field data almost too well not to be used.

          Our Time to Win (TTW) and Faint numbers are also estimated, and should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we do not account for factors like Friendship and Mega damage boost, they will differ from actual experience in the field.