Best Sandslash (Alola Shadow) counters in Pokémon GO

Raid Battles

This table displays a list of best Sandslash (Alola Shadow) 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

          • Fire48.5%
          • Fighting48.0%
          • Ground2.0%
          • Normal0.5%
          • Psychic0.5%
          • Ghost0.5%
          Fast Attack
          Charged Attack
          1Mega BlazikenMega Pokémon iconMega BlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *73.831897.60156.3s142.2
          2Mega Y CharizardMega Pokémon iconMega Y CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *69.222416.91158.0s142.0
          3Shadow BlazikenShadow Pokémon iconShadow BlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *67.621253.33264.7s121.9
          4Shadow MoltresShadow Pokémon iconShadow MoltresFireFire Spin FireOverheat 61.881752.10266.4s121.6
          5ReshiramReshiramFireFire Fang FireFusion Flare *61.471784.36266.6s121.4
          6TerrakionTerrakionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *63.541467.09266.5s119.8
          7Shadow EnteiShadow Pokémon iconShadow EnteiFireFire Fang FireOverheat 60.511722.94267.8s119.0
          8Keldeo (Ordinary)Keldeo (Ordinary)FightingLow Kick FightingSacred Sword 56.912163.92169.9s118.8
          9Mega X CharizardMega Pokémon iconMega X CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *60.771625.19268.1s118.0
          10Shadow CharizardShadow Pokémon iconShadow CharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *60.631494.05269.0s115.8
          11Shadow MachampShadow Pokémon iconShadow MachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 62.791302.51268.4s115.8
          12Shadow Ho-OhShadow Pokémon iconShadow Ho-OhFireIncinerate FireSacred Fire *54.532069.71173.0s113.8
          13Primal GroudonPrimal GroudonGroundMud Shot FireFire Punch *54.342063.75173.2s113.4
          14Mega HoundoomMega Pokémon iconMega HoundoomFireFire Fang FireFlamethrower 57.161626.10271.8s112.4
          15Shadow InfernapeShadow Pokémon iconShadow InfernapeFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *61.581170.35370.8s111.6
          16Shadow TyphlosionShadow Pokémon iconShadow TyphlosionFireIncinerate FireBlast Burn *59.781299.41271.3s111.3
          17Shadow HariyamaShadow Pokémon iconShadow HariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 59.331316.00271.6s110.9
          18Mega AlakazamMega Pokémon iconMega AlakazamFightingCounter *FightingFocus Blast 59.431301.66271.6s110.8
          19VolcaronaVolcaronaFireFire Spin FireOverheat 53.781918.28174.4s110.8
          20HeatranHeatranFireFire Spin FireMagma Storm *54.711704.30274.2s109.6
          21LucarioLucarioFightingCounter FightingAura Sphere 58.981222.24272.8s108.7
          22Shadow ArcanineShadow Pokémon iconShadow ArcanineFireFire Fang FireFlamethrower 55.971295.76275.4s105.6
          23Standard DarmanitanStandard DarmanitanFireFire Fang FireOverheat 56.231251.50275.5s105.2
          24DarmanitanDarmanitanFireFire Fang FireOverheat 56.231251.50275.5s105.2
          25ConkeldurrConkeldurrFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 53.771475.63276.7s105.0
          26MoltresMoltresFireFire Spin FireOverheat 51.511732.10278.2s104.8
          27Mega LopunnyMega Pokémon iconMega LopunnyFightingDouble Kick FightingFocus Blast 53.941430.30276.8s104.6
          28Shadow MagmortarShadow Pokémon iconShadow MagmortarFireFire Spin FireFire Punch 56.451190.43375.9s104.5
          29BlazikenBlazikenFightingCounter FireBlast Burn *55.581227.06276.5s103.8
          30EnteiEnteiFireFire Fang FireOverheat 50.271702.69280.1s102.5
          31ChandelureChandelureFireFire Spin FireOverheat 54.351222.16278.0s101.9
          32EmboarEmboarFightingLow Kick FireBlast Burn *53.051341.81278.6s101.9
          33Shadow Sirfetch'dShadow Pokémon iconShadow Sirfetch'dFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 56.571000.07378.0s101.0
          34DelphoxDelphoxFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *51.701362.88280.2s100.1
          35Shadow HoundoomShadow Pokémon iconShadow HoundoomFireFire Fang FireFlamethrower 55.431021.98379.0s99.8
          36CharizardCharizardFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *50.031464.62281.8s99.0
          37MachampMachampFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 51.691276.84280.9s98.8
          38Ho-OhHo-OhFireIncinerate FireSacred Fire *45.372038.52186.4s98.0
          39PheromosaPheromosaFightingLow Kick FightingFocus Blast 57.41787.97481.0s97.3
          40BuzzwoleBuzzwoleFightingCounter FightingSuperpower 47.471626.29284.7s97.0
          41Shadow PoliwrathShadow Pokémon iconShadow PoliwrathFightingCounter *FightingDynamic Punch 48.371481.04284.1s96.6
          42Mega SalamenceMega Pokémon iconMega SalamenceFireFire Fang FireFire Blast 49.711312.45283.4s96.3
          43CobalionCobalionFightingDouble Kick FightingSacred Sword *46.191717.90286.3s96.0
          44InfernapeInfernapeFireFire Spin FireBlast Burn *50.661146.18383.6s95.1
          45TyphlosionTyphlosionFireIncinerate FireBlast Burn *49.251273.12284.4s95.0
          46Galarian ZapdosGalarian ZapdosFightingCounter FightingClose Combat 48.691297.94285.0s94.5
          47FlareonFlareonFireFire Spin FireOverheat 49.861175.96384.4s94.4
          48VictiniVictiniNormalQuick Attack FireV-create 45.871623.97287.3s94.3
          49Shadow SalamenceShadow Pokémon iconShadow SalamenceFireFire Fang FireFire Blast 54.22837.58483.6s94.2
          50HariyamaHariyamaFightingCounter FightingDynamic Punch 48.501283.48285.5s94.0
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          Sandslash (Alola Shadow) type chart

          When fighting Sandslash (Alola Shadow), 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 Sandslash (Alola Shadow) in Raid Battles. Whether you're looking for the best counters to take Sandslash (Alola Shadow) down quickly with high DPS, or the tankiest counters that can withstand its attacks, our guide has something for every trainer.

          The top-ranked Sandslash (Alola Shadow) counter is Mega Blaziken, followed by Mega Y Charizard, Shadow Blaziken, and Shadow Moltres. The table also includes Reshiram, Terrakion, Shadow Entei, 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 Sandslash (Alola Shadow) 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.