Sandslash

Official artwork of SandslashGround Shiny Pokémon icon

Sandslash is a Ground-type Pokémon with a Max CP of 2684 in Pokémon GO. Sandslash's best moveset is Sand Attack and Scorching Sands. It is weather boosted by Sunny weather, and it was originally found in the Kanto region. Shiny Sandslash is available in Pokémon GO.

Sandslash is weak to Grass, Ice, and Water-type moves. It takes reduced damage from Poison, Rock, and Electric-type moves.

Stats

Max CP2684 CP
Attack182 ATK
Defense175 DEF
Stamina181 STA
Weather Boost
  • sunnySunny
ReleasedYes Yes
Shiny releasedSandslash can be Shiny in Pokémon GO Yes
Buddy distance3 km
Pokédex informationPokédex information
Pokédex Number#28
Height1 m
Weight29.5 kg
RegionKanto Generation 1
Can be tradedAllowed
Pokémon Home transferAllowed
Base Catch Rate20%
Base Flee Rate0%
Catch rewards
5 Candy
300 Stardust
Additional Move Cost
50 Candy
50000 Candy

Sandslash type chart

Takes increased damage
GrassGrass160.0%
IceIce160.0%
WaterWater160.0%
Takes decreased damage
ElectricElectric39.1%
PoisonPoison62.5%
RockRock62.5%

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

Sandslash's best moves and movesets

Moves

Sandslash's best moveset is Sand Attack and Scorching Sands, with 12.32 DPS (damage per second) and 318.3 TDO (total damage output). These moves are boosted by Sunny weather.

Best Sandslash moves
DPS12.32
TDO318.34
Score23.8
Weather Boost
  • sunny
Pro tip by Professor WillowIf you are unable to get Sandslash with its best moveset, we recommend to use Sand Attack/Earthquake. You will lose around 3.1% DPS and TDO, which makes these moves a viable alternative to Sandslash's strongest moveset (Sand Attack/Scorching Sands).

Sandslash moves comparison

The following chart shows Sandslash's DPS and TDO for every fast and charge attack combination. This chart is useful for comparing the relative strength of Sandslash's movesets. You can change the weather and the opposing Pokémon to see how it affects the rankings.

      #
      Fast Attack
      Charged Attack
      DPS
      TDO
      Score 🔽
      1.GroundSand Attack GroundScorching Sands 12.32318.323.8
      2.GroundSand Attack GroundEarthquake 11.94308.623.0
      3.GroundMud Shot GroundScorching Sands 11.81305.222.8
      4.SteelMetal Claw GroundScorching Sands 11.69302.122.5
      5.GroundMud Shot GroundEarthquake 11.25290.721.3
      6.SteelMetal Claw GroundEarthquake 11.11287.120.9
      7.GroundSand Attack GroundBulldoze 10.40268.718.9
      8.GroundMud Shot GroundBulldoze 10.05259.817.9
      9.SteelMetal Claw GroundBulldoze 10.05259.817.9
      10.GroundSand Attack DarkNight Slash *9.22238.415.5
      11.SteelMetal Claw DarkNight Slash *9.04233.715.0
      12.GroundMud Shot DarkNight Slash *8.97231.714.7
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      Fast Attacks

      • GroundMud ShotDamage5Energy7Duration0.6s
        Toggle more information for move: Mud Shot
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • PoisonPoison
          • RockRock
          • SteelSteel
          • FireFire
          • ElectricElectric
        • 62.5%
          • BugBug
          • GrassGrass
        • 39.1%
          • FlyingFlying
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage5
        Energy7
        Weather boost
        • sunnySunny
        Duration0.6s
        Damage window0.3s - 0.6s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage3
        Energy9

        Effects
        Mud Shot has no special effects.
        See Mud Shot details page ↗
      • SteelMetal ClawDamage8Energy7Duration0.7s
        Toggle more information for move: Metal Claw
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • RockRock
          • IceIce
          • FairyFairy
        • 62.5%
          • SteelSteel
          • FireFire
          • WaterWater
          • ElectricElectric
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage8
        Energy7
        Weather boost
        • snowSnow
        Duration0.7s
        Damage window0.4s - 0.6s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage5
        Energy6

        Effects
        Metal Claw has no special effects.
        See Metal Claw details page ↗
      • GroundSand AttackDamage4Energy7Duration0.5s
        Toggle more information for move: Sand Attack
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • PoisonPoison
          • RockRock
          • SteelSteel
          • FireFire
          • ElectricElectric
        • 62.5%
          • BugBug
          • GrassGrass
        • 39.1%
          • FlyingFlying
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage4
        Energy7
        Weather boost
        • sunnySunny
        Duration0.5s
        Damage window0.3s - 0.6s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage2
        Energy4

        Effects
        Sand Attack has no special effects.
        See Sand Attack details page ↗

      Charged Moves

      • GroundEarthquakeDamage140Energy100Duration3.6s
        Toggle more information for move: Earthquake
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • PoisonPoison
          • RockRock
          • SteelSteel
          • FireFire
          • ElectricElectric
        • 62.5%
          • BugBug
          • GrassGrass
        • 39.1%
          • FlyingFlying
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage140
        Energy100
        Weather boost
        • sunnySunny
        Duration3.6s
        Damage window2.7s - 3.5s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage110
        Energy65

        Effects
        Earthquake has no special effects.
        See Earthquake details page ↗
      • DarkNight Slash *Damage50Energy33Duration2.2s
        Toggle more information for move: Night Slash
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • GhostGhost
          • PsychicPsychic
        • 62.5%
          • FightingFighting
          • DarkDark
          • FairyFairy
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage50
        Energy33
        Weather boost
        • fogFog
        Duration2.2s
        Damage window1.3s - 2.0s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage50
        Energy35

        Effects
        Special effectsSpecial

        Night Slash has a 12.5% chance to:

        • Increase User's Attack by 50.0%
        See Night Slash details page ↗
      • RockRock TombDamage70Energy50Duration3.2s
        Toggle more information for move: Rock Tomb
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • FlyingFlying
          • BugBug
          • FireFire
          • IceIce
        • 62.5%
          • FightingFighting
          • GroundGround
          • SteelSteel
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage70
        Energy50
        Weather boost
        • partlyCloudyPartly Cloudy
        Duration3.2s
        Damage window2.3s - 3.0s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage70
        Energy60

        Effects
        Special effectsSpecial

        Rock Tomb has a 100.0% chance to:

        • Decrease Target's Attack by 20.0%
        See Rock Tomb details page ↗
      • GroundBulldozeDamage80Energy50Duration3.5s
        Toggle more information for move: Bulldoze
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • PoisonPoison
          • RockRock
          • SteelSteel
          • FireFire
          • ElectricElectric
        • 62.5%
          • BugBug
          • GrassGrass
        • 39.1%
          • FlyingFlying
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage80
        Energy50
        Weather boost
        • sunnySunny
        Duration3.5s
        Damage window2.6s - 3.1s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage80
        Energy60

        Effects
        Bulldoze has no special effects.
        See Bulldoze details page ↗
      • GroundScorching SandsDamage95Energy50Duration3.2s
        Toggle more information for move: Scorching Sands
        Type effectiveness chart
        • 160.0%
          • PoisonPoison
          • RockRock
          • SteelSteel
          • FireFire
          • ElectricElectric
        • 62.5%
          • BugBug
          • GrassGrass
        • 39.1%
          • FlyingFlying
        Gym and Raid Battles
        Damage95
        Energy50
        Weather boost
        • sunnySunny
        Duration3.2s
        Damage window1.6s - 2.5s
        Trainer Battles
        Damage80
        Energy50

        Effects
        Special effectsSpecial

        Scorching Sands has a 30.0% chance to:

        • Decrease Target's Attack by 20.0%
        See Scorching Sands details page ↗
      Legacy Elite Fast and Charge Attacks can only be obtained during special events, or by using an Elite Fast TM or an Elite Charge TM. Legacy moves are marked with an asterisk (*). The table above provides information on different moves Sandslash has in Pokémon GO, along with their corresponding DPS (Damage per Second) and TDO (Total Damage Output).

      Sandslash Special CP Values

      CP Chart

      Max CP values in Raids, Eggs, Field Research

      Sandslash's Max CP is at Level 50. Sandslash Combat Power values in Pokémon GO Raids, Eggs, and Field Research encounter can be found below.

      Max CPMax CP2684 CP
      Level 50, 15/15/15 IVs
      Field ResearchResearch966 CP - 1017 CP
      Level 15, 10/10/10 minimum IVs
      Pokémon EggEggs1288 CP - 1356 CP
      Level 20, 10/10/10 minimum IVs
      Raid catchRaids1288 CP - 1356 CP
      Level 20, 10/10/10 minimum IVs
      Raid catchRaidsWeather Boost
      • sunnySunny
      1610 CP - 1696 CP
      Weather boosted, Level 25, 10/10/10 minimum IVs
      InfoMore information
      • Field and Special Research encounters are always Level 15. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Field Research encounters have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
      • Pokémon hatched from Eggs are always Level 20. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Egg Hatches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
      • Raid Bosses caught without weather boost are always Level 20. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Raid Catches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
        • 😈 Shadow Pokémon have 6/6/6 IV floor in raids.
      • Raid Bosses caught with weather boost are always Level 25. IVs range from 10 (min) to 15 (max). Weather boosted Raid Catches have a 10/10/10 IV floor.
        • 😈 Shadow Pokémon have 6/6/6 IV floor in raids.
      • Wild encounters range from Level 1 to Level 30 Pokémon. Their IVs range from 0 (min) to 15 (max) for each stat.
      • Weather Boosted wild Pokémon encounters get a 5 Level boost, bringing their Level range to Level 6 to Level 35. In addition, they have a guaraneed minimum IV value of 4 for each stat, resulting in a 4/4/4 IV floor.

      Sandslash Max CP Chart

      CP Chart

      Max Combat Power per Level chart

      Sandslash Max CP per level chart. This table shows maximum Combat Power values from Level 1 to Level 50.

      LVLCPLVLCPLVLCP
      133 CP2105 CP3176 CP
      4248 CP5320 CP6391 CP
      7463 CP8535 CP9606 CP
      10678 CP11746 CP12814 CP
      13882 CP14949 CP151017 CP
      161085 CP171153 CP181221 CP
      191288 CP201356 CP211424 CP
      221492 CP231560 CP241628 CP
      251696 CP261763 CP271831 CP
      281899 CP291967 CP302035 CP
      312069 CP322103 CP332137 CP
      342170 CP352204 CP362238 CP
      372272 CP382306 CP392340 CP
      402374 CP412404 CP422434 CP
      432465 CP442496 CP452527 CP
      462558 CP472589 CP482620 CP
      492652 CP502684 CP

      Sandslash evolution chart

      Family
      PokémonRequiresEvolution
      Thumbnail image of SandshrewSandshrew
      • Candy Icon50 Candy
      Thumbnail image of SandslashSandslash
      • Sandshrew evolves into Sandslash which costs 50 Candy.

      Mega Pokémon that boost Sandslash

      Photobomb

      A list of Mega Pokémon that boost Sandslash's Ground-type moves, Candy, and Candy XL from catching Sandslash.

      Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega SteelixMega Pokémon iconMega Steelix
      SteelGround
      Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega SwampertMega Pokémon iconMega Swampert
      WaterGround
      Thumbnail image of Primal GroudonPrimal Groudon
      GroundFire
      Mega Pokemon BackgroundThumbnail image of Mega GarchompMega Pokémon iconMega Garchomp
      DragonGround
      Pokédex informationMore information

      Mega and Primal Raid BonusMega Pokémon boost the attack power of all other Pokémon when battling in Raid Battles by 10%. Attacks that share their type with the Mega Pokémon's type(s) receive a 30% boost. However, these bonuses do not stack if there are multiple Mega-Evolved Pokémon battling simultaneously; only the higher boost will be applied.

      Mega and Primal Catch BonusWhile a Pokémon is Mega-Evolved, additional XP and Candy is granted when catching a Pokémon that shares a type with it, or for any raid boss caught. These do not stack with each other. Additionally, High and Max Level Mega-Evolved Pokémon grant an increased chance to obtain Candy XL when catching a Pokémon that shares a type with it.

      Note on Primal Kyogre and Groudon
      • Primal Kyogre boosts Water-, Electric- and Bug-type attacks and Pokémon.
      • Primal Groudon boosts Fire-, Grass- and Ground-type attacks and Pokémon.

      Sandslash Catch Rates

      Catch Rates

      The base catch rate for Sandslash in Pokémon GO is 24.03%, calculated for catching a Level 20 with no berries. Curved Great throw has a 50.38% chance to catch, and adding a Razz Berry raises that to 65.04%.

      CogConfigure
              NormalNiceGreatExcellent
              No Berry
              -24.03%27.09%33.78%39.85%
              Curve37.32%41.56%50.38%57.86%
              Razz BerryRazz Berry
              -33.78%37.75%46.11%53.35%
              Curve50.38%55.33%65.04%72.65%
              Silver Pinap BerrySilver Pinap Berry
              - 39.02%43.38%52.38%59.95%
              Curve56.87%61.98%71.67%78.89%
              Golden Razz BerryGolden Razz Berry
              - 49.69%54.62%64.32%71.94%
              Curve68.90%73.89%82.65%88.47%
              InfoMore information

              Catch probability with multiple throws

              In order to help Trainers understand their overall odds when catching Sandslash, we enable the functionality to showing the total chance to catch it depending on the number of available throws. We calculate this chance as if you repeated the same throw N-number of times.

              To activate this functionality, change the number of Number of throws to a value greater than 1. The Number of throws option is available in the configuration options above the chart

              Catch rate formula

              Pokémon GO catch rate formula can be expressed as follows:

              • CATCH_MULTIPLIERS = ball * curve * berry * throwType * (type1Medal + type2Medal / 2)
              • CATCH_RATE = 1 - Math.pow(1 - baseCatchRate / (2 * cpm), CATCH_MULTIPLIERS)

              There are different multipliers that come into play when calculating catch rate.

              Curved throws are more effective than regular throws, stronger types of Poké Ball have a higher catch rate, and using a Razz Berry or a Golden Razz Berry also improves your chances.

              Catch rate multipliers

              The following table shows all the different catch rate multipliers in Pokémon GO:

              MultiplierAmount
              Razz Berry1.5
              Silver Pinap Berry1.8
              Golden Razz Berry2.5
              Curveball1.7
              Nice Throw1.15
              Great Throw1.5
              Excellent Throw1.85
              PokéBall1.0
              Premier Ball1.0
              Great Ball1.5
              Ultra Ball2.0
              Bronze medal1.1
              Silver medal1.2
              Gold medal1.3

              List of Sandslash costumes

              Photobomb

              A list of Sandslash costumes available in Pokémon GO.

              No costume sprites available

              Sandslash high resolution sprites

              Photobomb

              A list of high resolution Pokémon HOME sprites related to Sandslash. Sprite description is a best guess on what the sprite is related to, use your own judgment. Click to download full 512x512 resolution.

              Sandslash Pokédex entries

              Kanto
              VersionsPokédex entry
              Red, BlueCurls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
              YellowIt is skilled at slashing enemies with its claws. If broken, they start to grow back in a day.
              GoldIn an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
              SilverIf it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
              CrystalAdept at climbing trees, it rolls into a spiny ball, then attacks its enemies from above.
              RubySANDSLASH’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.
              SapphireSANDSLASH 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.
              EmeraldIt 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.
              FireRedIt is adept at attacking with the spines on its back and its sharp claws while quickly scurrying about.
              LeafGreenCurls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
              Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black, WhiteIt curls up, then rolls into foes with its back. Its sharp spines inflict severe damage.
              HeartGoldIn an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm.
              SoulSilverIf it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
              Black 2, White 2The spikes on its body are made up of its hardened hide. It rolls up and attacks foes with its spikes.
              XIf it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws. They grow back in a day.
              YCurls up into a spiny ball when threatened. It can roll while curled up to attack or escape.
              Omega RubySandslash’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 SapphireSandslash 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.
              SunAlthough 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.
              MoonIt uses its claws to climb trees and then curls its body into a spiny ball, ready to drop onto any prey that appears.
              Ultra SunIts claws and horns often break off. The broken claws and horns can be used to carve plows for tilling farm fields.
              Ultra MoonThanks 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.
              SwordThe drier the area Sandslash lives in, the harder and smoother the Pokémon’s spikes will feel when touched.
              ShieldIt climbs trees by hooking on with its sharp claws. Sandslash shares the berries it gathers, dropping them down to Sandshrew waiting below the tree.