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Sandshrew

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Ground
Sandshrew
(サンド Sando)
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Mouse Pokémon Pokémon
Pokédex
National
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Johto
Hoenn
Sinnoh
Unova
Kalos
Alola
Ability Gender
Sand Veil
Sand Rush (Dream World)
50% ♀/50% ♂
Pokédex color Egg groups
'Yellow' Unknown
Weight Height
26.5 lbs ??? 2'00" ???
Body style Footprint
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Cry
Azurilland Pokédex
HP Attack Defense
50 75 85
Sp. Attack Sp. Defense Speed
20 30 40
Total
300


Sandshrew (Japanese: サンド Sando) is a Ground-type Pokémon introduced in Generation I. Sandshrew often live in arid environments.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Sandshrew has a white belly and a yellow back. Its back resembles cracked desert ground. It has a short tail, four short legs, and a small head. Sandshrew resembles an armadillo, and can curl into a very tight ball: about the size of a basketball.

Special Abilities[edit | edit source]

All Sandshrew have the ability Sand Veil; which raises evasion while there is a Sandstorm. Sandshrew, when in danger, can curl into a ball to defend itself.

Evolution[edit | edit source]

Sandshrew evolves into Sandslash once it reaches level 22.

In the anime[edit | edit source]

Sandshrew made its first major appearance in the episode The Path to the Pokémon League under the ownership of a trainer named A.J. A.J. used brutal methods of training his Pokémon, such as the use of a whip, and was a very strict trainer.

Mira's Sandshrew was seen in Sandshrew's Locker. In that episode, the team encounters a girl named Mira with an Abra. she says she can teleport them to Hearthome city, but then "accidentally" teleports them to a large dam. She says she lost her grandmother's locket there and wants to get it back. So the team joins her in her search. Later, after escaping a Gyarados, Brock makes her confess that she lied about her grandmother's locket. It was actually a Poké Ball she wanted. The big lake was originally a small town where she lived. She and her friends happened to find a Poké Ball with Sandshrew in it. Then, construction workers said they were making a dam that would flood the town. So Mira and her friends moved. But they forgot Sandshrew was still at the school. And now Gyarados is guarding the school because its his territory. Later, Mira gets Sandshrew back, but she and her Abra get kidnapped by Jessie, James, and Meowth! After teleporting away when Team Rocket's guard was down, Mira finally opens the Poké Ball with Sandshrew. Sandshrew looks happy to see Mira. and then, Mira and Abra teleport the team to Hearthome City.

Also, there is a little known bonus episode about Pikachu, Bayleef, Togepi, and all the others in the early Johto group. they meet up with a Granbull, a Larvitar, a Donphan, and a Sandshrew. (article not complete, gotta go finish it later.)

Game info[edit | edit source]

Game locations[edit | edit source]

Version(s) Location
Red/Blue Route 4, 11, 23(Blue only)
Yellow Route 3, 4, Mt. Moon
Gold/Silver Route 4, 32, Union Cave, Mt. Moon(Gold)
Goldenrod Game Corner for 700 Coins(Silver)
Crystal Route 3, 4, Union Cave, Mt. Moon
Ruby/ Sapphire Route 111, 113
Emerald 111, 113, Mirage Tower
FireRed/ LeafGreen Trade(FireRed)
4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 22, 23(LeafGreen)
Diamond/ Pearl Wayward Cave
Platinum Wayward Cave
HeartGold/SoulSilver Union Cave, Mt. Moon(HeartGold)
Trade, Safari Zone(SoulSilver]])
Black/White Breed Sandslash
Black 2/White 2 Desert Resort, Relic Passage
X/Y Ground-type Friend Safari

Side game locations[edit | edit source]

Game(s) Location
Pokémon Snap Valley
Pokémon Trozei! Secret Storage 2, Huge Storage 3, Endless Level 9, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Magma Cavern (1F-6F), Buried Relic (36F-59F), Desert Region (1F-6F), Joyous Tower (68F-73F)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Northern Desert (1F-15F), Shimmer Desert (1F-9F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Chroma Ruins
Pokémon Rumble Gravel Cave


Pokédex entries[edit | edit source]

Red Blue
Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
Yellow
Its body is dry. When it gets cold at night, its hide is said to become coated with a fine dew.
Gold
If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
Silver
Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Crystal
It prefers dry, sandy places because it uses the sand to protect itself when threatened.
Ruby
Sandshrew's body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This Pokémon curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Sapphire
Sandshrew has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The Pokémon can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert sand to sleep.
Emerald
When it curls up in a ball, it can make any attack bounce off harmlessly. Its hide has turned tough and solid as a result of living in the desert.
FireRed
It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
LeafGreen
Burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water. It only emerges to hunt for food.
Diamond
To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Pearl
To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Platinum
To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
HeartGold
If it fell from a great height, this Pokémon could save itself by rolling into a ball and bouncing.
SoulSilver
Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Black
To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
White
To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.
Black 2
It digs deep burrows to live in. When in danger, it rolls up its body to withstand attacks.
White 2
It digs deep burrows to live in. When in danger, it rolls up its body to withstand attacks.
X
It burrows and lives underground. If threatened, it curls itself up into a ball for protection.
Y
Disliking water, it lives in deep burrows in arid areas. It can roll itself instantly into a ball.
Omega Ruby
Sandshrew's body is configured to absorb water without waste, enabling it to survive in an arid desert. This Pokémon curls up to protect itself from its enemies.
Alpha Sapphire
Sandshrew has a very dry hide that is extremely tough. The Pokémon can roll into a ball that repels any attack. At night, it burrows into the desert sand to sleep.
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Moon
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Learnset[edit | edit source]

Generation I[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation I

Generation II[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation II

Generation III[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV[edit | edit source]

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation IV

Origins[edit | edit source]

Sandshrew appears to be based on a mouse whilst its name comes from "Sand" and "Shrew" which is a reference to their habitat and appearance.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Sandshrew is the first Ground-type Pokémon in National Pokédex order.
  • Despite what its Stadium Pokédex entry implies, it cannot learn the move Bounce.
  • Sandshrew oddly looks like a baby Kangaskahn.

References[edit source]