Get to Know Sandshrew — #27 in the National Pokémon Pokédex

Stats, abilities, and more

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Sandshrew is the 27th Pokémon listed in the National Pokémon Pokédex. Introduced in Generation I, it's a Ground-type that resembles a beige armadillo. Here's everything you need to know about the Pokémon, including stats, alternate names, and more.

Alternate Names

Sandshrew is known by the following names within the Pokémon series of video games:

  • English: Sandshrew
  • Japanese: Sand
  • German: Sandan
  • French: Sabelette

Position in the Pokédex

Sandshrew is represented by the following numbers in the various Pokédexes:

  • National: 27
  • Hoenn: 112
  • Johto: 48

Sandshrew's Description in Various Pokémon Games

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.

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 prey.

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.

Diamond/Pearl/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/White

To protect itself from attackers, it curls up into a ball. It lives in arid regions with minimal rainfall.

Black 2/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.

Sun

It can roll its body into a ball. It moves through the desert by rolling at high speeds.

Moon

It usually makes its home in deserts and arid zones, where rain does not fall. It digs holes to catch Bug-type Pokémon.

Ultra Sun

It lives in areas of limited rainfall. When danger approaches, it curls up into a ball to protect its soft stomach.

Ultra Moon

When its skin gets wrinkled from moisture, it heads for a volcano. It lies flat on a spot with a lot of geothermal heat and dries itself out.

Let's Go Pikachu/Let's Go Eevee

Its body is dry. When it gets cold at night, its hide is said to become coated with a fine dew.

Sandshrew Locations

Red

Trade/migrate from another game

Blue

Route 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23

Yellow

Route 3, 4, Mt. Moon

Gold

Mt. Moon, Union Cave

Silver

Goldenrod City, Union Cave

Crystal

Route 3, 4, Mt. Moon, Union Cave

Ruby/Sapphire

Route 111, 113

FireRed

Trade/migrate from another game

LeafGreen

Route 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 23

Emerald

Route 111, Mirage Tower

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

Wayward Cave

HeartGold

Mt. Moon, Union Cave

SoulSilver

Goldenrod City

Black/White

Breed Sandslash

Black 2/White 2

Relic Castle, Desert Resort

X/Y

Breed Sandslash

Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire

Route 111, 113

Sun

Trade/migrate from another game

Moon

Route 14, Tapu Village, Mount Lanakila

Ultra Sun

Trade/migrate from another game

Ultra Moon

Route 14, Tapu Village, Mount Lanakila

Let's Go Pikachu

Route 3, 4, Celadon City

Let's Go Eevee

Location data not yet available

Sandshrew Base Stats

  • HP = 50 (ranked 58)
  • ATTACK = 75 (ranked 37)
  • DEFENSE = 85 (ranked 28)
  • SPECIAL ATTACK = 20 (ranked 73)
  • SPECIAL DEFENSE = 30 (ranked 69)
  • SPEED = 40 (ranked 55)
  • Total Base Stats = 300

Sandshrew Pokémon Type, Egg Group, Height, Weight, and Gender

  • Pokemon Type: Ground
  • Egg Type: Ground
  • Height: 0.6 m / 2' 00"
  • Weight: 12.0 kg / 26.5 lbs.
  • Male: 50%
  • Female: 50%

Sandshrew Ability: Sand Veil

Game's description: Boosts the Pokémon's evasion in a sandstorm.

Battle effect: Raises the Pokémon's evasion during a sandstorm by one level.

Map effect: If the Pokémon is in the lead spot, chance of encountering a wild Pokémon during a sandstorm decreases to 50%.

Additional Info for Sandshrew

Damage Taken

  • Immune: Electric
  • 50%: Poison, Rock
  • 200%: Water, Grass, Ice

Pal Park

  • Area: Mountain
  • Points: 50
  • Encounter rate: 30

Wild Item

Diamond/Pearl
Quick Claw (5%)

Miscellaneous Info:

  • Species: Mouse Pokemon
  • Steps to hatch: 5,120
  • Color: Yellow
  • Catch Rate: 255
  • Base Tameness: 70
  • Growth Group: Medium Fast
  • 1,000,000 exp. points to Lv100