Competitive Information for Alolan Sandslash [Sun/Moon]

Competitive Pokemon Sun/Moon Movesets and Strategies for Sandslash-alola sandslash-alola
Base Stats for Sandslash-Alola

Ice / Steel

Abilities:
Snow CloakSnow Cloak: If Hail is active, this Pokemon's evasiveness is 1.25x; immunity to Hail.
,
Slush RushSlush Rush: If Hail is active, this Pokemon's Speed is doubled.


Evolutions / Family:
Sandslash

Weakness Chart for Ice/Steel-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
0.5x
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
4x
4x
0.5x
  
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
0.5x
2x
0.25x
0.5x
0x
0.5x
  
  
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Sandslash-alola? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sun/Moon Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Sandslash-alola in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

Ninetales-AlolaAbomasnow-MegaGyarados-MegaBlacephalonCresseliaAurorusGastrodonKeldeoAzelfBisharpAlakazamVanilluxe


Sandslash is an awesome Ice and Steel-typed Pokemon. It's a frequent sight to see Sandslash out in the 7th generation battlefield. Sandslash is weak to Fighting, Fire, and Ground-typed attacks.


Species: Sandslash-Alola
Item: Icium Z / Light Clay
Ability: Slush Rush
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Icicle Crash / Aurora Veil
- Iron Head
- Swords Dance / Rapid Spin

Physical Sweeper Sandslash-Alola (Popular/Trending)

Sandslash is popular Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Slush Rush, if hail is active Sandslash's speed is doubled. Aurora Veil halves damage done to the user by physical and special moves for five turns; In doubles, Aurora Veil protects the user and all allies, but only reduces damage by a third rather than half. The catch is Aurora Veil can only be used during Hail. If a Light Clay is held when Aurora Veil is used, it will extend the duration of it from 5 to 8 turns.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Aurora Veil is a status move (for 5 turns, damage to allies is halved. hail only).
Iron Head is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Sandslash's attack by 2 stages).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Sandslash from hazards, binding, leech seed).




Species: Sandslash-Alola
Item: Steelium Z / Chople Berry
Ability: Slush Rush
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Iron Head
- Icicle Crash / Ice Punch
- Return
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Sandslash-Alola (Slush Rush)

Sandslash is a stupendous Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Sandslash from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sandslash's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Slush Rush, if hail is active Sandslash's speed is doubled.

Iron Head is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Ice Punch is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Sandslash-alola? These builds have been optimized for Sun/Moon Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sun/Moon generation metagame.


Common team mates for Sandslash-alola in Pokemon Sun/Moon:

Ninetales-AlolaAbomasnow-MegaGyarados-MegaBlacephalonCresseliaAurorusGastrodonKeldeoAzelfBisharpAlakazamVanilluxe


Species: Sandslash-Alola
Item: Groundium Z / Chople Berry
Ability: Slush Rush
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Iron Head
- Icicle Crash

Doubles Physical Sweeper Sandslash-Alola (Slush Rush)

Sandslash is a phenomenal Physical Sweeper. It attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Sandslash from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sandslash's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Slush Rush, if hail is active Sandslash's speed is doubled.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon; Note: Earthquake does double damage on Pokemon using dig).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Iron Head is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Steel-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Sandslash-alola learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Frost Breath
60
90%
10
Always results in a critical hit.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Powder Snow
40
100%
25
10% chance to freeze the foe(s).
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Aerial Ace
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy.
Aqua Tail
90
90%
10
No additional effect.
Bide
--
--
10
Waits 2 turns; deals double the damage taken.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Chip Away
70
100%
20
Ignores the target's stat stage changes.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Covet
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Crush Claw
75
95%
10
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Drill Run
80
95%
10
High critical hit ratio.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Cutter
40
95%
20
Power doubles with each hit, up to 160.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Gyro Ball
--
100%
5
More power the slower the user than the target.
Ice Ball
30
90%
20
Power doubles with each hit. Repeats for 5 turns.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icicle Crash
85
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the target.
Icicle Spear
25
100%
30
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Knock Off
65
100%
20
1.5x damage if foe holds an item. Removes item.
Leech Life
80
100%
10
User recovers 50% of the damage dealt.
Metal Burst
--
100%
10
If hit by an attack, returns 1.5x damage.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Night Slash
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Rapid Spin
20
100%
40
Frees user from hazards, binding, Leech Seed.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Super Fang
--
90%
10
Does damage equal to 1/2 target's current HP.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Throat Chop
80
100%
15
For 2 turns, the target cannot use sound moves.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Amnesia
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Def by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Aurora Veil
--
--
20
For 5 turns, damage to allies is halved. Hail only.
Confide
--
--
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Atk by 1.
Curse
--
--
10
Curses if Ghost, else -1 Spe, +1 Atk, +1 Def.
Defense Curl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Safeguard
--
--
25
For 5 turns, protects user's party from status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
85%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Toxic
--
90%
10
Badly poisons the target. Poison types can't miss.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Sandslash-alola can perform in Sun/Moon. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SM Move and Ability Combos for Sandslash-alola

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