Sandshrew is one of the first Pokémon that A.J. is seen with. It was the first to go up against Ash's Pidgeotto, and once the latter was defeated, Sandshrew goes up against Ash's Butterfree. Butterfree is told to use Stun Spore, which leads to Sandshrew being told to use Dig to avoid the Stun Spore. Then jumping out of the ground, Sandshrew defeats Butterfree. Ash then wanted his Pikachu to go up against A.J.. Pikachu then refuses, causing A.J. to come out victorious.
A.J.'s Sandshrew is later seen in the pool where it was captured by Team Rocket. Sandshrew is able to escape Team Rocket's clutches by using Dig to get back to A.J.'s Gym. Sandshrew then has a battle with two of Team Rocket's Pokémon, Koffing and Ekans. Sandshrew then dodged Koffing's attack and caused Ekans to tangle upon itself. Sandshrew then finished them off with Fissure.
Like its trainer, Sandshrew appeared in the opening scene of Adventures in the Orange Islands.
|Dig||The Path to the Pokémon League|
|Defense Curl||The Path to the Pokémon League|
|Fissure||The Path to the Pokémon League|
|+ indicates this Pokémon used this move recently.*|
- indicates this Pokémon normally can't use this move.