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.