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[[File:Type Ground.gif|link=Ground type]]  
Species Mouse Pokémon
Abilities Sand Veil
Sand Rush (Dream World)
None ← 027 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Sandslash]]
(サンド Sando)
[[Generation I]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Yellow>Yellow</font>
Shape Footprint

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



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

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.

In the anime

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.


Sandshrew evolves into Sandslash once it reaches level 22.

Game info

Game locations

Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Red/Blue Routes 4, 11, 23(Blue only) Common
Yellow Routes 3 and 4, Mt. Moon Uncommon
Gold/Silver Routes 4 and 32, Union Cave, Mt. Moon(Gold)
Goldenrod Game Corner for 700 Coins(Silver)
Crystal Routes 3, 4, Union Cave, Mt. Moon Uncommon
Ruby/Sapphire Routes 111 and 113 Uncommon
Emerald Routes 111 and 113, Mirage Tower Common
FireRed/LeafGreen Trade(FireRed)
Routes 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 22, 23(LeafGreen)
Diamond/Pearl Wayward Cave Dongle (LeafGreen)
Platinum Wayward Cave Dongle (LeafGreen)
HeartGold/SoulSilver Union Cave, Mt. Moon(HeartGold)
Trade, Safari Zone(SoulSilver]])
Black/White Breed Sandslash None

Side game locations

Game(s) Area(s)
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



Generation I

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation I

Generation II

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation II

Generation III

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation III

Generation IV

Main article: Sandshrew/Learnset Generation IV


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.


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


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