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Sandstorm Move Game
(すなあらし Sandstorm)
Generation: II
Battle Data
Type: Type Rock
Category Type Status
Power: --
Accuracy: -%
PP: 10*
Affects: All Pokémon
Secondary Effect: None
Priority: 0
Contact: No
Affected by
Magic Coat: No
Bright Powder: No
Protect/Detect: No
Snatch: No
King's Rock: No
Contest Data
Contests (RSE)
Type: Type Tough
Appeal: 3 ♥♥♥
Jam: 0
Super Contests (DPPt)
Type: Type Tough
Appeal: 2 ♥♥
Contest Spectaculars (ORAS)
Type: Type Tough
Appeal: 1
Jam: 1

Sandstorm is a weather-affecting Rock-type move introduced in Generation II.

Effects in Battle

  • Damages all Pokémon except Rock-, Ground- and Steel-type Pokémon
  • Will increase the Sp. Def. of Rock-type Pokémon by x1.5
  • Solar Beam's power is reduced by half
  • Synthesis, Morning Sun, and Moonlight will recover 1/4 of the total HP, instead of 1/2
  • Weather Ball changes to Rock-type and doubles in power.
  • Castform's Forecast however doesn't change Castform's type, so it will still be damaged by Sandstorm.
  • The Smooth Rock increases the duration of the sandstorm.
  • Pokémon with the Sand Veil ability will not be affected, even if they aren't a Rock, Ground or Steel type Pokémon (for example, Cacnea is a Grass-type and has the Sand Veil ability, so it doesn't get damaged), and will also have a 20% increase in evasion.
  • Pokémon with the Sand Stream ability will create a semi-permanent sandstorm upon switching in


Learned by




Sandstorm depicted in the anime
Tyson Donphan Sandstorm
Tyson's Donphan using Sandstorm
Drew Flygon Sandstorm
Drew's Flygon using Sandstorm
Palmer Rhyperior Sandstorm
Palmer's Rhyperior using Sandstorm
Cilan Crustle Sandstorm
Cilan's Crustle using Sandstorm
Carbink XY123 Sandstorm
Carbink using Sandstorm
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