0028 Sandslash(Alolan)

Performance

Status

  • Ranking Score:
    88.3
  • Main moves:
    Shadow Claw*, Ice Punch, Drill Run
  • Type
    ICE
    STEEL
  • Level:
    21.5-25
  • Rank:
    Lvl 23.5 0/14/14CP 1498
  • Buddy Distance:
    3km
  • Charged Move Cost:
    50,000 Stardust
  • Attack:
    116.5
  • Defense:
    132.6
  • Stamina:
    124
  • Overall:
    1917

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Traits

Moves

Properties

Registeel has the following traits and playstyles:
  • + Spammy
    Reaches Charged Moves quickly.
  • + Flexible
    Can hit a wide variety of types.
  • + Defensive
    Resists attacks from a wide variety of types.
  • - Volatile
    Susceptible to one or more double weaknesses.
Move stats include same type and Shadow attack bonuses.
Recommended Move:
*Event or Elite TM exclusive*Unobtainable via TM
No.Move TypesMoveAccuracyPowerDamageAverageFast MoveCountRemark
1FastPowder Snow432Fast Charge
2FastShadow Claw*432Multipurpose
3FastMetal Claw332Low Quality
4ChargedDrill Run45801.786 - 6 - 5 - 6Coverage
5ChargedIce Punch40661.655 - 5 - 5 - 5Spam/Bait
6ChargedAerial Ace40551.385 - 5 - 5 - 5Coverage
7ChargedBlizzard751682.2410 - 9 - 10 - 9Nuke
8ChargedGyro Ball60961.68 - 7 - 8 - 7High Energy
9ChargedReturn†701301.869 - 9 - 9 - 8Neutral Nuke
10ChargedBulldoze60801.338 - 7 - 8 - 7High Energy Coverage
Weaknesses
fighting
x2.56
fire
x2.56
ground
x1.6
Resistances
poison
x0.39
ice
x0.39
psychic
x0.625
normal
x0.625
grass
x0.625
flying
x0.625
fairy
x0.625
dragon
x0.625
bug
x0.625

Character Introduction

Summary

Sandslash (Alola Form) is an Ice & Steel Pokémon which evolves from Sandshrew. It is vulnerable to Fighting, Fire and Ground moves. Sandslash's strongest moveset is Metal Claw & Blizzard and it has a Max CP of 2,432.

About

"Sandslash's body is covered by tough spikes, which are hardened sections of its hide. Once a year, the old spikes fall out, to be replaced with new spikes that grow out from beneath the old ones."

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PVP Mode Explanatory Notes

PvP Moveset Explanation
Shadow Claw* + Ice Punch and Drill Run

Powder Snow and Shadow Claw are identical in performance against neutral opponents, and thus both are viable. The latter is less likely to be resisted and provides coverage, so it is often the preferred choice.. It is recommended to have multiple Alolan Sandslash with both Fast Moves to avoid using rare Elite TMs. 

The move rebalance on September 27, 2019 gave Alolan Sandslash the much needed Ice Punch, which is mandatory due to its low energy cost compared to A-Sandslash's other options. Benefiting from STAB, this is its main charge move and also acts as a shield bait.

Starting in June 1 2023, Alolan Sandslash gained access to Drill Run. It provides nearly perfect coverage when combined with Ice Punch, and is a much better move than Bulldoze.

Gyro Ball is amongst one of the worst moves in PvP, and Alolan Sandslash should not use it despite receiving STAB. Blizzard can pull off surprise KOes, but is far less consistent than Ice Punch due to its extreme cost.

PvP Rating Explanation
Great League: 4 / 5

Alolan Sandslash is somewhat of a specialized corebreaker in the Great League thanks to its wide coverage and solid resistances. Out of all the meta Ice-type options with Ground coverage (Dewgong, Walrein, and itself), Alolan Sandslash fares the best against tanks such as Lanturn, Bastiodon, and Registeel. However, it is also the least safe option due to possessing two double weaknesses. The omnipresent Medicham gives Alolan Sandslash a run for its money.

Ultra League: 3.5 / 5

XL Candy is required to optimize IVs for Ultra League. While it doesn't have the best matchups compared to other options, it can still beat down major threats like Giratina and Cresselia. Two double weaknesses and a lack of coverage against popular Water-types such as Swampert are still major issues. The addition of Drill Run gives Alolan Sandslash a much better matchup against Steel-type Pokemon, but it now has to contend with Cobalion, who can effortlessly dispatch Alolan Sandslash with its Fighting-type Attacks.

Master League: 0 / 5

Alolan Sandslash doesn't have the stats compete well in Master League. Whatever it can do here, other Ice-type pokemon can do better.

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