028 Sandslash(Alolan)

Performance

Status

  • Ranking Score:
    84.6
  • Main moves:
    Shadow Claw*, Ice Punch, Bulldoze
  • 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 Types Move Accuracy Power Damage Average Fast MoveCount Remark
1 Fast Powder Snow 4 3 2 Fast Charge
2 Fast Shadow Claw* 4 3 2 Multipurpose
3 Fast Metal Claw 3 3 2 Low Quality
4 Charged Ice Punch 40 66 1.65 5 - 5 - 5 Spam/Bait
5 Charged Blizzard 75 168 2.24 10 - 9 - 10 Nuke
6 Charged Bulldoze 60 80 1.33 8 - 7 - 8 High Energy Coverage
7 Charged Gyro Ball 60 96 1.6 8 - 7 - 8 High Energy
8 Charged Return† 70 130 1.86 9 - 9 - 9 Neutral Nuke
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
Powder Snow or Shadow Claw* + Ice Punch and Bulldoze 

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, however. 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.

While both Bulldoze and Gyro Ball have identical stats (80 power, 60 energy cost) and are among the worst charge moves for PvP, they cost less energy than Blizzard, which makes them easier to access. Bulldoze provides wide coverage, including against Alolan Sandslash's major weakness to Fire-types, while Gyro Ball can help against other Ice-type Pokemon as well as just benefiting from STAB.

PvP Rating Explanation
Great League: 3 / 5

Alolan Sandslash is somewhat of a specialist. It's the kind of the Pokemon you'd use if you really want to abuse opponents weak to Ice while resisting their attacks (except for Ground-types). Nine resistances and good bulk are definitely perks, but two double weakness can be very scary against common typings. 

Ultra League: 3 / 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 Togekiss. Two double weaknesses and a lack of coverage against popular Water-types such as Swampert are still major issues. 

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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