How to Beat Sandshrew

If you are looking for the best ways to defeat Sandshrew in Pokemon Go, you've come to the right place! This guide will teach you how to successfully win battles against Sandshrew by exploiting its Type weakness(es).

In addition, it is equally as important to choose the optimal Pokemon and Movesets to take advantage of those weaknesses. This will allow you to to deal maximum damage during battle and defeat Sandshrew quickly and easily.
How to Beat Sandshrew
To defeat Sandshrew in Pokemon Go you must take advantage of its Type Weakness(es). Being a Ground Type, Sandshrew is vulnerable against Grass, Ice and Water Type Moves.

This guide lists the best Pokemon and best Movesets you should use in order to defeat Sandshrew as effectively and as efficiently as possible.
Before we get into the details of this guide, please see below. The following is a simple step by step guide/checklist on how to defeat Sandshrew. If you would like more information surrounding terminology, specific Pokemon, Movesets, DPS, etc. feel free to check out the rest of this guide.
5 Simple Tips to Defeat Sandshrew
Tip #1. CP (Combat Power) Advantage
Choose Pokemon with equal or higher CP than that of the Sandshrew you are battling. If your CP advantage is high enough, the next steps will not be as important in battle. Sandshrew can have up to a maximum of 1194 CP.
Tip #2. Use Move Types Sandshrew is Weak Against
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Sandshrew will allow you to deal more damage during battle. Sandshrew is weak against the following Types:
Tip #3. Use Pokemon & Moves of the Same Type for Additional Damage
For example, Bulbasaur using a Grass Move, Charmander using a Fire Move or Squirtle using a Water Move will deal 25% more damage simply because the Pokemon is the same Type as the Move it is using. You can find out more about damage mechanics at the end of this page.
Tip #4. Choose the Best Type(s) of Pokemon
Dealing additional damage, while taking reduced damage is important in defeating Sandshrew. Avoid using Types of Pokemon Sandshrew Moves are Super Effective against, instead try to use Types of Pokemon of which Sandshrew Moves are Not Very Effective against.
MoveXSandshrew Moves are Super Effective Against
Mud Shot
Rock Slide
Rock Tomb
MoveSandshrew Moves Not Very Effective Against
Mud Shot
Rock Slide
Rock Tomb
Tip #5. Use High DPS Movesets for Max Damage
Taking advantage of the Type Weakness(es) of Sandshrew and the STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus) of your own Pokemon will allow you to deal a great amount of damage during battle. Sandshrew will go down quickly if the optimal Pokemon & Movesets are used.

You can learn more about high damage Movesets at the end of this guide: Section IV. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Sandshrew in battle.
Thank you for reading. If you would like further or more detailed information on how to defeat Sandshrew please continue reading the rest of this guide. If you have questions, comments, or tips of your own, feel free to leave a message in the comment section at the end of this guide!
I. Sandshrew Type Weaknesses
To defeat Sandshrew you must first learn its Type weaknesses. Using specific Types of Moves that Sandshrew is weak against will result in those Moves dealing Super Effective damage (25% damage bonus).
Sandshrew is a Ground Type Pokemon, which means it is weak against the following Move Type(s) and will be vulnerable to the following damage multipliers:
II. Utilizing Benefit of Super Effective Moves
Next we must identify Moves of the above Types. This is important as Moves that are Super Effective deal 25% additional damage. If a Pokemon has a double weakness, the Move will deal 56% additional damage.
In order to defeat Sandshrew you will want to choose a Pokemon with Move Types Sandshrew is vulnerable against. The moves of these types are shown below:
Move NameFast/
Leaf BladeCharge Grass552.80-5019.64
Petal BlizzardCharge Grass653.20-5020.31
Power WhipCharge Grass702.80-10025.00
Razor LeafFast Grass151.45710.34
Seed BombCharge Grass402.40-3316.67
Solar BeamCharge Grass1204.90-10024.49
Vine WhipFast Grass70.65710.77
Move NameFast/
BlizzardCharge Ice1003.90-10025.64
Frost BreathFast Ice90.81711.11
Ice BeamCharge Ice653.65-5017.81
Ice PunchCharge Ice453.50-3312.86
Ice ShardFast Ice151.40710.71
Icy WindCharge Ice253.80-206.58
Move NameFast/
Aqua JetCharge Water252.35-2010.64
Aqua TailCharge Water452.35-5019.15
BrineCharge Water252.40-2510.42
BubbleFast Water252.301510.87
Bubble BeamCharge Water302.90-2510.34
Hydro PumpCharge Water903.80-10023.68
ScaldCharge Water554.00-3313.75
Water GunFast Water60.50712.00
Water PulseCharge Water353.30-2510.61
III. Pokemon Weakness(es) vs. Sandshrew
Before we go any further, please take a minute to consider the following. Most of this guide is focused on dealing high amounts of damage in a short period of time, in order to beat Sandshrew as quickly as possible.

However, it is important to note that defensive Type weaknesses play an important role in Pokemon Go battles as well.
First off, Sandshrew can deal a great amount of damage using Mud Shot and Rock Slide. This is especially true if you are using Pokemon that are weak against these Move Type(s). The damage per second and ranking of this moveset is shown below.
High DPS Moveset for Sandshrew:
Move:Mud ShotRock Slide
Move Type:GroundRock
Category:Fast Charge
Rank (DPS):#51#91
DPS (w/ STAB):13.615.6
Rank (w/ STAB):#18#91
Sandshrew is capable of using the following Moves:
Sandshrew Fast Moves:Sandshrew Charge Moves:
Mud ShotScratchDigRock SlideRock Tomb
Sec:0.55 sec0.5 secSec:5.8 sec3.2 sec3.4 sec
While Mud Shot and Rock Slide is a strong Moveset, most of Sandshrew's Moves will deal additional damage if used against certain Types of Pokemon as they will take increased damage from Sandshrew. Depending on the particular Moveset of the Sandshrew you are battling against, you will want to try and avoid using Pokemon of the following Types.
MoveXSandshrew Moves are Super Effective Against
Mud Shot
Rock Slide
Rock Tomb
On the other hand, there are certain Types of Pokemon in Pokemon Go, that will take less damage from the Moves of Sandshrew. Therefore, to survive longer during Gym battles you will want to try and use Pokemon of the below Types when battling against Sandshrew.
MoveSandshrew Moves are Not Very Effective Against
Mud Shot
Rock Slide
Rock Tomb
It is important to note that this is not the only factor in choosing the optimal Pokemon to defeat Sandshrew. If you have a Pokemon with much higher CP and a high damage Moveset vs. Sandshrew you will obviously want to use that Pokemon. You will be able to win the battle quickly before your opponent has even had a chance to deal much damage.

However, if you are using a Pokemon with average CP and an average moveset, choosing the right Type of Pokemon becomes much more important.
IV. Benefits of Type Weakness & STAB Damage
Getting back to the offensive side of battling, the next step is to identify which Pokemon have the capability of using Super Effective Moves against Sandshrew.

Furthermore, we must identify Pokemon that are the same Type as the Moves they are using. This will result in an added 25% additional damage bonus, commonly referred to as STAB (Same Type Attack Bonus).
If you are new to Pokemon Go or to the damage mechanics in general, be sure to review the chart below before making your way to Section V. (Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Sandshrew). It explains how Pokemon Go DB determines the best damage Moveset/Pokemon to beat Sandshrew.
The following chart explains the terms used in this guide:
Battle Mechanics Terminology (Quick Reference Guide)
DPSDPS stands for Damage per Second. The DPS of each Move is calculated by taking the Power of a Move and dividing it by the time (seconds) it takes to actually perform the move (also known as a cooldown).
STABSTAB stands for Same Type Attack Bonus. When a Pokemon uses a Move that is the same Type as itself that Move will deal additional bonus damage. For example, if a Ground Type Pokemon uses a Ground Type Move it will deal 25% more damage.
Best Fast MoveThe Best Fast Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Fast Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of two possible Fast Moves.
Best Charge MoveThe Best Charge Move is calculated by taking the highest DPS Charge Move a Pokemon is capable of using. This includes the 25% STAB bonus. Generally every Pokemon in Pokemon Go will have one of three possible Charge Moves.
Best Fast Move DPS vs. SandshrewBest Fast Move DPS vs. Sandshrew is calculated by taking the Best Fast Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Sandshrew has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Sandshrew has a double weakness to that Type.
Best Charge Move DPS vs. SandshrewBest Charge Move DPS vs. Sandshrew is calculated by taking the Best Charge Move DPS w/ STAB and multiplying that DPS by 1.25 if Sandshrew has a single weakness to that Type or multiplying that DPS by 1.56 if Sandshrew has a double weakness to that Type.
Average DPSAverage DPS is simply the average of the Best Fast Move DPS vs. Sandshrew and the Best Charge Move DPS vs. Sandshrew. The chart is then sorted by highest Average DPS to lowest.
V. Best Pokemon & Movesets to use against Sandshrew in battle.
The following chart lists the top Pokemon/Moveset against Sandshrew. The list is sorted by highest Average Damage per Second to lowest. Type Effectiveness and STAB play a big role in increasing the damage that is done to Sandshrew. If you follow every step in this guide, you will have a much easier time defeating Sandshrew. Good Luck!
Best Pokemon Movesets vs. Sandshrew
PicNameBest Fast MoveBest Charge MoveFast Move TypeCharge Move TypeBest Fast Move DPS vs. SandshrewBest Charge Move DPS vs. SandshrewAverage DPS
DewgongFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7
CloysterFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7
LaprasFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7
ArticunoFrost BreathBlizzardIceIce17.440.128.7
IvysaurVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9
BellsproutVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9
TangelaVine WhipPower WhipGrassGrass16.839.127.9
WartortleWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater18.837.027.9
BlastoiseWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater18.837.027.9
GolduckWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater18.837.027.9
SeadraWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater18.837.027.9
StarmieWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater18.837.027.9
VaporeonWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater18.837.027.9
OmastarWater GunHydro PumpWaterWater18.837.027.9
WeepinbellRazor LeafPower WhipGrassGrass16.239.127.6
VenusaurVine WhipSolar BeamGrassGrass16.838.327.5
VileplumeRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass16.238.327.2
VictreebelRazor LeafSolar BeamGrassGrass16.238.327.2
PoliwrathBubbleHydro PumpWaterWater17.037.027.0
ExeggutorZen HeadbuttSolar BeamPsychicGrass14.338.326.3
ParasectBug BiteSolar BeamBugGrass13.938.326.1
TentacruelPoison JabHydro PumpPoisonWater14.337.025.6
MankeyScratchCross ChopNormalFighting12.037.524.8
GyaradosBiteHydro PumpDarkWater12.037.024.5
PsyduckWater GunCross ChopWaterFighting18.830.024.4
JigglypuffPoundBody SlamNormalNormal16.232.124.1
PrimeapeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
MachopLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
MachokeLow KickCross ChopFightingFighting10.437.524.0
GloomRazor LeafPetal BlizzardGrassGrass16.231.724.0
MeowthScratchBody SlamNormalNormal15.032.123.5
SquirtleBubbleAqua TailWaterWater17.029.923.5
MachampKarate ChopCross ChopFightingFighting9.437.523.4
PidgeotWing AttackHurricaneFlyingFlying15.031.323.1
WigglytuffPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1
ChanseyPoundHyper BeamNormalNormal16.230.023.1
GravelerMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1
GolemMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1
RhydonMud SlapStone EdgeGroundRock13.932.323.1
RattataTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8
EeveeTackleBody SlamNormalNormal13.632.122.8
CharizardWing AttackFire BlastFlyingFire15.030.522.7
ArcanineFire FangFire BlastFireFire14.930.522.7
NidoqueenPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.329.822.0
NidokingPoison JabEarthquakePoisonGround14.329.822.0
DugtrioMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8
MarowakMud SlapEarthquakeGroundGround13.929.821.8
SnorlaxZen HeadbuttBody SlamPsychicNormal11.432.121.7
SandslashMud ShotEarthquakeGroundGround13.629.821.7
SeelIce ShardAqua TailIceWater13.429.921.7
SlowpokeWater GunPsychicWaterPsychic18.824.621.7
SlowbroWater GunPsychicWaterPsychic18.824.621.7
OnixRock ThrowStone EdgeRockRock11.032.321.6
KabutopsMud ShotStone EdgeGroundRock10.932.321.6
LickitungZen HeadbuttPower WhipPsychicGrass11.431.321.3
PoliwagBubbleBody SlamWaterNormal17.025.621.3
OddishRazor LeafSludge BombGrassPoison16.226.421.3
NinetalesEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
PonytaEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
RapidashEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
MagmarEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
FlareonEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
MoltresEmberFire BlastFireFire11.930.521.2
DragoniteDragon BreathDragon ClawDragonDragon15.027.321.2
RaticateBiteHyper BeamDarkNormal12.030.021.0
MukPoison JabGunk ShotPoisonPoison14.327.120.7
HaunterShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5
GengarShadow ClawSludge BombGhostPoison14.526.420.5
GoldeenMud ShotAqua TailGroundWater10.929.920.4
BeedrillPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
NidorinoPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
GrimerPoison JabSludge BombPoisonPoison14.326.420.4
EkansPoison StingGunk ShotPoisonPoison12.927.120.0
ParasBug BiteSeed BombBugGrass13.926.020.0
AlakazamPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0
MewtwoPsycho CutPsychicPsychicPsychic15.424.620.0

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