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Sand Force

Description

While sandstorm is the prevailing weather condition, the Base Power of Ground-, Rock-, and Steel-type moves is multiplied by 5325/4096 (about 130%). In addition, if a non-Ground-, Rock-, or Steel-type Pokemon has this ability, it will not take damage from sandstorm.

Competitive Use

All of the Pokemon that obtain this ability already are immune to sandstorm damage (bar Shellos). Gigalith is the only Pokemon that doesn't obtain another very good alternative ability; Excadrill has Sand Rush, Probopass has Magnet Pull, Hippowdon has Sand Stream, Gastrodon has Storm Drain, Dugtrio has Arena Trap, and Landorus has Sheer Force from the Dream World. Landorus is the only really common user of the move to power up its STAB Earthquake as well as Stone Edge, since it is the only one naturally fast enough to make use of the power. Excadrill can also make use of it on non-sweeping sets, if you are not too bothered about the massive loss in Speed from not using Sand Rush.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Drilbur Ground LC Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 60 85 40 30 45 68 328
Excadrill Ground / Steel Uber Sand Rush / Sand Force / Mold Breaker 110 135 60 50 65 88 508
Landorus Ground / Flying Uber Sand Force / Sheer Force 89 125 90 115 80 101 600

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Diglett Ground LC Sand Veil / Arena Trap / Sand Force 10 55 25 35 45 95 265
Dugtrio Ground OU Sand Veil / Arena Trap / Sand Force 35 80 50 50 70 120 405
Gastrodon Water / Ground OU Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force 111 83 68 92 82 39 475
Gigalith Rock NU Sturdy / Sand Force 85 135 130 60 70 25 505
Hippopotas Ground LC Sand Stream / Sand Force 68 72 78 38 42 32 330
Hippowdon Ground OU Sand Stream / Sand Force 108 112 118 68 72 47 525
Nosepass Rock LC Sturdy / Magnet Pull / Sand Force 30 45 135 45 90 30 375
Probopass Rock / Steel NU Sturdy / Magnet Pull / Sand Force 60 55 145 75 150 40 525
Roggenrola Rock LC Sturdy / Sand Force 55 75 85 25 25 15 280
Shellos Water LC Sticky Hold / Storm Drain / Sand Force 76 48 48 57 62 34 325