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Sand Veil

Description

If sandstorm is the prevailing weather condition, the wielder gets a 25% evasion increase. In addition, if a non-Ground-, Rock-, or Steel-type Pokemon has this ability, it will not take damage from sandstorm.

Sand Veil decreases the wild Pokemon encounter rate in areas with sandstorm by 50%.

Competitive Use

Sand Veil is a very, very annoying ability that has generated a lot of hate in the past due to the fact that it was so easy to abuse. Even so, while you used to be able to see the occasional Gliscor with it, it usually prefers Poison Heal. No other users will be seen with it, apart from the occasional Cacturne, whom players use purely to annoy you. Thanks to the very high chance of avoiding an attack under sandstorm—a prevalent weather condition in most of Smogon's higher metagames—it is a very good ability indeed.

On October 15th 2012, Sand Veil was voted to be banned from Smogon's OU metagame as well as all tiers below it, so is currently unusable in all Smogon metagames bar Ubers and Little Cup.

Found normally

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Cacnea Grass LC Sand Veil / Water Absorb 50 85 40 85 40 35 335
Cacturne Grass / Dark NU Sand Veil / Water Absorb 70 115 60 115 60 55 475
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
Gabite Dragon / Ground NU Sand Veil / Rough Skin 68 90 65 50 55 82 410
Garchomp Dragon / Ground OU Sand Veil / Rough Skin 108 130 95 80 85 102 600
Gible Dragon / Ground LC Sand Veil / Rough Skin 58 70 45 40 45 42 300
Gligar Ground / Flying UU Hyper Cutter / Sand Veil / Immunity 65 75 105 35 65 85 430
Gliscor Ground / Flying OU Hyper Cutter / Sand Veil / Poison Heal 75 95 125 45 75 95 510
Sandshrew Ground LC Sand Veil / Sand Rush 50 75 85 20 30 40 300
Sandslash Ground RU Sand Veil / Sand Rush 75 100 110 45 55 65 450

Found in Dream World

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Donphan Ground OU Sturdy / Sand Veil 90 120 120 60 60 50 500
Geodude Rock / Ground LC Rock Head / Sturdy / Sand Veil 40 80 100 30 30 20 300
Golem Rock / Ground NU Rock Head / Sturdy / Sand Veil 80 110 130 55 65 45 485
Larvitar Rock / Ground LC Guts / Sand Veil 50 64 50 45 50 41 300
Phanpy Ground LC Pickup / Sand Veil 90 60 60 40 40 40 330
Stunfisk Ground / Electric NU Static / Limber / Sand Veil 109 66 84 81 99 32 471