Abilities: Snow Cloak / Slush Rush (Available) Stats: 75 HP / 100 Atk / 120 Def / 25 SpA / 65 SpD / 65 Spe Moveset Alola Sandshrew (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Moveset Alola Sandshrew (open) Moveset Alola Sandshrew (close) - Scratch - Defense Curl 3 Bide 5 Powder Snow 7 Ice Ball 9 Rapid Spin 11 Fury Cutter 14 Metal Claw 17 Swift 20 Fury Swipes 23 Iron Defense 26 Slash 30 Iron Head 34 Gyro Ball 38 Swords Dance 42 Hail 46 Blizzard TM01 Work Up TM06 Toxic TM07 Hail TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM14 Blizzard TM17 Protect TM20 Safeguard TM21 Frustration TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Leech Life TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM46 Thief TM48 Round TM56 Fling TM65 Shadow Claw TM70 Aurora Veil TM74 Gyro Ball TM75 Swords Dance TM78 Bulldoze TM79 Frost Breath TM80 Rock Slide TM81 X-Scissor TM84 Poison Jab TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM90 Substitute TM100 Confide Egg Flail Egg Counter Egg Rapid Spin Egg Metal Claw Egg Crush Claw Egg Night Slash Egg Mud Shot Egg Endure Egg Chip Away Egg Rock Climb Egg Rototiller Moveset Alola Sandslash (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Moveset Alola Sandslash (open) Moveset Alola Sandslash (close) - Icicle Spear - Metal Burst - Icicle Crash - Slash - Defense Curl - Ice Ball - Metal Claw TM01 Work Up TM06 Toxic TM07 Hail TM10 Hidden Power TM11 Sunny Day TM14 Blizzard TM15 Hyper Beam TM17 Protect TM20 Safeguard TM21 Frustration TM26 Earthquake TM27 Return TM28 Leech Life TM31 Brick Break TM32 Double Team TM40 Aerial Ace TM42 Facade TM44 Rest TM45 Attract TM46 Thief TM48 Round TM52 Focus Blast TM56 Fling TM65 Shadow Claw TM68 Giga Impact TM70 Aurora Veil TM74 Gyro Ball TM75 Swords Dance TM78 Bulldoze TM79 Frost Breath TM80 Rock Slide TM81 X-Scissor TM84 Poison Jab TM87 Swagger TM88 Sleep Talk TM90 Substitute TM100 Confide Overview While Sandile and Trapinch are doing well in Haina Desert, poor Sandshrew couldn't adapt and it went living to snowy mountains. Then, it turned an Ice/Steel Pokemon. Don't let you be fooled by Pokedex description. Alola Sandslash is as fast as regular Sandslash. Still, it has even better Defense stats at the cost of a lower Special Attack, so you can say Alola Sandslash got better stats than its desert counterpart. Also, while regular Sandslash has Sand Rush, Alola Sandslash got its hail version: Slush Rush. That makes Sandslash somewhat fearsome, combining its very decent 100 base Attack with a maximum speed of 502, allowing it to ouspeed threats like Scarf Genesect, Scarfchomp, or non-scarfed Pheromosa. It also has two nasty toys in form of Icicle Crash and Iron Head, two STAB moves with 30% of flinching. Beartric also has access to Slush Rush, and has an even bigger attack than Sandslash, but is slower and is weak to Stealth Rock. In the defensive side, Ice/Steel is a tricky type. It brings some advantages to Ice types like no weakness from Stealth Rock and some interesting resistances against Fairy, Dragon, Psychic, Ice or Flying. Or the other hand, Sandslash is weak to Ground and has two nasty x4 weakness to both Fighting and Fire. Also, it's surprising it didn't get access to Ice Shard. Potential sets SLUSH RUSH ABUSER Sandslash @ Life Orb/Chople Berry Ability: Slush Rush EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe Adamant/Jolly Nature - Swords Dance - Icicle Crash - Iron Head - Earthquake Both Icicle Crash and Iron Head are the main offensive moves. Both of them get STAB and 30% flinch rate. Earthquake completes the coverage allowing it to face opposing Steel and Rock types and punishing possible Fire opposition. Thanks to some key resistances as Psychic or Fairy and to its 120 base defense, it can set Swords Dance to raise its attack. For nature, go to Adamant if you want full power, or Jolly if you want to outspeed opposing non-scarf Pheromosa or scarf Genesect. Life Orb is the main item to use, but you can use Chople Berry to survive a Fighting move and set up or attack. Alola Sandslash main partner is Alola Ninetales which set up hail, Aurora Veil and can scare Fighting types with Moonblast. That Hail+Aurora Veil support allows Sandslash to do its job to the fullest (Vanilluxe can also fit for that role, but in a lesser way). Another great partner could be Dugtrio, thanks to its power to trap and eliminate Steel, Rock, and Fire types, making easier the work of Sandslash (have in mind Alolan Marowak can't be trapped). Magnezone could be also considered for trapping Skarmory and Celesteela. OTHER OPTIONS -Choice Band set, with fourth slot being Rock Slide which gives it coverage against stuff like Charizard, Mantine, or Gyarados. If you don't like to be locked, you can run Expert Belt instead. -Assault Vest could be another interesting item for all-attack Sandslash, turning it into a tank which resists both physical and special moves. -Leech Life is also an option in offensive sets which allow you to recover some health -Defensive/utility sets aren't as effective as physical ones. Still, it's wise to remember Sandslash has access to Rapid Spin, Toxic, or Aurora Veil. -Icium-Z can be accounted too. It can be used in two ways: 160 power Subzero Slammer using Icicle Crash, or +1 speed using Aurora Veil or Hail. Opinion Thanks to 100 base attack, Slush Rush, and double STAB with 30% flinch rate, Alola Sandslash can be a staple in hail teams. Ice+Steel+Earthquake give it good coverage, and it got some interesting resistances to some common types like Fairy or Psychic. However, it's a Pokemon that can only work efficiently under hail, and has three key weakness to very used types, being two of these weakness by x4.