Original Japanese name: Sandopan (Sandpan)

Type: Ground

Species: Mouse

Height: 3'3"

Weight: 65lbs

Evolution: Evolves from Sandshrew

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. When threatened, Sandslash curls into a ball of sharp spikes and rolls into enemies. The spikes inflict severe damage. It also curls up to prevent heatstroke during the daytime when temperatures rise sharply. In an attempt to hide itself, it will run around at top speed to kick up a blinding dust storm, but it can still attack even while scurrying about. If it digs at an incredible pace, it may snap off its spikes and claws, but they grow back in a day. Adept at climbing trees, it rolls into a spiny ball, then attacks its enemies from above. It can roll while curled up to hunt for food. It is also skilled at slashing enemies with its sharp claws. In battle, this pokemon will try to make the foe flinch by jabbing it with its spines. It then leaps at the stunned foe to tear wildly with its claws.

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