Sandshrew

Sandshrew, The Mouse Pokémon. It burrows in locations far from water, it emerges only to hunt for food. It's body is dry. When it gets cold, it is said to become coated with a fine dew. If falling from a great height, it can curl into a ball and bounce to save itself. It prefers dry, sandy places so it can use sand to protect itself. It's body is configured to absorb water without waste. It's hide is very tough.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Sandshrew would have to be this:

Attacks:

Sandstorm
Toxic
Substitute
Earthquake

Items Attached:

BrightPowder

Preferred Nature:

Impish

Strategy Using Sandshrew

With Sandshrew, the best thing you could possibly do it take advantage of Sand veil.
With bright powder and Sandstorm, it should have a greater chance of avoiding attacks.
Toxic will work well with this moveset, which will allow it to deal damage slowly and gradually, hopefully, avoiding some attacks during the process.
Sub will allow to draw out the battle longer, and since Toxic does this gradual damage: 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1/1. If you're lucky, it may last this long and knock out a Pokemon.
Put in earthquake just in case this is your last Pokemon, plus it will take out a few of the steel types that Toxic won't affect, plus it gains STAB bonus.
Watch out for special moves, those would certainly beat Sandshrew due to its poor special defense. Sandshrew, a Pokemon with low stats but could provide to be a useful member of a UU team.

EV Corner:

Max out the EVs in Defense & HP for Sandshrew with any remaining in Attack

Strategy Against Sandshrew

Sandshrew's Physical Defense is above Average but it's Special Defense is very low so attack with Special Attacks and Water/Grass attacks to topple it.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Sandshrew would have to be this for the Tough Contest best with Impish, Lax, Relaxed or Bold Nature:

Attacks:

Swords Dance
Rock Smash
Sandstorm
Earthquake

Items Attached:

Yellow Scarf

Strategy Using Sandshrew

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Swords dance, 2nd - Rock smash, 3rd - Sandstorm, 4th - Earthquake, 5th - Rocks smash

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire

Trade from Leaf Green

Colosseum

Trade from Leaf Green

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Route, 23, Route 4, Route 8, Route 9, Route 10, Route 11

Animé Appearences

Sandshrew has had a many Animé Appearences. Firstly, A Trainer called AJ used one in his battle against Ash and Team Rocket to try and get to 100 consequtive Battles. Most of the rest were Cameos.

Episode 008: The Path To The Pokémon League!
Episode 067: Showdown At the Poké-Corall!
Episode 135: Tanks Alot!
Episode 209: Got Miltank!
Short 4: Pikachu's Pikaboo!
Episode 225: Throwing In The Noctowl!
Episode 235: A Tyrogue Full Of Trouble!
Episode 237: Talkin' Bout An Evolution!

 
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