Alolan Sandshrew Raid Counters Guide

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Sandshrew (Alola)

As part of the Pokémon GO Holidays 2021 event, Alolan Sandshrew will be available in raids as a Tier 1 raid boss in Pokémon GO. In case you’re wondering, yes it can be shiny.

Alolan Sandshrew can be caught with the following CP values:

  • 688 – 739 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
  • 860 – 924 CP at Level 25 with Snow weather boost

It is an Ice & Steel type, which makes it weak to Fighting (x2), Fire (x2) and Ground type moves.

Alolan Sandshrew Raid Counters

Whenever the shadow variant of a Pokémon listed below is available in the game, it is strongly recommended to use it over its regular/purified counterpart. However, since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to TM away Frustration, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article.

Alolan Sandshrew’s best raid counters are listed below:

Alolan Sandshrew Counters
Supreme Counters
Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Charizard (Mega X) Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Lucario Counter Fighting Aura Sphere Fighting
Houndoom (Mega) Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire
Reshiram Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire
Darmanitan Fire Fang Fire Overheat Fire
Chandelure Incinerate Fire Overheat Fire
Blaziken Counter Fighting or Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Moltres Fire Spin Fire Overheat Fire
Conkeldurr Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Entei Fire Fang Fire Flamethrower Fire or Overheat Fire
Heatran Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire
Machamp Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Lopunny (Mega) Low Kick Fighting Focus Blast Fighting
Great Counters
Flareon Fire Spin Fire Flamethrower Fire or Overheat Fire
Emboar Ember Fire or Low Kick Fighting Blast Burn* Fire
Typhlosion Incinerate Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Charizard Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Infernape Fire Spin Fire Blast Burn* Fire
Hariyama Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting
Sirfetch'd Counter Fighting Close Combat Fighting
Breloom Counter Fighting Dynamic Punch Fighting

* marks a legacy move

Alolan Sandshrew has a glaring 4x weakness to Fire and Fighting type moves, so it’s strongly recommended to use Pokémon that take advantage of that fact. If you don’t have any of the Pokémon listed above powered up, you can always use:

  • Generalist” Pokémon such as Psycho Cut + Shadow Ball Mewtwo or Mega Gengar
  • Other heavy-hitting or weather boosted Megas
  • Powerful ground type Pokémon
  • Ho-Oh, Magmortar, Arcanine, Heracross, Pyroar, Houndoom, Toxicroak or Victini (with full fire or fighting type movesets, if possible)

Always keep an eye out for event-boosted Megas. Whenever a specific Mega Pokémon (from the ones listed above) is featured during an event, it instantly becomes a S+ tier counter. The temporary boost is too good to pass up, as it instantly pushes that Pokémon to level 55 once mega evolved.

Stats and Max CP

Sandshrew (Alola) IceSteel
Max CP at Level 40 1293 | Max CP at Level 50 1462
ATK 125 DEF 129 STA 137
Weak to Strong Against
Fire (x2) Fighting (x2) Ground Dragon Flying Grass Ground Ice Rock Fairy

Moveset

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Powder Snow Ice
  • Metal Claw Steel
  • Blizzard Ice
  • Gyro Ball Steel
  • Night Slash Dark

Alolan Sandshrew is a pretty good pick in some restricted metas. In fact, it was used by some players in the Kanto Cup last season. If you don’t want to power it up all the way to level 50 (+ best buddy it to get as close as possible to 1500 CP), you can use it in Little Cups.

Alolan Sandslash also has some play in restricted metas such as the Kanto Cup. Aside from that, it could be used as a spicy pick in the Ultra League as a Giratina counter but it just doesn’t perform as well in open metas.

We hope you found this raid guide useful!

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