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Sandaconda (サダイジャ Sadaija) is a ground-type introduced in Generation VIII. It can also Gigantamax into Gigantamax Sandaconda.

Biology

Physiology

Sandaconda is a curled up Pokémon with a color scheme and pattern akin to a diamondback rattlesnake. It has green eyes, two nostrils that resemble gun barrels with iron sights, and a sand pouch on top of its head; said sand pouch is sensitive and easily harmed by strong objects like a Durant’s pincers. The Pokémon usually lies on its coiled body’s underside, and by contracting, the Pokémon can shoot 220 pounds of sand from its nostrils.

In its Gigantamax form, the Pokémon stands on its tail, the patterns on its head coils are replaced by sandstorm-like patterns, and two big sand clouds swirl around it. Its eyes also turn red and three Dynamax clouds surround it. Additionally, the form's sand pouches are so big that over 1 million tons of sand can be stored in it, and the sand clouds on its head spin at such high speeds to the extent that they can demolish a skyscraper.

Behavior

Sandaconda is predatory, as it likes to eat Durant eggs (similarly to Ekans, who likes to eat Pidgey eggs). However, it gets sad and timid if it has an insufficient amount of sand stored up.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Sword and Shield Route 8, Lake of Outrage

Max Raid Battle: Dusty Bowl

Common, Rare for Gigantamax


Pokédex entries

  • Sword

    When it contracts its body, over 220 pounds of sand sprays from its nose. If it ever runs out of sand, it becomes disheartened.
    Gigantamax: Its sand pouch has grown to tremendous proportions. More than 1,000,000 tons of sand now swirl around its body.

  • Shield

    Its unique style of coiling allows it to blast sand out of its sand sac more efficiently.
    Gigantamax: Sand swirls around its body with such speed and power that it could pulverize a skyscraper.


Stats

Base Stats
HP
72
Atk
107
Def
125
Sp. Atk
65
Sp. Def
70
Speed
71
Total
510


Learnset

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Level Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
1 Skull Bash Type Normal Physical 130 100% 10
1 Wrap Type Normal Physical 15 90% 20
1 Sand Attack Type Ground Status 100% 15
1 Minimize Type Normal Status 100% 10
1 Brutal Swing Type Dark Physical 60 100% 20
15 Bulldoze Type Ground Physical 60 100% 20
20 Headbutt Type Normal Physical 70 100% 15
25 Glare Type Normal Status 100% 30
30 Dig Type Ground Physical 80 100% 10
35 Sandstorm Type Ground Status 100% 10
42 Slam Type Normal Physical 80 75% 20
49 Coil Type Poison Status 100% 20
51 Sand Tomb Type Ground Physical 35 85% 15
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TM

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TM08 Hyper Beam Type Normal Special 150 90% 5
TM09 Giga Impact Type Normal Physical 150 90% 5
TM15 Dig Type Ground Physical 80 100% 10
TM16 Screech Type Normal Status 85% 40
TM21 Rest Type Psychic Status 100% 10
TM22 Rock Slide Type Rock Physical 75 90% 10
TM24 Snore Type Normal Special 50 100% 15
TM25 Protect Type Normal Status 100% 10
TM31 Attract Type Normal Status 100% 15
TM32 Sandstorm Type Rock Status 100% 10
TM39 Facade Type Normal Physical 70 100% 20
TM48 Rock Tomb Type Rock Physical 60 95% 15
TM49 Sand Tomb Type Ground Physical 35 85% 15
TM53 Mud Shot Type Ground Special 55 95% 15
TM54 Rock Blast Type Rock Physical 25 90% 10
TM68 Fire Fang Type Fire Physical 65 95% 15
TM76 Round Type Normal Special 60 100% 15
TM81 Bulldoze Type Ground Physical 60 100% 20
TM97 Brutal Swing Type Dark Physical 60 100% 20
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By TR

Generation VIII
Machine Move Type Category Power Accuracy PP
TR10 Earthquake Type Ground Physical 100 100% 10
TR20 Substitute Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR24 Outrage Type Dragon Physical 120 100% 10
TR26 Endure Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR27 Sleep Talk Type Normal Status 100% 10
TR46 Iron Defense Type Steel Status 100% 15
TR67 Earth Power Type Ground Special 90 100% 10
TR69 Zen Headbutt Type Psychic Physical 80 90% 15
TR74 Iron Head Type Steel Physical 80 100% 15
TR75 Stone Edge Type Rock Physical 100 80% 5
TR76 Stealth Rock Type Rock Status 100% 20
TR87 Drill Run Type Ground Physical 80 95% 10
TR89 Hurricane Type Flying Special 110 70% 10
TR94 High Horsepower Type Ground Physical 95 95% 10
TR99 Body Press Type Fighting Physical 80 100% 10
Bold indicates that this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates that an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

To see the Egg Moves that Sandaconda can learn, refer to Silicobra.


By tutoring

Sandaconda learns no moves via tutoring.


Sprites


Trivia

  • Sandaconda's ability to demolish skyscrapers when Gigantamaxed is a nod towards Duraludon’s Gigantamax form being a skyscraper with a weakness to the Ground type.
  • It is mentioned that sharp pieces of gravel are mixed in the sand it shoots out, which will cause cuts, but this is never shown.

Origin

Sandaconda's design is based on an anaconda and other kinds of desert dwelling snakes such as sidewinders or rattlesnakes. Its nose also resembles a double-barreled shotgun, as it shoots sand from it at high speeds, similarly to how shotguns typically fire multiple small projectiles in a widespread.

It could also be based on a ball python, which is known for curling up into a ball to defend themselves.

Its Gigantamax Form is based on a tornado or dust devil.

Etymology

Its name is a combination of the words sand and anaconda.

Sadaija is a portmanteau of 沙 (sa, sand) and 大蛇 (daija, big snake).

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