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Sandaconda Best Moveset & Build

Sandaconda
Total Base Stats510
Type Ground Icon

Lead Support Build

Best NatureBest Item
Careful (Sp.Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Sand Spit

The Pokemon creates a sandstorm when hit by an attack.
Best Moveset
Stealth Rock / Earthquake / Rock Tomb / Glare
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 252, Special Defense 252, Speed 4

Use As A Lead

Sandaconda is quite defensively bulky and lacks a 4x weakness due to its single-typing. Due to this, it can safely set up Stealth Rock and even get a Glare off on the target to set the stage for another of your Pokemon to come in. Make use of Sand Spit to trigger a Sandstorm and bring in Pokemon that will benefit from it.

Sand Spit Wins Weather Wars

Sand Spit triggers a Sandstorm every time Sandaconda is attacked. As such, you can overwrite your opponent's weather every time you're hit. This is a distinct advantage over other Sandstorm users like Hippowdon.

Easily Paralyzes Opponents

Another point of distinction with Hippowdon is that Sandaconda can paralyzes foes easily with Glare. Unlike Sleep, Paralysis does not recover naturally, so it's easier to use it to set up for your other Pokemon.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Stealth Rock
Rock Icon
Set up rocks which deal damage to foes switching in. Helps support the rest of your team.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful STAB move, a must have.
Rock Tomb
Rock Icon
Lowers opponent's speed. Useful for your follow-up Pokemon.
Glare
status icon
Paralyzes opponents. Useful disabling tool.

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Sandaconda Best Gigantamax Moveset & Build

Gigantamax Sandaconda
Best NatureBest Item
Bold (Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Expert Belt
Best Ability
Sand Spit

The Pokemon creates a sandstorm when hit by an attack.
Best Moveset
Stone Edge / Earthquake / Body Press / Fire Fang
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Defense 252, Speed 4

Trap Enemies

Move G-Max Sandblast Ground Icon
Effect Traps the target in a Rock Tomb for 4-5 turns.

This Sandaconda-Exclusive move deals damage to opponents and traps them in a Rock Tomb for 4-5 turns, preventing them from switching out. Make sure you choose which foes you trap wisely, as you'll have to duke it out with them to the death.

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Strong Against Physical Attackers

Sandaconda's excellent defense stats, coupled with a Defensive nature and EVs allow it to take a lot of hits from physical attackers, trap, then eliminate them!

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Powerful STAB move, a must have.
Stone Edge
Rock Icon
Powerful Rock move, good coverage.
Body Press
Fighting Icon
Powerful Fighting move, good for Max Knuckle.
Fire Fang
fire Icon
Great coverage move.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Glare
status icon
Paralyzes opponents. Useful disabling tool.
Stealth Rock
Rock Icon
Set up rocks which deal damage to foes switching in. Helps support the rest of your team.
Rock Tomb
Rock Icon
Lowers opponent's speed. Useful for your follow-up Pokemon.

Sandaconda - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
LeftoversRecover lost HP, good choice for leads.
Expert BeltIncreases damage of super-effective moves.
Soft SandIncreases damage of Ground moves.
Sitrus BerryGood recovery option.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Sandaconda - Best Nature And EVs

Sandaconda - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
Careful Sp.Def↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Useful for lead builds to supplement defenses!
Adamant Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Useful for Gigantamax builds that want to emphasize offense.
Bold Defense↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Could be used for either build, preferred for Gigantamax.

What Nature Would You Recommend For Sandaconda?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Lead Support Build

StatBase Point
HP252 Points (max)
Special Defense252 Points (max)
Speed4 Points

This build focuses on defenses so you can set up Stealth Rock!

Gigantamax Build

StatBase Point
Attack252 Points (max)
Defense252 Points (max)
Speed4 Points

This build is more offensively oriented.

Sandaconda Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Sandaconda

PokemonExplanation
InteleonInteleon Pros
- Water moves are super-effective
Cons
- None
Rotom-WashWash Rotom Pros
- Water moves are super-effective
- Immune to Ground moves
Cons
- None
Mow Rotom IconMow Rotom Pros
- Immune to Ground moves
- Grass moves are super-effective
Cons
- None
GyaradosGyarados Pros
- Water moves are super-effective
- Immune to ground moves
- Reduces attack with Intimidate
Cons
- None

How To Play Against Sandaconda

Taunt It!

Taunt is an excellent way to deal with Sandaconda, as it prevents it from setting up its Stealth Rock and using Glare. However, there is a chance it's an offensive build, so this might not always work.

Hit It Hard And Fast

Sandaconda's Speed is rather average, and its HP/SP.Def are rather low. This means that you'll be able to break through it if you just apply enough force with a strong super effective Water or Grass move. It also lacks recovery moves, so you should be able to deal with it.

Sandaconda - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Sandaconda on Route 8
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Silicobra
3Breed that Caterpie until you get one with a Careful Nature
4Put 252 points in HP, 252 points in Sp. Def, and 4 points in Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Stealth Rock, Earthquake, Rock Tomb, and Glare
7Equip Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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