Best moveset for Alolan Sandslash in Pokemon Go and is it any good?

Chris Studley
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Here’s a look at the best moveset for Alolan Sandslash in Pokemon Go, as well as whether it is good for PvP play.

Between all the different Ice-types in Pokemon Go, including Froslass, Glalie, and Vanilluxe, it can be hard to decide which one to go with to counter Dragon and Flying-types.

Alolan Sandslash is a bit different than its Kanto counterpart, as it’s a dual Ice/Steel-type. But, can it be a good counter option in Pokemon Go?

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Here’s a look at what moveset to use with Alolan Sandslash and whether it’s good for PvP play.

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Best moveset for Alolan Sandslash in Pokemon Go

The best moveset for Alolan Sandslash in Pokemon Go is Powder Snow as the Fast Move, and Ice Punch & Drill Run as the Charged Moves.

Powder Snow doesn’t have the highest DPS among the Fast Moves Alolan Sandslash can learn. However, its STAB bonus, coupled with an 8.0 EPS, makes it the best Fast Move to use.

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As for the Charged Moves, Ice Punch is a clear choice given its low cost and STAB bonus. Drill Run, on the other hand, doesn’t offer the STAB bonus since this version of Sandslash isn’t a Ground-type.

But, it does do a good amount of damage given its cost.

All moves Alolan Sandslash can learn in Pokemon Go

Here are all the moves that Alolan Sandslash can learn in Pokemon Go:

Fast Moves

  • Metal Claw (Steel)
  • Powder Snow (Ice)
  • Shadow Claw (Ghost)

Charged Moves

  • Return (Normal)
  • Ice Punch (Ice)
  • Blizzard (Ice)
  • Gyro Ball (Steel)
  • Aerial Ace (Flying)
  • Drill Run (Ground)
  • Bulldoze (Ground)
  • Night Slash (Dark)

Is Alolan Sandslash any good in Pokemon Go?

Alolan Sandslash has a fair amount of relevancy in the PvP metagame, particularly in the Great League.

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Alolan Sandslash ranked #71 in PvPoke‘s Great League rankings as of February 2024. However, the Shadow version of Alolan Sandslash was rated higher than that, at #53.

The Ice/Steel-type is not as powerful in the Ultra League but it does hold up well. XL Shadow Alolan Sandlash ranked at #90 in the Ultra League, while the regular version sat at #112.

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Chris is a gaming writer for Dexerto who has covered the sports and gaming scenes for over five years.