Sandshrew burrows deep underground in arid locations far from water, and will only emerge to hunt for food. Sandshew is an innovative Pokémon when trained by the right trainer, like A.J. — A gym leader with unique and strenuous training methods. Sandshrew can dive and roll itself up into a ball then hurl itself at ground or airborne attackers. A.J.’s Sandshrew can withstand water due to its training with a custom built strength training harness. In “The Path to the Pokémon League”, Sandshrew shows its power by splitting open the earth as it wins A.J.’s 100th battle again Team Rocket’s Ekans and Koffing.
First appearance: Episode 8 — “The Path to the Pokémon League”