Best Sandy Shocks Build for Tera Raids

Acting as a glass cannon during Tera Raids, players that use Sandy Shocks must build the Pokémon to deal high damage in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.

A relative of Magneton that has been warped by the Paradox events of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet‘s story, Sandy Shocks is a rare pocket monster found during the postgame, specializing in Speed and Special Attack, making it a perfect offensive Pokémon for the later Tera Raids. Although the overall HP of Sandy Shocks may leave a lot to be desired, the Pokémon becomes balanced through abnormal offensive capabilities that are rare even among the standard wild creatures found and trained prior to this stage of the game. As a result, players looking to hit hard and fast against Tera Raid bosses may wish to use Sandy Shocks on their team despite its weaknesses.


The Nature and Ability of Sandy Shocks in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet go hand in hand when players find particular strategies for the Paradox Pokémon in preparation for Tera Raids. A move list that prioritizes quick and powerful offense through both Sandy Shocks’ above-average stats allows players to strike quickly without worrying about the lackluster defensive capabilities of the Pokémon. Its Ability, Protosynthesis, boosts the best stat of Sandy Shocks by 30%, or 50% if Speed is the highest, when in sunny weather. The more commonly applied Booster Energy held item also activates this trait; a tool players might find easier to use than with a move such as Sunny Day.

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The Best Moves and Nature for Sandy Shocks in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet Sandy Shocks Paradox Pokemon Exclusive to One Version of Generation

To begin, Sandy Shocks functions best in a Pokémon Scarlet & Violet Tera Raid when their moves have the advantage given by a feature called Same Type Attack Bonus (STAB). Relating to the Electric-/Ground-type pairing Sandy Shocks sports, players might wish to teach Thunderbolt and Earthquake to the Paradox Pokémon through Technical Machines. With the former having a chance to cause paralysis and both sporting some of the most consistent damage out of attacks within their respective types, players can create a reliable offensive strategy.

Flash Cannon, a move common to high-level Steel-type Pokémon, may not be as effective as the previously mentioned STAB attacks, but it does have a slight chance to lower a target’s Special Defense. Equipping Metal Sound to Sandy Shocks also gives players two distinct options to make a Tera Raid boss more vulnerable to their Pokémon’s arsenal. Completing the best build for Sandy Shocks in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet ties to a Modest Nature, which once again increases Special Attack at the balanced cost of a decrease to normal Attack.

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    Nintendo Switch

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