Sandygast in Pokemon Go is the featured debut star of the Water Festival: Beach Week event in June 2023. Originating from the Alola region, this Sand Heap Pokemon is a Ghost- and Ground-type pocket monster with a toy shovel sticking out of its head. Sandygast’s Evolution is Palossand, going from a pile of sand to a sandcastle. While we don’t expect these sandy creatures to reach the top of PvE or PvP tier lists, their unique appearance makes them a worthwhile catch.
Catching Sandygast in Pokemon Go
There are three ways to get Sandygast in Pokemon Go, one being a guaranteed but pay-to-win method. Starting with the easiest method, you can catch Sandygast by purchasing the Water Festival: Beach Week Timed Research Ticket for 5 USD. Completing all the tasks in the two-part questline will reward you with a guaranteed Sandygast Encounter.
The second way to catch Sandygast in Pokemon Go is by completing Field Research Tasks during Water Festival: Beach Week. Clearing the event-exclusive tasks will grant you encounters with the following:
- Lapras wearing a scarf
If you complete the particular task, “Water Festival: Catch 25 Water-type Pokemon,” you’ll get Sandygast as a reward. However, the quests from spinning PokeStops are random. Accordingly, we recommend you visit a location well-populated with PokeStops and Gyms for a higher chance of getting the task that unlocks Sandygast.
The third method is by defeating Sandygast as a One-Star Raid Boss at a Gym. Thanks to its low tier of difficulty, taking this Sand Heap Pokemon should be next to effortless, even as a solo player. However, you still need to buy a Remote Raid Pass or make the trip to a Gym where it’s present. If you’re newer to Pokemon Go, knowing Sandygast’s weaknesses and ideal counters is important.
As a Ghost- and Ground-type pocket monster, Sandygast is weak to Ghost-, Water-, Grass-, Ice-, and Dark-type Moves. That said, the best counters would be Galarian Darmanitan, Chandelure, Hydreigon, Kingler, and Gengar. Of course, you can also use these pocket monsters’ previous forms just as effectively against Sandygast. Once defeated, Sandygast is yours to capture after the Raid Battle has concluded.
How To Evolve Sandygast into Palossand in Pokemon Go
After you have caught the Sand Heap Pokemon, you can evolve it into Palossand by collecting 50 Sandygast Candy. Thanks to this low requirement, it should be quite easy to get both Sandygast and Palossand into your Pokemon Storage with little effort. Nevertheless, be sure to farm Sandygast Candy before the Festival Beach Week Event of Hidden Gems ends. Once the event is over, acquiring Sandygast Candy will undoubtedly take more effort.
If you’d like to see how a Trainer catches Sandygast by completing the Field Research Task mentioned earlier, here’s a video by SOUL PROFESSOR gaming: