One pocket monster that is both adorable yet mildly unsettling is Sandygast, a Ghost- and Ground-type Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that possesses a body of sand impaled with a red shovel. Sandygast evolves into the sandcastle-esque Palossand once it reaches a certain level. While Sandygast is undoubtedly weaker than the majority of pocket monsters in the Paldean Dex, its immunity to Normal-, Electric-, and Fighting-type attacks make it somewhat viable in specific combat situations. Palossand is naturally stronger and serves as a good mid-tier counter for Bug-, Rock-, and Poison-type opponents, and it shares the elemental immunities that Sandygast possesses.
Finding Sandygast in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
To find Sandygast in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Trainers must search along the coastline of Areas One and Two in the East Province, the shores of Area Five in the South Province, and the small beach of West Province (Area Two). Sandygast’s Pokédex description reads that it dislikes rain, indicating that Trainers might have trouble encountering this creature during rainfall.
Once players encounter a Wild Sandygast in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, they attempt to quickly catch it with a certain Poké Ball, or they can weaken it for easier capture. As a Ghost- and Ground-type Pokémon, Sandygast is highly vulnerable to Water-, Grass-, Ice-, Ghost-, and Dark-type Moves. Accordingly, Trainers should use pocket monsters that possess these elements to attack Sandygast for Super Effective damage. After players have caught Sandygast, they can evolve it into the Ghost- and Ground-type Palossand by reaching Level 42. The fastest way to level this or any Pokémon would be feeding it Rare and EXP Candies in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
According to Game8, Sandygast and Palossand drop a crafting material known as Sandygast Sand. This resource is used for making the TM028 (Bulldoze), TM051 (Sandstorm), and TM114 (Shadow Ball). These three Moves are excellent counter-attacks for specific pocket monsters, making these TMs potentially advantageous for certain Tera Raids. Therefore, it might be useful to mark down where Trainers have the most luck encountering Wild Sandygast in Paldea and constantly catching or auto-battling them to farm Sandygast Sand in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are available on the Nintendo Switch.