I’m not generally a PVP person but I’ve being enjoying using spicy picks this season cause there’s no points this season and I’m already Rank 20 for like a week ago. Now, knowing Sandshrew community day is coming tomorrow (Or later today depending where you live), I feel Alolan Sandslash is the big winner here cause both Shadow Claw and Powder Snow are inter-exchangable depending on the meta or the Pokes you want to beat, but what about Kantonian Sandslash?
They gave it Night Slash, which is a nice move to bait shields and give it some different coverage. Now, here’s the thing. I haven’t checked Kantonian Sandslash’s moveset and it has:
Fast moves: Mud Shot and Metal Claw.
Charge moves: Earthquake, Rock Tomb, Bulldoze, Frustration (Shadow), Return (Purified) and Night Slash (Community day).
With Night Slash, you’ll run it with Earthquake of course. Sandslash would be a copy of Gliscor with the only differences on their typings and fast moves. I don’t feel Night Slash is mandatory on it though. I’m not fully convinced.
Without Night Slash Sandslash should have Mud Shot+ Rock Tomb/Earthquake. With that moveset on mind, Sandslash has a nice coverage and it can debuff opponents or bait shields (Less effective than Night Slash though but lowering attack is nice) and then smash them with earthquake! (Don’t run Night Slash with Rock Tomb, it won’t have stab or strong moves).
Maybe there’s someone here more expert on PVP than I do (I’m not an expert cause I’m more of a raid person LMAO).
I would love to hear your thoughts people