Where to Get Sandy Shocks

Where to Catch Sandy Shocks in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Not to be confused with the similarly named Spongebob character.

Exclusives are one of the major points when deciding which Pokemon game version you’ll get. The game’s pretty much the same thing in either one of them, so you’re not losing much for playing a different version. The same is true for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet but let’s be real, the future Paradox Pokemon from Violet are way cooler.

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With that said, Scarlet does have its share of awesome-looking ancient Pokemon among its 400 total creatures in the Pokedex. One of those is Sandy Shocks, who seems to be a living example of how Magneton used to look in the past. And thank god evolution got rid of its legs. Seeing that thing running at full speed toward you is pure nightmare fuel for those weak of heart. Anyways, here’s how you can catch Sandy Shocks in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

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Where to Find Sandy Shocks in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Like all other Paradox Pokemon from both versions, you can only get those time-displaced versions of our current-era Pokemon after beating the main game. This includes completing the 3 paths for the story and reaching The Great Crater of Paldea, also known as Area Zero.

Use the portal in the Zero Gate facility to teleport to Research Station No. 02, where plenty of Sandy Shocks can spawn. They usually appear near the rocky mountain path, and you can use Auto Battle to get rid of other Pokemon to increase the chances for them to appear. If that isn’t working for you, you can also try Research Station No. 01.

Go for the catch once it appears, and don’t worry if you knock it out on accident, as Paradox Pokemon can spawn indefinitely, and they won’t take much time at all for appearing.

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Can Sandy Shocks Be Shiny in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?

Paradox Pokemon work just like any other regular Pokemon you find through the game, with the sole exception that you cannot breed them in Picnics. Aside from that, you can get multiple spawns for Sandy Shocks, with each one of them having its own chance of being a Shiny.

This also means that using special Sandwiches for boosted Shiny odds as well as wearing the Shiny Charm will dramatically increase your chances of meeting an alternative colored version of this walking magnet.

Whether you’re going for a full Shiny hunt or a simple catch for brags, be sure to stock up on Poke Balls, and good luck!


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Patrick has been working for Prima since 2022 and joined as a Staff Writer in 2023. He's been interested in gaming journalism since college, and that was the path he took once he had his degree in hands. Diligently ignores his ever-growing backlog to keep raiding in Final Fantasy XIV, exploring in Genshin Impact or replaying some of his favorite RPGs from time to time. Loves tackling hard challenges in games, but his cats are still the hardest bosses he could ask for.