|All Soft Sand Locations|
|1||Mt. Coronet— Behind some movable and breakable boulders on the western edge of floor B1F||No|
|2||Held item (5% chance) by these wild Pokémon:
The earliest and quickest method of obtaining a Soft Sand is by picking it up inside Mt. Coronet. This method requires Pokémon that can use Strength and Rock Smash. Defog is also recommended, but not strictly necessary.
Or you can get multiple Soft Sands by stealing them as held items from wild Diglett and Dugtrio on Route 228. However, this method is only available in the post-game after beating the Elite Four and the Champion in the Pokémon League.
Soft Sand Locations
Location #1: Mt. Coronet (Step-by-Step)
You’ll find one Soft Sand inside Mt. Coronet, and it’s visible on the ground as a Poké Ball item.
Before attempting to find it, make sure you have Pokémon in your party that know the Hidden Moves Rock Smash and Strength—you’ll need both. Having Defog is also recommended, but not necessary.
Mt. Coronet also has several entrances. The one that provides the shortest distance to the Soft Sand’s location is the cave to the west of Celestic Town, on Route 211.
To reach it, Fly to Celestic Town’s Pokémon Center and head westward.
Follow the path along, then turn up when you reach the small house in the southwest corner of town.
Take the next left turn onto Route 211.
Continue traveling westward here. The elevated path up the stairs will keep you out of the tall grass if you want to avoid wild battles.
Wind through all the rocks and trainers to reach the western cave entrance, and enter Mt. Coronet.
Once inside the cave, take the first hallway to the north, which is blocked by a round boulder.
Use Strength to move the boulder several tiles to the north.
When you can walk around the boulder, head northward to the staircase.
Descend the staircase, and then turn left at the end of the hall.
Head all the way to the west in this hallway and then go down the stairs to the next floor.
The next floor will be inundated with fog. If you brought a Pokémon that knows Defog, this will make finding your way around much easier.
But either way, from the bottom of the stairs you’ll want to head north. Ignore the first staircase to your right.
Descend the second staircase to your right, then continue north along the narrow cliff path.
Use Rock Smash on the rock obstacle that you’ll run into that’s barring your path.
Then use Strength again to push the rounded boulder up further north.
Once you can move forward just circle around the rocks as you continue to the north, and you will find a Soft Sand on the ground at the very end of this passageway.
Location #2: Route 228 (Repeatable)
Wild Diglett and Dugtrio can be found on Route 228, just northwest of the Battle Zone’s Resort Area. Each of them have a 5% chance of carrying a Soft Sand when you encounter one in the wild.
You can take these held items from wild Pokémon by catching the Pokémon, or by using a move like Thief, Covet, or Trick to steal it.
This method is repeatable infinitely, but note that you can only do this in the post-game of Platinum.
Soft Sand Details and Uses
The Soft Sand is a Held Item that boosts the power of Ground-type moves by 20%.
Soft Sand is a decent item for Ground types, if a little underwhelming.
An item like the Life Orb (which provides a 30% boost to attacks of all types) or the Choice Band/Choice Specs (which give a 50% boost to the holder’s Attack and Special Attack stats, respectively) are stronger alternatives.
However, those other items all come with drawbacks – whereas the Soft Sand has no strings attached to it.
It’s hard to complain about augmenting the much-feared Earthquake’s base power from 100 to 120, at no cost to the user.
It should also at least be mentioned that two Ground-type Pokémon—Cubone and Marowak—have a much better item available to them: the Thick Club. That item doubles the Attack stat of the holder, but it only works for Cubone or Marowak.
If you plan on having either of those Pokémon in your team, a Thick Club is much more effective than Soft Sand.
Miscellaneous Info about Soft Sand
- In Generation IV, Soft Sand’s move-boosting effect is twice as strong as it was in previous Generations.
- An Earth Plate can be used as an alternative to a Soft Sand, since both have the exact same effect.
- If flung by a Pokémon using Fling, the move will have a base power of 10.
- Each Soft Sand can be sold for only 50 PokéDollars.