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Sand Manipulation

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Sand Manipulation
Gaara (Naruto) manipulating sand.

Power/Ability to:

Manipulate sand particles

Power to manipulate sand. Variation of Earth Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Harenkinesis
  • Psammokinesis
  • Sand Control
  • Sandbending
  • Sunakinesis


User can create, shape and manipulate sand, a naturally occurring loose, fragmented/granular sedimentary material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles ranging in diameter from 0.0625 mm (or 1⁄16 mm) to 2 mm.

The most common sand is composed of particles of quartz (colorless/slightly pink) and feldspar (pink/amber). Black sands, such as those found in Hawaii, are composed of particles of obsidian formed by volcanic activity. Other black sands include materials such as magnetite and homblende. Coral sands are white or gray, and sands composed of broken shell fragments are usually light brown.






  • May be unable to create sand, being limited to manipulating only from already existing sources.
  • Distance and the amount of matter depends of the strength and skill of the user.
  • Water and Blood Manipulation can make sand heavier and harder to manipulate.
  • Fire Manipulation can melt sand into glass.
  • Ice Manipulation/Freezing can turn sand solid.
  • Sand can be weighed down when mixed with a powder of higher density, such as iron or gold dust, thus reducing manipulation.

Known Users


  • Imhotep (The Mummy)

Western Television

  • Jeric (Charmed)
  • Gordon Hovey (Heroes)
  • Tim Westcott (Smallville)

Western Animation

  • Toph Bei Fong (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Sandbenders (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Hotep-Ra (Danny Phantom)
  • Dale Gribble (King of the Hill)
  • Murray (Hotel Transylvania)
  • Gressil (Ghost Rider)

Comic Books

  • Sandy Hawkins/Sandman (DC Comics)


  • Ganju Shiba (Bleach)
  • Runuganga (Bleach)
  • The Sand (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Max Alors (Fairy Tail)
  • Scorpio (Fairy Tail)
  • Sol (Fairy Tail)
  • Eisenwald Goblin (Fairy Tail)
  • Iggy (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)
  • DesertMan.EXE (Mega Man NT Warrior)
  • Gaara (Naruto)
  • Shukaku (Naruto)
  • Crocodile (One Piece), via the Suna Suna no Mi
  • Professor Layton (Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva)

Video Games

  • The Element Lord of Sand (BIONICLE)
  • Ground-Type Pokemon (Pokemon)

Known Objects

  • Desert Glass (Steven Universe)


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