Competitive Information for Sneasel [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Sneasel sneasel
Base Stats for Sneasel

Dark / Ice

Abilities:
Keen EyeKeen Eye: This Pokemon's accuracy can't be lowered by others; ignores their evasiveness stat.
,
Inner FocusInner Focus: This Pokemon cannot be made to flinch. Immune to Intimidate.
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PickpocketPickpocket: If this Pokemon has no item, it steals the item off a Pokemon making contact with it.


Evolutions / Family:
Sneasel
Weavile

Weakness Chart for Dark/Ice-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fairy
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
2x
0.5x
  
  
2x
4x
2x
  
0.5x
Grass
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
  
0.5x
  
  
0x
2x
2x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Sneasel? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Sneasel is a phenomenal Dark and Ice-typed Pokemon. Sneasel is not a Pokemon anyone usually expects sees on the battlefield. Sneasel is weak to Bug, Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Rock, and Steel-typed attacks.


Species: Sneasel
Item: Chople Berry / Life Orb
Ability: Inner Focus
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Foul Play / Throat Chop
- Icicle Crash / Ice Punch
- Poison Jab
- X-Scissor

Physical Sweeper Sneasel

Sneasel is popular Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Sneasel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sneasel's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Inner Focus, Sneasel cannot be made to flinch. immune to intimidate.

Foul Play is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Throat Chop is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (for 2 turns, the target cannot use sound moves).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Ice Punch is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
X-Scissor is a physical 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a good amount of damage.




Species: Sneasel
Item: Ice Gem
Ability: Inner Focus
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Low Sweep
- Shadow Claw
- Swords Dance
- Ice Punch

Sneasel Physical Sweeper (Sneaky Devil)

Sneasel is pretty popular Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. With Inner Focus, Sneasel cannot be made to flinch. immune to intimidate.

Low Sweep is a physical 65-base power Fighting-type move (100% chance to lower the target's speed by 1 stage).
Shadow Claw is a physical 70-base power Ghost-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Swords Dance is a status move (raises your Sneasel's attack by 2 stages).
Ice Punch is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Sneasel? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Species: Sneasel
Item: Chople Berry / Life Orb
Ability: Inner Focus
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Foul Play / Throat Chop
- Icicle Crash / Ice Punch
- Poison Jab
- X-Scissor

Doubles Physical Sweeper Sneasel

Sneasel is popular Physical Sweeper. The purpose of this moveset is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Sneasel from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Sneasel's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Inner Focus, Sneasel cannot be made to flinch. immune to intimidate.

Foul Play is a physical STAB-boosted 95-base power Dark-type move (uses target's attack stat in damage calculation).
Throat Chop is a physical STAB-boosted 80-base power Dark-type move (for 2 turns, the target cannot use sound moves).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Ice Punch is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).
X-Scissor is a physical 80-base power Bug-type move that deals a good amount of damage.



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Sneasel learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Dark Pulse
80
100%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icy Wind
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Speed by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Shadow Ball
80
100%
15
20% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Snarl
55
95%
15
100% chance to lower the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 1.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Surf
90
100%
15
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dive.
Swift
60
--
20
This move does not check accuracy. Hits foes.
Whirlpool
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Beat Up
--
100%
10
All healthy allies aid in damaging the target.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Double Hit
35
90%
10
Hits 2 times in one turn.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fake Out
40
100%
10
Hits first. First turn out only. 100% flinch chance.
False Swipe
40
100%
40
Always leaves the target with at least 1 HP.
Feint
30
100%
10
Nullifies Detect, Protect, and Quick/Wide Guard.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Foul Play
95
100%
15
Uses target's Attack stat in damage calculation.
Fury Swipes
18
80%
15
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Ice Shard
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Icicle Crash
85
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Low Kick
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Low Sweep
65
100%
20
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Metal Claw
50
95%
35
10% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Psycho Cut
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Quick Attack
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Retaliate
70
100%
5
Power doubles if an ally fainted last turn.
Scratch
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Shadow Claw
70
100%
15
High critical hit ratio.
Slash
70
100%
20
High critical hit ratio.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Throat Chop
80
100%
15
For 2 turns, the target cannot use sound moves.
X-Scissor
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Agility
--
--
30
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Calm Mind
--
--
20
Raises the user's Sp. Atk and Sp. Def by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Fake Tears
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Sp. Def by 2.
Hail
--
--
10
For 5 turns, hail crashes down.
Hone Claws
--
--
15
Raises the user's Attack and accuracy by 1.
Leer
--
100%
30
Lowers the foe(s) Defense by 1.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rain Dance
--
--
5
For 5 turns, heavy rain powers Water moves.
Reflect
--
--
20
For 5 turns, physical damage to allies is halved.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Screech
--
85%
40
Lowers the target's Defense by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Spite
--
100%
10
Lowers the PP of the target's last move by 4.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swords Dance
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack by 2.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Sneasel can perform in Sword/Shield. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive SS Move and Ability Combos for Sneasel

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