Sneasel

Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Keen Eye
The wielder's accuracy cannot be lowered.
Pickpocket
The wielder immediately steals an item from an attacker using a contact move.
Type Tier
Dark / Ice NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
55
- 251 314 -
Atk
95
203 226 289 317
Def
55
131 146 209 229
SpA
35
95 106 169 185
SpD
75
167 186 249 273
Spe
115
239 266 329 361

Overview

On paper, Sneasel might not look like a dangerous threat. It has low HP and Defense stats, and it's 4x weak to the common Fighting-type moves in the tier, moves that are often physical. Sneasel is also weak to the common Stealth Rock and its movepool is rather limited, with its best Dark-type moves being Pursuit and Bite. However, with the right tools Sneasel can actually become rather dangerous. Sneasel has access to a priority move in Ice Shard, and with an excellent Speed stat and a decent Attack stat, Sneasel can use Choice Band, Choice Scarf, and Swords Dance to great success. With Choice Band and Choice Scarf, Sneasel becomes a terrific revenge killer, and, with Swords Dance, it can pull off a late-game sweep.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice

Choice Band / Choice Scarf Inner Focus Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Ice Punch
~ Pursuit
~ Brick Break
~ Ice Shard
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Thanks to its high Speed and decent Attack stats, Sneasel makes a great Choice user, and is able to outspeed several Pokemon and revenge kill them. With Choice Band, Sneasel will hit hard, easily finishing off slower, weakened opponents. However, Choice Scarf makes Sneasel outspeed other Choice Scarf users, and can hit them before they hit Sneasel.

Ice Punch should be Sneasel's main attack, as it is the most reliable and most powerful move at Sneasel's disposal. Despite its low Base Power, Pursuit is the best Dark-type move Sneasel has, and it can trap weakened opponents. Brick Break hits Steel- and Water-type Pokemon, such as Aggron and Omastar, harder than any of Sneasel's other moves. Brick Break also hits Munchlax much harder. Ice Shard is a nice priority move that Sneasel can use to finish off weakened Pokemon that are faster, such as Choice Scarf and Shell Smash users, if Sneasel is using Choice Band.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Focus Sash / Life Orb Inner Focus Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Ice Punch
~ Brick Break
~ Taunt / Pursuit
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

While Choice Band will make Sneasel hit hard right off the bat, Swords Dance will make Sneasel hit even harder, and works well with its great Speed. Ice Punch packs quite a punch when boosted by Swords Dance, but Ice Shard is a nice option as well, being a good priority move to finish off faster opponents. Brick Break covers Steel- and Water-types that resist Sneasel's Ice-type moves; Ice and Fighting gives almost perfect neutral coverage, the only Pokemon resisting both types being Qwilfish and Slowking. Brick Break also hits Munchlax much harder than Ice Punch. Taunt makes setting up much easier and works great with Sneasel's Speed. However, Pursuit is also an option in the last slot for a secondary STAB move, and can hit pretty hard after some boosts, especially when the opponent is switching.

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Other Options

Sneasel's other options are few. Low Sweep is an alternative Fighting-type move, which has the useful effect of lowering the opponent's Speed stat. Sneasel also has access to Punishment, but it's really situational. It does work wonders against Shell Smash users, though. Knock Off is also viable to really screw with Eviolite, Choice Scarf, and Choice Band users.

Checks and Counters

Mach Punch is the easiest way to end Sneasel, as it is 4x weak to Fighting-type moves. Notable users of the move are Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee. Overall, Poliwrath is the number one counter to Sneasel, as it resists both of Sneasel's STAB moves and has the defenses to easily take a Brick Break. Poliwrath can then proceed to easily KO Sneasel with a STAB Fighting-type move. Entei has enough bulk to take a hit from Sneasel, and can easily KO it with Flare Blitz. Charizard and Moltres are two other examples of Fire-types that can easily take out Sneasel. Medicham will easily KO Sneasel with its STAB Hi Jump Kick and massive Attack stat. However, it needs to be careful of Ice Shard if it's at low health. Qwilfish resists both Ice Punch and Brick Break, and it takes nothing from Pursuit thanks to Intimidate. Quagsire has a good Defense stat and can easily take hits from Swords Dance Sneasel, as it ignores the Swords Dance boosts with Unaware. Quagsire also has access to Recover to restore the little health it loses.