Snover

Snow Warning
Summons permanent hail.
Soundproof
Unaffected by sound moves.
Type Tier
Grass / Ice LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 22 25 -
Atk
62
10 12 15 16
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
62
10 12 15 16
SpD
60
10 12 15 16
Spe
40
9 10 13 14
  • Little Cup

Overview

Even though its stats may not appear initially overwhelming, Snover possesses a useful niche in the Little Cup metagame due to being one of two legal, automatic-weather inducers. Although sandstorm provided by Hippopotas is a more prevalent playing style, hail is beneficial to Snover. Primarily, Blizzard becomes 100% accurate, and in conjunction with a usable base 62 Special Attack, puts pressure on the opponent if they lack an answer to Snover; unfortunately, there are a lot of those floating around, as Fighting-types dominate the metagame. Snow Warning is also useful for eliminating sandstorm, which makes Pokemon such as Drilbur and Lileep more manageable. To back all this up, Snover also has a particularly useful movepool, including defensive moves as Leech Seed and Substitute, and STAB priority in Ice Shard.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Snow Warning Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Giga Drain
~ Ice Shard
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Rock
104 Atk / 184 SpA / 200 Spe

By wearing a Choice Scarf, Snover guarantees that it will outspeed Drilbur, provided hail is up instead of sandstorm. If your team has a method of dealing with Fighting-types, "Blizzspam" suddenly becomes a scary offensive strategy, decimating a large portion of the tier. Giga Drain keeps Snover healthy after repeated switches in, and also does passable damage due to STAB. Ice Shard is an important move on this set, even with Choice Scarf, as it allows Snover to pick off faster Choice Scarf users such as Taillow. Hidden Power Fire is the primary option for the last slot, as it catches Ferroseed or Bronzor that try to switch in off guard. Hidden Power Rock is another option that hits the less-prevalent Fire-types, including Larvesta and Houndour.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Eviolite

Eviolite Snow Warning Quiet
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Giga Drain
~ Hidden Power Fire / Hidden Power Rock
~ Ice Shard
36 HP / 104 Atk / 36 Def / 184 SpA / 116 SpD

With Eviolite, Snover has an easy time checking the Water-types in LC and is also able to repeatedly switch in on Hippopotas. This allows Snover to continually remove the sandstorm that makes sand teams so threatening. Snover can also bluff a Choice Scarf with this set, allowing it to get a surprise hit against the opponent that usually results in a free KO, such as when Chinchou comes in on a Blizzard only to get crippled by Giga Drain next turn, or when Ferroseed switches in on a Giga Drain but then eats a Hidden Power Fire. It's important to note that, without a Choice Scarf, Snover won't outspeed Drilbur in hail, making it less effective as a Drilbur check than the Choice Scarf set. However, it's much better at switching in on Hippopotas, which makes it a better check to sand teams as a whole.

Blizzard and Giga Drain are Snover's STAB moves. Blizzard hits incredibly hard, while Giga Drain can be used to nail the Water-types that resist Blizzard and keep Snover healthy throughout the match. Most of the time, Snover should just spam Blizzard, unless you predict a Steel- or Fire-type coming in. Hidden Power Fire hits the Steel-types that will switch in, such as Magnemite, Ferroseed, Pawniard, and Bronzor. On the other hand, Hidden Power Rock hits the Fire-types switch-ins, such as Larvesta, Houndour, and Ponyta. The choice of Hidden Power should be dependent on how well the rest of the team covers each of these two groups. Ice Shard is useful priority that can pick off weakened Pokemon, most notably Drilbur and Murkrow. It won't actually OHKO anything, but it will do over 50% to both Life Orb Drilbur and Life Orb Murkrow, which might be helpful in a pinch.

The EV spread gives Snover enough bulk to switch in on resisted attacks while also providing offensive power. The HP EVs give Snover 23 HP, letting it switch in 5 times if Stealth Rock is up, as Snover will only be damaged 5 HP per switch in. The given bulk also makes it so Chinchou and Staryu will only 4HKO at best with Hydro Pump. Snover also avoids a OHKO from +2 Eviolite Misdreavus's Hidden Power Fighting, and will not be 2HKOed in general by Misdreavus. Unfortunately, you can't have everything, as Snover has to sit at 9 Speed to enjoy the perks of bulk and power. Even this has a silver lining though, as it will usually let Snover underspeed Hippopotas, meaning if both Snover and Hippopotas are sent out at the same time, Snover will remove the sandstorm and set up hail.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

An offensive Swords Dance set can be used, as Snover is one of the few Pokemon in Little Cup with STAB priority and Swords Dance. Protect could be used as more of an annoyance on any set with Leech Seed and Substitute; however, Snover needs both the offensive power of Blizzard and the coverage of Giga Drain. Speaking of which, Energy Ball can be used over Giga Drain on any set, but generally the HP restoration is more useful than a slight boost in power.

Checks and Counters

Tentacool walls nearly every set Snover can run since its ability, Liquid Ooze, actually reverses the effect of Giga Drain and Leech Seed. When Snover does not have Hidden Power Fire, Steel-types such as Ferroseed, Bronzor, or even Pawniard will have no difficulty switching in and forcing Snover out. Stealth Rock does enough damage to Snover to discourage repeated switches in, and also makes it much easier to OHKO. Fighting-types typically take little from Blizzard and OHKO back with their STAB attacks. Notably, Mienfoo, a dominant force in the tier, can U-turn or Hi Jump Kick for stellar damage and then recover any damage it may have taken switching in courtesy of Regenerator. Lastly, Hippopotas is slower than nearly all variants of Snover, so it will always get sandstorm up if both it and Snover are sent out as a lead.