Snover

Snow Warning
Summons permanent hail.
Soundproof
Unaffected by sound moves.
Type Tier
Grass / Ice LC
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
60
- 261 324 -
Atk
62
144 160 223 245
Def
50
122 136 199 218
SpA
62
144 160 223 245
SpD
60
140 156 219 240
Spe
40
104 116 179 196

Overview

While its stats aren't quite up to par with the other RU Pokemon, Snover is incredibly useful due to being the only automatic weather setter in RU, giving hail teams the capability to flourish. By being used as a lead, Snover can dent the opposing team early-game by firing off powerful, perfectly accurate Blizzards and can rack up residual damage through using Protect and Ice Shard. Snover's further abilities are limited to being death fodder, as it is so frail that it won't be able to last for more than a few turns.

Name Item Ability Nature

Focus Sash

Focus Sash Snow Warning Mild
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Giga Drain / Wood Hammer
~ Protect / Hidden Power Fire
~ Ice Shard
252 HP / 252 SpA / 4 Spe

Focus Sash Snover is very effective early-game, as it is able to set up hail and get at least one Blizzard off. The point of this set, besides setting up hail, is to get as much damage on the opponent as possible. Blizzard hits decently hard due to being a 120 Base Power STAB move. It can wear down threats to hail such as Escavalier and Entei, making them more vulnerable to being KOed later in the game. Giga Drain is an additional coverage move that hits Pokemon that resist Blizzard, such as Poliwrath, Slowking, and Lanturn. However Wood Hammer is also an good option if you really need the more powerful hit on Cryogonal and Slowking. Protect can both rack up hail damage on the opposing Pokemon or scout a move, which is very helpful for wearing down the opponent and obtaining an advantage. However, if Escavalier is a threat to your hail team, Snover can use Hidden Power Fire to lure in and KO Escavalier, while also hitting other Steel-types such as Klinklang. Ice Shard also enables Snover to get some extra damage on an opposing Pokemon, and can even pick off a weakened foe.

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Other Options

Perhaps the most effective alternative set would be a SubSeed set with Eviolite. However, the number of Pokemon it can set up on is scarce; the list is limited to Lanturn, defensive Omastar, Qwilfish, and very few others. Therefore, it is best used with a Calm nature and max HP and Special Defense. Snover can also function as a user of Choice Specs or Choice Scarf to either hit harder or surprise the opponent by outspeeding it, respectively. These sets are not as effective at wearing down an opposing Pokemon, though. A physically attacking set with Swords Dance, Wood Hammer, Ice Punch, and Ice Shard can be used, though it is no where near as effective as a specially attacking set. Snover also gets two usable support moves in Light Screen and Toxic, which can aid a teammate.

Checks and Counters

Snover is so frail that almost anything can beat it one-on-one, though your main goal is to prevent Snover from damaging your team. Fire-types such as Entei, Emboar, Typhlosion, and Magmortar resist all of Snover's moves and can KO with a STAB move, though using Flare Blitz would be quite suicidal. Escavalier and Klinklang are the best Steel-type counters to Snover, but Escavalier must be careful of Hidden Power Fire. Klinklang can even use Gear Grind to break through Snover's Focus Sash. Other Pokemon that can KO Snover through its Focus Sash are Cinccino, Crustle, and Rhydon. Cryogonal is one of the best switch-ins to Snover, as it doesn't take any damage from hail and takes pitiful damage from all of Snover's attacks due to its high Special Defense. Pokemon with Thick Fat such as Miltank and especially Hariyama are also able to shrug off everything that Snover can throw at them. All of the above Pokemon are also very efficient at taking down hail teams as a whole. However, the number one way to deal with hail is to change the weather, so Pokemon such as Uxie will have no trouble with this after Snover faints.