Sneasel

Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Keen Eye
Pokémon's accuracy cannot be lowered. Decreases wild encounter rate.
Type Tier
Dark / Ice UU
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
  • Underused

Overview

Sneasel shouldn't be considered bad at all. Its limited movepool, terrible defensive stats, and no STAB attacks to work with is what overshadows it, sadly. Focus more on its versatile physical offense. It will be a beast if it's set up. It destroys all Psychic- and Ghost-types not named Alakazam and Starmie. Well maybe those two withstanding their moves, but once set up, it can take them out.

Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Leftovers / Salac Berry Inner Focus Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Shadow Ball
~ Frustration / Quick Attack / Brick Break
~ Substitute
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

It is just so hard for Sneasel to work its moves without STAB, especially when its movepool is limited. Just go with the move you need, like for example if you need to take down Substitute + Reversal Pokémon / Pokémon with Endure, you'll need Quick Attack, or if you want to cover weakness, go with Brick Break.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Inner Focus Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Shadow Ball
~ Quick Attack
~ Focus Punch
~ Return / Fake Out / Brick Break
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Choice Band set. I guess you can label it decent, especially since Fake Out makes Sneasel a UU Medicham.

Name Item Ability Nature

SubPunch

Leftovers Inner Focus Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Shadow Ball
~ Psych Up / Quick Attack
~ Focus Punch
~ Substitute
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Substitute + Focus Punch set and you could maybe Psych Up some fun stuff here. Still, its defenses are not a walk in the park.

Other Options

Like Psych Up, Snatch can come in handy, but its defenses ruin it. Double-Edge and Iron Tail are there for the terrible lack of offensive moves. Seriously, if it can learn Surf, can it just learn a more valuable move? Protect just to prolong the battle. Taunt to shut down Dusclops guaranteed.

EVs

You can always give it the usual 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe spread. Not much to say for Sneasel as far as Sneasel's EVs are concerned. Just try to match Raikou and Starmie and whatnot. It's not like Special Attack will benefit in the battle. It should always be either Adamant or Jolly.

Checks and Counters

In Underused matches Sneasel is a dangerous foe, in order to beat it you will have to rely on prediction because if you let Sneasel in on your team, it will hurt you. Sneasel's problem is its lack of STAB moves, so Pokémon such as Granbull and other Intimidators (Arbok) will slow Sneasel down, Blastoise and Meganium can take hits from Sneasel, and Golem easily takes most of Sneasel's attacks and can beat it without any major troubles at all. Sudowoodo will hurt Sneasel too. Primeape's Cross Chop can really hurt Sneasel, but it won't switch in, being fragile. Same goes for Golduck, Magmar and Electabuzz.