How to Evolve a Sneasel Pokemon

Updated on January 19, 2018
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Dreamhowl has been playing Pokémon since 1999. Her favorites include SoulSilver, X, AlphaSapphire, and Sun. She enjoys breeding Pokémon.

Sneasel are uncommon or rare Pokemon introduced to the games in Generation II. Sneasel is a Dark-type Pokemon known for its agility and resistance to flinching or losing accuracy. It is a powerful Pokemon on its own, but even stronger and faster when evolved. Evolving a Sneasel Pokemon into a Weavile simply requires nighttime, a razor claw and leveling your Sneasel.

What is a Sneasel?

Sneasel is a Dark-type Pokemon of the Sharp Claw species. Closest to a mix of a cat and weasel, this Pokemon is bluish-black with red feathers on its left ear and back. It has two claws on each paw which are retractable. It also has distinguished yellow markings on its face and chest, as well as what appear to be eyelashes. You can tell a male and female apart by their ear feathers; a female’s red feather is shorter than a male’s.

Sneasel attack largely with claw-based moves, such as Metal Claw or Slash. However, Sneasel are also able to learn punching moves, such as Ice Punch. Sneasel can be found with one of two abilities: Inner Focus or Keen Eye. Inner Focus prevents the Pokemon from freezing, while Keen Eye prevents it from losing accuracy. Sneasel is known for its agility, as well as its vicious nature.

Sneasel are only found in certain locations, like Mt. Silver in Pokemon: Soulsilver.
Sneasel are only found in certain locations, like Mt. Silver in Pokemon: Soulsilver. | Source
Base Stat
Sp. Attack
Sp. Defense

Sneasel's Moves and Stats

Did you know that Sneasel has the highest base Speed of all Pokemon with the ability to evolve? Sneasel is a quick Pokemon, a quality that makes it desirable. This base stat only grows higher when Sneasel evolves into Weavile; Weavile’s base stat for Speed is 125, giving it the highest base Speed stat of Dark-type Pokemon aside from Darkrai (with whom the Pokemon is tied). Furthermore, a Weavile has a much higher Attack base stat, at 120. Evolving your Sneasel into a Weavile will give you a very fast and powerful Pokemon.

Sneasel learns a mixture of Normal, Dark, Psychic and Ice moves as it levels; in HeartGold and SoulSilver, for example, Sneasel can learn Faint Attack at level 14, Icy Wind at level 28 and Metal Claw at level 42. In later generations, more moves were added to Sneasel, including Hone Claws and Snatch. Furthermore, Sneasel can learn multiple TMs and HMs, such as Cut, Surf, Dark Pulse and more. When it comes to an opponent’s moves, Sneasel is fully resistant to Psychic-type moves, while Ice, Ghost, and Dark-type moves are not very effective. Sneasel is especially weak against Fire, Bug, Fighting, Rock and Steel-type moves.

Sneasel is particularly proficient with claw moves and other physical attacks.
Sneasel is particularly proficient with claw moves and other physical attacks. | Source

Where to Catch a Sneasel

Depending on the Pokemon game version, Sneasel can be found in different locations. The Pokemon generally lives in forests, but also can be found in caves, mountains or even snowy areas. If you want to evolve a Sneasel, you’ll need to catch one first. Here are the locations of Sneasel in the following Pokemon games:

Where to Catch Sneasel

Game Version
Gold, Silver
Route 28, Mt. Silver (Night)
Ice Path (Night)
FireRed, LeafGreen
Icefall Cave (Leafgreen only)
Diamond, Pearl
Route 216, 217, Acuity Lakefront, Lake Acuity, Snowpoint Temple
Route 216, 217, Acuity Lakefront, Lake Acuity, Snowpoint Temple
HeartGold, SoulSilver
Route 28, Mt. Silver
Black, White
Giant Chasm
Black 2, White 2
Giant Chasm
Pokemon X, Pokemon Y
Route 17, Friend Safari
Sun, Moon
Mount Lanakila
Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon
Mount Lanakila

Unless otherwise specified, Sneasel can be caught in both the daytime and nighttime; be aware, however, that Sneasel can only evolve at night. Catching a Sneasel isn’t especially difficult and, once you’ve done the job, you’ll be ready to get your Weavile.

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Pokémon Ultra Sun - Nintendo 3DS
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How to Evolve Your Sneasel

Once you’ve caught a Sneasel, you only need two other factors to evolve it into a Weavile: a Razor Claw and the element of nighttime. A Razor Claw is an item that, when held by a Pokemon, raises its Critical Hit ratio by 1. However, when held by a Sneasel at nighttime, it can evolve it into a Weavile. A Razor Claw is found in different locations in different game versions:

Where to Find Razor Claw

Game Version
Store Location
Diamond, Pearl
Route 224, Victory Road
Battle Park, Battle Frontier
Route 224, Victory Road, Veilstone Galactic Building (with Dowsing Machine)
Battle Park, Battle Frontier
HeartGold, SoulSilver
Battle Frontier
Black, White
Route 13
Gear Station
Black 2, White 2
Giant Chasm
Gear Station, PWT
Pokemon X, Pokemon Y
Battle Maison
Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire
Crescent Isle, Mirage Forests
Battle Maison
Sun, Moon
Wild Jangmo-o, Wild Hakamo-o, Wild Kommo-o
Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon
Wild Jangmo-o, Wild Hakamo-o, Wild Kommo-o
Earning Battle Points (BP) in the Battle Frontier will help you buy a Razor Claw.
Earning Battle Points (BP) in the Battle Frontier will help you buy a Razor Claw. | Source

Once you have obtained a Razor Claw, have your Sneasel hold it and visit your favorite leveling spot; in order to evolve your Sneasel, you will need to level it at nighttime while holding the Razor Claw. In Pokemon games, night begins at eight o’clock PM - any sooner, and your Sneasel won’t evolve! In the end, the place where you have the most fun grinding levels or get the quickest result should be your destination. After gaining just one level, your Sneasel will evolve into a Weavile!

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Pokémon Ultra Moon - Nintendo 3DS
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What is a Weavile?

Weavile are similar in appearance to Sneasel, except for a few minor details; Weavile have three claws on each paw, as opposed to two, and does not have a gem on its chest. Weavile are more proficient with attacking moves than Sneasel, such as Night Slash. While Sneasel have the abilities of either Inner Focus or Keen Eye, Weavile’s ability is Pressure; this ability increases the opponent Pokemon’s PP usage by one for moves that target the Weavile. This is an ability commonly found in legendary Pokemon.

There are multiple moves that Weavile can learn that are inaccessible to Sneasel, such as Hone Claws, Fling, and Night Slash. There are debates about the best movesets for a Pokemon like Weavile; most sets focus on Weavile’s massive physical attack and speed. Fling is a desirable move when combined with an Iron Ball; the move has the Pokemon throw an item at the opponent, with Iron Ball having the highest power of 130. Brick Break gets rid of Light Screen and Reflect from the opponent before inflicting damage, making it a great asset. Ice Punch has a power of 75 and has the chance to freeze the target. Depending on your strategy, there are multiple options for a Weavile moveset. The choice, ultimately, is yours.

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    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      6 years ago from United States

      @Th4TGamerDude: According to, it is purchased with BP from the Battle Maison in Kiloude City - specifically, 48BP.

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      6 years ago

      Do u know were i can get a rasor claw in pokemon y

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      7 years ago from United States

      No problem! Thanks for watching and reading. :)

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      7 years ago from The Uknown

      Thanks, I always wondered how you evolved Sneasel, and now I know.

    • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

      Jessica Peri 

      7 years ago from United States

      Thank you so much! I hope to add a short video once I get a razor claw - could have sworn I had one already laying around. I appreciate the feedback!

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      Darrin Perez 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Excellent hub Dreamhowl! It is extremely detailed and I'm sure it will be of great use to new players who do not know how to evolve their Sneasels!

      Voted up, useful, and awesome!


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