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Pokémon Sword and Shield: How to evolve Sneasel

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Pokémon that are trickier to evolve make it harder to catch 'em all and complete your Pokédex. One such Pokémon is Sneasel, the Dark and Ice-type creature that was first introduced in Gen 2. While the method for evolving Sneasel isn't the most obvious, it's super easy once you know what to do. Here's where to find Sneasel and how to evolve it into Weavile.

Where to get Sneasel

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Pokemon Sword and Shield (Image credit: iMore)

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Sneasel shows up in multiple places on the map. The earliest places you'll come across Sneasel are the Giant's Cap, Giant's Mirror, Dusty Bowl, and Stony Wilderness sections of the Wild Area. However, to find it in these locations, the weather must be Snowy and or Windy. If you want to find Sneasel without depending on the weather, you should head to the snowy section of Route 9. They show up frequently there.

A Sneasel looks slightly different based on whether it's male or female. Males have a longer feather protruding from their heads than the females. While Sneasel can Dynamax, this Pokémon cannot Gigantamax.

Evolving into Weavile

Max Raid Sneasel

Max Raid Sneasel (Image credit: Game Freak)

In order to evolve into Weavile, you need to meet three requirements: Sneasel must be holding the item Razor Claw, it must be nighttime in the game, and Sneasel must be leveling up (it doesn't matter what level it is). However, Razor Claw isn't the easiest thing to obtain. Here are a few places you can find it:

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If you're lucky, you might find Razor Claw earlier in the game being sold by the merchant in Stow-on-Side. This merchant changes what he sells each day so you'll want to check in regularly to see his wares.

Pokemon Sword and Shield

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When you've gotten far enough into the game to have the bike upgrade that allows you to ride over water, you can find Razor Claw in the Dusty Bowl section of the Wild Area. There's a small island surrounded by water. Bike over to it and pick up anything sparkling on the ground.

Finally, if you've beaten the game, Razor Claw becomes available for purchase in the BP Store for just ₽10.

How to give your Sneasel an item

  1. Press the X button on your Switch.
  2. Select Pokémon from the menu.Source: iMore

How to tell if your Pokémon have Pokérus in Sword and Shield on Switch by showing: Pressing Y Pokemon Sword and Shield (Image credit: iMore)

  1. Click on Sneasel if it's in your party. If it isn't, press R to go into your Boxes and click on it there.
  2. Select Held item.Source: iMore

  1. Select Open your Bag.
  2. Scroll over to the Candy icon. This is the Other Items section of your Bag.Source: iMore

  1. If you have a lot of items, it helps to press X to sort your inventory.
  2. You can then select By name or By type to choose the sorting method you'd prefer.Source: iMore

  1. Scroll down and click on Razor Claw.
  2. Select Give to a Pokémon.Source: iMore

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Now your Sneasel will be holding Razor Claw. You just have to wait for it to be nighttime and then get it to evolve by leveling up.

Occam's razor

Weavile isn't the easiest of Pokémon to acquire, but if you have the right item it's easy enough to evolve a Sneasel into one. Good luck on the rest of your Pokémon catching endeavors. If you're having trouble catching any of the other Pokémon in Sword and Shield, check out our guides below!

Rebecca Spear
Rebecca Spear

Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.