Weavile Guide

Pokémon GO Weavile is a dual typed Dark Ice Pokémon released in Generation 4. It is the evolved form of Sneasel, released back in Generation 2 and will probably take 25 or 50 candies to be evolved, it is very unlikely it will take 100 candies. With the recent patterns of evolutions, it is more likely that it will take 50 Sneasel candies and potentially an item called the Razor Claw. In the main series it only evolves at night, but we are unsure if that could even be a possibility in Go.

It is a pretty good Pokémon but on the frailer side, with a max CP of 2815, an ATK of 243, Def of 182 and a STA of 140, but we will address more of those fine stats and its meta uses down below.

Weavile in the Meta: The Sharp Claw Pokémon

Weavile has a pretty good typing with Dark and Ice. The charts below list Pokémon in descending order by their max CP, but pay attention to their other stats. The highest stat from each category will be bolded.

Dark Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Pokemon GO TyranitarTyranitar 3670 251 212 200
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile 2815 243 182 140
Pokemon GO HonchkrowHonchkrow 2566 243 103 200
Pokemon GO HoundoomHoundoom 2529 224 159 150
Pokemon GO AbsolAbsol 2280 246 120 130
Pokemon GO UmbreonUmbreon 2052 126 250 190

As a Dark type, Weavile shines through, with what we currently have available in the game. Tyranitar continues to stand strong over the Dark types with its amazing stats and sound movepool, but Weavile is like its weird cousin who came to shred things.

Although beaten out in every category by Tyranitar, it can serve as a nice, second class choice, alongside Honchkrow. It would have made a perfect Latios and Latias slayer if it gets a good Dark or Ice type move set, but perhaps if they return in the future we will see the use of a few Weavile.

Ice Type Max CP Attack Defense Stamina
Pokemon GO MamoswineMamoswine 3289 247 157 220
Pokemon GO RegiceRegice 3087 179 356 160
Pokemon GO ArticunoArticuno 2933 192 249 180
Pokemon GO GlaceonGlaceon 2866 238 212 130
Pokemon GO WeavileWeavile 2815 243 182 140
Pokemon GO WalreinWalrein 2606 182 176 220
Pokemon GO LaprasLapras 2603 165 180 260
Pokemon GO JynxJynx 2512 223 182 130
Pokemon GO CloysterCloyster 2475 186 323 100

Though it may not look like it at first, but Weavile stands out as a pretty good Ice type as well, with attack only second to Mamoswine, suffering from a lack of bulk, however. Regice and Articuno are not exactly amazing attackers, and their bulk fail them as they cannot be put into gyms as defenders, but besides those two, Weavile makes top 3 in Ice type attackers. Mamoswine, Glaceon and Weavile all have their places at the top, varying slightly in their stats.

Assuming Weavile gets a great Ice type move set, it can be of use, so save those Sneasel candies everyone!

Weavile itself, as a Dark/Ice type, will take super effective damage from quite a lot of types, which is its true limiter (just try not to use it against Pokémon of these types or with moves of these types):

  • Fire, Bug, Rock, Steel, and Fairy. It will take double damage from Fighting types, much like Tyranitar does.

On the other side of things, it will take resisted damage from:

  • Ice, Ghost and Dark type Pokémon, and double resistance (to make up for the lack of immunities in Pokémon Go) from Psychic types.

Weavile’s Expected Movepool

Move sets are what make a Pokémon, so let us look at what kinds of moves we can expect from Weavile. This will be an in-depth list, not exactly what is the best, but a lot of moves it could get access to. This will focus mainly on moves of its typing, with a few other typings thrown in.

Fast moves Charge moves
 
  • Ice Shard Ice
  • Feint Attack Dark
  • Snarl Dark
  • Shadow Claw Ghost
  • Ice Beam Ice
  • Blizzard Ice
  • Ice Punch Ice
  • Icy Wind Ice
  • Avalanche Ice
  • Dark Pulse Dark
  • Foul Play Dark
  • Night Slash Dark
  • Brick Break Fighting
  • Focus Blast Fighting
  • Shadow Ball Ghost

Weather Influence on Weavile

There is a lot of weather that is detrimental to Weavile, but honestly, you should not be using Weavile against super effective attacks anyway, so these should not deter you. But if for some reason you end up fighting a Machamp in Cloudy weather…. Good luck to you. All potential benefits from moves are based purely on its STAB moves for the time being.

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny Boosts super effective Fire type moves
Partly Cloudy Boosts super effective Rock moves
Cloudy Boosts super effective Fighting and Fairy moves
Rainy Boosts super effective Bug moves
Fog Boosts potential Dark moves
Windy No pros or cons
Snow Boosts potential Ice moves Boosts super effective Steel moves

Shiny Weavile

Shiny Weavile takes on a rather alarming appearance of pink and yellow. We just… it is not terrible, but you need to take a look for yourself to truly decide. It looks cool, just alarming. You either love it or hate it, it seems.

Normal Shiny
   

 

Pokedex Entries and Facts

Weavile is the Sharp Claw Pokémon for a reason, and so here are a few little facts and dex entries from the main series.

  • Its Pearl entry states that, “It sends signals to others by carving odd patterns in frost-covered trees and ice”.
  • Its dex entries only get darker from there, with Ultra Sun stating, “One Weavile will trip a Sandshrew and flip it over, and then another Weavile will deal the finishing blow with its sharp claws” and Ultra Moon stating, “Thanks to its increased intelligence, scrapping over food is a thing of the past. A scratch from its claws will give you a case of frostbite!”
  • Its main source of food in Alola are Vulpix and Sandshrew, according to its Moon entry.
  • The ears on the side of its head are longer when it is a male, much like the crystal on Sneasel’s forehead (which is also longer as a male).
  • Despite being set in Hoenn, Weavile made a debut in the Advanced Battle arc of the anime in the opening song “Unbeatable”. Lucario and Mr. Mime were also shown before their time.
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