Pokémon Sword and Shield may not have the entire National Dex at its disposal, but there are still 72 Pokémon that don’t simply evolve at a certain level. On top of those, even more are on the way in the upcoming expansions.
With Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a few evolution methods have been altered from previous games, and, of course, there are some new Pokémon to evolve through increasingly peculiar and specific ways.
In this guide, you’ll discover where to find Snom as well as how to evolve Snom into Frosmoth.
Where to find Snom in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Snom is one of the newest Pokémon to be discovered in the Pokémon universe, coming in with the Generation VIII games of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
While not one of the most British new Pokémon in the games, Snom is still a great addition to the National Dex.
In Sword and Shield, Snom can be found relatively easily, spawning down routes and in all weather types:
- Route 8: Any Weather Conditions (Overworld and Random Encounter)
- Route 10: Any Weather Conditions (Random Encounter)
- Lake of Outrage: Snowing (Random Encounter)
Snom is very easy to find and catch in both games, with it being nearly impossible not to encounter one if you go down Route 8.
How to catch Snom in Pokémon Sword and Shield
While Snom is rather common, the lowest level that it will appear at is level 39. Down Route 8, it can reach level 43, level 46 down Route 10, or level 52 at the Lake of Outrage when it’s snowing.
Quick Balls have proven to be rather potent in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, but with a Snom, you could get away with using a standard Poké Ball if you deplete its HP enough.
In fact, as Snom is partly a bug-type Pokémon, you might find that a Net Ball does the trick as it’s more effective when you’re trying to catch a bug-type or water-type Pokémon.
You can get Net Balls from the Motostoke Pokémon Centre and the Wild Area’s Watt Trader.
Snom is an ice-bug type Pokémon, so there are many move types that you need to avoid using. Fire and rock-type moves are beyond super effective against Snom, so avoid using them at all costs.
The Worm Pokémon is also susceptible to flying and steel-type moves, but is strong against grass, ice, and ground-type moves – so use those to cut down Snom’s HP and make it easier to catch.
How to evolve Snom into Frosmoth in Pokémon Sword and Shield
Snom doesn’t need to be at a certain level to evolve into Frosmoth, but the Pokémon does need to have a very high happiness value of 220. After that, Snom needs to level-up at night.
You can increase a Pokémon’s happiness rating in Sword and Shield quite quickly by utilising the activities in the Pokémon Camp.
In the Pokémon Camp, talking to Snom, using the feather stick to play with Snom, cooking up a curry, and playing fetch with Snom will significantly increase its happiness.
While playing fetch with any ball in a Pokémon Camp will increase Snom’s happiness, using the Soothe Ball is more effective.
You can get the Soothe Ball by showing the Camping King (by the steps that lead to Motostoke in the Wild Area), that you have 15 different curries logged in your Curry Dex.
Snom will also become happier if you use it in battle, especially if it’s holding a Soothe Bell during battles. You can find out how to get a Soothe Bell within this guide.
If you start with a few battles in the Wild Area and then have plenty of interactions with Snom in your Pokémon Camp, you’ll find that its happiness will rise to 220 very quickly.
As interacting with Pokémon in your camp also gains them xp, be sure to set up your camp at night as Snom will likely level-up after a few rounds of fetch and a couple of curries.
As Frosmoth isn’t found in the wild in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, boosting Snom’s happiness rating and then levelling it up at night is the only way to get a Frosmoth outside of trading.
How to use Frosmoth (strengths and weaknesses)
Unless you have an affinity for Frosmoth or want to build an all-bug or all-ice team, you probably only want Frosmoth to fill your Pokédex.
Just like Snom, Frosmoth is an ice-bug type Pokémon. While the typing is relatively uncommon, this does make Fosmoth very weak against rock and fire-type attacks.
While grass, ice, and ground-type moves aren’t very effective against the Frost Moth Pokémon, it is also susceptible to steel and flying-type attacks.
Frosmoth’s base stats for HP, attack, defence, and speed are mediocre, at best, but it does boast a decent special defence base stat line, as well as a very strong special attack base stat line.
There are two abilities available to Frosmoth, one of which is a Hidden Ability:
- Shield Dust: Moves that damage Frosmoth won’t have any additional effect.
- Ice Scales (Hidden Ability): Damage sustained by Frosmoth from special moves is halved.
There you have it: your Snom just evolved into a Frosmoth. You now have an ice-bug type Pokémon that can be very powerful when using special attacks.
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