Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in olden times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the Hisui region, modern-day Sinnoh, you will join the Galaxy Expedition Team (Galaxy Team for short) as a member of the Survey Corps stationed in Jubilife Village. You will be tasked to meet every species of Pokémon from the Hisui region to complete the region’s first-ever Pokédex.
The Galaxy Team will task the player to do missions in the game. Various people will also ask for help from the player in the form of requests. One of these requests is Request 113, titled “Sneasel’s Path of Solitude.” This guide will teach you how to complete the “Sneasel’s Path of Solitude” request.
Sneasel’s Path of Solitude
To unlock this request, the player must first complete the “Massive Mass Outbreak in the Icelands” request (request 101) and the “Daybreak” request (request 102), where the player must investigate the massive mass outbreaks in the Alabaster Icelands and complete the Daybreak DLC.
After doing the requirements mentioned above, you can now start this request! To do that, head on to the Training Grounds in the northwest of the Jubilife Village, and on the left side of the building (or behind Ingo), the player will find Gared, who is a member of the Security Corps. Talk to Gared, and he will ask if the player has yet tried Ingo’s Path of Solitude Battles.
After selecting ‘Path of Solitude?’ on the prompt, he will explain that the Path of Solitude is a chance to master the art of battling with a single Pokemon. He will say that battling a tough opponent with just one Pokemon in the player’s party feels like reaching for the stars as the player would have to know their Pokemon well to develop the best strategy. Then, Gared will say that he has a request for the player about the Path of Solitude which is said to be tough to beat, so that is what he wants the player to do. Then, after that, a bunch of requests will start, and one of them is the “Sneasel’s Path of Solitude” Request!
After that, Gared will tell the player to show him the mark in the player’s Pokedex once the player has completed the Path of Solitude with any of the Pokemon he mentioned.
To complete this request, the player must defeat Ingo and his Gligar in the Path of Solitude with only a Sneasel in the player’s party.
Check this request’s description; it will give a tip to battle with a Sneasel caught from Space-Time Distortions. So, before talking to Ingo to start the Path of Solitude, make sure that the player has a non-Hisuian Sneasel around Level 70, as the player would have to battle Ingo’s Level 70 Gligar.
It is recommended to use a non-Hisuian Sneasel because it can use Ice type moves which are four times super effective against Gligar, and it is not weak against one of Gligar’s attacks. However, it is still possible to complete this request with a Hisuian Sneasel.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to catch a Non-Hisuian Sneasel in the wild. They can only be found in Space-Time Distortions in the Obsidian Fieldlands, the Coronet Highlands, and the Alabaster Icelands. Although rare, non-Hisuian Sneasel can also be found in Massive Mass Outbreaks in the Coronet Highlands.
It is recommended that the player’s Sneasel has a Nature that decreases Sp. Attack (as it does not have the best Sp. Attack stat anyway) and boosts Attack, like Adamant. Nature that decreases Sp. Attack and boosts Defense, like Impish, is also great. Then, the player can boost Sneasel’s Effort Levels, focusing on boosting Sneasel’s Defense and HP to help endure the opponent’s attacks, using Grit items.
As for the player’s Sneasel moveset, it is recommended to let the player’s non-Hisuian Sneasel learn and use Ice Shard, a physical attack that raises the user’s speed, and Ice Punch, which is a physical attack that may inflict Frostbite on the opponent. These moves would be great as, again, they are Ice type moves that are four times super effective against Ingo’s Gligar.
After training your Sneasel and letting it learn the recommended moves, head to Ingo on the left side of Captain Zisu in the Training Grounds and talk to him. Select the ‘Path of Solitude’ on the prompt, and select ‘Accept the challenge’ on the next prompt; then Ingo will let you choose one Pokemon, so put your Sneasel in the party and remove all the other Pokemon so that the player will only use Sneasel. After that, select ‘Begin’ on the next prompt, and the player can now begin the challenge!
It is worth noting that Ingo’s Gligar is a Level 70 Ground and Flying-type Pokemon, which means it has a weakness to Water-type and especially Ice-type moves (super effective), a resistance to the Bug-type, Fighting-type, and Poison-type moves (not very effective), and immunity to Ground-type and Electric-type moves (no effect). Ingo’s Gligar may use Aerial Ace, Mud Bomb, and Quick Attack. However, it tends to prefer Aerial Ace.
Suppose the player’s non-Hisuian Sneasel is trained and powerful enough. In that case, the player’s Sneasel can use the Ice Shard in Agile Style in the first turn, survive an attack from Ingo’s Gligar (which will probably be Aerial Ace), then use Ice Punch two times to beat Ingo’s Gligar. Using Ice Shard in Agile Style in the player’s first turn is recommended as it guarantees that the player gets two consecutive turns because of the Speed stat raise of the Ice Shard attack combined with the Agile Style.
After defeating Ingo’s Gligar, Ingo will say that the player’s Sneasel has reached the final station on its Path to Solitude and that he has added a mark on Sneasel’s page in the Pokedex that signifies its victory. Then, Ingo will reward the player with three Exp. Candy L as a prize for having completed the Path of Solitude.
Afterward, head back to Gared, still near Ingo, and talk to him. Gared will say that it was a thrill to see the player’s Pokemon best, the Path of Solitude. Then, finally, the player will be rewarded with one Seed of Mastery and one Exp. For your efforts and the “Sneasel’s Path of Solitude” Request, Candy L is now completed!
Now that you have completed the “Sneasel’s Path of Solitude” Request, you can try to complete other requests, missions, or Arceus’ task, which is to catch ’em all!