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Ice Attacks
Attack Type Base PP Pow Acc Avg Effects TM HM
Aurora Beam ICE Spec 20 65 99.6 64.7 lower victim Attack (10% chance) - -
Blizzard ICE Spec 5 120 89.5 107.3 freeze (10% chance) 14 -
Ice Beam ICE Spec 10 95 99.6 94.6 freeze (10% chance) 13 -
Ice Punch ICE Spec 15 75 99.6 74.7 freeze (10% chance) - -

Analysis & Advice

Ice attacks are most effective against Grass, Flying, Ground and Dragon Pokémon.

Ice attacks are weakest against Water and Ice Pokémon. A majority of the popular Ice Pokémon are Ice/Water (there are no pure Ice Pokémon), so this double-protection is a concern.

Ice attacks have a more sensible distribution than many other types of elemental attacks. The fewer the PP, the more damage the attack does. Ice attacks also have arguably the best side effect in the game.

A Pokémon can be unfrozen by certain items (eg, Ice Heal, Full Restore), but since items cannot be used in link battles, a frozen Pokémon is as good as defeated in a link match. It's just a matter of having enough PP left to finish it off. A frozen Pokémon can be switched away and a replacement brought out, but if the frozen Pokémon is returned to battle, it will still be unable to do anything. This makes Ice attacks particularly powerful, much more so than attacks that immobilize victims in other ways.

A Pokémon can also be unfrozen by a Fire attack, so be careful with Metronome and remember that it's probably not a good idea to try to finish off that frozen Mewtwo with your Charmander.

Something else to keep in mind is whether or not the "Freeze Clause" applies to your current battle. In tournament play, it is common to limit the number of frozen Pokémon on one team at any given time to a single Pokémon. So, let's say you freeze an opponent's Gloom solid, and he immediately switches to a different Pokémon. If you use the same Ice attack and accidentally freeze the incoming Pokémon, you would be disqualified.

Looking at it from the opposite point of view, it is almost never a good idea to leave a frozen Pokémon in the battle. If you just let him sit out there and get beaten on until he faints, the icey nuisance that just froze your current Pokémon will be free to freeze the next. Whereas, if you immediately switch out the frozen Pokémon, the incoming Pokémon will essentially be immune to freezing. It will also leave your new Pokémon free to Explode or Selfdestruct on the last opponent, with an unfainted Pokémon as backup.

Note that Pokémon affected by another major Status change (eg, paralyzed or sleeping Pokémon) cannot be frozen. This does not include minor status changes like confusion.


Pokémon Stadium enforces the "Freeze Clause" automatically. The game will simply not allow two Pokémon on a single team to be frozen at the same time in regular Cup matches. So you can keep using Blizzard or Ice Beam all you like, even if an opponent's frozen Pokémon has been switched out, without fear of disqualification.

Ice Beam vs. Aurora Beam

Ice Beam is the work horse attack of the Ice world, and is much more damaging than Aurora Beam. A small chance of lowering a victim's Attack score is nice, but it almost certainly won't make up for the damage differential. The only clear benefit Aurora Beam has over Ice Beam is that it has twice as many PP.

Ice Beam vs. Blizzard

Blizzard has the edge in this one, excepting the lower number of PP. Most kick-ass elemental attacks are pretty unreliable, but Blizzard is surprisingly accurate for its power. Because of this, in the long run, Blizzard will actually do more damage than Ice Beam over a large number of attacks. But individual battles are not the long run, and that one missed Blizzard could mean the end for your Pokémon. Ice Beam is still a very good attack, and sticklers for consistency won't lose out that much if they choose it over Blizzard. But do know that Blizzard is as reliable as mega-powerful elemental attacks get. Choose wisely.

Note that while it is widely-reported that Blizzard freezes the victim 30% of the time, it actually only freezes 10% of the time. Yes, really. OK, test it yourself if you don't believe us!

It's still an extremely powerful attack, though. In fact, Blizzard is not only a great Ice attack, it is one of the best attacks in the game. It is a very good TM for Pokémon that have a high Special statistic. It's very powerful and reasonably accurate, and it has probably the best side effect available. Nothing brings an enemy closer to defeat than being frozen. Of course, this advice also applies to Ice Beam, if you are looking for something more reliable (but less powerful).

Ice Beam vs. Ice Punch

Ice Beam does more damage than Ice Punch, but has fewer PP. They are equally accurate. Ice Punch is not at all a bad attack, and it does have novelty value, but, given a choice, Ice Beam will do you right more of the time.

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