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Ice Type in Pokemon Go: Present and Future

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The Ice type is the one of the oldest Pokémon types in the games, as it was introduced in the very first games, Pokémon Red and Blue. It isn’t a very good attacking or defending type but boasts the second highest HP stat by type in the game (due to the likes of Lapras, Walrein and the upcoming Kyurem.) Ice type moves used to be regarded as ‘dragon killers’ in the main series games, that is, until the Fairy typing came along. As of gen 7 there are 36 Ice type Pokémon, making it the smallest type. So how do these Ice types size up in Pokémon Go?

There are plenty of ice types that are not yet released in Go, as a steady amount of Ice types were released throughout each generation, generally about 4-6 per generation apart from Gen 7 which added only 1 new Ice type: Crabominable but also added the Alola variants of Kanto Pokemon which added some flair to the Ice typing gaining Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew and Sandslash.

Below is a list of more Pokémon in generations 1-7 in Pokémon Go, but do not make it in the top 10 (in terms of Max CP).

Discussion and Move Predictions

Now for a very interesting topic: Move predictions. Some of these Pokémon will be very competitively viable in the game, especially the legendary Pokémon Kyurem at the top of the list. There are currently 3 Ice type fast moves in the game and 6 charge moves. We expect to see more moves come out as future generations are released.

In the table below, we will look at some potential Ice type moves (and some other type moves) for a select amount upcoming Pokemon.

Take these movesets with a grain of salt, but it is interesting to see what combinations can be made!

PokémonPossible Fast Moves?Possible Charge Moves?

Kyurem

  • Ice Beam

    Ice

  • Icy Wind

    Ice

  • Dragon Breath

    Dragon

  • Blizzard

    Ice

Avalugg

  • Powder Snow

    Ice

  • Icy Wind

    Ice

  • Avalanche

    Ice

  • Blizzard

    Ice

Mamoswine

  • Powder Snow

    Ice

  • Earthquake

    Ground

Regice

  • Zap Cannon

    Electric

  • Icy Wind

    Ice

  • Ice Beam

    Ice

  • Hyper Beam

    Normal

Glalie

Mega

  • Powder Snow

    Ice

  • Frost Breath

    Ice

  • Icy Wind

    Ice

  • Blizzard

    Ice

  • Crunch

    Dark

Glaceon

  • Ice Shard

    Ice

  • Bite

    Dark

  • Blizzard

    Ice

Beartic

  •  Powder Snow

    Ice

  • Icy Wind

    Ice

  • Blizzard

    Ice

Cryogonal

  • Ice Shard

    Ice

  • Ice Beam

    Ice

  • Solar Beam

    Grass

  • Icy Wind

    Ice

Weavile

  • Scratch

    Normal

  • Icy Wind

    Ice

  • Dark Pulse

    Dark

Crabominable

  • Ice Punch

    Ice

  • Ice Hammer

    Ice

  • Avalanche

    Ice

As you can see, plenty of the above Pokemon could potentially learn double Ice movesets but only a handful of them will be relevant in the Meta.

Ice Types in the Meta

Ice types are an underwhelming type in the game, normally only being added to teams for those who do not have proper counters to Dragon types.

  • The pure

    Ice

    type resists: no other type moves but

    Ice

    type moves are not very effective.

  • Adversely, the pure

    Ice

    type is weak to

    Fire

    ,

    Rock

    ,

    Steel

    and

    Fighting

    type moves.

Ice type moves used by these Pokémon will be super effective against Dragon, Flying, Ground and Grass types, so be sure to use these Pokémon against opponents of these types!

The Ice type is boosted in Snow weather, so in that weather you can expect to see more wild spawns of Ice types, as well as their Ice type attacks doing more damage in raids and gym battles. However, for most of the year, Snow type weather is fairly rare for most parts of the globe.

They do not dominate a single stat, as their ATK and DEF stats vary widely between the different variety of Ice types, but they do boast the second highest STA stat amongst all types.

History of the Ice Type

Although the Ice type was released as one of the original types in the very first games, it still has very limited use. As mentioned above, only features in teams that do not have optimal counters against Dragon types. Hopefully with the introduction of future generations (and hopefully a wider move-pool) or the shortly upcoming Alolan forms of Kanto Pokemon we will see some more use of this type in gyms and raids.

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