Best Ice Type Pokémon In Pokémon Sword And Shield
Last Updated: December 2, 2021
Ice type Pokémon are literally the coolest Pokémon you’ll ever see in the game. Kidding aside, they’re often overlooked but they’re actually quite strong. Let’s take a look at some of the best the Ice types have to offer.
If you’ve ever been around for the Dragon types dominating the metagame in competitive battles, you know how frustrating it is to see your opponent roll up with powerful Ice-type Pokémon. Ice types are often underestimated by a lot of players. Since Fire types are pretty popular, Ice type Pokémon aren’t really given a fair chance to show what they’re capable of. So, without further ado, here are the best Ice types you must absolutely have on your team.
Locations: Lake of Outrage (Wanderer), Hammerlocke Hills (Max Raid Battle), Giant’s Bed (Wanderer)
Weakness: Fighting 2x, Rock 2x, Steel 2x, Fire 2x
Most of the eeveelutions are pretty great Pokémon for competitive play. So, it’s no surprise that Glaceon finds itself on a list about the best Ice type Pokémon. Despite looking super adorable, make no mistake; Glaceon is a very powerful Ice type. It does succumb to the weaknesses that plague pure Ice types, but it makes up for it with a good base stat total of 525. Special Attack and Defense are stats that Glaceon is very strong on. It can be a great fit on your team if you’re looking for a durable Pokémon to set the Weather and take a few hits while also dishing out decent damage.
Locations: Giant’s Cap, Hammerlocke Hills (Max Raid Battle), Slippery Slope, Giant’s Bed, Old Cemetery, Snowslide Slope, Tunnel to the Top (Wanderer), Max Lair (Dynamax Adventure)
Weakness: Rock 2x, Ghost 2x, Steel 2x, Fire 2x, Dark 2x
Froslass is a great Pokémon for trainers looking for a unique dual typing. Since this Pokémon is the only Ice/Ghost type in the entire game, it has a pretty diverse move pool. All of its other stats are pretty average but it has excellent Speed which ensures that it will almost always go first. An ideal role for Froslass would be a Physical or Special Wallbreaker. STAB (same type attack bonus) moves like Triple Axle, Poltergeist, and Icicle Crash are must haves on this Pokémon. Froslass is also pretty versatile considering that it can leary utility moves like Trick or Spikes.
Locations: Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battles), Slippery Slope (Wanderer)
Weakness: Fighting 2x, Steel 2x, Fire 2x, Water 2x, Grass 2x
If you’re looking for a Physical Wallbreaker to add to your team, then you can never go wrong with Mamoswine. This Pokémon has a base Attack of 130 and can be maxed out to a whopping 394. It also has great HP which makes it pretty durable and is pretty much guaranteed to land a few more hits before going down. It’s unique dual typing of Ice/Ground also ensures that it can do well even against Fire and Steel types; types Mamoswine is weak to. Favoring STAB moves like Earthquake and Icicle Crash can have Mamoswine bulldozing the competition.
Locations: (Sword) Dusty Bowl, Giant’s Cap, Hammerlocke Hills, Lake of Outrage, Stony Wilderness (Max Raid Battle) Galarian Form; (Shield) Trade
Weakness: Fighting 2x, Rock 2x, Steel 2x, Fire 2x
Darmanitan really lives up to its Pokedex entry; it may look gentle and cute but it’s also very strong. Like Mamoswine, Darmanitan fits the role of a Physical Wallbreaker thanks to its very high Attack stat and high Speed stat. It also has the ability Gorilla Tactics which boosts the Pokémon’s Attack stat but only allows the use of the first selected move. While some may see that as a drawback, it’s quite strong if you build your strategy around it. If you pair this ability with a strong physical move like say Icicle Crash or U-Turn plus having this Pokémon hold a Choice Scarf to boost its Speed and you’ll get one of the strongest Physical Sweepers in the game.
Locations: Route 9 (fishing), Route 2 (one), Lake of Outrage, North Lake Miloch, West Lake Axewell (Wanderer), Bridge Field, Dusty Bowl, East Lake Axewell, Giant’s Cap, Giant’s Mirror, Lake of Outrage, South Lake Miloch, Stony Wilderness, West Lake Axewell (Max Raid Battle), Wild Area News
Weakness: Fighting 2x, Rock 2x, Grass 2x, Electric 2x
Lapras has been around since Generation I making it one of the OG Ice types. This Pokémon has been available in every generation of Pokémon games and seems to get stronger every time. Not only does it gain access to some of the new moves introduced in Sword and Shield, it’s also one of the few Pokémon that has a Gigantamax form. Lapras shines best when used as a tank for your team with its very high HP and Special Defense stat. It also has a very versatile moveset and can learn unusual moves from other types like Dragon Dance (Dragon), Thunderbolt (Electric), Psychic (Psychic), and Megahorn (Bug). If you only have space for one Ice type on your team, make it Lapras.
So there you have it! These are the best Ice type Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield. There are lots of Ice Pokémon that could’ve made this list but we find that these five Pokémon are stronger than the rest and can easily be successful in most scenarios.
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