Ice-type Pokémon are among the most fragile, but these dual-types make them more effective in battle.
In the Pokemon community, it’s no secret that Ice-types are difficult to use. They are vulnerable to the elements Fire, Fighting, Rock, and Steel. In addition, they share with Normal the distinction of being the least resistant type, having resistance only to Ice-type attacks. While many Ice-types can be offensively effective, they are notorious for being knocked out before they can demonstrate their offensive prowess.
However, there are a handful of dual-type combinations that can help mitigate the Ice type’s disadvantages. Some of these boost the resistances of Ice-type Pokemon or compensate for their weaknesses. Others offer an even broader spectrum of offensive coverage, making them worthy of training to employ in combat. Here are the best Ice-type Pokémon type combinations for those who wish to take advantage of this type’s extreme effectiveness against the Flying, Grass, Ground, and Dragon types.
Demaria Oxman has added the following on 23 November 2022: Generation 9 has begun with the release of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, and Pokemon fans are back in the game. Though Ice-types are often maligned for their frailty, Gen 9 trainers may find these stone-cold killers useful against the Quaking Earth Titan, the Artazon gym, and any trainer with a Dragon-type Pokemon. Consequently, this list has been updated to include not only the best type combinations, but also battle strategies for the best dual-type Pokémon.
In terms of defense, this combination does not significantly reduce the vulnerability of Ice-type Pokémon. It has four weaknesses, one of which (Rock-type) is double, so these attacks deal four times the normal amount of damage. However, its resistance to Bug and Grass makes this combination marginally more durable than a single Ice-type. In addition, Flying-type Pokemon are completely immune to Ground-type moves; since Ice-type attacks deal incredibly high damage to Ground-type Pokemon, this makes Ice-Flying the ideal type for those hard-hitting Pokémon.
In terms of offense, access to Flying-type attacks boosted by STAB (the Same-Type Attack Bonus) is extremely advantageous for Ice-types, as these attacks help Ice-types combat one of their fatal weaknesses: Fighting-type Pokemon. Moreover, Flying-type Pokémon have, on average, the highest Speed stats of all fully evolved Pokémon. This gives Ice-Flying types an additional advantage by allowing them to attack before their opponent can deal damage.
The Top Ice/Flying Varieties
There are currently two Pokemon with the Ice/Flying type: Articuno and Delibird. Delibird is clearly the more accessible of the two in many games. Unfortunately, with a base total of 330, Delibird’s base stats are nothing special. Nonetheless, with the proper moves and some EV training, it can still be an asset to an Ice-type team.
Articuno possesses the stats commensurate with its legendary status: it has a base stat total of 580, and its Special Defense is particularly formidable. If captured, it is worth adding to a team of Ice-type enthusiasts.
The Ice/Steel classification is an intriguing case. It has two crippling 4x weaknesses, Fighting and Fire, making attacks of these types a massive threat to Alolan Sandslash and other Pokemon with these weaknesses. However, the Steel-long type’s list of resistances partially compensates for this, reducing the Ice-vulnerability. type’s Ice/Steel Pokemon are resistant to Normal, Bug, Psychic, Fairy, Dragon, Grass, and Flying attacks, in addition to having double resistance to Ice-type attacks.
Combined with the Ice-offensive type’s advantage against Dragon, Grass, and Flying-type Pokémon, this makes the Ice/Steel combination ideal for battling these Pokémon. In addition, Steel-type attacks deal incredibly high damage to Fairy and Ice-types, making this combination an excellent choice against these elements as well. Trainers must still be wary of their opponents’ movesets when employing Ice/Steel types in battle, as many non-Fighting-type Pokemon can learn Fighting-type moves and exploit the previously mentioned 4x weakness.
The Top Ice/Steel Varieties
Alolan Sandshrew’s development Sandslash are the only Ice/Steel types and have yet to appear outside of Alola. However, Gen 7 players should consider adding them to their team. This regional form has excellent Physical Attack and Physical Defense, allowing it to both deal and take damage.
The Water type neutralizes the Ice type’s Fire weakness, one of its greatest weaknesses. It still has four weaknesses, but none of them are double weaknesses. In addition, this typing provides Walrein with a vast array of tools for dealing with Pokémon that pose a threat. Even though it is weak to Rock and Grass, two fairly common types — Water and Ice, respectively — can quickly eliminate these threats.
Water and Ice-type attacks can deal super-effective damage to five of the ten most common Pokemon types: Rock, Grass, Fire, Ground, and Flying, as well as a few uncommon types such as Dragon. Ice/Water Pokemon may not be as powerful as other dual-type Pokémon, but their ability to compensate for each other’s weaknesses demonstrates the utility of a secondary typing for a fragile type like Ice.
The Top Ice/Water Varieties
Water is the most common type to combine with Ice, as eight Pokémon possess this type combination. The best option, however, is Lapras, whose base stat total is 535. It is capable of withstanding hits from even the most potent attacks, thanks to its formidable HP and defensive stats. Both its Attack and Special Attack are respectable and roughly equivalent. The only disadvantage of Lapras is that it can be a little slow, but its other benefits compensate for this.
Fighting-type Pokémon are the rarest of Ice-weaknesses, type’s but a large number of Pokémon can still learn Fighting-type attacks, making them extremely dangerous for Ice-types. This combination, however, renders a Pokémon immune to moves of both the Fighting and Normal types, thereby nullifying this weakness. Ghost-types also provide this combination with additional Poison and Bug resistances.
Ghost-type attacks are only extremely effective against Psychic-types and other Ghost-types, so in terms of offense, this secondary type does not add as much as others on this list. However, given the high Special damage that Psychic and Ghost attacks can frequently inflict, it is essential for any team to have a defense against these types. And when combined with the offensive prowess of the Ice type, this combination is an excellent Special sweeper for any Trainer.
The Top Ice/Ghost Varieties
Froslass is the only Ice/Ghost type as of Generation 9; with a total of 480 base stats, she is not to be overlooked. Froslass’s defensive stats are a little lacking, but she has excellent Speed, Attack, and Special Attack. In conjunction with her Snow Cloak ability, which increases evasion in a hailstorm, Froslass can frequently eliminate foes before they can launch an attack of their own.
For a fragile type like Ice, nearly any combination that confers elemental immunity is advantageous. Swinub’s evolutionary line, the only Pokémon currently with a secondary Ground type, is immune to Electric-type attacks due to its secondary Ground type. This is a plus for its defense, but Ice/true Ground’s strength lies in its offense.
Attacks of the Ground type deal exceptional damage to five different types: Poison, Electric, Fire, Rock, and Steel. None of these overlap with the offensive strengths of Ice-type Pokémon, so the combination of Ice-type and Ground-type attacks can deal massive damage to nine different types. In addition, since Swinub’s line can also learn Rock-type and other attacks, it can be incredibly effective against more than half of all Pokémon types with the proper build.
Even though Ice/Ground has five weaknesses, its offensive prowess allows these Pokémon to easily eliminate threats. Piloswine and its kin can inflict devastating damage on Grass, Steel, and Fire-type Pokémon by utilizing both moves of both STAB types. It must be wary of Fighting and Water-type moves, but can withstand virtually every other type.
The Top Ice/Ground Varieties
Swinu and its evolutions, Piloswine and Mamoswine, are the only Ice/Ground Pokemon in Gen 9 as previously stated. Naturally, as the third and final evolution, Mamoswine has the highest base stat total of 530. Its physical Attack has a staggering base value of 130. Its HP is also excellent, allowing it to take hits almost as effectively as it deals them. Consider using Zinc or engaging in EV training to boost its Special Defense. Its only weakness is a low Special Defense.