Sheer Cold (move)

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Move data

Type Ice
Category Special Special
Power -
Accuracy -
PP 5  (max. 8)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

If it hits, Sheer Cold is guaranteed to make the opponent faint. It is more likely to hit Pokémon that are of a lower level than the user.

Its accuracy (as a percentage) is calculated as below, ignoring all other accuracy and evasion modifiers:
UserLevel - TargetLevel + 30
This means that Sheer Cold will fail against a target Pokémon at least 30 levels above the user.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
A chilling attack that causes fainting if it hits.
FireRed/LeafGreen The foe is attacked with ultimate cold that causes fainting if it hits.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The foe is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
Black/White The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target instantly faints if it hits.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Sheer Cold at the level specified. The level numbers given are for Pokémon X & Y and may vary in other games; check the Pokémon's dex page for details.

Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Level 34
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Level 50
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Level 78
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Level 59
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Level 49
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Level 55
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 65
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Level 75
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Level 46
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Level 58
Vanillite
#582 / Ice
Level 53
Vanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 58
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 67
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Level 57
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Level 1
Cryogonal
#615 / Ice
Level 61