Icicle Spear (move)

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Move data

Type Ice
Category Physical
Power 25
Accuracy 100
PP 30  (max. 48)
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

Hits Prob. Power
2 38 50
3 38 75
4 18 100
5 18 125

Icicle Spear hits 2-5 times per turn used. The probability of each interval is shown to the right, with the total power after each hit.

Each strike of Icicle Spear is treated like a separate attack:

  • Each strike can get a critical hit independently.
  • Abilities that activate on contact (Static, Weak Armor, Iron Barbs etc.) activate for each strike.
  • If the Sturdy ability, Focus Sash, or Focus Band activates before the final hit, the subsequent hit will still deal damage and therefore cause the opponent to faint.
  • If the first hit breaks a Substitute, the second hit will deal damage to the target Pokémon.

The move Counter only counters the final hit, but Bide counters the complete damage.

The Skill Link ability will cause Icicle Spear to always hit the maximum number of times.

Changes

In Generations 3-4, if a Focus Sash or Focus Band activates before the final hit, subsequent hits do not cause the holder to faint.

In Generation 3, Icicle Spear ends immediately if any hit breaks a Substitute.

In Generations 3-4, Icicle Spear has a base power of 10.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Icium Z and uses its Z-Power, Icicle Spear turns into Subzero Slammer and has base power 140.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokemon.

Game descriptions

Ruby/Sapphire
Emerald
Attacks the foe by firing 2 to 5 icicles in a row.
FireRed/LeafGreen Sharp icicles are fired at the foe. It strikes two to five times.
Diamond/Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold/SoulSilver
The user launches sharp icicles at the foe. It strikes two to five times in a row.
Black/White
Black 2/White 2
The user launches sharp icicles at the target. It strikes two to five times in a row.
X/Y
O.Ruby/A.Sapphire
The user launches sharp icicles at the target two to five times in a row.
Sun/Moon The user launches sharp icicles at the target two to five times in a row.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Icicle Spear at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Sun & Moon and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Alolan SandslashSandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Level 1
ShellderShellder
#090 / Water
Level 13
VanilliteVanillite
#582 / Ice
Level 1
VanillishVanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 1
VanilluxeVanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 1

Learnt by breeding

These Pokémon can learn Icicle Spear as an egg move. Their breeding groups are also shown for reference.

Alolan SandshrewSandshrew
Alolan Sandshrew
#027 / Ice · Steel
Field
Alolan SandslashSandslash
Alolan Sandslash
#028 / Ice · Steel
Field
SeelSeel
#086 / Water
Field, Water 1
DewgongDewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Field, Water 1
ShellderShellder
#090 / Water
Water 3
CloysterCloyster
#091 / Water · Ice
Water 3
SwinubSwinub
#220 / Ice · Ground
Field
PiloswinePiloswine
#221 / Ice · Ground
Field
CorsolaCorsola
#222 / Water · Rock
Water 1, Water 3
MamoswineMamoswine
#473 / Ice · Ground
Field