Sheer Cold (move)

Move data

Type Ice
Category Special  Special
Power
Accuracy 30
PP 5  (max. 8)
Makes contact? No
Introduced Generation 3

Effects

If it hits, Sheer Cold is guaranteed to make the opponent faint. Its accuracy increases if the user is a higher level than the target Pokémon, but fails if the target is higher level or is Ice type.

Its accuracy (as a percentage) is calculated as below, if the user is Ice type, ignoring all other accuracy and evasion modifiers:

30 + UserLevel - TargetLevel

This means that if the user and target Pokémon are the same level, Sheer Cold has 30% accuracy. If the user is not Ice type, its accuracy percentage is:

20 + UserLevel - TargetLevel

Changes

In Generations 3-6, Ice type Pokémon are not immune to Sheer Cold. Non-Ice type users keep the 30% base accuracy.

Z-Move effects

When a Pokémon is holding Icium Z and uses its Z-Power, Sheer Cold turns into Subzero Slammer and has base power 180.

Move target

Foe
Foe
Foe
User
Ally
Ally

Targets a single adjacent Pokémon.

Other languages

English Sheer Cold
Japanese ぜったいれいど (Zettai Reido)
German Eiseskälte
French Glaciation
Italian Purogelo
Spanish Frío Polar

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
Black 2​/​White 2
The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target instantly faints if it hits.
X​/​Y
O.Ruby​/​A.Sapphire
The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.
Sun​/​Moon
Ultra Sun​/​Ultra Moon
The target faints instantly. It’s less likely to hit the target if it’s used by Pokémon other than Ice types.
Sword​/​Shield The target faints instantly. It’s less likely to hit the target if it’s used by Pokémon other than Ice types.

Learnt by level up

These Pokémon learn Sheer Cold at the level specified. The numbers given are for Pokémon Sword & Shield and may vary in other games; check the respective Pokédex pages for details.

Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Level 48
Ninetales
Alolan Ninetales
#038 / Ice · Fairy
Level 1
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Level 65
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Level 70
Suicune
#245 / Water
Level 1
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Level 1
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Level 52
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Level 64
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 72
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Level 45
Snover
#459 / Grass · Ice
Level 50
Abomasnow
#460 / Grass · Ice
Level 56
Vanillite
#582 / Ice
Level 48
Vanillish
#583 / Ice
Level 56
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 60
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Level 42
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Level 46
Cryogonal
#615 / Ice
Level 60
Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Level 88
Kyurem
Black Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Level 88
Kyurem
White Kyurem
#646 / Dragon · Ice
Level 88