Sheer Cold (move)

Move data

Type Ice
Category   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.

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.

Learnt by level up

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

Vulpix
Alolan Vulpix
#037 / Ice
Level 50
Dewgong
#087 / Water · Ice
Level 1
Lapras
#131 / Water · Ice
Level 50
Articuno
#144 / Ice · Flying
Level 99
Suicune
#245 / Water
Level 1
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Level 1
Glalie
#362 / Ice
Level 61
Spheal
#363 / Ice · Water
Level 46
Sealeo
#364 / Ice · Water
Level 52
Walrein
#365 / Ice · Water
Level 60
Kyogre
#382 / Water
Level 65
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 1
Vanilluxe
#584 / Ice
Level 67
Cubchoo
#613 / Ice
Level 57
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Level 1
Beartic
#614 / Ice
Level 66
Cryogonal
#615 / Ice
Level 1
Cryogonal
#615 / Ice
Level 57