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I'm using an all psychic type team. I have a metagross on it and it has ice punch. My medicham also has ice punch but I was wondering of I should replace it with thunderpunch

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Based on the type effectiveness chart, Ice Punch is overall more versatile than Thunder Punch. Ice gets super effective against Ground, Grass, Flying, and most notably, Dragon. Thunder Punch, on the other hand, is only super effective against Flying and Water.

Additionally, while both moves have a small chance of applying status, Frozen is a more effective condition than Paralyzed. A Paralyzed Pokemon's Speed is reduced by half, and there is a chance each turn it will be unable to attack. Frozen, on the other hand, leaves the Pokemon incapable of taking any actions for potentially many turns. Possibly indefinitely if RNG is not on your side.

Not to say that Thunder Punch is a bad move. It just has a narrower and more specific use case than Ice Punch.

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