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Avalanche

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Ice 60 100% 10 -4 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage and has a priority of -4. Base Power doubles if the user was hit with an attack that would deal damage to it, even if zero damage was dealt after the attack hits, this turn other than Pain Split.

Competitive Use

Avalanche is used primarily as a helpful coverage attack on tanks that care little about Speed. Users of Curse like Swampert, Tyranitar, or the occasional Rhyperior will be able to deal massive damage to the target after a Curse as they're nearly guaranteed to move last, and are dangerous enough that the opponent will almost always attack first. Beyond this niche however, Avalanche is rarely seen. The move has lost its TM status, which greatly hinders its distribution. Avalanche's -4 priority is also somewhat unwelcome as this prevents fast but frail sweepers from utilizing the move in a similar way to Payback. Still, Avalanche can prove itself to be very helpful if you find yourself with a slow attacker and an open moveslot.

Related Moves

Ice Punch is a more powerful option.

Icicle Crash is a much more powerful option with lower accuracy.

Revenge is a Fighting-type equivalent.

Payback is a Dark-type equivalent with slightly less power, and also lacks negative priority.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Abomasnow Grass / Ice UU Snow Warning / Soundproof 90 92 75 92 85 60 494
Beartic Ice NU Snow Cloak / Swift Swim 95 110 80 70 80 50 485
Cloyster Water / Ice OU Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 50 95 180 85 45 70 525
Cubchoo Ice LC Snow Cloak / Rattled 55 70 40 60 40 40 305
Froslass Ice / Ghost BL Snow Cloak / Cursed Body 70 80 70 80 70 110 480
Glalie Ice NU Inner Focus / Ice Body / Moody 80 80 80 80 80 80 480
Jynx Ice / Psychic NU Oblivious / Forewarn / Dry Skin 65 50 35 115 95 95 455
Lapras Water / Ice NU Water Absorb / Shell Armor / Hydration 130 85 80 85 95 60 535
Mamoswine Ice / Ground OU Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 110 130 80 70 60 80 530
Mudkip Water LC Torrent / Damp 50 70 50 50 50 40 310
Piloswine Ice / Ground NU Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 100 100 80 60 60 50 450
Shellder Water LC Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 30 65 100 45 25 40 305
Smoochum Ice / Psychic LC Oblivious / Forewarn / Hydration 45 30 15 85 65 65 305
Sneasel Dark / Ice NU Inner Focus / Keen Eye / Pickpocket 55 95 55 35 75 115 430
Snorunt Ice LC Inner Focus / Ice Body / Moody 50 50 50 50 50 50 300
Snover Grass / Ice LC Snow Warning / Soundproof 60 62 50 62 60 40 334
Swampert Water / Ground UU Torrent / Damp 100 110 90 85 90 60 535
Swinub Ice / Ground LC Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 50 50 40 30 30 50 250
Vanillite Ice LC Ice Body / Weak Armor 36 50 50 65 60 44 305
Vanilluxe Ice NU Ice Body / Weak Armor 71 95 85 110 95 79 535
Weavile Dark / Ice UU Pressure / Pickpocket 70 120 65 45 85 125 510