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Icicle Spear

Type Power Accuracy PP Priority Damage Target
Ice 25 100% 30 0 Physical Single non-user

Description

Deals damage. It has a 1/3 chance for the move to hit either 2 or 3 times, and a 1/6 chance to hit either 4 or 5 times. If a Focus Sash or the ability Sturdy is activated through one of the hits, another hit will KO the target. Each hit is treated as a separate attack, and thus abilities such as Weak Armor will activate for every hit taken, and every hit has a separate flinch rate if used with King's Rock, Razor Fang, or Stench, and a separate critical hit chance. Color Change will only activate on the last hit of the move. However, the items Life Orb and Metronome treat all the hits as a single attack. If this move breaks a Substitute, the attack can still continue and hurt the target. If the target holds a Yache, Jaboca, or Enigma Berry, it will only affect the first hit of this move. If the user has the ability Skill Link, this move will always hit five times.

Competitive Use

Icicle Spear is a powerful, accurate multi-hit move. It is most commonly found on Cloyster, where it is paired with the Skill Link ability. This combination results in a 100% accurate 125 Base Power STAB move with no drawbacks, and a deadly weapon. Mamoswine can use this move with a Choice Scarf to serve as a check to Dragonite, whose Multiscale ability is circumvented by the multiple hits. However, Pokemon without Skill Link generally do not use this move since its damage output is unreliable.

Related Moves

Bone Rush is a less accurate Ground-type equivalent.

Bullet Seed is a Grass-type equivalent.

Rock Blast is a less accurate Rock-type equivalent.

Tail Slap is a less accurate Normal-type equivalent.

Pokémon Type Tier Abilities HP Atk Def SpA SpD Spe BST
Cloyster Water / Ice OU Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 50 95 180 85 45 70 525
Corsola Water / Rock NU Hustle / Natural Cure / Regenerator 55 55 85 65 85 35 380
Dewgong Water / Ice NU Thick Fat / Hydration / Ice Body 90 70 80 70 95 70 475
Mamoswine Ice / Ground OU Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 110 130 80 70 60 80 530
Piloswine Ice / Ground NU Oblivious / Snow Cloak / Thick Fat 100 100 80 60 60 50 450
Seel Water LC Thick Fat / Hydration / Ice Body 65 45 55 45 70 45 325
Shellder Water LC Shell Armor / Skill Link / Overcoat 30 65 100 45 25 40 305
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