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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.
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.
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.