Regice

Clear Body
The wielder's stats cannot be lowered.
Ice Body
Heals 1/16 maximum HP in hail.
Type Tier
Ice NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
80
- 155 187 -
Atk
50
63 70 102 112
Def
100
108 120 152 167
SpA
100
108 120 152 167
SpD
200
198 220 252 277
Spe
50
63 70 102 112

Overview

Regice's main objective hasn't changed throughout the generations; it mainly functions as a special wall because of its enormous base 200 Special Defense, standing high above the competition. However, it must usually rely on the RestTalk strategy for recovery, which can hinder its defensive capabilities. Regice is also well-known for its BoltBeam combination, which gives it nearly perfect coverage. Regice can also play the role of a setup sweeper, with Rock Polish raising its Speed to astonishing heights. Despite its horrible defensive typing and Stealth Rock weakness, Regice can perform well in whatever role it has been assigned.

Name Item Nature

Offensive Tank

Leftovers Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt
248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 Spe

Regice's amazing special bulk and acceptable base 100 Special Attack are combined to form an offensive tank set. It doesn't exactly fit the role of a support Pokemon, but with its near-perfect coverage and a recovery option in Rest, it makes for a great balanced Pokemon. Rest is Regice's only recovery move, healing it in a pinch. Sleep Talk provides the second half of the RestTalk strategy, which allows Regice to check threats it needs to while maintaining its longevity. One notable issue with RestTalk is that it is much easier to switch into, and must rely on the luck of Sleep Talk to inflict damage. The final two moveslots give Regice the famous BoltBeam combination, which hits almost every Pokemon for neutral damage.

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Name Item Nature

Rock Polish

Life Orb Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Rock Polish
~ Ice Beam
~ Thunderbolt
~ Focus Blast
32 HP / 252 SpA / 224 Spe

Regice's Speed is the only thing holding it back from performing a sweep against other teams; Rock Polish fixes that. With access to Rock Polish, great overall bulk, and a decent Special Attack, Regice stands as a bulky sweeper that can inflict damage and take a hit in the process. Regice has perfect coverage with its three attacking moves, allowing it to hit every Pokemon in NU for neutral damage. It works best as a late-game sweeper, as it doesn't quite have the offensive presence to KO bulky Pokemon early- or mid-game. Rock Polish is what makes the magic happen in this set; at +2, Regice can outspeed positive-natured base 125 Pokemon or below, such as Swellow, Scolipede, and Floatzel, which is mind-blowing. Regice wields a BoltBeam combination in this set as well; Ice Beam is Regice's STAB, and when paired with Thunderbolt, it gives Regice a nearly perfect coverage. Focus Blast is the final coverage move, as it hits Pokemon such as Probopass, Rotom-F, and Piloswine for more damage.

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Other Options

A Choice Specs set can be used to further enhance Regice's offensive presence. However, Regice would be switching quite often when locked into an attack, and considering that its vulnerable to all three forms of entry hazards, it wouldn't be successful. Charge Beam is also a good way to raise Regice's Special Attack in hopes of Regice achieving the role of a wallbreaker. However, Regice is a slow Pokemon, and it is difficult to find moveslot for Charge Beam. Psych Up and Frost Breath are plausible options to beat Calm Mind sweepers. Icy Wind is viable as well, having similar effects as Thunder Wave but acting as a STAB move. Curse is great way to compensate for Regice's saddening Defense, but Regice's Attack isn't something worth enhancing, and its physically offensive movepool is quite disappointing.

Checks and Counters

Regice doesn't have a reliable source of recovery, so slowly wearing it down with entry hazards is your best bet. Piloswine, Regirock, and other entry hazard leads can get Stealth Rock on the field and even attack Regice with their powerful STAB moves. Physical attackers, such as Sawk, Gurdurr, Kangaskhan, and the Rock-types mentioned earlier, are prime examples of Pokemon that can aim for Regice's weaker Defense; however, these Pokemon are crippled by Thunder Wave, which makes Regice harder to defeat. Specially defensive Camerupt can take anything Regice throws at it, set up Stealth Rock, and Roar it away. Throh can take Regice's attacks well, use Circle Throw, and isn't crippled by Thunder Wave because of Guts. Bulky Pokemon that can heal themselves of paralysis, such as Lickilicky, Flareon, and Miltank, can avoid being crippled and attack Regice. The best way of defeating Regice is to target its Defense using physical attackers and Pokemon that can both take a hit and brush off Thunder Wave; Regice can easily be weakened at that point.

Unreleased

Ice Body would be a great ability to use in hail, as it would provide consistent healing. However, with Snow Warning banned and only an extremely small number of Pokemon that can utilize the move Hail effectively, it won't be of much use to Regice in NU.