Beartic

Snow Cloak
Evasion increases 25% in hail.
Swift Swim
Speed doubles in rain.
Type Tier
Ice NU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
95
- 331 394 -
Atk
110
230 256 319 350
Def
80
176 196 259 284
SpA
70
158 176 239 262
SpD
80
176 196 259 284
Spe
50
122 136 199 218

Overview

Although its abilities are somewhat limited, Beartic is surprisingly good at what it does. Beartic's Attack stat is decent enough to abuse, and its defenses are passable as well. Furthermore, Beartic's movepool provides it with perfect type coverage; combined with its decent STAB, it can seriously dent the opponent's team. Mono-Ice typing is relatively poor, leaving Beartic vulnerable to Stealth Rock and many common attacking types. Beartic's Speed is nothing to write home about either; sitting at a pitiful base 50 Speed, Beartic is hard-pressed to sweep, and very prone to revenge killing. Beartic doesn't have a lot going for it, but if you'd like to rock the bearded yeti, you'll earn some serious cool points.

Name Item Ability Nature

SubPunch

Leftovers Swift Swim Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Focus Punch
~ Icicle Crash
~ Night Slash
172 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Spe

This is probably the only reason to run Beartic over other offensive Ice-types. The idea is to switch into a weaker attacker, force a switch, set up a Substitute, and fire off powerful attacks. Focus Punch destroys common special walls, easily OHKOing Cryogonal and Clefable with residual damage. Icicle Crash provides respectable coverage alongside Focus Punch, and the additional STAB boost makes it extremely powerful. Night Slash can net a 2HKO on Slowking, and hits Uxie harder than Icicle Crash.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

A pure offensive set is viable, but as Beartic is rather slow and lacks priority, it's pretty difficult to pull off. Rest and Sleep Talk can be used alongside Bulk Up to form a mono-attacking set, but due to its Ice typing, it's fairly difficult to set up. Stone Edge can be used to hit Fire-types super effectively, but it doesn't provide any additional coverage outside of that. Taunt and Encore slow the opponent down, but Beartic is too slow to use them effectively. Finally, Beartic's special movepool isn't too shabby, but coming off a base 70 Special Attack, it won't be dealing tons of damage.

Checks and Counters

On a defensive front, the biggest Beartic counters are bulky Water-types, such as Qwilfish and Slowking, that resist Beartic's STAB and have the potential to burn it via Scald or set up hazards all over him. Physically defensive Pokemon such as Uxie can set up on it, but unfortunately they can't deal a lot of damage in return. Poliwrath can switch into Icicle Crash or Night Slash and threaten Beartic with its STAB Fighting moves, but it can't switch into Focus Punch without taking a serious amount of damage. Dusknoir and Spiritomb are immune to Focus Punch, take little damage from Icicle Crash, and have access to Will-O-Wisp to burn Beartic. Moltres can switch into any of Beartic's attacks bar Stone Edge and blast it with powerful Fire-type moves, but it must beware of Stealth Rock on the field. Klinklang can switch into Ice-type attacks and hit Beartic with Gear Grind, but it needs to watch out for Focus Punch. Crustle and Armaldo can take a hit and muscle their way through Beartic with Rock Blast, while Fighting-types can smash Beartic's beard with their brute force. Beartic isn't the most powerful Pokemon in the tier, and it isn't difficult to counter; just avoid Focus Punch and you'll have no problem taking it out.