Froslass

Snow Cloak
Evasion increases 25% in hail.
Cursed Body
The wielder has a 30% chance to disable any move that hits it.
Type Tier
Ice / Ghost BL
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
- 281 344 -
Atk
80
176 196 259 284
Def
70
158 176 239 262
SpA
80
176 196 259 284
SpD
70
158 176 239 262
Spe
110
230 256 319 350

Overview

In the Spikes-centric metagame that is UU, the ability to set up Spikes as well as to spinblock is invaluable. Froslass's niche is that she can do both. Her amazing Speed allows her to set up many layers of Spikes quickly, while blocking the opponent's setup with Taunt. Her great offensive typing lets her check both offensive threats such as Zapdos and Flygon and defensive threats such as Gligar with a super effective STAB move. However, poor offensive and defensive stats can let Froslass down, and she also has a mediocre defensive typing that leaves her weak to Stealth Rock, as well as Houndoom's and Weavile's Pursuit. In spite of these flaws, Froslass is one of the best Spikes users in the metagame.

Name Item Ability Nature

Utility

Leftovers Cursed Body Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Spikes
~ Taunt
~ Ice Beam / Shadow Ball
~ Pain Split / Destiny Bond
248 HP / 8 SpD / 252 Spe

Froslass utilizes her blazing base 110 Speed to quickly set many layers of Spikes. Her Ghost typing provides immunities to Fighting- and Normal-type attacks, which in turn allows her opportunities to switch into battle and prevent the opponent from clearing the Spikes with Rapid Spin. Froslass can further use her Speed to Taunt opposing Pokemon, preventing them from laying hazards or boosting their stats. STAB Ice Beam gives Froslass some offensive presence, and allows her to OHKO Gligar, Flygon, and 2HKO Zapdos. Furthermore, it prevents Froslass from being useless when faced with a faster Taunt user, such as Azelf. Shadow Ball can 2HKO Azelf and usually OHKO Chandelure after Stealth Rock damage. Pain Split is Froslass's most reliable form of recovery, and can simultaneously heal Froslass and weaken a Pokemon with more HP. Alternatively, one could again take advantage of Froslass's great Speed by using Destiny Bond when she is at low health, KOing the opposing Pokemon as well.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Dedicated Lead

Focus Sash Cursed Body Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Spikes
~ Taunt
~ Destiny Bond
~ Ice Beam / Shadow Ball
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Even with Team Preview, Froslass can still function well as an effective dedicated lead. Again, Froslass can use her above-average Speed to set many layers of Spikes, giving her team an advantage at the start of the match. Taunt prevents opposing Pokemon from setting up hazards and furthers the advantage of Froslass's team. Destiny Bond allows Froslass to KO an opposing Pokemon when she faints, ensuring both teams have the same number of Pokemon remaining. Ice Beam and Shadow Ball are reliable STAB moves that allow Froslass to deal damage after Spikes are set, or if a faster Pokemon Taunts her.

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Other Options

Froslass is a very one-dimensional Pokemon and doesn't have too many other options. However, she can try an offensive set. Froslass has great offensive coverage with Thunderbolt beside her STAB Ice Beam and Shadow Ball. A Choice Specs set can even use Trick to cripple a wall. However, Froslass is often let down by her lackluster Special Attack.

Checks and Counters

Dark-types including Weavile, Bisharp, and Houndoom resist Froslass's STAB attacks and can use Pursuit to ensure Froslass is KOed. Azelf can Taunt Froslass before she sets up Spikes, and takes very little from Ice Beam. Xatu can bounce back Froslass's Spikes, but takes a lot of damage from Ice Beam. Froslass is setup bait for Calm Mind Raikou, but her Taunt ensures it can only get one boost. Cobalion resists both of Froslass's STABs and can OHKO with Iron Head, or even set up Swords Dance if Froslass doesn't use Taunt. Victini, Darmanitan, Arcanine, and Rotom-H can all switch into Froslass with impunity and OHKO with their STAB Fire moves. Blastoise and Hitmontop commonly use Foresight, allowing them to use Rapid Spin despite Froslass's immunities.