Vanillite

Ice Body
Heals 1/16 maximum HP in hail.
Weak Armor
Boosts Speed by 1 stage and lowers Defense by 1 stage when hit by a physical move.
Type Tier
Ice LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
36
- 20 23 -
Atk
50
9 11 14 15
Def
50
9 11 14 15
SpA
65
11 13 16 17
SpD
60
10 12 15 16
Spe
44
9 10 14 15
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Overview

Meet Vanillite, the wee little snow cone. Appearances can be deceptive though, as it can dish out quite some hurt with its high Special Attack and great special movepool. Sadly, that is pretty much all that Vanillite has going for it, as its poor Speed and relatively low defenses make it easy to KO. Vanillite also finds itself outclassed most of the time by faster and more powerful threats such as Gastly and Houndour. Still, Vanillite packs a punch, and should always be considered when building a team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Ice Body Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Ice Beam / Blizzard
~ Flash Cannon
~ Water Pulse
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Fighting
72 HP / 36 Def / 160 SpA / 120 SpD / 88 Spe

Vanillite's decent Speed, high Special Attack, and large special movepool makes it a fine Choice Scarf user. Ice Beam is Vanillite's most reliable STAB attack, hitting anything that doesn't resist it pretty hard. Blizzard can be used on hail teams and is very powerful, but its low accuracy makes it a poor choice. Flash Cannon smashes Rock-types to bits, and also hurts opposing Ice-types significantly. Water Pulse deals with Fire-types such as Houndour who pose a massive threat to Vanillite, making it harder for the mentioned threats to switch in safely. There are two options for the last moveslot. While Hidden Power Grass hits Water-types who sponge Vanillite's other moves easily, Hidden Power Fighting allows it to deal with Steel-types such as Ferroseed.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Name Item Ability Nature

Autotomize

Life Orb Weak Armor Modest
Moveset IVs
~ Autotomize
~ Ice Beam / Blizzard
~ Hidden Power Grass / Hidden Power Fighting
~ Substitute / Taunt
27 HP / 30 Def / 30 SpA / 30 SpD / 30 Spe
EVs
240 SpA / 248 Spe

Vanillite can also run a boosting set to decent success. Autotomize doubles Vanillite's Speed, allowing it to sweep after just a single turn of setup. Ice Beam and Blizzard are both options for a STAB move. While the former is much more reliable and makes for the better choice overall, Blizzard has a much higher Base Power and is accurate in hail, though support from Snover is mandatory for it to be usable. The choice of Hidden Power depends on what threats bother Vanillite more. Hidden Power Grass decimates any Water-types switching in to sponge Ice Beam, and also smacks most Rock-types hard, while Hidden Power Fighting deals with the pesky Steel-types who laugh at Vanillite's other moves. There are two options for the final moveslot. Substitute prevents Vanillite's sweep from being cut short by status conditions and also grants it an easier setup, making it the better option most of the time. However, Taunt renders attempts to phaze Vanillite useless, and also stops entry hazards from being set up.

Team Options & Additional Comments >>>

Other Options

Explosion can be used to break through special walls such as Munchlax and Mantyke, but the nerf which Explosion received in BW, coupled with Vanillite's low Attack, make it a poor choice. Ice Shard can give Vanillite a useful priority move, but as mentioned, Vanillite's Attack stat is unimpressive. Vanillite can also run a Choice Specs set thanks to its high Special Attack and great special movepool, but its poor Speed makes it easy to revenge kill Vanillite. Focus Sash can go over Life Orb on the Autotomize set to prevent priority attacks such as Mach Punch from ruining Vanillite's fun, but the ubiquity of entry hazards and weather render it useless more often than not. Finally, Vanillite also has access to support options such as Reflect, Light Screen, Toxic, Acid Armor, and Protect, and can run a decent defensive set with an Eviolite, but it is better off just attacking.

Checks and Counters

Vanillite's low Speed and weaknesses to common Fire- and Fighting-type attacks make many common Pokemon a good check. Powerful priority users such as Croagunk and Timburr make reliable checks to Vanillite regardless of how many Speed boosts it has obtained. Special walls such as Munchlax can take all of Vanillite's attacks with ease and hit back hard with their STAB attacks. Bronzor makes a fine check as well, as it sponges all of Vanillite's attacks while dishing out massive damage with Gyro Ball. If Vanillite lacks Hidden Power Grass, bulky Water-types such as Slowpoke and Tentacool can wall Vanillite with ease. Finally, Fighting-types smash Vanillite to bits with their STAB attacks while not taking too much damage from Ice Beam.