Abomasnow

Snow Warning
Summons permanent hail.
Type Tier
Grass / Ice BL
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
90
- 165 197 -
Atk
92
100 112 144 158
Def
75
85 95 127 139
SpA
92
100 112 144 158
SpD
85
94 105 137 150
Spe
60
72 80 112 123
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Overview

Abomasnow is a unique Pokemon, but that doesn't mean anything in the competitive environment. Here, peer scrutiny favors only the best of the best, and simply said, Abomasnow isn't among them. Its typing brings it a total of seven weaknesses, many of which are common types such as Steel, Fire, and Fighting. This is compounded by a further weakness to Stealth Rock, mediocre stats all-around, and a barely adequate movepool; from this, it would seem that Abomasnow's fate in the OU tier is pretty clear.

Nonetheless, Abomasnow's merits are enough to make it worth considering. For a start, it's the only auto-hail inducer in the game, and though this limits the variety of Pokemon you can use alongside it, Snow Warning does give it a nice niche in the metagame. Abomasnow's typing also has its advantages; resistances to Water and Electric, along with a neutrality to Ice, make it a great check to the many Water-types of the tier. Abomasnow also boasts two high-powered STAB options in Wood Hammer and Blizzard to make up for its middling attacking stats. All in all, no matter how you look at it, Abomasnow is a mixed bag of a Pokemon, and probably not worth using unless you need its unique talents.

Name Item Nature

Leech Seed

Leftovers Sassy
Moveset EVs
~ Leech Seed
~ Protect / Substitute
~ Wood Hammer / Grass Knot
~ Blizzard / Ice Shard
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

Abomasnow's typing makes it particularly good at dealing with the many Water-types in the OU tier, as well as just about any other special attacker that lacks a super effective attack, such as Jolteon. This allows it a good number of opportunities to switch in and stall out an opponent with Leech Seed. Protect and Substitute help with the execution of this strategy, although Abomasnow's poor Speed stat makes the latter an unreliable option. The last two moveslots provide dedicated STAB attacks. Wood Hammer and Blizzard are the more reliable and powerful options, but Grass Knot and Ice Shard make viable alternatives. The former's advantage over Wood Hammer is its lack of recoil, while the latter is an ever-useful priority move.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Hasty
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Wood Hammer
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Earthquake
164 Atk / 116 SpA / 228 Spe

While Abomasnow's attacking stats are average at best, its powerful and reliable STAB options in Blizzard and Wood Hammer still let it pose a viable offensive threat. With a Choice Scarf attached, Abomasnow will be able to outspeed many Pokemon it otherwise couldn't, including Dragonite, Infernape, and Gengar, which makes it that much more dangerous. Hidden Power Fire and Earthquake cover the Steel-types that resist both Abomasnow's STABs; while the former deals with Scizor and Forretress, the latter demolishes Heatran.

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Name Item Nature

Mixed Attacker

Leftovers / Life Orb Brave
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Wood Hammer
~ Ice Shard
~ Earthquake / Focus Punch
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 SpA

Abomasnow's movepool and stats are sufficient to run a decent mixed set with four attacking moves. Blizzard and Wood Hammer are the powerful STAB moves that make this set viable, and they hit a variety of threats for good damage. Ice Shard is STAB priority that is especially useful for picking off Dragon-type Pokemon, while Earthquake covers the Steel-types that resist the rest of the moveset. If you're feeling especially bold, you could run the more powerful but much riskier Focus Punch, which also deals major damage to Blissey, another troublesome Pokemon. Without any form of protection though, you'd have to have some impressive prediction skills to make it work.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Specs

Choice Specs Modest / Mild
Moveset EVs
~ Blizzard
~ Grass Knot / Energy Ball
~ Hidden Power Fire
~ Focus Blast / Focus Punch
248 HP / 252 SpA / 8 SpD

With a pair of slick Choice Specs on, Abomasnow's Blizzard packs quite a punch, and despite Abomasnow's only modest Special Attack, it will do solid damage to anything that doesn't resist it and isn't named Blissey or Snorlax. Grass Knot is secondary STAB and covers Water-types, and also hits Rock-types such as Tyranitar both more powerfully and more reliably. Hidden Power Fire OHKOes even the most specially defensive of Scizor and Forretress, and stands a chance to 2HKO Bronzong as well. Finally, a Fighting-type move in Focus Blast helps round off the coverage by KOing switch-ins such as Heatran and Tyranitar with ease. Even though it's super effective, Focus Blast still doesn't even come close to 2HKOing Blissey, so Focus Punch is a fair alternative to do just that; it is weaker in almost every other aspect, though.

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Other Options

A Choice Band set might seem appealing, but Abomasnow lacks a good neutral physical STAB attack, and will often find itself being forced out or taking more damage than it can dish out. A Swords Dance set is not recommended for the same reason; in addition, it requires too much prediction to be effective, and many of the KOs it nabs can be accomplished without Swords Dance. Seed Bomb can replace Wood Hammer on any Abomasnow set if you don't like the recoil, while Energy Ball can replace Grass Knot to hit lighter Pokemon, but most of its targets are quite heavy anyway. Abomasnow has access to Light Screen, Safeguard, and Mist, but there are so many bulkier Pokemon that would make better use of these moves that you shouldn't try it with Abomasnow.

Checks and Counters

Scizor resists both of Abomasnow's STABs and can destroy it with Bullet Punch before Abomasnow can even make a move; Scizor also packs U-turn to ruin any Leech Seed shenanigans. Bronzong and Forretress both counter Abomasnow decently with Gyro Ball, but their lack of Speed makes them easy targets for Leech Seed. Metagross doesn't take much damage from Earthquake and can easily OHKO with Meteor Mash; Bullet Punch also does massive damage, and helps thwart Leech Seed attempts. Jirachi shrugs off Earthquake too and can U-turn or simply tear down Abomasnow with Iron Head or Fire Punch. Tyranitar despises being hit by Wood Hammer and must beware of Focus Punch, but can switch in easily on Blizzard and negate its perfect accuracy with Sand Stream. Tyranitar can then hit back with a super effective Stone Edge or a powerful Crunch.

Fire-types such as Heatran are big problems if Abomasnow doesn't pack Earthquake, and even then, many are faster, capable of switching into Ice-type attacks with ease, and able to revenge kill with little to no consequence. Stone Edge Gyarados is another good check as its high Special Defense allows it to sponge neutral STAB attacks quite well; it also has the option of using Taunt to block Leech Seed. Weavile greatly fears Focus Punch and takes considerable damage from Wood Hammer, but is immune to the effects of Snow Warning and can outspeed and KO with Brick Break or Low Kick. Switching into Abomasnow can be very annoying, so prey on any of its many weaknesses and keep attacking, and it will fall soon enough.