Froslass

Snow Cloak
Evasion increases 20% in hail.
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

Although Froslass is not as fast as Deoxys or as sturdy as Forretress, she is still one of the best choices for a Spikes lead in Ubers. Unlike Deoxys, Froslass blocks Rapid Spin by virtue of its Ghost typing, meaning that its Spikes will not be removed so easily. Froslass can also use Destiny Bond to KO the opponent's Pokemon after setting up Spikes, making her more of a threat than Deoxys. Forretress is also often a bad choice for offensive teams due to its low Speed and vulnerability to being set up on. Froslass's spinblocking combined with her great Speed stat and ability to take down Deoxys and Rayquaza leads with ease make her an excellent choice as a Spikes lead for offensive teams that would normally struggle against those leads. Froslass's only downfalls are that she is frail and her attacks are weak, but the ice queen is meant to support rather than sweep.

Name Item Nature

Spikes Lead

Focus Sash Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Spikes
~ Icy Wind
~ Shadow Ball
~ Destiny Bond / Hidden Power Fire / Taunt
252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

Froslass is an ideal choice as a lead for offensive teams, as she is able to set up Spikes quickly and efficiently while beating some other leads that most offensive teams have a hard time fighting off, such as Rayquaza and Deoxys. Although Deoxys is faster than Froslass and can set up Stealth Rock as well as Spikes, Froslass has no fear of her Spikes being removed by Rapid Spin, courtesy of her Ghost typing.

Icy Wind OHKOes lead Rayquaza about 50% of the time; Froslass will not lose to lead Rayquaza even if it has Focus Sash thanks to her higher Speed and immunity to ExtremeSpeed. It also allows Froslass to beat Deoxys leads reliably. After one use of Icy Wind, Deoxys will be slower than Froslass and will put it into KO range for Shadow Ball. (Maximum HP Deoxys has about a 50% chance to survive a Shadow Ball after an Icy Wind, however, so watch out.) Shadow Ball also 2HKOes lead Mew. If against a slower lead such as Groudon, Kyogre, or Dialga, you have different options to take. You can either set up two layers of Spikes (Focus Sash guarantees Froslass will survive at least one attack) or set up one layer of Spikes and use Destiny Bond as the opposing lead attacks for a quick KO. If the enemy lead chooses to use a support move such as Stealth Rock before attacking, Froslass will get an extra layer of Spikes set-up. Hidden Power Fire can be used over Destiny Bond to 2HKO lead Forretress. It also gives Froslass a way to threaten said Forretress if you switch her in later to block Rapid Spin. (Be wary of Payback.) Taunt is also a good option to stop leads such as Groudon and Dialga from using Stealth Rock.

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Other Options

Froslass does not have many other viable options in Ubers. Ice Shard allows Froslass to 2HKO Choice Scarf Shaymin-S leads, bypassing its great Speed stat and thus leaving Froslass at no risk of being flinched. Ice Shard will also always 2HKO Rayquaza leads (provided one round of Life Orb recoil damage has been taken). However, Shadow Ball + Ice Shard will never OHKO max HP Deoxys-S. Trick can be used to cripple bulky set-up leads like Dialga and Groudon, but it is usually better to KO them with Destiny Bond. In addition, Froslass will often not get to do anything else after Tricking her item away if attacked, due to her pathetic defenses. You may be tempted to use Froslass as a sweeper with Life Orb or Choice Specs; however, Gengar outclasses her completely in that role due to his much higher Special Attack, access to Explosion, and greater ease switching in. Unlike Froslass, Gengar is not weak to Stealth Rock and is immune to Spikes, Toxic Spikes, and Ground-type attacks.

Checks and Counters

Lead Darkrai is Froslass's biggest nightmare, since Dark Void will stop her from setting up completely. Shaymin-S is faster than Froslass as well and can potentially flinch Froslass with Air Slash, leaving her unable to set up Spikes. Tyranitar will OHKO Froslass with Crunch due to the sandstorm removing her Focus Sash. Scizor can use Bullet Punch to circumvent Froslass's great Speed and KO her. Forretress can spin away Froslass's Spikes and only fears Froslass with Hidden Power Fire. Any lead that stops Froslass from setting up more than one layer of Spikes is a nuisance, but she can always switch out to set up Spikes later in the match.