Ice Type Pokémon Explained – Info, Strengths, Weaknesses


What are Ice Type Pokémon?

Ice type Pokémon are one of the eighteen elemental types found in the world of Pokémon. All Pokémon are categorized into various types based on their characteristics and abilities. They can be a single type or two different types.


Ice type Pokémon are generally associated with snow, ice and cold temperatures. They are most often found in areas where there is ice such as mountains, glaciers and Arctic landscapes. They can also be found when there is heavy snow or hail. The first Ice Type Pokémon in the Pokédex is 0037 Alolan Vulpix. 

Alolan Vulpix Pokémon

To date there are 58 Ice Pokémon including Pure Ice types that are only Ice type, and Half Ice types that are those Pokémon whose Primary or Secondary type is Ice. 

Complete Ice Pokémon List


What are Ice Type Pokémon Strengths and Weaknesses?

When in battle, all Pokémon types have strengths and weaknesses against other Pokémon types. Their strengths and weaknesses can be reflected in the real world.

Ice Type Strengths:

When attacking – Ice type Pokémon moves are strong against Flying type, Ground type, Grass and Dragon type. Just as in the real world ice can bring down planes and freeze ground and grass.  

When being attacked – Ice type Pokémon have a resistance to Ice type Pokémon. In the real world, ice cannot melt ice.

Ice Type Weaknesses:

When attacking – Ice type Pokémon moves are weak against Fire, Ice, Steel and Water type Pokémon type Pokémon and will do very little damage.

When being attacked – Ice type Pokémon are weak to Fire, Flying, Rock and Steel type Pokémon. This can be likened to real world situations – where fire can melt ice, and it can be broken by rock and steel.


Pokémon Trainers that specialise in Ice type Pokémon

Throughout the Pokémon game series, players encounter Pokémon Gym Leaders and Trainers that specialise in Ice type Pokémon. 

Ice Elite Four

Lorelei – Sevii Islands (Red, Blue, Yellow, FireRed, LeafGreen, Let’s Go Pikachu, Let’s Go Eevee)

Glacia – Ever Grande City (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire)

Ice Gym Leaders

Brycen – Icirrus Gym (Black, White, Black 2, White 2)

Candice – Snowpoint City Gym (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black 2, White 2, Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl)

Grusha – Glaseado Gym (Scarlet & Violet)

Melony – Circhester Stadium (Pokémon Shield)

Pryce – Mahogony City Gym (Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, SoulSilver, Black 2, White 2, )

Wulfric – Snowbelle City Gym (X & Y)


Trainer Classes

Boarder – Various games

Cool Beauty – Various games

Ice Guy – Various games

Skier – Various games


Ice Type Pokémon in the TCG

While there are 18 different Pokémon types in the Pokédex and Video Game series, in the Trading Card Game (TCG) there are only 11 different Pokémon types. This means that in the TCG some categories contain more than one of the Game Pokémon types. 

Ice Type Pokémon in the TCG are grouped with Water type Pokémon. The Trading Cards for these Pokémon have the Water symbol in the top right-hand corner, next to the HP. 

055/192 Eiscue V

To use the Blizzard attack associated with this card, the player must attach two Basic Water Energy cards and one Normal Energy card. When deciding which cards to include in a deck, players should be aware of the qualities and requirements of their chosen Pokémon cards.

At the bottom of the card is detailed information about that card’s weakness, resistance and retreat cost.


In the TCG, Ice type Pokémon are grouped with Water types that generally have a weakness to Grass and Lightning types (known as Electric types in the games), however, Ice type Pokémon are weak to Fire, Flying, Rock and Steel types. The Eiscue ex card above has a weakness to Steel type Pokémon and attacks from these types do double damage.  


Since Ice type Pokémon cards are included with Water types, and given that many of these Pokémon are dual types in the Pokémon games, the resistance of these cards varies from character to character.




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