Ice Pokémon are some of the most powerful and the most vulnerable Pokémon in the franchise. As such, the strength of the Typing generally fluctuates between generations. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, ice type Pokémon are pretty valuable and some of the strongest in the game. Here are the best Ice Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, ranked and broken down so you can easily decide which to train.
Ranking from Good to Best Ice Pokémon in Scarlet and Violet
When it comes to ranking Pokémon of a specific type, it’s important to note that nothing is set in stone. Teams, Pokémon EVs and IVs, and even opponents can impact which Pokémon are better in any given battle. With that in mind, these are the best Ice Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that are ranked on potential.
We have ranked these from least (still relatively strong) at #10 to most potential at #1.
Avalugg may be the lowest-ranked ice Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, but it’s still a solid choice to take on your adventure. The Iceberg Pokémon is a perfect example of the average Ice Pokémon, and its straight Ice Typing is part of the reason for that.
Avalugg has a high physical defense stat, which means that it can take a lot of STAB moves. It also has a decent attack stat, which helps it take down opponents while soaking up damage. However, this is only good against Pokémon with physical attacks and low defense stats — any type of special attack will shred Avalugg.
However, if Avalugg can survive, it has access to a large move pool with plenty of Typings. It can cover most of its major weaknesses as long as it gets the chance to attack.
Unfortunately, Avalugg’s special defense and special attack stats are abysmally low. It’s also weak to Fire, Steel, Fighting, and Rock Pokémon and moves. Unfortunately, Fire Types are pretty common on most teams, and most of these Pokémon have access to stellar special moves like Flamethrower.
Where to Find Avalugg in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Avalugg itself can be found in the Northern parts of the Paldea map. This includes nearly all of the North Province with the exception of Area Two. It’s also found to the North of Casseroya Lake, and it can be found as a five-star Tera Raid as well.
The Pokémon is an evolution of Bergmite, which can be found in the same exact locations for anyone who wants to raise one from the beginning.
Weavile is a strong Ice/Dark Duel Type Pokémon that’s pretty popular because of its fun design. Unfortunately, it’s got a few things that hold it back from being the powerhouse it could be.
The Sharp Claw Pokémon excels at quickly dishing out massive amounts of physical damage. It has impressive speed and physical attack stats, but that’s all it has going for it. However, paired with a Quick Claw and the right moves, Weavile can decimate some enemies before they get a chance to respond.
Unfortunately, Weavile is a glass cannon through-and-through. It doesn’t have the best defenses, and while it may take some Pokémon out in one hit, it will normally get hit at least once before knocking an opponent out. Considering it’s weak to Fighting, Rock, Bug, Steel, Fire, and Fairy, it’s a bit too fragile in most battles.
Where to Find Weavile in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Weavile is a bit tricky to track down. It can only be found in a small area in the Northeastern part of Glaseado Mountain. Its pre-evolution, Sneasel, is a bit easier to find. It’s available in all of Glaseado Mountain and the Dalizapa Passage. Weavile is also a five-star Tera Raid Pokémon.
Cloyster is a Water/Ice Dual Type Pokémon that’s been a powerhouse in the franchise since Generation One. It may not be close to the top of the best ice Pokémon Scarlet and Violet ranked list, but that’s only because there are so many great options.
As a Water/Ice Pokémon, Cloyster can deal with Ice’s most annoying (and common) weakness: Fire Types. It also has an incredibly high defense and decent attack and special attack stats, so it will generally live long enough to dish out damage.
Unfortunately, despite getting rid of the Fire weakness, the Water/Ice Typing makes Cloyster weak to Grass and Electric. These are two other extremely common Typings that make Cloyster a bit hard to work with. Additionally, the Bivalve Pokémon suffers the same way Avalugg does – it has a very low special defense stat.
Where to Find Cloyster in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Cloyster can be found in nearly all of the ocean areas of Paldea that line the border of the map. Additionally, in every ocean area that Cloyster isn’t found in, its pre-evolution, Shellder, is available. It can be caught from the very beginning of the game. Cloyster is also a five-star Tera Raid Pokémon.
As an Eeveelution, Glaceon will always be on the top of popularity rankings. It’s also a great Ice Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, making it a great choice for many players.
The Fresh Snow Pokémon excels at doing special attack damage, which is particularly great for Ice Type moves like Blizzard, Icy Wind, and Freeze-Dry. It’s also a bit padded with decent defense and special defense stats, which makes it a pretty consistent Pokémon.
Unfortunately, Glaceon struggles with physical attacks. This can be a bit problematic considering many of the attacks it learns are physical. It’s also got the same downfall of many Ice Pokémon because of its weakness to Fire, Steel, Fighting, and Rock Pokémon.
Where to Find Glaceon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Like many other Ice Type Pokémon, Glaceon can be found all around the Glaseado Mountains. To evolve Glaceon, you’ll need to start with an Eevee, which are found outside of Cotondo, Medali, and the Pokémon League area. From there, you can give Eevee an Ice Stone. These are only found in the Glaseado Mountains as shiny specks you can interact with.
One of the most impressive-looking Ice Pokémon is Cryogonal. The Pokémon looks like a snowflake that’s been zoomed in on, but that’s where the similarities stop. Unlike its model, Cryogonal is one fast Ice Pokémon.
Cryogonal is one of the quickest Ice Type Pokémon in the game, and it also has an incredibly high special defense stat. If you’re going against a special attacker, then Cryogonal is a great Pokémon to have at your side. It can also learn Psychic and Water moves to help cover some of the Types its weak against, like Fire and Fighting.
Despite having a great special defense stat, Cyrogonal has a horrible physical defense stat. This can render it useless against some Pokémon (or knowledgeable opponents).
Where to Find Cryogonal in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Cryogonal can be found in the Southern area of Glaseado Mountain.
The Ice/Water Dual Type Paradox Pokémon, Ice Bundle is always going to be a good option. However, it isn’t available until the late game/end game, so it’s not too helpful for the main story.
Iron Bundle’s Strengths
Iron Bundle is, essentially, a better version of Cryogonal. It has higher speed and attack stats, making it a better glass cannon. It’s also not weak against Fire because of its Dual Typing, which is a huge bonus for any Ice Pokémon.
Iron Bundle’s Weaknesses
Unfortunately, Iron Bundle lacks in the special defense department. Depending on what enemy you’re up against, Cryogonal can actually stand a better chance than Iron Bundle (which is why they’re so close in rankings of the best Ice Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet).
Where to Find Iron Bundle in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Iron Bundle can be found in the deepest areas of The Great Crater of Paldea
Cetitan is one of the new Pokémon in the Paldea region, and it’s a powerhouse. Unlike other Ice Pokémon, it can manage some of its most frustrating weaknesses.
The Terra Whale Pokémon has an incredible HP stat that lets it tank hits better than any other Ice Pokémon. Additionally, it has a very high attack stat to take enemies down. However, Cetitan’s true strength lies in its Thick Fat ability, which halves the incoming damage from Fire moves. All of this combined together makes Cetitan insane in combat.
Cetitan is held back by its low defense stats (although its high HP stat pretty much makes up for it). It’s also still weak to Fighting, Rock, and Steel Types, which can be a bit of trouble in many situations.
Where to Find Cetitan in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Cetitan is found in the Northernmost parts of Glaseado Mountain. However, its pre-evolution, Cetoddle, can be found all over the same mountain. It needs an Ice Stone to evolve, which can be found scattered around Glaseado Mountain. Cetitan is also a five-star Tera Raid Pokémon.
The Ice/Ghost Dual Type Pokémon, Froslass, is a bit of a unique Pokémon. On paper, she doesn’t look like she’d be that strong – her stats are almost all mediocre. However, she excels at being a bit of a trickster, making her a fun and great option for an Ice Pokémon.
Froslass’ Dual Ghost Typing lets her create a bit of chaos on the battlefield. She has access to moves like Destiny Bond (which KO an enemy if Frosslass is knocked out) and Spikes, both of which are fun for trick teams. She also has a respectable speed stat, so she’ll generally hit whatever you’re trying to set up.
Beyond setting up fun, interesting things on the battlefield, Froslass isn’t that useful. Her Dual Typing added weaknesses to Ghost and Dark, and although she’s immune to Fighting, the other weaknesses are common enough to be problematic.
Where to Find Froslass in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Froslass can be found throughout Glaseado Mountain with the exception of the Southern lake. Its pre-evolution, Snorunt, can be found in the same area, along with the areas South of the mountain. In order to evolve Froslass from Snorunt, you’ll need to use an Ice Stone on a female Snorunt. Froslass is also a five-star Tera Raid Pokémon.
The Dark/Ice Dual Type Pokémon Chien-Pao is by far one of the coolest on this list. The Legendary Pokémon from Paldea can be difficult to obtain, but it’s worth it – in fact, it’s so strong that it’s the only Ice Pokémon on this list that Nintendo nerfed in patches after the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Chien-Pao is an incredible physical and special attacker with lightning-fast speed.
Chien-Pao’s biggest weakness is the types of Pokémon it’s weak to. There are quite a few: Fighting, Rock, Bug, Steel, Fire, and Fairy.
Where to Find Chien-Pao in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
In order to unlock Chen-Pao, you’ll need to traverse the map and discover and pull out eight golden swords from the ground. This will unlock a chamber in the West Province where you can battle and catch the Legendary Pokémon.
Baxcalibur, the Best Ice Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
One of the strongest Pokémon Types other than Ice is Dragon, so you can only imagine how wonderful an Ice/Dragon Duel Type Pokémon is. That’s where Baxcalibur comes in, and the Pokémon definitely lives up to its namesake.
Baxcalibur has everything. None of its stats are mediocre, and the Pokémon has an incredibly high attack stat. With access to both Ice and Dragon moves, there’s not much this Pokémon can’t do – and it has the HP to survive it.
Like any Ice Pokémon, even the best Ice Pokémon in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet is troubled by the Pokémon Types it’s weak against: Fighting, Steel, Rock, Dragon, and Fairy.
Where to Find Baxcalibur in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Baxcalibur can be found as a five-star Tera Raid Pokémon. Other than that, you’ll need to evolve it from either its Stage One form, Frigibax, or Stage Two form, Arctibax. Frigibax can be found around Glaseado Mountain while Arctibax can be found in a cave in the North part of the mountain.
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