May 28, 2023

It’s no secret in the Pokemon community that Ice-types are difficult to use. They have four different elemental weaknesses: Fire, Fighting, Rock, and Steel. What’s more, they are tied with Normal as the least resistant type, bearing a resistance only to Ice-type attacks. While many Ice-types can be offensively powerful, they are glass cannons, and are infamous for getting KO’d before they have a chance to show off their powerful attacks.
However, when it comes to dual typing, there are a few combinations out there that can help offset Ice-type’s disadvantages. Some of these give Ice-type Pokemon more resistances, or cover for their weaknesses. Others provide an even wider range of offensive coverage, making them worth training up to use in battle. For those who want to take advantage of this type’s super-effectiveness against Flying, Grass, Ground, and Dragon types, here are the best type combinations in which Ice-type Pokemon feature.

When it comes to defense, this combination doesn’t do all that much to decrease Ice-type’s fragility. It has four weaknesses, one of which (Rock-type) is double, meaning these attacks deal 4x damage. However, its resistance to Bug and Grass means that this combo is slightly sturdier than a sole Ice-type. What’s more, Flying-type Pokemon are completely unaffected by Ground-type moves — and since Ice-type attacks deal super-effective damage to Ground-type Pokemon, this makes an Ice-Flying type the perfect choice for those hard hitters.

In terms of offense, access to Flying-type attacks boosted by STAB (the Same-Type Attack Bonus) are highly beneficial for Ice-types, as they help these Pokemon deal with one of their fatal weaknesses: Fighting-type Pokemon. Additionally, Flying-types have, on average, the highest Speed stats of all fully-evolved Pokemon. This gives Ice-Flying types an additional edge, as it allows them to get their attacks in before the opponent has a chance to hurt them.

The Ice/Steel typing is an interesting case. It has two debilitating 4x weaknesses, Fighting and Fire, making attacks of those types a massive threat to Pokemon like Alolan Sandslash. However, the Steel-type’s laundry list of resistances helps make up for this, removing some of Ice-type’s fragility. With this secondary typing, Ice/Steel Pokemon are resistant to Normal, Bug, Psychic, Fairy, Dragon, Grass, and Flying, not to mention a double resistance to Ice-type attacks.

Coupled with the Ice-type’s offensive advantage against Dragon, Grass, and Flying-types, this makes the Ice/Steel combination a perfect choice to take on these Pokemon. What’s more, Steel-type attacks deal super-effective damage to Fairy and Ice-types, making this combo a great option against those elements as well. Still, trainers must be mindful of their opponents’ movesets when using Ice/Steel types in battle — many non-Fighting-type Pokemon can learn Fighting-type moves, and can exploit the 4x weakness mentioned above.

The Water-typing nullifies Ice-type’s Fire weakness, one of its worst disadvantages. It is still left with four weaknesses, but none of them are double. What’s more, this typing gives Pokemon like Walrein plenty of tools to deal with Pokemon that pose a threat. Namely, although it’s weak to Rock and Grass, two fairly common types — Water- and Ice-type attacks, respectively — can take these threats out quickly.

Offensively, the combination of Water and Ice-type attacks can deal super-effective damage to five out of the ten most common Pokemon types: Rock, Grass, Fire, Ground, and Flying, as well as a few less-common types like Dragon. Ice/Water Pokemon may not be the powerhouses that some other dual-types are, but the manner in which the two typings cover for each others’ weaknesses demonstrates how useful a secondary typing can be for a fragile type like Ice.

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Fighting-type Pokemon are the rarest of Ice-type’s weaknesses, but a great many Pokemon can still learn Fighting-type attacks, making them incredibly dangerous for Ice-types. This combination, though, renders a Pokemon completely immune to both Fighting and Normal-type moves, nullifying this weakness. Ghost-types also offer this combination a couple additional resistances, Poison and Bug.
In terms of offense, this secondary typing doesn’t add quite as much as others on this list, as Ghost-type attacks are only super effective against Psychic-types and other Ghost-types. However, considering the high Special damage that these attacks can often do, having a counter for these types is essential for any team. And combined with the offensive power of the Ice type, Froslass (currently the only Ice/Ghost Pokemon) makes a great Special sweeper for any Trainer.

For a frail type like Ice, almost any combination that gives a Pokemon elemental immunities is a plus. With a secondary Ground typing, Swinub’s evolutionary line (the only Pokemon currently with this typing) boasts an immunity to Electric-type attacks. This is a plus for its defense, but the true strength of Ice/Ground, though, lies in offense.

Ground-type attacks deal super-effective damage to five different types: Poison, Electric, Fire, Rock, and Steel. None of these overlap with Ice-type’s offensive strengths, meaning that the combination of Ice and Ground-type attacks allows a trainer to deal huge damage to nine different types. What’s more, since Swinub’s line can also learn Rock-type and other attacks, it can end up being super-effective against over half of all Pokemon types with the right build.

Though Ice/Ground has a hefty five weaknesses, its offensive power allows these Pokemon to dispatch threats quite easily. By using both moves of both its STAB types, Piloswine and its relatives can dish out super-effective damage to three of its biggest threats: Grass, Steel, and Fire-type Pokemon. It does have to watch out for Fighting and Water-type moves, but can stand up to virtually any other type.

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