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Sheer Cold
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Stats
Type  Ice
Category  Special
Power  
Accuracy  30%
PP  5 (max. 8)
Priority  {{{priority}}}
The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe
Self Ally
May affect anyone but the user

Sheer Cold is an offensive Ice-type move.

Effect

Sheer Cold is a One-Hit K.O. move that deals damage equal to the target's current HP.

Despite having an accuracy of 30% listed, the accuracy of this move is calculated using the following formula: ((level of user - level of target) + 30)%

This formula means that the accuracy starts at 30% when the Pokémon have the same level, and is 1% more likely to hit for every level the user is higher than the target. If the user is at least 70 levels higher than the target, Sheer Cold will always hit. If the user is a lower level than the target or has the Sturdy ability, the move always fails.

This chance of hitting is not an accuracy: it is not affected by accuracy and evasion stats, nor is it affected by other accuracy modifiers such as Gravity, Wide Lens, and Compound Eyes. Additionally, Sheer Cold cannot hit a semi-invulnerable Pokémon. However, effects that guarantee moves to hit (such as Mind Reader and Lock-On) still affect Sheer Cold.

Sheer Cold will break a Substitute if it hits.

Pokémon that learn Sheer Cold

By leveling up

Dex no. Pokémon Type Level
#095 Glaslug Glaslug Water Ice 50
#114 Dermafrost Dermafrost Ice Rock 54
#117 Titanice Titanice Ice Unknown 66
#150 Alpico Alpico Ice Fairy 63

Via a prior evolution

Dex no. Pokémon Type Father
#096 Glavinug Glavinug Water Ice Glaslug

By Breeding

Dex no. Pokémon Type Father
#155 Fafurr Fafurr Ice Dragon Glaslug
#156 Fafninter Fafninter Ice Dragon
  • For clarity, only the lowest stage possible of every compatible evolutionary line are listed as fathers.
  • When Ratsy (Ratsy*) is listed as a father, it means that the move must be acquired via Sketch beforehand.