The best ice type Pokémon in Pokémon Go

The best ice type Pokémon
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The best ice type Pokémon could send a chill down anyone's spine. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to the strongest frozen friends to recruit in Pokémon Go, tell you about their strengths and weaknesses, and give you a few tips about how to use them effectively in battle.

The wait for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is almost over, but there’s still lots to do in the mobile version of the popular video game franchise.

Ice Pokémon make a formidable addition to any squad in Pokémon Go. Like all types, they have their own strengths and weaknesses over other types - and to get a good sense of which type of Pokémon is effective against others, have a read of our Pokémon Go type chart

These frosty friends come in all shapes and sizes, from the sweet-as-pie Vanillite to the huge, rugged, glacier-shelf-like Avalugg. But all ice Pokémon have certain class-specific stats to bear in mind before you try taking them into any kind of battle. Here’s a hint: they tend to melt in the face of the best fire type Pokémon - but there are other, far more surprising matchups!

Keep reading to find out what those are, as well as which ice type Pokémon you’ll need to chill your enemies to the bone in Pokémon  Go. 

What are the best ice type Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

The best ice type Pokémon: Strengths and weaknesses

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Ice-type Pokémon only have full resistance to ice-type attacks.

However, they deal extra damage to the following types:

  • Grass
  • Flying
  • Ground
  • Dragon

Ice type Pokémon are vulnerable to attacks of the following damage types:

  • Fire
  • Fighting
  • Rock
  • Steel

They also deal reduced damage to fire, water, ice, and steel-types.

The best ice type Pokémon: Abomasnow

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This fearsome ice type is one of the most powerful Pokémon for freezing your opponents in Pokémon Go. It also has a Mega Evolution that will make it even stronger.

Abomasnow can simply be caught in the wild, especially during snowy weather. Great news if you live in a cold spot or if it’s wintertime. (You can also increase the odds by using a Glacier Lure.) You may also be able to find Abomasnow in Raid Battles or by evolving Snover, which are easier to find.

Abomasnow is one of the best grass type Pokémon as well as a strong ice-type. That means it’s resistant to ground, water, grass, and electric type attacks. 

However, it is weak to steel, bug, flying, rock, poison, fighting, and especially fire type attacks.

The best ice type Pokémon: Articuno

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The Legendary bird Articuno packs a punch with well-rounded stats.

It can be found in Raid Battles, although it may cycle in and out so you may need to check on its availability and possibly be patient to get your hands on one. 

It can also be found as a reward for completing weekly research tasks.

As well as an ice type, Articuno is one of the best flying type Pokémon in the game. That means it’s resistant to bug, grass, and especially ground type moves. 

On the other hand, it is vulnerable to electric, fire, steel, and rock type attacks.

The best ice type Pokémon: Mamoswine

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As its mammoth size might suggest, Mamoswine is a tanky option in Pokémon Go, and can hit hard too. It also has a shadow form for additional attack power.

It is most easily obtained by evolving from Swinub, through Piloswine. You can use Glacier Lures to increase your chances of catching these, which will also help in obtaining more Candies. This might be particularly helpful if you don’t live in a cold area or don’t want to hang around waiting for winter.

Mammoswine is an ice type and also one of the best ground type Pokémon, which means it is resistant to poison and especially electric type attacks. However, it is vulnerable to fighting, steel, fire, water, and grass-type attacks.

The best ice type Pokémon: Weavile

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Weavile is a Pokémon with incredible attack power that can be boosted even further thanks to its shadow form. 

Be careful of its relatively lower defense and stamina, however.

Weavile can be evolved from Sneasel. Like all ice type Pokémon, a Glacier Lure might help to capture more of them for additional Candies. Otherwise you can walk with Sneasel as your buddy or feed it berries when it’s defending a Gym. 

Weavile is one of the best dark type Pokémon as well as an ice type. It is resistant to ghost, ice, dark, and especially psychic type attacks. However, it is vulnerable to fairy, fire, steel, bug, rock, and especially fighting type attacks.

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