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Freeze (status condition)

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Freeze redirects here. For the unexpected freezes which prevent the game from continuing, see game freeze. For the Badge given by Brycen, see Badge → Freeze Badge.

Excadrill is frozen

The freeze condition (FRZ) (Japanese: こおり Ice) causes a Pokémon to be unable to make a move. It is the only status condition that does not have a move that will always cause it, and because of this, it is arguably the most uncommon.

It is evidently associated with the Ice type, as the majority of moves that can freeze are of this type, and Ice-type Pokémon are immune to being frozen. In Generation V, Pokémon glow blue and stop moving when frozen.

Effect

Freezing causes a Pokémon to be unable to make a move for an indeterminate number of moves. The specifics vary between generations.

Generation I

Once frozen, a Pokémon can't be thawed out in battle other than via the use of items such as an Ice Heal or being hit by a damaging Fire-type move. If a frozen Pokémon uses a move with 0 PP on the same turn that it thaws out, the PP of the move will roll over to 63 PP, and full PP Ups will be applied to it.

Generation II onwards

A frozen Pokémon has a 20% chance of being thawed out every turn. On the turn that a Pokémon defrosts, it cannot attack until the next turn, similar to Sleep in Generation I. In addition, several moves can still be used by the frozen Pokémon while frozen (thawing it out in the process); Pokémon can't be frozen in intense sunlight, but they don't thaw out faster if already frozen, contrary to popular belief.

Generation III onwards

Same as Generation II, but Pokémon can attack on the turn that they defrost. Animation also shows up on every turn Pokémon is frozen (in contrast to previous generations, where animation showed up only when freeze was inflicted).

Freezing also disables the Ability Flash Fire.

Generation IV onwards

Same as Generation III. A frozen Sky Forme Shaymin will revert to its Land Forme.

Generation V onwards

Pokémon glow blue and have their animation stopped when inflicted with freeze. It no longer stops Flash Fire from working.

Appearance

Freeze I.png Freeze II.png Freeze III.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
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Generation I
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Generation II Generation II
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Generation II
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Crystal Generation III Generation III
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Generation III
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FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
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Generation IV
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PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
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Generation V
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Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
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Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
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Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

Causes

Moves

Unlike other major status conditions, Freeze status can only be caused by Pokémon moves (rather than by abilities or items), with those moves rarely causing it. Currently no moves have Freeze as a primary effect. This is likely due to freeze being a powerful status that can be overcome only via items or by the chance of defrosting (compare this with Sleep, which can be overcome by the move Sleep Talk). Additionally Freeze is the only status condition in which all moves that can cause a Pokémon to become frozen also deal damage. The following are the moves that can cause the Freeze status:

Move Type Category Probability Power Accuracy Notes
Blizzard Ice Special 10% 110 70%
Freeze-Dry Ice Special 10% 70 100% Inflicts super-effective damage against Water types.
Ice Beam Ice Special 10% 90 100%
Ice Fang Ice Physical 10% 65 95% May also cause flinching (10% chance)
Ice Punch Ice Physical 10% 75 100%
Powder Snow Ice Special 10% 40 100%
Secret Power Normal Physical 30% 70 100% May cause freezing only when used in snow or ice
Shadow Chill Shadow Special 10% 75 100%
Tri Attack Normal Special 6.67% 80 100% May also cause burn or paralysis (6.67% chance of each)

Other causes

Pokémon can be frozen by the Gentleman's Dusclops in the Battle Pike, and by the Battle Arcade.

Prevention and curing

From Generation II on, freeze has a random, 20% chance to be cured on its own on the frozen Pokémon's turn. Consequently, the frozen Pokémon may thaw out on the turn of freezing; however, in Generation I, a frozen Pokémon never thaws without external aid. Pokémon cannot be frozen in sunny weather, but contrary to popular belief, sunny weather does not cause a quicker thawing.

Safeguard and Misty Terrain (for grounded Pokémon) prevent any status conditions for five turns.

Being frozen can be cured with the use of an Ice Heal or an Aspear Berry (Burnt Berry in Generation II, Pumkin Berry in Generation III). In addition, like all other major status conditions, it can be cured by the items Full Heal, Lava Cookie, Full Restore, Old Gateau, Heal Powder, Lum Berry, Casteliacone, and Sacred Ash. Heal Bell and Aromatherapy also removes it from all Pokémon in the party. A Pokémon with Natural Cure will be cured upon switching out, one with the Hydration Ability will be cured while it is raining, and one with Shed Skin has a 30% chance of being cured every turn.

Damaging Fire-type moves used on a frozen Pokémon will remove the freeze status (including Hidden Power, if its type is Fire). However, Pokémon with the Ability Flash Fire will not be thawed out by any Fire-type moves in Generation V, since they will not be damaged by them. In Generation VI, Scald will thaw its target.

A frozen Pokémon can still use the moves Flame Wheel, Sacred Fire, Flare Blitz, Fusion Flare, and Scald while frozen; these moves will thaw the user, then execute normally (the user is thawed regardless of if the move is used successfully). Ice-type Pokémon and those with the Magma Armor Ability are completely immune to being frozen by Ice-type moves; however, Ice-type Pokémon can be frozen by Tri Attack and Secret Power.

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Conquest

Frozen Pokémon cannot take any action, but their Warrior can still use Warrior Skills or items on their turn. At the start of each turn there is a chance of a frozen Pokémon thawing, and they may act normally during that turn. Freeze can be inflicted by Abilities and by Ice-type attacks, and Ice types are immune to freezing. Freezing can be cured by certain Warrior Skills, items, or by ending a Pokémon's turn on a status condition-curing tile of the battlefield, such as a Hot Spring or a Water Bucket.

In the anime

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Jigglypuff is frozen

In the anime, the frozen status is literally the same as in the games; once a Pokémon in frozen it can't move and is open to attacks. In some cases, a referee may call a frozen Pokémon unable to battle.

Freezing is one of the most common status conditions featured in the anime, resulting almost always when a Pokémon gets hit by an Ice-type attack like Ice Beam or Blizzard.

In the manga

Sceptile being frozen

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Onix is On!, Red's Poli's Ice Beam froze a Pewter Gym Trainer's Graveler.

In Make Way for Magmar!, Giovanni's Cloyster froze and killed two wild Magmar.

In VS Sceptile, Emerald's Sceptile was frozen by Ruby's Feefee's Blizzard.

Trivia

  • Freeze is the only status condition that cannot be automatically caused if a certain move hits.
  • Freeze is the only status condition that cannot be caused by an Ability.


Status conditions
BRN FRZ PAR PSN SLP
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