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The Bittercold with its core revealed
The Bittercold, also known as the Great Crystal (Japanese: 氷触体 Glacial Body) is a giant ice creature resembling a snowflake which appears in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. It dwells in the Glacier Palace's Great Spire where it attempts to destroy the world. The Bittercold is the final boss in the main story of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity. The Bittercold is not a Pokémon, and is the first non-Pokémon in the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series.
The player encounters this creature immediately after battling Kyurem. If defeated, the player can re-challenge the Bittercold without having to redo the dungeon. When re-challenged, the Bittercold will also keep the same amount of HP from when the player was last defeated.
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While traveling with the Voice of Life, Hydreigon, to reunite with their partner, after completing Ochre Quarry the player is told that the reason Hydreigon brought them to the world of Pokémon, along with many other humans, is to destroy the Bittercold, a mysterious lifeform that suddenly appeared and is trying to destroy the world. It has the power to make ice and other objects float, which explains various mysterious phenomena the player witnessed previously. It is protected by the seer, Kyurem, who obstinately strives to protect the future he sees, even though it is the world's end, by using Munna's gang to stop any humans which come to the World of Pokémon. Hydreigon explains that since the Bittercold is made from the negativity of Pokémon, any Pokémon that get close to the Bittercold are suffocated by its negative power, however, a human may not be affected by this power.
When the player first arrives in the room where the Bittercold lurks, the wind coming from the Bittercold becomes too much for the player's partner, and being suffocated by it, they collapse, unable to fight the Bittercold. Kyurem explains that this wind is the negativity of all Pokémon, a wind of despair itself. The Bittercold absorbs emotions such as mistrust and despair, which it feeds upon.
As the player approaches the Bittercold, they too finally begin to feel the effects of the wind of despair, despite being human. Despite having come so far, the player finds they are unable to take a single step when faced with the Bittercold, even though all the world's hopes are entrusted to them and all are relying on them to save the world. Suddenly, they hear a voice urging them to keep going. Before they have a chance to wonder where this voice came from, they hear another, and another. As the voices of encouragement multiply, they suppress the wind of despair and stop the Bittercold from moving. The player's partner states to Kyurem that this shows the world's future can be changed by everyone. The player's strength returns thanks to the power of the many voices of encouragement, and they begin to fight the Bittercold alone.
At the start of the battle, the Bittercold will be immune to any damage dealt to it. This will continue for a few turns, then that battle ends. The player realizes that none of their attacks are even able to scratch the Bittercold, and begins to waver. But that moment of hesitation is felt by the Bittercold, and the wind of despair returns. The player's partner urges the player not to get depressed, and that the power of emotions is strong. But that hesitation not only strengthened the wind, but the Bittercold too, and a purple whirlpool of the wind begins swirling from the top of the Glacier Palace Crystal Tower.
It then shows everyone in Pokémon Paradise watching the palace from the distance and seeing the darkness coming from it makes them wonder if even though they urged the player on, perhaps all hope has already been lost, and that they should give up. But Dunsparce reminds them that not only those in that town, but others around the world which can't even see they Glacier Palace are desperately sending their emotions to the player, and that they should believe in the player and not stop just because they can see the clouds.
Rufflet spots that the purple whirlpool is growing, but Herdier urges them on, yet wondering to himself why his words sound hollow, and that perhaps fate cannot be changed. Back in the Bittercold's room, the player's partner manages to get up, urging the player that despite them being slowly suffocated, they still continued on, so the player must do they same. The player tries very hard to get back up, powered by their friendship with their partner, and then successfully manages to make a dash towards the Glacial Body with the last of their strength, and attacks its front, cracking it. The player attacks again and shatters the front part of it, revealing a red core. The darkness around the palace momentarily disappears and a small rainbow appears at the top.
It shows the Pokémon in Pokémon Paradise again, who notice that with the purple whirlpool gone, behind Glacier Palace is a rainbow. However, the wind of despair quickly returns. Herdier states that despite it being a long time since he last saw it, the rainbow was surely the Rainbow of Hope, a mythical rainbow which when just seeing it gives you hope. Patrat goes off to tell the Pokémon in the park about it, and the Pokémon gathered realize that hope is not yet lost, and urge the player to let them see the Rainbow of Hope again. The screen then switches back to the player, who feels everyone's voices of encouragement focused on them again, and strengthened by their emotions, the real battle begins.
The battle starts again, and during this battle, the player will be able to deal damage to the Bittercold; when the player defeats the Bittercold, the Bittercold will shatter and the wind of despair dissipates from the Glacier Palace Crystal Tower once again.
Then the player's partner will get back up again, realizing that the player beat the Bittercold, and the palace starts to crack and break apart, falling from the sky, which then starts the ending of the game.
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- The Bittercold uses the Winds of Despair it controls in the form of several different unnamed attacks to cause damage to the player. Depending on what attack it uses, it can cause confusion, reduce the player's Attack and Special Attack, or reduce the PP of all the player's moves by 3 each.
- It is similar to Dark Rust in that they are the only creatures in the Pokémon games that can be fought and are not Pokémon.