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Icicle Spear (Japanese: つららばり Icicle Needle) is a damage-dealing Ice-type multi-strike move introduced in Generation III. Prior to Generation V, it was the signature move of Shellder.
Icicle Spear inflicts damage, hitting the target 2-5 times per use. There is a 37.5% chance that it will hit 2 times, a 37.5% chance that it will hit 3 times, a 12.5% chance that it will hit 4 times, and a 12.5% chance that it will hit 5 times. Ignoring the possibility of missing, it will hit 3 times on average, giving it an average power of 30. Each strike made has an equal chance to be a critical hit.
Icicle Spear may continue attacking after breaking a substitute. Bide and Counter will only acknowledge the last strike of this move.
Pokémon with the Ability Skill Link will always hit five times when using Icicle Spear unless it misses.
Generation V and on
Icicle Spear's base power increased from 10 to 25. There is now a 33.3% chance that it will hit 2 times, a 33.3% chance it will hit 3 times, a 16.7% chance it will hit 4 times, and a 16.7% chance it will hit 5 times. Ignoring the possibility of missing, it will hit 3.168 times on average, giving it an average power of 79.2.
If a Focus Sash, Focus Band, or Sturdy activates before the last strike is dealt, the following strike will cause the defending Pokémon to faint. A Focus Band can still activate repeatedly to prevent fainting, but each chance is independent of the previous one.
If the target has Weak Armor, each strike will activate it.
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|| Attacks the foe by firing 2 to 5 icicles in a row.
|| Sharp icicles are fired at the foe. It strikes two to five times.
|| Attacks target by firing 2 to 5 icicles in a row.
|| The user launches sharp icicles at the foe. It strikes two to five times in a row.
|| The user launches sharp icicles at the target. It strikes two to five times in a row.
|| The user launches sharp icicles at the target two to five times in a row.
In the anime
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
| The user releases four icicles from its body at the opponent.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| Shellder releases four icicles from the black parts on its face above its mouth at the opponent. The icicles travel so fast that they leave behind a white trail where they shot.
| Lorelei's Shellder
|| Father's Name is Giovanni
In other generations
In other languages