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Sheer Cold (move)

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Sheer Cold
ぜったいれいど Absolute Zero
Sheer Cold V.png
Type  Ice
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that made good appeals
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Earn +15 if all the Pokémon choose the same Judge.

Sheer Cold (Japanese: ぜったいれいど Absolute Zero) is an Ice-type one-hit knockout move introduced in Generation III.


If it hits, it will inflict damage equal to the opponent's current HP, therefore knocking out the target. It will fail if the target's level is higher than the user's level. The accuracy of Sheer Cold depends on the level of the user and the level of the target and is worked out with the formula: Accuracy = [(level of user-level of target) + 30]%. Sheer Cold ignores all changes to accuracy and evasion stats.

Mystery Dungeon

Sheer Cold will cause a Pokémon to instantly faint through "calamitous damage" (changed to "It's a one-hit KO!" in Gates to Infinity), regardless of level, but is prone to missing.


Games Description
RSE A chilling attack that causes fainting if it hits.
FRLG The foe is attacked with ultimate cold that causes fainting if it hits.
Colo.XD A chilling attack that causes fainting if it hits.
PMDRB Defeats the target in one shot--if it hits.
DPPtHGSS The foe is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
BWB2W2 The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target instantly faints if it hits.
XY The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Type Level
087 Dewgong Dewgong Water Ice 34 34 34 34
131 Lapras Lapras Water Ice 55 55 55 50
144 Articuno Articuno Ice Flying 85 78 78 --, 78
362 Glalie Glalie Ice Ice 61 59 59 --, 59
363 Spheal Spheal Ice Water 49 49 49 49
364 Sealeo Sealeo Ice Water 55 55 55 55
365 Walrein Walrein Ice Water 61 65 65 65
382 Kyogre Kyogre Water Water 60 60 75 75 75
459 Snover Snover Grass Ice   46 46 46
460 Abomasnow Abomasnow Grass Ice   58 58 58
582 Vanillite Vanillite Ice Ice     53 53
583 Vanillish Vanillish Ice Ice     58 58
584 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe Ice Ice     67 --, 67
613 Cubchoo Cubchoo Ice Ice     57 57
614 Beartic Beartic Ice Ice     66 --, 66
615 Cryogonal Cryogonal Ice Ice     61 --, 61
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.

By event

Generation IV

#   Pokémon Type Obtained with
245 245 Suicune Water 13th Movie Event
GameStop Event
English Winter 2011
Bold indicates a Pokémon which gets STAB from this move.
Italic indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form gets STAB
from this move.

In the anime

Ferrara Vanillish Sheer Cold.png Solidad Lapras Sheer Cold.png Beartic Sheer Cold.png Morana Glalie Sheer Cold.png
Vanillish Lapras Beartic Glalie
The foe is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
131 Lapras Lapras's body glows light blue and releases a wave of light blue energy, freezing anything around it.
Solidad's Lapras May, We Harley Drew'd Ya! Debut
460 Abomasnow Abomasnow raises both of its arms in the air and multiple ice pillars shoot out from around it in a circle. A line of ice pillars then jut out straight at the opponent and hit it, or its body becomes surrounded in a light blue aura. It then opens its mouth and the inside of it starts to glow light blue; firing a white- blue beam towards the opponent.
A wild Abomasnow Pikachu's Ice Adventure None
Morana's Abomasnow Survival of the Striaton Gym! None
614 Beartic Beartic's body becomes outlined in light blue aura and it pulls its head back and opens its mouth. When it does, a spinning orb of bright blue energy forms in front of it. Beartic then fires a powerful light blue beam of energy with light blue snowflake-shaped sparkles from the orb at the opponent.
Two wild Beartic The Beartic Mountain Feud! None
583 Vanillish Vanillish's body becomes surrounded in a light blue aura. It then opens its mouth and the inside of it starts to glow light blue. A spinning wind then comes out of Vanillish's mouth and it fires a powerful light blue beam of energy surrounded in light blue sparkles and wind from its mouth at the opponent. As the light blue beam travels at the opponent, large icy pillars jut out of the ground around the beam. The beam then disappears and multiple ice pillars continue to jut out of the ground at the opponent.
Cryogonal Man's Vanillish The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue! None
362 Glalie Glalie's body becomes surrounded by a blue aura and the inside of its mouth shines white. The ground around Glalie begins to freeze and any opponent standing in its wake are frozen and instantly knocked out.
Morana's Glalie Survival of the Striaton Gym! None
460M Abomasnow Abomasnow freezes everything around itself.
An Unknown Trainer's Abomasnow Mega Evolution Special I None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga

In other generations

Sheer Cold III.png Sheer Cold IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
Generation I
Generation II Generation II
Generation II
Crystal Generation III Generation III
Generation III
FRLG Generation IV Generation IV
Generation IV
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 XY Generation V
Generation V
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


  • Sheer Cold is the only OHKO move not introduced in Generation I, the only OHKO move that can affect all types, and the only special OHKO move.

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 絕對零度 Juéduì Língdù
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch IJskoud
France Flag.png French Glaciation
Germany Flag.png German Eiseskälte
Greece Flag.png Greek Δριμύ Ψύχος
Italy Flag.png Italian Purogelo
South Korea Flag.png Korean 절대영도 Jeoldae Yeongdo
Poland Flag.png Polish Polarny Chłód
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Frio Absoluto
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Frio Polar
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Potpuno Zamrzavanje
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Frío Extremo
Spain Flag.png Spain Frío Polar

One-hit knockout moves
Physical FissureGuillotineHorn Drill
Special Sheer Cold

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