Icicle Spear (move)

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Icicle Spear
つららばり Icicle Needle
Icicle Spear.png
Icicle Spear 2.png
Type  Ice
Category  Physical
PP  30 (max. 48)
Power  25
Accuracy  100%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Startles Pokémon that made a same-type appeal.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Allows performance of the same move twice in a row.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  1
Jamming  0  
Effectiveness varies depending on when it is used.

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.

Effect

Generation III

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. Provided that the move does not miss, 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 Mirror Coat will only acknowledge the last strike of this move.

If the user is holding a King's Rock, each consecutive hit has an equal chance to cause the opponent to flinch.

Icicle Spear can also be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining extra two appeal points if move Hail was used in the prior turn.

Generation IV

Pokémon with the Ability Skill Link will always hit five times when using Icicle Spear unless it misses. Due to being now classified as a physical move, Icicle Spear is affected by Counter instead of Mirror Coat.

If the user is holding a Razor Fang, each consecutive hit has an equal chance to cause the opponent to flinch.

Generation V

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. Provided that the move does not miss, it will hit ~3.167 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.

Description

Games Description
RSE Attacks the foe by firing 2 to 5 icicles in a row.
FRLG Sharp icicles are fired at the foe. It strikes two to five times.
Colo.XD Attacks target by firing 2 to 5 icicles in a row.
DPPtHGSSPBR The user launches sharp icicles at the foe. It strikes two to five times in a row.
BWB2W2 The user launches sharp icicles at the target. It strikes two to five times in a row.
XYORAS
SM
The user launches sharp icicles at the target two to five times in a row.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
028 Sandslash Sandslash
Alola Form
IceIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field 1, Evo.
090 Shellder Shellder
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 8FRLG 13 13 13 13
582 Vanillite Vanillite
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 1
583 Vanillish Vanillish
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 1
584 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1 1 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
027 Sandshrew Sandshrew
Alola Form
IceIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Field Field
086 Seel Seel
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field
090 Shellder Shellder
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3
220 Swinub Swinub
IceIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field
222 Corsola Corsola
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Special move

Generation V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
086 Seel Seel
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Field Dream World - Sparkling Sea
220 Swinub Swinub
IceIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field Dream World - Icy Cave
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 V

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
091 Cloyster Cloyster
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 Abram Burrows's Cloyster
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


Generation VI

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
473 Mamoswine Mamoswine
IceIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Field Field Arash Ommati's Mamoswine
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Description

Games Description
MDRB Inflicts damage on the target. It hits two to five times in succession.

In the anime

Brycen Vanillish Icicle Spear.png Shellder Icicle Spear.png Trip Vanillite Icicle Spear.png None.png
Vanillish Shellder Vanillite
The user fires ice shaped like icicles at the opponent.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
090 Shellder Shellder fires sharp, thin spear-shaped ice shards from its mouth at the opponent.
A Coordinator's Shellder Old Rivals, New Tricks! Debut
582 Vanillite Vanillite opens its mouth and the inside of it starts to glow light blue. It then releases multiple sharp, thin spear-shaped ice shards from its mouth at the opponent. As it does, a stream of cold air with white sparkles inside it is released as well.
Trip's Vanillite Ash and Trip's Third Battle! None
583 Vanillish Vanillish points the lower half of its body at the opponent and it starts to glow light blue. Vanillish then spins around and fires multiple icicles from the bottom of its body at the opponent.
Cryogonal Man's Vanillish The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue! None
Brycen's Vanillish Caution: Icy Battle Conditions! None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In other generations

Core series games

Icicle Spear III.png Icicle Spear IV.png Icicle Spear V.png
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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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

Spin-off series games

Icicle Spear Colo.png Icicle Spear XD.png Icicle Spear PBR.png
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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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
Icicle Spear PMD RB.png
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)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS 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

Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 冰錐 Bīngjēui *
冰針 Bīngjām *
Mandarin 冰錐 / 冰锥 Bīngzhuī *
冰針 Bīngzhēn *
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch IJsspeer
France Flag.png French Stalagtite
Germany Flag.png German Eisspeer
Greece Flag.png Greek Παγολόγχη
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Jarum Es
Italy Flag.png Italian Gelolancia
South Korea Flag.png Korean 고드름침 Godoreum Chim
Poland Flag.png Polish Strzała Lodu
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Lança de Gelo
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Arpão de Gelo
Lança de Gelo
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Ledenice
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Arpón Carámbano (BW031)
Lanza de Hielo (BW067)
Carámbano* (BW079-present)
Spain Flag.png Spain Carámbano
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Kim Băng *
Băng Châm *


Variations of the move Bullet Seed
Physical Bullet SeedIcicle Spear


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