Sheer Cold (move)

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Sheer Cold
ぜったいれいど Absolute Zero
Sheer Cold.png
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Type  Ice
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  30%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
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.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that successfully showed their appeal.

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

Effect

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Generations III to VI

If Sheer Cold 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. Sheer Cold's chance of hitting is independent of accuracy and evasion stats; instead, it 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 can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra two appeal points if either Hail or Mind Reader was used in the prior turn. It is also part of a Contest Spectacular combination and will give an extra three appeal points if any of the moves Lock-On, Mind Reader and Miracle Eye was used in the prior turn.

Generation VII

Ice-type Pokémon are now immune to Sheer Cold. Additionally, the move's accuracy is lowered if the user is not an Ice-type Pokémon.

Sheer Cold's accuracy is now displayed as 30%.

Description

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.
DPPtHGSSPBR 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.
XYORAS The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.
SM The target faints instantly. It's less likely to hit the target if it's used by Pokémon other than Ice types.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
037 Vulpix Vulpix
Alola Form
IceIC Big.png Field Field 50
087 Dewgong Dewgong
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Water 1 Field 34 34 34 34 1, Evo.
131 Lapras Lapras
WaterIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Water 1 55 55 55 50 50
144 Articuno Articuno
IceIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 85 78 78 1, 78 99
245 Suicune Suicune
WaterIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
362 Glalie Glalie
IceIC Big.png Fairy Mineral 61 59 59 1, 59XY
1, 61ORAS
1, 61
363 Spheal Spheal
IceIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field 49 49 49 49XY
46ORAS
46
364 Sealeo Sealeo
IceIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field 55 55 55 55XY
52ORAS
52
365 Walrein Walrein
IceIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Field 61 65 65 65XY
60ORAS
60
382 Kyogre Kyogre
WaterIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered 60 60DPPt
75HGSS
75 75XY
65ORAS
65
459 Snover Snover
GrassIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Grass 46 46 46 46
460 Abomasnow Abomasnow
GrassIC Big.png
IceIC Big.png
Monster Grass 58 58 58 58
582 Vanillite Vanillite
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 53 53 53
583 Vanillish Vanillish
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 58 58 58
584 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 67 1, 67 1, 67
613 Cubchoo Cubchoo
IceIC Big.png Field Field 57 57 57
614 Beartic Beartic
IceIC Big.png Field Field 66 1, 66 1, 66
615 Cryogonal Cryogonal
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 61 1, 61 1, 57
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 Types Egg Groups Obtained with
245 Suicune Suicune
WaterIC Big.png Undiscovered Undiscovered Shiny Crown Suicune
Korean Crown Suicune
GameStop Suicune
Winter 2011 Suicune
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

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

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.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Defeats the target in one shot--if it hits.
SMD When the move hits, it knocks out an enemy in a single blow.*
The enemy will faint instantly if this attack hits, but it's hard to land 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.
A Trainer's Abomasnow Mega Evolution Special I None
382P Kyogre A light blue field of energy forms around Primal Kyogre. The energy field then grows in size, freezing everything it touches.
A wild Kyogre Mega Evolution Special III None

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga


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


In other generations

Core series games

Sheer Cold III.png Sheer Cold IV.png Sheer Cold 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

Side series games

Sheer Cold Colo.png Sheer Cold XD.png Sheer Cold 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

Spin-off series games

Sheer Cold 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

  • Sheer Cold is the only OHKO move introduced outside of Generation I, and the only special OHKO move.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 絕對零度 Jyuhtdeui Lìhngdouh
Mandarin 絕對零度 / 绝对零度 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
Frio Extremo (TCG)
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
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese 0 Độ Tuyệt Đối


One-hit knockout moves
Physical FissureGuillotineHorn Drill
Special Sheer Cold


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