Lots of Theorycrafting going on, liking it so far.
Let’s do some more, but instead of buffing a pokemon…
We’re going to do something MUCH more interesting.
Why stop at just one?
Why not all?
Or at least, all of the frozen, variety of Pokemon?
That’s right! I’m going to be tackling the type!
Before we delve into it’s negatives, let’s look into the positives!
There’s no doubt that offensively, Ice is one of the best. It’s effective against Ground and Flying, two common and strong types, Grass, which, although situational, is still always a good thing, and Dragon, one of the most powerful typings in ALL of Pokemon!
It has a similar amount of resistances, but not only are these resistances not too difficult to deal with (with the exception of steel types), many Pokemon that use Ice Type moves, also have moves to deal with these Pokemon (mainly Fire types).
There’s also the fact that Freeze-Dry exists.
So add that to the Super-Effective pool.
Seems pretty good, right? Well, it won’t be for long.
Why is that, you may ask?
It’s because, well, it’s Ice.
It’s about as defensive as Glass.
Only 1 resistance (that being itself), and 4 weaknesses.
These weaknesses, by the way, are preeeetty bad to have, considering Fighting and Rock are two VERY common coverage moves (and break away Ice with ease),
Fire is obvious,
and Steel shrugs off most things the frozen lads at em.
But wait, you may be asking…
“Didn’t you JUST say that many Ice types have moves that DEAL with Fire’s and pyre’s?”
Ah, you almost caught me,
but I didn’t say THAT per say…
I said Pokemon that HAD Ice moves…
So Water Types pretty much.
Actual Ice types just kinda, burn.
So how do we fix this?
Well, for starters,
I think making Ice resistant to would be a nice change.
Not only does it make sense thematically (Ice is just frozen water after all, and it’s resistant to itself.,)
It also helps out a lot in defenses, since Water is a very common type (the most common in fact).
Next up, just make it resistant to Dragons.
It should have been like that in the first place.
Other typings could work, but we don’t want to overstay our welcome.
Ice, Water, and Dragon.
Seems fair enough.
We’re not done yet, however,
or faaaaar from it.
We still have one BIG elephant in the room…
And NO I’m not talking about Mamosine…
We’ll get to him later.
No, it’s the worst Weather in the entire game…
First off, damages everything but Ice types.
Ice types only synergizing with Ice types.
At least the Rocks that made Sandstorm shared it with the Grounds and Steels.
It wouldn’t make sense changing this though, so we’ve got to deal with it.
What about the abilities?
That’s always helps out for Weather teams!
Slush Rush is definitely a +…
But literally only 2 Evolution lines learn it.
And one of them is Beartic.
Yeaaah, we’re adding more to this exclusive group.
Now, the following Pokemon get Slush Rush (I’ll be listing the abilities they replace).
Mamoswine line (replaces Snow Cloak)
Snorunt Line (Replaces Ice Body, Snow Cloak for Froslass)
Glaceon (Replaces Snow Cloak)
Crabominiable (Replaces Anger Point).
So that’s about… 5 New Fully Evolved Pokemon.
Much better, I can especially imagine Glaceon and Crabominiable appreciating this change.
Next up, the moves that synergize with weather.
The only one that does this, is Blizzard.
Which I suppose works, but we should give it… more.
What about, just Ice moves in general?
Ice moves in the Hail now do 50% more damage.
Does that seem broken?
Not at all.
Water and Fire moves get the boost in their respective weathers,
Why should Ice types not get that treatment?
Well, we did.
We reached a quarter of a mil-
I’m stopping myself there.
We did a LOT for the ice type today; we gave it some defensive buffs, we added to their Slushy Rushers, and we made Hail MUCH more threatening.
How about we check how some of the Ice types are doing now?
Say hello to the Ice cream cone!
This is an obvious buff for Vanilluxe, and all the other Snow Warners out there.
Since Ice Type moves now gain 50% more damage, their Blizzards and Freeze-Dry’s (especially the Blizzards,) are going to hit like trucks chucked by a Machamp (owned by Chuck).
With Slush Rush, this benevolent (but occasionally malevolent) Ice Queen will have an ASTONISHINGLY high maximum speed of 700!
And that’s not even with scarf!
Couple that with buffed Ice moves in the hail, and that’s a powerful sweeper right there.
Oh, don’t forget,
it’s also now resistant against Water and Dragons!
So this frozen witch can more easily switch in on threats, which is always a treat.
This thing is OU.
It loses it’s Water weakness, and coupled with Thick Fat…
Holy shit this thing is OU.
Welcome back bud.
Well ain’t this a chilling sight.
Yes, regular Kyurem is now a LOT stronger,
thanks to it now being 4x resistant to Water moves,
and the fact it now no longer has a Dragon weakness.
Bring your martial artists folks,
and maybe a boulder or two…
Oh, since you might be wondering…
Black Kyurem gets banned.
Very, very banned.
To Ubers you go.
Well, I think that’s MORE than enough writing for one day.
A good Ice type…
Never thought Ice’d see the day.
Oh come on, you expected at least ONE pun.