Beartic, The Freezing Pokémon. It can make its breath freeze at will. Very able in the water, it swims around in northern seas and catches prey.It freezes its breath to create fangs and claws of ice to fight with. Cold northern areas are its habitat. They love the cold seas of the north. They create pathways around the ocean waters by freezing their own breath.
Christmas is right around the corner, and with it comes an Ice-type pokemon, and this time around it's Beartic. Beartic is an interesting Pokemon in its own right, having a reasonable base 110 Attack, and decent defensive stats. But its poor Speed, typing, and shallow movepool are what brings it down into the depths of NU. Although outclassed by quite a few Pokemon, it does have attributes that make it usable and is effective at what it does, mainly seen in its ability to be a very good rain sweeper, unusual as it is an Ice type. This unexpectedness works in its favor and allows it to be successful in situations in which it might otherwise do badly.
Snow Cloak: Raises Beartic's evasion by one level in Hail, a decent ability but as it has been banned by most tier lists, it is not used as much.
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This is the principle moveset of Beartic and certainly his most effective. Icicle Crash makes for powerful STAB, and the only particularly strong physical Ice move. Superpower is excellent coverage, only resisted by Pokemon uncommonly used in NU. Stone Edge allows Beartic to hit Fire Types like Emboar and Charizard harder than his other moves. The last slot is open to whatever you require, as Aqua Jet has priority and allows for Beartic to help revenge kill on switch-ins with low health, while Taunt shuts down walls like Musharna and Garbodor which would otherwise be able to set up on Beartic. Swift Swim is used on this set (and on the latter set) and it would be to your advantage to use
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This is an alternate set that can prove to not only surprise your opponent, but can also be devastating under the right conditions. Substitute can be set up on a switching out foe who fears what Beartic might do to it. Focus Punch can be used after that to destroy basically everything that isn't Ghost, Bug, or Flying, which all three are taken care of by Icicle Crash. Toxic is useful to remove defensive walls like Alomomola which would otherwise stop Beartic. This set takes advantage of Swift Swim as it can easily chase out a different Pokemon and be able to set up the Substitute and then SubPunch everything to death and continually set up another Sub as needed.
Brick Break, Ice Punch, Night Slash, Rock Slide, Shadow Claw, Surf, Swords Dance
Double & Triple Battle Options
The all-out attacker set is what is seen in doubles and triples, as Beartic's attack and bulk are both very usable in this format. It runs Snow Cloak over Swift Swim as it is the better option as evasion is much more useful than speed with all the Trick Room that is rampant.
Anything that can successfully set up Rain Dance is an extremely useful partner for Beartic as it allows for it to gain double speed. A Rapid Spinner or Magic Bounce pokemon (likely Natu as this is NU) would help Beartic survive longer as it is weak to Stealth Rock.
Alomomola is probably the best option, as it takes little damage from Beartic's attacks and can stall it out with Scald, possibly conferring a burn. Fighting pokemon like Sawk have the advantage as they are not OHKO'd by Beartic and can OHKO in return. Fire types such as Emboar also do well against Beartic, but do take quite a lot of damage from Beartic's coverage moves and need to be wary of Stone Edge. Choice Scarf users may have a chance against him, as long as they are fast enough to outrun double speed Beartic.
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