Regice

Regice, The Iceberg Pokémon. Its body is made of ice from the ice age. It controls frigid air of -328 degrees Fahrenheit. It is said to have slept in a glacier for thousands of years. Its body can't be melted, even by magma. Its entire body is made of Antarctic ice. After extensive studies, researchers believe the ice was formed during an ice age.

Overview

In 3rd gen, Regice was one of my favourite Pokémon. Sadly, with the introduction of Stealth Rock, Regice became awful. A Pokémon can't take hits well when it loses a quarter of its health whenever it switches in. Despite its good HP, great Defence and that disgustingly huge Special Defence, Regice isn't too good at taking repeated hits. In the lower tiers it can still do its job, but it really has fallen from glory.

Ability

Clear Body: a cool ability, but not too useful on Regice. It stops Intimidate and random stat downs, but there aren't many stat down moves or effects Regice cares about.

Move Sets

Let's kick some ice

- Rest
- Sleep Talk
- Ice Beam
- Thunderbolt / Charge Beam
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Clear Body
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

Probably the most effective set Regice can use, if only for Rest, its only healing move. Sleep Talk means you aren't a sitting duck whilst you sleep. Ice Beam is the best move you have thanks to STAB and reliability. Thunderbolt makes the infamous boltbeam combo, as well as being a great move in general. Charge Beam is an alternative to Thunderbolt which, although weaker, adds to your Special Attack.

Glass of water, hold the standard Regice

- Curse
- Avalanche
- Earthquake / Rest / Counter
- Explosion / Sleep Talk / ThunderPunch / Counter
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Aftermath
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

A very different take on Regice. Anyway, Curse brings Regice's already nice Defence up to match its Special Defence. It also raises its Attack making Avalanche a fairly threatening move, especially after a few boosts. Earthquake provides another powerful move as well as good coverage. Rest heals any damage you take, as well as damaging statuses. Counter works great with Curse, allowing you to take hard hitting physical moves and throw them right back at the opponent. Explosion is always an awesome finisher when you are at low health. Sleep Talk should only be used when paired with Rest, as it means you can boost and kill in your sleep. ThunderPunch is extra coverage which will always come in useful.

I can't read this without my Choice Icicles!

- Ice Beam
- Thunderbolt
- Focus Blast
- Explosion
Item Attached: Choice Specs
Ability: Clear Body
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 SAtk
Quiet Nature (+SAtk, -Spd)

With its base 100 Special Attack, Regice can actually hit quite hard. Ice Beam is your main attack here, gaining STAB and being a great move in general. Thunderbolt combos well and is another amazing move. Focus Blast also pairs well with Ice Beam, and also hits Steel and Normal Pokémon really hard. Explosion is the only move it has left worth using, and should only be used on something weak defensively.

All sleep and no status makes Regice predictable

- Thunder Wave / Toxic / Counter / Psych Up
- Thunder Wave / Toxic / Counter / Pysch Up
- Ice Beam
- Thunderbolt
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Clear Body
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SDef
Calm Nature (+SDef, -Atk)

A different version of bulky Regice. The first two slots are very open. Thunder Wave is a great move that ruins sweepers. Toxic destroys bulky Pokémon and hurts sweepers. Counter is always a good choice and hurts anything that uses physical attacks. Psych Up is a cool way of countering a Pokémon that focuses on boosts. Ice Beam and Thunderbolt have been talked about way too much already.

Ice boulder polish

- Rock Polish
- Ice Beam
- Thunderbolt
- Focus Blast
Item Attached: Leftovers / Life Orb / Expert Belt
Ability: Clear Body
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 28 HP / 252 SAtk / 228 Spd
Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

A strange set, but it could be effective. Rock Polish brings Regice's Speed to the point of beating Swellow and anything equal to or below base 125 Speed. Ice Beam is awesome, Thunderbolt is great, Focus Blast destroys Steels, which is its main reason for existing. Leftovers if you want to keep some of the bulk. Life Orb makes Regice much more threatening but at the cost of survivability. Expert Belt works in a similar way to Life Orb, but it doesn't cost HP to use, isn't quite as strong and only works when a move hits super effectively.

EVs and Nature:

Let's kick some ice
You don't need any Special Defence thanks to the ridiculous base stat Regice has. Max HP and you want a lot of Defence. A positive Special Defence nature is suggested as you get a huge boost from that.

Glass of water, hold the standard Regice
Again, you want max HP and max Defence. Even though you are boosting your Defence through Curse, you don't need any extra Special Defence.

I can't read this without my Choice Icicles!
Max HP as that raises your overall bulk. Max Special Attack so you really hurt whatever you hit. Put the 4 extra in Attack so you have something to add into Explosion. Use a Quiet nature as Regice's Speed is terrible anyway, and you won't want to weaken Explosion.

All sleep and no status makes Regice predictable
Exactly the same as the first set, just without recovery. You want max HP and Defence.

Ice boulder polish
Max Special Attack so you hit as hard as possible. The Speed outruns all base 125s, but you could run less or more depending on what you feel like using. Leftovers should go into HP. You could use a Timid nature so you can get over 400 Speed.

Other Options

Blizzard, Block, Gravity, Icy Wind
Blizzard should only be used with Abomasnow and hail. Obviously, use it over Ice Beam.
Block stops any switching and means you can take something out with Toxic stall, or just repeated Ice Beams.
Gravity is an option for team support, but isn't exactly a great move.
Icy Wind is a cool move that can really mess up a sweeper if it hits them on the switch in.

Countering Regice

Regice doesn't hit too hard unless the set is specifically designed for that. Anything that takes special hits well is great for countering standard Regice sets. Chansey, Clefable, Registeel, Uxie, and any bulky Water. Probably the best Regice counter, in my opinion, is Hariyama. Huge bulk, strong Fighting attacks and Thick Fat make Hariyama perfect. If you are running Regice in OU, Blissey, Tyranitar, Metagross and plenty others can take Regice down. Arcanine is a great switch in to any Regice, resisting Ice and destroying Regice with its STAB attacks. Honestly, I like Regice. It's a cool (no pun intended) Pokémon. Sadly, it is nowhere near as effective as it was in 3rd gen, and even then it was outclassed. It can still do its main job of taking hits well, just... there are so many Pokémon that are better than it, not to mention it can be stopped so easily. I guess that's the Ice type for you... it really sucks.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Island Cave (Route 105)

Colosseum/XD

Trade from RSE

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from RSE

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

Trade from RSEPt (DP) Iceberg Ruins in Mt. Coronet (Platinum)

HeartGold/SoulSilver

Trade from RSEPt

Animé Appearences

Regice has had a few Animé Appearences. Most notably, it was used by Brandon in his battles against Ash & Paul and was eventually left in Snowpoint City to guard over Regigigas

Lucario & The Mystery of Mew
Episode 466: Pace, The Final Frontier
Pikachu's Exploration Club
Episode 542: Pika & Goliath
Episode 596: A Pyramiding Rage!
Episode 597: Pillars of Friendship

 
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