Candice uses Ice-type Pokémon in her battles. Trainers who defeat her will receive the Icicle Badge, TM72 (Avalanche), and will be able to use Rock Climb outside of battle. Candice teaches that before battling with Pokémon, a person needs to befriend them first. Candice has an interest in fashion and romance as well as Pokémon, and believes a person should put all their focus into whatever they do. She sometimes muses that she acts the opposite of the way people would expect an Ice-type Gym Leader to behave - warm and friendly instead of cold and distant. She also seems to enjoy talking in third person.
In Platinum, Maylene mentions in Snowpoint's Pokémon Center that she admires Candice for being studious. She also mentions that Candice wanted to practice against her to learn about the Fighting-type because of it being a weakness of Ice-type Pokémon.
"You want to challenge Candice? Sure thing! I was waiting for someone tough! But I should tell you, I'm tough because I know how to focus. Pokémon, fashion, romance... It's all about focus! I'll show you just what I mean. Get ready to lose!"
After the opponent sends out their last Pokémon
"I'm going to break the ice and bring out my last-resort Pokémon!"
When the opponent's last Pokémon is at critical health
"I can sense your will to win, but I promise you I'm not about to lose!"
Upon being defeated
"I must say, I'm warmed up to you! I might even admire you a little."
After being defeated
"Wow! You're great! You've earned my respect! I think your focus and will bowled us over totally. Oh, that's right! I'm supposed to give you this!"
"You're the opponent of Candice? Sure thing! I was waiting for someone tough!"
Before battle (second round)
"You're the opponent of Candice? Sure thing! I was waiting for someone tough! But I should tell you, I'm tough, because I know how to focus."
Before battle (final round)
"You're the opponent of Candice? Sure thing! I was waiting for someone tough! But I should tell you, I'm tough, because I know how to focus. Pokémon, fashion, romance... It's all about focus! I'll show you just what I mean. Get ready to lose!"
Upon being defeated
"You're mighty! You're worthy of lots of respect."
If the player is defeated
"I sensed your will to win, but I don't lose!"
After battle (if the player won)
"Wow! You're great! You've earned my respect! I think your focus and will bowled us over totally. But next time I'll focus even more and won't lose!"
After battle (if the player lost)
"See? Candice's focus! My Pokémon's focus is great, too!"
In the lobby (after the tournament)
"You won because your focus was far greater than the others! Yes! I have to focus even more as well!"
Candice and Zoey are childhood friends who met at Snowpoint City’s Trainers' School. Zoey also refers to Candice as “Miss Senior”, while Candice calls her Zo-Zo (Japanese: ノゾチNozotchi) in return. When they were younger, Candice helped Zoey to take care of a Glameow until Zoey was old enough to begin a journey with it. The two grew up together and promised each other to work hard to fulfill their dreams, with Candice hoping to become a very successful Trainer and Zoey wishing to be a Top Coordinator.
Candice debuted in Classroom Training!, where she ambushed Ash, his friends and Zoey with her Abomasnow just for the fun of it. Candice was later revealed to be a teacher at Snowpoint City's Trainers' School, where she teaches its adult class. She then asked Ash to help her teach a class before their Gym match, and he agreed. Ash and Dawn joined the adult class, which Team Rocket also enrolled in, though struggled during Candice's riddle-filled quiz session. Later, Candice helped Ash and his friends defeat Team Rocket after they attempted to steal the school’s Poke Balls.
Ash battled Candice in a four-on four match in Sliding Into Seventh!. Ash selected Grotle, and it used Rock Climb to overcome the otherwise slippery ice field and defeat Candice's Sneasel. Her Medicham was knocked out by Ash's Staraptor in the second round. Gliscor was unable to hit Candice's Snover, and it was defeated by a barrage of Grass and Icemoves. Ash called on Chimchar, and soon the battlefield was filled with steam after Snover's Icy Wind blocked Chimchar's Flaemthrower. After Snover was defeated, Candice sent out her powerhouse Abomasnow. Its strong Icy Winds forced Ash to recall Chimchar, Abomasnow also defeated Staraptor and later Ash's Grotle. Ash noticing some of the ice fragment sliding on the battlefield, so he had Chimchar snowboard around the field and hit Abomasnow with several Flamethrowers. Abomasnow was hit by a direct Flame Wheel, earning Ash the victory and the Icicle Badge.
Candice appeared briefly in A Pyramiding Rage!, where Paul challenged her to a Gym battle. She joined everyone in the bleachers and watched Paul go up against Pyramid King Brandon. She and Zoey later waved goodbye to Ash, his friends, Paul and Reggie as the pair prepared to have their own match against each other. Paul earned his own Icicle Badge sometime between the aforementioned episode and Pedal to the Mettle!.
Later, Candice held a small party for Zoey to celebrate her victory and invited Ash and his friends as well. They enjoyed a table of pastries and desserts as their meal, and Candice shared that her favorite dessert of all is Snowpoint City's Tamato Berry Ice Cream Sandwich. She described it as "hot and spicy on the inside and cold on the outside", saying that oftentimes things that don't seem to go well together at first are sometimes the most compatible. These words inspired Dawn's idea for the Flame Ice combination. When Dawn was practicing the next day, Candice helped her by showing a variation of the move Ice Shard together with her Abomasnow.
Candice is an overly sweet character who enjoys the fun of surprising her friends in unpredictable ways like ambush attacks or celebratory parties. She is incredibly supportive of her friends' ambitions. She always encourages Zoey to do her best, and she left Snowpoint City just to watch Zoey compete in the BrusselContest. She also helped Dawn to practice for the Daybreak Contest after seeing Dawn struggle to perfect a combo. Candice is a fantastic mentor, though her positive nature and intense confidence can be overwhelming. Her trademark is using the term "kiai" in regular speech instead of as a sound effect, such as in the line, "Get your kiai on!".
She doesn't take her role as the Snowpoint CityGym Leader too seriously, namely because she rarely gets challengers. However, Candice does enjoy the feeling of victory and strives to perform her best. Candice has trained her Pokémon to overcome their respective type disadvantages, where her Snover and Abomasnow were shown to be able to blow away typically effective Fire attacks. She attacks her opponents with an intense barrages of attacks, and her Pokémon can also deliver knock out physical attacks at close-range.
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This listing is of Candice's known Pokémon in the anime:
Sneasel was the first Pokémon used by Candice during her Gym battle against Ash when she went up against Grotle. Although Sneasel had an obvious type advantage and could skate across the icy battlefield, Grotle was able to use its new defensive battle technique to absorb Sneasel's attacks and knocked her out with Rock Climb.
Candice stated that she helped raise Zoey's Glameow when she was younger. Zoey kept it in a shed outside the Snowpoint Trainers' School when her parents would not let her have it. One day, Mr. Honcho, the headmaster of the school, found out what Zoey was doing. Candice stepped in, and Mr. Honcho eventually gave in. Candice and Glameow have been friends ever since.
Candice first appeared in Route 217 saving Platinum when she fell from her skis after angering a pack of Graveler. Eventually, Platinum challenged her to a Gym battle, where her Snover double-KO'd with Platinum's Empoleon, and her Froslass took over to fight Platinum's Rapidash. At first, the newly evolved Fire Horse Pokémon seemed to take the lead against Froslass' ineffective Ice attacks, but Candice soon realized that Platinum's real objective wasn't to win the Gym Badge sincerely, but rather to get it over with so she can protect Uxie at Lake Acuity. Upon this realization, she ordered Froslass to attack with a Wake-Up Slap and deal massive damage on the sleeping Rapidash, and then withdrew Froslass before switching out to Abomasnow. Losing motivation, she asked the Sinnoh Pokémon League chairman if she could stop the battle, but ended up continuing anyway. With Rapidash close to fainting, Platinum switched out to her new capture, Lopunny, who was surprisingly able to defeat the massive bulk, but eventually was beaten by Froslass. As Candice gloated over her seeming victory, however, it was discovered that Lopunny used Healing Wish to revitalize Rapidash (fainting in the process), who, with a surprise attack, took out Candice's last Pokémon, winning the battle.
Afterwards, she awarded Platinum the Icicle Badge, and the two traveled together to Lake Acuity with Maylene to protect Uxie, only to be promptly defeated by Jupiter's superior brawn and tactics. She later called Byron and told him to send them someone to train them in so that they can become stronger. After some difficulty with their new Trainer, Volkner, Platinum managed to convince him to train them. At the Spear Pillar she, along with Maylene, fought Jupiter a second time, this time defeating her. She along with her fellow Gym Leaders fought Cyrus and managed to break his Red Chain but brought upon themselves the wrath of Cyrus with it and were defeated.
Abomasnow is one of Candice's main Pokémon. She was first seen when Platinum had bumped into a Graveler while skiing. She took her to the city so she could rest. Afterwards, she was used in her Gym match and was Candice's third Pokémon, against Platinum's newly caught Lopunny. She first successfully hit the Rabbit Pokémon with an Ice Shard, but it could stand it. Despite being an inexperienced member of her team, Lopunny was swiftly able to avoid the massive Pokémon's Focus Blasts, and to defeat her with a nimble Jump Kick.
Snover was the first Pokémon used by Candice during her Gym battle against Platinum against her Empoleon. Due to her opponent's Steel-type advantage, she was quickly defeated by a powerful Metal Claw, however, before she fainted, she had fired a Seed Bomb, which hit the Emperor Pokémon in the head, defeating her.
Candice's secret weapon in her match against Platinum is Froslass, who to counter her used her Rapidash. With his speed, Rapidash was able to avoid Froslass's icy attack, but when it was finally hit, Rested to be saved for Candice's last Pokémon, only to be hit by a powerful Wake-Up Slap, nearly fainting him. After switching with Abomasnow, and the latter being defeated, she went against Lopunny, and stopped its jumping strategy and defeated it, but just before she could claim victory, she was defeated by Rapidash who had it energy restored by Lopunny's Healing Wish, earning Platinum the battle. After the Gym battle, she was taken to Lake Acuity where she was defeated by Jupiter. Later, at the Spear Pillar, Candice gave her to Platinum.
Candice's first appearance was in A Novel Test!, where she provided Hareta with a challenge to see if he could defeat Team Galactic. Despite his initial reluctance, Candice was able to convince Hareta to battle her after sending out her Legendary titans, selecting Regice and Regirock to use in a Double Battle against Hareta's Luxio and Riolu. Making use of her titans's Clear Body Ability to negate Luxio's Intimidate, Candice was seemingly able to defeat both of Hareta's Pokémon with ease; however, as she began to walk away, Riolu evolved into Lucario, immediately defeating both Regice and Regirock and winning the battle. Impressed by Hareta's capabilities, Candice took him to Snowpoint Temple, revealing that the purpose of their battle had been to determine if he would be able to catch Regigigas.
After supervising Hareta's capture of Regigigas, Candice joined the attack on Team Galactic's headquarters, where she was defeated along with the other Gym Leaders.
These are the Pokémon that Candice is known to have:
Regice was used by Candice to test Hareta's ability to capture the Legendary titan master, Regigigas. It is her only known Pokémon that is her specialty type. Regice was also used along with the other titans to awaken Regigigas.
Candice's Pokémon Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format. Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
As of Generation VI, all of Candice's teams in the core series contain only Pokémon which are in the Sinnoh Dex.
Candice's habit of speaking of herself in the third person is a very literal translation of her Japanese speech. In Japanese, children often refer to themselves by their own name, making such speech patterns childish or cute.