Chilly Reception (move)

Chilly Reception
さむいギャグ Cold Gag
Chilly Reception IX.png
Chilly Reception IX 2.png
Type  Ice
Category  Status
PP  10 (max. 16)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  0
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Opponent Opponent Opponent
Self Ally Ally
Both Sides: Affects the entire field
Introduced  Generation IX
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Appeal  0  
Jam  0  
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Chilly Reception (Japanese: さむいギャグ Cold Gag) is a non-damaging Ice-type move introduced in Generation IX. It is the signature move of Slowking and one of the signature moves of Galarian Slowking.


Chilly Reception creates snow on the battlefield and switches the user out. Snow instigated by this move lasts five turns (or eight turns if the user is holding an Icy Rock). The user will still switch out even if there is already snow on the field when the move is used. If there are no other teammates to switch to, it will only change the weather to snow.

If the move is selected directly, before using the move, the following message is displayed: "<Pokémon> is preparing to tell a chillingly bad joke!" even if the move fails to execute. Using this move through a move that calls another move will not display the aforementioned message.


Games Description
SV The user tells a chillingly bad joke before switching places with a party Pokémon in waiting. This summons a snowstorm lasting five turns.


By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
Monster Water 1 Rem.
Galarian Form
Monster Water 1 Rem.
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
A dash (−) indicates a Pokémon cannot learn the move by the designated method.
An empty cell indicates a Pokémon that is unavailable in that game/generation.


  • In Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, a "cold" joke is often used to refer to a joke that has no punchline, or one that fails to get a laugh from its audience. An unamused audience may remark that the room is suddenly cold. A similar joke in the English language is to pretend to only hear crickets respond to a bad joke. An exaggeration of this response in media, particularly in comedies, is to have the room literally become cold as a result of a bad joke. This is why this move creates a snowstorm, and why the user leaves the battlefield, presumably ashamed of its terrible joke.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 冷笑話 Láahng Siuwá
Mandarin 冷笑話 / 冷笑话 Lěng Xiàohuà
  French Neigeux de Mots
  German Eisige Stimmung
  Italian Freddura
  Korean 썰렁개그 Sseolleong Gag
  Spanish Fría Acogida

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