Sheer Cold (move)

Sheer Cold
ぜったいれいど Absolute Zero
Sheer Cold VIII.png
Sheer Cold VIII 2.png
Type  Ice
Category  Special
PP  5 (max. 8)
Power  —
Accuracy  30%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Not affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
May affect anyone adjacent to the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation III
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that made good appeals.
Condition  Beauty
Appeal  0  
Earn +15 if all the Pokémon choose the same Judge.
Condition  Beautiful
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  1
Badly startles all Pokémon that successfully showed their appeal.

Sheer Cold (Japanese: ぜったいれいど Absolute Zero) is an Ice-type one-hit knockout move introduced in Generation III.

Effect

Generations III to VI

If Sheer Cold hits, it will inflict damage equal to the target's current HP. Despite having an accuracy of 30% listed, Sheer Cold's chance of hitting a Pokémon is instead calculated using the following formula:

 

This formula means that the accuracy starts at 30% when the Pokémon have the same level, and is 1% more likely to hit for every level the user is higher than the target. If the user is at least 70 levels higher than the target, Sheer Cold will always hit. If the user is a lower level than the target, the move always fails.

This chance of hitting is not an accuracy: it is not affected by accuracy and evasion stats, nor is it affected by other accuracy modifiers such as Gravity, Wide Lens, and Compound Eyes. Additionally, Sheer Cold cannot hit a semi-invulnerable Pokémon. However, effects that guarantee moves to hit (such as No Guard and Lock-On) still affect Sheer Cold.

Sheer Cold can be used as part of a Pokémon Contest combination, with the user gaining an extra two appeal points if either Hail or Mind Reader was used in the prior turn. It is also part of a Contest Spectacular combination and will give an extra three appeal points if any of the moves Lock-On, Mind Reader and Miracle Eye was used in the prior turn.

Generation VII

Ice-type Pokémon are now immune to Sheer Cold.

Additionally, the move's base chance of hitting is only 20% if the user is not an Ice-type Pokémon:

 

Generation VIII

When used in a Max Raid Battle against a Dynamax Pokémon while it is under the effect of a mysterious barrier, Sheer Cold will deplete two bars of the barrier's strength if it hits. Otherwise, Sheer Cold will always fail against Dynamax Pokémon.

Description

Games Description
RSEColo.XD A chilling attack that causes fainting if it hits.
FRLG The foe is attacked with ultimate cold that causes fainting if it hits.
DPPtHGSSPBR The foe is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
BWB2W2 The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target instantly faints if it hits.
XYORAS The target is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The target faints instantly if this attack hits.
SMUSUM
SwShBDSPLA
The target faints instantly. It's less likely to hit the target if it's used by Pokémon other than Ice types.


Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII VIII
037   Vulpix
Alolan Form
  Field Field 50SMUSUM 48SwSh
038   Ninetales
Alolan Form
 
 
Field Field 1SwSh
087   Dewgong
 
 
Water 1 Field 34 34 34 34 1, Evo.SMUSUM 1, Evo.BDSP
131   Lapras
 
 
Monster Water 1 55 55 55 50 50SMUSUM 65
144   Articuno
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 85 78 78 1, 78 99SMUSUM 70
245   Suicune
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 1 1
362   Glalie
  Fairy Mineral 61 59 59 1, 59XY
1, 61ORAS
1, 61 1
363   Spheal
 
 
Water 1 Field 49 49 49 49XY
46ORAS
46 52
364   Sealeo
 
 
Water 1 Field 55 55 55 55XY
52ORAS
52 64
365   Walrein
 
 
Water 1 Field 61 65 65 65XY
60ORAS
60 72
382   Kyogre
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 60 60DPPt
75HGSS
75 75XY
65ORAS
65 45
459   Snover
 
 
Monster Grass 46 46 46 46 50
460   Abomasnow
 
 
Monster Grass 58 58 58 58 56
582   Vanillite
  Mineral Mineral 53 53 53 48SwSh
583   Vanillish
  Mineral Mineral 58 58 58 56SwSh
584   Vanilluxe
  Mineral Mineral 67 1, 67 1, 67 60SwSh
613   Cubchoo
  Field Field 57 57 57 42SwSh
614   Beartic
  Field Field 66 1, 66 1, 66 46SwSh
615   Cryogonal
  Mineral Mineral 61 1, 61 1, 57 60SwSh
646   Kyurem
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 88SwSh
646   Kyurem
Black Kyurem
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 88SwSh
646   Kyurem
White Kyurem
 
 
No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered 88SwSh
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By event

Generation IV

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Obtained with
245   Suicune
  No Eggs Discovered No Eggs Discovered Shiny Crown Suicune
Korean Crown Suicune
GameStop Suicune
Winter 2011 Suicune
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, Sheer Cold has 12PP and 35% accuracy. The user attacks enemy in front and makes them faint through "calamitous damage" (internally treated as 9999 damage), regardless of the level.

In Explorers of Time, Darkness and Sky, the move's accuracy has been decreased to 20%.

Description

Games Description
MDRB Defeats the target in one shot--if it hits.
MDTDS Defeats the target in one shot if it hits successfully.
BSL てきポケモンを いちげきで たおしてしまうが めいちゅうしにくい
MDGtI
SMD
When the move hits, it knocks out an enemy in a single blow.*
The enemy will faint instantly if this attack hits, but it's hard to land this move.*


In the anime

       
Lapras Beartic Articuno Glalie
The foe is attacked with a blast of absolute-zero cold. The foe instantly faints if it hits.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
  Lapras Lapras's body glows light blue and releases a wave of light blue energy, freezing anything around it.
Solidad's Lapras May, We Harley Drew'd Ya! Debut
  Abomasnow Abomasnow raises both of its arms in the air and multiple ice pillars shoot out from around it in a circle. A line of ice pillars then jut out straight at the opponent and hit it, or its body becomes surrounded in a light blue aura. It then opens its mouth and the inside of it starts to glow light blue; firing a white- blue beam towards the opponent.
A wild Abomasnow Pikachu's Ice Adventure None
Morana's Abomasnow Survival of the Striaton Gym! None
  Beartic Beartic's body becomes outlined in light blue aura and it pulls its head back and opens its mouth. When it does, a spinning orb of bright blue energy forms in front of it. Beartic then fires a powerful light blue beam of energy with light blue snowflake-shaped sparkles from the orb at the opponent.
Two wild Beartic The Beartic Mountain Feud! None
  Vanillish Vanillish's body becomes surrounded in a light blue aura. It then opens its mouth and the inside of it starts to glow light blue. A spinning wind then comes out of Vanillish's mouth and it fires a powerful, light blue beam of energy surrounded in light blue sparkles and wind from its mouth at the opponent. As the light blue beam travels at the opponent, large icy pillars jut out of the ground around the beam. The beam then disappears and multiple ice pillars continue to jut out of the ground at the opponent.
Cryogonal Man's Vanillish The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue! None
  Glalie Glalie's body becomes surrounded by a blue aura and the inside of its mouth shines white. The ground around Glalie begins to freeze and any opponent standing in its wake are frozen and instantly knocked out.
Morana's Glalie Survival of the Striaton Gym! None
  Abomasnow Mega Abomasnow freezes everything around itself.
A Trainer's Abomasnow Mega Evolution Special I None
  Kyogre A light blue field of energy forms around Primal Kyogre. The energy field then grows in size, freezing everything it touches or Kyogre freezes whatever it touches.
Kyogre (XY series) Mega Evolution Special III None
  Kyogre Kyogre freezes everything around itself.
A wild Kyogre The One That Didn't Get Away! None
  Articuno Articuno's eyes shine light blue, and it releases a powerful blizzard from its body at the opponent, freezing them. The opponent is instantly knocked out if the move hits.
A wild Articuno JN102 None


In the manga

Pokémon Adventures


Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team


In other generations

Core series games

Side series games

Spin-off series games

Trivia

  • Sheer Cold is the only OHKO move introduced outside of Generation I, and the only special OHKO move. Prior to Generation VII, it was the only OHKO move that no Pokémon had a type-based immunity to.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 絕對零度 Jyuhtdeui Lìhngdouh
Mandarin 絕對零度 / 绝对零度 Juéduì Língdù
  Dutch IJskoud
  French Glaciation
  German Eiseskälte
  Greek Δριμύ Ψύχος
  Italian Purogelo
  Korean 절대영도 Jeoldae Yeongdo
  Polish Polarny Chłód
Portuguese   Brazil Frio Extremo (Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon-present, TCG, manga)
Frio Absoluto
  Portugal Frio Polar
  Serbian Potpuno zamrzavanje
Spanish   Latin America Frío Extremo
  Spain Frío Polar
  Vietnamese 0 Độ Tuyệt Đối



One-hit knockout moves
  FissureGuillotineHorn Drill
  Sheer Cold


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