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This is a strategy guide for using Frosmoth in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Frosmoth, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Frosmoth

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ice Type Bug Type
Shield Dust Blocks the added effects of attacks taken.
Ice Scales (Hidden) Special moves damage are halved because the Pokemon is protected by ice scales.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Rock Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 65 60 125 90 65

Best Nature for Frosmoth

Best Natures
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
(+Spd, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Frosmoth

Special Attacker Moveset & Best Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Sp.Def. 4 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 145 / Def. 80 / Sp.Atk. 145 / Sp.Def. 111 / Spd. 128
Ability Ice Scales
Held Item Occa Berry
Focus Sash
Heavy-Duty Boots
Moveset Quiver Dance
Ice Beam
Bug Buzz
Air Slash

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Special Attacker Frosmoth.png

Alternate Move Choices

Giga Drain A Grass-type move option. Not only does this move expand your coverage but it also lets Frosmoth stay in battle longer as this move recovers HP.
Mirror Coat You can use this to counter Special moves, but it doesn't work well with Quiver Dance.
Blizzard An Ice-type move option. While it has low accuracy, it has high power. You can also use it as Max Hailstorm to avoid the low accuracy problem.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 228 / Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 28
Final Stat Values HP 174 / Def. 80 / Sp.Atk. 194 / Sp.Def. 110 / Spd. 89
Ability Ice Scales
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Ice Beam
Bug Buzz
Air Slash
Giga Drain

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Assault Vest Frosmoth.png

Alternate Move Choices

Blizzard A strong Ice-type move option. You can avoid the low accuracy problem by using it as Max Hailstorm.
Weather Ball Another move option. Beware of weather changes by Dynamax Pokemon and avoid using Weather Ball when there's hail.
Hurricane A Flying-type move option that works well with Max Geyser. Note that it has low accuracy when it's not raining.
Dazzling Gleam A Fairy-type move option that targets Pokemon that take advantage of Frosmoth's typing. Mainly used for the Misty Terrain caused by Max Starfall that protects Frosmoth from status conditions.

How to Use Frosmoth Effectively

Overwhelm with Special attacks

Frosmoth's Ability, Ice Scales, cuts the opponent's Special Attack damage in half. Even while the rest of its stats are low, you can hit with a powerful Special Attack. Overcome its low stats with Quiver Dance, which raises its Sp. Atk, Sp. Def, and Speed stats, and overwhelm your opponents.

Best Pokemon to Use With Frosmoth

Pokemon Strong Against Physical Attacks

Frosmoth's hidden ability, Ice Scales, protects it from special attack damage, but it has virtually no protection from physical attacks. Due to this, it is best to bring Pokemon who can survive strong physical attacks along with Frosmoth.

Pokemon Description
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn ・High physical defense
・Resists Frosmoth's weaknesses (aside from Fire)
Ferrothorn - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Toxapex ImageToxapex ・High physical defense
・Has many ways to heal itself
Toxapex - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon ・High physical defense
・Resists Frosmoth's weaknesses
Hippowdon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Counters for Frosmoth

Strike hard with Physical attacks or 4x super effectiveness

Frosmoth can easily brush off Special Attacks thanks to Ice Scale. However, its low defense and HP, paired with it's bevy of weaknesses leave it vulnerable to strong Phyiscal Attackers.

Since Frosmoth is also 4x weak to Rock-type and Fire-type moves, try to use these types of moves against it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Zapdos ImageZapdos Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has access to Heat Wave
・Can begin setting up with Max Airstream
・Its impressive stats and versatility make it an easy fit for most teams.

Moveset & Best Build for Zapdos
Nihilego ImageNihilego Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has access to strong Rock-type moves such as Meteor Beam
・Can begin setting up with Beast Boost

Moveset & Best Build for Nihilego
Cinderace ImageCinderace Ranking: ★★★★★
・Should outspeed Frosmoth as long as it hasn't used Quiver Dance
・Can defeat a Dynamaxed Frosmoth with Pyro Ball

Moveset & Best Build for Cinderace
Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Great damage can be done with physical Rock-type moves
・Can summon sandstorms with its ability

Moveset & Best Build for Tyranitar
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can do big damage with physical moves if it outspeeds Frosmoth
・Can learn Fire-type and Rock-type moves

Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan
Charizard ImageCharizard Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can defeat Frosmoth with Special Fire-type moves
・Can take attacks from Frosmoth even without any EVs in HP

Moveset & Best Build for Charizard
Heat Rotom ImageHeat Rotom Ranking: ★★★★★
・Resists Frosmoth's STAB moves.
・Choice Specs Overheat can overpower Frosmoth

Moveset & Best Build for Heat Rotom
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★
・Can take advantage of Frosmoth's typing
・Can use super-effective Steel-type moves

Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Coalossal ImageCoalossal Ranking: ★★★★
・Can take advantage of Frosmoth's typing
・Can use super-effective Fire-type and Rock-type moves

Moveset & Best Build for Coalossal
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★
・Has access to STAB Steel-type moves.
・Has to be careful of Frosmoth's Ice-type moves.

Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Corviknight ImageCorviknight Ranking: ★★★★
・Resists Frosmoth's STAB moves.
・Iron Head deals decent damage even without offensive investment.

Moveset & Best Build for Corviknight

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