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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
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Ice Type
Pokemon Sword and Shield - 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?

Singles Movesets 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
Special Attacker Frosmoth.png

This moveset relies on Frosmoth's Special Attack stat while being protected by the Ability Ice Scales, which reduces damage taken from special moves by half.

About Fromsoth's Held Item

Holding Occa Berry will allow Frosmoth to withstand a Fire-type special move. It is definitely recommended to use Ice-type moves on any Dragon-type opponent that will use Fire-type moves.

Additionally, Frosmoth can ignore being severely hurt by Stealth Rock by holding Heavy-Duty Boots.

Other Viable Moves

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
Assault Vest Frosmoth.png

This set takes advantage of both Ice Scales and Assault Vest to maximize Frosmoth's Special Defense.

Since it is extremely durable against special attackers, Frosmoth is able to be switched in and out to secure advatageous one-on-ones.

About Frosmoth's EV Spread

EV is adjusted in a way that Frosmoth can face Corviknight, supported by some EV in Speed. Corviknight can be defeated with two Ice-type moves, while its Iron Head and Body Press attacks are resisted.

Other Viable Moves

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

Counters for Frosmoth

Pokemon Fire Image
Pokemon Rock Image
Pokemon Flying Image
Pokemon Steel Image

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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - Tyranitar ImageTyranitar Ranking: ★★★★★
・Great damage can be done with physical Rock-type moves
・Can summon sandstorms with its ability

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

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

Moveset & Best Build for Aegislash
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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
Pokemon SWSH - 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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