Beartic

Beartic, The Freezing Pokémon. It can make its breath freeze at will. Very able in the water, it swims around in northern seas and catches prey.It freezes its breath to create fangs and claws of ice to fight with. Cold northern areas are its habitat. They love the cold seas of the north. They create pathways around the ocean waters by freezing their own breath.

Overview

Christmas is right around the corner, and with it comes an Ice-type pokemon, and this time around it's Beartic. Beartic is an interesting Pokemon in its own right, having a reasonable base 110 Attack, and decent defensive stats. But its poor Speed, typing, and shallow movepool are what brings it down into the depths of NU. Although outclassed by quite a few Pokemon, it does have attributes that make it usable and is effective at what it does, mainly seen in its ability to be a very good rain sweeper, unusual as it is an Ice type. This unexpectedness works in its favor and allows it to be successful in situations in which it might otherwise do badly.

Abilities

Snow Cloak: Raises Beartic's evasion by one level in Hail, a decent ability but as it has been banned by most tier lists, it is not used as much.
Swift Swim: Doubles Beartic's speed in Rain, a very good ability on Beartic as it desperately needs any extra speed it can get, and allows it to function better competitively.

Movesets

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-Icicle Crash
-Superpower
-Stone Edge
-Aqua Jet / Taunt
Item Attached: Life Orb
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs and Nature:
EVs:4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

This is the principle moveset of Beartic and certainly his most effective. Icicle Crash makes for powerful STAB, and the only particularly strong physical Ice move. Superpower is excellent coverage, only resisted by Pokemon uncommonly used in NU. Stone Edge allows Beartic to hit Fire Types like Emboar and Charizard harder than his other moves. The last slot is open to whatever you require, as Aqua Jet has priority and allows for Beartic to help revenge kill on switch-ins with low health, while Taunt shuts down walls like Musharna and Garbodor which would otherwise be able to set up on Beartic. Swift Swim is used on this set (and on the latter set) and it would be to your advantage to use

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-Substitute
-Focus Punch
-Icicle Crash
-Toxic
Item Attached: Leftovers
Ability: Swift Swim
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 172 HP / 252 Atk / 84 Spe
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

This is an alternate set that can prove to not only surprise your opponent, but can also be devastating under the right conditions. Substitute can be set up on a switching out foe who fears what Beartic might do to it. Focus Punch can be used after that to destroy basically everything that isn't Ghost, Bug, or Flying, which all three are taken care of by Icicle Crash. Toxic is useful to remove defensive walls like Alomomola which would otherwise stop Beartic. This set takes advantage of Swift Swim as it can easily chase out a different Pokemon and be able to set up the Substitute and then SubPunch everything to death and continually set up another Sub as needed.

Other Options

Brick Break, Ice Punch, Night Slash, Rock Slide, Shadow Claw, Surf, Swords Dance
Brick Break is a less powerful version of Superpower but without the repercussions of the Attack and Defense drops.
Ice Punch is the same as above but for Icicle Crash, and the accuracy makes enough of a difference.
Night Slash can be useful to give some extra coverage as well as increased chance of a Critical Hit
Rock Slide is Stone Edge, less powerful more accurate.
Shadow Claw can be used for additional coverage, though Icicle Crash hits most everything harder (other than Frillish).
Surf can be useful to take down various Fire and Rock-type Pokémon that will give Beartic some grief
Swords Dance can be used to boost Beartic's attack to unholy levels, making it even harder to take down than usual.

Double & Triple Battle Options

The all-out attacker set is what is seen in doubles and triples, as Beartic's attack and bulk are both very usable in this format. It runs Snow Cloak over Swift Swim as it is the better option as evasion is much more useful than speed with all the Trick Room that is rampant.

Partners

Anything that can successfully set up Rain Dance is an extremely useful partner for Beartic as it allows for it to gain double speed. A Rapid Spinner or Magic Bounce pokemon (likely Natu as this is NU) would help Beartic survive longer as it is weak to Stealth Rock.

Countering Beartic

Alomomola is probably the best option, as it takes little damage from Beartic's attacks and can stall it out with Scald, possibly conferring a burn. Fighting pokemon like Sawk have the advantage as they are not OHKO'd by Beartic and can OHKO in return. Fire types such as Emboar also do well against Beartic, but do take quite a lot of damage from Beartic's coverage moves and need to be wary of Stone Edge. Choice Scarf users may have a chance against him, as long as they are fast enough to outrun double speed Beartic.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald:
Not in game.

FireRed/LeafGreen:
Not in game

Colosseum/XD:
Not in game

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum:
Not in game

HeartGold/SoulSilver:
Not in game

Black/White:
Dragonspiral Tower (Winter)

Black 2/White 2:
Twist Mountain, Dragonspiral Tower (Winter)

Animé Appearences

Beartic has made a few appearances. Mostly it has been under the control of Georgia and Brycen. It also often appeared in forests

# -English Episode Name- -Jap. Episode Name- Pics
695 Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster! The Dragon Buster Appears! Iris & Excadrill!! Pics
M14 Black: Victini & Reshiram Victini & The White Hero: Reshiram Pics
700 Reunion Battles In Nimbasa! Everyone Gathers! Don Battle!! Pics
704 Meowth's Scrafty Tactics Negotiator Meowth! Scrafty Persuasion Tactics!! Pics
707 Beartic Mountain Feud! Negotiator Meowth! Break Through the Forest of Beartic!! Pics
708 Crisis From The Underground Up! High-Speed! Battle Subway! Part One Pics
715 The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck! Sawsbuck: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, All Present!! Pics
739 Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain! Brycen Appears! The Holy Mountain of Volcarona!! Pics
740 Caution: Icy Battle Conditions! Icirrus Gym Battle! Ice Battlefield!! Pics
742 Crisis at Ferroseed Research Ferroseed Research Institute! Iris and Vanilluxe!! Pics
M15 Kyurem VS The Sword of Justice Kyurem VS The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo Pics
749 The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo! Connoiseur Detective Cilan! The Mystery of the Lost Cubchoo! Pics
751 Jostling for the Junior Cup! The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Dragonite VS Beartic!! Pics
752 Battling Authority Once Again! Power Battle! Iris VS Dawn! Pics
764 Curtain Up, Unova League The Unova League Higaki Tournament Begins! Pics
769 A Unova League Evolution Unova League Conclusion! Lucario VS Pikachu!! Pics
773 Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! Colress VS Looker! The Team Plasma Conspiracy! Pics
781 Ash and N: A Clash of Ideals! The White Ruins! Ash VS N!! Pics
795 The Journalist from Another Region! Alexa Appears! Helioptile & Gogoat!! Pics
843 TBC Serena VS Shauna! PokéVision Showdown!! Pics

 
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