Froslass

Froslass, The Snow Land Pokémon. Legends in snowy regions say that a woman who was lost on an icy mountain was reborn as FROSLASS. What seems to be its body is actually hollow. It freezes prey by blowing its -58 degrees F breath. It is said to then secretly display its prey.

Overview

Froslass is an amazing Pokémon, if only for its ability to set up spikes. In comparison to Glalie, Froslass is scary good. The only Ghost type who can set up Spikes makes it worth considering, but only as a lead. It isn't strong enough offensively or defensively to be too useful outside of a lead.

Ability

Snow Cloak: on a hail team, this ability is awesome. Outside of hail, it is useless.

Move Sets

Casper the spiking Ghost

- Spikes
- Ice Beam
- Taunt
- Destiny Bond
Item Attached: Focus Sash
Ability: Snow Cloak
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

Gets Spikes up the vast majority of the time, which is its job. Spikes is amazing for residual damage, and when combined with Stealth Rock, it really hurts. Taunt stops other leads from setting up Stealth Rock, which works nicely with the base 110 Speed Froslass has. Destiny Bond is also amazing with high Speed, but it is especially effective on a suicide lead.

You can't touch Ghosts. They are not really there, just an imprint of a former life with business unfinished.

- Ice Beam / Blizzard
- Thunder Wave
- Spikes
- Substitute
Item Attached: BrightPowder / Leftovers
Ability: Snow Cloak
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 248 HP / 228 Def / 32 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

Only use this set on a hail team, obviously. Easily sets up Spikes and avoids damage a lot of the time thanks to BrightPowder, Snow Cloak and Thunder Wave, which is a great status to inflict. Substitute lets Froslass set up more Spikes, status more Pokémon, maybe even deal more damage with Ice Beam or Blizzard. Really, this set is just annoying. But that is what makes it great.
BrightPowder is great if you want to avoid attacks more often, but it may be banned and it is luck based. Leftovers allow for more Substitutes, which means more Spikes, more status, more damage, more annoyance.

Even in the afterlife, Ghosts lead the fashion world.

- Trick
- Ice Beam
- Spikes
- Destiny Bond
Item Attached: Choice Scarf
Ability: Snow Cloak
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

It's a lead. Scarves are fashion statements. Trick gets rid of your Choice Scarf and throws in onto another unsuspecting Pokémon, which can really mess it up. Ice Beam is your standard STAB attack, and Spikes is your standard attack for... setting up Spikes. Destiny Bond works really well with or without Choice Scarf thanks to naturally high Speed, so use it in a pinch and take something down with you.

Short Sighted Ghost - Ice Beam / Blizzard
- Shadow Ball
- Thunderbolt
- Destiny Bond / Trick / Hidden Power [Fighting]
Item Attached: Choice Specs
Ability: Snow Cloak
EVs and Nature:
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Timid Nature (+Spd, -Atk)

Ice Beam if you are not on a hail team, Blizzard if you are. Shadow Ball is a cool secondary STAB move, with Thunderbolt there because Froslass doesn't have access to many other moves. Destiny Bond does what it always does, Trick can really mess something up, and Hidden Power [Fighting] has a great type combo with both Ice and Ghost, so is really worth considering.

EVs and Nature:

Casper the spiking Ghost
It has Focus Sash. There is no point in adding anything into bulk, so just go with the standard and obvious.

You can't touch Ghosts. They are not really there, just an imprint of a former life with business unfinished.
As this Froslass uses Substitute and may have to take a hit, bulk it up. Near max HP lets Froslass switch into Stealth Rock more times than maxing HP. The Speed lets it outrun neutral base 95s and positive base 81s, so quite a lot of the game for such a small investment. The remainder goes into Defence as filler.

Even in the afterlife, Ghosts lead the fashion world.
Yawn... suicide lead... no point in bulking.

Short Sighted Ghost
Completely offensive, no point in adding anything to HP aside from 4.

Other Options

Block, Confuse Ray, physical, Pain Split, Sing,
Block could be used on some gimmick set and team, but it really isn't that useful.
Confuse Ray is a cool move, until the opponent switches out. Easy status to get rid of, but it could be useful while it is active.
A physical set with Ice Punch, Crunch, Ice Shard, Trick, Wake-up Slap could work, but it is outclassed by other Ice types and by its own special set.
Pain Split is the only recovery Froslass has, so it has to be listed. Rest doesn't count.
Sing is the definition of game changer. It can either mess you up with that base 55 accuracy, or it could win you the game.

Countering Froslass

Froslass is not easy to counter, purely because it is normally a lead setting up Spikes. Taunt ruins its ability to set up Spikes, but only a few Pokémon are faster than it who are used as leads, but the first who comes to mind is Aerodactyl, but if it uses Taunt, it can possibly eat an Ice Beam which means you may not be able to set Stealth Rock up and knock Froslass out. Speaking of Stealth Rock, it really hurts Froslass, so always try to have that up if Froslass isn't being used as a lead. Steel types can take its Ice attacks with ease, such as Scizor and Metagross, who can also Bullet Punch their way through the base 110 Speed Ghost. If you can stop it from setting up Spikes, you have basically countered lead Froslass. Other variants don't have enough power to make a massive difference, and are all worn down or taken out really easily. But don't drop your guard and make a stupid mistake, or a Choice Specs Blizzard might be coming your way.

Locations in Games

Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

Not in Game

Colosseum/XD

Not in Game

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Not in Game

Diamond/Pearl/Platinum

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HeartGold/SoulSilver

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Animé Appearences

Froslass has had a few Animé Appearences. Most notably, one approached Ash & Co. to ask for their help to find its lost child

Giratina & The Sky Warrior
Episode 584: Froslass In A Blizzard!
Episode 618: A Red Chain of Events

 
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