Fire-type Pokémon can be frozen except those with a Magma Armor. However, fire-type Pokémon can use their abilities to thaw out when frozen.
When it comes to Pokémon typing, I’ve always thought that the Fire-type was among the strongest types. Aside from Steel types, they have the second highest number of resistances compared to other Pokémon types. As such, I was curious if fire types could be frozen, because logically speaking fire is hot which means it can melt ice. Therefore, I thought it would be strange if an ice beam move would be able to freeze a dragon lizard or lava slug.
This led me to do some research to have a better understanding of this typing in that regard. So, if you are a Pokémon fan and have wondered whether a fire Pokémon can be frozen, you are in the right place. This article expounds more on whether fire Pokémon can be frozen. Keep reading to learn more!
Can all fire Pokemon be frozen?
Not all fire Pokemon can be frozen. While most fire Pokemon can be frozen, those with magma armor cannot. In battle, the Magma Armor shields a Pokemon from being frozen. If thawed while in battle, the Pokemon will be immediately thawed out. Pokemon with magma armor are Slugma, Magcargo, and Gamerupt.
What moves have a high chance of freezing fire Pokemon?
There are several moves with a high chance of freezing fire Pokemon. The move with the highest chance is the secret power move, which has a 30 percent chance of freezing a fire-type Pokemon in ice and snow. The second is the powder snow move, with a 10 percent chance of freezing a fire-type Pokemon that is not magma armored. The third position is a tie between the powder snow, ice punch, ice fang, ice beam, and blizzard moves, each with a 10 percent chance of freezing a fire-type Pokemon. Last is the tri attack has a 6.7 percent chance of freezing a fire-type Pokemon.
How freezing affects fire-type Pokemon
Freezing makes a fire-type Pokemon unable to execute a move for several turns. This effect varies across the different generations of the Pokemon game series. Also, there are some Pokemon that are entirely immune to being frozen.
In generation I, when frozen, most fire-type Pokemon cannot be thawed out while in battle unless it is hit by a damaging fire-type move with the capacity to inflict burn (all the other fire-type moves except the fire spin), items such as an Ice Heal, or when the opponent uses the move Haze.
In generation II, after being frozen, a fire-type Pokemon has a 10 percent chance of being thawed out every time it attempts to move. However, it cannot launch an attack on an opponent on the turn it defrosts; it has to wait until the next turn. In addition, some Pokemon can still execute some moves while frozen. Also, while a Pokemon cannot be frozen in harsh sunlight, the sunlight does not affect an already-frozen Pokemon.
In generation III, the freezing effect works the same as in generation II; however, the chance of thawing out every time a frozen Pokemon moves increases to 20 percent. In addition, in this generation, a Pokemon can launch an attack on an opponent on the turn they defrost. Also, all fire-type moves capable of inflicting damage can thaw out a frozen target. However, a fire-type Pokémon’s hidden power cannot thaw out a frozen opponent. Also, when a Pokemon is frozen, its flash fire is disabled.
In generation IV, a fire-type Pokémon’s hidden power can thaw out an opponent. In generation V, freezing does not stop the flash fire from working. Also, a Pokémon’s animation is stopped once frozen; it instead glows blue. In generation VI onwards, a frozen Pokemon no longer glows blue. Also, the scald move can be used to thaw out an opponent.
Can fire Pokemon cure the freeze?
In all Pokemon series generations (except generation I), a fire-type Pokemon has a chance of curing itself with every move it makes while frozen; in generation II, it has a 10 percent chance, and a 20 percent chance from generation III onwards.
You can also cure your frozen fire-type Pokemon with Ice Heal, Aspear Berry (in Gen II), and a Pumpkin Berry (in Gen III). Also, like all other conditions, a freeze can be cured using Rage Candy Bar, Full Heal, Lava Cookie, Casteliacone, Old Gateau, Lumiose Galette, Big Malasada, Shalour Sable, Full Restore, Lum Berry, Heal Powder, and Sacred Ash.
In the first two generations, if a frozen fire-type Pokemon is hit by a damaging fire-type attack move that can inflict burn, it will be thawed out. The only exceptions here are the hidden power and fire spin. From the 3rd generation onwards, if any damaging fire-type move hits a frozen fire-type Pokemon, it is thawed out. From the 5th generation onwards, all Pokemon with the flash fire ability can use it.
Also, even while frozen, a fire-type Pokemon can use moves such as Flame Wheel, Flare Blitz, Sacred Fire, Scald, Fusion Flare, Steam Eruption, Pyro Ball, Burn Up, and Scorching Sands. These moves will thaw the Pokemon even when they miss, are blocked, are prevented from being executed by heavy rain, powder, or harsh sunlight, or have no damaging effect due to capabilities such as flash fire.
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Most fire-type Pokemon can be frozen, except for the magma-armored ones such as Magcargo, Slugma, and Gamerupt. The Magma Armor shields these three from being frozen in battle. However, even if the other fire-type Pokemon can be frozen, they can use abilities such as Flame Wheel, Flare Blitz, Sacred Fire, Scald, Fusion Flare, Steam Eruption, Pyro Ball, Burn Up, and Scorching Sands to thaw themselves out.
How can fire-type Pokemon be cured of a freeze?
Fire-type Pokemon can be cured of a freeze by holding a Pumpkin Berry, an Aspear Berry, or a Lum Berry.
How many Fire-type Pokemon are immune to freezing?
Only three fire-type Pokemon are immune to freezing; Magcargo, Slugma, and Gamerupt.
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