While other weaker types like poison and grass got buffed, ice got nothing. In fact it actually got indirectly nerfed thanks to the fairy type taking away the only niche ice types had, beating dragons. It has one resistance and that's only to itself, a ton of weaknesses which now looks worse thanks to steel likely becoming more offensive and a painful stealth rock weakness.
Water types with ice moves are more appealing than ever thanks to their resistance to steel and lack of common weaknesses compared with ice. Sure they lack STAB but is it worth using a type that dies to everything for a slight boost in power?
Hail is still underpowered compared with other weather due to the lack of abilities and Pokemon it complements. Just look at what rain, sun and sand offer.
Rain - Boosts water attacks - Halves fire attacks - Activates an ability that doubles speed - Activates abilities that heal users - Activates an ability that heals all statuses - Makes Thunder and Hurricane 100% accurate.
Sun - Boosts fire attacks - Halves water attacks - Activates an ability that doubles speed - Activates an ability that prevents statuses - Doubles the boosts from Growth - Removes the charge from Solarbeam
Sand - Raises the Sp. Def of rock types - Damages every type except rock, steel and ground - Activates an ability that doubles speed - Activates an ability that increases the power of ground, rock and steel moves - Activates an ability that boosts evasion
That's a lot of advantages for types that already outclass ice and I probably missed a few as well. So what advantages does hail have?
- Damages every type except ice - Activates an ability that boosts evasion - Activates an ability that heals users - Makes blizzard 100% accurate
So that's fewer advantages than the other types of weather too! The fact that only ice types avoid damage in hail makes building a team around it even more difficult and it's only the only weather that doesn't have a speed boosting ability or any way to boost the power of moves.
I had high hopes that GF would fix ice this gen but they merely swept it under the rug and forgot about it. I only hope that there are buffs that we don't know about or that many powerful ice types are introduced this gen.
I wish Ice gained a Water resistance. That would have been something. It has amazing coverage, but the crazy amounts of weaknesses to very common types just isn't worth it. The only reason Cloyster gets used because its the best user of Shell Smash.
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I'm tired of people saying fairy took away ices only advantage of beating dragons!!
Most dragons are paired with flying and ground so they still get hit 4x by Ice!!! Ice is still superior against dragon!!
But fairy types don't have to worry about outrages and draco meteors which makes them more effective. Not to mention they have better matchups with other types making them more appealing. It also doesn't take away from the fact that you can just use a water type with an ice move since nearly all water Pokemon have access to them.