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Countering Regice and Its Use in the Meta

Countering Regice and Its Use in the Meta

Introduction

On June 21st the sealed chamber opened bringing Regice into the raid scene. Between the three legendary titans, Regice is the middle child: not too difficult but not too easy. Taking this frozen tea kettle down won’t be difficult but you should be prepared in order to avoid timing out! As Regice has a myriad of optimal counters, this guide will help you navigate which ones you should be using to melt this oversized popsicle. We will also discuss Regice’s best use in the Pokemon GO meta!

If you would like an audio version of this info, check out this video.

Optimal Moveset: Frost Breath + Blizzard

  • Frost Breath + Blizzard is Regice's only really viable attacking set in light of its poor Attack stat.

Breakpoints and Bulkpoints

It’s not mandatory to hit these breakpoints or bulkpoints, but they are the levels where your attackers will have a noticeable improvement in their performance. If you are unfamiliar with what a breakpoint or bulkpoint is, we suggest checking out our guides on breakpoints and bulkpoints. If you’re curious about the breakpoints of other Pokemon or fast moves, you can find them using our breakpoint tool. You can find your Pokemon’s unique bulkpoints using our bulkpoint tool as well.

Weather boosts will also affect the breakpoints and bulkpoints of Pokemon. We have noted the relevant breakpoints for weather boosted Pokemon down below. It’s also worth noting that with friendship you will hit breakpoints earlier than presented. At this time, our breakpoint calc has not been updated for friendship.

Pokemon

Breakpoint

Bulkpoint

Moltres

24.5, 33, 38.5☀️

Entei, both

27.5 (fs), 35 (ff), 31.5 (ff)☀️, 33 (fs)☀️

Machamp, both

28 (both), 30 (kc)☁️, 38 (c)☁️

29.5, 33, 38

Hariyama

38, 34.5☁️

30, 32, 35.5, 40

Charizard, Fire Spin

30, 27.5☀️, 39.5☀️

29, 32.5, 37

Flareon, Fire Spin

35.5, 29☀️

30, 33.5, 37.5

Heracross

28, 38☁️

29, 32, 33.5

Ho-Oh, Steel Wing

33, 33⛄

Tyranitar, Smack Down

31.5, 33.5⛅

30, 33, 35.5, 37

Blaziken, both

26.5 (c), 39 (fs), 35 (c)☁️, 30.5 (fs)☀️

30, 34.5, 39

Countering Regice

While Regice is big, blue, and packs Blizzard, it is far less threatening than Kyogre. This popsicle melts quickly when under fire from Moltres and Entei. If these legendaries are too bougie, Charizard and Flareon make great budget parallels. Given their resistances, the pure Fire-types will have an advantage over the Blizzard sets and the Flying sub-typed ones will exell against Earthquake and Focus Blast. With its tremendous bulk, Ho-Oh also makes a great counter as well, trading damage per second (DPS) for an increased total damage output (TDO).

Focusing on Machamp and Hariyama also has great returns. Not only are they two of the best counters to the Normal-type dominated gym meta, but they hit all three legendary titans for super effective damage while Fire-types only cover two of them (Regice and Registeel). Mewtwo and Heracross are overall weaker “Fighting-types”, but will prove useful against Focus Blast with their resistances. Heracross also has the added benefit of resisting Earthquake. As both a Fighting and a Fire-type, Blaziken is jack of both trades but master of neither. That said, if lacking the above counters, it will prove useful.

If you do not have any the aforementioned Pokemon, Smack Down Tyranitar, Scizor, Metagross, Typhlosion, Breloom, Arcanine, and Aggron make great alternatives. If you know you’re not up against Blizzard, Salamence, Rayquaza, and Dragonite are still the best generalists in the game. Salamence has some extra flare too, with its super effective Fire Fang + Fire Blast set. However, before considering more derivative counters it is important to first look at the sky. Weather has a huge influence on counters to this fight!

Counter Regice - Weather

If you thought Moltres and Entei were the kings of this fight before, you should see their fire under the sun! If it’s cloudy outside, then it will be easier to punch Regice into pieces with Machamp and Hariyama. If only some clouds are out, then it is Smack Down Tyranitar’s time to shine! Just be wary of Focus Blast as it will one shot your tyrant at lower levels.

While playing by the weather will benefit all boosted Pokemon involved, be mindful that Regice’s attacks may be getting a boost too! Having your Entei or Flareon handle a boosted Earthquake will take a bit more investment and lower level Machamp’s may get OHKO’d by weather boosted Focus Blasts as well. As such, it is always important to check your Pokemon with our calculator.

Regice's Use in the Meta

Despite having the second highest defense stat in Pokemon GO, Regice doesn’t have much to show for it. Like all other Ice-type Pokemon, the only fights Regice will stand out in is against Pokemon that are double weak to Ice (such as Rayquaza). While Regice makes a name for itself as the bulkiest pick of the lot, given that it is a legendary Pokemon caught at a low level, it also has one of the steepest investments. Given how common other Ice-type Pokemon are and how much more useful Dragon-types as self-counters are outside of these specific matchups, you may want to keep Regice in your storage.

Conclusion

Regice is the beginning to what may be an uninspiring series of extremely similar raid bosses. Unfortunately, if Latios and Latias, put you to sleep, then the legendary titans, Regice, Regirock, and Registeel, won’t be any more intriguing. However, to circumvent this, we now have friendship, trading, and 3 global quest rewards to distract us from months of the seemingly same raid boss. Hopefully Pokemon GO will sweeten the pot inbetween with more shiny legendary re-releases!

Also, GamePress's official stance on the pronunciation of "Regice" is "REJ-ice" not "REJ-ee-ice" as evidenced by this clip and the Smogon Official Name-Pronunciation Guide. You are free to be wrong though.