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Pokémon GO combines cutting-edge mobile AR with Nintendo’s ever-popular Pokémon. This is an illustrated Pokémon guide summarizing the main points for adults, aimed at trainers who are returning after a while away and people for whom Pokémon GO is their first experience in the series.

This time we look at the Ice-type Cryogonal.

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No.615: Cryogonal

No.615: Cryogonal

Pokédex Number: No.615 (Unova region from Generation V)

First appearance: Pokémon Black and White (Nintendo DS, 2010)

Species: Crystallizing Pokémon


Capture prey with chains of ice, freezing the prey at -100 °F.

Internal game data

Evolution: Does not evolve

Different colors: Not implemented

Type: Ice

Weather boost: Snow

Weaknesses: Fire, Steel, Rock, Fighting (x 1.6)

Resistance: Ice (x 0.625)

Species’ base stats: HP 190, Attack 190, Defense 218

How to get Cryogonal (as of July 2020):

- Appears in the wild on rare occasions. (In snowy weather)

- Appears as 3-star Raid Boss for limited time.

Pokémon to use against Cryogonal:

Number Name (recommended moves)

376 Metagross (Bullet Punch/Meteor Mash)

609 Chandelure (Flash Fire/Overheat)

244 Entei (Flash Fire/Overheat)

485 Heatran (Flash Fire/Fire Blast)

136 Flareon (Flash Fire/Overheat)

Metagross is effective as it can launch Steel attacks, which is a weakness of Cryogonal, as well as withstanding Ice-type attacks. Fire Pokémon can also attack Cryogonal’s weakness while being resistant in terms of defense. The likes of Chandelure, Entei, Heatran and Flareon are also recommended.

Flareon, part of the Eeveelution group, can only learn Fire moves (except for legacy moves), but attacking with Booster will definitely hit Cryogonal where it hurts.

Pokémon GO: No.376 How to get Metagross, and countermeasures (Japanese)

Pokémon GO: No.136 How to get Flareon, and countermeasures (Japanese)

*Metagross’ Meteor March is a legacy move (a move that can no longer be learned).

Cryogonal battle assessment: Unsuitable

Cryogonal is an Ice-type Pokémon. It doesn't evolve, so you don't need candy for evolution, but it's difficult to obtain in the first place and difficult to train.

It has excellent stamina, which makes it ideal for use in defense, but its offensive power isn’t great, so if you’re looking for an Ice-type Pokémon that that’s easier to train and use, Glaceon (evolved from Eevee) is probably a better choice.

Even in settings such as the Go Battle League, Cryogonal is not particularly useful due to its weak attacks and compatibility with the environment. Ice-type Pokémon are good at attacking the weaknesses of the battle-ready Dragon-type Pokémon, but there’s no advantage in terms of defense, and there are too many opponents that are disadvantageous to Pokemon other than the Dragon type.

(Assessment as of July 2020)

Recommended move combos:

Frost Breath (Ice)/Aurora Beam (Ice)

Ice Shard (Ice)/Water Pulse (Water)

Overview of Cryogonal

Cryogonal first appeared in Pokémon Black and White in the Unova region.

Regice is another Pokémon that has a crystal-like appearance, but Cryogonal turns into water vapor when warm and returns to its original form when cold, making it a highly unusual type of Pokémon that is hard to define.

Even in the original Pokémon game, it’s difficult to get Cryogonal outside of wintertime. In Pokémon GO, too, this is a rare Pokémon that can only be obtained by waiting for snowy days or when it appears for limited times in events and raids.

Niantic responded to a player’s questions by saying that Cryogonal doesn’t appear even when using a Glacial Lure Module. This could change in the future, but for now it’s probably going to be a waste of an item if you use a Glacial Lure Module to look for Cryogonal unless on a snowy day.

Latest Pokémon GO news

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Official Pokémon type chart. In a word, “super effective!” is about 1.6 times damage. Approximately 2.5 times with 2 types when both are weak (double weakness). (Example: Attacking with Rock against Ice/Flying-type Articuno)

Resistance is about 0.63 times for “not very effective”. In Pokémon GO, damage is inflicted with “not effective” even though it is reduced to about 0.4 times.

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