|1||Game Corner in Goldenrod City. Exchanged for 5500 coins at the right-side counter.||Yes|
TM14 Blizzard is only available as a prize from the Goldenrod Game Corner in Pokémon Crystal. You can get it from the Prize Corner for 5,500 coins, and this is a repeatable process so you can get multiple copies of this TM.
There are two ways to obtain coins in Crystal:
- Buy coins at a rate of 1000 PokéDollars per 50 coins (Getting enough for TM14 would cost a total of 110,000 PokéDollars)
- Earn coins by playing Card Flip and hitting the Slot Machines at the Game Corner.
Once you’ve reached Goldenrod City for the first time, there’s only one thing left to do before you can get TM14 Blizzard.
You must pick up the Coin Case from the Goldenrod Underground.
This will allow you to store the 5500 coins you need to exchange for TM14 as you obtain them.
Getting TM14 Blizzard (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Find the Goldenrod Game Corner north of Goldenrod City’s Pokémon Center.
Step 2: Acquire 5500 coins by gambling or purchasing them at the left counter.
The coins are relatively expensive at 50 coins per 1000 PokéDollars. Buying all 5500 coins would cost you a whopping 110,000 PokéDollars for each copy of TM14.
Tip: One of the simplest and fastest ways to make money is by beating the Elite IV. This is only available closer to the post-game, but you’ll get roughly 22,000 PokéDollars each time you beat them (including the Champion).
But let’s say you want to win coins instead.
Then you’ll find two games at the Game Corner: Card Flip and the Slot Machines.
Getting Coins from Card Flip
Card Flip is the most fun option, but not necessarily the fastest.
The game consists of trying to guess what a face-down card will be. You choose your bet from a board on the right side of the screen that shows you how much you stand to win.
Note: Each buy-in costs three coins.
You can place bets on a specific card, the Pokémon on the card, or the number on the card. You can also choose two Pokémon or two numbers, with some limitations.
Payouts will be different depending on which one you choose. It goes like this:
- Bet on a Pokémon (column): 4x
- Bet on two Pokémon (columns): 2x
- Bet on a number (row): 6x
- Bet on two numbers (rows): 3x
- Bet on a single card: 24x
You can use your brain to try and play better to get a feeling of achievement when you finally get the 5500 coins, but that’s not the fastest way to win with Card Flip.
Mathematically, you should always put all your bets on the same card because the 24x payout is too profitable when you win.
Moreover, the payout remains 24x even though the number of possible choices diminishes in the second round. That makes you twice as likely to win.
Getting Coins from Slot Machines
The Slot Machines provide a much simpler and less involved way to acquire Game Corner coins. The first four rows of machines from left to right are slots.
Here, you bet one to three coins to get the machine rolling, then hit the A button to stop them from spinning.
You’ll get a payout if three of the same images line up.
The more coins you put into the machine, the more chances you have of three images lining up.
- One coin: Only the middle row counts.
- Two coins: All rows count.
- Three coins: All rows + diagonals count.
Your total payout depends on which specific images line up, if any. It goes like this:
- Cherries: 6 coins
- Pikachu: 8 coins
- Squirtle: 10 coins
- Staryu: 15 coins
- Pokéball: 50 coins
- Triple 7: 300 coins
It’s better always to bet all three coins to increase your chances of winning, especially considering that an x100 payout is possible.
Unlike Card Flip, you can do a few things to increase your chances:
- Getting a 7 on the first column increases your chances of getting a second one.
- Holding A when stopping the second and third wheels increases your chances of the machine rolling itself to a 7.
Sometimes, a machine will become “lucky” and give you better chances of winning. If you notice this, keep hitting that machine!
Tip: The machine in the second row and column is always “lucky,” but you can only play on that one in the mornings (4 am-10 am). Otherwise, it’s occupied by another customer.
Step 3: Once you have enough coins, just go to the right counter and talk to the clerk on the left-hand side to exchange 5500 coins for TM14 Blizzard.
TM14 Blizzard Details + Uses
|Blizzard Move Details|
|Effect||10% chance of Freezing|
|PP||5 (max. 8)|
Blizzard is the most powerful Ice-type move in Pokémon Crystal. It also shines for its 10% chance to freeze the opponent, immobilizing them for several turns.
Regrettably, its usefulness is limited by an unreliable 70% accuracy and a meager 5 PP.
Tip: Some players prefer Ice Beam over Blizzard. This is because even though Ice Beam has just 95 Power, it has 100% Accuracy and 10 PP.
Still, Blizzard can be a great asset during any battle against Grass, Ground, Flying, and Dragon-type Pokémon.
This is especially relevant considering Champion Lance’s preference for Dragon-type critters.
The best candidates for learning Blizzard are Ice-type Pokémon with high Special Attack. Here are some of my favorites:
|Lapras||Water/Ice||Union Cave (Fridays)|
|Cloyster||Water/Ice||Evolve from Shellder|
|Jynx||Ice/Psychic||Ice Path (Morning, Day)|