|TM16 Icy Wind|
|1||Mahogany Town Gym. Received from Gym Leader Pryce after besting him in a Pokémon battle.||No|
Gym Leader Pryce in Mahogany Town will reward you with TM16 Icy Wind after you defeat him in battle.
But an NPC will be blocking the entrance to the Gym when you first get to Mahogany Town from Ecruteak City.To access the Gym, you must defeat (or catch) the Red Gyarados in the Lake of Rage and clear the nearby Team Rocket Hideout with Lance.
The way into Mahogany Gym is blocked by a male NPC when you first arrive at Mahogany Town from Ecruteak City.
He’ll tell you to do some sightseeing up in the Lake of Rage, which you can reach by leaving the town through the northern exit and traversing Route 43.
To remove the NPC and access the Gym, you must defeat the Red Gyarados in the Lake of Rage and then clear the local Team Rocket Hideout with Lance.
You’ll find the Gyarados swimming around in the middle of the Lake of Rage. Take it out (or capture it) before returning to the shore.
You’ll run into Lance, who’ll ask for help investigating the reason behind odd Pokémon behavior around Mahogany Town. Tell him you’ll do it.
Afterward, head back to the Souvenir Store north of the Pokémon Center in Mahogany Town.
Inside, Lance will reveal the way down to a Team Rocket Hideout.
Clear the Hideout with Lance to liberate Mahogany Town from Team Rocket and gain access to the Gym.
Getting TM16 Icy Wind (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Find the Mahogany Gym on the southern end of town, left of the Pokémon Center.
Step 2: Then you’ll need to solve the ice puzzle to reach Pryce. Here’s how:
Position yourself between the left Pokéball pillar and the wall.
Then to solve the puzzle just follow these directions:
These directions on the slippery ice floor should lead you to Gym Leader Pryce.
This way, you’ll only have to fight one of the other trainers. Specifically, Boarder Douglas.
|Boarder Douglas’s Team|
|Shellder (x2)||Water-type||Level 24|
You might be tempted to bring Grass-type Pokémon to deal with the many Water-types in the Gym, but keep in mind that Ice-type is super effective against Grass-types.
Instead, consider bringing an Electric-type, which hits Water-types twice as hard with no vulnerability to either Water or Ice.
Step 4: Defeat Gym Leader Pryce in a Pokémon Battle.
Gym Leader Pryce’s Team
|Gym Leader Pryce’s Team|
|Pokémon||Seel (Lvl. 27)||Dewgong (Lvl. 29)||Piloswine (Lvl. 31)|
Pryce’s team has diverse and well-rounded typing, but the main damage-dealing moves (Icy Wind and Aurora Beam) are Ice-type.
Ice-resistant types like Steel, Fire, Water, and Ice are ideal for this battle. They can dish out the pain without taking much of it in return.
Note: Steel is also resistant to Normal-type Pokémon, so it’s the safest choice.
A Lanturn with powerful Water and Electric-type moves is a great asset against Pryce.
It resists Ice-type damage and has super-effective moves against all of his Pokémon. Electric-type moves for Seel and Dewgong, and Water-type for Piloswine.
Tip: You may catch a Lanturn before facing Gym Leader Pryc by fishing with a Super Rod in Olivine City, New Bark Town, or Route 41.
Alternatively, just bring some solid Water and Electric-type Pokémon separately.
Win the battle and you’ll receive TM16 Icy Wind from Gym Leader Pryce.
TM16 Icy Wind Details + Uses
|Icy Wind Move Details|
|Effect||Lowers target’s Speed by one stage.|
|PP||16 (max. 24)|
Icy Wind is a mid-tier damage-dealing move with an added benefit: lowering your opponent’s Speed.
This can be especially useful for slower Pokémon, abundant in the Ice-type’s ranks.
Ice-type moves are also inherently valuable thanks to their type advantage against Flying, Rock, Grass, and specially Dragon-type Pokémon.
There are quite a few important battles in Pokémon Crystal that would be made easier by Icy Wind:
- Gym Leader Clair (Blackthorn City) and her Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Champion Lance and his Dragon-type Pokémon.
- Gym Leader Erika (Celadon City) and her Grass-type Pokémon.
Icy Wind is ideal for slower Pokémon with high Sp. Attack. Ice-type Pokémon get same-type attack bonus (STAB) damage, so they would get the most out of the move.
Here are some ideas:
|Lapras||Water/Ice||Union Cave (Fridays)|
Although they wouldn’t get STAB damage, Water-type Pokémon also get hefty benefits from having an Ice-type attack in their arsenal to deal with Grass-type Pokémon.
The obvious Water-type choices to learn Icy Wind are:
|Politoed||Water||Evolve Poliwhirl by trading while holding King’s Rock.|
|Slowbro||Water/Psychic||Slowpoke Well (Surf).|
|Slowking||Ground||Evolve Slowpoke by trading while holding King’s Rock.|
They can use the extra coverage and benefit from the Speed-lowering effect.