Where To Get TM16 Icy Wind in Pokémon Crystal

Facing Leader Pryce in Pokémon Crystal
TM16 Icy Wind
# Location Repeatable?
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.

Man blocks the entrance to Mahogany Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Man blocks the entrance to Mahogany Gym.

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.

Leaving Mahogany Town toward Route 43 / Pokémon Crystal
Leaving Mahogany Town toward 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.

Lake of Rage with Red Gyarados / Pokémon Crystal
Lake of Rage with Red Gyarados.

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.

Lance asks you to help him investigate / Pokémon Crystal
Lance asks you to help him investigate.

Afterward, head back to the Souvenir Store north of the Pokémon Center in Mahogany Town.

Route to Souvenir Shop (TR Hideout) from the Pokémon Center in Mahogany Town / Pokémon Crystal
Route to Souvenir Shop (TR Hideout) from the Pokémon Center in Mahogany Town.

Inside, Lance will reveal the way down to a Team Rocket Hideout.

Lance reveals the hidden passage into Team Rocket’s hideout / Pokémon Crystal
Lance reveals the hidden passage into Team Rocket’s 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.

Mahogany Gym (left), Pokémon Center (right) / Pokémon Crystal
Mahogany Gym (left), Pokémon Center (right).

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.

Entering Mahogany Gym / Pokémon Crystal
Entering Mahogany Gym.

Then to solve the puzzle just follow these directions:

  1. UP
  2. RIGHT
  3. DOWN
  4. LEFT
  5. UP
  6. RIGHT

These directions on the slippery ice floor should lead you to Gym Leader Pryce.

The easiest path over the ice in Mahogany Gym / Pokémon Crystal
The easiest path over the ice in Mahogany Gym.

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
Cloyster Water/Ice-type Level 25

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)
Type Water Water/Ice Ice/Ground
Held Item None None None
  • Headbutt
  • Icy Wind
  • Aurora Beam
  • Rest
  • Headbutt
  • Icy Wind
  • Aurora Beam
  • Rest
  • Icy Wind
  • Fury Attack
  • Mist
  • Blizzard

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.

Receiving TM16 from Pryce / Pokémon Crystal
Receiving TM16 from Pryce.

TM16 Icy Wind Details + Uses

Icy Wind Move Details
Type Ice
Category Special
Power 55
Effect Lowers target’s Speed by one stage.
Accuracy 95%
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:

Pokémon Type Location
Lapras Water/Ice Union Cave (Fridays)
Dewgong Water/Ice Evolve Seel.
Jynx Ice/Psychic Ice Path.

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:

Pokémon Type Location
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.

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