|All Never-Melt Ice Locations|
|1||Stealing from Wild Dewgong in the Seafoam Islands||Repeatable|
|2||On the ground in Icefall Cave (B1F)||Once-only|
In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, the easiest way to get Never-Melt Ice is to steal it as a held item from Wild Dewgong. Each wild Dewgong has a 5% chance of holding a Never-Melt Ice, and they can be found as early as the Seafoam Islands.
Alternatively, you can find one Never-Melt Ice in Icefall Cave on Four Island. This Never-Melt Ice is on the ground to the right side of B1F, across the large sheet of ice (we’ll show you the exact location below).
Never-Melt Ice can be obtained in two ways. The first way is to find the item in Icefall Cave, on Four Island. This can’t be done until late game, and the prerequisites are to:
- Defeat the Elite Four
- Catch 60 different Pokémon
- Get the National Pokédex from Professor Oak
- Obtain the Rainbow Pass from Celio on One Island after giving him the Ruby (found at the top of Mt. Ember)
The other way to obtain Never-Melt Ice is to find them as held items on wild Dewgong. This method is repeatable, but takes a bit of luck. The only prerequisites for finding Never-Melt Ice this way are to:
- Have Surf
- Be able to reach the Seafoam Islands
- Have TM46 Thief (found in Mt. Moon) or Poké Balls to catch Dewgong
Wild Dewgong can also be found in Icefall Cave, but you can get to the Seafoam Islands much earlier and easier than you can get to Icefall Cave, so you might as well find your Dewgong there.
Getting Never-Melt Ice (All Methods)
Since the Dewgong method is easier and can happen earlier in the game, we’ll start with this.
Dewgong is quite a hard Pokémon to find, but below is a table with all of its locations in FireRed and LeafGreen:
|Wild Dewgong Locations|
|Location||Encounter Rate||Never-Melt Ice Chance|
|Seafoam Islands B3||5%||5%|
|Seafoam Islands B4||10%||5%|
|Seafoam Islands Surfing||5%||5%|
|Icefall Cave Entrance||20%||5%|
|Icefall Cave Surfing||5%||5%|
As you can see, the best place to find Dewgong is in Icefall Cave.
But if you can reach Icefall Cave, then you can get a Never-Melt Ice by finding it on the ground (I’ll cover this further down.)
So I’ll be finding my wild Dewgong in the Seafoam Islands, because you can get there much earlier.
To reach the Seafoam Islands, head to Cinnabar Island and Surf east from the island.
Surf east until you reach a small island with a Cave on it. This Cave is actually the Seafoam Islands, so that’s where we want to enter.
Seafoam Island B4 has the highest Dewgong encounter rate, so you’ll want to take the ladders down until you reach B4 (take 4 ladders down.)
Alternatively, you can use Surf anywhere in the Seafoam Islands and have a 5% chance of encountering Dewgong.
There is only a 5% chance that the Wild Dewgong you encounter will be holding a Never-Melt Ice, so you may have to find quite a few of them before you actually get the item.
Tip: If you have TM46 Thief, you can steal the Never-Melt Ice off of Wild Dewgong simply by using Thief on them.
After you use Thief, an animation will play showing that you took the Never-Melt Ice from Dewgong. If no animation plays, then Wild Dewgong isn’t holding the item so you can run away and look for another one.
If the animation does play, then simply go to your party and select the Pokémon that used Thief (Raichu in my case.) Select the Pokémon and then select Item > Take to take the Never-Melt Ice off of the Pokémon and put it in your bag.
If you don’t have Thief, then you’ll need to catch the Dewgong.
I recommend leaving some space in your Party for the Wild Dewgong you catch, so you won’t have to head back to a Pokémon Center every time you catch one to check whether or not you got a Never-Melt Ice.
After you catch a Dewgong, you can open up your party and check whether or not it’s holding an item.
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find the Never-Melt Ice right off the bat. If you’re unlucky, then you may have to catch or use Thief on 10-20 Dewgong before actually finding the item.
Just keep trying and you’ll eventually get one!
Icefall Cave Location (Step-by-Step)
If you can reach Four Island and don’t feel like looking for Dewgong all day, then you can find a guaranteed Never-Melt Ice in Icefall Cave.
First off, head to Four Island by taking the Seagallop Ferries in Vermilion City.
Once you’re on Four Island, head to the east side of the island and surf north across the small pond.
This will lead to a cave entrance (Icefall Cave) with a man standing outside.
Once you’re inside, you need to make your way to B1F, which is a bit more difficult than it sounds.
First, surf directly north-west of the entrance and enter the hole in the Ice wall.
After that, go all the way north until you reach the back wall.
Notice when you walk over ice, the ice will crack. If you walk on ice again after it cracks, you will fall down to B1F.
This is good, except we need to fall to a specific part of B1F, so we need to break a specific sheet of ice.
Walk past the four square sheets of ice, and continue to the back wall. Make sure not to fall through any ice square, or you’ll need to take the ladder back up and start over.
Once you reach the back wall, walk onto the single solitary sheet of ice in the corner. Walk onto it one time, then walk off of it. This will crack the ice.
Afterward, walk onto the ice again to fall through and reach the specific section of B1F that we need.
Once you fall through, there will be a huge sheet of ice to your right. The Never-Melt Ice is to the right of the ice sheet, but we have to take a little bit of a convoluted path to reach it.
First, take the ladder going up to go back to the top floor.
Afterwards, break through the ice just right of the ladder you just came up.
This will land you right in the middle of the ice sheet on B1F.
Now simply slide down, and then slide right. And you’ll find yourself right in front of the Poké Ball that’s holding the Never-Melt Ice.
One Never-Melt Ice will be enough for most trainers, but while you’re in Icefall Cave, you can always find some more as held items on wild Dewgong.
What Does Never-Melt Ice Do?
Never-Melt Ice boosts the power of Ice-Type moves by 10%. The description mentions repelling heat, but the item does not actually give any resistance to Fire-Type moves.
The Never-Melt Ice is a really powerful item because Ice Type moves are particularly powerful in FireRed and LeafGreen (having at least one Ice-Type move is basically required for defeating the Elite Four, for example.)
While Never-Melt Ice is really strong, it’s also really hard to get.
However, I still recommend trying to find at least one, because this can beef up your roster in any playthrough.