|All NeverMeltIce Locations|
|1||Mt. Coronet — Inside a small, standalone cave chamber toward the Snowpoint-facing exit.||No|
|2||Held item (5%) chance found on these wild Pokémon:
The earliest available NeverMeltIce is found in Mt. Coronet near the exit to Snowpoint City. But you can also find multiple NeverMeltIces as held items on wild Snover and Abomasnow. Although this secondary method is repeatable, it can also be more time-consuming.
As for the item itself:
The NeverMeltIce is a held item that boosts the power of Ice-type moves by 20%.
Method 1: Mt. Coronet (Step-by-Step)
One NeverMeltIce is located inside Mt. Coronet, and is visible on the ground as a Poké Ball item.
Before attempting to find it, make sure you have a Pokémon in your party that knows Strength. Having Defog is also recommended, but not strictly necessary.
Mt. Coronet also has several entrances. The one that provides the shortest distance to the NeverMeltIce’s location is the cave to the west of Celestic Town, on Route 211.
To reach it, Fly to Celestic Town’s Pokémon Center and head westward.
Turn north when you reach the southwest corner of town.
Take the next left turn onto Route 211.
Continue traveling westward. The elevated path up the stairs will keep you out of the tall grass.
Wind through all the rocks and trainers to reach the western cave entrance, and enter Mt. Coronet.
Once inside the cave, take the first hallway to the north, which is blocked by a round boulder.
Use Strength to move the boulder several tiles to the north.
When you can move around the boulder, head northward to the staircase. Ignore the western hallway.
Descend the stairs and turn left at the end of the hall.
Head all the way to the west and go down the stairs to the next floor.
The next floor will be inundated with fog. If you brought a Pokémon that knows Defog, this will make finding your way around slightly easier.
From the stairs, head north. Ignore the first staircase to your right.
Continue heading north past the paths and staircases.
Head north until you get to the very end of the chamber.
Then at the end, take a right turn and climb the eastern staircase.
On the next floor turn and head to the north.
Enter the first cave you come to in the northeastern corner of the hall.
This doorway leads to a small chamber containing a single Poké Ball item sitting in the middle of the ground.
Pick up the Poké Ball to add a NeverMeltIce to your Bag.
Note: This is the only standalone NeverMeltIce in the game, so be sure to keep up with it unless you want to spend time hunting the item from wild Pokémon later.
Method 2: Wild Snover and Abomasnow
Wild Snover and wild Abomasnow have a chance of holding a NeverMeltIce upon every encounter. Since the NeverMeltIce is a rare item, both Pokémon only have a 5% chance of holding one.
Snover, the most common of the two, are mostly found in the area spanning between Mt. Coronet and Snowpoint City.
|Wild Pokémon with NeverMeltIce|
|Snover (5% chance)||
|Abomasnow (5% chance)||
There are several ways of decreasing the time you spend on hunting wild Pokémon’s held items. The best item-farming team includes Pokémon with the Abilities Compoundeyes and Frisk, as well as at least one stealing move like Thief, Covet, or Trick.
Once you’re ready to search for a NeverMeltIce, head into the wild grass at one of the locations mentioned above.
If you’ve set up your team as described in our guide linked above, every Snover you encounter will have a 20% chance of holding a NeverMeltIce (rather than 5%). And your Frisk Pokémon will alert you if each wild encounter has a held item or not.
Then either capture the Pokémon or use a thieving move to liberate the NeverMeltIce from its owner.
Once the NeverMeltIce is in your possession, you can simply flee if you want; you don’t have to finish the battle in order to keep the item permanently.
NeverMeltIce Details and Uses
The NeverMeltIce is a held item that boosts the power of Ice-type moves by 20%, giving it the same primary effect as the Icicle Plate.
There are stronger items than the NeverMeltIce, even for Ice types, but they tend to come with some huge drawbacks.
The Life Orb boosts the power of all moves by 30%, but it sucks 10% of the user’s maximum HP every time it uses a damaging move. Ice Pokémon also tend to be especially brittle, so they aren’t able to cope with this kind of handicap as well as other types.
Alternatively, the Choice Bands and Choice Specs are the gold standards for increasing move power. They offer a 50% boost to the stat that corresponds to the held item (Attack and Special Attack, respectively). However, these items lock the holder into using only one move repeatedly until the Pokémon is switched out of battle.
It’s worth your while to figure out how these other damaging items can benefit your team. But if you just need a simple boost for an empty-handed Ice Pokémon, the NeverMeltIce isn’t a bad choice.