You can get TM13 Ice Beam in two locations in Pokémon Platinum:
- One copy is on Route 216, far to the southeast of Snowpoint City. Reaching this copy of the TM requires the Hidden Move Rock Climb.
- Unlimited copies can be purchased from the Prize Exchange in Veilstone City. Each copy of the TM costs 10,000 Coins, and you can win or buy coins from the Veilstone Game Corner next door.
Ice Beam is a damage-dealing Ice-type special move. It also has a 10% chance of freezing the target.
Getting TM13 Ice Beam
Location 1: Route 216
The easiest way to obtain a copy of TM13 Ice Beam is by picking it up on Route 216.
Getting this copy requires the Hidden Move Rock Climb, so this can only be done after you defeat Gym Leader Candice in Snowpoint City and receive the Icicle Badge from her.
This copy of TM13 also involves a lot of traveling. The best location to start from is Snowpoint City, since it involves relatively few interruptions from wild Pokémon.
From Snowpoint’s Pokémon Center, head northwest, past the Sailor NPC.
Turn southward at the gap in the trees, and walk toward Snowpoint’s shipyard.
Descend the staircase, and begin heading to the west.
Head up the western staircase to leave Snowpoint City and enter the Acuity Lakefront.
Continue west through Acuity Lakefront’s wild grass.
Upon reaching the Lake Acuity sign, turn southward, and pass through the space between the trees.
Soon you will enter Route 217, where a raging blizzard will impair your vision and mobility. Slowly make your way down the linear southwestern path.
Turn south to pass the Black Belt trainer.
Pass the Hiker NPC’s house as you continue southward.
Travel as far south as you can go.
When you reach the forest of trees at the very southern end, turn to the east and head that way.
Continue east until you can turn down to the south, then follow that path leading further down (pictured below).
If you keep heading south, you will see a narrow opening in the trees with an NPC standing next to it.
Move south through the trees here.
Keep heading south, and the blizzard weather conditions will clear up once you reach Route 216.
Just resume your course and keep heading south.
Pass the Snowbound Lodge at the corner of the mountain, and then turn eastward.
Climb the staircase and continue east past the Skier trainer.
A short distance to the east of the Snowbound Lodge, a rocky section of wall is visible on the north cliff face. Use Rock Climb to scale it.
At the top of this mountain, resume heading eastward.
Head all the way east, past the many trainers up here.
When you have traveled as far to the east as you can go, you will see TM13 in the northeast corner by the wall. You should see it as a visible overworld item.
Location 2: The Veilstone Game Corner
Unlimited copies of TM13 Ice Beam can be purchased from the Veilstone Prize Exchange, using Coins won or bought from the Game Corner next door.
The Prize Exchange is just a short distance to the south of the Veilstone City Pokémon Center. To reach it, head downstairs from the Pokémon Center and move south on the paved street.
Circle around and head up the stairs leading to the two adjacent buildings in the strip.
The one to the east with the blue roof is the Prize Exchange, and the one west of it is the Game Corner.
The prizes at the Exchange can only be purchased using Coins from the Game Corner.
These coins must either be won by playing the slot machines, or by purchasing them with PokéDollars at the front counter.
Costing 10,000 Coins, Ice Beam is one of the pricier TMs for sale here.
The exchange rate between PokéDollars and Coins is 1,000 PokéDollars for 50 Coins (or 10,000 PokéDollars for 500 Coins). So if you planned to buy TM13 using money alone, it would cost you 200,000 PokéDollars to get one copy of TM13.
Ice Beam Details and Uses
Ice Beam is a damage-dealing Ice-type special move that also has a 10% chance of freezing the target.
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Ice Beam is a solid & dependable Ice move.
Its 90 base power is high enough to make the move worthwhile as it is, and the 10% chance of freezing the target—preventing the Pokémon from moving for several turns if it isn’t able to thaw itself out—is a nice secondary effect, even if the odds of activating it are low.
Ice Beam vs. Blizzard
There is some debate about whether Ice Beam or Blizzard is the better Ice-type attack.
Blizzard has a higher base power at 120, but this is arguably negated by its much lower 70% accuracy stat.
(In later Pokémon games, the base power stats of both Ice Beam and Blizzard are lowered to 90 and 110, respectively.)
Using Blizzard after summoning a hailstorm with Hail will bring Blizzard’s accuracy up to 100%, if you want to take up an entire second move slot just to make sure the first move works properly.
All things considered, Ice Beam is the more dependable option.
Miscellaneous Info about Ice Beam
- TM13 Ice Beam can be sold for 1,500 PokéDollars.
- If Ice Beam is used in a Pokémon Contest, it will earn the user 2 Appeal Points, plus 2 bonus Appeal Points if the user is the first to move in that turn.