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"Pokémon X and Y" Walkthrough: Frost Cavern

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Wild Pokémon – Frost Cavern











Cubchoo (horde)












Smoochum (horde)



Vanillite (horde)



Wild Pokémon – Frost Cavern, Surfing











Wild Pokémon – Frost Cavern, Fishing





Good, Super








Good, Super

Wind, rain, surf, falling leaves . . . you may think you've covered the whole weather gamut during your trip across Kalos, but you ain't seen nothing yet. Now you're wandering into the Frost Cavern, and its chilly confines are sure to drop your temperature and chill you to the bone. Perhaps some battling will warm you up?

Frost Cavern

(Note: This article does not cover the trainers outside the Frost Cavern.)

  • Check the hunk of ice to the left of the two signs near the entrance for an Ice Heal.
  • Dead ahead when you enter is a patrolling trainer.

Ace Trainer Cordelia

Doublade, level 44

Reward: $4,600

Defensively strong, otherwise not that tough. It has some troublesome typing, but special attack fire moves will work.

  • Slide east along the ice. Note that you cannot stop moving on ice until you hit a solid object, usually a wall. Past Pokemon players will know this well.
  • Go straight north and up the stairs. One of the rocks in the small room up here will have a Dire Hit.
  • Backtrack and slide across the ice to the right to face another trainer.

Ace Trainer Neil

Raichu, level 42

Marowak, level 43

Golduck, level 42

Reward: $4,300

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These Pokémon look more dangerous than they are, since they tend not to use STAB attacks. Golduck is the worst mainly because it combines Zen Headbutt with a few Screeches to lower your defense.

  • Check the small patch of snow surrounded by ice to the left of the trainer. There's a Dusk Ball hidden in the north wall.
  • Up the stairs. Slide north in the next room and check the ice hunk to your right for an Ice Heal.
  • Time for some more coordinated sliding. Slide south, east, south, west, and north. You'll wind up on a patch of land.
  • Walk to the small bit of land extending to the left. Slide west and you'll wind up by a trainer.

Hiker Delmon

Relicanth, level 42

Rhydon, level 42

Reward: $2,352

A pair of staunch Rock-types with unfortunate secondary types. Use Grass-type moves to maul them both.

  • Slide north from the Hiker's little island, through the narrow ice channel. You'll find an Ice Heal against the top wall.
  • Slide back south to the Hiker's island. Move two tiles left of him and slide south, then west when you hit the larger ice formation. Whether you slide north or west you'll run into trainers.

Brains & Brawn Eoin & Wolf (West)

Grumpig, level 44

Hariyama, level 46

Reward: $4,784

Not that bad, though Hariyama can do a lot of damage with Wake-up Slap if they manage to put you to sleep. Target Grumpig first, as it takes less effort to kill.

Black Belt Alonzo

Scrafty, level 43

Throh, level 44

Reward: $4,784

With bad typing, Scrafty can do a lot of damage with Hi-Jump Kick. Flying-types are recommended. Throh can use Rock Slide to bring your Flying-type down, though, so swap to a psychic instead.

  • Either way, you go you'll wind up coming across a third trainer battle.

Battle Girl Kinsey

Sawk, level 43

Mienshao, level 44

Reward: $2,112

Both Pokémon are glass cannons. Bring in something nice, light, and preferably flying and you can shut them down with ease. Acrobatics!

  • Surf to your left and look for a stretch of land that leads to a staircase. At the bottom is a rock that's icy cold (which I suspect may well evolve certain Pokémon, such as Eevee into Glaceon) and the item Icy Rock.
  • Go back upstairs and Surf south. You can get around the clump of rocks in the water and continue south to find a Never-Melt Ice.
  • Return north to the mainland. Walk south until you have two ice formations beside you, one to the south and one to the east. (The south one contains a Pearl.) Step onto the ice to your left and slide south, east, south. Once there, walk two steps west and slide north, then east. You'll wind up beside a Max Repel. Repeat the previous process to reach the stairs near the Max Repel.
  • A girl right near the entrance to this level will heal your Pokémon.
  • Just south of her is a Hyper Potion. Be careful not to slide back down to the beginning of the cave!
  • Go north. A trainer is waiting.

Hiker Alain

Graveler, level 40

Graveler, level 41

Carbink, level 42

Reward: $2,532

The Gravelers are a big worry, as they will not die in a single hit and may use Self Destruct to cause significant amounts of damage. Avoid this with a multi-hitting move, if possible. The Carbink is just annoying.

  • Up the stairs. Check the ice formation to your right for a Super Potion. Continue up the next set of stairs.
  • Ohhh, way too much ice. Start by sliding north to take on the trainer.

Black Belt Kenji

Gurdurr, level 46

Reward: $2,208

Use Psychic-type moves. Flying-types will get in trouble with Rock Slide.

  • Slide east of the trainer, into the narrow channel to your right, to find another trainer.

Hiker Brent

Probopass, level 44

Reward: $2,464

Sturdy will prevent you from one hit KOing this guy, so try for a multi-hit strike. Fighting-type moves are great. Watch out for a surprise Discharge if you use a Water-type instead.

  • Return to the first trainer and slide west off of the land, then south, then east, then north. You'll find an Ether.
  • Back to the first trainer. Stand one square down and to the left of the ice to the right of the trainer. Slide diagonally right and down, then west, then diagonally up and right. You'll find a trainer after leaving the ice. In the block immediately beside her is a hidden Elixir.

Battle Girl Gabrielle

Medicham, level 46

Reward: $2,208

Kill this thing quick. If it lands, Focus Blast can really hurt.

  • Keep following the ice slides. When you see a path to your right, slide over to it for a Zinc.
  • There are stairs in the south that lead to, yes, another ice field. Slide east from the top of the ice spike nearest the entrance, then south, then diagonally north and west. One more south will shuttle you to TM 79, Frost Breath.
  • Return to the giant ice field and head north. You'll find some Team Flare thugs, and you and Trevor will have to fend them off.

Team Flare Grunt

Golbat, level 42

Manectric, level 42

Reward: $1,680

You've fought Team Flare before. The battle hasn't changed.

  • After the Grunt goes down, approach the blue-haired Flare member.

Team Flare Mabel

Houndoom, level 48

Reward: $6,720

Houndoom is always a straightforward glass cannon, it seems. Embargo is mildly annoying; other than that it will just try to hit you.

  • After driving off Team Flare, talk to the Abomanow in this room. It will give you Abomasite. (But you can't catch it. Poo.)
  • Before you leave the cave, look southeast of Abomasnow. There's a small pit. On the right side of the pit, hidden, is a PP Up.
  • All finished. Either Escape Rope out or return to the entrance.

Return Trip

  • Though it wasn't mentioned in this article, there's a waterfall just outside the cave portion of Frost Cavern, on the west side of the map. Descend it with the move of the same name to find a Heart Scale on a small piece of land.
  • Surf east, under the bridge that leads into the cavern. At the end of the water, you'll see a southern path. At the end of it is TM 71, Stone Edge.
  • Return here after upgrading your Mega Ring. Behind the Abomasnow, between 8 PM and 9 PM, is Scizorite.


Matt Bird (author) from Canada on October 31, 2013:

You need the HM move Waterfall before you can go down there. Continue with the story and you'll get it after a few more towns.

Boblyn on October 31, 2013:

Wait.... as u enter frost cavern, as I'm going to the bridge, I can see that there is a fall and down there, I can see a pokeball. How can u go there?? Why can I not go down the waterfall as well. You said surf on going back but where to surf..??

ChronoKid on October 27, 2013:

Also, found a Poliwhirl in the water. I'm playing X btw.

Chris on October 22, 2013:

Remember sweet scent encourages hoards! Smoochum/Cubchoo/Vanillite made easy! :)

sephi on October 22, 2013:

herd of smoochum in area you evolve eve lvl 21 in pokemon x

Bk Moe on October 22, 2013:

My friend told me about if you go behind Abomanow after beating the champ you get another mega stone

Matt Bird (author) from Canada on October 21, 2013:

Thanks for the tips, guys. I'm beginning to revisit the Routes now that I've beaten the Champion, so a lot of this - particularly the Wild Pokemon list - will get some heavy revisions in the coming week.

I probably had some good luck with Bergmite. I must've run into five or six of them while wandering through. Could also depend on the floor you're on - haven't tested pokemon appearance rates on the different levels yet.

TA on October 21, 2013:

Maybe it was just me and my bad luck, but i don't know how you classify bergmite as a common encounter. Almost 30 encounters and i just ran into my first one, anyone else notice this or just me?. Great walkthrough btw.

Josh1416 on October 20, 2013:

If you dowse by Ace Trainer Neil, a Dusk Ball will be found.

TurdFace on October 20, 2013:

In X, immediately after entering the Frost Cavern, there is an Ice Heal in the small ice rock to the left in front of the no skating and no biking signs.

D on October 20, 2013:

Took me about 3 hours to realize you could slide diagonally. And when I did, it was beautiful.

Mikeal on October 19, 2013:

I am playing Y and I ran into a horde of Cubchoo. Not sure how rare, but this is the only one I ran into

JaxomofRuatha on October 19, 2013:

Hey, just so you know, there's a PP up to the right of the indent in the ground (in the room where the Abomasnow is).

shadowxclone on October 18, 2013:

I'm playing Y, and I haven't run into Smoochum horde yet, but I have run into Cryogonal as well as Cubchoo hordes. Cryogonal is just very rare. Still trying to get Smoochum to show.

Kriss on October 18, 2013:

Hey, just wanted to let you know I ran into a horde of Smoochum level 21. Playing X

Matt Bird (author) from Canada on October 18, 2013:

Yeah, Cryogonal was just a random encounter. Very first one I found, on the first level. Didn't see it again after that, so I'm deeming it rare. I'm playing through Y, if that matters/helps.

shadowxclone on October 18, 2013:

I'm also curious as to how you found Cryogonal.

Matt on October 18, 2013:

Nevermind I just found one lolz and thank you for making these walkthoughs!

Matt on October 18, 2013:

Hey MattWritesStuff, how exactly did you run into a cryogonal? Because I haven't seen one and Serebii says it's a special encounter.

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