Eiscue is a unique Pokemon with the Ice Face ability, which negates a physical attack and transforms the Pokemon into its noice form. If the enemy is woefully unprepared, Eiscue’s noice form can be an absolute terror.
|Move 1: Waterfall
Move 2: Iron Head
Move 3: Belly Drum
Move 4: Icicle Crash
|Tera Type: Water
Item: Sitrus Berry
Ability: Ice Face
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
The most important thing to consider in Eiscue’s strategy is its Ice Face ability. The ideal flow of battle for Eiscue is Belly Drum on turn 1, tank a physical attack from the opponent which transforms you into noice form, and then sweep their team with your maximized attack and ridiculous 130 base speed. However, you must consider that the ability makes the Pokemon particularly susceptible to special attackers. This is because Ice Face will only block a physical attack, and you will only transform into noice form once the Ice Face is broken. Noice form is extremely important because it boosts Eiscue’s speed from 50 to 130.
It’s also important to think about how Eiscue will fit on your team. Since the Pokemon is susceptible to special attackers, it might find more use in the Battle Stadium metagame, which tends to have more physical sweepers compared to special attackers and tanks.
If you’re able to get a Belly Drum off and transform into noice form, you have three powerful moves at your disposal: Waterfall, Iron Head, and Icicle Crash. These moves give you fantastic type coverage, but you still might run into trouble if your opponent has something like Toxapex, which is not only extremely tanky but also resists all of your moves.
If your opponent is unable to outspeed you, tank you, or take you down with a special attacker, then they’ll likely try to take advantage of Eiscue’s weakness to Fire, Steel, Fighting, or Rock. By utilizing a Water Tera type, you can resist both Fire and Steel and take advantage of a STAB Waterfall.