#089 Unova / #583 National
Species classification: Icy SnowPokemon
Ability: Ice Body – Recovers 1/16 of max HP each turn during a hailstorm
Dream World ability:Weak Armor – Decreases defense and increases speed each time user is hit with a damaging attack
Location found (Black/White): Dragonspiral Tower in Winter
Wild hold items: None
Egg groups: Mineral
Capture rate: 120
Gender ratio: 50/50
Effort values: 2 Special Attack
Evolution family:Vanillite>Vanillishat level 35 >Vanilluxeat level 47
Pure Ice-type may not be the useful typing, butVanilluxe makes up for it with well-rounded stats, solid move options, and an awesome design. For STAB moves, Ice Beam is your safest bet, with base power 95, 100% accuracy and a 10% chance of freezing your opponent. If you're more daring though, you could go for Blizzard, which also has a 10% chance of freezing, but sacrifices accuracy (70%) for a much higher base power (120).
WeakArmor is a new ability this generation, so it might be worth checking out on one of the other 15 Pokemon that can have this ability, but forVanilluxe we prefer Ice Body (although if you're not going to use Hail, you might as well go for Broken Armor instead since you won't get much use out of Ice Body). If you do go forWeak Armor, you could try pairing it with Body Purge, a new non-damaging Steel-type move that Baibanira learns through breeding – it raises Speed two stages and halves the user's weight. With those speed boosts,Vanilluxe makes a decent special sweeper.