Can you share your thoughts on Ice-Types and how they work a little? I’ve always had a pet peeve with the way the games treat Ice’s strengths and weaknesses as if the Pokemon themselves are all actually just made of ice, when that doesn’t seem to be true. All Ice-Types also seem completely fine and safe in warm weather, which shouldn’t make sense if heat and fire actually harm them. The way their moves and abilities work also seem to imply that Ice-Types are capable of removing extremely large amounts of heat from the environment, but that heat has to go somewhere right? Wouldn’t it make the most sense for Ice-Types to be absorbing heat in order to make everything else cold? If so, wouldn’t Ice-Types be extremely threatening to Fire-Types?
Yeah, I’ve always had trouble with Ice-types too, and I kind of alluded to the reasons why a little while ago, talking about Eevee’s evolutions, although I didn’t actually mention Ice-types specifically. Pokémon take on the traits of their environment, even when there are pretty clear reasons that might not actually be useful – or, in the case of Fire- and Ice-types, even make thermodynamic sense. It does make sense to me that, since Ice-types normally live in cold places, they’re bad at dealing with extreme heat. Having cold-related powers is strange if you live in a cold place, because everything else around you has to be cold-adapted and your cold powers are probably not very useful. It starts to make sense again if having cold-related powers means you’re extracting heat from the world (and other organisms in it), because then you’re surviving by being a sort of heat vampire, but then, as you note, you’d expect Ice attacks to be very strong against Fire Pokémon, who both produce a lot of heat and rely on it. I think if we want to understand Ice Pokémon and Ice attacks from a thermodynamic perspective, we can do it by saying that the extreme heat produced by Fire Pokémon overwhelms their abilities – they can’t drain enough heat to meaningfully weaken a Fire-type, or to blunt a Fire attack, and being exposed to that much excess heat can actually stop their powers from working for a while, because they just can’t take any more. But I also suspect Game Freak probably doesn’t think about Ice Pokémon in a strictly real-world physics-oriented sense. In our world, according to a modern understanding of physics, “cold” doesn’t really exist; it’s just the absence of heat. Maybe the existence of Ice Pokémon and the nature of their powers suggests that in the Pokémon world there is an actual force of cold, such a thing as “cold energy”; maybe the entire physics of their universe is built around pairs of opposites. Or… maybe we should just stick with the other thing, so someone doesn’t ask me to build an alternate version of physics to run the Pokémon universe on.