The Ice Element is an Elemental Effect which can be utilized offensively by both hunters and monsters. It uses the intense cold of wind and ice to buffet opponents and cause additional damage. Monsters that are capable of using the Ice Element tend to live in sub-zero climates, as their ability to wield it usually depends on the presence of ice and snow in their environment. There are a number of exceptions to this rule however, and certain ice-wielding monsters can be found in temperate forests, tropical jungles, and swamps. Most monsters which utilize the Ice Element can inflict the Iceblight status, which heightens an opponent's stamina consumption.
The Ice Element can be infused into weapons to cause additional elemental damage. When an ice weapon strikes, it releases a cloud of ice and snow into the wound, which can be extremely effective against certain monsters.