Gallade

Steadfast
Speed is boosted one stage when flinched.
Justified
Raises Attack one stage when hit by a Dark-type move.
Type Tier
Psychic / Fighting RU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
68
- 277 340 -
Atk
125
257 286 349 383
Def
65
149 166 229 251
SpA
65
149 166 229 251
SpD
115
239 266 329 361
Spe
80
176 196 259 284

Overview

Gallade is truly an awesome Pokemon, both in appearance and in its competitive value. The STAB Fighting-type attacks Close Combat and Drain Punch provide it with excellent coverage and allow it to effectively annihilate a huge number of Pokemon. One of Gallade's best traits is its ability to utterly destroy most of the tiers special walls, clearing an easier way for the rest of your team to sweep. Gallade also boasts an expansive movepool, which includes Swords Dance and Bulk Up for setup, and coverage moves such as Ice Punch, Shadow Sneak, Night Slash, and Stone Edge. To top it off, Gallade receives the Justified ability from the Dream World, allowing it to gain an Attack boost by switching into a Dark-type attack.

Although Gallade is ridiculously strong after setting up, its Defense is paper-thin, meaning that it can be easily revenge killed, especially after a stat drop from Close Combat. Gallade is also relatively slow; it spends so much time showing off its sleek blades, that it is easily outsped by Pokemon such as Flygon, Crobat, and Rotom-A, which can easily revenge kill it. Still, Gallade is a huge threat to watch out for.

Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Justified Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Close Combat
~ Ice Punch / Stone Edge
~ Shadow Sneak / Night Slash
68 HP / 252 Atk / 188 Spe

Reaching an Attack stat of 766 after a Swords Dance, Gallade's huge attacking power enables it to wreak havoc upon the UU tier. After a Swords Dance boost, its extremely powerful STAB Close Combat tears apart many teams. Ice Punch lets Gallade smash Flying-types into the ground while fast, frail Psychic- and Ghost-types such as Azelf and Mismagius are taken care of by Shadow Sneak.

Each of the moves listed above has a purpose: Stone Edge can be used over Ice Punch to do more damage to Moltres, and also hits Arcanine super effectively. However, all things considered, Ice Punch is the more reliable move. Night Slash can be used over Shadow Sneak to deal greater damage to bulky Psychic-types, such as Slowbro, which otherwise completely wall Gallade.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice

Choice Scarf / Choice Band Justified Jolly / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Close Combat
~ Ice Punch / Stone Edge
~ Zen Headbutt / Night Slash
~ Trick
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

Choice Scarf Gallade can act as a speedy revenge killer or a late game sweeper, while Choice Band Gallade can dent almost anything it faces with STAB Close Combat. Frailer Pokemon attempting to come in on a resisted Close Combat, such as Roserade, will be promptly 2HKOed, demonstrating just how powerful Gallade is with a Choice Band. Trick allows Gallade to severely cripple an opposing wall, such as Slowbro, Dusclops, and Gligar. This grants Gallade a much easier time against the crippled wall, and also gives it the ability to switch moves. Ice Punch allows it to hit Flying-types expecting a resisted Close Combat; Zen Headbutt, on the other hand, is another strong STAB move with a neat flinch chance.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Bulk Up

Leftovers Justified Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Bulk Up
~ Drain Punch
~ Ice Punch / Stone Edge
~ Night Slash / X-Scissor
252 HP / 68 Atk / 188 Spe

Gallade already has a high base 115 Special Defense, which makes it difficult to take down with neutral special attacks. However, a reasonably strong physical attack can easily break through Gallade's pathetic base 65 Defense. Bulk Up boosts Gallade's low Defense to a level comparable to its Special Defense, and also powers up its already good Attack to astronomical heights. Drain Punch provides Gallade with a fairly reliable method of recovery, and more importantly, functions as a fantastic STAB move that does great amounts of damage after a Bulk Up. Drain Punch also provides Gallade with some longevity, especially after a few Bulk Ups, making it extremely hard to take down. Ice Punch gives Gallade handy super effective coverage against Ground- and Flying-types, while Night Slash slices apart Ghost- and Psychic-types that take little to no damage from Drain Punch.

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Other Options

As previously mentioned, Gallade's tremendously wide movepool gives it many options to choose from. Leaf Blade lets Gallade pick off bulky Ground- and Water-types, but has poor coverage alongside its Fighting-type STAB. With access to all three elemental punches, Gallade can opt for a physical BoltBeam combination, but its other coverage moves provide stronger and better coverage. Earthquake hits Nidoking and Nidoqueen super effectively, but so do STAB Psycho Cut and Ice Punch. Gallade has nifty support options such as Taunt, Will-O-Wisp, Disable, Encore, and Hypnosis; alternatively, it can attempt to run a SubDisable or SubPunch set. With so many interesting options to choose from, there are many ways you can surprise your opponent and nab a few KOs. However, keep in mind that the standard sets are generally better, as they can deal with a wider array of threats. Lastly, Gallade can utilize Trick Room with some success as it isn't too fast to begin with.

Checks and Counters

Though Gallade has outstanding Special Defense, it is extremely frail physically. Furthermore, Gallade isn't very fast to begin with, so faster Pokemon can take advantage of Gallade's low Speed and miserable Defense to revenge kill it. Flygon, Heracross, and Aerodactyl all come to mind, but thanks to Gallade's excellent coverage, they have to be wary when switching in. Physical walls often have no trouble stopping Gallade; for instance. Rhyperior, Eviolite Gligar, and other bulky Ground-types can handle Gallade with ease. However, Rhyperior must watch out as +2 Close Combat OHKOes them, while Gligar's 4x weakness to Ice-type attacks may prove fatal. Bulky Psychic- and Ghost-types that can take a Night Slash are also excellent checks to Gallade; Slowbro and Dusclops are great examples of these. Physical attackers who outspeed Gallade are great checks to it, as a reasonably strong physical attack will easily send Gallade home pronto. So long as Gallade hasn't had a Bulk Up under its belt, this is the way to go. Status will also cripple Gallade and strip it off any chance to sweep.