Glaceon

Snow Cloak
Evasion increases 25% in hail.
Ice Body
Heals 1/16 maximum HP in hail.
Type Tier
Ice NU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 140 172 -
Atk
60
72 80 112 123
Def
110
117 130 162 178
SpA
130
135 150 182 200
SpD
95
103 115 147 161
Spe
65
76 85 117 128

Overview

Glaceon has always been an underrated Pokemon, mainly because of its poor HP, average Speed, and predictable movepool. However, with manageable defensive stats and a superb 130 Special Attack Stat, Glaceon is a force to be reckoned with. Even its ability, Snow Cloak, makes it difficult to hit Glaceon. When utilized properly, Glaceon can plow through unprepared teams. The raw power of Blizzard is incredible, especially in a metagame where some of the most common Pokemon are weak to Ice. Overall, Glaceon is an excellent addition to any VGC team that abuses Hail.

Name Item Ability Nature

Trick Room Hail

Iron Ball Snow Cloak Quiet
Moveset IVs
~ Blizzard
~ Shadow Ball
~ Fake Tears / Hidden Power Ground
~ Protect
30 SpA / 30 SpD / 3 Spe
EVs
252 HP / 248 SpA / 8 SpD

Unfortunately, Glaceon suffers from having a limited movepool; however, it can cause massive damage with the moves it does have. Blizzard is Glaceon's main move; with such raw power, it can easily take out common Pokemon such as Garchomp, Zapdos, Latios, Tornadus, and Thundurus. However, many other Pokemon resist Glaceon's Blizzard, such as Chandelure, Metagross, and Scizor. The rest of Glaceon's movepool is to target these specific Pokemon. Shadow Ball is used to hit Ghost types that resist Blizzard, such as Chandelure and Jellicent. Fake Tears and Hidden Power Ground should be considered, depending on the rest of your team. Fake Tears may seem like a poor suggestion, but in a 1 vs 1 stall war against Pokemon such as Cresselia and Suicune—who can constantly heal damage by using Rest, it gives a significant advantage. It can also be used to get some surprise KOs with its partner; lower an opponent's Special Defense with Fake Tears, and OHKO it with a strong special attack. Hidden Power Ground is an alternative in order to gain more coverage—with Hidden Power Ground, Glaceon can hit Pokemon that otherwise wall it, such as Heatran and Metagross. Protect is a given on Glaceon in order for it to survive as long as possible.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Snow Cloak Modest / Timid
Moveset IVs
~ Blizzard
~ Shadow Ball
~ Hidden Power Ground
~ Signal Beam
30 SpA / 30 SpD
EVs
4 HP / 4 Def / 248 SpA / 252 Spe

Similar to the Trick Room set, Glaceon aims to spam Blizzard to maximize its damage output. Utilizing a Choice Scarf, Glaceon can outrun more threats, such as Garchomp and Zapdos, and its mediocre Speed isn't such a problem. Its other moves are very situational, and should only be used if Blizzard runs out of PP, or a specific threat needs to be removed. Shadow Ball is used to help against any Ghost-types, Hidden Power Ground has the ability to hit Steel-types that otherwise wall Glaceon, and Signal Beam can be used against Ludicolo.

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Other Options

Although Glaceon has incredible power, it is very straightforward and predictable because of its limited movepool; however, when used correctly, it can easily destroy teams that do not have a counter. Ice Beam can be considered if you want a STAB attack when hail is not up. Although Glaceon is not a physical attacker, Ice Shard can be used to finish off weakened Pokemon. If your team is Tyranitar weak, Hidden Power Fighting may be considered for a 2HKO. Ice Body, Glaceon's Dream World ability, is an alternative for those who prefer healing, though Snow Cloak is superior in most cases, as Glaceon prefers the evasion boost. Focus Sash and Ice Gem are other items that can be used. Focus Sash allows Glaceon to survive a super effective attack, such as Overheat, and Ice Gem allows Glaceon to fire off one very destructive Blizzard.

Checks and Counters

Generally, Fire-types, such as Chandelure and Infernape, cause problems for Glaceon. Steel-types that resist Blizzard, such as Metagross, Heatran, and Scizor are also a nuisance. Tyranitar, Politoed, and Ninetales can all change the weather and reduce Blizzard's accuracy, making Glaceon much less effective. Himontop can smack Glaceon with its STAB moves, and support its teammates with Wide Guard, which shuts down Blizzard for a turn.