Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Gligar is one of the premier physical walls in UU. With Eviolite boosting its already passable defenses, it is a defensive behemoth able to take even powerful neutral attacks such as Choice Scarf Victini's V-create. Furthermore, it's one of the only Pokemon that can switch safely into all of Heracross's attacks. Switching into battle isn't hard for Gligar, as it's immune to both Spikes and Toxic Spikes and takes only neutral damage from Stealth Rock. It's even hard to cripple, as its Immunity ability protects it from poison. Gligar can support its team by setting up Stealth Rock and crippling opposing Pokemon with Toxic. However, the good news ends here. Gligar has pathetic offensive capabilities, and many Pokemon can use it as setup bait. It can lose momentum in a battle very easily, and give dangerous Pokemon such as Swords Dance Heracross and Nasty Plot Togekiss the chance they need to start a sweep. Gligar also has a crippling Ice-type weakness that allows Pokemon it should wall, such as Mienshao, to bypass its immense physical bulk with Hidden Power Ice. Its Water-type weakness and susceptibility to the burn status means Gligar is also plagued by Scald, a common Water-type move. Gligar has the potential to be a great wall, but users must know how to alleviate its faults.
This set aims to use Gligar's enormous physical bulk to wall many dangerous Pokemon in the UU metagame. Roost restores 50% of Gligar's health and allows it to switch into powerful physical attacks multiple times. Earthquake is a reliable STAB move which ensure Gligar isn't complete Taunt bait. Even with Earthquake, Gligar doesn't have a powerful offensive presence, but U-turn can help alleviate this by keeping momentum on Gligar's side of the field. Toxic cripples any bulky Water-types that might try to capitalize on Gligar's Water-type weakness and low Special Defense and also limits the opponent's ability to set up by crippling potential sweepers. Almost all Pokemon that are immune to Toxic are weak to Earthquake, which can make switching into Gligar tricky. Stealth Rock supports Gligar's team by increasing passive damage on the opponents side, while Taunt prevents slower Pokemon from setting up or healing off Toxic damage.
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Gligar doesn't have many other options. Knock Off can cripple opposing Pokemon by removing vital items. Gligar has access to both Rain Dance and Sunny Day, which combined with its immense bulk makes it a usable weather starter. Gligar has access to Swords Dance, Rock Polish, and Baton Pass, but that is better done by Mew.
Checks and Counters
Bulky Water-types such as Slowbro and Suicune take little from Earthquake and threaten Gligar with a super effective STAB Scald. Grass-types resist Earthquake and can deal a lot of damage to Gligar with high-powered special attacks. Shaymin shakes off Toxic with Natural Cure, while Roserade trades a Ground-type resistance for a Toxic immunity and higher Special Attack. Crobat is immune to both Earthquake and Toxic and can break Gligar's stall by inflicting damage with Brave Bird and preventing recovery with Taunt. Xatu bounces back Toxic, Taunt, and Stealth Rock and is immune to Earthquake. Porygon2 can get a Special Attack boost with Download when it switches into Gligar and OHKO it with Ice Beam, but is crippled by Toxic. Froslass takes little from Earthquake, can Taunt Gligar to stop Toxic, and can proceed to OHKO it with STAB Ice Beam or set up layers of Spikes. Many setup sweepers, such as the previously mentioned Swords Dance Heracross and Nasty Plot Togekiss, can use Gligar to set up a sweep.