Gible has a habit of getting on opponent's nerves due to its ability Sand Veil, which sets it apart from its fellow Dragon-types. Despite having a mediocre stat distribution, Gible can still be considered as a threat because of its impressive STAB attacks and great type coverage overall. Gible performs best paired with sandstorm, as it can help evade some hits from the opponent to make up for its terrible Defense and Special Defense. Gible displays an array of useful sets, all of which make it a welcome addition on any sandstorm team. Outside of sandstorm it is largely outclassed by Bagon and Dratini.
Gible packs quite a punch in Little Cup with Choice Band. It can usually 2HKO the most common walls in Little Cup. Although it may seem Gible is outclassed by its Dragon-type counterparts Dratini and Bagon, this is not the case. Gible has Sand Veil, granting it a 20% evasion increase in sandstorm, which compensates for Gible's mediocre defenses and potentially gives it additional attacks chances - a crucial element for this set. Furthermore, Gible is part Ground-type which gives it a free turn to come in on Electric-type attacks.
Not much can switch in on Choice Band Gible's nearly unresisted Outrage off its impressive 25 Attack. The goal is to switch in Gible on someone who can't damage it effectively. Take maximum advantage of your Ground-typing and switch in on locked-in Rock-type moves from a Choice item. Another way to safely bring Gible in after your Pokémon faints and spam Outrage while hoping your opponent misses because of Sand Veil.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
This is a slight variation from the Choice Band set. This patches up Gible's mediocre Speed with a Choice Scarf. Sporting 21 Speed, it can outpace every Pokémon without a Choice Scarf or Speed boost in Little Cup, and it basically helps by striking frail sweepers before they strike you. Choice Scarf Gible can be versatile, because it can function well as an effective lead or as a great revenge killer.
Outrage is your primary move which can OHKO almost every frail Pokémon in Little Cup, while Earthquake allows Gible to hit Rock- and Steel-types for super effective damage. Earthquake also acts as a secondary STAB move, if you don't want to get locked into Outrage. Fire Blast rounds off the Dragon / Ground / Fire coverage and generally helps put up a fight against Bronzor, as it deals a maximum of 48.00%, enough to 3-4HKO it even with Oran Berry.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Gible's excellent Dragon / Ground / Fire coverage, coupled with Substitute can be really irritating as this set can potentially trouble unprepared teams, thanks to its ability, Sand Veil. While sandstorm is constantly brewing, Sand Veil becomes extremely dangerous because it grants him a way to dodge hits behind a Substitute.
The whole idea behind the set is to get behind Substitute and begin to dish out damage with your perfect type coverage. Despite Gible's terrible Defense- which makes it difficult to throw in a Substitute, there are several ways to slip this move. Gible can take advantage of its unique typing and switch in on locked in Fire- and Rock-type moves, or Gible can force a switch-out on Pokémon you outpace and advance by using Substitute. Another way is to predict status from the opponent, and using Substitute can easily block it off. The good thing about this set is that if your opponent decides to stay in and attempt to stop Gible from using Substitute, Sand Veil can kick in and the opponent can potentially miss. Thanks to Sand Veil, your opponent has roughly one out of five chances of missing which is enough tries to use Substitute and when your HP is reduced, Salac Berry kicks in and things can turn worse for the opponent. With Salac Berry's speed boost, Gible reaches 21 Speed, enough to outspeed any other non-speed boosted Pokémon in Little Cup.
Gible has two options in the second slot: Outrage can dish out good damage on physical walls with the cost of getting locked in, while Dragon Claw serves as a safer STAB move but in exchange of missing out crucial 2HKOs on certain walls. Earthquake can hit Rock- and Steel-types for super effective damage, so unlike the previous sets, Gible doesn't have to use prediction to hit incoming Rock- and Steel-types. Fire Blast scores a 3HKO on standard Bronzor even with Oran Berry activated.Team Options & Additional Comments >>>
Gible doesn't have much but it can run a Choice Specs set to beat certain physical walls much quicker, but it is better off taking advantage of its superior Attack. Gible has Scary Face to help patch up its pathetic Speed, but its generally a waste of moveslot and Gible is more effective when taking advantage of its excellent type coverage.
Checks and Counters
Preventing Gible from advancing its sweep is Snover, thanks to its ability Snow Warning and access to Ice Shard to outpace and OHKO a locked-in Gible. With Snow Warning, it cancels out its ability and in return Ice Shard will OHKO, even with Defense EVs. Snover can switch-in on Earthquake and force it to switch out for the most part.
Bronzor can counter Gible pretty well for the most part, because Gible has to rely on scoring a 3HKO with the shaky accuracy of Fire Blast. It can come in on Earthquake, Stone Edge, unboosted Outrage, and Hidden Power Ice with relative ease and can take it down with Gyro Ball or Earthquake.