Glameow

Limber
Blocks paralysis.
Own Tempo
Prevents confusion.
Type Tier
Normal LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
49
- 21 24 -
Atk
55
10 12 15 16
Def
42
9 10 13 14
SpA
42
9 10 13 14
SpD
37
9 10 13 14
Spe
85
13 15 18 19
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Overview

Many feel that the lack of Technician really hurts Glameow's prospects of being the Fake Out lead of choice. However, Glameow's access to Sucker Punch and STAB Quick Attack make it potent at revenge killing threats with a considerable amount of HP, something Meowth does not do quite as well. However, its sub-par defenses and reliance on priority mean that anything faster with a priority attack spells doom for Glameow. Don't underestimate Glameow, though, as it can easily deal a hefty amount of damage to your team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Attacking Lead

Life Orb / Focus Sash Limber Jolly
Moveset IVs
~ Fake Out
~ Sucker Punch
~ U-turn
~ Hypnosis / Quick Attack / Shadow Claw
0 HP
EVs
236 Atk / 20 Def / 236 Spe

Nearly anything with a STAB-boosted Fake Out is a good candidate for a Fake Out lead set, and Glameow is no exception. When using a Life Orb, Glameow's Fake Out will be doing considerable damage to most leads, while stopping them from doing anything in return. Fake Out also works well with Sucker Punch, often allowing it to take out most leads with a one-two attack combination. U-turn makes Glameow a useful Fake-turner, allowing you to scout for counters and weaken them at the same time.

The fourth move choice is a matter of preference. Hypnosis allows you to incapacitate one of your opponent's Pokémon temporarily, while Quick Attack gives it yet another priority move to abuse. Lastly, if Gastly and other Ghost-type Pokémon are ruining your day, using Shadow Claw can severely hurt them. However, to come out on top against such Ghost-type Pokémon like Gastly, you will have to predict perfectly and use Sucker Punch on their attack and Shadow Claw when they use Substitute. The choice between Life Orb and Focus Sash depends on whether you want more power behind your attacks or if you want to survive a powerful hit in the lead spot, or have two chances to hit your target with Hypnosis. If you are using a Life Orb, reduce your HP IV to 0 in order to reduce recoil to 1 HP per attack.

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Other Options

Glameow has few usable moves other than the ones mentioned above. With a Naive nature, Hidden Power Grass may be used on the Lead set to OHKO Kabuto, Omanyte, and Onix. However, Glameow usually has better things to do.

Checks and Counters

Like most Normal-types, Glameow is badly walled by Bronzor. Gligar and Phanpy can take Glameow's attacks with ease, and provided they avoid Hypnosis, can OHKO Glameow with a STAB Earthquake. Glameow is helpless against Misdreavus when not running Shadow Claw, as Misdreavus can avoid Sucker Punch by using Substitute or burning Glameow with Will-O-Wisp. In reality, most Substitute users give Glameow trouble, forcing it to U-turn out. Choice Scarf Machop is also a solid check, shrugging off Quick Attack thanks to its bulk and OHKOing back with DynamicPunch. Generally, anything faster than Glameow that can survive a priority attack can be used to counter Glameow. Choice Scarf Gligar, Choice Scarf Cranidos, and Choice Scarf Magnemite are Pokémon who can come in on Glameow easily and OHKO it with their STAB attacks. Faster priority users also give Glameow trouble as Sucker Punch fails against faster priority moves.