Gligar

Sand Veil
Evasion increases by 20% in a sandstorm.
Hyper Cutter
Prevents the enemy from lowering this Pokémon's Attack.
Type Tier
Ground / Flying NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 23 26 -
Atk
75
12 14 17 18
Def
105
15 17 20 22
SpA
35
9 10 13 14
SpD
65
11 13 16 17
Spe
85
13 15 18 19

Overview

Gligar is considered to be one of the most dangerous Pokemon in the current Little Cup metagame for a few reasons: a solid offensive and defensive typing, a wide movepool that allows sets to be easily be customized, and the ability to reach 19 Speed. He is also bulky enough to take some hits and has the ability to run a plethora of different sets. So why isn't he banned from the standard Little Cup metagame? Firstly, he is weak to Ice- and Water-type attacks, which are two of the most common attacking types in Little Cup. Additionally, each type features a strong priority attack in Ice Shard and Aqua Jet. He also has quite a few checks and counters. That isn't to say he can't play around them, but they make it difficult for him to sweep teams effectively. Once said Pokemon are gone, however, it is easy for Gligar to rip teams apart.

Name Item Ability Nature

Choice Scarf

Choice Scarf Sand Veil Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ U-turn
~ Earthquake
~ Aqua Tail / Night Slash
~ Aerial Ace / Stone Edge
236 Atk / 236 Spe

One of the more common sets Gligar runs is the Choice Scarf set, which boosts his already impressive Speed to incredible heights. The idea is simple: scout with U-turn to see what your opponent brings in to counter Gligar and wear it down. Earthquake is Gligar's main STAB move, but several common Pokemon are immune to it. As such, it is best used sparingly until all of the opponent's Ground-type immunities are gone. The last two slots are dependent on your team. Aqua Tail hits other Gligar as well as Phanpy, while Night Slash hits Ghost-types such as Duskull and Gastly. Be wary, because Duskull will need to have taken some prior damage to KO him, otherwise his Ice Beam will OHKO Gligar back. Stone Edge allows Gligar to hit Mantyke and Paras hard, though it doesn't OHKO Paras without Stealth Rock. Aerial Ace is useful for always OHKOing Paras and reliably hitting other Pokemon for great neutral coverage. It should be noted that Aqua Tail and Night Slash provide the greatest coverage.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Agility

Life Orb / Oran Berry Sand Veil Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
~ Aqua Tail / Roost
156 HP / 236 Atk / 76 Def

This set aims to raise Gligar's Speed to 30 after a Agility, so his usual Speed EVs are not necessary. Instead, the remaining EVs are invested into HP and Defense. With the additional bulk, this Gligar can come in on Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Mankey and Gastly and set up. The only Pokemon that cause trouble for this set are Ice- and Water-type Pokemon that use priority, such as Snover, Kabuto, or Carvanha. It is recommended that you know your opponent's team and remove these threats before you attempt to sweep. After an Agility, Gligar outruns every unboosted Pokemon besides uncommon Choice Scarf variants of Elekid, Diglett, and Voltorb who tie with this set. The difference between Life Orb and Oran Berry is a matter of personal preference. Life Orb adds a handy power boost and the recoil damage is usually inconsequential to Gligar, while Oran Berry makes sure that your Gligar stays in good health even if priority users try to wear him down.

Earthquake and Stone Edge provide the widest range of neutral coverage, while Aqua Tail allows Gligar to hit opposing Gligar harder. Night Slash can be used in the last spot to hit bulky Ghosts such as Duskull, or Roost can be used to attempt to tank Pokemon such as Bronzor who usually wall Gligar.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Oran Berry / Life Orb Sand Veil Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
~ Aqua Tail / Quick Attack
236 Atk / 236 Spe

This set aims to weaken Gligar's counters, then sweep late-game. The strategy is fairly simple: send Gligar in on a resisted attack and use one of his three attacks to weaken his counters. Once they are in KO range of a boosted attack, Gligar can use Swords Dance and sweep from there. Earthquake and Stone Edge provide excellent coverage, while Aqua Tail OHKOes any other Gligar attempting to wall yours. Quick Attack can also be used in the last slot to hit priority-users such as Snover, Carvanha, and Houndour before they hit Gligar.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Oran Berry / Yache Berry Sand Veil Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance / Taunt
~ Agility / Taunt
~ Baton Pass
~ Earthquake
156 HP / 76 Def / 236 SpD

Gligar makes one of the best Baton Pass users in the metagame because of his bulk and Speed. With his diverse movepool, Gligar can choose to Baton Pass Attack and/or Speed boosts to another Pokemon that needs it. Taunt can be used in the place of a boosting move to shut down other stat-uppers or phazing Pokemon. Earthquake is used in case the boost-receiving Pokemon can't switch into the Pokemon Gligar is setting up against.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Life Orb

Life Orb Sand Veil Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge / Aerial Ace
~ Aqua Tail
~ Night Slash / U-turn / Substitute
236 Atk / 236 Spe

This set is relatively uncommon in the metagame, but it is one that can easily devastate most of the metagame. Instead of focusing on boosting Gligar's stats and sometimes being forced out by priority, this set keeps the pressure on your opponents and acts similarly to Infernape in OU. Each move hits Gligar's own counters, allowing him to break them down without much outside help. Earthquake is Gligar's main STAB move, Stone Edge hits Mantyke and Paras, Night Slash hits Ghosts such as Duskull, and Aqua Tail hits other Gligar. U-turn is another option that allows you to scout for incoming counters like Snover, who is KOed if Stealth Rock is on the field. The disadvantage to using this set is that you risk tying with other 19 Speed Pokemon, such as Staryu and Taillow, who can OHKO you. You also lose to Choice Scarf users, such as Chinchou and Houndour, who can OHKO you with their powerful STAB moves.

Another effective, similar moveset is Substitute / Earthquake / Aerial Ace / Aqua Tail. This set allows you to lure in opposing Snover who think you are using Earthquake, set up Substitute instead to avoid Ice Shard OHKOing Gligar, and OHKO Snover with Aerial Ace. Substitute is also useful for evading Sucker Punch. The problem with running Substitute with this set, though, is that Gligar may quickly get worn down which can cut back on his sweeping ability, especially when considering the fact that you are forced to only run three attacks.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Substitute

BrightPowder Sand Veil Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Roost
~ Earthquake / Aerial Ace
~ Toxic / Sand Attack
156 HP / 236 Def / 76 SpD

This set is easily one of the most annoying sets in Little Cup due to a loop hole in the Evasion Clause. The set revolves around Sand Veil and BrightPowder, which increases Gligar's evasion by 28%. When you combine this with moves that lack 100% accuracy, such as Aqua Tail and Fire Blast, Gligar has a fairly decent chance of not taking any damage at all. After sandstorm is set up by Hippopotas, Gligar can stall out bulky Pokemon with Substitute, sandstorm damage, and Toxic, Roosting when necessary. You will want Gligar to use Substitute as often as possible to increase the chance of misses occurring. Earthquake is recommended as a powerful STAB and to make sure Gligar won't be completely defenseless against Taunt users, but Aerial Ace can be used to hit Gastly who otherwise walls this set. The last move slot, however, comes down to personal choice. Toxic is nice to hit bulky Pokemon, such as Gligar and Duskull, who can potentially kill Gligar. Sand Attack allows Gligar to cause even more switches as Pokemon become virtually unable to hit him after a Sand Attack or two.

The EV spread is a combination of bulk and reaching the 16 Speed mark. This is recommended because Gligar avoids KOs from other Gligar's Aqua Tails easily and still outruns 15 Speed Pokemon. However, other popular spreads are 236 HP / 236 Spe with Jolly or 156 HP / 76 Atk / 236 Spe with Jolly to force Speed ties with other 19 Speed Pokemon. It is your choice if you want the extra bulk or the ability to force Speed ties with Pokemon that can threaten you, such as Staryu and Taillow.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Lead

Focus Sash Sand Veil Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Earthquake
~ Quick Attack
~ Aqua Tail / U-turn
236 Atk / 236 Spe

Gligar makes an effective lead because he is able to OHKO most leads with Earthquake and finish off Focus Sash users with Quick Attack. Gligar also learns Stealth Rock, which he can reliably set up. Gligar has room for Aqua Tail in the final slot to deal with opposing Gligar and Ghost-type switch-ins; however, U-turn can be used to dent Bronzor as you switch out.

Gligar has to use many different tactics against most leads, but a majority of them can be beaten. Against Kabuto, Gligar needs to Earthquake and Quick Attack for the KO while Kabuto tries to Aqua Jet. When Chimchar or other slower Fake Out leads are seen, Gligar must use Quick Attack to break their Focus Sash as they use Fake Out, allowing Gligar to simply Earthquake for the KO. Meowth and Diglett won't be able to do much to Gligar, so you can bet that they will switch out (though Meowth will use Fake Out first), giving you a chance to use Stealth Rock. Against Aipom, Gligar has to win the second Speed tie in order to KO him, as both Aipom's Return and Gligar's Earthquake are 2HKOs. Phanpy and Hippopotas have Gligar beat, so it is recommended that you have Gligar set up Stealth Rock and switch out.

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Other Options

Gligar has a couple additional options that haven't been included yet. Gligar can run a decent physical wall set that checks most physical threats and sends them packing with Earthquake. Gligar can run Stealth Rock and Roost on this set to allow him to consistently set up Stealth Rock should it be removed. The downside of bumping up Gligar's Defense stat is that he loses out on Speed. This makes Gligar very easy to outpace and exploit due to his 4x Ice-type weakness. Gligar can also make a great Choice Band user with his powerful STAB Earthquake and ability to scout with U-turn. However, Gligar generally doesn't want to be locked into Earthquake, and with only 19 Speed Gligar, he isn't likely going to be sweeping very easily.

Checks and Counters

Bronzor is probably the best counter to Gligar due to its excellent physical bulk and resistances. However, if you plan on using Bronzor to take out Gligar, Hidden Power Ice is definitely recommended. You don't want Gligar to set up numerous Swords Dances while Bronzor tickles him with Gyro Ball. Phanpy also works quite well since he has high Defense and HP while also having access to Ice Shard. He can't switch in as often as Bronzor, though.

Often the best way to get rid of Gligar is to revenge kill him. Choice Scarf users, such as Chinchou, Mankey, and Machop, can all easily OHKO Gligar with their super effective attacks. Gligar also despises certain priority moves, mainly Ice Shard and Aqua Jet. Pokemon such as Snover can switch in on either Earthquake or Aqua Tail and OHKO Gligar with Ice Shard. Water-types, such as Kabuto, Carvanha, and Buizel, can revenge kill a weakened Gligar with Aqua Jet as well.

Duskull is another wonderful counter to Gligar. He can switch into Earthquake since he has Levitate and threaten Gligar with Will-O-Wisp or Ice Beam. Be warned that, should Gligar carry Night Slash, Duskull will have a tough time switching in, especially if Gligar also carries Swords Dance.