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 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
65
- 271 334 -
Atk
75
167 186 249 273
Def
105
221 246 309 339
SpA
35
95 106 169 185
SpD
65
149 166 229 251
Spe
85
185 206 269 295

Overview

With a useful base 85 Speed and superb base 105 Defense to compliment its unique Ground / Flying typing, Gligar should not be frowned upon in the UU tier, despite its NFE status. Gligar's typing grants it both an Electric and Ground immunity, as well as neat resistances to Bug, Fighting, and Poison. Perhaps the most impressive niche about Gligar is its versatility; it can set up Swords Dance and/or Agility and Baton Pass the boosts to a teammate, use Toxic to stall its opponent, break stall with Taunt, or be a deadly set-up sweeper with Swords Dance. It's not all good though, Gligar's special stats are pitiful and its Attack stat is only average. However, as long as its teammates are able to cover up its unfortunate weaknesses to common Water- and Ice-type attacks, Gligar will make a formidable addition to your team.

Name Item Ability Nature

SubRoost

Leftovers Sand Veil Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Substitute
~ Roost
~ Taunt
~ Toxic / Earthquake
200 HP / 84 Def / 224 Spe

Due to its great Defense, superb typing, access to Taunt, and an instant recovery in Roost, it's no surprise that Gligar can run a SubRoost set effectively. This set makes a great addition to teams that have trouble breaking through key pieces of stall teams, such as Chansey, Spiritomb, and Clefable. The premise of this set is simple: bring Gligar in on something that can't do much to it, such as a Choiced Fighting-, Ground-, or Electric-type attacks, and Substitute on the switch. Then, let Gligar proceed to whittle away at its opponent's health with Toxic, while simultaneously preventing them from healing via Taunt and keeping itself healthy with Roost.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Wall

Leftovers Sand Veil Impish
Moveset EVs
~ Taunt
~ Roost
~ Earthquake
~ Aerial Ace / Toxic
252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe

While this set may look similar to the SubRoost set, it has a different function: to be a reliable check to a number of physical threats in the tier. Gligar is able to check threats like Rhyperior, Aggron, and Hitmonlee without much trouble, thanks to its typing and base 105 Defense. Roost is a given on a defensive set, since it allows Gligar to recover half of its health, as well as play mind games with the opponent by removing its Flying-type. Due to Gligar's weak damage output, opponents will try to setup on Gligar; Taunt solves this issue by preventing Gligar's opponent from setting up on it. Earthquake is Gligar's STAB move of choice, as it allows Gligar to hit Rock-, Poison-, and Steel-types for super effective damage.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Yache Berry / Passho Berry Hyper Cutter Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance / Earthquake
~ Agility / Earthquake
~ Baton Pass
~ Taunt
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

Being only one of three Pokemon in UU that has access to the combination of Swords Dance, Agility, and Baton Pass, Gligar takes after Gliscor as being one of the best Baton Passers in their respective tiers. The moves are fairly simple. Taunt can prevent Gligar's opponent from halting its boosts or phazing it out. Running both Swords Dance and Agility can make your recipient a deadly sweeper if Gligar can manage a successful pass. However, you can opt to use Earthquake instead of a second boosting move because it can be difficult to gain a +2 boost in both Attack and Speed without dual screen support or Defense boosts. The choice between Yache or Passho Berry depends on the resistances of your team; if your team has multiple Water resistances, Gligar is better off holding a Yache Berry, while if your team has more Ice resistances, Gligar should hold a Passho Berry.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Hyper Cutter Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge
~ X-Scissor / Roost
4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

While Gligar's other sets tend to play a more supportive or defensive role, this set is meant to remedy its rather mediocre Attack stat with Swords Dance, and use its respectable base 85 Speed to sweep. After a boost, Gligar reaches 498 Attack which allows it to OHKO or 2HKO all but the sturdiest of walls with its great coverage. As for the moves, Earthquake is Gligar's main way of dealing damage, thanks to its STAB, and Stone Edge completes the infamous QuakeEdge combo, resisted only by Claydol and Torterra in UU. X-Scissor allows Gligar to hit the previously mentioned Pokemon, in addition to bulky Psychic-types like Uxie, Mesprit, and Slowbro, for super effective damage.

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Other Options

Due to its good physical movepool, Gligar could be an ideal Choice user, but its mediocre Attack makes the idea moot. Gligar can also use Screech to force switches, and use U-turn to take advantage of the switch. In terms of other attacking options, Night Slash allows Gligar to hit Ghost-types, most notably Rotom, for super effective damage. Aqua Tail can be used to hit bulky Ground-types, like Claydol, Rhyperior, and other Gligar. Since most physical attackers will have trouble 2HKOing Gligar without any super effective attacks, Counter can be used to strike back at them.

Checks and Counters

Most physically bulky Pokemon that can take a boosted attack from Gligar and deal super effective damage back make good counters for it. Any specially-based Water-type like Milotic and Slowbro can OHKO Gligar with Surf. Donphan can use its excellent physical bulk to switch in on Gligar and hit it with Ice Shard. Both Claydol and Torterra resist the infamous QuakeEdge combo and can OHKO or 2HKO Gligar with Ice Beam or Wood Hammer, respectively, but neither will enjoy taking a boosted X-Scissor. Pokemon with access to priority that super effectively damages Gligar can remove it once it has been weakened enough. Cloyster, Azumarill, and Feraligatr are all great examples of such Pokemon.