Gliscor

Sand Veil
Evasion increases by 20% in a sandstorm.
Hyper Cutter
Prevents the enemy from lowering this Pokémon's Attack.
Type Tier
Ground / Flying OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
75
- 291 354 -
Atk
95
203 226 289 317
Def
125
257 286 349 383
SpA
45
113 126 189 207
SpD
75
167 186 249 273
Spe
95
203 226 289 317
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Overview

Gliscor's unique typing, good stats, and great movepool make him a prime choice for any team. He can serve very different roles, from being a sweeper, to supporting the team in different ways, or even being a defensive tank. Either way, Gliscor is able to cause problems for teams using its vast array of tools.

Although Gliscor may seem underwhelming at times, one must remember that each different Gliscor set does something different, and should be used in a way that optimizes its efficiency. If he is very well played, the gliding scorpion will certainly be a great asset to any team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Britscor (Stallbreaker)

Leftovers Sand Veil Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Taunt
~ Earthquake
~ Roost
~ Toxic / U-turn
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With a combination of his good Speed, great bulk, and access to Taunt and Roost, Gliscor can be a great tool in dismantling a stall team. After a Taunt, Blissey without Ice Beam cannot touch Gliscor, Hippowdon needs Ice Fang, and even Forretress's Gyro Ball won't be doing enough damage. Gliscor can then proceed to chip away at them with Earthquake while Roosting off damage to let the poison from Toxic take its toll. The given EVs and nature allow Gliscor to outspeed all Lucario, non-Choice Scarf Heracross, Jolly Gyarados without a boost, some variants of Jirachi, and force ties with opposing Gliscor.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Lead

Leftovers Sand Veil Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Stealth Rock
~ Earthquake
~ Roost
~ Taunt / U-turn
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With Stealth Rock and Taunt, Gliscor can even work effectively as a lead. Taunt allows him to beat slower Pokemon from setting up Stealth Rock, while Roost can keep him in good condition as the battle wears on. Gliscor can actually be saved for later on, so you don't even need to set up Stealth Rock immediately. Earthquake is the attack of choice, since it lets Gliscor beat Metagross, Infernape, and Heatran. The EVs give Gliscor the bulk to survive repeated attacks from these Pokemon while still outspeeding Base 90 Speed Pokemon and forcing a tie with other Gliscor.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Swords Dance

Life Orb Hyper Cutter Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Swords Dance
~ Earthquake
~ Stone Edge / Night Slash
~ Roost
40 HP / 252 Atk / 216 Spe

Gliscor is often stopped by dedicated physical walls, and therefore has a hard time sweeping. This set attempts to remedy that and use Gliscor as a more offensive threat, mainly to clean up late-game. The combination of Swords Dance, Earthquake and Stone Edge is very hard to resist, and with Roost, Gliscor can heal off any Life Orb recoil. The Speed EVs allow Gliscor to just outspeed Base 90 Speed Pokemon, while Attack is maximized to allows Gliscor to punch through walls. The extra 40 EVs were added to HP to give Gliscor a little bulk.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Baton Pass

Yache Berry / Lum Berry Hyper Cutter Timid
Moveset EVs
~ Baton Pass
~ Rock Polish
~ Swords Dance
~ Taunt
252 HP / 196 SpD / 60 Spe

Gliscor has just the right things needed for a good Baton Passer—reasonable bulk and Speed, enough boosts to Baton Pass, and the ability to stop phazing. This set is played very simply. Gliscor will only be passing one or two boosts along directly to a sweeper who can then tear through the foe's team. Taunt is a prime factor on this set since it stops the likes of Skarmory and Suicune phazing Gliscor's boosts away, so that he can then set-up and Baton Pass to something dangerous.

The EVs allow Gliscor to outspeed Adamant Gyarados all the time, and Choice Scarf Gengar after a Rock Polish. The rest are placed into HP and Special Defense so Gliscor can survive things like Surf from Suicune or Vaporeon who have not invested in Special Attack. It's generally a good idea to Rock Polish first, as then Gliscor can outspeed whatever the opponent switches in, meaning there is less chance of being phazed, KOed, or set up on.

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Other Options

Gliscor has a wide array of moves at his disposal—nearly any set listed here can use Stealth Rock or Knock Off over one of its other moves to provide team support. Gliscor can also support the team further with Torment and even Rain Dance. Otherwise, Gliscor can also use moves like Fire Fang, Thunder Fang, Ice Fang, Aqua Tail, X-Scissor and Night Slash, although these are really situational coverage moves used only to hit certain threats. The Stallbreaker set can even try to abuse Screech in tandem with U-turn to really rack up entry hazard damage. A Brightpowder set can be run with Substitute and Sand Veil if Tyranitar or Hippowdon is present on the team to really annoy foes.

Defensive sets can also afford to drop to an Impish nature, or even go down to 72 Speed EVs, as this still outspeeds Tyranitar or Magnezone provided they aren't Scarfed. The rest can go into Defense or Attack. 252 HP / 40 Def is a usable spread to improve Gliscor's bulk, although he still isn't surviving massive attacks from anything. Any offensive set will want at least 216 Speed EVs to outspeed Lucario, and at least 88 Attack EVs to 2HKO Metagross. You can run 52 HP EVs to maximize Leftovers recovery, or no EVs at all to decrease Life Orb damage (though Gliscor often has Roost anyway).

Checks and Counters

Bulky Water-types will give Gliscor problems, as the best he can do is Toxic them or try to use Swords Dance and whittle them down with Earthquake. Gyarados is the biggest problem if Gliscor is without Stone Edge, since it is immune to Earthquake, has Intimidate to cut Sand Veil Gliscor's attack and carries a very strong Waterfall to KO Gliscor with. Swampert and Suicune are also dangerous, since they can Ice Beam or Roar Gliscor depending on the set. Skarmory has to beware of Taunt, but can wall even the stallbreaker Gliscor, being immune to Earthquake and Toxic. Starmie and Shaymin are also good choices, since they can often outspeed Gliscor and put large dents in him with their STAB special attacks. In fact, most special attacks in general will be hurting Gliscor a lot, and his weaknesses to Water and Ice aren't helping either. Gengar in particular is immune to Earthquake and Toxic, and packs a 4x resistance to U-turn, which means he can usually switch in for free and get a Substitute up.