Like I promised, this would be up by Friday. I took Birkal's original skeleton, added C&C and OO, added the SubPass set, and made some tweaks here or there regarding the recent ban of Sand Veil.
Status: Quality Control
QC Approvals (3/3): Ginganinja, Princess Bri, Accidental Greed
GP Approvals (0/2):
Still very annoying
- One of the best physical walls in OU thanks to its resistances and high defense.
- Poison Heal ability gives it immunity to status, as well as a magnificent 12.5% HP gain every turn, making taking Gliscor down hard to do
- Has pretty good offensive capabilities despite being known as a defensive wall.
- Huge usage of Rain teams and special attackers give Gliscor trouble. However, the ability to wall top-tier threats such as Terrakion will forever earn it a spot as one of the most useful Pokemon in OU.
- BW2 brought a fair share of counters and new uses- the popularity of Landorus-T and the reallowance of Garchomp give even more uses for Gliscor on teams. However, new counters arose as well- Thundurus-T, Tornadus-T, Keldeo, and Genesect all can deal a lot of damage with their strong special moves.
- Can run Stealth Rock and Roost along with Poison Heal thanks to the new move tutors.
- Recent ban of Sand Veil in OU has made the Acrobat set a lot easier to stop- however, that doesn't make it less effective
- Faces some competition with Lando-T, which is bulkier at the start, and which also hits a lot harder. However, Gliscor's high overall bulk and ability still make it a fine physical wall
name: Sub Toxic
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Toxic
move 3: Protect / Taunt / Roost
move 4: Earthquake
item: Toxic Orb
ability: Poison Heal
evs: 244 HP / 28 Def / 236 Spe
- The Good ol' Toxic Stall set is back to put smiles on peoples faces.
- Able to stall out a myriad of Pokemon by using Sub+Protect/Roost without losing a smidgen of health, along with Toxic.
- Toxic and Substitute are what make this set shine, so it is a must; Gliscor can Toxic stall many OU pokemon because of its high defense and steady, sped-up HP recovery in Poison Heal.
- Protect is usually preferred over Roost to aid with scouting and to guarantee your Toxic Orb activates. Roost also removes Gliscors vital Flying typing for a turn. However, Roost may be used for a never-ending cycle of healing. Taunt can also be used to prevent opposing set up, as well as prevent opposing Recovery
- Earthquake, the final slot, is the main STAB option to prevent it from being Taunt bait and to provide some type of offense.
- Speed EVs allow you to out speed all Heatran except Choice Scarf sets, Neutral-nature Lucario, Jolly Mamoswine and Adamant Breloom.
- The rest of the EVs are put into HP and Defense to maximize Gliscors Physical Bulk. The HP evs make sure that Gliscor completely heals all lost Substitute HP in two turns.
- Speed can be adjusted to out speed Pokemon such as all Rotom except scarf variants. A spread of 244 HP / 72 Def / 192 Spe with a Jolly nature is the best alternate spread for that. If out speeding Jolly Mamoswine isn't necessary, a slightly different spread of 244 HP / 44 Def / 220 Spe with an Impish nature can be used. A Jolly nature can also be used in tandem with 220 Spe EVs to outspeed Deo-D and Lucario.
- Aerial Ace can be used in the last slot to destroy Breloom, one of the few physical threats than can beat Gliscor. It is also useful for providing good damage on Amoonguss.
- Toxic Spikes support is Gliscors best friend. Forretress, Tentacruel, and Roserade are excellent teammates that can perform this role.
- Tyranitar and Hippowdon, Pokemon with the Sand Stream ability are great partners along with Gliscor. They help put a damper on opposing weather teams and provide extra residual damage, aiding in Gliscors stalling rampage. Tyranitar is an excellent partner because of it's massive special defense. Gliscor takes the physical blows and most importantly, the deadly Fighting attacks aimed at Tyranitar.
- Steel types immune to Earthquake completely shut down this set. Air Balloon Heatran is unaffected by anything this set does and can hit back with Hidden Power Ice or STAB Fire Blast. Although not commonly seen in OU, Bronzong will beat this set and can hit hard with Hidden Power Ice. Skarmory walls this set and can set up hazards in it's face, but can not really do much back, especially if Gliscor packs Taunt.
- Taunt users completely shut down this set. Opposing Gliscor also stop this set cold, but can do nothing back unless they carry Ice Fang.
- Pokemon that out speed Gliscor and hit on the special side will almost always come out on top.
- Other good team mates that should be considered will need to focus on removing Pokemon that stop this set, and others that can take the special attacks aimed at Gliscor. Rotom-W is one of the best ways to deal with mentioned threats such as Skarmory and Air Balloon Heatran. Blissey can take all special attacks coming towards Gliscor, and Gliscor can take almost any physical attacks aimed at Blissey.
move 1: Earthquake
move 2: Taunt / Toxic
move 3: Toxic / Ice Fang / Stealth Rock
move 4: Roost / Protect
item: Toxic Orb
ability: Poison Heal
evs: 252 HP / 240 Def / 16 Spe
As one of the best physical walls in OU, this set walls some of the biggest threats around.
Similar to the old defensive set, but the availability of Stealth Rock and Roost has given Gliscor more options and versatility.
Typing provides handy immunities to Electric and Ground type attacks, as well as resistances to Fighting and Bug.
Useful if you need a defensive pivot or if you want to shut down stall teams.
Earthquake is the usual STAB option available.
Taunt is for shutting down stall and set-up sweepers that would use Gliscor as set-up fodder. It also stops Pokemon like Skarmory, Forretress, and Ferrothorn from setting up hazards.
The 3rd slot can be decided depending on what you need. Gliscor is a very reliable user of Stealth Rock if you need a Pokemon to set them up. Toxic helps provide residual damage and helps break down opposing walls and sweepers. Without Ice Fang, Gliscor is unable to touch Dragons and other Flying types.
Roost is the first option to provide constant healing alongside with Poison Heal. Protect is also a viable option for scouting choiced attackers and guaranteeing Toxic Orb activation.
Speed EVs allow Gliscor to out speed max speed Adamant Tyranitar and Adamant Breloom. Alternately, you can bump Gliscors speed EVs up to 148 to outspeed Jolly Breloom and other base 70 Pokemon.
Other remaining EVs are placed into HP and Defense to provide maximum physical bulk. 248 HP EVs to lessen Stealth Rock damage and for maximum Poison Heal Recovery.
As always, speed EVs can be adjusted to outspeed different threats. A spread of 248 HP / 40 Def / 220 Spe with an Impish nature can be used to outspeed Adamant Lucario and all Heatran except scarf sets.
Bulky Steel types like Skarmory can wall this set if Gliscor lacks Taunt. Bronzong walls this set and can retaliate with Hidden Power Ice.
Bulky waters wall this set, but must be wary of a possible Toxic coming their way.
Air Balloon Heatran, Latios, Keldeo and other special attackers will wreck Gliscor.
Special walls such as Jirachi, Heatran, and Chansey are excellent team mates.
Magnezone can trap troublesome steels such as Skarmory and also help deal with rain teams with it's STAB Thunderbolt. Both of which give Gliscor problems.
Rotom-W helps against rain teams and most steel types that stop Gliscor cold.
move 1: Acrobatics
move 2: Earthquake
move 3: Swords Dance
move 4: Substitute / Agility
item: Flying Gem
ability: Hyper Cutter
evs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe
- Gliscor can't use Sand Veil anymore, but this set is still very effective. This set uses Gliscor's natural bulk to set up on common unboosted physical attackers, and then sweep behind Substitutes with powerful STAB EQ's and Acrobatics's.
- Good base 95 speed and attack are enough to give Gliscor a dangerous offensive presence. It is enough to outspeed almost all common Taunters to allow Gliscor to pull of a Swords Dance in front of pokemon like Deoxys.
- Great STABs; Flying Gem helps pack a punch on the first hit with Acrobatics, and allows Gliscor to spam Hurricane powered attacks for the rest of the match
- Earthquake is Gliscors strongest STAB option for this set, providing excellent coverage and power.
- Swords Dance is preferred move for busting through its counters, but Agility is a viable option against offensive teams. Despite having decent offensive options, it still lacks power.
- Probably should list those calcs on the existing analysis; they're good.
- vs. 112/0 Rotom-W 83.64% - 98.14%
- vs. 4/0 Rotom-W 92.98% - 109.09%
- vs. 252/252+ Slowbro 81.73% - 96.19%
- vs. 252/184+ Gliscor 86.72% - 102.54%
- Can push through Rotom-W, which is pretty unique for a Gliscor set.
- Poison Heal is used over Hyper Cutter to allow Gliscor to come in on a predicted Toxic and gain needed Recovery as well as the ability to become a status absorber
- Beats most bulky waters with a 2HKO, including Vaporeon, Slowbro, and defensive Gliscor.
- Easily revenge killed if Agility isn't used.
- Magnezone is still a good team mate because it can trap Skarmory and Bronzong, as well as having a powerful STAB Thunderbolt to hit bulky waters. It can also bait fighting types for Gliscor to set up on.
- Should be paired with pokemon that can take Water / Ice type attacks easily, as many water type pokemon such as Keldeo-R are quite dangerous to it. Some good partners include Rotom-W, Keldeo-R, Vaporeon, or Jellicent.
name: Sub Pass
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Baton Pass
move 3: Earthquake
move 4: Taunt / Agility / Swords Dance
item: Toxic Orb
ability: Poison Heal
evs: 244 HP / 28 Def / 236 Spe
- This set aims to use Gliscor's great defenses and good speed with Baton Pass and Substitute to pass to teammates
- great partner on all sorts of teams- not just baton pass- because it keeps its ability to wall almost any physical attacker
- Substitute and Baton Pass are the crux of the set- buying teammates time to set up or muscle past walls. Gliscor's decent base 75 HP and ability to heal Sub HP in just 2 turns makes it do this excellently
- Earthquake is here to hit Taunters. It has great coverage and power
- The last slot depends on what the team needs Gliscor to do other than SubPass- Taunt can be used to prevent opposing set up and Taunt
- Agility or Swords Dance can also be used to allow Gliscor to pass stat boosts. After a Swords Dance, GLiscor holds a fair amount of power by itself too, letting it hit opponents fairly hard
- Facade is another offensive move that can be used to hit flying types. It has decent power as well.
- Speed ev's are the same as the Substitute set- outspeeding Heatran, Mamoswine, and Breloom
- 244 evs are put into HP to make the Substitutes as bulky as possible; as well as keeping Gliscor's HP at an odd number to maximize Poison Heal.
- The rest is put into defense for added bulk.
- Skarmory and Bronzong are huge threats to this set- Skarmory resists both coverage moves, is immune to Toxic, and can Whirlwind away the passed Substitutes. However, with Taunt Gliscor can beat these foes and set up successfully without fear of being phazed.
- Bronzong on the other hand can HP Ice the Subs until they break. If Gliscor can pass before the Sub is broken, Bronzong is great set up bait to common recievers such as Volcorona, Lati@s, and Breloom.
- Nearly anything that can outspeed, take a hit, and break the Sub can counter this set's function. Lati@s, Gengar, and Thundurus-T are all prime examples. However, all but Gengar won't like a Toxic.
- Phazers work well as well if Gliscor doesn't carry taunt.
- Great partners are not only recievers with synergy but also pokemon that can set up on or threaten Gliscor's counters.
- Jirachi is also a great example. Body Slam and Iron head will chip away at your opponent's health fast and even if they do manage to attack they'll only be touching a dummy. Its bulk and typing fit well with Gliscor too
- Bulky Swords Dance. It can play a role of a tank as well as a support pokemon that can sweep. It is also an effective wallbreaker.
- Passing SD/Agilities
- U-Turn can be used for a fast scouting set
[CHECKS AND COUNTERS]
- Most moderately fast and bulky special attackers can beat Gliscor
- Gengar is a good offensive counter- immune to EQ and Toxic, as well as able to outspeed and break Gliscor's Subs
- Bronzong and Skarmory top the list by resisting all common moves and being able to beat it with either HP ice or Whirlwind. Air Balloon Heatran is also a good check, as it is immune to Toxic and EQ as well. However, it has to watch out for offensive Gliscor as once its balloon is popped it can not function as a check.
- Fast taunters such as Sableye, Tornadus-I, and Aerodactyl can pretty much stop Gliscor's defensive sets
- Xatu gets a mention here as it cannot be Toxic'd and is immune to EQ
- Bulky water types do a nice job- but many do not appreciate toxic. Hydration Vaporeon is a great answer as it doesn't mind any status.
- Most Ice types can beat Gliscor- Cloyster can Icicle Spear past Substitutes, Mamoswine can Ice Shard/Crash/Spear, Kyurem-B can Ice Beam, and Abomasnow can Blizzard / Ice Shard.
- If the Gliscor is without Taunt, most slower walls can handle Gliscor easily, tanking its relatively weak hits and setting hazards or attacking