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Glalie (GP 2/2)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by Windsong, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. Windsong

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    [Overview]

    <p>Since the advent of ADV, Glalie has been a largely forgotten Pokemon. Possessing totally average stats across the board, along with a rather sparse movepool, it's no wonder that Glalie has been either shunned or simply overlooked by most competitive players. However, thanks to a few niche moves, Satan's hockey mask still enjoys a relatively comfortable spot in the RU tier.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Spikes
    move 1: Spikes
    move 2: Taunt
    move 3: Explosion
    move 4: Ice Shard
    item: Focus Sash
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>With the introduction of Team Preview, aggressive suicide leads are usually frowned upon. However, due to its nearly unique combination of moves in Spikes, Taunt, and Explosion—shared with only Qwilfish—Glalie can pull off a suicide lead role very well. These three moves form the crux of this moveset; Spikes provides extremely useful team support, while Taunt shuts down many Pokemon trying to set up, and thanks to Glalie's decent Speed, also prevents slower Pokemon from laying Stealth Rock. Explosion is crucial to the moveset, despite its nerf, because it allows Glalie to set up Spikes and go out with a bang, allowing for a frail sweeper to switch in without fear. Ice Shard is essentially a filler move, but is useful for breaking Focus Sashes on Pokemon such as Scolipede, who will almost always use Taunt when faced with an opposing Glalie.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Glalie has many decent move options over Ice Shard, such as Avalanche, Ice Fang, and Ice Beam. While these are all capable of significantly out-damaging Ice Shard, Ice Shard's ability to break Focus Sashes is far more important. Furthermore, Ice Beam requires Special Attack investment, which significantly weakens Explosion. These moves don't really help Glalie accomplish its goal of laying Spikes, possibly breaking a Focus Sash, and then going boom. Instead, they just complicate what is a simple and easy to use Pokemon.</p>

    <p>Glalie can invest in its defenses in order to give itself slightly more survivability, but this is not recommended. This is because Glalie should be played more aggressively than other Spikes users, by setting Spikes right off the bat then Exploding, so as to grant a sweeper a free switch in. This is also why maximizing Speed and Attack is superior to investing in both Attack and Special Attack on the same set, since Glalie shouldn't be spending what few turns it has attacking; rather, it should just be setting up hazards and then departing the field for good.</p>

    <p>In order to make full use of the team support it provides, Glalie needs to be paired with a spinblocker. Due to Glalie's ability to easily gain momentum for the team, defensive spinblockers, such as Misdreavus and Cofagrigus, are not recommended. Instead, it's better to use more offensively minded spinblockers, such as Rotom and Haunter, both of whom abuse Spikes well on top of blocking Rapid Spin. Likewise, Glalie also pairs well with most offensive Pokemon. Moltres, for example, is capable of 2HKOing the majority of the metagame with entry hazard support, as are Honchkrow and Lilligant, all of whom force switches easily. More offensive Water-types, such as Floatzel and Feraligatr, also partner well with Glalie, since they have excellent synergy as well as the ability to abuse Spikes to the fullest.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>In terms of decent STAB moves, Glalie gets Ice Beam, Icy Wind, Ice Fang, and Avalanche, although none of them are particularly useful considering Glalie's lackluster attacking stats. Glalie can run a fairly decent Choice Band set, with Ice Fang or Avalanche, Crunch, Earthquake, and Explosion, but it simply doesn't hit very hard. In a similar vein, Glalie can also pull off a Choice Specs set with Ice Beam, Hidden Power, Shadow Ball, and Explosion, although again, even with the Choice Specs boost, it's not breaking through many opponents.</p>

    <p>Thanks to Ice Body, Glalie can effectively pull off defensive sets in hail, although these sets are usually outclassed by either Regice or Walrein, both of whom have significantly greater bulk. However, Glalie does have a niche in its ability to use Spikes, so it's not totally terrible in a defensive role. Just don't expect it to take many hits, even with investment. Pure defensive Spikes sets used outside of hail are almost always outclassed by Omastar though, and thus not a good option for Glalie.</p>

    <p>Finally, Glalie does have a few decent support options, most notably Rain Dance and Light Screen, to complement Spikes. Glalie does not make a great fit on most rain teams, however, since they usually need more durable rain inducers and Glalie doesn't help eliminate threats to most rain teams anyways. Light Screen is also relatively useless, since Glalie doesn't get Reflect to complement it.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Most Rapid Spinners, especially Kabutops, Hitmonchan, and Hitmonlee, all handle Glalie really well. They can Rapid Spin to blow away its hazards, have super effective moves to activate Focus Sash, and priority moves to bring down Glalie before it can Explode. In addition, Entei, Typhlosion, and Moltres are all capable of limiting Glalie to one layer of Spikes, since they outspeed Glalie and 2HKO it with ease. Strong Fighting-, Steel-, and Rock-types also pose problems for Glalie, as they're all capable of heavily damaging it. Lastly, just about any Pokemon with decent offenses can usually break through Glalie due to its relatively flimsy defenses.</p>

    [Dream World]

    <p>Glalie gets Moody via the Dream World; however, this ability is banned and thus cannot be used.</p>
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    Amateur GP check in progress. Placeholder.

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    Check implemented, and I apologize for forgetting to switch my apostrophes, it's a dumb mistake that adds a fair amount of extra work for GP, so yeah, sorry bout that, Sirn!
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