Quality Control Glastrier (QC 1/2)

Mariannabelle

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[OVERVIEW]

Glastrier's immense Attack stat is backed up by a good STAB move and extremely useful coverage options capable of crashing through most opponents. Its bulk is nothing to sneeze at either, and it can create extremely tanky Substitutes to protect itself from status and weaker hits from the likes of Vileplume and Vaporeon. Glastrier's stat distribution and movepool makes it a diverse attacker capable of pressuring the opposition with either its Attack or Defense with Swords Dance or Iron Defense + Body Press, respectively. However, Glastrier has a poor defensive Ice typing and a very low Speed; these two factors leave Glastrier vulnerable to the powerful STAB options or coverage of most other wallbreakers such as Sirfetch'd and Exploud, so its effective bulk is lower than it appears on paper. Glastrier also finds itself unable to progress against certain answers such as Arcanine or Unaware Quagsire without a lot of support.

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Substitute
move 3: Icicle Crash
move 4: Close Combat/High Horsepower
item: Leftovers
ability: Chilling Neigh
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 20 SpD / 236 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Glastrier should use Substitute on forced switches or in front of passive Pokemon; the given EV spread allows Glastrier to make beefy 101 HP Substitutes and outspeed uninvested walls such as Vaporeon and Guzzlord. Close Combat is the overall best coverage available, blasting through Steel-types like Copperajah and offering good neutral hits on Water-types like Vaporeon. High Horsepower is a less powerful option that can be used to hit Steel-types and offering more power against Fire-types like Arcanine without sustaining defensive drops.

Partners like Salazzle and Drapion easily draw in targets like Vaporeon and Quagsire; status and Knock Off support will give Glastrier an easier time breaking through them and performing a late-game sweep. Vaporeon is an excellent partner, protecting Glastrier from Fire attacks and passing Wishes to augment Glastrier's stellar bulk; in return, Glastrier can take advantage of targets like opposing Vileplume. Glastrier is threatened by Fighting-types, so partners like Garbodor, Talonflame, and Xatu are appreciated; the latter two are also effective hazard control for Glastrier, as it opts for Leftovers instead of Heavy-Duty Boots. Offensive support from the likes of Healing Wish Celebi or dual screens Xatu cater to Glastrier's immense bulk and supplements its sweeping opportunities.

[SET]
name: Iron Defense
move 1: Iron Defense
move 2: Body Press
move 3: Icicle Crash / Throat Chop
move 4: Substitute
item: Leftovers
ability: Chilling Neigh
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 20 SpD / 236 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Glastrier should use Substitute to leverage its extreme bulk against uninvested attackers and on anticipated switches. Iron Defense further improves the durability of Substitute against opponents such as Mudsdale and Bronzong, and is the main boosting option for Body Press. Icicle Crash is a useful STAB move that can be used to hit certain targets that resist Body Press, such as Vileplume and Dragalge. Throat Chop can also be used to hit the Ghost-types that block Body Press; it also has the added utility of nulling Sylveon's Hyper Voice.

Because of Unaware, Haze, or Roar, bulky Water-types like Quagsire and Vaporeon will trouble Glastrier; partners like Rotom-C, Heliolisk, and Celebi are effective for taking them on. Bulky Fairy-types like Sylveon won't be broken even with boosted Body Press, so offensive Steel-types like Copperajah are effective picks to take advantage of them. Steel-types like Assault Vest Copperajah and Heatproof Bronzong will also wall attackers like Exploud and Sylveon that blast through Substitute; the latter also helps against Salazzle. Fighting-types like Sirfetch'd threaten Glastrier, so partners like Talonflame and Garbodor are appreciated. The former can also use Defog to support Glastrier, while the latter's Spikes will help Glastrier break through the likes of Quagsire.

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

Glastrier can run a brutal Choice Band set to immediately pressure the opposition; however, such a set is very prone to being forced out due to Glastrier's low speed and weaknesses as an Ice-type. Offensive sets can drop Substitute for an extra attack, making Glastrier very specific to wall; however, losing Substitute makes revenge options against Glastrier much more broad, and leaves Glastrier prone to Toxic, Will-o-Wisp, or Scald burns.

Icicle Spear can be used to poke through Focus Sash on the likes of Aerodactyl; otherwise, the move is generally less useful than Icicle Crash. Taunt can be used to deny the recovery or other moves of Pokemon like Vaporeon or Bronzong; however, Glastrier struggles to fit the move into an effective set.

Chople Berry can serve as an extra life against Fighting moves, helping Glastrier land a surprise KO against Fighting-types if Glastrier is healthy enough; Endure can be used with Custap Berry to a similar effect.

Checks and Counters
====

**Fighting-types**: While Glastrier's sheer bulk and the occasional Chople Berry can protect it from a OHKO, Fighting-types like Sirfetch'd and Machamp outspeed Glastrier and pressure it with their Fighting STAB attacks.

**Rock-types**: While both Aerodactyl and Tyrantrum fear Glastrier's attacks, viable Rock-types are all capable of pressuring Glastrier with their STAB attacks and other moves. Diancie in particular usually outruns Glastrier and threatens it with Diamond Storm; any resultant Defense boosts just make things even worse for Glastrier.

**Fire-types**: While they do have to watch out for High Horsepower, Fire-types like Arcanine and Salazzle can deal big damage with their Fire STAB moves or annoy it with Will-o-Wisp and Toxic if Glastrier isn't behind Substitute.

**Bulky Water-types**: While Glastrier has avenues to potentially muscle past them, Water-types like Vaporeon and Unaware Quagsire will slow down or stop Glastrier.

**Faster wallbreakers**: Utilizing powerful STAB moves or super effective coverage, middling-Speed Pokemon like Goodra, Braviary, Sylveon, and Exploud are all capable of putting decent amounts of pressure on Glastrier; the latter two even go through Substitute with their sound-based STAB attacks.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Mariannabelle, 435989]]
- Quality checked by: [[s1nn0hc0nfirm3d, 231074], [username2, userid2]]
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[OVERVIEW]

Glastrier's is a behemoth. Its immense Attack stat is backed up by good STABs and extremely useful boosting and coverage options capable of crashing through most opponents (First was fluff, "STABs" is misleading if its just Icicle Crash really, and mentioning Glas as a setup sweeper should be mandatory in the overview). Its bulk is nothing to sneeze at either, and it can create extremely tanky Substitutes to protect itself from status and weaker hits from Vaporeon and Vileplume. Glastrier's stat distribution and movepool makes it a diverse attacker capable of pressuring the opposition with either its Attack or Defense with Swords Dance or Iron Defense + Body Press, respectively. However, Glastrier still has a fair share of flaws. (Fluff) Glastrier has a poor defensive Ice typing and a very low Speed; these two factors leave Glastrier vulnerable to the powerful STABs attacks or coverage of most other wallbreakers like Sirfetch'd and Exploud, so its effective bulk is lower than it appears on paper. (Mention that it is countered by Diancie, Arcanine, and Unaware Quagsire, making it impossible to make progress against these walls if they're still around and healthy)

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Substitute
move 3: Icicle Crash
move 4: Close Combat / High Horsepower
item: Leftovers
ability: Chilling Neigh
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 20 SpD / 236 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Glastrier should use Substitute on forced switches or in front of passive Pokemon; the given EV spread allows Glastrier to make beefy 101 HP Substitutes and outspeed uninvested Pokemon walls such as Vaporeon and Guzzlord. From behind a Substitute, Swords Dance is used to boost Glastrier's Attack to extremely threatening levels. (Fluff) Close Combat is the overall best coverage available, blasting through Steel-types like Copperajah and offering good neutral hits on Water-types like Vaporeon. High Horsepower is a less powerful option that can be used to hit Steel-types and offering more power against Fire-types like Arcanine without sustaining defensive drops.

While Substitute can help break through bulky Water-types like Vaporeon, Glastrier will still appreciate Pokemon that can tack damage on them beforehand, so partners like Celebi and Vileplume are welcome; these partners appreciate Glastrier's ability to break through Steel-types with Close Combat (This first point feels off; Sub Glas will outright beat Vap and Celebi + plume aren't likely to get chip damage vs Vap anyways because it'll just switch out. It would be more helpful to include something like: "teammates like Salazzle, Drapion, and Bronzong deter bulky Water-types like Unaware Quagsire and Roar Vaporeon with status and Knock Off, so it's more likely Glastrier can sweep late-game." These teammates are more likely to actually wear down these walls and help Glas with sweeping, whereas Grass-types only use the Water-types to make general progress against switch-ins) . Vaporeon is an excellent partner, protecting Glastrier from Fire attacks and passing Wishes to augment Glastrier's stellar bulk; in return, Glastrier will effectively start cracking through the opposition (Fluff; too general. What Vaporeon checks does Glastrier setup on or revenge kill?). Glastrier is threatened by Fighting-types, so partners like Garbodor, Talonflame, and Xatu are appreciated; the latter two are also effective hazard control for Glastrier, as it opts for Leftovers instead of Heavy-Duty Boots. While users of the move are rare, Healing Wish can give Glastrier a second wind to punch holes if it becomes too damaged to operate further. (Too niche. If anything, you can write "offensive support from Healing Wish Celebi and dual screens Xatu caters to Glastrier's immense bulk and supplements sweeping opportunities," and that will show the HO side of the teammates section.)

[SET]
name: Iron Defense
move 1: Iron Defense
move 2: Body Press
move 3: Icicle Crash / Throat Chop / Crunch (See below)
move 4: Substitute
item: Leftovers
ability: Chilling Neigh
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 20 SpD / 236 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Glastrier should use Substitute to leverage its extreme bulk against uninvested attackers and on anticipated switches. Iron Defense further improves the durability of Substitute against opponents such as Mudsdale and Bronzong, and is the main boosting option for Body Press. Icicle Crash is a useful STAB move that can be used to hit certain targets that resist Body Press, such as Vileplume and Dragalge. Dark coverage moves can also be used to hit the Ghost-types that block Body Press; Throat Chop has the added utility of nulling Sylveon's Hyper Voice, while Crunch's occasional Defense drops help break through Jellicent more easily. (Remove the Crunch + Jellicent portions because Jelli is UR and Throat Chop is fine alone)

Because of their ability to run moves such as Taunt Unaware, Haze, or Roar, bulky Water-types like Jellicent, Qwilfish Quagsire, Mantine, and Vaporeon will all trouble Glastrier; partners like Rotom-C, Heliolisk, and Celebi are effective for taking them on. Ghost-types in general will dodge Body Press, so Dark-types like Guzzlord are appreciated to punish them (not wrong, but Glas destroys Golurk / Decid / Dhel with Icicle Crash and walls them all + SivGhost and minus specs Decid with Iron Defense. Thus, I don't think this point is worth including, especially in comparison to what else could be said; see below). Bulky Fairy-types like Sylveon won't be broken even with boosted Body Press, so offensive Steel-types like Copperajah are effective picks to take advantage of them. (Also include Heatproof Bronzong as it's a great partner to take on Salazzle and Exploud) (Try to include another point relative to teammates that tank its weaknesses, wear down walls that resist Body Press, or pivots into targets vulnerable to iron defense + sub walling)

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

Glastrier can run a brutal Choice Band set to immediately pressure the opposition; however, such a set is very prone to being forced out due to Glastrier's low speed and weaknesses as an Ice-type. Offensive sets can drop Substitute for an extra attack, making Glastrier very specific to wall; however, losing Substitute makes revenge options against Glastrier much more broad, and leaves Glastrier prone to Toxic, Will-O-Wisp, or Scald burns.

Icicle Spear can be used to poke through Focus Sash on the likes of Aerodactyl; otherwise, the move is generally less useful than Icicle Crash. Taunt can be used to deny the recovery or other moves of Pokemon like Vaporeon or Bronzong; however, Glastrier struggles to fit the move into an effective set.

Chople Berry can serve as an extra life against Fighting moves, helping Glastrier land a surprise KO against Fighting-types if Glastrier is healthy enough; Endure can be used with Custap Berry to a similar effect.

Checks and Counters
====

**Fighting-types**: While Glastrier's sheer bulk and the occasional Chople Berry can protect it from a OHKO, Fighting-types like Sirfetch'd and Machamp outspeed Glastrier and pressure it with their Fighting STAB attacks.

**Rock-types**: While Diancie needs significant Speed investment to consistently outrun Glastrier, and both Aerodactyl and Tyrantrum fear Glastrier's attacks, viable Rock-types are all capable of pressuring Glastrier with their STAB attacks and other moves. (Fast diancie is very common place. Rewrite this to include how Diancie often outspeeds and breaks Glastrier's Sub with Diamond Storm, which in turn can create Defense boosts to power up Body Press and force out Glas.

**Fire-types**: While they do have to watch out for High Horsepower, Fire-types like Arcanine and Salazzle can deal big damage with their Fire STAB attacks or annoy it with Will-o-Wisp and Toxic if Glastrier isn't behind Substitute.

**Bulky Water-types**: While Glastrier has avenues to potentially muscle past them, Water-types like Vaporeon, Jellicent, and others can thwart Glastrier's efforts with moves like Taunt or Haze. (See above, remove URs)

**Faster Wallbreakers**: Utilizing powerful STAB or super effective coverage, middling-Speed Pokemon like Goodra, Braviary, Sylveon, and Exploud are all capable of putting decent amounts of pressure on Glastrier; the latter two even go through Substitute with their sound-based STAB attacks.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Mariannabelle, 435989]]
- Quality checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]

QC 1/2! Remember that it is "STAB attacks" and not "STABs." Also watch for blanket fluff statements as we want each point to have specific substance to the mon. A couple points also could be a bit more directed to sweeping / setting up, but other than that good job!

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Mariannabelle

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Hoo boy, there was a lot to unpack in here. Meta's changed a lot since the time Jellicent and Qwilfish were ranked. I hope my writing's gotten better since then.

Thanks for taking the time to do this. Changing to Q/C 1/2. Let me know if I missed any corrections and I'll put them in.
 

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[OVERVIEW]

Glastrier's immense Attack stat is backed up by a good STAB move and extremely useful coverage options capable of crashing through most opponents. Its bulk is nothing to sneeze at either, and it can create extremely tanky Substitutes to protect itself from status and weaker hits from the likes of Vileplume and Vaporeon. Glastrier's stat distribution and movepool makes it a diverse attacker capable of pressuring the opposition with either its Attack or Defense with Swords Dance or Iron Defense + Body Press, respectively. However, Glastrier has a poor defensive Ice typing and a very low Speed; these two factors leave Glastrier vulnerable to the powerful STAB options or coverage of most other wallbreakers such as Sirfetch'd and Exploud, so its effective bulk is lower than it appears on paper. Glastrier also finds itself unable to progress against certain answers such as Arcanine or Unaware Quagsire without a lot of support. (I'd heavily emphasize the negative matchup against Bronzong because that's a huge reason Glastrier has fallen off over time.)

[SET]
name: Swords Dance
move 1: Swords Dance
move 2: Substitute
move 3: Icicle Crash
move 4: Close Combat/High Horsepower
item: Leftovers
ability: Chilling Neigh
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 20 SpD / 236 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Glastrier should use Substitute on forced switches or in front of passive Pokemon; the given EV spread allows Glastrier to make beefy 101 HP Substitutes and outspeed uninvested walls such as Vaporeon and Guzzlord. (The Substitute will also tank Vaporeon Scald, which is worth mentioning.) Close Combat is the overall best coverage available, blasting through Steel-types like Copperajah and offering good neutral hits on Water-types like Vaporeon. High Horsepower is a less powerful option that can be used to hit Steel-types (Note it gives you a way to hit Heatproof Bronzong for meaningful damage.) and offering more power against Fire-types like Arcanine without sustaining defensive drops.

Partners like Salazzle and Drapion easily draw in targets like Vaporeon and Quagsire; status and Knock Off support will give Glastrier an easier time breaking through them and performing a late-game sweep. Vaporeon is an excellent partner, protecting Glastrier from Fire attacks and passing Wishes to augment Glastrier's stellar bulk; in return, Glastrier can take advantage of targets like opposing Vileplume. Glastrier is threatened by Fighting-types, so partners like Garbodor, Talonflame, and Xatu are appreciated; the latter two are also effective hazard control for Glastrier, as it opts for Leftovers instead of Heavy-Duty Boots. Offensive support from the likes of Healing Wish Celebi or dual screens Xatu cater to Glastrier's immense bulk and supplements its sweeping opportunities. (Neither of these are relevant anymore.)

[SET]
name: Iron Defense
move 1: Iron Defense
move 2: Body Press
move 3: Icicle Crash / Throat Chop
move 4: Substitute
item: Leftovers
ability: Chilling Neigh
nature: Jolly
evs: 252 HP / 20 SpD / 236 Spe

[SET COMMENTS]
Set Details
====

Glastrier should use Substitute to leverage its extreme bulk against uninvested attackers and on anticipated switches. Iron Defense further improves the durability of Substitute against opponents such as Mudsdale and Bronzong, and is the main boosting option for Body Press. Icicle Crash is a useful STAB move that can be used to hit certain targets that resist Body Press, such as Vileplume and Dragalge. Throat Chop can also be used to hit the Ghost-types that block Body Press; it also has the added utility of nulling Sylveon's Hyper Voice. (Again, note what the EV spread does down here just because we can't assume the reader will have learned that from the previous set.)

Because of Unaware, Haze, or Roar, bulky Water-types like Quagsire and Vaporeon (Vaporeon seldom runs Roar nowadays, and because this set has EVs to match better against it, I'm not a fan of its mention here.) will trouble Glastrier; partners like Rotom-C, Heliolisk, and Celebi are effective for taking them on. Bulky Fairy-types like Sylveon won't be broken even with boosted Body Press, so offensive Steel-types like Copperajah are effective picks to take advantage of them. Steel-types like Assault Vest Copperajah and Heatproof Bronzong will also wall attackers like Exploud and Sylveon that blast through Substitute; the latter also helps against Salazzle. Fighting-types like Sirfetch'd threaten Glastrier, so partners like Talonflame and Garbodor are appreciated. The former can also use Defog to support Glastrier, while the latter's Spikes will help Glastrier break through the likes of Quagsire. (Does Spikes actually help at all in the Quagsire matchup? I feel like the answer is no.)

[STRATEGY COMMENTS]
Other Options
====

Glastrier can run a brutal Choice Band set to immediately pressure the opposition; however, such a set is very prone to being forced out due to Glastrier's low speed and weaknesses as an Ice-type. Offensive sets can drop Substitute for an extra attack, making Glastrier very specific to wall; however, losing Substitute makes revenge options against Glastrier much more broad, and leaves Glastrier prone to Toxic, Will-o-Wisp, or Scald burns. (I'd also note Choice Band sets have even worse longevity issues because no passive Leftovers recovery. The offensive sets mention here is odd because you never address those anywhere else in the analysis, so I'd first introduce them by noting how you can run offensive EV spreads with three attacks and then transition to why those sets are less successful.)

Icicle Spear can be used to poke through Focus Sash on the likes of Aerodactyl; otherwise, the move is generally less useful than Icicle Crash.
Taunt can be used to deny the recovery or other moves of Pokemon like Vaporeon or Bronzong; however, Glastrier struggles to fit the move into an effective set.

Chople Berry can serve as an extra life against Fighting moves, helping Glastrier land a surprise KO against Fighting-types if Glastrier is healthy enough; Endure can be used with Custap Berry to a similar effect. (I'd probably just gut the Chople Berry mention entirely and keep it at the Custap Berry + Endure one.)

Checks and Counters
====

**Fighting-types**: While Glastrier's sheer bulk and the occasional Chople Berry can protect it from a OHKO, Fighting-types like Sirfetch'd and Machamp outspeed Glastrier and pressure it with their Fighting STAB attacks. (Machamp is pretty irrelevant, so maybe give mention to Toxicroak instead. I'd also mention Leek Sirfetch'd as especially annoying because it can just ignore the Defense boosts from iron Defense sets.)

**Rock-types**: While both Aerodactyl and Tyrantrum fear Glastrier's attacks, viable Rock-types are all capable of pressuring Glastrier with their STAB attacks and other moves. Diancie in particular usually outruns Glastrier and threatens it with Diamond Storm; any resultant Defense boosts just make things even worse for Glastrier. (Diancie should definitely be the first mention here because it's far more relevant than either Tyrantrum or Aerodactyl.)

**Fire-types**: While they do have to watch out for High Horsepower, Fire-types like Arcanine and Salazzle can deal big damage with their Fire STAB moves or annoy it with Will-o-Wisp and Toxic if Glastrier isn't behind Substitute.

**Bulky Water-types**: While Glastrier has avenues to potentially muscle past them, Water-types like Vaporeon and Unaware Quagsire will slow down or stop Glastrier.

**Faster wallbreakers**: Utilizing powerful STAB moves or super effective coverage, middling-Speed Pokemon like Goodra, Braviary, Sylveon, and Exploud are all capable of putting decent amounts of pressure on Glastrier; the latter two even go through Substitute with their sound-based STAB attacks.

[CREDITS]
- Written by: [[Mariannabelle, 435989]]
- Quality checked by: [[s1nn0hc0nfirm3d, 231074], [username2, userid2]]
- Grammar checked by: [[username1, userid1], [username2, userid2]]

Proofread this for the Pokemon-specific grammar and spelling before sending to GP. QC 2/2 when that's done.
 

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