name: Swords Dance
move 1: Substitute
move 2: Swords Dance
move 3: Icicle Crash
move 4: High Horsepower
ability: Chilling Neigh
evs: 252 HP / 56 Def / 200 Spe
Glastrier is a niche wallbreaker on Ice teams thanks to its natural bulk, good matchup against Poison-types and threats like Celesteela, and monstrous Attack. However, it faces serious competition from Arctozolt and Galarian Darmanitan due to its abysmal Speed and inability to wallbreak efficiently without setup. Substitute eases predictions for Glastrier, makes it immune to status from slower Pokemon like Toxapex, Amoonguss, and Ferrothorn, and lets it use passive Pokemon like Pelipper and Celesteela as setup fodder. Icicle Crash and High Horsepower have great coverage against most defensive cores, with the latter providing crucial coverage against opposing Steel- and Fire-types like Klefki and Torkoal. The given EV spread outpaces Celesteela while retaining as much bulk as possible.
Teammates like Kyurem appreciate Glastrier dealing with or weakening walls such as Galarian Slowking, Celesteela, and Tyranitar. In return, Kyurem breaks past physically defensive walls such as Slowbro and Rotom-W. Alolan Ninetales is an excellent teammate that provides extra setup opportunities with Aurora Veil and deals with Fighting-types like Urshifu-R and Kommo-o. With Bolt Beak and Freeze-Dry, Arctozolt pressures common Glastrier checks like Slowbro, Tapu Fini, and Quagsire. Cloyster is an essential teammate for removing entry hazards with Rapid Spin; primarily Stealth Rock; and setting up Spikes. Fast teammates like Choice Scarf Galarian Darmanitan and Weavile can check foes like Zeraora, Victini, and Blacephalon for Glastrier. Additionally, Weavile can clean up types such as Flying late-game once Celesteela has been worn down or eliminated. Mamoswine threatens Steel- and Fire-types like Heatran, Volcanion, and Aegislash and can revenge kill Pokemon like Galarian Zapdos and Dragapult with Ice Shard. Piloswine provides Stealth Rock support and puts Rotom-W on a timer with Toxic while dealing with the likes of Tapu Koko, Regieleki, and Alolan Raichu.
A more offensive set with maximum Attack and Speed EVs alongside an Adamant nature can wallbreak more efficiently and outpace Aegislash and Clefable, although it is generally inferior to the bulky set since it can no longer use Swords Dance against opponents like Celesteela and Corviknight harboring super effective coverage.
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