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ORAS 1U (Universal) Gliscor [GP Ready]

Discussion in 'Individual Analyses' started by Disaster Area, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Disaster Area

    Disaster Area Little Ball of Fur and Power Global Moderator

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    Gliscor [​IMG]
    Type: Ground / Flying
    Stats: 75 | 95 | 125 | 45 | 75 | 95
    Abilities: Hyper Cutter | Sand Veil | Poison Heal


    Introduction

    Gliscor is notable for being one of the better Ho-Oh checks available in the tier. Once it has activated its Poison Heal, it can be difficult for Ho-Oh to break past it. It also checks Mega Blaziken and Zekrom, and can lay Stealth Rock, although it cannot set them up versus Mega Sableye easily. Although it competes heavily for a spot with Landorus-T, and to a lesser extend with Groudon, its steadfast reliability with Poison Heal and Roost, and an almost complete invulnerability to passive damage -- as being poisoned prevents it from being otherwise statused, it is immune to Spikes, only loses 1/8 of its max HP to Stealth Rock, and doesn't take damage from Sandstorm -- forcing the opponent to take it down with direct attacks, making it a challenging Pokemon for stall teams to take down.

    Sets

    Support

    Gliscor @ Toxic Orb
    Ability: Poison Heal
    EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 Spe
    Impish Nature
    - Earthquake
    - Roost
    - Stone Edge / Toxic
    - Stealth Rock / Knock Off / Toxic

    Set Details

    Gliscor is very customisable. Earthquake is a necessary STAB move that enables it to beat Mega Blaziken and hurts Zekrom, and Roost gives it staying power, enabling it to continuously switch into Ho-Oh. The third slot is dedicated a move that enables it to beat Ho-Oh: Stone Edge 2HKOs even physically defensive variants, whereas Toxic puts Ho-Oh on a timer and has more general utility. It also pressures Defog users. The last move depends more on the team; Stealth Rock is a vital utility move, but any team that uses Stealth Rock on Gliscor should have a plan to break teams with Mega Sableye. Beyond that, Gliscor has access to Knock Off, a potent support move, albeit one that is less valuable in a metagame where Arceus forms and Megas are on most players' teams. Toxic can be used in tandem with Stone Edge, getting the benefits of both moves, whilst U-turn is a possibility that gives it greater capacity to generate momentum for its teammates. Protect can be used to stall PP, heal itself thanks to Poison Heal, and scout the opponent. A fully physically defensive spread comfortably handles slow Choice Band Ho-Oh, but running more Speed EVs is a definite option, as Choice Band Brave Bird can 2HKO.

    Other Options

    Substitute and Protect can turn it into something of a PP stalling machine, but it does little more than that. A Swords Dance set is a possibility, but Gliscor has quite a low power level in the tier, so it isn't threatening to most teams, and due to Foul Play it does not even let it beat Mega Sableye unless it has already been chipped at. A set utilising Taunt and Toxic is another possibility for a stallbreaker, but it is entirely walled by Mega Sableye, making it an unappealing option. A more offensively inclined Stealth Rock support set might seem a little appealing on paper, but Landorus-T is far superior at that.

    Checks and Counters

    Mega Sableye deserves special note as it can prevent Gliscor from setting up Stealth Rock reliably. Mega Scizor is maybe the next best thing, able to Defog away Gliscor's hazards, and Roost off any damage from Earthquake. Arceus-Grass, Latias, and Giratina-O are all Defoggers that can switch into it comfortably, albeit Latias is the only one which can force it out with powerful attacks, and they are all vulnerable to Toxic. Powerful special attackers such as Kyogre, Xerneas, and Palkia can threaten Gliscor out.
     
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  2. Ortheore

    Ortheore Senior Moderator

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    I've always considered Taunt+Toxic to be the standard Gliscor set, fulfilling the traditional stallbreaking role. I guess MSab shuts it down, while it isn't as useful in other matchups as the listed set, but I feel it still might be worth OO
     
  3. Disaster Area

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    Yeah that would be worth OO. Thanks for the input
     

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