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This is a strategy guide for using Glastrier in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Glastrier, as well as its strengths and weak points.

Basic Information for Glastrier

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Ice Type
Abilities
Chilling Neigh When the Pokemon knocks out a target, it utters a chilling neigh, which boosts its Attack stat.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Steel Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
-

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
100 145 130 65 110 30

Best Nature for Glastrier

Best Natures
Adamant
(+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
Brave
(+Atk, -Spd)

Strategies for Glastrier

Swords Dance Moveset & Best Build

Nature Adamanat (+Atk, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Atk 216 / Def 151 / Sp.Def 130 / Spd 50
Ability Chilling Neigh
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Lum Berry
Moveset Swords Dance
Avalanche
High Horsepower
Body Press

Glastrier's low speed makes it a great user of Avalanche, surprising its usual checks and counters by surviving a blow and retaliating with a powerful Ice-type Move.

About Glastrier's Moves

Swords Dance boosts the power of Glastrier's physical attacks by two stages. Avalanche is its main STAB move, and due to its low speed stat, will always have its power doubled to 120 as long as Glastrier survives a hit.

It's last two moves are for coverage. High Horsepower is a Ground-type move that hits Fire, Rock, and Steel-types for super effective damage, while Body Press is a Fighting-type move that uses Glastrier's Defense stat. Even with no investment, this move still hits hard due to Glastrier's high defense stat.

About Glastrier's EV Spread

We're using a standard bulky attacking spread with full investment in HP and Attack, with the remaining 4 EVs placed in Defense.

About Glastrier's Ability

Chilling Neigh is Glastrier's only ability. When it knocks out an opposing Pokemon, it gets a +1 boost in Attack.

About Glastrier's Held Item

Glastrier has two options for held item.

Sitrus Berry restores Glastrier's HP by 25% of its maximum HP if its health falls below 50%.

Lum Berry, on the other hand, cures status effects such as Burn, Paralysis, and Sleep.

Other Viable Moves

Close Combat A stronger Fighting-type move but lowers Glastrier's Defense and Special Defense.

Trick Room Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Brave (+Atk, -Spd)
EV Spread HP 252 / Atk 252 / Def 4
Final Stat Values HP 207 / Atk 216 / Def 151 / Sp.Def 130 / Spd 45
Ability Chilling Neigh
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Lum Berry
Moveset Swords Dance
Icicle Crash
High Horsepower
Body Press

With Trick Room support, Glastrier becomes a fast and powerful sweeper in both Singles and Doubles. Few Pokemon can outspeed the Wild Horse Pokemon once Trick Room is up.

About Glastrier's Moves

Swords Dance boosts the power of Glastrier's physical attacks by two stages. Icicle Crash is its main STAB move, and has a 30% to cause the target to flinch.

It's last two moves are for coverage. Stomping Tantrum is a Ground-type move that becomes a base 150 Power attack if its previous move misses. This has great synergy with Icicle Crash, which has a 10% chance to miss.

Body Press is a Fighting-type move that uses Glastrier's Defense stat. Even with no investment, this move still hits hard due to Glastrier's high defense stat.

About Glastrier's EV Spread

We're using a standard bulky attacking spread with full investment in HP and Attack, with the remaining 4 EVs placed in Defense.

About Glastrier's Ability

Chilling Neigh is Glastrier's only ability. When it knocks out an opposing Pokemon, it gets a +1 boost in Attack.

About Glastrier's Held Item

Glastrier has two options for held item.

Sitrus Berry restores Glastrier's HP by 25% of its maximum HP if its health falls below 50%.

Lum Berry, on the other hand, cures status effects such as Burn, Paralysis, and Sleep.

Other Viable Moves

Close Combat A stronger Fighting-type move but lowers Glastrier's Defense and Special Defense.

How to Use Glastrier Effectively

A Slow but Bulky Physical Attacker

Despite being an Ice-type, Glastrier's high mixed defenses allow it to withstand even super effective hits. This, along with its middling speed, lets it abuse Avalanche, which always powers up to 120 Base Power as long as it gets hit first.

How to Build a Team with Glastrier

Glastrier is an excellent candidate for Trick Room sweeper. Unlike others in the Metagame though, it doesn't learn Trick Room which means it must rely on its teammates to set up Trick Room for it.

A Bulky Trick Room Sweeper

Glastrier fits perfectly in Trick Room teams, although it can't set up the effect itself. It's best used in a balanced team that has a lead trick room setter, as well as a backup setter.

Team Options for Glastrier

Porygon2 ImagePorygon2 Glastrier ImageGlastrier Swampert ImageSwampert Cresselia ImageCresselia Corviknight ImageCorviknight Hatterene ImageHatterene
Lead Trick Room Setter Setup Sweeper Defensive Pivot Backup Trick Room Setter Special Wall Special Sweeper

Porgyon2 and Cresselia are the Trick Room setters for this team, with Porgyon2 taking the lead as its Trace ability can provide additional utility.

Thanks to Glastrier's natural bulk, it can freely switch in after Porgyon2. As a safety precaution against checks and counters, Glastrier can also switch out to Swampert and Cresselia as their typings let them resist Fighting, Rock, and Steel-type moves directed at the Wild Horse Pokemon.

Counters for Glastrier

Check it with a Special Sweeper

Despite its massive bulk, Glastrier's lower Special Defense makes it more susceptible to special sweepers.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Pheromosa ImagePheromosa Ranking: ★★★★★
・Easily KOs Swords Dance variants with Focus Blast

Moveset & Best Build for Pheromosa
Nihilego ImageNihilego Ranking: ★★★★★
・Easily KOs Swords Dance variants with Meteor Beam

Moveset & Best Build for Nihilego

Counter it with a Defensive Pokemon

Despite Glastrier's massive attack stat, it has a relatively shallow movepool that leaves it easily walled by certain defensive Pokemon.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Jellicent ImageJellicent Ranking: ★★★★★
・Can survive all of Glastrier's attacks even after Swords Dance
・Can cripple Glastrier with Will-O-Wisp or lower its attack with Strength Sap

Moveset & Best Build for Jellicent
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★★
・Ignores Glastrier's Swords Dance boosts with its Unaware Ability
・Can cripple Glastrier with a burn from Scald

Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire

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