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Glalie Best Moveset & Build

Glalie
Total Base Stats480
Type Ice Icon

Moody Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk ↓)Leftovers
Best Ability
Moody
Randomly raises one stat by 2 stages and lowers another by 1 stage at the end of every turn.
Best Moveset
Protect / Substitute / Freeze-Dry / Sheer Cold
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Best EV Spread
Speed 252, HP 252, Defense 4

Protect/Substitute While Stats Get Boosted

The key to this build is stalling for as long as possible while your ability, Moody, automatically raises your stats. The Leftovers here are to heal up the damage you deal to yourself with Substitute.

Choose 2 Attacking Moves

Substitute & Protect are mandatory here, but the remaining two attack moves are up to you. You could choose from Frost Breath, which is effective even if your Sp. Atk is lowered, Sheer Cold, which can one shot irritating tanks, or Freeze-Dry, which is super effective against Water types (which are relatively common in this meta.)

Paralyze Opponents

Glalie's Moody works well with opponents who have been paralyzed and have their speed lowered. This is to ensure that you can get the Substitute off fast. For this reason, it's highly recommended to have another paralyzer support Glalie. Grimmsnarl, Dragapult, and Tyranitar are all good Thunder Wave users who can fill this role.

Moody Was Buffed?

In generation 7, Moody used to have a chance to buff Accuracy and Evasions, but in Sword and Shield, these two stats were removed from the list of stats boostable by Moody. Although boosting Evasion was effective in turning the battle into a game of pure luck, the stat is not as important in Gen 8, given that Max Moves always hit their target. Therefore we could think of Moody losing those two stats as a buff.

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Glalie - Best Moves

Moody Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Substitute
status icon
Sacrifice 25% health to set up a Substitute. Useful for buying as much time as possible to build up Moody.
Protect
status icon
Protects you from all damage for a turn. Excellent for buying time.
Freeze-Dry
ice Icon
An Ice move which is actually also super effective against Water types. Since Water types are relatively common, this comes highly recommended
Sheer Cold
ice Icon
Has a very low chance of one-shotting your opponent. Useful VS. Tanks.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Frost Breath
ice Icon
Always lands a critical hit. Useful even if your Sp.Atk gets lowered.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Strong physical move, good type coverage.
Taunt
status icon
Forces the opponent to use attacking moves. Good versus tanks or Pokemon that setup.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Good coverage move.

Glalie - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
LeftoversMost recommended item for this build, used to recover health lost from Substitute.
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Glalie - Best Nature And EVs

Glalie - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpeed↑ / Sp.Atk↓
For variants which will use mostly physical moves like Iron Head or Earthquake.
TimidSpeed / Atk
If you plan to use mostly special moves like Frost Breath or Freeze-Dry.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Moody Build

StatBase Point
Speed252 points (max)
HP252 points (max)
Def4 points

Speed is necessary to ensure you get Substitute out first, and HP is preferable because it cannot otherwise be boosted by Moody.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Glalie Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Glalie

PokemonExplanation
Cloyster IconCloysterPros
- Rock Blast is super effective and breaks through Substitute
- Immune to Sheer Cold
Cons
- None
Chandelure IconChandelurePros
- Resists Ice moves
- Fire moves are super effective
- (Hidden Ability) Infiltrator can pierce through Substitute
Cons
- None
Charizard IconCharizardPros
- Fire moves are super effective
- Resists Ice moves
Cons
- None
Sylveon IconSylveonPros
- Hyper Voice can break through Substitute
- Bulky, hard to take down
Cons
- None
Toxtricity IconToxtricityPros
- Boomburst breaks through Substitute
- Punk Rock increases sound move power
Cons
- None

How To Play Against Glalie

Use Sound Moves To Break Substitute

In Pokemon X/Y, Sound moves were changed to be able to hit a Pokemon through a Substitute. Sylveon's Hyper Voice or Toxtricity's Boomburst are highly recommended to deal with Glalie (or other Substitute users.)

Send Out A Faster, Stronger Pokemon

Glalie's super average 80 base stats across the board can easily be overcome by a more specialized Pokemon. Attack it before it sets up the initial Substitute to take it out.

Tanks Will Struggle

Tanks that require a long, protracted battle in order to be successful will struggle against Glalie. The longer Glalie is out, the stronger it becomes, so try to keep battles as short as possible.

Glalie - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Glalie on Route 10 or Snorunt on Route 8.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Snorunt
3Breed that Snorunt until you get one with a Timid Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Speed, 252 EVs in HP, and 4 in Defense
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Protect, Substitute, Freeze-Dry, and Sheer Cold
7Equip Leftovers
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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