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Glaceon Best Moveset & Build

Glaceon
Total Base Stats525
Type Ice Icon

Assault Vest Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Snow Cloak
Increases evasion during Hail.
Best Moveset
Blizzard / Freeze-Dry / Mirror Coat / Ice Shard
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Atk 252, Speed 28, HP 228

Works Well Against Water Tanks

Glaceon's strength is that it can easily switch into common Pokemon in the meta like Toxapex and Quagsire, and take them out using a super-effective Freeze-Dry. It also has a stellar 130 Sp. Atk, making its STAB ice moves quite devastating.

Adjust EVs To Outspeed Corviknight

By putting 28 EVs in Speed, you will be faster than a Corviknight with 4 Speed EVs. This ensures you get your Blizzard off first and deal massive damage. 44 Speed / 212 HP is also viable if you want to guarantee you outspeed a Corviknight which has invested 20 into Speed. This entire build is focused on dealing with Corviknight, so it's worth considering this.

Take Special Hits And Come Back Swinging

Glaceon's already decent 95 Sp. Def gets a huge boost from the Assault Vest, making it capable of withstanding most special hits. By using Mirror Coat, you can deal massive damage back to your opponent and take them out.

Dynamax In Moderation

This build works best when making use of Freeze-Dry and Ice Shard's effects, so it's not always necessary to Dynamax. However, if you want to make use of Snow Cloak, you can set up hail using Max Hailstorm.

Defensive Builds Are Also Possible

Glaceon's 110 Defense stat also lends itself well to a physically tanky build, making it able to take a Fishious Rend from a Dracovish and one shot it with Freeze-Dry. For this reason, you could run Glaceon out at the front of your party.

Special Attacker Build

Best NatureBest Item
Modest (Sp.Atk ↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Snow Cloak
Increases evasion during Hail.
Best Moveset
Freeze-Dry / Ice Shard / Blizzard / Shadow Ball
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
HP 228, Sp. Attack 252, Speed 28

Either Ability Is Okay

In addition to Snow Cloak, Glaceon has the Hidden Ability Ice Body, which acts like Leftovers in Hail. Snow Cloak is high-risk/high-reward, while Ice Body provides a little bit more consistency.

Outspeed Corviknight

One of Glaceon's main draws is that it can handle Corviknight. To do this, you'll need to outspeed it, so make sure you put in at least 28 EVs in Speed.

Using Freeze-Dry Is Key

Freeze-Dry is super effective against Water types, which are extremely common in the current meta. Toxapex, Quagsire, Gastrodon, and others can be dealt with swiftly. This can break you out of annoying switch-in loops.

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Glaceon - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Build #1 - Assault Vest

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Freeze-Dry
Ice Icon
Good STAB move which is super-effective against Water Pokemon. A must have.
Ice Shard
Ice Icon
A priority Ice move, can be useful for finishing off low-health opponents.
Blizzard
Ice Icon
Low accuracy high damage Ice move. Useful vs. Corviknight.
Mirror Coat
Psychic Icon
If hit by a special move, it deals double damage back to the opponent.

Build #2 - Special Attacker

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Freeze-Dry
Ice Icon
Good STAB move which is super-effective against Water Pokemon. A must have.
Ice Shard
Ice Icon
A priority Ice move, can be useful for finishing off low-health opponents.
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
A good coverage move to have.
Blizzard
Ice Icon
Low accuracy high damage Ice move. Useful vs. Corviknight.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Ice Beam
Ice Icon
An alternative to Blizzard, lower damage but more reliable.
Mirror Coat
Psychic Icon
If hit by a special move, it deals double damage back to the opponent.
Yawn
status icon
Puts the opponent to sleep after a while. Can force a switch.
Wish
status icon
Heals for 50% after a turn. Useful for healing yourself or another follow-up Pokemon.

Glaceon - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Assault VestGives Glaceon some serious bulk, allowing it to act as a counter to Special Attackers.
Choice SpecsBoosts Sp.Atk but locks you in to a move. Useful for offensive builds that focus on taking out annoying Water-type tanks.
Focus SashPrevents you from being taken out in one shot. Can be useful to deal with Dracovish or some Dragon types.
Life OrbIncreased damage, but you take 10% in recoil. Gives you more flexibility than the Choice Specs.
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Glaceon - Best Nature And EVs

Glaceon - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
Recommended nature for most builds, the damage boost is simple too good to pass up.

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Both Builds - Outspeed Corviknight

StatBase Point
Sp.Atk252 points (max)
HP212 points
Speed44 points

44 points ensures that you outspeed a Corviknight with 20 Speed EVs. This is a better-safe-than-sorry option, for when Corviknights start to adjust their EVs to try to outspeed Glaceon.

Both Builds - Outspeed Corviknight ver. 2

StatBase Point
Sp.Atk252 points (max)
HP228 points
Speed28 points

Same as the above, but meant to outspeed a Corviknight with only 4 Speed EVs. This should be your default option.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Glaceon Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Glaceon

PokemonExplanation
LucarioLucario Pros
- Resists Ice moves
- Fighting and Steel are both super-effective
Cons
- None
Galarian DarmanitanGalarian Darmanitan Pros
- Resists Ice moves
- Fire moves are super-effective
Cons
- None
CinderaceCinderace Pros
- Resists Ice moves
- Fire moves are super-effective
Cons
- None
Charizard IconCharizardPros
- Max Flare can deal massive damage, usually 2 shots
Cons
- Needs to Dynamax
- Damages itself due to Sun Power
ArcanineArcanine Pros
- Good move options to deal with switch-ins after Glaceon
- Fire moves are super-effective
Cons
- None
AegislashAegislash Pros
- Resists Ice moves
- Steel moves are super-effective
- Hard to know if it's a physical or special build, so it likely won't get Mirror Coated
Cons
- Weak to Shadow Ball
Rotom-HeatHeat Rotom Pros
- Resists Ice moves
- Fire moves are super-effective
Cons
- Overheat lowers Sp. Atk
TyranitarTyranitar Pros
- Can withstand hits due to high Sp. Def
- Rock moves are super effective
Cons
- Doesn't resist moves

How To Play Against Glaceon

Use Steel Type Pokemon

Glaceon doesn't have a very varied move pool, bringing mostly Ice-type moves (this is why we add Shadow Ball). This means that it has a particularly hard time against Steel types.

Bring Physical Attackers

A powerful physical attacker which knows a Steel or Fighting type move should be able to take out Glaceon. When using a Fighting move be wary of predictions, as your opponent might swap into Dragapult or Mimikyu (who are immune).

Glaceon Has Little Sustain

Glaceon's defenses may be high, but most builds don't run Leftovers, leaving it with only Rest and Wish as healing options. Wish takes a turn to activate, so you should be able to take care of it before the heal goes off. Watch out for Mirror Coat if using a special attacker.

Low Chance Of It Dynamaxing

Most Glaceons will want to make ample use of their moves' regular effects, so they're not likely to Dynamax. If you activate your Dynamax first, you'll either force a switch or make it panic and activate a sub-optimal Dynamax.

Glaceon - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch an Eevee on route 4 (or a Glaceon at the Lake of Outrage)
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Eevee
3Breed that Eevee until you get one with a Modest Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Sp. Attack, 28 in Speed, and 228 in HP
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Evolve it into Glaceon by using an Ice Stone
7Teach it Blizzard, Freeze-Dry, Mirror Coat, and Ice Shard
8Equip an Assault Vest
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

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