Like many other Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, you’ll need to use a specific item on Gligar to evolve it. Furthermore, you’ll need to do so at the right time. Thankfully, you can advance time easily in this game.
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What You Need to Evolve Gligar
To evolve Gligar into Gliscor, you’ll need to use a Razor Fang on it at night. Trying to do so during the day will fail. First, select the Razor Fang in your inventory and then use it on a Gligar in your party. To advance time to night, sleep in your bed while in Jubilife Village or rest in your bed at a camp.
How to Get a Razor Fang
The best place to get a Razor Fang is at Simona’s shop near the Training Grounds in Jubilife Village. She sells Razor Fangs for 1,400 Merit Points each. To get Merit Points, you’ll have to find and return lost satchels. For every lost satchel you return to its owner, you’ll get 50 to 100 Merit Points. Just be sure not to confuse Razor Fangs for Razor Claws, as the latter will not let you evolve Gligar.
Another way to get a Razor Fang is to buy one from Ginter, who is located near the entrance to Galaxy Hall in Jubilife Village. You’ll need a bit of luck to find one this way, as Ginter’s inventory is randomized. When Ginter does have a Razor Fang, he’ll list it as a “Mystery Fang,” and it will cost $10,000. To reset Ginter’s inventory, leave Jubilife Village and catch any 20 Pokémon before returning to Ginter.
Reasons to Use Gliscor on Your Team
Gliscor is one of those Pokémon that meets the trifecta of usability: great typing, great stats, and a great movepool. If you need either a Ground or Flying-type on your team, Gliscor is almost always an excellent choice.
About Gliscor’s Typing
Being both Ground and Flying-type gives Gliscor some unique advantages in terms of type matchups. Firstly, it is immune to both Ground and Electric-type attacks. It doesn’t have very many useful resistances, but it doesn’t have that many weaknesses either.
While weak to Water-type moves, Gliscor’s greatest vulnerability is its quadruple weakness to Ice-type attacks. As such, keep Gliscor away from Ice-type Pokémon in most cases. Otherwise, Gliscor has decent type matchups against most potential foes.
A Breakdown of Gliscor’s Stats
Gliscor’s Defense stat is its most notable trait, though it also has decent Attack and Speed stats. This makes it stand out both among Ground-types (who are often slow) and Flying-types (who are often frail). It’s decent Attack stat also lets it hit somewhat hard.
While Gliscor’s HP and Special Defense stats aren’t the best, they’re still sufficient enough to let Gliscor tank hits. This Pokémon’s weakest stat is its Special Attack, although that’s not a big deal, since Gliscor mostly learns better physical moves than special ones.
The Best Moves for Gliscor in Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Through leveling up, Gliscor can learn a reasonable number of usable moves. Sadly, its learnset lacks any good Ground-type moves or any powerful Flying-type ones.
Here’s a list of the best moves Gliscor learns through leveling up:
- Aerial Ace, learned at level 11 [Flying-type] (60 base power)
- Slash, learned at level 25 [Normal-type] (70 base power)
- Sword Dance, learned at level 30 [Normal-type] (status move)
- Poison Jab, learned at level 34 [Poison-type] (80 base power)
- X-Scissor, learned at level 43 [Bug-type] (80 base power)
From the move tutor, Gliscor can learn physical damage-dealing moves from 12 different types. As such, it has great coverage that will help with type matchups.
Furthermore, it can learn Power Shift this way. If for whatever reason, you’re determined to make your Gliscor specially-oriented, this is the move you should use to do so.
Although, this is not recommended. To make such a set viable, you’d always need to use Power Shift as your first move in battle, which is not advisable when going up against bigger threats. Plus, the effects of Power Shift will fade after a few turns, so it’s even less viable during longer battles.
Here’s a list of the best physical moves that Gliscor can learn from the move tutor:
- Bulldoze [Ground-type] (60 base power)
- Fire Fang [Fire-type] (65 base power)
- Thunder Fang [Electric-type] (65 base power)
- Ice Fang [Ice-type] (65 base power)
- Aqua Tail [Water-type] (85 base power)
- Iron Tail [Steel-type] (100 base power)
- Stone Edge [Rock-type] (100 base power)
- Giga Impact [Normal-type] (120 base power)
Tips for Putting Together the Best Moveset for Gliscor
If you want a conventional and viable moveset for Gliscor, it’s recommended to teach it Sword Dance and three damage-dealing physical moves. Sword Dance, while buffing the user’s attack, will also increase its action order. Thanks to Gliscor’s decent Speed stat, you can potentially buff yourself with Sword Dance and then attack the foe immediately afterward for a fast and furious one-two combo.
In terms of which attacking moves you should use, you’ll need to first gauge the rest of your party’s capabilities. Despite learning some great physical moves, Gliscor’s only two STAB (same type attack bonus) moves are both relatively low in base power (Bulldoze and Aerial Ace both only have 60 base power).
For this reason, it may be better to teach Gliscor moves besides STAB ones, such as Aqua Tail, Iron Tail, and Stone Edge. Just keep in mind that those moves don’t have the best accuracy.