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Gladion is a former member of Team Skull and the second rival of the player character appearing in Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Appearance

Gladion is a pale, thin young boy with blonde hair and green eyes. His hair appears to be cut into squares and is styled for his bangs to perpetually obscure one of his eyes. He wears a grey hoodie with a red gash-like mark on it, some black sleeves and pants that were likely torn thanks to his partner Null's rage, and red shoes with grey soles and black laces. He also has a red rectangular bag around his waist.

Personality

Gladion has a very serious and smart disposition.  He is shown to be very strong willed, as he constantly strives to make his Pokémon strong no matter what; he stays determined. Gladion also is quite easily agitated, being bothered by the loudness of fellow Pokémon trainer Hau. Gladion often looks to be self-critical, as seen whenever he loses a battle. Even though he looks to have a rough exterior it is revealed that he is actually quite caring and thinks of the well-being of Pokémon; specifically when he shows concern for kidnapped Pokémon, and he cares about his sister Lillie deeply as well. He also cares greatly for his Pokémon Type: Null, whom he rescued from the Aether Foundation and sought to free from its metal restraint.

Biography

Games

Sun and Moon

Some years before Sun and Moon take place, Gladion escaped Aether Paradise with one of the three Type: Null.

Gladion joined Team Skull in pursuit of strength. However, he also opposed his mother and joined with Lillie to stop her plans.

Gladion is initially crude and hostile, but after the player character joins to defeat Lusamine, Gladion becomes more open and even is impressed by the player character's strategies and post-game decides to give them one of the two remaining Type: Null.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Gladion acts similar in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Anime

Main article: Gladion (anime)

Gladion was Lillie's brother, and Lusamine's son. The family spent many times together hanging out. However, after Lillie became assaulted by an Ultra Beast, Gladion swore to protect his sister. He went into hiding, where he could train with his Silvally. However, this also created Gladion's distrust towards Ultra Beasts, and swore to defeat them all.

With Faba's involvement, Lusamine disappeared through an Ultra Wormhole. This motivated Gladion and Lillie to find their mother, by going to Poni Island, where they could find another Ultra Beast to take them there.

Manga

Main article: Gladion (Adventures)

Gladion came to the Full Force Festival, in hopes to gain the trust of the Island Kahuna. However, he was defeated by Sun, who used a Z-Ring. Despite his defeat, Gladion swore to confront the Ultra Beasts he knew something about. To do that, he came to the Ruins of Conflict, where he was offered by Guzma a position of the enforcer.

Gladion accepted, and went to Akala Island, where he captured Tapu Lele. Once more, he fought against Sun, but this time, Gladion retreated, leaving Tapu Lele away.

TCG

Main article: Gladion (Crimson Invasion)

Gladion appears as a Supporter card. He debuted in Sun and Moon: Crimson Invasion card pack.

Sprites

Sun and Moon
VS Gladion SM


Pokémon

Sun and Moon

First battle

Zubat XY
Zubat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
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 Type  
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 Type  
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 Type  
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 Type  
Lv. 17 Lv. 18 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Bite Tackle - - - -
Wing Attack Pursuit - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Battle Royale

772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
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 Type  
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 Type  
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 Type  
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 Type  
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 Type  
Lv. 19 - Lv. - - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle - - - - -
Pursuit - - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Second battle

Golbat XY
Golbat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Sneasel XY
Sneasel
 Type Dark Type Ice 
772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
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 Type  
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 Type  
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 Type  
Lv. 37 Lv. 37 Lv. 38 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: TBA Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Icy Wind Pursuit - - -
Poison Fang Metal Claw Crush Claw - - -
- Feint Attack X-Scissor - - -
- Quick Attack - - - -



Tag battle

Golbat XY
Golbat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
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 Type  
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 Type  
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 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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 Type  
Lv. 37 Lv. 38 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Pursuit - - - -
Poison Fang Crush Claw - - - -
- X-Scissor - - - -
- - - - - -



Third battle

Crobat XY
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Weavile XY
Weavile
 Type Dark Type Ice 
Lucario XY
Lucario
 Type Fighting Type Steel 
Silvally-fire
Silvally
 Type Fire 
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 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 53 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Pressure Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Steelium Z Item: Fire Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Ice Shard Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Night Slash Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Metal Claw Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi Attack - -


Crobat XY
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Weavile XY
Weavile
 Type Dark Type Ice 
Lucario XY
Lucario
 Type Fighting Type Steel 
Silvally-water
Silvally
 Type Water 
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[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 53 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Pressure Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Steelium Z Item: Water Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Ice Shard Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Night Slash Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Metal Claw Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi Attack - -


Crobat XY
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Weavile XY
Weavile
 Type Dark Type Ice 
Lucario XY
Lucario
 Type Fighting Type Steel 
Silvally-grass
Silvally
 Type Grass 
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[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 53 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Pressure Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Steelium Z Item: Grass Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Ice Shard Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Night Slash Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Metal Claw Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi Attack - -


Champion title defense

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

First battle

Zorua XY
Zorua
 Type Dark 
772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
Zubat XY
Zubat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
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 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 17 - Lv. 18 - Lv. 17 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Illusion Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Feint Attack Tackle Bite - - -
Scratch Pursuit Wing Attack - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Battle Royale

772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
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 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 20 - Lv. - - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle - - - - -
Pursuit - - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Second battle

Golbat XY
Golbat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Zoroark XY
Zoroark
 Type Dark 
772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
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[[]]
 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 42 - Lv. 42 - Lv. 43 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Snarl Pursuit - - -
Poison Fang Hyper Voice Crush Claw - - -
Venoshock - X-Scissor - - -
- - - - - -



Tag battle

772 Sprite
Type: Null
 Type Normal 
Golbat XY
Golbat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Zoroark XY
Zoroark
 Type Dark 
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 Type  
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[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 44 - Lv. 43 - Lv. 43 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Pursuit Acrobatics Snarl - - -
Crush Claw Poison Fang Hyper Voice - - -
X-Scissor Venoshock Grass Knot - - -
Iron Head Steel Wing - - - -



Third battle

Crobat XY
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Zoroark XY
Zoroark
 Type Dark 
Lucario XY
Lucario
 Type Fighting Type Steel 
Silvally-fire
Silvally
 Type Fire 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 53 - Lv. 53 - Lv. 53 - Lv. 55 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: Darkinium Z Item: None Item: Fire Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Night Daze Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Hyper Voice Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Grass Knot Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi Attack - -


Crobat XY
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Zoroark XY
Zoroark
 Type Dark 
Lucario XY
Lucario
 Type Fighting Type Steel 
Silvally-water
Silvally
 Type Water 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 53 - Lv. 53 - Lv. 53 - Lv. 55 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: Darkinium Z Item: None Item: Water Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Night Daze Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Hyper Voice Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Grass Knot Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi Attack - -


Crobat XY
Crobat
 Type Poison Type Flying 
Zoroark XY
Zoroark
 Type Dark 
Lucario XY
Lucario
 Type Fighting Type Steel 
Silvally-grass
Silvally
 Type Grass 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type  
Lv. 53 - Lv. 53 - Lv. 53 - Lv. 55 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: Darkinium Z Item: None Item: Grass Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Night Daze Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Hyper Voice Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Grass Knot Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi Attack - -


Champion title defense

Trivia

  • Gladion is named after the Gladiolus, a type of flower.
    • Gladiolus is also known as a "sword lily", which is a fitting counterpoint to his sister Lillie.
  • All of Gladion's Pokémon (barring Weavile and Porygon-Z) evolve through friendship, a hint that despite his cold and tough demeanor he does genuinely care about his Pokémon.
  • Gladion has many similarities with another rival character Silver:
    • Both are sons of the leaders of villainous teams, Giovanni and Lusamine.
    • Both have a Crobat and Sneasel. However, Gladion's Sneasel evolves into a Weavile while Silver's remain the same.
    • Both got their first Pokémon by stealing them, Gladion stole a Type: Null from the Aether Foundation and Silver stole one of the Johto starters from Professor Elm.
    • Both seeks to become stronger no matter what when training their Pokémon.
  • Gladion can be encountered inside a motel room on Melemele Island. When spoken to, all he says is "Get out."
  • Gladion's left hand always shakes violently and he often clutches it as if it was in pain. The rips on his clothing are said to have been the work of Type: Null.
  • A photo in the credits shows Silvally affectionately licking Gladion's face as he lovingly strokes his Pokémon's chin.
    • He himself named Silvally after its evolution.
  • Gladion is theoretically the only non-player character trainer capable of having every type of Pokémon, due to Silvally's compatibility with type-changing Memories.

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