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Gladion (Japanese: グラジオ Glazio) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He is Lillie's older brother and Ash's main rival in the Sun & Moon series. He first appeared in A Glaring Rivalry!.
Gladion in his debut episode
Though he did not appear in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge! in person, a younger Gladion was shown in a photo along with his mother Lusamine and sister Lillie.
He physically debuted in A Glaring Rivalry!, where he had a battle against Tupp, Zipp, and Rapp, and quickly defeated their Pokémon with Lycanroc's Stone Edge. Later, he and Lycanroc had a battle against a Sailor's Blastoise and won. Ash then asked him for a battle, but Gladion did not accept his offer until the next morning. During the battle, his Lycanroc faced Ash's Rockruff, but the battle was interrupted by Team Rocket's latest scheme to steal Lycanroc and Ash's Pikachu.
After defeating Team Rocket with Lycanroc's Continental Crush Z-Move, he told Ash that if he wanted to obtain the Rockium Z, he would have to clear Akala's grand trial.
In Rising from the Ruins!, after his Lycanroc heard Rockruff's howls and left to find it, Gladion told it to return by nighttime. Later on, Gladion entered a cave and sent out his Type: Null, which he had nicknamed Silvally. He then began comforting it, as Silvally felt troubled by its helmet, telling it that they couldn't go outside during the day when others would see it.
In A Dream Encounter!, Gladion was once again seen calming down Silvally. He suspected that it had detected something, which was the reason for its uneasiness.
In A Masked Warning!, Gladion encountered Ash at Ten Carat Hill after the latter was teleported there by Nebby, which Gladion believed to be an Ultra Beast. There, Gladion revealed that the reason Lillie became unable to touch Pokémon was due to her being attacked by the Ultra Beast Nihilego. Later, Ash challenged Gladion to a battle using his Dusk Form Lycanroc against Silvally. The battle eventually ended with Gladion as the victor. Afterward, Gladion left while telling Ash to not tell anybody about Silvally.
In Night of a Thousand Poses!, Nebby teleported Lillie over to Gladion's location. Reacting to Nebby's presence, Silvally leaped in front of Lillie, causing her to remember the incident that led to her fear of touching Pokémon. When Nebby teleported Lillie back to her friends, she realized that she lost the ability to touch any Pokémon again, even the ones she had gotten used to.
In Mission: Total Recall!, Gladion chastised Ash for letting Lillie see Silvally, holding him responsible for Nebby's actions. Angered, Gladion returned to his hotel room, only to find Faba waiting for him there. Faba attacked Gladion and put him to sleep in order to steal Silvally. Later, Gladion told Lusamine what Faba did and demanded that she tell him where Silvally was taken. Lusamine, completely unaware about the entire situation, helped Gladion search for Silvally in Faba's research room. As they searched, Gladion scolded his mother for failing to notice that Lillie's fear of touching Pokémon was caused by the Ultra Beasts that Lusamine was obsessed with meeting.
After finding Silvally's Premier Ball, Gladion and Lusamine headed outside, where they found Faba attacking Lillie and Ash. In order to save Lillie, Silvally evolved from Type: Null and defeated Faba's Pokémon. With Lillie freed, she reconciled with Lusamine for her neglectful parenting and apologized to Silvally, the Pokémon that saved her from a Nihilego years ago. This allowed Lillie to get over her past trauma and regain the ability to touch Pokémon.
In Faba's Revenge!, Lillie and Ash informed Gladion that Faba had kidnapped Nebby. The three traveled to Aether Paradise, where they informed Lusamine about the situation. They headed to Faba's location, only to find that he successfully forced Nebby to summon a Nihilego from an Ultra Wormhole. The group tried to fight off Nihilego, but it proved to be too powerful and easily defeated their Pokémon. When Gladion tried to protect his family from the Ultra Beast, Lusamine pushed him out of the way and was captured instead. Nihilego then proceeded to drag Lusamine into the Ultra Wormhole.
In Family Determination!, Gladion and Lillie decided to travel to the Altar of the Sunne in order to find a way to rescue Lusamine. After making their way through the island, they found themselves in a battle with a group of Jangmo-o and Hakamo-o led by a Totem Kommo-o. With Lillie's knowledge of types, Gladion gave Silvally a Fairy Memory, allowing it to easily defeat Totem Kommo-o and allow the two to pass through. As they made their way to the altar, a piece of rubble began to fall on them, only to be destroyed by Pikachu's Electro Ball. Ash and his classmates revealed that they have decided to help Gladion and Lillie rescue Lusamine.
In Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, Gladion watched with the others as the guardian deities helped Nebby evolve into a Solgaleo. With Nebby's assistance, the group traveled into an Ultra Wormhole in order to find where Lusamine was taken to.
Gladion in his Ultra Guardian uniform
In Rescuing the Unwilling!, Gladion and the others arrived at Ultra Deep Sea, where they found that Lusamine had fused with Nihilego. Lusamine, reduced to a childlike state, claimed the Ultra Beasts as her own possessions and ran off in order to prevent the group from taking them away from her. As the group chased Lusamine down, more and more people were forced to stay behind in order to fight off Lusamine's Pokémon. Gladion was forced to stay behind in order to battle Lusamine's Absol.
In 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, Gladion gave Silvally a Fire Memory to break out of the ice after it was frozen by Absol's Ice Beam attack. He and Lycanroc then used Continental Crush on Absol. Although Absol appeared to have been defeated by this move, Nihilego made it get back up and continue battling. Gladion then rode Silvally to get to Lusamine. Later, they crossed the poisonous pool surrounding Lusamine and Nihilego, after Gladion gave Silvally a Steel Memory to make it immune to the poison. Gladion and Silvally distracted Nihilego, while Ash and Pikachu used the Z-Move 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt to weaken Nihilego long enough for Gladion and Lillie to free their mother from its hold. Lusamine's Pokémon were returned to normal as a result. Lusamine was then brought back to Alola through the Ultra Wormhole.
Gladion met up with Ash again in The Professors' New Adventure! and informed him that he would be taking part in the island challenge. Before leaving, he explained that he couldn't just sit and be quiet after watching him and Pikachu use their new Z-Move.
In Filling the Light with Darkness!, Gladion attempted to calm Silvally down after it sensed the presence of another Ultra Beast. Noticing that Silvally appeared to be scared of the presence, Gladion realized that whatever it was, it must be powerful. Later, he traveled to the Altar of the Sunne, where he joined Lillie, Ash, and their classmates as a member of the Ultra Guardians. There, Gladion, Ash, Kiawe, and Lana combined their Z-Power to fuel a device that dispersed the dark clouds covering Alola, uncovering an Ultra Wormhole in the process. Afterwards, Lusamine took the Ultra Guardians into the ruins, where she showed them a mural depicting the Blinding One. Before any attempt to translate the mural could be done, the Ultra Guardians were forced to return outside, where they found the wormhole increasing in size. A moment later, a Lunala emerged from the wormhole with a Necrozma chasing after it.
In Full Moon and Many Arms!, Lusamine's group came to the conclusion that Necrozma was the cause of the Alolan adults' loss of energy. Realizing that Necrozma intended on draining Lunala's Ultra Aura in order to possess it, Lusamine sent the Ultra Guardians off to protect Lunala. The Ultra Guardians chased Necrozma to Melemele Island, where they fought alongside Lunala to drive Necrozma away. Despite their best efforts, Necrozma easily shrugged off the Ultra Guardians' attacks and eventually took over Lunala's body to become Dawn Wings Necrozma. Soon afterwards, an elite Team Rocket group known as the Matori Matrix appeared and attempted to capture Necrozma, only for it to easily break free from their electrified net.
After the Matori Matrix retreated, Nebby appeared from a wormhole and fought alongside the Ultra Guardians to free Lunala. With its Sunsteel Strike, Nebby successfully knocked Necrozma off of Lunala, causing it the former to fall into the ocean below. The Matori Matrix returned in order to capture Nebby and Lunala, though the two Legendary Pokémon were freed by Ash's Pikachu and Silvally. The distraction allowed Necrozma to return and possess Nebby instead, causing it to become Dusk Mane Necrozma. Ash tried to free Nebby, but was unable to stop Necrozma from escaping into an Ultra Wormhole. With Necrozma gone, the adults of Alola were restored to their normal selves and the injured Lunala was taken to the Ultra Guardians base to recuperate. When the Ultra Guardians expressed their determination to rescue Nebby, their Z-Rings began shining a light that went into Lunala, healing it in the process.
In The Prism Between Light and Darkness!, the Ultra Guardians and Lunala traveled through an Ultra Wormhole and arrived at Poipole's home world. While Lunala went off ahead to face Necrozma, the others stayed behind and were introduced to Poipole's friends and the leader of its hive, Naganadel. With its telepathy, Naganadel revealed to everyone how Necrozma lost its light protecting the world from a meteor, causing everything to become barren and shrouded in darkness. Realizing that Necrozma is actually the Blinding One, the group wondered how to solve the crisis before the same thing happened to Alola. Gladion wanted to defeat Necrozma in order to save Nebby and Lunala, but he was immediately stopped by his teammates since they didn't want both sides to suffer. Ash and the others agreed to help Necrozma by giving it their Z-Power in the hopes that it would release Nebby, regain its true form, and bring light back to Poipole's world. After heading to where Lunala and Necrozma were fighting, Gladion, Ash, Kiawe, and Lana fired simultaneous Z-Moves at the Prism Pokémon.
In Securing the Future!, the combined Z-Moves were absorbed by Necrozma, but it wasn't enough to get it to release Nebby. After informing Lusamine's group of the situation, the Ultra Guardians learned that in the tale of Alola's creation, the people and Pokémon of Alola assisted Solgaleo and Lunala in restoring Necrozma's light by sharing their Z-Power with it. Together, the Ultra Guardians, their Pokémon, Lunala, Poipole's comrades, and everyone else back in Alola shared their Z-Power with Necrozma, causing to release Nebby. The Z-Power still wasn't enough to satiate Necrozma, who continued attacking everyone and tried to capture Nebby again. After receiving a Lunalium Z from Lunala, Gladion and Lunala performed Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom alongside Ash and Nebby, who used Searing Sunraze Smash. The combined Z-Moves fully restored Necrozma's light, giving it the strength to become its true form, Ultra Necrozma, and restore Poipole's home world back to its original state. Afterward, the Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala traveled back to Alola through the Ultra Wormhole as Ash said farewell to Poipole, who chose to stay behind.
In Showdown on Poni Island!, Gladion and his Pokémon were training on Poni Island when he was reunited with Lillie. Gladion informed Lillie about his plan to battle Tapu Fini in order to complete Poni Island's grand trial. They discussed their father and how he passed away researching Ultra Wormholes. They went on to battle each other, but were interrupted by the arrival of Ash, who was being chased by Hapu and her Mudsdale. Gladion then had a battle against Ash, using his Lycanroc against Ash's own, and the match ended in his victory.
In Memories in the Mist!, Gladion was training with his Pokémon again until a mist covered the area. After meeting up with Lillie, they realized the mist was Tapu Fini's doing and decided to use it as an opportunity to meet with Mohn. Despite wandering around searching for their father, Mohn never appeared in front of them. After learning from Hapu that this could indicate he is still alive, they decided to tell Lusamine about it.
In Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!, Gladion battled Hapu and won, completing his final grand trial. Later, he explored Melemele Island with Umbreon in order to search for his father's Zoroark, which went missing after Mohn's disappearance into an Ultra Wormhole. That evening, Gladion was approached by Zoroark, who he asked to join in his quest to find Mohn. Zoroark accepted Gladion's request and became a member of his team.
In SM128, Gladion was seen battling three Team Skull Grunts who were causing trouble at the Manalo Stadium, easily defeating their Houndour, Ekans, and Alolan Raticate with his Lycanroc. Gladion later met up with Ash, Lillie, and the rest of their classmates.
In SM129, Gladion was among the 151 Trainers taking part in the Battle Royal preliminary round of the Manalo Conference. Using Silvally, Gladion was among the 16 Trainers still standing at the end of the round. The match-ups for the next round revealed that he would be battling Lillie.
In SM131, Gladion and Lillie faced each other in the first round of the Manalo Conference. Snowy was able to defend itself against Umbreon with its Snow Cloak and lessen the damage of a Shadow Ball due to Aurora Veil, as well as land a Subzero Slammer. Despite this, Gladion was eventually the one to emerge victorious against his sibling, moving him on to the second round, where he was later revealed to have been matched up against James.
In SM132, Gladion had his battle against James, using Lycanroc to battle his Mareanie. After countering Black Hole Eclipse with Continental Crush, Lycanroc easily defeated Mareanie, advancing Gladion to the third round. The match-ups later revealed that Gladion would be battling Kiawe.
In SM135, Gladion came across Mimo, who was being menaced by Tupp, Zipp, and Rapp. He sent out Silvally to save Mimo and then walked her back to Kiawe. During the walk, Mimo's personality got him thinking about Lillie. Later, Gladion commenced his battle against Kiawe, where his Lycanroc battled and defeated his Kiawe's Marowak before losing to Turtonator. Now down to one Pokémon, Gladion sent out Silvally. The battle continued in SM136, where Gladion threw Silvally a Fire Memory to minimize the damage from Inferno Overdrive before defeating Turtonator, advancing Gladion to the final round.
Gladion later watched the battle between Ash and Guzma, which continued in the next episode. He witnessed Ash's victory and knew he would be facing off against him. Gladion was later seen with his Pokémon, getting ready for the match.
In SM138, Gladion was training with his Pokémon the night before the final match when Lillie and Lusamine approached him and suggested that he get some rest. However, he declined and told them that he wanted to be prepared for the battle. This prompted Lusamine to compare him to Mohn, mentioning that his father frequently became consumed with preparing for battles, even on their wedding day. Gladion's battle against Ash began the next day, with Gladion sending out Silvally to battle Ash's newly-evolved Melmetal. After Silvally withstood a few hits, Gladion threw a Fighting Memory, allowing Silvally to turn into a Fighting type, which allowed it to defeat Melmetal. Ash then sent out Pikachu and managed to defeat Silvally. Gladion next sent out Zoroark, much to Lusamine's shock.
The battle continued in SM139, where Gladion and Zoroark used Never-Ending Nightmare. Ash and Pikachu countered with Breakneck Blitz, which resulted in Zoroark and Pikachu getting knocked out at the same time. Then, Ash and Gladion sent out their respective Lycanroc. Gladion's Lycanroc was eventually defeated, losing Gladion the match.
Gladion will reappear in SM140.
When Gladion first appeared, he was distant from his sister because he blamed himself for why Lillie was unable to touch Pokémon. He is an impatient person, as seen in Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, when he demanded the guardian deities hurry up as they waited to save his mother. He also has a temper, as seen in Mission: Total Recall!, when he harshly scolded Ash for accidentally causing Lillie's traumatic fear of Pokémon to resurface due to his negligence with Nebby. Despite this, Gladion quickly recognized Ash's potential as a Trainer, and after defeating Ash's Lycanroc in A Masked Warning!, thanked Ash for giving Silvally an opportunity to train. He was also motivated to take the island challenge after seeing Ash and Pikachu perform 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt. When he first saw Poipole for the first time, he quickly put up his guard around it due to the fact that Poipole was an Ultra Beast.
As shown in Showdown on Poni Island!, Gladion has enough faith in his Pokémon to let them battle each other to train, without giving them any kind of command. He also becomes happy whenever his Pokémon do well, as shown when he congratulated Lycanroc with a fist-bump after it defeated Ash's Lycanroc.
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This listing is of Gladion's known Pokémon in the anime:
One of Gladion's Z-Crystals
This listing is of the trials Gladion has cleared in the Alola region:
Gladion has competed in the following Pokémon League Conferences:
|| グラジオ Glazio
|| From Gladiolus
|| Similar to Japanese name
| French, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
|| From his Japanese name
|| From Iridaceae (the family that contains the genus Gladiolus)
|| 글라디오 Gladio
|| From his Japanese name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 格拉吉歐 / 格拉吉欧 Gélāji'ōu
|| Transliteration of Japanese name
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 格拉吉歐 Gaaklāaigāt'āu
|| Mandarin-based transliteration of Japanese name
|| Гладион Gladion
|| Transcription of English name
|| กลาดิโอ Glazio
|| Same as Japanese name