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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 rival in the Sun & Moon series. He first appeared in A Glaring Rivalry!.
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.
He appeared in a flashback in Trials and Determinations!.
Gladion reappeared in Rising from the Ruins!. After his Lycanroc heard Rockruff's howls and left to find it, he 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.
Gladion reappeared in A Dream Encounter! alongside his Pokémon, in which he was once again seen calming down Silvally. Gladion suspected that Silvally 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. 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 chastised Lusamine for failing to realize that her desire to meet the Ultra Beasts was what led to the events that caused Lillie's fear of touching Pokémon.
After finding Silvally's Poké Ball, Gladion and Lusamine headed outside, where they found Faba attacking Lillie and Ash. In order to save Lillie, Silvally evolved from Type: Null into Silvally and defeated Faba's Pokémon. With her daughter freed, Lusamine hugged Lillie and apologized for her neglectful parenting. Lillie accepted Lusamine's apology and then 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.
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.
Gladion reappeared in Filling the Light with Darkness!, where he 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.
When Gladion first appeared, he was distant from his sister because he blamed himself for why Lillie was unable to touch Pokémon. He is shown as being impatient, as seen in Revealing the Stuff of Legend!, when he demanded the guardian deities hurry up as they waited to save his mother. He has shown to have 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.
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This listing is of Gladion's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Eevee → Umbreon
| Umbreon is Gladion's first known Pokémon. It is housed in a Heal Ball. It was first seen as an Eevee in a flashback, where it was found by Gladion who brought it to Hobbes.
Gladion first used Umbreon in A Glaring Rivalry!, to help free Lycanroc and Ash's Pikachu when they were captured by Team Rocket.
In Rescuing the Unwilling!, Gladion used Umbreon to fight Lusamine's Absol, which was controlled by Nihilego, to allow Ash to save Lusamine. Umbreon deflected Absol's Psycho Cut attack with Dark Pulse, before being trapped by Absol's Mean Look.
In 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, Umbreon was released from the Mean Look after Silvally used Multi-Attack on Absol, allowing it to continue fighting. When Nihilego had Absol get back up again after Gladion appeared to defeat it, Gladion told Umbreon to take care of Absol before riding off on Silvally to get to Lusamine.
In Securing the Future!, Umbreon joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.
Umbreon's known moves are Dark Pulse and Shadow Ball.
|| A Glaring Rivalry!
| Voice actors
|| Rikako Aikawa
| Lycanroc is Gladion's second known Pokémon. It is housed in an Ultra Ball.
Lycanroc was first seen having a battle against Tupp, Zipp, and Rapp and their Pokémon in A Glaring Rivalry!, but quickly defeated them. It was later used in a battle against a Sailor's Blastoise and won despite having a type disadvantage. It also had a battle against Ash's Rockruff but the battle was interrupted by Team Rocket.
Lycanroc reappeared in Rising from the Ruins!, where it left its Trainer to go and find Rockruff after hearing its howling. It eventually met up with Olivia's Lycanroc and took Rockruff to the Ruins of Life. There, they encountered Tapu Lele, who attacked them. Lycanroc later watched as Rockruff evolved into Dusk Form. Afterwards, Lycanroc returned to Gladion.
In Rescuing the Unwilling!, Gladion used Lycanroc to fight Lusamine's Absol, which was controlled by Nihilego, to allow Ash to save Lusamine. It was eventually trapped by Absol's Mean Look. In 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, Lycanroc was released from the Mean Look after Silvally used Multi-Attack on Absol. Soon afterwards, Gladion and Lycanroc 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 told Lycanroc to take care of Absol while he rode off on Silvally to get to Lusamine.
It appeared again in Filling the Light with Darkness!, where it helped transfer its Z-Power to Faba's machine so it could help clear the skies. In Securing the Future!, Lycanroc joined the rest of Alola in showering Necrozma with light so it could return to its true form.
Lycanroc's known moves are Stone Edge, Counter, and Crunch.
Lycanroc can also perform the Z-Move Continental Crush.
|| A Glaring Rivalry!
| Voice actors
|| Shin'ichirō Miki
This listing is of the trials Gladion has cleared in the Alola region:
- Gladion is the only Trainer in the anime with multiple Pokémon to keep all of his Pokémon in non-standard Poké Balls.
- Gladion is the first rival to be a relative of a main character.
|| 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