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Gladion's Umbreon (Japanese: グラジオのブラッキー Glazio's Blacky) was the first Pokémon acquired by Gladion in the anime.
Prior to the start of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, Umbreon was an Eevee that Gladion found injured near his house. Gladion ran the injured Pokémon back to his house and asked Hobbes for help, who rushed it to a Pokémon Center. It later appeared in one of Lillie's flashbacks, where it was helping the family out in Lusamine's garden, and again when it appeared when Lillie was still a baby.
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Umbreon debuted in A Glaring Rivalry!, where it was targeted by the Team Skull Grunts Tupp, Zipp, and Rapp, but Gladion soon sent them flying with Lycanroc's Stone Edge. After Gladion was challenged by Ash, Umbreon went over to Professor Kukui's house where Ash was staying to give him a message that Gladion had accepted Ash's challenge. Gladion later used Umbreon to help free Lycanroc and Ash's Pikachu when they were captured by Team Rocket.
In Rising from the Ruins!, Umbreon tried to help Gladion comfort his Type: Null, as it felt uncomfortable with its helmet.
After accompanying Gladion when he confronted Ash in Mission: Total Recall!, they returned to their hotel room. They were confronted by Faba, who demanded that Gladion return Type: Null, which Gladion refused to do. Alongside Lycanroc, Umbreon battled Faba's Hypno and Alakazam, only to be attacked by Miracle Eye, allowing Alakazam to knock it out with Psychic.
In Faba's Revenge!, Umbreon helped Ash rescue Nebby from Faba, only to watch in horror as a Nihilego emerged from the Ultra Wormhole and merged with Lusamine, who sacrificed herself to save Gladion and Lillie, and return through the Ultra Hole.
In Rescuing the Unwilling!, Gladion used Umbreon, Lycanroc, and Silvally to fight Lusamine's Absol, which was controlled by Nihilego, to allow Ash to save Lusamine. During the fight Gladion revealed that Absol was Umbreon's sparring partner. Umbreon deflected Absol's Razor Wind attack with Dark Pulse, before being trapped alongside Lycanroc by Absol's Mean Look. In 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, Umbreon and Lycanroc were released from the Mean Look after Silvally used Multi-Attack on Absol, allowing them to continue fighting. When Nihilego had Absol get back up again after Gladion appeared to defeat it, Gladion told Umbreon and Lycanroc 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.
In Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!, Gladion went searching for his father's Zoroark on Melemele Island, with Umbreon joining him. During the search, it battled a Mandibuzz that attacked them, easily defeating it. At nighttime, when Umbreon came across what appeared to be a Lurantis, Gladion ordered Umbreon to attack the Bloom Sickle Pokémon, causing it to revert into Zoroark. Gladion urged it to come with him and help him find his father together, which it agreed to.
In The Battlefield of Truth and Love!, Gladion used Umbreon during his battle against Lillie during the first round of the Manalo Conference, where it went up against Snowy. Despite Snowy's Snow Cloak initially hindering Umbreon's aim and Aurora Veil weakening its attacks, it was able to withstand a Subzero Slammer and subsequently defeat Snowy with a super-effective Iron Tail.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
In a flashback in That New Old Gang of Mine!, Umbreon was next to Gladion during a train ride while they were still searching for Mohn.
Umbreon appeared in The Homecoming Crown!, taking a picture with Gladion, his family, and their Pokémon after reuniting with Mohn. In Helping the Hometown Hero!, it trained alongside the rest of Gladion's team to prepare for Gladion's upcoming battle with Ash.
Personality and characteristics
Whenever it is not battling, Umbreon is always resting, as seen in A Masked Warning!, where it was lying down on the grass, relaxing whilst watching Nebby sleep. It has a strong bond with its Trainer, helped by the way he found it injured and helped it back to full health.
Umbreon is close friends with Lusamine's Absol. In Rescuing the Unwilling!, Gladion revealed that it used to be Umbreon's sparring partner. When Absol was under the control of Nihilego, it battled Absol. Once Nihilego was defeated and its control over Absol disappeared, Umbreon affectionately rubbed cheeks with Absol.
Umbreon cares about its teammates. For example, in Rising from the Ruins!, it helped comfort Silvally; and in A Masked Warning!, it prepared to help Silvally against Ash's Lycanroc in its rampaging state. Umbreon is also kind and helpful, as seen in Showdown on Poni Island!, when it returned Lillie's hat to her after a gust of wind blew it off her head.
Despite its caring personality, it is also very eager to fight. In Chasing Memories, Creating Dreams!, despite sending a Mandibuzz that it battled flying away, it still wanted to keep fighting, forcing Gladion to command it to forget about it. In the same episode, it was also very observant of its surroundings and was able to tell if a Pokémon was real or an illusion that a Zoroark had transformed into.
In battle, Umbreon is shown to be a strong Pokémon, as seen in The Battlefield of Truth and Love!, where it was able to withstand a Subzero Slammer.
|A † shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.|
- Umbreon is the first Pokémon in the anime to be kept in a Heal Ball.
|This article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|