In the anime
Ash caught Gliscor as a Gligar in Riding the Winds of Change!, as it along with many other Gligar and a Gliscor, had become trapped in a city after being blown there by a violent windstorm. Gliscor's attempts at using sonar to navigate out of the city were blocked by the tall buildings, and only served to attract more Gligar and the Pokémon soon formed a pack. The pack survived by picking fruit from trees and stealing food from humans. After Ash and his friends helped the pack, Gligar decided to travel with Ash, allowing him to capture it.
In The Bells are Singing!, Gligar was practicing gliding with Ash, but it made a wrong turn and accidentally crashed into a boulder. Shortly afterwards, it started being really clingy to Ash, making him recall it. Later, Gligar was used against Dawn's Buneary to show Francesca how Pokémon battles work.
In Chim - Charred!, after a brief talk and recap, Ash and Paul decide to have a battle, and Gligar volunteers to be Ash's first Pokémon. However, Gligar's sheer determination comes to a screeching halt when Paul sends out his first Pokémon: Gliscor. Initially intimidated, Gligar pulls itself together and goes in for an X-Scissor, but Gliscor puts the breaks on Gligar with a Knock Off. Gligar recovers and uses Sand Attack, but Gliscor, unaffected, flies up and prepares a Guillotine attack. Gligar attempts to counter Gliscor with Steel Wing, but Gliscor's attack prevails and defeats Gligar. Initially sad, Gligar becomes elated after being congratulated for effort by Ash and the rest of his Pokémon.
In Fighting Fear with Fear!, Ash decided to start training Gligar, but this was troublesome as Gligar, despite being eager to impress Ash, had developed a fear of battling following its loss to Paul's Gliscor. However, when Gligar and Ash were kidnapped by Team Rocket, Gligar showed it was determined to conquer its fears allowing it to master X-Scissor. Later, in order to save Ash from a fall, it used the Razor Fang Ash received from Gary (after Gligar had a practice battle with his Umbreon) to evolve into Gliscor. It appears to have kept its personality traits even after evolution, as it still cries when scolded by Ash and also winks and sticks its tongue out.
Since evolving, Gliscor started to be used in more battles. In Aiding the Enemy, Gliscor was used as a sparring partner by Torterra to help illustrate how Grotle could deal with his reduced speed. In Barry's Busting Out All Over!, Gliscor battled Barry's Roserade, and after a long exchange of Poison Jab and X-Scissor attacks, the battle ended in a draw. In A Breed Stampede!, Gliscor learned Fire Fang after being hit by an Ice Shard from Piloswine, and is revealed to have learned Screech some time off-screen.
Its first Gym Battle was against Byron in Dealing With Defensive Types!, Ash sending it out against Bastiodon. It initially struggled as its Steel Wing and Fire Fang attacks were countered by Bastiodon's Iron Defense and Flash Cannon, respectively. Although it was able to dodge Bastiodon's first Iron Head, it was hit by two more in succession. However, Gliscor started to make a comeback as it cleverly spread its wings to dodge Flash Cannon, before landing on Bastiodon's back and successfully landing two Fire Fangs. It was then shaken off, but was able to avert Bastiodon's Flash Cannon by tripping it with its tail. After Gliscor's X-Scissor was overpowered by another Iron Head, it hid behind a rock, though Bastiodon smashed it with another Iron Head. However, Gliscor used this opportunity to make an ambush from above, though it was forced to dodge instead when Bastiodon launched a Flash Cannon. Gliscor then used Sand Attack, leaving Bastiodon vulnerable to another Fire Fang, which was enough to knock it out and thus win the match for Ash and earn him the Mine Badge.
In Sliding Into Seventh!, it was Ash's third Pokémon used in his Gym Battle against Candice, where it went up against her Snover. After dodging her Razor Leaf, it hit her with a super-effective Fire Fang, before hitting her with its tail. It was then hit with a super-effective Ice Beam, but despite the major damage this caused, it was able to dodge a second one. Gliscor then went in for a Fire Fang, but Snover stopped it in its tracks with Bullet Seed, before finishing it off with Icy Wind.
In Pedal to the Mettle!, Gliscor battled Paul's Torterra in Ash's full battle against Paul. It first used Sand Attack to blind Torterra, which caused its Giga Drain to miss, before hitting it with an X-Scissor. Torterra then became immobilized after its Frenzy Plant missed, and from that point on, Gliscor was able to gain the upper hand by landing two super-effective hits with Fire Fang and X-Scissor. However, after Gliscor landed a Steel Wing, Torterra regained mobility and trapped Gliscor with Crunch, leaving it vulnerable to Giga Drain, which sapped Gliscor of its energy while at the same time healing Torterra. Although Gliscor managed to escape Fire Fang, it had taken considerable damage, so Ash decided to recall it. It was sent out against Torterra again later on, where it was defeated after being hit with Frenzy Plant.
In Uncrushing Defeat!, Gliscor, along with the rest of Ash's Sinnoh team, was under the care of Nurse Joy in the Lake Acuity Pokémon Center, suffering bodily repercussions from the rough Full Battle loss against Paul. Later, it helped rescue Pikachu from Team Rocket by obscuring their escape with Sand Attack, before blasting them off with X-Scissor.
In Mastering Current Events!, Gliscor had an Air Battle with the Air Battle Master, McCann, and his Scizor. However, Gliscor was at a complete disadvantage; it could not make turns and kept crashing into rocks, and it was unable to land any attacks on or dodge any attacks from Scizor, so it lost badly. After training reading the wind with Ash the following night, they challenged McCann and Scizor to a rematch to assess how much Gliscor had improved. Gliscor did much better this time, being able to read the wind and therefore stop crashing into rocks, and it also managed to dodge some of Scizor's attacks and land its own. It even learned Giga Impact, but despite this vast improvement, Gliscor lost again. However, McCann revealed that he had become interested in training Gliscor due to how good of an Air Battler it was able to become in just one night, so Ash decided to leave Gliscor with him for further training. It then returned to Ash's party in Working on a Right Move! for the Full Battle against Paul in the Lily of the Valley Conference.
It was seen training alongside Ash for his upcoming battle against Paul in Familiarity Breeds Strategy!, where it was revealed to have grown significantly during its time with McCann. It was also shown to have perfected Giga Impact in a practice match with Dawn's Mamoswine. In A Real Rival Rouser!, it battled Paul's Ninjask and was shown to have learned Stone Edge while training with McCann. Unfortunately, it was not enough to defeat Ninjask, who was too fast for Gliscor to land Stone Edge and Fire Fang, as well as dodge its onslaught of Fury Cutters. After crashing into the ground and subsequently getting poisoned by Paul's Drapion's Toxic Spikes, Ash recalled Gliscor. He sent it out again against Drapion later in the battle, and McCann's training began to show; it dodged Pin Missile and used Stone Edge against Drapion's Cross Poison, which created a huge smoke cloud that Gliscor cleverly used to obscure itself and thus leave Drapion vulnerable to its Giga Impact. Gliscor then used the recoil to distance itself from Drapion, thus keeping it from taking advantage of the move's immobilization effect. Drapion used Pin Missile again, but Gliscor bravely flew into it and readied an X-Scissor.
In the following episode, Gliscor continued charging in with X-Scissor against Drapion's Pin Missile, although it ended up getting hit at the last second. However, Gliscor recovered and dodged Drapion's Cross Poison, before defeating it by burning it with a Fire Fang. It continued battling against Paul's Electivire, but despite having the type advantage, Gliscor had taken a lot of damage from battling Ninjask and Drapion, so it was defeated after getting hit by pieces of terrain launched by Electivire's Thunder, followed by a powerful Brick Break after Electivire blocked its Giga Impact and trapped it with its tails.
Following the Lily of the Valley Conference, Gliscor was sent to Professor Oak's Laboratory.
Gliscor was reunited with Ash in The Dream Continues!, where it and the rest of Ash's Pokémon posed in a group photo with him.
Personality and characteristics
Gliscor is one of the most emotional Pokémon Ash owns. As a Gligar, it was a crybaby, tearing up when upset at failing or being yelled at by Ash, especially when it was afraid as shown in Chim - Charred! and Fighting Fear with Fear!. It had a big fear of battling other Pokémon and was afraid of high heights, despite being a Flying-type. Gligar seems to have a habit of sticking out its tongue and winking when appearing. It also has the tendency to crash land on top of Ash due to its inability to glide properly or would land on him for comfort. It would also try very hard to earn Ash's approval and attention. Gligar's evolution into Gliscor saw a noticeable confidence boost as it learned to overcome most of its fears, especially its fear of facing other Pokémon. Despite its evolution, it still kept most of its personality. It still remains loyal to him and is more than willing to try to prove to be strong for its Trainer and itself.
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In the manga
Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl
- Gliscor was Ash's first Sinnoh Pokémon to fully evolve.
- In A Triple Fighting Chance!, Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia is about Ash's Gligar.
- Fighting Fear with Fear!, the episode in which Gligar evolved into Gliscor, first aired in Japan on the Thursday of the same week that the dub of Riding the Winds of Change!, the episode in which Gligar is captured, first aired in the United States. The same thing happened to Dawn's Piloswine.
- Gliscor is Ash's only Pokémon to have an immunity to one of its own types.
- Gliscor is the first of Ash's Pokémon that has evolved via the use of an item (in this case, a Razor Fang).
- Gliscor is also the first Pokémon owned by a main character to evolve depending on the time of day.
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