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In ''[[SM129|Battle Royal 151]]'', 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|The Battlefield of Truth and Love!]]'', Gladion and Lillie faced each other in the first round of the Manalo Conference. [[Snowy]] was able to defend itself against Umbreon with its {{a|Snow Cloak}} and lessen the damage of a {{m|Shadow Ball}} due to {{m|Aurora Veil}}, as well as land a {{m|Subzero Slammer}}. Despite this, Gladion was eventually the one to emerge victorious against his siblingsister, moving him on to the second round, where he was later revealed to have been matched up against [[James]].
 
In ''[[SM132|Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Strategy!]]'', Gladion had his battle against James, using Lycanroc to battle his {{TP|James|Mareanie}}. After countering {{m|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 {{TP|Kiawe|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 {{m|Inferno Overdrive}} before defeating Turtonator, advancing Gladion to the final round.
When Gladion first appeared, he was distant from his sister because he blamed himself for why {{an|Lillie}} was unable to touch Pokémon. He is an impatient person, as seen in ''[[SM052|Revealing the Stuff of Legend!]]'', when he demanded the {{an|guardian deities}} hurry up as they waited to save {{an|Lusamine|his mother}}. He also has a temper, as seen in ''[[SM049|Mission: Total Recall!]]'', when he harshly scolded Ash for accidentally causing Lillie's traumatic fear of Pokémon to resurface due to his negligence with {{DL|Light trio (anime)|Solgaleo|Nebby}}. Despite this, Gladion quickly recognized Ash's potential as a Trainer, and after defeating [[Ash's Lycanroc]] in ''[[SM047|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 {{AP|Pikachu}} perform {{m|10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt}}. When he first saw {{AP|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 ''[[SM105|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. Gladion's battle style is generally more calculated than Ash's. When battling with Silvally, Gladion will make good use of its {{a|RKS System}} to keep it at an advantage. However, Gladion and his Pokémon began adapting more of Ash's unconventional strategies after he acknowledged the Trainer from [[Kanto]] as his [[rival]]. In ''[[SM132|Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Strategy!]]'', Gladion and Lycanroc countered [[James]] and {{TP|James|Mareanie}}'s {{m|Black Hole Eclipse}} using the same strategy Ash and his Lycanroc used in their grand trial against [[Nanu]], despite not being there to see it. As shown in the [[SM139]], Gladion and Lycanroc were also able to devise a counter to the {{status|confusion}} caused by {{m|Outrage}}.
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