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Null and I have to make it on our own. And I don't ever want to forget that.

–Gladion, Pokémon Sun and Moon

Gladion is an initial member of Team Skull and the second rival of the player character appearing in Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Appearance

Concept artwork of Gladion.

Gladion is a young boy with light blonde hair and green eyes. His hair is shaved on the sides with a ripped design carved into it, with long tousled bangs that cover his right eye. He wears a gray hooded shirt with a red slash resembling a scar on it, a black undershirt with ripped sleeves, ripped black pants and red shoes with gray soles and black laces. He also has a red rectangular bag around his waist.

Personality

Gladion has a very serious, determined, and smart disposition. He is shown to be very strong willed, as he constantly strives to make his Pokémon strong no matter what. Gladion can be impatient, temperamental, and frequently gets annoyed by Hau's excitable and fun-loving nature. He also seems to be quite self-critical, as seen when he loses a battle. Although he appears to have a tough exterior, it is eventually revealed that he is actually quite caring and always thinks of the well-being of Pokémon, and he cares about his sister Lillie deeply as well. He also cares for his Pokémon Type: Null, whom he rescued from the Aether Foundation and sought to free it from its metal restraint.

Etymology

His English and Japanese names, Gladion and Gurajio respectively, both come from the "gladiolus" flower. The flower is also sometimes referred to as the "sword lily", possibly connecting his name with his sister Lillie, who is also named after lilies.

Biography

Sun and Moon

Two years before Sun and Moon take place, Gladion escaped Aether Paradise with one of the three Type: Null, wanting to free it from its metal restraint and unlock its true power so he could stop his mother from letting the Ultra Beasts destroy Alola.

At some point, Gladion joined Team Skull in order to get stronger. However, as he never really cared for Team Skull's affairs, he was never considered a real member of the team by the rest of the Grunts.

Gladion initially appears hostile, but after the player character joins to defeat Lusamine, Gladion becomes more open, and is even impressed by the player character's strategies. In the post-game, he decides to give them one of the two remaining Type: Null.

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Gladion acts similar in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Other appearances

Sprites

Pokémon

Sun and Moon

First battle

Zubat XY.gif
Zubat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
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Lv. 17 Lv. 18 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Bite Tackle - - - -
Wing Attack Pursuit - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Battle Royale

772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
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Lv. 19 - Lv. - - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle - - - - -
Pursuit - - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Second battle

Golbat XY.gif
Golbat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Sneasel XY.gif
Sneasel
 Type Dark.gif Type Ice.gif 
772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
 Type Normal.gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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Lv. 37 Lv. 37 Lv. 38 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: TBA Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Icy Wind Pursuit - - -
Poison Fang Metal Claw Crush Claw - - -
- Feint Attack X-Scissor - - -
- Quick Attack - - - -



Multi battle

Golbat XY.gif
Golbat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
 Type Normal.gif 
[[File:{{{P3}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P3}}}]]
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 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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Lv. 37 Lv. 38 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Pursuit - - - -
Poison Fang Crush Claw - - - -
- X-Scissor - - - -
- - - - - -



Third battle

Crobat XY.gif
Crobat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Weavile XY.gif
Weavile
 Type Dark.gif Type Ice.gif 
Lucario XY.gif
Lucario
 Type Fighting.gif Type Steel.gif 
Silvally-fire.gif
Silvally
 Type Fire.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 53 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Pressure Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Steelium Z Item: Fire Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Ice Shard Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Night Slash Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Metal Claw Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi-Attack - -


Crobat XY.gif
Crobat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Weavile XY.gif
Weavile
 Type Dark.gif Type Ice.gif 
Lucario XY.gif
Lucario
 Type Fighting.gif Type Steel.gif 
Silvally-water.gif
Silvally
 Type Water.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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 Type .gif 
Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 53 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Pressure Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Steelium Z Item: Water Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Ice Shard Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Night Slash Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Metal Claw Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi-Attack - -


Crobat XY.gif
Crobat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Weavile XY.gif
Weavile
 Type Dark.gif Type Ice.gif 
Lucario XY.gif
Lucario
 Type Fighting.gif Type Steel.gif 
Silvally-grass.gif
Silvally
 Type Grass.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 52 Lv. 53 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Pressure Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: Steelium Z Item: Grass Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Ice Shard Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Night Slash Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Metal Claw Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi-Attack - -


Champion title defense

Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

First battle

Zorua XY.gif
Zorua
 Type Dark.gif 
772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
 Type Normal.gif 
Zubat XY.gif
Zubat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
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 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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Lv. 17 Lv. 18 - Lv. 17 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Illusion Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Feint Attack Tackle Bite - - -
Scratch Pursuit Wing Attack - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Battle Royale

772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
 Type Normal.gif 
[[File:{{{P2}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P2}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P3}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P3}}}]]
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 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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 Type .gif 
Lv. 20 - Lv. - - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Tackle - - - - -
Pursuit - - - - -
- - - - - -
- - - - - -



Second battle

Golbat XY.gif
Golbat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Zoroark XY.gif
Zoroark
 Type Dark.gif 
772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
 Type Normal.gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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Lv. 42 Lv. 42 Lv. 43 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Snarl Pursuit - - -
Poison Fang Hyper Voice Crush Claw - - -
Venoshock - X-Scissor - - -
- - - - - -



Multi battle

772 Sprite.gif
Type: Null
 Type Normal.gif 
Golbat XY.gif
Golbat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Zoroark XY.gif
Zoroark
 Type Dark.gif 
[[File:{{{P4}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P4}}}]]
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 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
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[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
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 Type .gif 
Lv. 44 - Lv. 43 Lv. 43 Lv. ? - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Battle Armor Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: None Item: None Item: ? Item: ? Item: ?
Pursuit Acrobatics Snarl - - -
Crush Claw Poison Fang Hyper Voice - - -
X-Scissor Venoshock Grass Knot - - -
Iron Head Steel Wing - - - -



Third battle

Crobat XY.gif
Crobat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Zoroark XY.gif
Zoroark
 Type Dark.gif 
Lucario XY.gif
Lucario
 Type Fighting.gif Type Steel.gif 
Silvally-fire.gif
Silvally
 Type Fire.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 53 Lv. 53 Lv. 53 Lv. 55 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: Darkinium Z Item: None Item: Fire Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Night Daze Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Hyper Voice Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Grass Knot Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi-Attack - -


Crobat XY.gif
Crobat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Zoroark XY.gif
Zoroark
 Type Dark.gif 
Lucario XY.gif
Lucario
 Type Fighting.gif Type Steel.gif 
Silvally-water.gif
Silvally
 Type Water.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 53 Lv. 53 Lv. 53 Lv. 55 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: Darkinium Z Item: None Item: Water Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Night Daze Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Hyper Voice Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Grass Knot Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi-Attack - -


Crobat XY.gif
Crobat
 Type Poison.gif Type Flying.gif 
Zoroark XY.gif
Zoroark
 Type Dark.gif 
Lucario XY.gif
Lucario
 Type Fighting.gif Type Steel.gif 
Silvally-grass.gif
Silvally
 Type Grass.gif 
[[File:{{{P5}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P5}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
[[File:{{{P6}}}_BW.gif|link={{{P6}}}]]
[[]]
 Type .gif 
Lv. 53 Lv. 53 Lv. 53 Lv. 55 - Lv. ? - Lv. ? -
Ability: Inner Focus Ability: Illusion Ability: Steadfast Ability: RKS System Ability: Unknown Ability: Unknown
Item: None Item: Darkinium Z Item: None Item: Grass Memory Item: ? Item: ?
Acrobatics Night Daze Aura Sphere Crunch - -
Cross Poison Hyper Voice Metal Claw Crush Claw - -
- Grass Knot Quick Attack X-Scissor - -
- - - Multi-Attack - -


Champion title defense

Trivia

  • All of Gladion's Pokémon (barring Weavile, Porygon-Z and his fully evolved Kanto starter depending on your starter) evolve through friendship, a hint that despite his cold and tough demeanor he does genuinely care about his Pokémon.
  • Gladion has many similarities with another rival character Silver:
    • Both are sons of the leaders of villainous teams, Giovanni and Lusamine.
    • Both have a Crobat and Sneasel. However, Gladion's Sneasel evolves into a Weavile while Silver's remains the same due to Weavile not being introduced yet.
    • Both got their first Pokémon by stealing them, Gladion stole a Type: Null from the Aether Foundation and Silver stole one of the Johto starters from Professor Elm.
    • Both seek to become stronger no matter what when training their Pokémon, and are loners.
  • Gladion can be encountered inside a motel room on Melemele Island. When spoken to, all he says is "Get out."
  • Gladion is the first rival in the games since Silver to start off as a villain.
  • During battle, Gladion's in-battle animation shows him clutching his left hand as it shakes and twitches violently.
  • The rips on his clothing are said to have been the work of Type: Null.
  • A photo in the credits shows Silvally affectionately licking Gladion's face as he lovingly strokes his Pokémon's chin.
    • He himself named Silvally after its evolution.
  • Gladion is theoretically the only non-player character trainer capable of having every type of Pokémon, due to Silvally's compatibility with type-changing Memories.
  • Part of Gladion's battle theme is a remix of the Run Away, Fugitives theme from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red/Blue Rescue Team, possibly referencing how he had run away from the Aether Foundation with Type: Null.

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