Gallade, The Blade Pokémon. A master of courtesy and swordsmanship, it fights using extending swords on its elbows. When trying to protect someone, it extends its elbows as if they were swords and fights savagely. Because it can sense what its foe is thinking, its attacks burst out first, fast, and fierce.
Gallade is a pretty cool Pokémon. As it gains Fighting-type from evolution, it loses a lot of Psychic's weaknesses and only gains a weakness to Flying-type. As such, it almost harkens back to the days when Psychic ruled over all. It has got a majorly decent Attack, decent Special Defense and a passable Speed which allows it to hit hard and fast and still even be very bulky. It's definitely not to be underestimated.
Steadfast: a decent ability. It increases your Speed if Gallade flinches. It's a bit useless now there's a better ability, but always good to have in case of Fake Out users or Fang users.
- Swords Dance
If you manage to get Gallade to use Swords Dance, its Attack raises to massive proportions meaning it'll be able to one hit most Pokémon. Close Combat gives decent STAB and is a massively powerful which will give many opponents a headache. Shadow Sneak is a priority move which will hit and be Super Effective on Ghost-types, one of the only types that are still super effective on Gallade and the last move is all up to you. Stone Edge can take out Flying-type Pokémon easily enough, Psycho Cut has STAB boosts and is more likely to land a Critical Hit and Ice Punch, while only usable on Steadfast Gallade at the moment, will also aid in taking out the Flying-types that may cause hassles
- Bulk Up
This set is currently only workable with Gallade that have come from Generation IV and so it has the ability Steadfast. Here, you use Bulk Up to increase Gallade's Attack to higher levels and to shore up its physical Defense, the one place where Gallade is lacking. Drain Punch will do decent damage, with STAB, after this, and will allow you to build any health lost while using Bulk Up. The rest of the moves work the same as in the other set, providing decent coverage so that Gallade can take out any who oppose him
- Close Combat
This set runs similar to the previous sets, with Choice Band becoming the main focus. Choice Band locks you into a single move, but gives you a decent attack boost. This set can be used to sweep and has the ability to 1 or 2 hit KO any Pokémon
- Close Combat
This set runs similar to the previous sets, with Choice Scarf allowing you to get an increased speed and will help you in revenge killing many of the opponents. Trick is handy in locking the opponent into getting the Choice Scarf, locking them into a move that they may not wish to use
- Psycho Cut
This set, somewhat of a gimmick, monopolises on the fact that Gallade gets a lot of moves which have higher rates of causing Critical Hits. Add the Scope Lens, and the chances are even higher at 25%. It has Psycho Cut, which is a decent STAB move, Stone Edge which can take out Flying-type foes, Night Slash which can take Ghost-types and Leaf Blade to give it that extra kick which may be useful against the plethora of Water-types out there or Slash which has very few resistances
EVs & Natures
Confuse Ray. Stored Power, Thunder Wave, Thunderpunch, Will-o-Wisp
Double & Triple Battle Options
Gallade really isn't much of a Double/Triple battle Pokémon, with the majority of its moves being focused for Single Battles. However, you can use the classic Beat Up method on ones with Justified, which will boost its Attack up by 4 stages in Doubles or 6 stages in Triples, allowing Gallade to take out very many Pokémon without much trouble at all.
A good thing to include is a Pokémon that knows a move such as Tailwind, boosting your side's Speed. A Baton Passer such as Ninjask with its Speed Boost, or even Gorebyss with Shell Smash would do wonders for Gallade, increasing the Speed and, in the case of Gorebyss, raising Attack and Speed, albeit while sacrificing some defenses
While Gallade lacks many weaknesses, it also lacks resistances, with most type moves doing 1* damage on it. As such, if you hit it with powerful Physical moves, it will go down. An example of this would be a priority Technician, Choice Banded Bullet Punch from Scizor As well as this, if you can hit it with a burn such as from Will-o-Wisp, Gallade severely gets neutered and is much less of a threat than normal.
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