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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Glaseado gym (Grusha) guide

How to beat Grusha’s ice-type team

Grusha pulls his right arm out to stretch before a battle Image: Game Freak/The Pokémon Company, Nintendo via Polygon
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In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the Glaseado gym is run by Grusha in the middle of nowhere, a bit far out from nearby towns.

Grusha, who uses ice-type Pokémon, is likely your final gym battle, as he’s the strongest of the eight gym leaders.

Glaseado gym challenge (Take on the Snow Slope Run!)

The Snow Slope Run is pretty easy, as all you have to do is barrel down the mountain on your mount in less than 90 seconds. You do need to hit the rainbow banners on the way down. If you don’t, five seconds will be added to your time for each one you miss.

Grusha gym leader battle

Grusha uses the following ice-type Pokémon:

  1. Frosmoth, level 47 (ice/bug)
  2. Beartic, level 47 (ice)
  3. Cetitan, level 47 (ice)
  4. Altaria, level 48 (dragon/flying, ice Tera Type)

Grusha gym battle counters

Grusha uses ice-type Pokémon, so there’s lots of counters: fighting-, ground-, steel-, and fire-type moves will do the trick.

By the time you get here (if you’re going in our recommended order of difficulty), you should have lots of Pokémon at your disposal, but if you’re still looking for counters, these Pokémon are nearby:

  • Magneton (electric/steel)
    Glaseado Mountain
  • Bronzong (steel/psychic)
    Glaseado Mountain
  • Crabominable (fighting/ice)
    Glaseado Mountain

Glaseado gym rewards

Grusha hands over TM124 (Ice Spinner), a physical ice-type move that deals damage and gets rid of any terrain effects. If this is your eighth badge, then all Pokémon will now obey you.

After beating Grusha, you can head to the Pokémon League right away to take on the Elite Four and Champion, but we recommend doing the other routes first (if you haven’t already). There’s a pretty big level gap between Grusha and the Elite Four, so you’ll need to grind a bit if you’re not at a higher level.