This is a strategy guide for using Galarian Darmanitan in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Galarian Darmanitan, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Gorilla Tactics||Boosts the Pokemon's Attack Stat but only allows the use of the first selected move.|
|Zen Mode (Hidden)||Changes from when HP drops below half.|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|EV Spread||HP 4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252|
|Held Item||Choice Scarf / Choice Band|
・One of the moves below
Because Galarian Darmanitan's Ability Gorilla Tactics boosts Attack while limiting it to using only the first-selected Move, so by stacking it with a Choice Item having the same effect, it can dish out heavy attack damage without an additional disadvantage.
The Choice Scarf in particular can raise Galarian Darmanitan's already-high Speed to make it faster than most opponents and make it into a killer physical sweeper.
|Stone Edge||A powerful attack to hit the often-present Heat Rotom. The best solution for the current metagame.|
|Superpower||A great counter for Dark-types, in particular Tyranitar. Its Dynamax counterpart Max Knuckle's attack boost is also great to have.|
|Earthquake||Although it's super effective against several types, it won't be needed often. Use this option when you need it to maintain the type balance for your team's movesets.|
Galarian Darmanitan's unique ability Gorilla Tactics combines well with Choice Band to doubly boost its attack. While this limits it to one move choice per switch-in, this combination grants double the advantage compared to other Pokemon, making it a superpowered physical attacker.
When Dynamaxing Galarian Darmanitan, the effects of Gorilla Tactics and Choice Items will be removed. This will result in a decrease in Attack and/or Speed, but has the tradeoff of breaking the selection bondage of the Choice Item. This leaves the player with a key decision, to Dynamax or not to Dynamax.
Because Galarian Darmanitan is focused entirely on physical attacking, it has a hard time taking down defensive Water-type Pokemon, who can bear the brunt of its moves.
・Can hold off physical sweepers with Scald and Recover
・Can field a number of physical sweepers besides Galarian Darmanitan
・Can defend against both physical and special sweepers effectively
・Its Ability Marvel Scale makes it a superb wall against physical attackers
Although Galarian Darmanitan has high Attack, its Defense and Special Defense are lacking. If you've got a physical attacker who can take the first hit from Galarian Darmanitan, it's not a hard feat to knock it out with one Move.
・After setting up Swords Dance on the first turn, it can Dynamax on the second turn to use Max Starfall and knock out Galarian Darmanitan
・Can knock out a wide range of Pokemon after setting up Swords Dance
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・Can take reduced damage from super effective moves with its ability Solid Rock
・A physical attacker who can handle other physical attackers
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