This is a strategy guide for using Duraludon in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Duraludon, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Evolution and Moveset||Build for Ranked Battle|
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Heavy Metal||Doubles the Pokemon's weight.|
|Light Metal||Halves the Pokemon's weight.|
|Stalwart (Hidden)||Ignores the effects of opposing Pokémon's Abilities and moves that draw in moves.|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
|Nature||Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||Sp.Atk. 252 / HP 236 / Spd. 20|
|Held Item||Assault Vest|
Duraludon boasts high Special Attack and Defense, but it's got a weak spot in its Special Defense. Assault Vest is useful for boosting its defensive capabilities and allowing it to take Special hits without a quick knockout.
While holding Assault Vest, the number of moves Duraludon can use effectively are accordingly limited. In addition to the STAB choices of Draco Meteor and Flash Cannon, Thunderbolt is useful for its super effective damage to Gyarados and other Water types, while Solar Beam is mostly used when Dynamaxed as its Max Move alternate Max Overgrowth.
By adding a few extra EVs to Speed, Duraludon is able to outspeed a Wash Rotom with only 4 EVs in Speed. It can use Max Overgrowth to defeat a Wash Rotom with full EVs in HP in one hit.
|Nature||Timid (+Spd, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 236 / HP 20|
|Held Item||Choice Scarf|
Duraludon is often seen as a slow, defensive attacker, but it's got surprisingly high speed, and with a Choice Scarf it's able to outspeed a surprisingly wide range of Pokemon. This build lets it outspeed Jolly Dragapult, Adamant Darmanitan with Choice Scarf, or even Jolly Gyarados with +1 stage in Speed.
|Dragon Pulse||Although Draco Meteor is the primary choice for a Dragon move, it can't hurt to have both.|
|Dark Pulse||Recommended for players who are worried about Aegislash.|
・An attacker with high firepower
・Learns the Special Ground Move Earth Power
・Recommended with Choice Specs
Best Ranked Battle Build for Hydreigon
・Has high Special Attack, and gets the powerful STAB attack Aura Sphere
・If it has a damage-raising item, it can get a 1HKO even against Assault Vest Duraludon
・Its high defensive stats let it absorb attacks
・A high-damage special attacker
Best Ranked Battle Build for Aegislash
・Can deal super effective STAB damage with Earthquake
・Needs a damage-boosting item like Choice Band to get a 1HKO
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