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This is a strategy guide for using Duraludon in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Duraludon, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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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|
|Mirror Coat||Inherit from Vanillite(learns at Lv. 36)|
|Nature||Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)|
|EV Spread||Sp.Atk. 252 / HP 236 / Spd. 20|
|Final Stat Values||HP 175 / Def. 135 / Sp.Atk. 189 / Sp.Def. 70 / Spd. 108|
|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|
|Final Stat Values||HP 148 / Def. 135 / Sp.Atk. 172 / Sp.Def. 70 / Spd. 148|
|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.|
Duraludon can serve a vital Special attacker role in your party. It can use the powerful Draco Meteor with STAB, and combined with its high Defense, it's a powerful threat in a metagame dominated by Physical attackers.
As a Dragon/Steel dual-type, Duraludon has only two weaknesses in the Fighting and Ground types. On top of that, it boasts a total of 10 type resistances. Although Dragon types are usually weak to Dragon and Fairy moves, Duraludon turns these into advantages, and with its Steel typing is able to handle the everpresent threats of Dragapult and Mimikyu.
Although Duraludon has a soaring Defense, its Base Special Defense is a pitiful 50. Combined with a middling HP, Duraludon isn't so durable when faced with Special attacks like Aura Sphere and Earth Power. That said, Duraludon can usually survive at least one hit when holding an Assault Vest, so be sure to hit hard to avoid taking heavy damage of your own.
・An attacker with high firepower
・Learns the Special Ground Move Earth Power
・Recommended with Choice Specs
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・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
Switching in a Pokemon who resists Dragon and Steel can turn the tides against Duraludon. On top of that, if you've got a Pokemon who can do Special damage, then you can make quick work of Duraludon.
・Its high defensive stats let it absorb attacks
・A high-damage special attacker
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・Can deal super effective STAB damage with Earthquake
・Needs a damage-boosting item like Choice Band to get a 1HKO
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