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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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Basic Information for Duraludon

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Steel Type Dragon Type
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.

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 95 115 120 50 85

Best Nature for Duraludon

Best Natures
(+SpAtk, -Atk)
(+Spd, -Atk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Duraludon

Assault Vest Build

Nature Modest (+SpAtk, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / HP 236 / Spd. 20
Ability Light Metal
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Draco Meteor
Flash Cannon
Solar Beam

Make up for its low Special Defense with 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.

Choose its attacks carefully

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.

An EV Spread to handle Wash Rotom

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.

Choice Scarf Build

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 236 / HP 20
Ability Light Metal
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Draco Meteor
Flash Cannon
Solar Beam

Raise its Speed for a surprise attack

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.

Other Viable Moves

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.

Counters for Duraludon

Use a Special Attacker

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★★
・An attacker with high firepower
・Learns the Special Ground Move Earth Power
・Recommended with Choice Specs
Best Ranked Battle Build for Hydreigon
Lucario ImageLucario Ranking: ★★★★☆
・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

Pokemon that Resist Steel and Dragon-type Moves

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Aegislash ImageAegislash Ranking: ★★★★★
・Its high defensive stats let it absorb attacks
・A high-damage special attacker
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Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Can deal super effective STAB damage with Earthquake
Needs a damage-boosting item like Choice Band to get a 1HKO
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