Pokemon Sword and Shield

Best Durant Team for Ranked Battle

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This is a strategy guide and complete explanation of an Durant-focused team for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on how to use this team in competitive play, with recommended movesets & best builds for each Pokemon.

Team Summary and Rental Code

Pokemon Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Durant ImageDurant
Ditto ImageDitto Hydreigon ImageHydreigon
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Snorlax ImageSnorlax
Team Code 0000 0004 F7L1 3M
Twitter @fin_pkmn
Words from the Trainer I'm proud to say that this is the set that put Durant on the map in the metagame.
People are getting used to seeing this set, so their teams have started to adjust to counter it, but having Durant can really limit the opponent's choices of which Pokemon to use.
When up against an opponent who didn't take Durant seriously and sent out a bad matchup, you'll be able to take it out in a clean 3 hits without a problem.

This party by Japanese player Mosgis reached the #1 spot on the Master Ball tier of Ranked Battle. As the player who proved Durant's power, Mosgis continues to wreak havoc on the Master Ball tier with this and other heavyweight teams.

How to Use the Team Effectively

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This is a party that aims to put up Reflect and Light Shield and run a full sweep of the opponent's team.

The typical pattern is to lead with Grimmsnarl, set up Reflect and Light Screen on the first two turns, then use Durant to sweep. These two essentially constitute a full party on their own, so for the third choice, pick one of the other four to match your opponent's team.

Moveset & Best Build for Each Pokemon

Grimmsnarl, the wall-building supporter

Pokemon SWSH - Grimmsnarl

Grimmsnarl - Best Build for Ranked Battle

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Def. 252 / HP 180 / Sp.Def. 64 / Spd. 12
Ability Prankster
Held Item Light Clay
Moveset Spirit Break
Thunder Wave
Light Screen

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With Grimmsnarl's Ability Prankster, it's able to use all Status moves with +1 priority. This gives it the ability to judge whether to use Reflect or Light Screen based on the Pokemon it's fighting and set it up before the opponent's first move.

When the opponent's second Pokemon comes out, use Thunder Wave to Paralyze so long as it's not Electric-immune or Dark-type. Remember that Dark-type Pokemon are immune to moves which have been boosted by Prankster. In this case, use the super-effective Spirit Break instead.

From the third Pokemon on, feel free to go ahead and set up both Reflect and Light Screen, and using Spirit Break to keep attacking is also viable.

Durant, the party's ace in the hole

Pokemon SWSH - Durant

Durant - Best Build for Ranked Battle

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Hustle
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Iron Head
Thunder Fang
Stone Edge

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Thanks to Durant's ability Hustle, it gains a power boost to its attacks in exchange for an accuracy drop. The accuracy drop stings in the life-or-death world of Ranked Battle, but thanks to the advent of Dynamaxing, which grants all of its moves perfect accuracy, Durant is able to overcome the negative aspects of Hustle while reaping the rewards of the Attack boost.

With a Speed stat of 109, Durant has the power to hit fast and hard, allowing it to wipe the floor with a variety of opponents before they know what hit them.

Ditto for going toe-to-toe with powerful foes

Pokemon SWSH - Ditto

Ditto - Best Build for Ranked Battle

Nature Irrelevant
EV Spread HP 252
Ability Imposter
Held Item Focus Sash
Moveset Transform

With Ditto's ability Imposter, it is able to copy everything about the opponent aside from its HP and the PP of its moves (which all have 5 PP when copied). As it's also able to copy the stat boosts of the opponent, it's useful in the current metagame for copying an opponent who's receive the boost from Weakness Policy.

It's particularly adept at copying Tyranitar and Togekiss and taking them down, making it a strong player in a competitive environment where these Pokemon are ubiquitous.

Hydreigon can weather the opponent's Dynamax

Pokemon SWSH - Hydreigon

Hydreigon - Best Build for Ranked Battle

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Levitate
Held Item Salac Berry
Moveset Dark Pulse
Nasty Plot
Flash Cannon

With effective use and timing of Substitute, Hydreigon can waste the potential of the opponent's Dynamax. When its HP is lowered to 1/4, it will use the Salac Berry to gain a final Speed boost.

Dark Pulse has a chance of causing the opponent to flinch, and makes a perfect combination when led in by Grimmsnarl's Thunder Wave.

Mimikyu has the potential to turn the tides

Pokemon SWSH - Mimikyu

Mimikyu - Best Build for Ranked Battle

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / HP 4
Ability Disguise
Held Item Expert Belt
Moveset Shadow Claw
Play Rough
Shadow Sneak
Swords Dance

With Mimikyu's Ability Disguise, it's able to weather one turn from its opponent taking a maximum of 1/8 of its HP in damage. Although Life Orb Mimikyu is proving popular, we'll be using the Expert Belt in this set to increase the damaging power of all super effective attacks by 1.2x.

Unlike Life Orb, which steals Mimikyu's priceless HP, this set treats Mimikyu with care while allowing it to dish out high damage.

Snorlax is easy to bring out in the current metagame

Pokemon SWSH - Snorlax

Snorlax - Best Build for Ranked Battle

Nature Impish (+Def, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Def. 252 / HP 232 / Sp.Def. 24
Ability Thick Fat
Held Item Figy Berry
Moveset Heavy Slam
Body Slam
Fire Punch

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With its ability Thick Fat, granting it resistances to common Fire and Ice-type attacking moves, Snorlax is an easy Pokemon to use in a metagame with few Fighting-type Pokemon. It can use the boosting Status move Curse to boost its Attack and Defense simultaneously. It's also a powerful candidate for Dynamaxing, affording it a wide variety of uses which make it easy to use in a variety of situations.

Thoughts from the Game8 Team

Durant is as strong as they say

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After actually using this party, we were able to fulfill the promised goal of setting up walls and switching into Durant to sweep the opponent's team. Instead of aiming for a balanced team, this party goes for straight-up destruction, with a Speed focus to crush the opponent before they get a chance to attack.

Grimmsnarl's reliability with Prankster is commendable

Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl

Grimmsnarl uses its Ability Prankster to ensure that it will be able to move at least once before it is taken out. Other wall-setup Pokemon can be stopped in their tracks with Taunt, but Grimmsnarl is able to avoid this snag.

In addition to the wall-setup moveset, there are a number of other builds available for Grimmsnarl, making it a difficult to read opponent.

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