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The Best Build for Dondozo in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet (Pokemon SV). See the recommended Move set, held items, how to distribute EV, and build up for each type.

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Dondozo Summary & Review


Ability & Hidden Ability

  1. Ignores the opposing Pokémon's stat changes.
  2. Keeps the Pokemon from being infatuated or falling for taunts.
  3. Prevents the Pokemon from getting a burn.

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Dondozo Review In Match Battles

  • Overwhelming Physical durability
  • Ability [Unaware] to block Stats boosting Attackers.
  • Powerful use of [Yawn] + [Leftovers].

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High Durability Base Stats

Dondozo has one of the highest Physical Defense in the current meta, and since its HP is also high, its low Sp. Defense can be made up for by distributing the Effort Value.

Blocks the Stats boosting Attackers by [Unaware]

Dondozo's Ability [Unaware] that can nullify [Dragon Dance] and [Swords Dance], combined with its high physical durability, can block many Physical Stats boosting Attackers.

Yawn and Leftovers are a good match

Dondozo has a very high HP and a large amount of recovery with [Leftovers]. After blocking the opposing Physical Attacker, you can take a look at your opponent's party while recovering with [Leftovers] by using [Yawn].

Has no effective Status Move against Substitute

Dondozo has only few learnable Status Moves, and almost has no effective move against [Substitute] other than Attacks. If a Pokemon that can halve Water type Attacks, uses [Substitute], there is nothing to do.

Dondozo Best Build & Moveset

IconEVs for Durability / Wall style

Tera TypeNatureAbilityItem
Base Stats241120167x11755

Recommended Moves

  1. Water
  2. Ground
  3. Ghost
  4. Normal


Build Type

Strengths & How to Use

High durability makes it stable for taking a look of the opposing team

Dondozo's high Physical Defense allows it to withstand the damage by being sent out after opposing Physical Attackers. By using [Yawn] after stopping the Attacker, it'd be easy to set up a situation forcing the opponent to choose between switching out or falling asleep, while you're recovering with [Leftovers].

Beat another durable Pokemon with [Fissure]

By learning [Fissure], Dondozo can forcibly break through other durable Pokemon that have resistance to Water Moves.

Pokemon Team Compositions

Dragapult IconDragapultSince Dondozo is strong against Mimikyu, you can use Dondozo as a Pivot when Dragapult is facing Mimikyu.
Gholdengo IconGholdengoIt'd be easier to take an action after Breloom or Trick + Choice Items, which Dondozo has difficulty with.
Meowscarada IconMeowscaradaIt is strong against Wash Rotom, which Dondozo is at a disadvantage, and Dondozo can be used as a Pivot for Meowscarada's [U-turn].

Works well with the Attackers that are suitable for Pivots

Dondozo's high durability and [Unaware] make it stable to take action after the opposing Attackers. Therefore, it works well with the Attackers suitable for Pivots, and can also support the Pokemon that are at a disadvantage against Mimikyu.

Other Suggestions

Suggested Moves

RestDondozo's only recovery move, able to cure Non-Volatile Status Conditions and hold out against Physical Attackers.
AvalancheEffective to Dragon type and Flying Tera type which is used against [Fissure].
ProtectIt lets you restoring HP for one more turn with [Leftovers], and allows you to take a look at the opponent's Tera type or [Trick] before deciding what to do next.

Pokemon Used Against Dondozo

Special Attacker immune to Fissure

Candidates Against Dondozo
Hydreigon IconHydreigonWash Rotom IconWash Rotom
Since Dondozo relies on Water Moves and Fissure for its Attacks, it would be damaged unilaterally when facing a Special Attacker that not only can halve Water moves but also has the ability [Levitate].

Pokemon with Substitute

Candidates Against Dondozo
Garganacl IconGarganaclGholdengo IconGholdengoDragapult IconDragapult+Leftovers IconLeftovers
If a Pokemon that can halve Water moves and has a recovery move, uses Substitute, it can deal with [Yawn] and [Fissure] and use Dondozo as a Setup.

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