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Find out how to breed Galarian Darmanitan in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the best competitive movesets, best builds, including Zen Mode, best nature and how to breed it!

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Galarian Darmanitan Moveset & Best Build

Galarian Darmanitan
Total Base Stats495
Type Ice Icon
( + Fire Icon )
(Zen Mode)

Zen Mode Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Lum Berry
Best Ability
Zen Mode
Transforms into Zen Mode when HP drops below 50%.
Best Moveset
Flare Blitz / Icicle Crash / Zen Headbutt / Belly Drum
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Incredible Attack And Speed

Using Belly Drum will allow you to immediately enter Zen Mode, dramatically boosting your attack power. However, since your HP is so low, you run the risk of being taken out by a priority move.

Use Psychic Terrain

By Dynamaxing and using Max Mindstorm, you can set up Psychic Terrain, which removes the effect of priority moves. For this reason, running Zen Headbutt is recommended.

Choose A Lum Or Salac Berry

Lum Berries will cleanse a sweep-ending Burn off you, while Salac Berries will give you a massive speed boost when your health drops really low. Zen Mode brings you up to 135 speed, but it's still not enough to outspeed Dragapult, so beware!

Substitute VS. Galarian Corsola

By setting your HP to 204 (at Lv. 50), you make your Substitute's HP 51, making sure that Galarian Corsola cannot take it out with one Night Shade (which deals 50 damage). To do this, you'll need a 31 HP IV & 188 EVs in HP.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Icicle Crash
Ice Icon
Strong STAB move, can 1 shot Dragapult.
Flare Blitz
fire Icon
Incredible move on all specs. Choice Banded can OHKO Corviknight with no defense ups.
Zen Headbutt
Psychic Icon
Used for Max Mindstorm while Dynamaxed to prevent priority moves.
Belly Drum
status icon
Cuts own HP but maxes out attack.
Amazing for proccing Zen Mode.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Substitute
status icon
Cuts HP to create a doll that takes damage instead of it.
This is an alternative to Belly Drum.

Galarian Darmanitan Gorilla Tactics Build

Gorilla Tactics Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Scarf
Best Ability
Gorilla Tactics
Only allows the use of one move, but attack is boosted.
Best Moveset
Flare Blitz / Icicle Crash / Earthquake / U-Turn
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4

Combination Choice Scarf And Band

Since Gorilla Tactics already gives you a Choice Band bonus, combining it with a Choice Band is a great idea. Max out Speed and Attack EVs to further supplement this combination.

Works Well As A Lead

Galarian Darmanitan's wide move pool allows it to deal with a variety of opponents. If the matchup is unfavorable, it also retains the option of landing a powerful U-Turn and switching out.

Faster Than Dragapult

This build will outspeed a non-Scarfed Dragapult! However, your opponent probably also knows this, so try to anticipate what they'll swap into.

Dynamax Clears Your Scarf Lock

By Dynamaxing, you'll be able to use all of your other moves once again. This means that after it ends, you'll have to lock into another move.

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Icicle Crash
Ice Icon
Strong STAB move, can 1 shot Dragapult.
Flare Blitz
fire Icon
Incredible move on all specs. Choice Band can OHKO Corviknight with no defense ups.
U-Turn
bug Icon
Type coverage and allows you to swap out against dangerous opponents.
Earthquake
Ground Icon
Great move to have simply for coverage.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Rock Slide
Rock Icon
An alternative coverage move to Earthquake.

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Galarian Darmanitan - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
Choice ScarfBoosts Speed by 150% but locks you into one move.
Recommended for most builds to ensure you get your moves off before dying (especially vs. non-Choice Scarf Dragapult)
Salac BerryIncreases the Pokemon's speed when it drops to low health.
Can be used for Zen Mode, to ensure that you outspeed almost everything.
Lum BerryCleanses the effect of a status condition. Useful for dealing with burns.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Galarian Darmanitan - Best Nature And EVs

Galarian Darmanitan - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Galarian Darmanitan has 81 Speed, which is often not enough to go first. Supplementation is necessary!
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
The extra 10% Attack could come in handy to ensure one-hit KOs on certain targets.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

Speed is particularly important, allowing it to outspeed an Excadrill (outside sandstorm).

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Galarian Darmanitan Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Galarian Darmanitan

PokemonExplanation
Galarian Corsola IconGalarian Corsola Pros
- Can usually survive 2+ hits
- Can disable and burn
- Can use Darmanitan's high attack to heal up
Cons
- Might not be able to finish Darmanitan off easily
Heat Rotom IconHeat Rotom Pros
- Can one shot with Overheat
- Can sustain 1 hit of most moves
Cons
- If Darmanitan has any attack boosts, Rotom can be one shot.
ToxapexToxapex Pros
- Usually won't be hit by a super effective move
- Can take a lot of physical damage, resists fire and ice moves
Cons
- Has to watch out for Earthquake

How To Play Against Galarian Darmanitan

The key here is to carefully anticipate Dynamax, as it might be able to survive a super effective hit and knock out your prepared counters. If your plan is to one-shot it, you will need a fast super effective move, most likely with a Choice Scarf. If you plan to outlast it, Galarian Corsola might be your best bet.

Stealth Rocks Are Key

Darmanitan takes 25% damage when coming in on Stealth Rock, so make sure you have it up to give yourself the advantage.

Galarian Darmanitan - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Galarian Darumaka on Route 10 Sword only
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Galarian Darumaka
3Breed that Galarian Darumaka until you get one with an Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Use an Ice Stone to evolve it
7Teach it Icicle Crash, Flare Blitz, Earthquake and U-Turn
8Equip a Choice Band
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Galarian Darumaka

The first step to Breeding Galarian Darmanitan will be to catch a wild Galarian Darumaka. This Pokemon can be found on Route 10 in Pokemon Sword only.

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