Find out how to breed Galarian Darmanitan in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about competitive movesets, best builds, recommended EV spreads, held items, counters and the breeding process!
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Galarian Darmanitan Best Build
|Total Base Stats||495|
Gorilla Tactics Build
|Best Nature||Best Item|
|Jolly (Speed ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)||Choice Scarf|
Only allows the use of one move, but attack is boosted.
|Flare Blitz / Icicle Crash / Earthquake / U-Turn|
|Best EV Spread|
|Attack 252, Speed 252, HP 4|
Galarian Darmanitan Strengths
Galarian Darmanitan (with one specific ability) enters Zen Mode when brought below 50% health. This causes it become the Fire type and have 160 Attack / 135 Speed. This makes it an incredible dangerous threat to many types.
Gorilla Tactics Also Viable
In addition to the hidden ability Zen Mode, Galarian Darmanitan's regular ability is Gorilla Tactics, which acts almost exactly like a Choice Band. This means that you can combine it with a choice scarf to be extremely fast and lethal.
Galarian Darmanitan - Recommended Moveset
Gorilla Tactics Build
|Icicle Crash||Strong STAB move, can 1 shot Dragapult.|
|Flare Blitz||Incredible move on all specs. Choice Banded can OHKO Corviknight with no defense ups.|
|U-Turn||Type coverage and allows you to swap out against dangerous opponents.|
|Belly Drum||Cuts own HP but maxes out attack.|
Amazing for proccing Zen Mode.
Other Viable Moves
|Earthquake||Great move to have simply for coverage.|
|Substitute||Cuts HP to create a doll that takes damage instead of it.|
Useful for protecting yourself when you enter Zen Mode.
Galarian Darmanitan - Recommended Items to Hold
|Choice Band||Allows only a single move to be used, but boosts Attack by 150%|
Gorilla Tactics provides a similar effect and stacks.
|Choice Scarf||Boosts Move Power by 130% but uses 10% of health per use.|
Recommended for most builds to ensure you get your moves off before dying (especially vs. non-Scarf Dragapult)
|Salac Berry||Increases the Pokemon's speed when it drops to low health.|
Can be used for Zen Mode, to ensure that you outspeed almost everything.
Galarian Darmanitan Counters
Recommended Pokemon To Counter Galarian Darmanitan
|Galarian Corsola|| Pros|
- Can usually survive 2+ hits
- Can disable and burn
- Can use Darmanitan's high attack to heal up
- Might not be able to finish Darmanitan off easily
|Heat Rotom|| Pros|
- Can one shot with Overheat
- Can sustain 1 hit of most moves
- If Darmanitan has any attack boosts, Rotom can be one shot.
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 a fast super effective move, most likely with a Choice Scarf. If you plan to outlast it, 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 - Base Points (EVs) and Natures
Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation
|Attack||252 points (max)|
|Speed||252 points (max)|
Speed is particularly important, allowing it to outspeed an Excadrill (outside sandstorm).Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!
Galarian Darmanitan - Recommended Natures
|Jolly||Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Galarian Darmanitan has 81 Speed, which is often not enough to go first. Supplementation is necessary!
|Adamant||Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
The extra 10% Attack could come in handy to ensure one-hit KOs on certain targets.
Which Nature Would You Recommend?
Galarian Darmanitan - Breeding Process
Breeding Process Flow Chart
|1||Catch a Galarian Darumaka on Route 10 Sword only|
|2||Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Galarian Darumaka|
|3||Breed that Galarian Darumaka until you get one with an Adamant or Jolly Nature|
|4||Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed|
|5||Max out its Dynamax Level|
|6||Use an Ice Stone to evolve it|
|7||Teach it Icicle Crash, Flare Blitz, Earthquake and U-Turn|
|8||Equip a Choice Band|
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.