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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

Galarian Darmanitan
Total Base Stats495
Type Ice IconFire Icon

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
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

Recommended Moves

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.
bug Icon
Type coverage and allows you to swap out against dangerous opponents.
Belly Drum
status icon
Cuts own HP but maxes out attack.
Amazing for proccing Zen Mode.

Other Viable Moves

Ground Icon
Great move to have simply for coverage.
status icon
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 BandAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Attack by 150%
Gorilla Tactics provides a similar effect and stacks.
Choice ScarfBoosts 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 BerryIncreases the Pokemon's speed when it drops to low health.
Can be used for Zen Mode, to ensure that you outspeed almost everything.
Check Out Battle Item Locations Here!

Galarian Darmanitan Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Galarian Darmanitan

Galarian Corsola IconGalarian 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 IconHeat 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

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 - Recommended Natures

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?

Galarian Darmanitan - 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 Adamant or 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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