Find out how to breed Durant in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the best competitive movesets, best builds, best nature, counters and the breeding process!
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Durant Best Moveset & Build
|Total Base Stats||484|
Physical Attacker Build
|Best Nature||Best Item|
|Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)||Choice Band|
Attack increases by 50%, but physical moves have 20% lower accuracy.
| First Impression / Iron Head / Superpower / Thunder Fang|
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|Best EV Spread|
|Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4|
Strong First Impression Sweeper
Durant's main draw is its viability as a sweeper & its access to the incredible Bug-type priority move First Impression. This lets Durant to switch in and quickly take out a Pokemon with low HP.
Good Move Coverage
Durant has decent move coverage, with Steel, Bug, Fighting, Rock, Dark, and Electric move options. Coupled with a higher speed than many Pokemon in the meta, it can be devastating if unchecked.
Hustle And Dynamax Are A Perfect Match
Since Max Moves are guaranteed to hit, the penalty of Durant's Hustle ability is suddenly negated, making it an unstoppable threat. Combined with Max Steelspike increasing Defense and Max Knuckle increasing Attack, Durant can set up a sweep with ease.
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Durant - Best Moves
Physical Attacker Build
|First Impression||Priority move that can only be used the first turn after entering battle. Useful for finishing off weak opponents.|
|Iron Head||Good for taking out Fairy types.|
|Superpower||Useful for dealing with Steel types like Ferrothorn.|
|Thunder Fang||Specifically useful vs. Gyarados, but also beneficial vs. Toxapex.|
Other Viable Moves
|Rock Slide||Good type coverage to have against Flying and Fire types. Can be switched out with Thunder Fang.|
|Crunch||Good type coverage against Ghost threats like Dragapult. Can be switched out with Thunder Fang.|
|Iron Defense||Increases Defense sharply. Might be useful for a different, tankier build.|
Durant - Best Item to Hold
|Choice Band||Allows only a single move to be used, but boosts Attack by 150%|
Recommended for most builds as it gives a huge punch to your moves.
|Life Orb||Boosts Move Power by 130% but uses 10% of health per use.|
Can boost damage output while still leaving move variety - slightly risky, but allows you to use more moves without having to Dynamax right away.
Durant - Best Nature And EVs
Durant - Recommended Natures
|Jolly||Spd↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
Durant's fairly decent 109 Speed stat becomes even better when boosted with a nature.
|Adamant||Atk↑ / Sp.Atk↓|
If relying entirely on First Impression, it's not necessary to have a higher speed.
Which Nature Would You Recommend?
Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation
Physical Attacker Durant
|Attack||252 points (max)|
|Speed||252 points (max)|
Boosting Speed and Attack with the Base Point is recommended for an offensive Durant. The Speed EVs are particularly important because they ensure that it will get the jump on its opponent.
Recommended Pokemon To Counter Durant
- Fire type that outspeeds Durant, can one shot easily.
- Can handle most attacks
- Need a Speed boosting nature to outspeed.
|Galarian Corsola||Pros |
- Can heal with Strength Sap and reduce Durant's attack
- Could possibly die on switch if it takes 2 Crunches
- Wins on speed
- One shot with Fire Blast
- Can be one shot by Durant if it doesn't go first or if Fire Blast misses.
|Heat Rotom||Pros |
- Can one shot with Overheat
- Can hit first when using Speed build
- Can still out-speed after Dragon Dance if equipped with Choice Scarf
- Difficult to switch in.
How To Play Against Durant
Use Fire Type Moves
Anticipate First Impression
First Impression can only be used on the first turn the Pokemon is out, and it will almost certainly go first. To remove the effect of the Choice Band, it's likely that Durant will either switch out or Dynamax after its first turn. Anticipate this to your advantage.
Durant - Competitive Breeding Process
Breeding Process Flow Chart
|1||Catch a Durant on Route 6|
|2||Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Durant|
|3||Breed that Durant 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||Teach it First Impression, Iron Head, Superpower, and Thunder Fang|
|7||Equip a Choice Band|