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Find out how to breed Durant in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the Durant best competitive movesets, best builds, best nature, counters and the breeding process!

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Durant Best Moveset & Build

Durant
Total Base Stats484
Type Steel Icon bug Icon

Physical Attacker Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Speed↑ / Sp.Atk↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Hustle
Attack increases by 50%, but physical moves have 20% lower accuracy.
Best Moveset
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

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
First Impression
bug Icon
Priority move that can only be used the first turn after entering battle. Useful for finishing off weak opponents.
Iron Head
Steel Icon
Good for taking out Fairy types.
Superpower
Fighting Icon
Useful for dealing with Steel types like Ferrothorn.
Thunder Fang
electric Icon
Specifically useful vs. Gyarados, but also beneficial vs. Toxapex.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Rock Slide
Rock Icon
Good type coverage to have against Flying and Fire types. Can be switched out with Thunder Fang.
Crunch
dark Icon
Good type coverage against Ghost threats like Dragapult. Can be switched out with Thunder Fang.
Iron Defense
status icon
Increases Defense sharply. Might be useful for a different, tankier build.

Durant - Best Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Choice BandAllows 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 OrbBoosts 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.
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Durant - Best Nature And EVs

Durant - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Durant's fairly decent 109 Speed stat becomes even better when boosted with a nature.
AdamantAtk↑ / 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

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

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.

Durant Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Durant

PokemonExplanation
CinderaceCinderacePros
- Fire type that outspeeds Durant, can one shot easily.
- Can handle most attacks
Cons
- Need a Speed boosting nature to outspeed.
Galarian Corsola IconGalarian Corsola Pros
- Can heal with Strength Sap and reduce Durant's attack
Cons
- Could possibly die on switch if it takes 2 Crunches
Dragapult IconDragapult Pros
- Wins on speed
- One shot with Fire Blast
Cons
- Can be one shot by Durant if it doesn't go first or if Fire Blast misses.
Wash Rotom IconHeat 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
Cons
- Difficult to switch in.

How To Play Against Durant

Use Fire Type Moves

Durant takes 4x damage from fire moves, and First Impression / Iron Head are both not very effective against the fire type. It goes without saying that fire is your best bet here.

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

1Catch a Durant on Route 6
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Durant
3Breed that Durant until you get one with an Adamant or Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it First Impression, Iron Head, Superpower, and Thunder Fang
7Equip a Choice Band
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