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Find out how to breed Duraludon in Pokemon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor! Learn about the best competitive Duraludon movesets, best builds, best nature, counters and the breeding process!

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Duraludon Best Movesets & Builds

Duraludon
Total Base Stats535
Type Steel IconDragon Icon

Special Attacker Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk↓)Assault Vest
Best Ability
Light Metal

Halves the Pokemon's weight.
Best Moveset
Draco Meteor / Flash Cannon / Thunderbolt / Rock Tomb
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, Speed 252, Sp.Def 4

Supplementing Duraludon's Low Sp. Def

This build addresses Duraludon's rather low 50 Sp. Def stat with an Assault Vest, as it doesn't need to use any support/status moves anyway.

Light Metal Ability

Frankly speaking, all of Duraludon's abilities are somewhat lackluster. For single battles, we recommend Light Metal, as it can at least mitigate the damage of Low Kick. For doubles, we recommend the hidden ability Stalwart.

Dual Screen Setup Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Speed↑ / Atk↓)Light Clay
Best Ability
Light Metal

Halves the Pokemon's weight.
Best Moveset
Light Screen / Reflect / Steel Beam / Rock Tomb
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Best EV Spread
HP 252, Speed 252, Sp.Def 4

Use To Set Up Screens

This build focuses on having Duraludon set up Light Screen & Reflect. Holding the Light Clay allows it to extend the duration of both screens to 8 turns. It's also possible to mitigate the recoil damage of Steel Beam as well.

Rock Tomb Recommended

For your fourth move, we recommend bringing Rock Tomb. It lowers the opponent's speeding, making it quite handy vs Pokemon that raise their speed using Max Airstream (such as Gyarados, Togekiss, and Fan Rotom).

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Duraludon - Best Moves

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!

Special Attacker Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Draco Meteor
Dragon Icon
Overwhelming power, can take out many threats but also drops your Sp. Atk afterward.
Flash Cannon
Steel Icon
80 power STAB Steel move. Safe and reliable.
Thunderbolt
electric Icon
Excellent coverage move vs water types.
Rock Tomb
Rock Icon
Lowers opponent's speed by one stage. Good move to have in a meta where all Pokemon are boosting their speed.

Other Viable Moves

Steel Beam
Steel Icon
Alternative to Flash Cannon. Deals massive damage but causes recoil. Riskier variant.

Dual Screen Setup Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Light Screen
status icon
Reduces damage from Special Moves for 5 turns (8 with Light Clay). Great support move.
Reflect
status icon
Reduces damage from Physical Moves for 5 turns (8 with Light Clay). Another must on this build.
Steel Beam
Steel Icon
Recoil damage can be mitigated by Light Screen.
Rock Tomb
Rock Icon
Lowers opponent's speed by one stage. Good move to have in a meta where all Pokemon are boosting their speed.

Duraludon - Best Items to Hold

ItemTraits
Assault VestUsed for standard builds to help bolster its Sp. Def stat.
Light ClayUsed for Dual Screen builds to extend barrier duration.
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Duraludon - Best Natures And EVs

Duraludon - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
ModestSp.Atk↑ / Atk↓
Focus on increasing your speed so that you can knock off your opponent's items first.
TimidSpeed↑ / Atk↓
Focuses on dealing more damage and being a greater threat.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Special Attacker Build

StatBase Point
Sp. Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Sp.Def4 points

For a standard special attacker, Sp.Atk and Speed are ideal.

Dual Screen Setup Build

StatBase Point
HP252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
HP4 points

Dual Screen builds simply need to get off their 2 walls, so speed and HP are a priority.

Duraludon Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Duraludon

PokemonExplanation
Hydreigon IconHydreigon Pros
- If holding a power-boosting item, can one shot with Draco Meteor
Cons
- Will be one shot by Draco Meteor
Lucario IconLucario Pros
- Can 1 shot depending on Nature and Item with Aura Sphere
- Most Duraludon don't run Fighting or Ground moves, so switch-ins are safe
Cons
- None
Ferrothorn IconFerrothorn Pros
- High defensive stats
- Can boost defenses with Curse
- Power whip can one shot
Cons
- Loses to King's Rock builds

How To Play Against Duraludon

Identify The Build

It is key to determine exactly what build an opponent's Duraludon is running. There is unfortunately no way to know before fighting it, but if you see Duraludon come out first, there is a high chance that it's a Dual Screen user.

Use Ground Type Moves

Although Fighting moves are also effective, the current meta is somewhat lacking in Fighting type Pokemon. As such, Ground pokemon like Excadrill are your best bet.

Duraludon - Competitive Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch a Duraludon on Route 10.
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Duraludon
3Breed that Duraludon until you get one with a Timid Nature and the Light Metal ability.
4Put 252 EVs in Sp. Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Teach it Draco Meteor, Flash Cannon, Thunderbolt, and Rock Tomb
7Equip an Assault Vest
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Power whip cannot one shot. It is double resistant.

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