Recommended pokemon for Single Battle Vol.2 <Duraludon>
Today's pokemon for Single Battle is Duraludon, new 8th Gen. pokemon.
Type: Steel & Dragon
Stats : HP 70 / ATK 95 / DEF 115 / SP.Atk 120 / SP.Def 50 / SPD 85
Ability: Light Metal / Heavy Metal (Stalwart for Hidden Ability)
You can find Duraludon Route 10 (only near Wyndon), or Wild Area. But he has an extremely high rarity to see (1%). This is almost impossible so I recommend to get him with Trade with NPC in Wyndon. (You need to give him Frosmoth)
1. Nature - Modest
2. Effort Value (EV) - H252, C252, S4
3. Ability - You don't need to care about his Ability. It doesn't matter unless it's Double Battle (Must be Hidden Ability in Double Battle), but better to get Light Metal than Heavy Metal.
Example) Draco Meteor / Steel Beam / Solar Beam / Thunderbolt
- Draco Meteor, Steel Beam, Thunderbolt should be in his move list. Flash Cannon or Solar Beam can be 4th move. If you're looking for Mimikyu's head or other Fairy-type pokemons, Flash Cannon. If you want more safety against Excadrill or Ground moves, Solar Beam.
As you see, Duraludon is specialized for DEF & SP.ATK.
With his unique type (same as Dialga, only one in SWSH), he has only 2 weak types (Fight, Ground) and strong against 10 types.
To use Duraludon in the battle, we must give him an Assualt Vest.
Duraludon doesn't use any Status Moves, thus penalty of Assault Vest doesn't matter for him, only increases his poor SP.DEF a lot.
Since Duraludon holds Assualt Vest, he has high durability against both physical & special moves.
The most important thing of all for Duraludon is Dynamax. (The picture is Gigantamax, never mind)
If you put Duraludon in your party, Dynamax must be used for him, no other choice.
Once Duraludon used Dynamax, his skills will turn into Max Wyrmwind, Max Steelspike, Max Lightning, etc.
Duraludon can kill S Tier pokemons so easily with Dynamax, and never lose against them.
S Tier pokemons in Single Battle are Dragapult, Gyarados, Mimikyu, Hydreigon, Tyranitar, Darmanitan, Corviknight, etc. They're just a piece of cake for Duraludon.
Dragapult and Hydreigon are one-hit KO with Max Wyrmwind, Mimikyu and Darmanitan is one-hit KO with Max Steelspike, Gyarados and Corviknight is mostly one-hit KO with Max Lightning.
Only Tyranitar can bear Max Steelspike 2 times (3 times if he used Dynamax), but Tyranitar cannot kill Duraludon in the same turn.
The point is the additional effect of Max Wyrmwind and Max Steelspike. Max Wyrmwind lower the foe's ATK, Max Steelspike increase Duraludon's DEF.
For example, let me suppose that your Duraludon faced enemy Mimikyu.
1) 99 out of 100 Mimikyu will use Sword Dance because they have Disguise Ability. If they immediately attack with Play Rough, don't mind it. It doesn't even hurt. If they switch to other pokemons, free damage.
2) Duraludon uses Dynamax, uses Max Steelspike. Disguise will be disappeared, Duraludon's DEF will be increased.
3) It doesn't matter that Mimikyu will use Dynamax as well or not. If he doesn't, his Play Rough will only deal 28.0% ~ 33.1%. Duraludon uses Max Steelspike again, Mimikyu dies. Now Duraludon has +2 increased DEF.
3-1) If Mimikyu uses Dynamax, his Max Starfall will deal 37.9%~45.2%. Max Steelspike again, Mimikyu dies. It's the same result. Or even better because they wasted their Dynamax.
Other's are the same as this. None of them can kill Duraludon with one-hit, but Duraludon can kill them with one-hit. Only Darmanitan could deal more than 50% with one-hit, but he also dies instantly by Max Steelspike. Corviknight can bear Max Lightning for one time, but he cannot do anything against Duraludon.
On the other hand, these guys are predators.
Especially Excadrill, the most dangerous pokemon for Duraludon. He can kill Duraludon with 2 hits even without Dynamax. If Duraludon has Solar Beam, he can struggle with Max Overgrowth (It has a possibility of one-hit KO if Excadrill did not use Dynamax).
If Duraludon already used Max Overgrowth before Excadrill appears, it's getting more safety because it will cause Grassy Terrain and it reduces the damage of Ground-type moves.
In the case of Ferrothorn, Corsola, Toxapex, don't think about to kill them but just return to the ball. They can stand permanently against Duraludon, but Duraludon cannot kill them forever. Just let other pokemons in your party handle it. Do not cling to your Dynamax too much. impossible is impossible.
Duraludon is a worthy pick against S Tier pokemons right now. Every match in Single Battle, you'll see at least more than 3 of those S Tier pokemons in the enemy party but Duraludon can kill them all.
Don't you wanna try this post-Dialga?
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[SWSH] How to start pokemon battle
To Start pokemon battle, we need some info before it.
The most important things that we should know are Nature, Stats, Individual Value (IV), and Effort Value (EV).
Nature is the most important thing of all for battle. There are 25 kinds of Natures for every pokemon. Each pokemon will have one of these Natures and it cannot be changed.
Nature increases 10% to one of the stats, also decreases 10% to one of the other stats.
Hardy, Docile, Serious, Bashful, Quirky doesn't have any increases or decreases.
If you purchase the Nature Mint from BP Shop, you can change their Nature boost bonus as you want. It doesn't change the pokemon's original nature, but only changes Nature bonus & penalty.
It boosts pokemon's stat a lot so you should get pokemons with right Nature for each role. I'll explain it next time.
This is Dragapult, the 600 club pokemon in SWSH. Red square means Dragapult's Stats.
Each Stats called H (HP), A (Attack), B (Defense), C (SP.Atk), D (SP.Def), S (Speed).
Every pokemon has different Stats and the higher total stats they have, the higher their power.
We can figure it out that Dragapult has extremely fast speed, high attack, a little high sp.attack, and lower hp & defense & sp.defense stats.
These stats determine each pokemon's role. Who has a high attack or sp.attack and speed will be an attacker, who has a high defense or sp.defense or hp will be a blocker.
3. Individual Value (IV)
Each pokemons also has own IV. Every Stats (HP, ATK, DEF, SP.ATK, SP.DEF, SPD) has 0 to 31 level. 0 is the worst, 31 is the best. We always need to look for the pokemons who has as many 31 stats they have.
Pokemons from the wild, egg hatched, or etc has their own IV. More like natural-born talent. This cannot be changed but we can make the lower IV to 31 with Bottle Cap & Gold Bottle Cap.
To use this item, the pokemon who wants to use should reach Lv. 100. Bottle Cap makes one of the Stats you choose reach 31, Gold Bottle Cap makes every Stats reach 31. But same as Nature Mints, this won't change your pokemon's basic IV level. Just imagine plastic surgery.
4. Effort Value (EV)
Pokemons can earn EV via defeating wild pokemons or trainer battle (Battle Tower or PVP Battle doesn't include). Every pokemon grants EV to the pokemon who slay themselves.
4 EV Point is 1 real Stat and the threshold of each stats is 252 (63 real Stat), total up to 510.
This means you can give EV point as maximum to 2 Stats of your pokemon, remaining 6 points to any Stats.
EV can be earned various way include battle, vitamins, or poke job (SWSH)
The easiest way is feeding Vitamins. Each vitamin increases 10 EV Points. Until the last series (USUM), Vitamins can only be fed until reach 100 EV Points but in SWSH, there's no limit for the Vitamins. You can feed Vitamins to pokemon to reach maximum EV fast, but it will cost a lot of money (Each Vitamins costs 10,000)
Or you can send your pokemons to Poke Jobs Seminar in Poke Center PC.
It won't cost money, but cost time. Pokemons who was sent to the Seminar will earn 4 EV Points per hour. If you sent your pokemons for Whole day, they will return with +96 EV Points tomorrow, same time.
Well, this is the entrance of the battling. Quiet complicated, isn't it? It will take some time you to get used to the system, but once you get used to it, you will find a new world of pokemon :D