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Durant (QC 2/2 GP 2/2)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by The Knights of Wario Land, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. The Knights of Wario Land

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    [Overview]

    <p>When you think of Durant, you think of that one annoying Pokemon that appears on Victory Road. However, it is much more than that; Durant is one of the most underrated Pokemon in the VGC 2012 metagame. With the right support and effective play, Durant can be one of the most unexpected threats in the metagame.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Risk and Reward Attacker
    move 1: Iron Head
    move 2: X-Scissor
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Crunch / Protect
    item: Focus Sash
    ability: Hustle / Swarm
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Durant's power and potential vary depending upon which ability you use; with Hustle, it gets a free Attack boost at the cost of a drop in accuracy, negating the effects of Intimidate. Swarm Durant's Attack is still respectable, but the only move that receives a boost when Durant's Focus Sash activates is X-Scissor. Iron Head is Durant's best STAB move, as it has a chance to flinch an opponent. Its other aforementioned STAB move, X-Scissor, can do massive damage to many common VGC 2012 Pokemon such as Latios, Tyranitar, Cresselia, Ludicolo, and many others. While Rock Slide is risky with Hustle, it gives trouble to most of Durant's counters, such as Chandelure and Volcarona. A set with Hustle should use Crunch in the last moveslot because attacking prowess is necessary, but a set with Swarm always appreciates survivability, so Protect is the alternative option.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Jolly nature is necessary in order to outspeed common threats such as Terrakion, Garchomp, Zapdos, and other fast Pokemon. 252 EVs are put into both Attack and Speed to emphasize Durant's two best stats, and the remaining 4 EVs are put in Defense due to Durant's naturally high Defense.</p>

    <p>Almost any Fake Out user, such as Hitmontop, Infernape, and Toxicroak, can allow Durant to hit faster opponents, such as Latios, Ludicolo, and Thundurus, on the first turn that the teammate is sent out. Gastrodon helps Durant tremendously by absorbing most Water-type moves that would normally deal massive damage due to Durant's extremely low Special Defense, and Chandelure gets rid of most of the Steel-types that give Durant a lot of trouble. Other Pokemon with Flash Fire can be considered, but Chandelure is the best at the job. A partner that can use Telekinesis or Gravity is useful if Durant is using Hustle in order to alleviate the accuracy loss. Partners that can use Helping Hand will make sure that Durant gets an extra boost in Attack even without using Hustle. Fighting-type partners are also good as they take out the Steel-type Pokemon that wall Durant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>If running the Hustle set, Faint Attack can be considered. While it has 20 less Base Power than Crunch and no secondary effect to lower Defense, it is guaranteed to hit. Also, with Hustle, Durant can use Hone Claws, though it is tricky to pull off due to its overall frailty. Stone Edge has less accuracy and lacks the damage spread of Rock Slide, but it's still powerful enough to be considered. Thunder Fang is also an option, but Rock Slide is generally the better move for getting rid of Flying-types. Durant can also use a Choice Scarf or Choice Band with Hustle for extra Speed or power, respectively. If you're still having issues with the accuracy loss, Wide Lens can be an option, but Focus Sash is the safer and generally better choice.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Infernape, Blaziken, Conkeldurr, Hariyama, and Lucario take minimal damage from Durant's STAB attacks and take neutral damage from the rest of its moves; they can then take Durant down to its Focus Sash and KO it the next turn with ExtremeSpeed, Mach Punch, or another priority move. Nearly anything with a high Special Attack stat will knock Durant down to its Focus Sash with a neutral move, and Durant's awkward base 109 Speed stat means that special attackers such as Latios, Latias, and Thundurus will easily outspeed it. Priority attacks, such as Scizor's Bullet Punch, and hail will also KO Durant after its Focus Sash is activated. If Durant cannot knock out a Trick Room user, Trick Room teams will walk all over it. Defensive Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and most Steel-type Pokemon will cause trouble, although Durant can hit Metagross and Scizor neutrally for respectable damage.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Durant receives Truant from the Dream World. While Truant can be used in conjunction with Entrainment, this strategy is gimmicky and Durant can be used for better things.</p>
  2. The Knights of Wario Land

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    Ready for QCs. Boy this thing is weird.
  3. Lucien Lachance

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    A few things:
    -Swarm should be the first ability, a miss can lose you the game.
    -Wide Lens should be slashed behind Focus Sash, minimizing the chance you have of missing if Hustle is used.
    -You should expand the analysis, you have nothing listed in AC besides teammates, and additional choices that are better than OO are more than half of that section.
    And on an unrelated note:
    -Why is it Risk vs. Reward? It should be Risk and Reward, actually, make it something that's not luck related, as that will turn attention away from it.
  4. Husky

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    To be honest, i don't see much use in Iron Head in VGC... Most things will get hit harder by either X-Scissor or Rock Slide in case of super effectiveness. The downside is, that its movepool isn't that great so I don't see many other options.. I'd either put T-Wave on it or maybe even Guillotine (which is allowed in VGC and definately can become some sort of last resort button, when there's nothing to lose anymore).
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    I disagree that Swarm is better, Hustle making it really strong is its best niche.
  6. The Knights of Wario Land

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    Did some more edits and I added Telekinesis users in Additional Comments, mentioning of Choice Items in OO, and put in the DW section.

    It's still an issue of huge debate I've had for awhile at whether Swarm or Hustle is better for this thing. In my personal experience Hustle has been more useful for me.
  7. Dozz

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    This year, I think Hustle has a much stronger place, as the meta has alot more bulk in it across the board, particularly in comparison to '11. I usually run Swarm though, as I can't stand a crucial miss, and with sash, you'll be in swarm territory after taking a hit, making Durant's X-Scissor quite a decent hit, even if it's neutral.

    If you are using Hustle though, there is the option of using Gravity. I tried this really early on, and the accuracy change of Gravity, more than makes up for the drop thanks to hustle, so you're back on level pegging. You should probably also mention a Flash Fire abuser in the options for partners. People love htrowing out HeatWave to polish off the ant, but may think twice if it'll boost the partners power in return. Just a thought.
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    Note how almost anything with a strong special attack can take Durant down. (lol Base 48 Special Defense)
  9. Dozz

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    Yeah, this is a glaringly obvious problem, so I don't see how there can many other options than Focus Sash for the item, as nice as Wide Lens would be.
  10. The Knights of Wario Land

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    Yeeeeah I had a feeling Wide Lens isn't the best thing Durant can hold. Moved to OO.

    Also added the mention of other Flash Fire users and Gravity in ACs, and Durant's Special Attack weakness in C&Cs.
  11. The Knights of Wario Land

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    Bumping. Wanna get this one past QCs.
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    mention Heatran as a counter as well, partners that have helping hand can make sure that durant gets an extra boost, fighting type partners are also pretty cool for taking out steel-types that durant cant really hit

    QC 1/2
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    Priority attacks (Scizor's Bullet Punch, Abomasnow's Ice Shard, etc.) give Durant trouble either before or after its Focus Sash is used up. Hail's residual damage can also be used in conjunction with an attack to take care of Durant in 1 turn.

    I'd also mention how 109 base speed is kind of awkward because Pokemon such as the Lati@s and Tornadus/Thundurus barely outspeed you. However, it's still nice enough for you to outspeed stuff like Terrakion, Garchomp, Zapdos, etc.

    Wide Guard protects Durant from Heat Wave/Discharge/EQ/Rock Slide and can help it out. Durant also gives you a decent amount of coverage, hitting Pokemon like Cresselia, Tyranitar, Ludicolo and the Lati@s for a ton of damage. It fares decently well against Steel-type Pokemon compared to it in singles because the Steel-type often has a 2nd type which Durant can hit for SE damage. (Rock Slide vs. Scizor, X-Scissor vs. Metagross, etc.) This is kind of awkwardly worded but I hope you get at what I'm trying to say here.

    Also, some small nitpicks that are really for GP but whatever:

    evs: 4 HP/252 Attk/252 Speed --> evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
    Fake-Out --> Fake Out
    Faint-Attack --> Faint Attack
    Stone-Edge --> Stone Edge
    Space between [Unreleased] and the paragraph itself

    Good work, just make sure you cover the points I touched up there!

    QC 2/2
  15. The Knights of Wario Land

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    All those changes put in.

    Waiting for a couple more rates until I put this up to GP. I feel like I'm missing something.
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    Moving up to GP now.
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    Hmm, some of this is extremely difficult to read. Especially when I get farther through, there is some stuff that doesn't make sense. I'm afraid I may have to request a re-write.
  18. The Knights of Wario Land

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    Yeeeeeah I wrote this a few months ago, I think some improvements are at hand :L

    Withdrawing from GP temporarily until I rewrite it a bit and do some major edits.
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    That'll do, VM me when you're done and I'll come back to it. Sorry about that.
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    good work. i suggest you check out the spelling and grammar standards to aid you in future analyses

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    Thanks, I will indeed.

    Worked up all the edits, I only needs one more GP :D
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    [Overview]

    <p>When you think of Durant, you think of that one annoying Pokemon that appears on Victory Road. However, it is much more than that; Durant is one of the most underrated Pokemon in the VGC 2012 metagame. With the right support and effective play, Durant can be one of the most unexpected threats in the metagame.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Risk and Reward Attacker
    move 1: Iron Head
    move 2: X-Scissor
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Crunch / Protect
    item: Focus Sash
    ability: Hustle / Swarm
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Durant's power and potential vary depending upon whatich ability you use; with Hustle, it gets a free Attack boost at the cost of somea drop in accuracy, neglecting the effects of Intimidate.Swarm Durant's Attack The Attack of Durant with Swarm is still respectable, but not as shocking, and the only move that receives a boost when Durant's Focus Sash activates is X-Scissor. Iron Head is Durant's best STAB move, as it has a chance to flinch an opponent. Its other aforementioned STAB move, X-Scissor, can do massive damage to many common VGC 2012 Pokemon such as Latios, Tyranitar, Cresselia, Ludicolo, amongnd many others. While Rock Slide is risky with Hustle, it gives trouble to most of Durant's counters, such as Chandelure and Volcarona. A set with Hustle should carryuse Crunch in the last moveslot because attacking prowess is necessary, but a set with Swarm always appreciates survivability, so Protect is the alternative option.</p>


    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Jolly nature is necessary in order to outspeed common threats such as Terrakion, Garchomp, Zapdos, and other fast Pokemon. 252 EVs are put into both Attack and Speed to emphasize Durant's two best stats, and the remaining 4 EVs are put in Defense due to Durant's naturally high Defense.</p>

    <p>Almost any Fake Out user, such as Hitmontop, Infernape, and Toxicroak, can allow Durant to hit faster opponents, such as Latios, Ludicolo, and Thundurus, on the first turn that the teammate is sent out on. Gastrodon helps Durant tremendously by absorbing most Water-type moves that would normally deal massive damage, and Chandelure rids Durant due to Durant's extremely low Special Defense, and Chandelure gets rid of most of the Steel-types that give iDurant a lot of trouble. Other Pokemon with Flash Fire can be considered, but Chandelure is the best at the job. A partner that can use Telekinesis or Gravity can also be considered with Hustleif Durant is using Hustle in order to alleviate the accuracy loss. Partners that can use Helping Hand will make sure that Durant gets an extra boost in Attack even with the Swarm set, andout using Hustle. Fighting-type partners are also good as they take out the Steel-type Pokemon that will, again, wall Durant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>If running the Hustle set, Faint Attack can be considered. While it has 20 less Base Power than Crunch and no abilitysecondary effect to lower Defense, it is guaranteed to hit. Also, with Hustle, Durant can runuse Hone Claws, though it is tricky to pull off due to the overall frailness of Durant. Stone Edge has less accuracy and lacks the damage spread of Rock Slide, but it's still powerful enough to be considered. Thunder Fang can also be used, but Rock Slide is generally the better move to getfor getting rid of Flying-types. RunnUsing a Choice Scarf or Choice Band with the Hustle set can also be considered, for extra Speed or power respectively. If you're still having issues with the accuracy loss, Wide Lens can be heldan option, but Focus Sash is the safer, and generally better, option.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Infernape, Blaziken, Conkeldurr, Hariyama, and Lucario take minimal damage from Durant's STABs and take neutral damage from all of the rest of its moves, while; they can then take iDurant down to its Focus Sash and then KO it the next turn with ExtremeSpeed, Mach Punch, or any other priority move. Nearly anything with a high Special Attack stat will knock iDurant down to its Focus Sash if the move hits for neutral damage, and Durant's awkward base 109 sSpeed stat means that it will easily be outsped by Special Attackers such as Latios, Latias, and Thundurus. Priority attacks, such as Scizor's Bullet Punch, and Hhail will also have a similar effect on Durant's Focus SashKO Durant after its Focus Sash is activated. If Durant does cannot knock out a Trick Room user, teams that run around said move completely endTrick Room teams will walk all over it. Defensive Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and, in general, most Steel-type Pokemon will cause trouble, although Durant can hit Metagross and Scizor neutrally for respectable damage.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Durant receives Truant from the Dream World. While Truant can be used in conjunction with Entrainment, this strategy is gimmicky and Durant can be used for better things.</p>


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    [Overview]

    <p>When you think of Durant, you think of that one annoying Pokemon that appears on Victory Road. However, it is much more than that; Durant is one of the most underrated Pokemon in the VGC 2012 metagame. With the right support and effective play, Durant can be one of the most unexpected threats in the metagame.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Risk and Reward Attacker
    move 1: Iron Head
    move 2: X-Scissor
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Crunch / Protect
    item: Focus Sash
    ability: Hustle / Swarm
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Durant's power and potential vary depending upon which ability you use; with Hustle, it gets a free Attack boost at the cost of a drop in accuracy, neglecting the effects of Intimidate. The Attack of Durant with Swarm is still respectable, but the only move that receives a boost when Durant's Focus Sash activates is X-Scissor. Iron Head is Durant's best STAB move, as it has a chance to flinch an opponent. Its other aforementioned STAB move, X-Scissor, can do massive damage to many common VGC 2012 Pokemon such as Latios, Tyranitar, Cresselia, Ludicolo, and many others. While Rock Slide is risky with Hustle, it gives trouble to most of Durant's counters, such as Chandelure and Volcarona. A set with Hustle should use Crunch in the last moveslot because attacking prowess is necessary, but a set with Swarm always appreciates survivability, so Protect is the alternative option.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Jolly nature is necessary in order to outspeed common threats such as Terrakion, Garchomp, Zapdos, and other fast Pokemon. 252 EVs are put into both Attack and Speed to emphasize Durant's two best stats, and the remaining 4 EVs are put in Defense due to Durant's naturally high Defense.</p>

    <p>Almost any Fake Out user, such as Hitmontop, Infernape, and Toxicroak, can allow Durant to hit faster opponents, such as Latios, Ludicolo, and Thundurus, on the first turn that the teammate is sent out. Gastrodon helps Durant tremendously by absorbing most Water-type moves that would normally deal massive damage due to Durant's extremely low Special Defense, and Chandelure gets rid of most of the Steel-types that give Durant a lot of trouble. Other Pokemon with Flash Fire can be considered, but Chandelure is the best at the job. A partner that can use Telekinesis or Gravity can also be considered if Durant is using Hustle in order to alleviate the accuracy loss. Partners that can use Helping Hand will make sure that Durant gets an extra boost in Attack even without using Hustle. Fighting-type partners are also good as they take out the Steel-type Pokemon that will wall Durant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>If running the Hustle set, Faint Attack can be considered. While it has 20 less Base Power than Crunch and no secondary effect to lower Defense, it is guaranteed to hit. Also, with Hustle, Durant can use Hone Claws, though it is tricky to pull off due to the overall frailness of Durant. Stone Edge has less accuracy and lacks the damage spread of Rock Slide, but it's still powerful enough to be considered. Thunder Fang can also be used, but Rock Slide is generally the better move for getting rid of Flying-types. Using a Choice Scarf or Choice Band with the Hustle set can also be considered for extra Speed or power respectively. If you're still having issues with the accuracy loss, Wide Lens can be an option, but Focus Sash is the safer, and generally better, option.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Infernape, Blaziken, Conkeldurr, Hariyama, and Lucario take minimal damage from Durant's STABs and take neutral damage from all of the rest of its moves; they can then take Durant down to its Focus Sash and then KO it the next turn with ExtremeSpeed, Mach Punch, or another priority move. Nearly anything with a high Special Attack stat will knock Durant down to its Focus Sash if the move hits for neutral damage, and Durant's awkward base 109 Speed stat means that it will easily be outsped by Special Attackers such as Latios, Latias, and Thundurus. Priority attacks, such as Scizor's Bullet Punch, and hail will also KO Durant after its Focus Sash is activated. If Durant cannot knock out a Trick Room user, Trick Room teams will walk all over it. Defensive Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and most Steel-type Pokemon will cause trouble, although Durant can hit Metagross and Scizor neutrally for respectable damage.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Durant receives Truant from the Dream World. While Truant can be used in conjunction with Entrainment, this strategy is gimmicky and Durant can be used for better things.</p>
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    good work! the only consistent error I changed was the passive voice; it's fine sometimes, but active voice is usually better.

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    [Overview]

    <p>When you think of Durant, you think of that one annoying Pokemon that appears on Victory Road. However, it is much more than that; Durant is one of the most underrated Pokemon in the VGC 2012 metagame. With the right support and effective play, Durant can be one of the most unexpected threats in the metagame.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Risk and Reward Attacker
    move 1: Iron Head
    move 2: X-Scissor
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Crunch / Protect
    item: Focus Sash
    ability: Hustle / Swarm
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Durant's power and potential vary depending upon which ability you use; with Hustle, it gets a free Attack boost at the cost of a drop in accuracy, neglecating the effects of Intimidate. The Attack of Durant with SwarmSwarm Durant's Attack (Sorry DC but I don't see the necessity of this change, and the original wording flows a lot better imo) is still respectable, but the only move that receives a boost when Durant's Focus Sash activates is X-Scissor. Iron Head is Durant's best STAB move, as it has a chance to flinch an opponent. Its other aforementioned STAB move, X-Scissor, can do massive damage to many common VGC 2012 Pokemon such as Latios, Tyranitar, Cresselia, Ludicolo, and many others. While Rock Slide is risky with Hustle, it gives trouble to most of Durant's counters, such as Chandelure and Volcarona. A set with Hustle should use Crunch in the last moveslot because attacking prowess is necessary, but a set with Swarm always appreciates survivability, so Protect is the alternative option.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Jolly nature is necessary in order to outspeed common threats such as Terrakion, Garchomp, Zapdos, and other fast Pokemon. 252 EVs are put into both Attack and Speed to emphasize Durant's two best stats, and the remaining 4 EVs are put in Defense due to Durant's naturally high Defense.</p>

    <p>Almost any Fake Out user, such as Hitmontop, Infernape, and Toxicroak, can allow Durant to hit faster opponents, such as Latios, Ludicolo, and Thundurus, on the first turn that the teammate is sent out. Gastrodon helps Durant tremendously by absorbing most Water-type moves that would normally deal massive damage due to Durant's extremely low Special Defense, and Chandelure gets rid of most of the Steel-types that give Durant a lot of trouble. Other Pokemon with Flash Fire can be considered, but Chandelure is the best at the job. A partner that can use Telekinesis or Gravity can also be consideredis useful if Durant is using Hustle in order to alleviate the accuracy loss. Partners that can use Helping Hand will make sure that Durant gets an extra boost in Attack even without using Hustle. Fighting-type partners are also good as they take out the Steel-type Pokemon that will wall Durant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>If running the Hustle set, Faint Attack can be considered. While it has 20 less Base Power than Crunch and no secondary effect to lower Defense, it is guaranteed to hit. Also, with Hustle, Durant can use Hone Claws, though it is tricky to pull off due to theits overall frailness of Durantty. Stone Edge has less accuracy and lacks the damage spread of Rock Slide, but it's still powerful enough to be considered. Thunder Fang canis also be usedan option, but Rock Slide is generally the better move for getting rid of Flying-types. UsingDurant can also use a Choice Scarf or Choice Band with the Hustle set can also be considered for extra Speed or power,(comma) respectively. If you're still having issues with the accuracy loss, Wide Lens can be an option, but Focus Sash is the safer,(remove comma) and generally better, option choice.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Infernape, Blaziken, Conkeldurr, Hariyama, and Lucario take minimal damage from Durant's STAB attacks and take neutral damage from all of the rest of its moves; they can then take Durant down to its Focus Sash and then KO it the next turn with ExtremeSpeed, Mach Punch, or another priority move. Nearly anything with a high Special Attack stat will knock Durant down to its Focus Sash if the move hits forwith a neutral damagmove, and Durant's awkward base 109 Speed stat means that it will easily be outsped by Sspecial Aattackers such as Latios, Latias, and Thundurus will easily outspeed it. Priority attacks, such as Scizor's Bullet Punch, and hail will also KO Durant after its Focus Sash is activated. If Durant cannot knock out a Trick Room user, Trick Room teams will walk all over it. Defensive Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and most Steel-type Pokemon will cause trouble, although Durant can hit Metagross and Scizor neutrally for respectable damage.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Durant receives Truant from the Dream World. While Truant can be used in conjunction with Entrainment, this strategy is gimmicky and Durant can be used for better things.</p>


    c/p (open)

    [Overview]

    <p>When you think of Durant, you think of that one annoying Pokemon that appears on Victory Road. However, it is much more than that; Durant is one of the most underrated Pokemon in the VGC 2012 metagame. With the right support and effective play, Durant can be one of the most unexpected threats in the metagame.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Risk and Reward Attacker
    move 1: Iron Head
    move 2: X-Scissor
    move 3: Rock Slide
    move 4: Crunch / Protect
    item: Focus Sash
    ability: Hustle / Swarm
    nature: Jolly
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Durant's power and potential vary depending upon which ability you use; with Hustle, it gets a free Attack boost at the cost of a drop in accuracy, negating the effects of Intimidate. Swarm Durant's Attack is still respectable, but the only move that receives a boost when Durant's Focus Sash activates is X-Scissor. Iron Head is Durant's best STAB move, as it has a chance to flinch an opponent. Its other aforementioned STAB move, X-Scissor, can do massive damage to many common VGC 2012 Pokemon such as Latios, Tyranitar, Cresselia, Ludicolo, and many others. While Rock Slide is risky with Hustle, it gives trouble to most of Durant's counters, such as Chandelure and Volcarona. A set with Hustle should use Crunch in the last moveslot because attacking prowess is necessary, but a set with Swarm always appreciates survivability, so Protect is the alternative option.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>A Jolly nature is necessary in order to outspeed common threats such as Terrakion, Garchomp, Zapdos, and other fast Pokemon. 252 EVs are put into both Attack and Speed to emphasize Durant's two best stats, and the remaining 4 EVs are put in Defense due to Durant's naturally high Defense.</p>

    <p>Almost any Fake Out user, such as Hitmontop, Infernape, and Toxicroak, can allow Durant to hit faster opponents, such as Latios, Ludicolo, and Thundurus, on the first turn that the teammate is sent out. Gastrodon helps Durant tremendously by absorbing most Water-type moves that would normally deal massive damage due to Durant's extremely low Special Defense, and Chandelure gets rid of most of the Steel-types that give Durant a lot of trouble. Other Pokemon with Flash Fire can be considered, but Chandelure is the best at the job. A partner that can use Telekinesis or Gravity is useful if Durant is using Hustle in order to alleviate the accuracy loss. Partners that can use Helping Hand will make sure that Durant gets an extra boost in Attack even without using Hustle. Fighting-type partners are also good as they take out the Steel-type Pokemon that wall Durant.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>If running the Hustle set, Faint Attack can be considered. While it has 20 less Base Power than Crunch and no secondary effect to lower Defense, it is guaranteed to hit. Also, with Hustle, Durant can use Hone Claws, though it is tricky to pull off due to its overall frailty. Stone Edge has less accuracy and lacks the damage spread of Rock Slide, but it's still powerful enough to be considered. Thunder Fang is also an option, but Rock Slide is generally the better move for getting rid of Flying-types. Durant can also use a Choice Scarf or Choice Band with Hustle for extra Speed or power, respectively. If you're still having issues with the accuracy loss, Wide Lens can be an option, but Focus Sash is the safer and generally better choice.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Infernape, Blaziken, Conkeldurr, Hariyama, and Lucario take minimal damage from Durant's STAB attacks and take neutral damage from the rest of its moves; they can then take Durant down to its Focus Sash and KO it the next turn with ExtremeSpeed, Mach Punch, or another priority move. Nearly anything with a high Special Attack stat will knock Durant down to its Focus Sash with a neutral move, and Durant's awkward base 109 Speed stat means that special attackers such as Latios, Latias, and Thundurus will easily outspeed it. Priority attacks, such as Scizor's Bullet Punch, and hail will also KO Durant after its Focus Sash is activated. If Durant cannot knock out a Trick Room user, Trick Room teams will walk all over it. Defensive Pokemon such as Ferrothorn and most Steel-type Pokemon will cause trouble, although Durant can hit Metagross and Scizor neutrally for respectable damage.</p>

    [Unreleased]

    <p>Durant receives Truant from the Dream World. While Truant can be used in conjunction with Entrainment, this strategy is gimmicky and Durant can be used for better things.</p>


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