Thanks to Duraludon's good Speed and Draco Meteor + Eject Pack combo, it's able to act as a decent one-time pivot and wallbreaker. Even in unfavorable matchups against bulkier walls, Duraludon is still able to safely make progress against Copperajah, Vaporeon, and Escavalier. Its serviceable physical bulk and Steel-typing allow it to switch into the likes of Talonflame, Ninjask, and bulky Poison-types, with the consumption of Eject Pack allowing it to better handle Poltergeist and Knock-Off users. However, Duraludon has very poor Special Defense, making it very vulnerable to faster special attackers such as Salazzle, Celebi, and Volt Switch users. Duraludon also faces large competition with other Dragon- and Steel-type wallbreakers like Goodra and Copperajah. Additionally, Duraludon is unable to properly check the things a traditional Dragon- or Steel-type would check, such as Rotom-C, Exploud, Sylveon, and more, leading to type stacking and or more compensation needed in the builder.
name: Eject Pack
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Flash Cannon
move 3: Dark Pulse / Body Press
move 4: Stealth Rock / Thunderbolt
item: Eject Pack
ability: Light Metal
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Eject Pack allows Duraludon to gain momentum for its teammates, oftentimes after claiming a kill or after bailing on one of its checks. Duraludon's good matchup against common hazard removal options like Talonflame and Xatu allows it to serve as a decent Stealth Rock setter. Alternatively, Thunderbolt can be used to better pressure bulky Water-types such as Vaporeon and Mantine. Dark Pulse allows you to hit Pokemon such as Bronzong and Starmie for good damage, meaning the use of Draco Meteor is not needed to make progress in these matchups. While Body Press allows you to hit Copperajah, allowing other teammates such as Blastoise to better sweep later on. Timid is preferred to outspeed base 80's such as Braviary, also giving you more insurance in the Toxicroak matchup.
Fighting-types such as Toxicroak and Sirfetch'd are able to take advantage of Duraludon's checks such as Copperajah, Vaporeon, and Escavalier. They are also able to weaken and pressure shared checks in Mudsdale and Bronzong. In return, Duraludon is able to threaten the bulky Poison-types such as Garbodor, Vileplume, and Dragalge that might otherwise be problematic for the Fighting-types. Duraludon is easily revenge killed and chunked by faster special attackers such as Salazzle, Celebi, and Electric-types. Duraludon is also unable to properly take advantage of its Dragon / Steel typing to check Fire- and Fairy-types. Pokemon such as Diancie and Heatproof Bronzong are able to pair nicely with Duraludon as a result. Diancie appreciates the extra protection against Pokemon like Decidueye, Heavy Slam Guzzlord, and bulky Poison-types, and can help Duraludon in the Fire- and Dragon-type matchups it's vulnerable against. Bronzong similarly can also act as a good pairing with Duraludon, able to utilize other sets without Stealth Rocks taking up a moveslot, with the same applying to Diancie.
Choice Specs can be used to increase Duraludon's already decent wallbreaking powers, scoring more OHKOes and landing the 2HKO on Pokemon such as Vaporeon and Bronzong. Choice Specs Duraludon is more prediction reliant, however, and lacks the utility of Eject Pack.
While more matchup fishy, Iron Defense + Body Press Duraludon can still serve as a usable wincon. It's able to use its decent bulk and Steel-typing to setup on non-Body Press Bronzong, Copperajah, and other passive Pokemon. It has more longevity utilizing Leftovers, allowing it to better answer things like Ninjask long-term.
Checks and Counters
**Bulky Steel-types**: Bulky Steel-types such as Copperajah and Escavalier can tank multiple hits and threaten with heavy damage back, while Pokemon such as Bronzong can avoid the 2HKO and threaten back with a devastating Body Press.
**Specially Defensive Pokemon**: Specially Defensive variants of Vaporeon and Sylveon are able to stomach Duraludon's attacks from full, and can beat Duraludon with the combination of Wish and their STAB attacks.
**Special Attackers**: Special Attackers such as Salazzle, Celebi, Heliolisk, Rotom-C, and Starmie are all able to either OHKO Duraludon or are able to heavily chunk it with their resisted attacks.
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