Hi gum! I saw your set and I really saw the potential, but...just to make sure, I decided to run some damage calculations! Here's what I found:as someone who plays a decent amount of nu / watches some ru, i disagree with most of this list. a lot of these mons really aren't that good in nu / ru and suffer from competition, while power creep got to some of these. probably the biggest issue i have with this is basing it off completely different metagames; current swsh ru and swsh nu are nothing like their pre-dlc2 selves
to not make this post completely useless, here are some sets i've been having some fun with!
pyramids (Duraludon) @ Choice Specs
Ability: Light Metal
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
IVs: 0 Atk
- Draco Meteor
- Flash Cannon
- Dragon Pulse
nice speed tier + it's a dragon that can hit fairies for very good damage. steels are a bit annoying but the most common ones (steelvally and snowslash) lack recovery, while they still dislike taking a specs draco regardless. tsareena is a pretty good partner for it, bringing it in against stuff like weezing and vileplume and weakening steels.
(Keep in mind that for these EVs, I'm using your set vs sets that are often run for the Pokemon on Smogon)
1: Shuckle, the mon with the highest Special Defense in the PU tier gets taken down in a quick 2HKO. ( 252 SpA Choice Specs Duraludon Flash Cannon vs. 252 HP / 4 SpD Shuckle: 176-210 (72.1 - 86%) -- guaranteed 2HKO ) So when it comes to pokemon like Cryogonal and Carbink, need I say more?
2: Dusknoir, the mon with the highest Special Defense that Duraludon isn't super effective against. And after running these calculations, I found this is a pokemon you might have trouble with in the future. Anyways, since Dusknoir runs two different items, I'm just going to show the calcs.
First up, we have AV Dusknoir.
252 SpA Choice Specs Duraludon Flash Cannon vs. 212 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Dusknoir: 96-114 (33.8 - 40.1%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Duraludon Dragon Pulse vs. 212 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Dusknoir: 102-121 (35.9 - 42.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKO
252 SpA Choice Specs Duraludon Draco Meteor over 3 turns vs. 212 HP / 0 SpD Assault Vest Dusknoir: 284-339 (100 - 119.3%) -- guaranteed KO in 3 turns
All these moves will be 3HKOs, while Dusknoir...
252+ Atk Dusknoir Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Duraludon: 178-210 (63.3 - 74.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
That's definitively something you'll want to watch out for.
Next we have Banded Dusknoir...
If it's using this item, your special attacks now 2HKO. However, we also have to take into account the damage it will deal back.
252+ Atk Choice Band Dusknoir Earthquake vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Duraludon: 266-314 (94.6 - 111.7%) -- 68.8% chance to OHKO
Dusknoir is a pokemon that you'll have to watch out for due to its Specially Defensive capabilities as well as its strong offense. However, overall, I really appreciate this set for Duraludon and I see a lot of potential for it in the PU metagame. Well done!