Competitive Information for Donphan [Diamond/Pearl]

Competitive Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Movesets and Strategies for Donphan donphan
Base Stats for Donphan

Ground

Abilities:
SturdySturdy: OHKO moves fail when used against this Pokemon.


Evolutions / Family:
Phanpy
Donphan

Weakness Chart for Ground-type:
Bug
Dark
Dragon
Electric
Fighting
Fire
Flying
Ghost
Grass
  
  
  
0x
  
  
  
  
2x
Ground
Ice
Normal
Poison
Psychic
Rock
Steel
Water
  
2x
  
0.5x
  
0.5x
  
2x
  
¼x
½x
2x
4x


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Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Donphan? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Diamond/Pearl Single Battles. The movesets and EVs have been specifically calibrated to deal the most amount of damage to the largest group of potentially common opponents and typing threats for the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Common team mates for Donphan in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

JirachiTyranitarZapdosEmpoleonRotom-HeatElectivireHeracrossStaraptorDrapionRotom-MowMoltresRotom-Fan


Donphan is a stupendous Ground-typed Pokemon. Donphan is a almost common Pokemon to see in Generation 4. Donphan is weak to Grass, Ice, and Water-typed attacks.


Species: Donphan
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Atk / 4 SpD
Moveset:
- Head Smash / Stealth Rock
- Earthquake
- Ice Shard
- Rapid Spin

Physical Tank Donphan (Analytic)

Donphan is a wonderful Physical Tank. It's purpose is to take a large amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Donphan last longer regaining it's health every turn. With Sturdy, ohko moves fail when used against Donphan.

Head Smash is a physical 150-base power Rock-type move (has 1/2 recoil).
Stealth Rock is a status move (hurts foes on switch-in. factors rock weakness).
Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Ice Shard is a physical priority-increased 40-base power Ice-type move (usually goes first).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Donphan from hazards, binding, leech seed).




Species: Donphan
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Superpower
- Double-Edge / Return
- Poison Jab

Physical Sweeper Donphan (Sturdy)

Donphan is an awesome Physical Sweeper. It's primary goal is to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Donphan from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Donphan's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sturdy, ohko moves fail when used against Donphan.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Donphan's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).
Return is a physical 0-base power Normal-type move (max 102 power at maximum happiness).
Poison Jab is a physical 80-base power Poison-type move (30% chance to poison the target).




Species: Donphan
Item: Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Impish (+Def, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 4 Atk / 252 Def
Moveset:
- Stealth Rock
- Rapid Spin
- Earthquake
- Roar

Donphan Physical Wall (Rock Wall Spinner)

Donphan is a pretty decent Physical Wall. It's designed to take a decent amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Leftovers are always a great recovery option to ensure Donphan last longer regaining it's HP every turn. With Sturdy, ohko moves fail when used against Donphan. Donphan is my Defensive wall, Stealth Rocker, as well as my Spinner. Stealth Rock is for Entry Hazards, Rapid Spin for taking away My opponents entry hazards, Earthquake is for STAB and finally Roar is to make my opponents Pokemon to switch and take damage from Stealth Rock.

Stealth Rock is a status move (hurts foes on switch-in. factors rock weakness).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Donphan from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Roar is a status move (forces the target to switch to a random ally).




Species: Donphan
Item: Assault Vest
Ability: Sand Veil
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Hp / 252 Atk / 4 Spe
Moveset:
- Stone Edge
- Ice Shard / Knock Off
- Rapid Spin
- Earthquake

Donphan Physical Tank (Delirium Tremens)

Donphan is a decent Physical Tank. This moveset attempts to take a good amount of physical hits while dealing some decent damage. Pokemon X & Y build. Only way for this Pokemon to have the ability "Stealth Rock," is to transfer from a older game via Poke Bank.

Stone Edge is a physical 100-base power Rock-type move (high critical hit ratio).
Ice Shard is a physical priority-increased 40-base power Ice-type move (usually goes first).
Knock Off is a physical 20-base power Dark-type move (target's item is lost and it cannot obtain another).
Rapid Spin is a physical 20-base power Normal-type move (frees Donphan from hazards, binding, leech seed).
Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).



Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Donphan? These builds have been optimized for Diamond/Pearl Double Battles. They have movesets and EVs specifically calibrated to generally work best versus multiple Pokemon at once as well as helping to support other team members and allys in the Diamond/Pearl generation metagame.


Common team mates for Donphan in Pokemon Diamond/Pearl:

JirachiTyranitarZapdosEmpoleonRotom-HeatElectivireHeracrossStaraptorDrapionRotom-MowMoltresRotom-Fan


Species: Donphan
Item: Life Orb / White Herb
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake
- Rock Slide
- Superpower
- Double-Edge

Doubles Physical Sweeper Donphan (Sturdy)

Donphan is an interesting Physical Sweeper. It was designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Focus Sash helps protect Donphan from being one-shotted and allowing it to atleast use a crucial move when brought out. Life Orb boosts the power of Donphan's damaging moves by 1.3x but it then loses 1/10 its max HP immediately after the attack. With Sturdy, ohko moves fail when used against Donphan.

Earthquake is a physical STAB-boosted 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon. power doubles on dig).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Donphan's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Double-Edge is a physical 120-base power Normal-type move (has 1/3 recoil).



Movepool


Wondering what moves can Donphan learn? Here is the list of moves this Pokemon can learn in this selected generation.
Sort and organize the learnset by move type, category, accuracy, and power. Bolded moves will gain the same-type attack bonus (STAB) if this Pokemon uses them.


Cat
Type
Movename
Damage
Accuracy
PP
Effect
Ancient Power
60
100%
5
10% chance to raise all stats by 1 (not acc/eva).
Earth Power
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Mud-Slap
20
100%
10
100% chance to lower the target's accuracy by 1.
Snore
40
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Assurance
50
100%
10
Power doubles if target was damaged this turn.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Bounce
85
85%
5
Bounces turn 1. Hits turn 2. 30% paralyze.
Counter
--
100%
20
If hit by physical attack, returns double damage.
Double-Edge
120
100%
15
Has 1/3 recoil.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power doubles on Dig.
Endeavor
--
100%
5
Lowers the target's HP to the user's HP.
Facade
70
100%
20
Power doubles if user is burn/poison/paralyzed.
Fire Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to burn. 10% chance to flinch.
Fissure
--
30%
5
OHKOs the target. Fails if user is a lower level.
Flail
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Frustration
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at minimum Happiness.
Fury Attack
15
85%
20
Hits 2-5 times in one turn.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Gunk Shot
120
70%
5
30% chance to poison the target.
Gyro Ball
--
100%
5
More power the slower the user than the target.
Head Smash
150
80%
5
Has 1/2 recoil.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Horn Attack
65
100%
25
No additional effect.
Ice Shard
40
100%
30
Usually goes first.
Iron Tail
100
75%
15
30% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Knock Off
20
100%
20
Target's item is lost and it cannot obtain another.
Last Resort
130
100%
5
Fails unless each known move has been used.
Magnitude
--
100%
30
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Power varies; 2x on Dig.
Natural Gift
--
100%
15
Power and type depends on the user's Berry.
Poison Jab
80
100%
20
30% chance to poison the target.
Rapid Spin
20
100%
40
Frees user from hazards, binding, Leech Seed.
Return
--
100%
20
Max 102 power at maximum Happiness.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Smash
40
100%
15
50% chance to lower the target's Defense by 1.
Rock Tomb
50
80%
10
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Rollout
30
90%
20
Power doubles with each hit. Repeats for 5 turns.
Secret Power
70
100%
20
Effect varies with terrain. (30% paralysis chance)
Seed Bomb
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Slam
80
75%
20
No additional effect.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Strength
80
100%
15
No additional effect.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Tackle
35
95%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thunder Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to paralyze. 10% chance to flinch.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Block
--
--
5
Prevents the target from switching out.
Captivate
--
100%
20
Lowers the foe(s) Sp. Atk by 2 if opposite gender.
Charm
--
100%
20
Lowers the target's Attack by 2.
Defense Curl
--
--
40
Raises the user's Defense by 1.
Double Team
--
--
15
Raises the user's evasiveness by 1.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 2.
Growl
--
100%
40
Lowers the foe(s) Attack by 1.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Mimic
--
--
10
The last move the target used replaces this one.
Odor Sleuth
--
--
40
Fighting, Normal hit Ghost. Evasiveness ignored.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Roar
--
100%
20
Forces the target to switch to a random ally.
Rock Polish
--
--
20
Raises the user's Speed by 2.
Sandstorm
--
--
10
For 5 turns, a sandstorm rages.
Scary Face
--
90%
10
Lowers the target's Speed by 2.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
Stealth Rock
--
--
20
Hurts foes on switch-in. Factors Rock weakness.
Substitute
--
--
10
User takes 1/4 its max HP to put in a substitute.
Sunny Day
--
--
5
For 5 turns, intense sunlight powers Fire moves.
Swagger
--
90%
15
Raises the target's Attack by 2 and confuses it.
Toxic
--
85%
10
Badly poisons the target.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Donphan can perform in Diamond/Pearl. Not every combo going to be game-changing, but some can be pretty fun to play with. Sometimes these can be easily overlooked or forgotten, hence why we find and list them here. Discover what items, abilities, and moves this Pokemon can use in combination with each other to gain a strategic advantage in competitive battles.


Competitive DP Move and Ability Combos for Donphan

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