Competitive Information for Galarian Darmanitan [Sword/Shield]

Competitive Pokemon Sword/Shield Movesets and Strategies for Darmanitan-galar darmanitan-galar
Base Stats for Darmanitan-Galar

Ice

Abilities:
Zen ModeZen Mode: If Darmanitan, at end of turn changes Mode to Standard if > 1/2 max HP, else Zen.
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Gorilla TacticsGorilla Tactics: This Pokemon's Attack is 1.5x, but it can only select the first move it executes.


Evolutions / Family:
Darmanitan
Darmanitan-Galar-Zen

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

Movesets for Singles


What is a good competitive moveset for Darmanitan-galar? These builds have been optimized for Pokemon competing in Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Darmanitan-galar in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

WhimsicottDragapultTogekissSylveonMiloticConkeldurrDusclopsCharizardVenusaurDurant


Darmanitan is a notable Ice-typed Pokemon. It's super common to find yourself dealing with Darmanitan when battling in the 8th generation meta. Darmanitan is weak to Fighting, Fire, Rock, and Steel-typed attacks.


Species: Darmanitan-Galar
Item: Choice Scarf / Choice Band
Ability: Gorilla Tactics
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 4 Hp / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Moveset:
- Flare Blitz
- Superpower
- Icicle Crash / Ice Punch
- Rock Slide

Physical Sweeper Darmanitan-Galar (Popular/Trending)

Darmanitan is popular Physical Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Choice Band will increase the damage of Darmanitan's physical moves by 1.5x at the cost of locking you into the first move you pick. Choice Scarf will increase Darmanitan's speed by 1.5x but will lock you into the first move you pick. With Gorilla Tactics, Darmanitan's attack is 1.5x but it can only select the first move it executes.

Flare Blitz is a physical 120-base power Fire-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. thaws Darmanitan).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Darmanitan's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Ice Punch is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).



Species: Darmanitan-Galar
Item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
Ability: Gorilla Tactics
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 36 Def / 40 SpD / 180 Spe
Moveset:
- Flare Blitz / Body Slam
- Superpower / Hammer Arm
- Icicle Crash / Ice Punch
- Earthquake

Physical Sweeper Darmanitan-Galar (Gorilla Tactics)

Darmanitan is a phenomenal Physical Sweeper. It is designed to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Choice Band will increase the damage of Darmanitan's physical moves by 1.5x at the cost of locking you into the first move you pick. Choice Scarf will increase Darmanitan's speed by 1.5x but will lock you into the first move you pick. With Gorilla Tactics, Darmanitan's attack is 1.5x but it can only select the first move it executes.

Flare Blitz is a physical 120-base power Fire-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. thaws Darmanitan).
Body Slam is a physical 85-base power Normal-type move (30% chance to paralyze the target).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Darmanitan's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Hammer Arm is a physical 100-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Darmanitan's speed by 1 stage).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Ice Punch is a physical STAB-boosted 75-base power Ice-type move (10% chance to freeze the target).
Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).


Movesets for Doubles


What is a good doubles moveset for Darmanitan-galar? These builds have been optimized for Sword/Shield 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 Sword/Shield generation metagame.


Common team mates for Darmanitan-galar in Pokemon Sword/Shield:

WhimsicottDragapultTogekissSylveonMiloticConkeldurrDusclopsCharizardVenusaurDurant


Species: Darmanitan-Galar
Item: Choice Band / Choice Scarf
Ability: Gorilla Tactics
Nature: Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA)
EVs: 252 Atk / 36 Def / 40 SpD / 180 Spe
Moveset:
- Earthquake / Bulldoze
- Rock Slide
- Flare Blitz / Icicle Crash
- Superpower / Hammer Arm

Doubles Physical Sweeper Darmanitan-Galar (Gorilla Tactics)

Darmanitan is a spectacular Physical Sweeper. This moveset attempts to take down the opponent's team with brute physical power. Choice Band will increase the damage of Darmanitan's physical moves by 1.5x at the cost of locking you into the first move you pick. Choice Scarf will increase Darmanitan's speed by 1.5x but will lock you into the first move you pick. With Gorilla Tactics, Darmanitan's attack is 1.5x but it can only select the first move it executes.

Earthquake is a physical 100-base power Ground-type move (hits adjacent pokemon).
Bulldoze is a physical 60-base power Ground-type move (100% chance lower adjacent pkmn speed by 1 stage).
Rock Slide is a physical 75-base power Rock-type move (30% chance to flinch the foes).
Flare Blitz is a physical 120-base power Fire-type move (has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. thaws Darmanitan).
Icicle Crash is a physical STAB-boosted 85-base power Ice-type move (30% chance to flinch the target).
Superpower is a physical 120-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Darmanitan's attack and defense by 1 stage).
Hammer Arm is a physical 100-base power Fighting-type move (lowers your Darmanitan's speed by 1 stage).


Movepool


Wondering what moves can Darmanitan-galar 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
Blizzard
110
70%
5
10% chance to freeze foe(s). Can't miss in hail.
Burning Jealousy
70
100%
5
100% burns a target that had a stat rise this turn.
Fire Blast
110
85%
5
10% chance to burn the target.
Fire Spin
35
85%
15
Traps and damages the target for 4-5 turns.
Flamethrower
90
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Focus Blast
120
70%
5
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Freeze-Dry
70
100%
20
10% chance to freeze. Super effective on Water.
Grass Knot
--
100%
20
More power the heavier the target.
Heat Wave
95
90%
10
10% chance to burn the foe(s).
Hyper Beam
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Ice Beam
90
100%
10
10% chance to freeze the target.
Incinerate
60
100%
15
Destroys the foe(s) Berry/Gem.
Overheat
130
90%
5
Lowers the user's Sp. Atk by 2.
Powder Snow
40
100%
25
10% chance to freeze the foe(s).
Psychic
90
100%
10
10% chance to lower the target's Sp. Def by 1.
Round
60
100%
15
Power doubles if others used Round this turn.
Snore
50
100%
15
User must be asleep. 30% chance to flinch target.
Solar Beam
120
100%
10
Charges turn 1. Hits turn 2. No charge in sunlight.
Uproar
90
100%
10
Lasts 3 turns. Active Pokemon cannot fall asleep.
Avalanche
60
100%
10
Power doubles if user is damaged by the target.
Bite
60
100%
25
30% chance to flinch the target.
Body Press
80
100%
10
Uses user's Def stat as Atk in damage calculation.
Body Slam
85
100%
15
30% chance to paralyze the target.
Brick Break
75
100%
15
Destroys screens, unless the target is immune.
Bulldoze
60
100%
20
100% chance lower adjacent Pkmn Speed by 1.
Dig
80
100%
10
Digs underground turn 1, strikes turn 2.
Earthquake
100
100%
10
Hits adjacent Pokemon. Double damage on Dig.
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.
Fire Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to burn the target.
Flame Wheel
60
100%
25
10% chance to burn the target. Thaws user.
Flare Blitz
120
100%
15
Has 33% recoil. 10% chance to burn. Thaws user.
Fling
--
100%
10
Flings the user's item at the target. Power varies.
Focus Punch
150
100%
20
Fails if the user takes damage before it hits.
Giga Impact
150
90%
5
User cannot move next turn.
Gyro Ball
--
100%
5
More power the slower the user than the target.
Hammer Arm
100
90%
10
Lowers the user's Speed by 1.
Headbutt
70
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Ice Fang
65
95%
15
10% chance to freeze. 10% chance to flinch.
Ice Punch
75
100%
15
10% chance to freeze the target.
Icicle Crash
85
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the target.
Iron Head
80
100%
15
30% chance to flinch the target.
Lash Out
75
100%
5
2x power if the user had a stat lowered this turn.
Mega Kick
120
75%
5
No additional effect.
Mega Punch
80
85%
20
No additional effect.
Payback
50
100%
10
Power doubles if the user moves after the target.
Power-Up Punch
40
100%
20
100% chance to raise the user's Attack by 1.
Reversal
--
100%
15
More power the less HP the user has left.
Rock Slide
75
90%
10
30% chance to flinch the foe(s).
Rock Tomb
60
95%
15
100% chance to lower the target's Speed by 1.
Stone Edge
100
80%
5
High critical hit ratio.
Superpower
120
100%
5
Lowers the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Tackle
40
100%
35
No additional effect.
Take Down
90
85%
20
Has 1/4 recoil.
Thief
60
100%
25
If the user has no item, it steals the target's.
Thrash
120
100%
10
Lasts 2-3 turns. Confuses the user afterwards.
U-turn
70
100%
20
User switches out after damaging the target.
Zen Headbutt
80
90%
15
20% chance to flinch the target.
Attract
--
100%
15
A target of the opposite gender gets infatuated.
Belly Drum
--
--
10
User loses 50% max HP. Maximizes Attack.
Bulk Up
--
--
20
Raises the user's Attack and Defense by 1.
Encore
--
100%
5
Target repeats its last move for its next 3 turns.
Endure
--
--
10
User survives attacks this turn with at least 1 HP.
Focus Energy
--
--
30
Raises the user's critical hit ratio by 2.
Iron Defense
--
--
15
Raises the user's Defense by 2.
Protect
--
--
10
Prevents moves from affecting the user this turn.
Rest
--
--
10
User sleeps 2 turns and restores HP and status.
Sleep Talk
--
--
10
User must be asleep. Uses another known move.
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.
Taunt
--
100%
20
Target can't use status moves its next 3 turns.
Will-O-Wisp
--
85%
15
Burns the target.
Work Up
--
--
30
Raises the user's Attack and Sp. Atk by 1.
Yawn
--
--
10
Puts the target to sleep after 1 turn.

Combo List


These are a list of several common move combinations Darmanitan-galar can perform in Sword/Shield. 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 SS Move and Ability Combos for Darmanitan-galar

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