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What is a good moveset for Darmanitan?

2 votes

Surprised this guy has not been done yet...


asked Oct 17, 2010 by Pokemaster
edited Feb 11, 2011 by Pokemaster
Bulbapedia says it does revert once the HP goes back above half.
Likely tier: Underused
With Daruma Mode: Neverused
Wow. UU and NU before 9 month. Now is the most OU pokemon ever.

14 Answers

6 votes

Darmanitan (F) @ Leftovers

Role: Sweeper turned Tanker

Trait: Zen Mode

EVs: 128 Def / 252 SAtk / 128 SDef

Serious Nature

  • Flare Blitz
  • Flamethrower
  • Psychic
  • Hidden Power [Grass]

Flare Blitz gets his health low enough for Zen mode while pounding down with STAB Damage.

Flamethrower and Psychic being his hard hitting Zen Mode attacks, with HP Grass for coverage.

answered Jun 8, 2011 by Josh
edited Aug 11, 2011 by Josh
Ability: Zen Mode (dream world)
Flare Blitz (Good for taking extra damage to aponents)
Psybeam ( Goes GREAT with Zen Mode ability!)
Close Combat (Takin' out the Normal and the Dark-Types)
Overheat ( Good power with Zen Mode ability)
3 votes

EVs: Attack + Speed (probably some in the way of Def/SpDef)
Ability: Sheer Force*
Item: Life Orb or Choice Band

  • Fire Punch or Flame Charge (I assume the Speed will still rise with Sheer Force)
  • Hammer Arm
  • Earthquake
  • Stone Edge

Type-wise this covers EVERYTHING.

* Daruma Mode is kinda lame, you need to mix attack and special attack but can only use one at a time (140 one stat vs 30 the other... no thanks). Sheer Force is great, and coupled with those items can probably OHKO everything it hits.

answered Oct 17, 2010 by Pokemaster
edited Aug 28, 2012 by 5th of November
what is nitro charge i have never heard of it before
It was the Japanese name for Flame Charge.
Aparently speed will NOT rise with sheer force. Source:
Covers everything; except water.
3 votes

A great sweeper, as long as it does not have Daruma Mode.

Ability: Encourage

EVs:Speed, Attack, HP Nature: Adamant

Flare Blitz/Fire Punch: I say Fire Punch, as Encourage makes up for the lower base power. It isn't likely that you would have burned anyway. Nitro Charge does not raise speed by the way.

Eartquake: Pretty much not affected by Encourage except for that power boost.

Stone Edge: Critical hits are still unlikely, so just focus on the power boost.

Return: Just gets a power boost, which is really nice.

answered Oct 17, 2010 by trachy
Let it hold a life orb cause encourage will stop the damage and im sorry I posted this now since this was 6 months ago. EDIT: Choice Scarf is a better item since it makes up for his lack of speed.
Replace stone edge with rock slide, and return with u-turn. Although this is a great answer considering it was 7 months ago.
2 votes

This is another set for a Daruma mode Hihidaruma:

Ability: Daruma Mode

EVs: Defense, HP, Sp Attack Nature: Modest

Substitute: Provides a way to get in Daruma Mode.

Psychic: STAB

Hidden Power Grass: To deal with weaknesses.

Flamethrower: STAB.

answered Oct 20, 2010 by trachy
2 votes

Darmanitan (M) @ Choice Scarf

Trait: Sheer Force

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Rock Slide
  • Flare Blitz
  • Earthquake
  • Brick Break
answered Jun 12, 2011 by trachy
Cool, this Darmanitan rules!
Instead of Brick Break, why not SuperPower...
He is Scarfed, almost every time you have to switch him out...
Just my opinion.
1 vote

So it turns out that Daruma Mode swaps Attack and Special Attack, which makes it a bit more useful. He also gets a big defense boost.

Normal: 105/140/55/30/55/95
Daruma: 105/30/105/140/105/55

  • Belly Drum - maxes Attack and hopefully switches to Daruma Mode, thus maxing SpAtk
  • Psychic
  • Flamethrower
  • Focus Blast

Should KO everything in its path.

answered Oct 18, 2010 by Pokemaster
I'm seeing conflicting info around so we'll have to wait and see...
what item?
1 vote

Zen Mode Set

Darmanitan (M) @ Petaya Berry

Trait: Zen Mode

EVs: 252 HP / 40 Def / 176 SAtk / 40 SDef

Modest Nature (+SAtk, -Atk)

  • Substitute
  • Psychic
  • Flamethrower
  • Grass Knot
answered Jun 12, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

ability: sheer force


earthquake: rock coverage

flare blitz: STAB

brick break: coverage

stone edge: coverage

answered Aug 4, 2011 by daEpad
1 vote

This is the moveset that I use:
Darmanitan - Fire/(Psychic)
Ability: Zen Mode
Suggested item: Focus Sash
Suggested IV training: HP, Spd
Moveset: [Flare Blitz][Psychic][Focus Blast][Solar Beam]

Flare Blitz is a strong Fire-type move and takes recoil that helps turn Zen Mode.
Psychic gains STAB
Focus Blast is to take some Dark-types. Better you go attacking with Flare Blitz. If you and the oponent survive you may use Focus Blast.
Solar Beam is to to cover Water-, Rock- and Ground-types. You can start using the Solar Beam in Standart Mode. When you are charging the oponent may go using a Water-/Rock-/Ground-type move. You will have 100% chance to survive because the Focus Sash will defend you. But normally you will be the second to deal damage when you became Zen Mode and you will die but, with the Spd IV training you have a chance to be the first to attack. Now you can deal Solar Beam with high damage to oponent. Every times it works to me...

or if you can't/want get the Zen Mode

Darmanitan - Fire
Ability: Sheer Force
Suggested item: Life Orb
Suggested IV training: HP, Atk, Spd
Moveset: [Flare Blitz][Brick Break][Earthquake][Stone Edge]

Flare Blitz is a strong move plus Sheer Force and Life Orb will be able to K.O. everything.
Brick Break, Earthquake and Stone Edge is type coverage.

answered Nov 2, 2012 by RainyThunderDragon
edited Nov 2, 2012 by Pokemaster
thumbs up exactly what i was about to post
0 votes

Ability: Sheer Force


Super-Power - Coverage

Sunny-Day - Helps with Solar Beam

Solar Beam - Solar Beam covers Rock,Ground,And Water.

Flare-Blitz- STAB

answered Sep 23, 2011 by Mr.{Shadow}
edited Sep 23, 2011 by Josh
Thanks Josh
No prob
No solar beam base 30 satk
0 votes

Darmanitan (M)

Item- Choice Scarf/ Choice Band/ Life Orb

Ability- Sheer Force

EV's- 252 Attack 252 Speed 4 HP

Nature- Adamant

Tier- OU


  • Flare Blitz
  • Earthquake
  • Hammer Arm
  • Super Power
answered Feb 10, 2012 by Spark Pichu
UU in our tiers
0 votes

Good Pokemon my knows.

-earthquake (good power and accuracy can take out rock types)
-superpower (high power and good accuracy )
-Flare Blitz (good power and accuracy stab)
-Trash (good power can take out almost everything)

(my first answer. I hope this helps)

answered Jun 8, 2012 by mirottaja1
0 votes

I wanted to try this Pokemon with belly drum. This set is hard to use because of Darmanitan's awful defenses, but if used correctly is devistating.

EVs: 252 speed, 252 attack, 4 HP Ability: sheer force Nature: jolly Item: life orb (damage nullified with sheer force)
Belly drum
Fire punch (flare blitz gives it too low HP)
Stone edge

answered May 18, 2013 by OutragedArcanine
–2 votes

Sice Darmanitan is extremely overpowered in terms of attack but very weak at defense, I suggest lots of healing.
Item: Leftovers

-Superpower (covers rock weakness)
-Flare Blitz (STAB)
-Solarbeam (covers every weakness)
-Recover (because of low defense and recoil damage from Flare Blitz)

answered Jul 13 by GreninjaBisharpSWAG
Either I'm an amateur or someones hating me.
Its nothing personal GreninjaBisharpSWAG, its just that this moveset isn't very well thought through:

Darmanitan has a very high physical attack stat, however his special attack is terrible; at base 30 it won't be doing any serious damage at all. while both flare blitz and superpower are great and valid moves, solar beam is an ill-thought out choice for darmanitan, as not only would it take 2 turns to set up (unless in sunlight, which isn't stated in this build), it would be an extremely weak attack, due to solarbeam being a special attack. another note is that Darmanitan cannot learn recover at all, not even through breeding, so people reading this moveset would be left annoyed at that fact (although personally, if darmanitan could learn it then it would be amazing). darmanitan can however learn rest & sleep talk, which could possibly replace your recover & solarbeam yet still allow darmanitan to recover his health.

If you ever want to make another moveset for a pokemon just quickly check the list of moves it can learn on the previous page so that what you write is valid and don't end up disappointing anyone.

Hope this helps
Yeah. I guess you have a point. I have gotten better at move sets since this one though. :)