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What is a good moveset for Durant?

4 votes
asked Oct 18, 2010 by trachy
edited Feb 11, 2011 by Pokemaster
Likely Tier: Uber Number 1 bug type before
Any moveset with a rock, water or ground move would be perfect

12 Answers

4 votes

Monotype: Steel- "The Premier Scarfer"

With an above average Base 109 Atk further buffed by it's Hustle Ability and a Speed Stat that allows it to outpace Terrakion by exactly 1 Point, the Iron Ant Pokemon can be considered to be the best Scarfer Mono Steel Teams have to offer.

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Durant @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Hustle
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- Rock Slide / Stone Edge
- Superpower
- Baton Pass

Perhaps one of the most underrated Pokemon in the Monotype Sub-Metagame, Durant's combination of Physical might, oddly high Speed, sufficient Coverage Moves, and Baton Pass make the Iron Ant Pokemon Mono Steel's "Primier Scarfer", outclassing it's Competition in Lucario in terms of Speed and Jirachi in terms of Power.

Given all the Coverage Move's it needs, it's STAB Attack in Iron Head synergizes well with the typical Paralysis-Based Mono Steel Teams, while Rock Slide eliminates the Fire Type that threaten it. In addition to that, BW2 also blessed it with yet another odd perk: Superpower, a Move that breaks down the Steels and Water/Ground Type that resist it's Steel/Rock Coverage. To top it off, it also follows the Generation V pattern of granting Bug Type's Baton Pass, so, like Scolipede, it also capable of using the pseudo-Pivot Move to Scout out the opponents next Move, functioning much like a U-turn or Volt Switch but with the absence of Damage or, being blocked by an Immunity.

The Jolly Natured (+Spd, -SAtk) gives it the Speed to outpace even Terrakion, killing it off with a 252 Atk+Hustle Iron Head. The Choice Scarf of course Boost it's Speed to beat other Scarfers that threaten Mono Steel (Terrakion).

Overall, Durant has proved to be the best Scarfer of Mono Steel due to the above advantages.

answered Sep 5, 2013 by Enoch.EXE
edited Sep 6, 2013 by Enoch.EXE

Durant @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Hustle
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
- Iron Head
- Rock Slide
- Superpower
- Baton Pass
Or if you want go ahead and dominate the competition...
Durant @ Choice Band
EVs: 252 Attack/ 252 Speed/ 4 HP
Adamant Nature
Iron Head
Rock Slide

Get ready to murder unsuspecting pokemon
You don't need baton pass, just switch out.
3 votes

You can also do for moveset:

Make Friends
Claw Sharpen
Aerial Ace

answered Oct 18, 2010 by trachy
Make Friends?! What's that?
I think it's Entrainment.
Does it have truant as ability then?
3 votes

Swarm / Hustle

Stone Edge - coverage
X-Scissor - STAB
Iron Head - STAB
Hone Claws - boost

answered Mar 13, 2011 by DarthDestiny
edited Mar 13, 2011 by DarthDestiny
Why bringing this back up?
2 votes

Swarm Stone Edge - coverage
X-Scissor - STAB
Iron Head - STAB
Crunch/Thunder Wave - coverage/ruin their day

answered Apr 8, 2011 by Speed freak
2 votes

Item: Focus-sash
Nature: Jolly
Ability: Truant
EVs: 252 Speed, 252 Attack, 6 Hp


Entrainment DOES work with Truant and is the devastating part of this set. Iron-head is for STAB, and Flinch. X-scissor is STAB. Stone-edge is coverage and T-wave is for if you really want to be annoying.


Using this set may do the following: Make people swear at you, stop being friends with you, hate you, and want to murder you.

answered Nov 11, 2011 by Speed freak
edited Apr 24, 2012 by Speed freak
Note I will never use this set as it is too annoying and mean.
This set really does looks like one heck of a annoyance (0.0)
Entrainment *doesn't* work with Truant...
In fact, it does ^^. Just tested it.
I have used that set before then switched into my Pokemon with the ability shadow tag  Gothitelle with calm mind and protect to op Durant
1 vote

Durant (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Swarm

EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def

Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)

  • Agility
  • X-Scissor
  • Iron Head
  • Baton Pass
answered Jun 1, 2011 by trachy
1 vote

Durant (M) @ Life Orb
Trait: Hustle
Jolly Nature (+spd -ap.atl)
EVs:252 spd 252 atk 4HP

  • Hone Claws
  • X-scissor
  • Stone Edge
  • Iron Head

This is how its done basically. Life Orb is power so I can use jolly to amp his speed up. Then Hone claws makes up for hustles' accuracy drop. Then he simply Life Orb sweeps away..

answered Oct 24, 2011 by Tysonyoshi
1 vote

Hope this set will help you
Durant @ Wide Lens
Trait: Hustle
Ev: 200 Atk / 56 Def / 252 Speed (Jolly)
- Hone Claw
- Iron Head
- Rock Slide
- X-Scissor / Crunch

Hone Claw + Wide Lens boost Accuracy , Rock Slide against Fire-type :D

answered Jan 21 by Von Kazuma
0 votes

It says it all right here. "I'm gonna eat the **** out of your flesh!!"
252 Atk 128 Spd 130 Def
Jolly/Impish/Adamant (Own an impish one)
Truant/Hustle (Own one with Hustle)
Hone Claws/Giga Impact (GI for truant, HC for hustle)
Iron Head for STAB
X-Scissor for STAB
Stone Edge for coverage.

answered Nov 11, 2011 by [MEGA]StellarLucario
edited Mar 10, 2012 by Pokemaster
And why is this flagged?
Trachy's Answer was also flagged, and both him and I were swearing in our answers, I think that's why.
I edited out the swearing in both answers.
0 votes

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Kevin (Durant) @ Choice Scarf/Focus Sash
Trait: Truant
EVS: 252 ATK, 252 SPEED and 4 HP/SP DEF
- Iron Head
- Stone Edge
- Thunder Wave
- Entrainment

The gimmick known as Kevin Durant. Entrainment will either make them switch or they MIGHT stay in, but don't count on that. The choice between Choice Scarf or Focus Sash is if you want him to stay in the match or sacrifice himself just to cause Truant. Thunder Wave is useful if they don't switch, but remember that your Truant turn still activates. Iron Head and Stone Edge are last resorts if Durant is your last Pokemon and you guys are having a 1V1.

answered Aug 26, 2014 by Meeper12346
0 votes

Durant @ Focus Sash
Ability: Hustle
EV's: 252 Attack/ 252 Speed/ 4 Defense
Nature: Jolly
-Hone Claws
-Iron Head
-X Scissor
-Rock Slide/Stone Edge

It's a very perfect Durant set I came up with. You put a focus sash on Durant to guarantee a Hone Claws set up ( Note that Hone Claws not only boosts Durant's already amazing attack stat from the hustle ability, but also patches Hustle's accuracy loss). Focus sash is very crucial because any fire attack WILL kill in one hit (Hope you don't get an unlucky burn). Once Hone claws is set up, go to town on your opponent. With 348 speed at level 100, you're likely to outspeed most Pokemon. Now if you send your Durant out and you know a Pokemon is faster than you, go for an attack instead, rather than hone clawing ( You'll still do a great amount of damage). EXAMPLE: If a Darmanitan is on the field, go for Rock Slide, or Stone Edge to take it out after it hits you. Same goes for Talonflame.

Overall this Pokemon has great coverage. Against 9 types, Bug, Psychic, Dark, Fairy, Rock, Grass, Fire, Ice, and Flying. I have used this Durant set in many OU battles and it works well.

answered Mar 2 by orangeHat
0 votes

Durant @ Life Orb
Trait: Hustle
EVs 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 4 HP
Jolly Nature
- Hone Claws
- Iron Head
- Crunch/Stone Edge
- X-Scissor

Hone Claws boosts attack by 1.5 and accuracy by 1.33 making Durant get about 106 since hustle makes accuracy 80% and about attack of 1363 because of hustles 1.5 boost and the Life orb boost of 1.3 and Hone Claws boost of 1.5 you multiply each number by 317 base attack to get 1363. Iron Head is a Stab steel attack with base 80 power and 30% chance to flinch target. Crunch is a 80 power
dark type move with a 20% chance to flinch target / Stone edge would have 85.12 accuracy and it is a 100 power move. X-Scissor it a 80 power Stab bug type move.
Jolly Nature because my set does not not have a Choice Scarf so it needs to be fast enough to be able to outspeed other Pokemon giving it base 348 speed. Hustle was the best option for a ability it boosts attack by 1.5 but it did lower accuracy to 80%.

answered May 31 by Detroit14