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2 votes

Mine knows:

Body Slam: Good power, high accuracy, good chance to paralyze.

Earthquake: High power, high accuracy, double damage against Pokemon using Dig, STAB.

Fire Fang: Decent power, decent accuracy, chance to cause flinching or cause a burn, used to deal with Grass and Ice types.

Seed Bomb: Good power, high accuracy, used to deal with Water types.

Donphan Learnset

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What is the 2nd best choice if seed bomb isn't available for me?(I know this was 9 months ago sorry)
Donphan (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Def
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Ice Shard
- Rapid Spin
- Earthquake
- Stealth Rock
Nice, but why not Stone Edge?  Has awesome coverage against Ice, Bug, Flying, and Fire plus it has Critical-Hit ratio.
I think this Donphan is a lead Donphan.
Oh, I see.
a clever move set but donphan doesnt learn stealth rock
What 4MSS... EdgeQuake, Seed Bomb, Knock Off, Play Rough, Superpower, Rapid Spin, Stealth Rock, Poison Jab/Gunk Shot, Ice Shard, Elemental fangs... Wow.

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4 votes

UU stealth rock layer

  • Stealth Rock-Sets up rocks against the opponent. Perfect for things like hail teams.
  • Earthquake-STAB.
  • Rapid Spin-Allows him to blow away entry hazards midgame if necessary; also deals with early game antileads or entry hazards early on.
  • Ice Shard-Gives him basic priority over the opponent.
3 votes


Item: Shell Bell
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Brave
EVs: 252 Attack(No other EVs)


Yes this is a F.E.A.R. set, this works best with a level 25 Donphan(Lowest possible level for him) and is even better with Sand support, he is the new Aron! You will want minimum IVs in every stat except Attack, his stats should be: 80 Hp, 96 Attack, 65 Defense, 35 S.Attack, 35 S.Defense, 27 Speed on PO he can be lvl 1 though. Endeavor is for lowering the opponent down to your HP. Ice-shard is Priority in case you are up against a Pokemon that is not immune to sand or you are no on a sand team. Roar is for switching a Ghost type away. Rapid-spin is for getting rid of hazards.

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Warning this set is insanely cheap especially on Sand teams.
Why people run FEAR sets on random stuff IDK. Aron, Rattata etc are obvious jokes, Smeargle works ok with FEAR due to the fact it can use spore + support move first, but this seems awfully... random.
2 votes

Item: Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 6 Hp


Rock-polish boosts Speed. Earthquake is STAB. Stone-edge is Coverage. Seed-bomb is Coverage.

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All I'd say is replace rock polish with ice shard for dealing with grass types
2 votes

Now Donphan is commonly used as a spinner. But let's take a little initiative here and try out a different set. Donphan's attack stat is a base 120. Let's abuse that sucker attack stat with Choice Band

Donphan @ Choice Band
Trait: Sturdy
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 HP / 4 SDef
Adamant Nature
- Earthquake
- Head Smash
- Ice Shard
- Seed Bomb/Superpower

Earthquake is STAB and super powerful. Head Smash is realllllly powerful coming off that Attack stat, even with recoil. You can add some wish support for the guy if you want. Chansey would work well. Ice Shard is priority and for hitting dragons like Salamence. Seed Bomb and Superpower is your choice, Superpower offers more coverage all around but maybe you want Seed Bomb to hit pokes like Gastro and Jelli. Now the poor guy is pretty slow, but with Sturdy and that Bulk he can do pretty well for himself. Again with Wish support from Chansey or others you can play him out again and again, reviving sturdy every time. Give it a try, you might be surprised. I know I was.

Rock Slide>Head Smash.
2 votes

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Nature Adamant/Impish
-Play Rough(EggMove)
-Ice Shard(EggMove)
This amazing little tanky sweeper is a huge help when trying to put your enemy in a bad spot.

1 vote

Here's my Donphan:

Adamant Nature
(252 HP/252 Atk/4 Def)

-Stone Edge-Coverage
-Fire Fang- covers Ice and Grass Types
-Seed Bomb covers Water Types

my Donphan move set is
fire fang or thunder fang
Earthquake or bulldoze
head smash or stone age
seed bomb

so what do you think
1 vote

My Donphan:

Lonely Nature
(252 Atk/252 Def/4 HP)
Item: Muscle Band

Ice Shard-Priority Move
Seed Bomb-Deal Awesome Damage against Water-type opponents
Fire Fang-Cover Grass and Ice Weaknesses

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Speed EVs on a Donphan??
Oh I'm sorry. I meant defense not speed. I was working on something else and accidentally put speed
It's changed
0 votes

Donphan Moveset

Donphan Moveset @ Life Orb/Leftovers
Ability: Sturdy
Nature: Adamant
EVs HP 252/Def 140/Atk 116

Rapid Spin
Knock Off
Ice Shard

0 votes

Donphan (F) @ Expert Belt
Ability: Sturdy
Evs: 252 HP, 252 Atk, 6 Def
Nature: Adamant (+Atk,-Sp.Atk)
- Earthquake
- Stone Edge
- Play Rough/Knock Off
- Ice Shard

0 votes

I'll go on a bit of a different path, but I really like this moveset.

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Ability: Sand Veil
EV's: 252 Atk/ 128 Def/ 128 Sp, Def
Nature: Adamant (Atk Up, Sp. Atk Down)

Earthquake (STAB, Power)
Fire Fang (Covers Ice and Grass weaknesses, plus Bug resistance)
Thunder Fang (Covers water weakness)
Sandstorm (I'll explain)

Donphan holds the Smooth Rock, making Sandstorm last for eight turns. It deals damage to most opponents, but not you. Plus, it raises his evasion by 25%. It can dodge, while we keep attacking with the help of a sandstorm. Nice and easy! Tell me what you think please!

0 votes

Personally I'd go with this set

252 Atk 252 Def 4Hp
Ice shard
Knock off

This is a set that is supposed to be a sweeping set after some baton pass setting up ( Preferably +2 Atk +2 Def and wish when switching in)
Earthquake is there for standard reasons, Protect gives free lefties heal, ice shard is donphan's standard priority and Knock off cripples similar sets and any Mega Gengars or Gardevoirs floating about. Protect or Knock off could be replaced with Rapid spin, Rock slide or Stone edge as well.

0 votes

Too late for this one :/
Donphan @ Assault Vest
Nature: Careful
Ability: Sturdy
EVs: 252 HP / 4 Defence / 252 Specal Defense
-Ice Shard (Welp, DUH)
-Rapid Spin (Man GET that leech seed outta here)
-Rock Slide (For extra coverage)

0 votes

This set works very well:


Rocky Helmet (to faint foe on 1 HP)

Ice Shard (use after Endeavor)
Endeavor (use at 1 HP w/ Sturdy)
Rock Polish (for a faster Endeavor/EQ)
Earthquake (alternate and reliable damage)