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[Skeleton] Druddigon

Discussion in 'Gen 5 UU Analyses' started by AmourShipper, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. AmourShipper

    AmourShipper meh i'm bored

    Dec 31, 2012
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    This thing is actually surprisingly viable, despite what some might see in it.


    • Rare typing in UU, which gives Druddigon a place
    • Amazing Attack and powerful STAB to use
    • Good bulk, also has excellent resistances
    • Has good coverage options like EQ and Sucker Punch
    • Also has fun support moves like Glare, Stealth Rock, and Dragon Tail
    • Extremely slow
    • No recovery outside of Rest
    • Faces competition from Kingdra and Flygon as dragons
    • Still, as long as you play Druddigon to its strengths, it will do well

    ==Choice Band==
    Druddigon @ Choice Band
    Trait: Mold Breaker
    EVs: 152 HP / 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 100 Spe
    Adamant Nature
    - Outrage
    - Earthquake
    - Sucker Punch
    - Dragon Claw / Superpower

    • Druddigon's best set, hitting hard while taking hits
    • Meant to break down teams with its power
    • Hits a lot harder than Flygon
    • Outrage is powerful STAB
    • Earthquake is good coverage against Pokemon like Bisharp and Empoleon
    • Sucker Punch is nice priority to revenge kill Azelf
    • Dragon Claw is a weaker but more reliable STAB
    • Superpower is there because of Porygon2 who can be a pain in the ass to face

    Druddigon @ Leftovers / Rocky Helmet
    Trait: Rough Skin
    EVs: 252 HP / 4 Atk / 252 Def
    - Glare
    - Dragon Tail / Roar
    - Stealth Rock
    - Earthquake / Dragon Claw

    • Slows down faster teams and wears them down with residual damage
    • Typing is also pretty neat defensively and gives it good resistances
    • Glare is to slow down stuff
    • Dragon Tail or Roar to shuffle the opponent and add up SR damage
    • SR to lay the hazard, plus it's useful in general
    • Dragon Claw provides a nice STAB
    • Earthquake is useful for Bisharp and Empoleon though if you use Dragon Tail

    ===Other Options===
    • Flamethrower
    • Crunch / Night Slash
    • ThunderPunch
    • Fire Punch
    • Sheer Force

    ===Checks and Counters===
    • Not many complete hard counters
    • Cofagrigus and Dusclops can take a hit and burn it
    • Sableye can also burn Druddigon
    • Kingdra/Flygon
    • Cobalion
    • Bronzong to an extent
    • Repeated onslaughts+Spikes will wear it down

    == General ==

    Dragon-types are much less of a presence in UU than in OU, which makes UU a place for Druddigon to shine. Its excellent base 120 Attack and an outstanding STAB move make Druddigon a force to be reckoned with, and it also has excellent coverage options to back up its astounding power. Druddigon's bulk is also fairly respectable, and it comes with many resistances to utilize, giving it many switch-in opportunities and proceed to destroy the opposition. It also has access to Dragon Tail to be a bulky phazer.

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2013
  2. Spoovo The Pirate

    Spoovo The Pirate Meep! Article Contributor Article Contributor

    Sep 29, 2012
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    Second set definitely wants Mold Breaker at least listed, as Druddigon's ability to set up SR on Xatu is pretty valuable imo. It'll also let it shuffle things with Suction Cups, use Roar on Soundproof mons, etc, but they're not as important.

    I'd mention Mold Breaker's usefulness on the first set, and why it's picked over Rough Skin. Hitting levitators with Earthquake and OHKOing things with Sturdy (which... are pretty rare in UU) would be good ones imo.
  3. Froggy

    Froggy Active Member

    Oct 5, 2012
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    Not bad, but a few things i saw

    Repeated onslaughts+Spikes will wear it down
    ^ just say lack of reliable recovery

    You should mention Band runs well in Trick Room

    Other Options
    Life Orb to switch moves over band
    Offensive rock setting
    Rest + Sleep Talk phaser sets
    Mold Breaker to set up rocks on xatu and EQ things w levitate (bronzong)
    Give more explanation for your other options (like why anyone would use thunderpunch or firepunch and over what)

    Checks and Counters
    Mention that Arcanine basically walls this this (especially with defensive set)
    Bulky water poke (suicune, milotic, and slowbro) can tank hits and burn with scald
    Also bronzong walls more then cobaltion does generally because of levitate for no mold break EQ

    Also you should consider adding a "good to run along side" section and mention things like TR teams, works well with togekiss and umbreon for heal bell support, steel types that can take ice and dragon hits, etc.
  4. Laurel

    Laurel Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2010
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    Why not have a mixed sheer force set? Flamethrower hits Druddi's best checks.
  5. Froggy

    Froggy Active Member

    Oct 5, 2012
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    because it has half the special attack of attack, and flamethrower hits steel poke which EQ hits harder (with the exception of bronzong who has levitate and you can use mold breaker and still hit it harder then w sheer force flamethrower)