Hey guys! It's Duncajuwon, and this is my first competitive analyses. I might leave a bunch of things out and make rookie mistakes, so please comment with anything I should change! All comments taken positively. :3 Ok, Now the analysis! General Even upon a new generation of X and Y, Darmanitan is still wreaking havoc in the UU tier. With the high base attack of 140, Darm has the ability to obliterate opponents into pieces. This could be a little challenging, considering its measly base speed of 95. It can also be a nice surprise to opponents, since Victini overshadows Darm most of the time. Darmanitan has the upperhand though with a 140 base attack, while Victini only has 100 base attack, but Victini has greater defense stats, which can come in handy. Darmanitan also GAINS a 30% boost to moves with secondary effects! Darmanitan's attack will become even HIGHER. One downside of Darmanitan's super high attack is its limited move pool. Darmanitans are mainly scarfed or banded, and have the same sets, making it very predictable. Another weakness is stealth rocks, since most Darmanitans have u-turn as a scouting move, and it would take 25% each time it comes in. All Out Attacker Darmanitan @ Choice Scarf or Life Orb / Choice Band Trait: Sheer Force EVs: 252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - U-turn - Rock Slide - Superpower / Earthquake - Flare Blitz Bearing in mind Darmanitan's high attack stat combined with its 30% sheer force boost, it can destroy opponents. If it has a life orb, its attack with get another 30% boost, making it insanely high! Running a choice scarf on it would allow it be a late game sweeper and spam flare blitz, once its checks and counters are taken out, keeping in mind how much flare blitz would do to every pokemon. Because of Darmanitan's paltry speed without a choice scarf, pairing it with Galvantula or Smeargle to set up a sticky web would be beneficial. It also has access to U-Turn, a great pivot and scouting move. Rock Slide is an amazing coverage move to hit Salamence and mega Aerodactyl and fire type pokes, unless you have earthquake instead of superpower. Superpower is another great coverage move, mainly for Umbreon, Porygon2, Rhyperior, and Hydreigon. Flare Blitz hits harder than a truck, and is Darmanitan's main stab move that lets him sweep. I personally like jolly over adamant because of the necessary additional speed, but adamant would give it an evident attack boost. The Choice Scarf lets Darmanitan sweep with speed and power, but the Choice Band set allows Darmanitan to reach a 568 attack with jolly, helping it sweep with pure power. Belly Drum Darmanitan (M) @ Salac Berry Trait: Sheer Force EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd Jolly Nature (+Spd, -SAtk) - Fire Punch - Earthquake - Substitute - Belly Drum Belly Drum is one of Darmanitan's hidden gems. Belly Drum is a quick way to let Darmanitan have +6 attack, at the cost of half its life. Salac Berry allows it to out speed any scarf user slower than Base 95 speed once it is activated. After the belly drum, substitute can help activate it without taking too much damage. Fire Punch is greater than flare blitz in this circumstance because since Darmanitan will be already at under 25% when the salac berry is activated, recoil damage will quickly kill the Darmanitan. Earthquake lets it hit rock and w water types. Pairing it with Ninetales is a good way to power up fire punch with drought. A necessity to allow it to sweep is to remove or weaken Pokemon with priory and scarf users that are over base 95 speed. Other Options Encore is another good option, locking the opponent into a move and quickly fainting the opponent with its strong attack, or making it easier to switch to a teammate. Sleep Talk is also another good option, making it able to absorb spore and sleep powders. Checks and Counters Due to Darmanitan's low defense and limited movepool, there are many checks and counters to this pokemon. Rhyperior is one of Darmanitan's ultimate counter, resisting Flare Blitz 2x and can OHKO with earthquake. Darmanitan has 0% chance to 3hko a max hp max defense Rhyperior with earthquake. Bulky water type pokemon such as Slowbro and Suicune, Intimidate Salamence and Zygarde are also able to resist all of Darmanitan's attack, and ko it easily. Stealth Rocks are one of its greatness weakness, taking away 25% of its health each time it switches in. There are also many pokemon that can live a flare blitz, such as Hydreigon, Latias, and Terrakion, but they can't take too many hits, and they also fear Darmanitan's other coverage moves if the Darmanitan is not scarf or banded. Flare blitz also takes a lot of recoil damage, so the opponent can wait until Darmanitan is in priority range. Mega Blastoise, Chandelure, and Defensive Arcanine can all wall Darmanitan pretty well. Any comments to help me in the future and to improve this thread would be widely appreciated!