Durant, The Iron Ant Pokémon. They attack in groups, covering themselves in steel armor to protect themselves from Heatmor. Durant dig nests in mountains. They build their complicated, interconnected tunnels into mazes.Individuals each play different roles in driving Heatmor, their natural predator, away from their colony.
Durant is a very interesting Pokemon, being set in the speed tier right in between the Lati twins and the Musketeer pseudo-trio. Unfortunately, being a Pokemon with a 4x weakness to Fire kind of hampers his ability to sweep, and has placed the steel ant into the RarelyUsed (RU) tier. Durant does have great Attack and Defense stats, though its Special Defense is rather lacking, and unfortunately most Fire type moves are special also. The ability Hustle boosts Durant's attack even further (though paired with an accuracy drop), making Durant a formidable threat in some circumstances. Overall, Durant can be a great Pokemon to use, but only under the right conditions.
Swarm: Boosts Bug moves by 50% when Durant is at 1/3 HP or less, a decent ability but not as good as the permanent effects of Hustle.
Kevin Durant Leading the Way
This is one of the two more prominent sets you'll see on Durant. Hone Claws boosts Durant's already high attack stat and also fully nullifies the accuracy drop from Hustle, making Durant very formidable. X-Scissor hits Pokemon such as Slowking for high damage with the helpful addition of STAB, while Iron Head neutrally hits quite a few threats that X-Scissor doesn't touch. The last option is dependent on what you need Durant to hit, Superpower destroying Steels, Thunder Fang dealing with bulky Water types, and Rock Slide knocking Flyings out of the air, as well as getting rid of Fire types that would otherwise likely KO Durant.
Getting a Little Durantsy
This Durant set requires less time to get done what it needs to thanks to Choice Band, but will require better prediction in order not to become set up bait. X-Scissor and Iron Head both get STAB and provide great coverage. Superpower hits Steels types which otherwise wall Durant entirely, and the last moveslot is dependent on which threats you want to cover. The accuracy drop from Hustle can be a pain, so you can always switch to coverage moves with higher accuracy so you don't have to worry as much. Life Orb can also be used over Choice Band if you want more freedom of action and don't want to have to rely on prediction as much as you have to with it.
Agility, Baton Pass, Crunch, Entrainment, Iron Defense, Rock Polish, Shadow Claw, Stone Edge, Substitute, Thunder Wave
Double & Triple Battle Options
In most cases, Durant is severely outclassed by either Scizor or Escavalier, as Scizor can hit very hard and has priority, while Escavalier can take advantage of the ever common Trick Room. Durant is kind of the middle ground between the two, but the other two are often better in this format.
Anything that can reliably handle Special Attackers and Fire types pairs very well with Durant. Anything that can take down Defensive walls also helps Durant a lot. If you're running a Truant/Entrainment set, then Gothitelle with Shadow Tag is a welcome partner
Qwilfish and Poliwrath are the top of the list for non-Thunder Fang Durant (and Qwilfish can still handle it), as they are both resist its STAB moves and deal with it either through Intimidate/Scald/Circle Throw. Most Electric, Steel, or Fire types generally do well against Durant (things like Rotom, Manectric, Sttelix, Escavalier, Aggron, Moltres, Typhlosion), though they have to worry about it running certain coverage moves. Choice Scarf users and anything that outspeeds it (like Sceptile or Accelgor) also can generally OHKO it before it can fire off an attack.
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