Durant Pokemon Guide: A Steel Ant With A Steely Personality

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Pokemon is a game that has been passed on from generation to generation, with each new age of gaming ushering in even more Pokemon to fill the roster and that is already bursting at the seams with wonderfully creative and interesting Pokemon.

Yet despite wave after wave of new monsters, we always crave more from Game Freak and Nintendo and they always do their best to oblige. It’s part of the reason why Pokemon has stood the test of time and remained one of the most popular gaming franchises ever.

However, with all these Pokemon taking up space on the Pokedex, it can be difficult to commit to memory every single fact, stat, and moveset that belongs to each Pokemon. So with that in mind, we have decided to create a series of Pokemon guides, giving you all the information you could ever need about each and every Pokemon within the series.

In this guide, we take a look at the Durant Pokemon. A bug and steel dual-type Pokemon that was first introduced in Generation V of the Pokemon series. This intimidating bug is a great asset to any Pokemon party and we aim to show you why. Here is our essential Pokemon guide for Durant.

What is a Durant Pokemon?

Durant is a steel and bug dual-type Pokemon that was introduced to the Pokemon series in generation V. In terms of appearance, this Pokemon is unsurprisingly very similar to the real world insect, the ant. This Pokemon is split into three sections, the abdomen, the thorax, and the head.

The abdomen and thorax are rather similar with a steely, metallic coating at the top and a black underbelly. It looks as though the metal has been welded shut and acts as armor for this Pokemon in battle. Then as for the head, the Pokemon has two antennae, glowing red eyes and its head is also encased in metal.

Plus the Pokemon has two sharp mandibles that look capable of doing some devastating piercing damage. Additionally, the Pokemon has six legs that are not coated in metal.

This Pokemon behaves very similarly to real-world ants. It lives in colonies with other Durant, it creates elaborate mazes underground so that it can stay hidden and it is a very territorial Pokemon that will not hesitate to attack if it feels threatened.

This Pokemon’s natural predator is Heatmor, so Durant grows metal skin to protect itself from this Pokemon’s attacks. These Pokemon tend to attack in pacts and protect one another from their predators and often have to act as a colony to protect their young from Sandaconda. Durant when not under duress is a rather calm Pokemon that feeds mainly on leaves and vegetation.

This Pokemon is number 632 in the Pokedex, is 0.3 meters tall, weighs approximately 33 kilograms, has a medium/fast growth rate, and has a catch rate of 20.1%. Here is a video showing Durant’s comparison against its predator Heatmor so you can see exactly what this Pokemon has to offer:

Does Durant Appear in the Anime?

Durant does make three appearances in the anime with one being a more major role and the others being cameo appearances. Durant made their debut appearance in the episode Battling the Leaf Thieves! In this episode, the durant are working as a colony to gather food but accidentally take Iris’ Axew too. So this episode sees the gang try and recover Axew from the Durant army. This was the only major appearance that Durant has made in the anime series.

The minor appearances were in the Japanese only series Pokemon Journeys. In the episode Shuffle Panic in the Underground Labyrinth!? Durant appears and is eventually captured by Goh. Then the other minor appearance was in the episode, Sword and Shield: From Here to Eternatus! In this episode, Oleana’s subordinate battles using a Durant to fight Sonia. However before this can happen, Raihan sends out a Duraludon which deals with Durant in the next episode.

Does Durant Appear in Any Pokemon Movies?

Yes, Durant does appear in a Pokemon movie. In Genesect and the Legend Awakened several Durant can be seen living in the Pokemon Hills and during the movie, the Durant attack Team Rocket. Durant may not be cute, cuddly or affectionate but it managed to carve out a little bit of screen time in a major Pokemon feature movie. We wouldn’t bet on this Pokemon having another chance to do so for quite some time but it’s nice to see that this Pokemon was given its moment in the spotlight.

How Good is Durant’s Pokemon Trading Card?

Durant in its short time within the Pokemon series has managed to feature in a whopping eleven Pokemon TCG cards since its introduction to the series in generation five. Now, as you would expect, a lot of these cards are very similar to one another. So instead of going through each and every one, we will be taking a look at the original Durant TCG card and then giving you our opinion regarding which of these Durant cards is the best of the bunch.

Durant Pokemon Guide

Beginning with the original Durant card, this card debuted in the Noble Victories expansion pack and is a basic, metal-type card. This Pokemon card has 70HP, has a standard move called devour which allows players to discard one card from their opponent’s deck for every Durant card that they have on the field of play.

Then the card’s special attack is the vice grip which does thirty damage. This is a great card if you have a deck that is lined with other Durant cards. However, on its own, it’s a little underwhelming and for that reason, it’s not our pick of the bunch.

That honor goes to the Sword & Shield expansion Durant TCG card. This Pokemon card has one move called bite together. When used normally, this move does a respectable thirty damage. However, if you have a Durant card on your bench, this move will deal ninety damage.

This makes this Pokemon card a real hard hitter if used correctly and if you can get two of these on the field, you could be unstoppable in the early stages of a match. However, we feel we must give an honorable mention to the Flashfire Durant card for its ability to discard cards straight from your opponent’s hand at random.

Durant In The Pokemon Video Games

Durant was first introduced in Generation V, meaning that this Pokemon made its debut in Pokemon Black and White. However, since then this Pokemon has had the privilege of featuring in several other main Pokemon games and spin-offs. However, you may be wondering which ones exactly. Well, allow us to inform you. Here is every Pokemon game that Durant has featured in:

  • Pokemon Black
  • Pokemon White
  • Pokemon White II
  • Pokemon Black II
  • Pokemon X
  • Pokemon Y
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokemon Sun
  • Pokemon Moon
  • Pokemon Ultra Sun
  • Pokemon Ultra Moon
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Rumble Blast
  • Pokemon Rumble U
  • Pokemon Battle Trozei
  • Pokemon Shuffle
  • Pokemon Rumble World
  • Pokemon Rumble Rush

What Moves Can Durant Learn?

Durant is primarily a steel and bug-type Pokemon, so most of the Pokemon’s moves are within this particular wheelhouse. However, there are several defensive moves, physical moves, and various other anomalies that can be used to great effect if you want to catch your opponent off guard. However, you may be wondering what Durant has to offer. Well, here is a complete rundown of all the moves that Durant can use within the Pokemon video games:

Learned Moves:

  • Fury cutter
  • Sand attack
  • Vice grip
  • Metal claw
  • Beat up
  • Big bite
  • Bite
  • Agility
  • Dig
  • X-scissor
  • Crunch
  • Metal sound
  • Entrainment
  • Iron head
  • Iron Defense
  • Guillotine

Taught Moves:

  • Giga impact
  • Thunder wave
  • Dig
  • Screech
  • Rest
  • Rock slide
  • Protect
  • Snore
  • Attract
  • Sand storm
  • Beat up
  • Facade
  • Helping hand
  • Rock tomb
  • Shadow claw
  • Thunder fang
  • Round
  • Retaliate
  • Stomping tantrum
  • Agility
  • Substitute
  • Endure
  • Sleep talk
  • Baton pass
  • Crunch
  • Superpower
  • Iron defence
  • X-scissor
  • Energy ball
  • Flash cannon
  • Iron head
  • Stone edge
  • Aerial ace
  • Confide
  • Cut
  • Double team
  • Endeavour
  • Feint attack
  • Frustration
  • Hidden power
  • Hone claws
  • Return
  • Rock climb
  • Rock polish
  • Rock smash
  • Secret power
  • Strength
  • Swagger
  • Toxic

Breeding Moves:

  • First impression
  • Flail
  • Infestation
  • Metal burst
  • Struggle bug

What is the Best Moveset For Durant?

A lot of the moves above have their place in battle depending on the context. However, as you will know, competitive Pokemon battling is all about having a consistent strategy that is adaptable when put under pressure. So with this in mind, you may be wondering what moves are best when it comes to the Pokemon Durant. Well, we think we have the answers you need. Here is the optimal moveset for Durant in the Pokemon video game series:

  • Hone claws
  • Iron head
  • Superpower
  • Crunch

What is Durant Weak/Strong Against?

durant pokemon

Durant is a dual-type Pokemon which ultimately means that this Pokemon will have more weaknesses, but equally, more resistances against other Pokemon. However, in the case of Durant, it only has one true weakness which is fire-type Pokemon which will do 4x the normal damage another Pokemon might endure.

Then in terms of resistances, this Pokemon can hold its own against normal, bug, steel, grass, psychic, ice, dragon, and fairy type Pokemon. Plus, this Pokemon has complete immunity against poison-type moves. Here is a full rundown of this Pokemon’s weaknesses, resistances, and immunities:


  • Fire


  • Grass
  • Fairy
  • Dragon
  • Normal
  • Bug
  • Steel
  • Psychic
  • Ice


  • Poison

How to Catch Durant in The Pokemon Games

When it comes to games like Pokemon Sword and Shield or X and Y, Durant is a pretty easy Pokemon to encounter. The relatively low catch rate of 20.1% can make it a somewhat tricky task but in the grand scale of things, it’s a pretty easy one to add to your Pokedex.

However, if you happen to be playing games such as Pokemon Sun and Moon, or Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby, you will have to trade with another trainer to obtain this Pokemon which can be a pain if you don’t know someone willing to trade a Durant. So with this in mind, we would say that this is a somewhat uncommon Pokemon.

Does Durant Evolve?

While a lot of bug Pokemon within the series have a basic form, a cocoon form, and a final form, Durant doesn’t follow this trend. This Pokemon doesn’t evolve at all no matter how high you raise its level. This may change in future generations but for now, Durant is this Pokemon’s first and only form.

What Are Durant’s Base Stats?

Durant is a Pokemon that is built for swift action and enduring the inevitable backlash. That translates to great speed and physical stats. However, the Pokemon doesn’t have a lot of hit points to work with and cannot deal or take damage well when it comes to special attacks. Here is a full rundown of the base stats for the Pokemon Durant:

  • HP: 58
  • Defense: 112
  • Attack: 109
  • SP Attack: 48
  • SP Defense: 48
  • Speed: 109

What Does A Shiny Durant Look Like?

A shiny durant is subtle in its change from standard to shiny. However, unlike some of the subtle changes that come off as lazy and underwhelming, this one avoids this. The shiny Durant differs from the original by swapping the chrome armor for some very stylish rose gold armor.

We get that rose gold isn’t for everyone but you have to admit, it’s a lot fancier than standard silver. So if you want to change things up and get your hands on a Durant that’s a little more up-market, then get out there and get shiny hunting.

Daring and Durable Durant

As you can see from the information above, Durant is a wonderful Pokemon, even if it doesn’t have any evolutions. This Pokemon is durable, hits hard, and is very speedy making it a competitive wall breaker. Plus, if you breed a Durant with the hidden ability truant, you will find that even more competitive tactics become available to you. So if you want a bug Pokemon that has a little more bite and resolve than most, be sure to add Durant to your Pokedex.


Question: Which Steel Pokemon is the Strongest?

Answer: Within the Pokemon series, there are several typologies that have only come into play later in the series. Types like dark, fairy and steel types to name a few popped up later down the line. Meaning that there has been less time for these types to play host to powerful Pokemon. Yet despite this, plenty of powerful options are available for each of these new types. So just for fun, let’s take a look at the top five steel types within the Pokemon series and rank them:
• Aegislash
• Heatran
• Empoleon
• Jirachi
• Excadrill
For our money, the sword and shield-inspired Pokemon Aegislash is our pick of the litter. This Pokemon has incredible attacking and defensive potential. This Pokemon may not have a lot of recovery options which is the only real chink in its armour but aside from this, it’s an incredible competitive Pokemon and one that you should add to your rotation.

Question: What is a Wallbreaker Pokemon?

Answer: A wallbreaker Pokemon is a Pokemon that has such a high attack or special attack high enough to render any protective wall, defensive boosting or trick moves useless. These moves refer to but are not limited to moves such as substitute, iron defence or trick. If you are able to boost the stats of these Pokemon or give them powerful moves that are virtually impossible to defend against, it is very tricky to put up walls to defend against them. Hence the term, wall breaker Pokemon.

Question: Why is Durant’s Truant Ability Important?

Answer: If you have a Pokemon that has a truant ability, it can be a pain. Just think how powerful that Slaking would be without this ability. However, in the case of Durant, this can be used to your advantage thanks to a move called Entrainment. This move allows you to give other Pokemon this ability.
So through this, you can limit another Pokemon to one turn every two turns, have a sweeper Pokemon on standby, and then have this Pokemon learn to protect to ensure that you don’t get blasted away in the first turn. Then you get a free hit. It’s a great tactic for the Battle Maison and has its place within competitive battling, however, it is a pretty telegraphed move and easy to work around if you know what’s happening.
So that is our essential Pokemon handbook giving you all the info you could possibly need about the Pokemon, Durant. What did you make of this guide? Was this helpful and informative? Are there any other Pokemon you would love to see a guide for? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.


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