Duraludon Is Not a Pseudo-Legendary Pokémon: Here Is Why

Raihan Duraludon

In the world of Pokémon, some creatures are considered to be stronger than others. The strongest are usually Legendary and/or Mythical Pokémon, but there are very strong “normal” Pokémon that don’t actually fit the above-mentioned groups. One of those Pokémon is Duraludon, the Alloy Pokémon from Generation VIII, whose stats within the Pokémon hierarchy will be our article’s topic.

Article breakdown:
Duraludon is not a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon because he doesn’t fit any of the necessary criteria.
+ He doesn’t have any prior or later evolution, and his base stat total is 535, i.e., it is lower than 600.

Duraludon is not a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon

Raihan’s Gigantamax Duraludon in the anime

Duraludon, the Alloy Pokémon, is a dual Steel/Dragon-type Pokémon first introduced in Generation VIII in the Sword and Shield video games. Duraludon does not have any evolutions (as of yet) but does have a Gigantamax form.

Duraludon is a new Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII as number #884. He is a very strong and also a rare Pokémon and is among the minority of Pokémon that – as of yet – don’t have any evolutions.


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Since he’s relatively new to the series, Duraludon hasn’t had much time to appear in other media but has “collected” a couple of appearances in the anime – Raihan has a Duraludon he uses to battle Leon – and in the manga.

Although he does not have any evolutions, he has a Gigantamax form. The fact that Duraludon doesn’t have any evolutions automatically excludes him from the group of Pseudo-legendary Pokémon, but even if we disregard this element, he still wouldn’t qualify for the group.

Namely, the group demands a base stat total of 600, which Duraludon – despite being strong – doesn’t have. His base stat total looks like this:

Special Attack:120
Special Defence:50

Duraludon’s base stat total is – as you can see – 535, which is below the necessary 600-point mark. This puts Duraludon below some other strong but unsuccessful candidates for Pseudo-legendary status, like Haxorus.

Duraludon’s stats don’t match those of Semi-Pseudo legendaries like Haxorus. While powerful, it has no unique status in the Pokémon hierarchy. To clarify, Duraludon isn’t a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon. Its base stat of 535 is below the 600 mark needed.

Being Pseudo-legendary involves specific criteria, like having three evolutions. Duraludon doesn’t fulfill these, either. He isn’t even considered to be a Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon.

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