Is Duraludon a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon?


Is Duraludon a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon?

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 stat within the Pokémon hierarchy is going to be the topic of our article.

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.

Pokémon, which is short for Pocket Monsters, is a media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and Ken Sugimori back in 1995. It is a fantasy franchise set in a world where humans live together with creatures called Pokémon, who take on different shapes and sizes. It started off as a series of video games for the Game Boy console, but soon expanded to other media. The video games and the anime (including the connected films) are the most popular brands today, although the franchise has expanded to even live-action movies like Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Now that we’ve given you a good introduction, let us see whether Haxorus is a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon.

What are Pseudo-legendary Pokémon?

Before we get into some of the details, we have to explain what Pseudo-legendary Pokémon actually are. Namely, unlike true Legendary Pokémon, Pseudo-legendary Pokémon aren’t an official group, but rather a fan term for Pokémon whose strength rivals that of Legendary Pokémon, but they themselves aren’t really part of that group.

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon (also called the 600 Club) are Pokémon that have a three-stage evolution line and base stat total of exactly 600 (before Mega Evolution, if the Pokémon even has one). They also need to have 1,250,000 experience at level 100, which is the highest level a Pokémon can reach; this last condition is not always listed, as some fans consider it to be unnecessary, but whether you use it or omit it, it doesn’t change anything in the group itself.

These Pokémon are usually very rare and are almost as strong as Legendary Pokémon, but aren’t Legendary per se. Why is that? Well, first of all, they’re just “normal” Pokémon that can be found in the wild.

They are stronger than most other Pokémon, but they don’t have any inherent abilities that would make them Legendary (e.g. like when Groudon can control the land, or Celebi can travel through time).

They also evolve (which is very, very rare for Legendary Pokémon and was introduced in later generations as an addition), they have genders (which is also uncommon for Legendary Pokémon) and they can be bred (something you cannot do with Legendary Pokémon).

There’s also more than one of them, while Legendary Pokémon are usually unique (albeit we now have Galarian versions of the Legendary Birds, so who knows what’s going to happen later on…).

As of summer 2020, Pseudo-legendary Pokémon are:

PokémonTypeGenerationEvolution IEvolution II
DragoniteDragon/FlyingIDratiniDragonair
TyranitarRock/DarkIILarvitarPupitar
SalamenceDragon/FlyingIIIBagonShelgon
MetagrossSteel/PsychicIIIBeldumMetang
GarchompDragon/GroundIVGibleGabite
HydreigonDark/DragonVDeinoZweilous
GoodraDragonVIGoomy Sliggoo
Kommo-oDragon/FightingVIIJangmo-oHakamo-o
DragapultDragon/GhostVIIIDreepyDrakloak

Pseudo-legendary Pokémon are an “official” fan group and are not an official classification by the creators and owners of the Pokémon franchise.

Before we continue, we have to tell you about another group, which is also a fan group, but this one – albeit used – isn’t even an official fan group, but an unofficial one. This group is called Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon and consists of Pokémon that are often mistaken to be Pseudo-legendary due to fitting some of the criteria, but don’t actually have a base stat total of 600, but lower.

Duraludon

Now that we’ve walked you through the general concepts you need to know before comprehending everything, let us see Duraludon’s place within the usual Pokémon hierarchy.

Duraludon
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. 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 so his “evolution” line is as follows:

File:884Duraludon.png
w/ Dynamax Band
File:884Duraludon-Gigantamax.png
Duraludon(Gigantamax Factor)Gigantamax Duraludon

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

StatValue
HP:70
Attack:95
Defense:115
Special Attack:120
Special Defence:50
Speed:85
Total535

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. These stats aren’t even that good that we could consider Duraludon to be a Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon like the above-mentioned Haxorus. Duraludon is just a strong, but completely normal Pokémon and has absolutely no special status within the hierarchy.

There you have it. This is the story of Duraludon and his status in the Pokémon hierarchy. As described, Duraludon is not considered to be a Pseudo-legendary Pokémon mainly because his base stat total is 5353, which is below the necessary 600.

This is the primary criterium for a Pokémon to be considered Pseudo-legendary, but Duraludon doesn’t satisfy other criteria as well, especially the one requiring three evolutions.

He isn’t even considered to be a Semi-Pseudo legendary Pokémon. We hope we’ve cleared everything up for you so keep following us for more interesting articles! Until next time!

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