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How to catch Duraludon in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Published: 17/Sep/2020 22:29

by Brent Koepp



Pokemon Trainers trying to complete their Sword & Shield Pokedex may still be looking for the incredibly hard to find dragon Duraludon. Here is the best way to catch the majestic Steel monster. 

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation witch the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The Nintendo Switch RPG introduced players to a wealth of new monsters in the Galar region, as well as new locations and features.


While many have already gone on to beat the title’s campaign, some may still be struggling to find Duraludon to complete their Pokedex. The Gen VIII Dragon is one of the hardest characters to catch.

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The Steel/Dragon type made its debut in Sword & Shield.

How to get Duraludon in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Duraludon was first introduced in Sword & Shield, and is one of the signature monsters of Dragon-type Gym Leader Raihan. According to its Pokedex entry, the ‘mon’s metal coated body is extremely lightweight.


Its most striking feature is its skyscraper tower-like body, and it is also one of the hardest characters to find in eighth gen RPG.

While it can be found wandering around in the overworld of Route 10, its spawn rate is only 1%. Thankfully, there is a second location that doubles those odds. Note: you need the Rotom bike to have the water riding upgrade, which you get on Route 9.

lake of outrage pokemon sword shield map
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The rare Dragon can also be found on the Lake of Outrage for a higher spawn rate.

How to catch Duraludon

  • Step 1: Go into the System Settings on your Nintendo Switch. Then scroll down to System and click Date & Time. Turn Synchronize Clock via Internet off. Change your date to February 1, 2020.
  • Step 2: Load up your save and fast travel to Hammerlocke Hills. Then head to the Lake of Outrage on your map. You will need to ride your bike across the body of water, and upon arrival it should be snowstorm weather due to the change in date.
  • Step 3: Duraludon only spawns in a surprise battle. So run around in the tall grass until you see a red explanation mark. Repeat this process over and over again until it finally attacks you.
  • Step 4: Once you battle it, it is recommended you use a Pokemon with False Swipe, Paralyze, or Sleep moves to increase your catch chance. And that’s it! 

The Galar Dragon can only be found in a snowstorm weather, so it’s important you follow step one. You might be running around for 30 minutes as the spawn rate is only 2%, but it’s better than the 1% Overworld rate on Route 10. 


According to Serebii, the Pokemon can also be found in three 5-star Max Raid battles, and is also available in its G-Max form at the Giant’s Seat location if you are lucky enough.

Raid Den locations

  • Dusty Bowl
  • Giant’s Seat
  • Stony Wilderness

Gigantamax Raid Battles

  • Giant’s Seat
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The Steel/Dragon can be found in Max Raids in its G-Max form.

Daraludon has already become a fan favorite since its debut in Gen VIII, and was even heavily featured in the Twilight Wings anime.

Sword & Shield has continued to crush it in sales since its release in 2019. This year, it was revealed to be the third fastest-selling title in the Pokemon franchise.


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.