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Pokémon Scarlet & Violet: How to Use (& Counter) Dondozo & Tatsugiri in Double Battles

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet began its Video Game Championships Battle Series 1, introducing the newest strategy made for doubles which features Dondozo and Tatsugiri. This powerful Water-type duo is eligible for battle because it is a native Pokémon to the Paldea region. Additionally, a team with Dondozo and Tatsugiri can have many different abilities, items, Tera Types, and teammates that make it the highlight of any team. Understanding what each of these Pokémon do will give trainers an easier time countering it.

At Casseroya Lake, Dondozo and Tatsugiri are very common finds and are both some of the main story-line’s Pokémon, like The Quaking Earth Titan in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. After finding them, hatching them, or getting them from a trade, trainers should pay attention to Dondozo and Tatsugiri’s Individual Values, Effort Values, and Natures.

For example, consider making Dondozo Jolly Nature with at least 212 Speed because, at twice its speed stat, it outruns Maushold or Garchomp. Additionally, when training Tatsugiri, Modest or Timid Nature Mints should be given to it to max its Special Attack, as Tatsugiri can counter any physical wall that Dondozo cannot break through.

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The secret behind Dondozo’s power is in its Tatsugiri in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet double battles. Tatsugiri was given a symbiotic ability to Dondozo called Commander, which according to the Pokémon Database, “goes into the mouth of Dondozo…and issues commands from there.” Much like when a trainer gets a power after eating every sandwich recipe in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, Dondozo then receives a 2x buff to all of its base stats, becoming the only one on the field in play for the trainer. Unfortunately, this is risky since Dondozo can be targeted by the moves which can erase this boost. To prevent this, make sure to immediately take out hazardous Pokémon that can use Haze or Tera Type Dondozo to Steel-type, making it immune to the Poison-type move Clear Smog.

At the beginning of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet‘s VGC Series 1, trainers recognized a unique strategy accompanying Dondozo and Tatsugiri by adding a Flamigo, one of the best Fighting-type Pokémon in Scarlet & Violet. To recall, when Tatsugiri activates its ability, the only active Pokémon on the field is Dondozo. However, knocking out Tatsugiri while Dondozo is on the field can help the trainer even out the battlefield and send out another Pokémon. Additionally, by giving Tatsugiri a Toxic Orb, Tatsugiri will faint quicker inside Dondozo, allowing the trainer to send out another Pokémon after it falls. Finally, when Flamigo enters the battlefield, it copies its ally’s stat changes with its ability Costar becoming instantly stronger and faster.

Before considering making a Dondozo-Tatsugiri team, test out VGC Ranked Battles using a Rental Team in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. According to YouTuber Aaron “Cybertron” Zheng, the code T4MAHV, made by the creator Zeen, gives trainers a great start at understanding the concept of Dondozo and Tatsugiri better. This team contains Meowscarada, Sylveon, Arcanine, Gholdengo, Dondozo, and Tatsugiri and are easy to maneuver with an even spread of Special and Physical Attackers. As always, out-predicting and out-playing the opponent is the goal, so to make way for Dondozo’s win condition, always consider what Pokémon the opponent is battling with.

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Source: Pokémon Database, YouTube/CybertronVGC, Twitter/Zeen

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