All Donphan weaknesses and Best Counters in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

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Donphan has seen a lot of love in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. The Paldea region is home to two Paradox Pokémon, Great Tusk and Iron Threads, both of which are designed after the Ground-type Pokémon. However, Donphan is no slouch in battle, which may leave you wondering what Donphan is weak against and what the best counter is in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

What is Donphan weak to in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet?

Donphan is a pure Ground-type Pokémon, meaning it has the traditional weaknesses you would expect. But you will need to be careful, as Donphan has fantastic coverage moves that can potentially counter all its weaknesses. Here are all of Donphan's weaknesses in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

  • Water - 2x Weak
  • Grass - 2x Weak
  • Ice - 2x Weak

Related: How to get Iron Treads in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

How to counter Donphan in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Donphan's Ground-type only gives it three weaknesses, all of which it has coverage moves for. This makes challenging Donphan tricky, especially considering its great Attack, Defense, and HP. Its Speed is low, and it has okay Special Defense, meaning you will want a special attacker to take this thing down.

We recommend a strong, bulky special attacker like Slowbro, Arboliva, or Glaceon. These Pokémon can take hits from Donphan and return in kind. As they have higher Defense than Donphan has Special Defense, you should be able to whittle down its health before it takes your Pokémon out.

For more information on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, check out How to beat Paradox Donphan the Quaking Earth Titan in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet and Can you breed Paradox Pokemon in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet? on Pro Game Guides.

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