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I don’t think its bad Special Defense is as big of an issue as you are making it out to be. Yes it is bad in comparison to Dialga, but Steel/Dragon is weak to Fighting and Ground, which are both physically-oriented types. Duraladon’s Defense is only slightly lower than Dialga’s.Its utterly awful Special Defense stat. That Achilles Heel must be played around, for sending Duraludon out against the wrong opponent will drop it faster than you can say oops.
I actually kinda feel bad for Duraludon. You can tell GameFreak put a lot of effort into making this pseudo-rival counterpart to Tyranitar, but it just falls short in too many departments to be considered competitively viable in the higher tiers. It has excellent defense and special attack, but is let down by poor special defense, HP, and base 85 speed with no means of boosting it further. The movepool also leaves a lot to be desired, and you would think a Pokemon that looks like a gun would at least have access to Ice Beam and Flamethrower, but no. Too frail on the special side to be truly defensive despite good defensive typing, too slow to be a reliable sweeper. This thing was supposed to be popular, but instead it just became a neglected mess of a Pokemon that didn't live up to its own ambitions. Honestly, I would rather use Aggron despite its 4x weakness to Ground and Fighting attacks.
It's not "bad in comparison to Dialga"; Duraludon's special defense stat of 50 is just bad. For perspective, it has less special bulk than Greninja. The issue of low special defense is tangential to its weaknesses, because that low special defense also means it struggles to endure neutral hits, as most neutral special attacks can 2HKO or even 1HKO it.I don’t think its bad Special Defense is as big of an issue as you are making it out to be. Yes it is bad in comparison to Dialga, but Steel/Dragon is weak to Fighting and Ground, which are both physically-oriented types. Duraladon’s Defense is only slightly lower than Dialga’s.
Or in formats where the powerful Legendary/Mythical Pokémon are restricted in quantity. There hasn't been something like that in yet in which both Dialga and Duraludon can be used, but I do recall the latter half of Generation VII official rules where you were allowed up to two such Pokémon per team where Mega Camerupt continued to see use even where Primal Groudon was allowed, and same with Flygon where Zygarde 100% was allowed. In those cases, there was typically some other powerful Legendary/Mythical Pokémon that they wanted on their team even more. I saw that happen in the Battle of Legends event last month, where some people (particularly Japanese players) had Dracozolt on their teams when they were allowed Zekrom--they had chosen Zacian, Mewtwo, Necrozma, or some other non-Zekrom Legendary/Mythical for their one allotted no-restrictions team slot.Duraludon shouldn't be compared to Dialga anyways; if you have the option of using either one you're probably going with Dialga in almost any circumstance. Duraludon sees usage in formats where Dialga can't be used.