This is a strategy guide for using Dragapult in competitive play. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV builds, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Dragapult, as well as its strengths and weak points.
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|Evolution and Moveset||Build for Ranked Battle|
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|Pokemon||Type 1||Type 2|
|Clear Body||Prevents other Pokemon from lowering its stats.|
|Infiltrator||Passes through the foe's barrier and strikes.|
|Cursed Body (Hidden)||May disable a move used on the Pokemon.|
|HP||Attack||Defense||Sp. Atk||Sp. Def||Speed|
What Nature are you running on Dragapult?
|EV Spread||Atk. 252, Spd. 252, HP 4|
|Held Item||Life Orb|
Because Dragapult can use both Physical and Special moves, it's the ideal user for Life Orb. This build goes in favor of physical attacks, but building Dragapult around a special moveset is a valid option.
As Dragapult is a tad unreliable defensively, Focus Sash is also a good choice. Not only will it bring out Dragapult's strengths as a sweeper itself, but also can help it hold back an opponent's sweeper.
|Steel Wing||Strong hitter against Fairy-types. Max Steelspike's effect of raising Defense is also a draw.|
|Shadow Ball||An alternate option for the hard-to-use Phantom Force. A solid option for a Special-leaning Dragapult.|
|Flamethrower||An alternate option for Fire Blast. Its increased accuracy helps, but the decreased power takes away from its OHKO and 2HKO potential.|
|Draco Meteor||For a Special-focused Dragapult. A powerful move with a downside of a 2-stage Special Defense drop - make sure your opponent can't take advantage of it.|
|EV Spread||Spd. 252, HP 236, Sp.Atk. 20|
Here's the Dragapult set for those who want to take advantage of the Will-o-Wisp + Hex combo attack. Fast Pokemon bringing out a Will-o-Wisp on their first turn out is a tried and true method proved by Mega Gengar and Talonflame in previous games, and Dragapult is no slouch either.
Leftovers is a solid choice for constant HP restoration, allowing it to take advantage of Substitute. Its Speed is also pushed to the max, with the remaining EVs in Special Attack to make Dragapult a powerful defensive hitter.
As players can run a Dragapult with either Physical or Special attacks, it's truly a Pokemon which cannot be read easily. With a wide movepool and several fearsome moves to keep opponents on their toes, it's proved itself as a top-class attacker.
Leading with Dragapult, you can bait the opponent into switching out, only to follow with your own U-turn and switch in a Pokemon to counter the newly switched-in foe. With a blistering speed of 142, Dragapult is a great scout to find out what cards are stacked against you.
Dragapult can round out its moveset with Thunder Wave, Will-o-Wisp, Light Screen, and other support moves to make it a stellar setup player. And with its high speed, even Taunt, the ultimate foe of support Pokemon, can't stop Dragapult completely.
Just like any other Dragon type, Fairy-types are a weak spot for Dragapult. Pokemon with the Fairy typing that can also take Ghost-type moves with 1/2x or less damage will be able to handle Dragapult without a problem.
・Can take almost all of Dragapult's attacks with 1/2x or less damage
・Can hit with the Priority Move Sucker Punch for immediate super effective damage
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・High Special Defense allow it to hold off a Special-leaning Dragapult
・Watch out for Steel Wing, which can deal heavy damage
The Ice-type Priority Move Ice Shard and the Dark-type Priority Move Sucker Punch can hit Dragapult's weak points. Pokemon who can match these moves while also withstanding Dragapult's attacks make for effective counters.
・Type matchup allows it to take most of Dragapult's moves with 1/2x or 1/4x damage
・Can use Sucker Punch to hit Dragapult's weak point
・Ice Shard hits Dragapult where it hurts
・Can use Icicle Spear to break through Focus Sash
・Ice Shard hits Dragapult where it hurts
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