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This is a strategy guide for using Dragapult in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, Builds, and Held Items to use with Dragapult, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Dragapult

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dragon Type Ghost Type
Abilities
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.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Ice Image Pokemon Ghost Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Dark Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 1/4x damage
-
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Normal Image Pokemon Fighting Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
88 120 75 100 75 142

Best Nature for Dragapult

What Nature are you running on Dragapult?

Best Natures
Naive
+Spd, -SpDef
Timid
+Spd, -Atk
Jolly
+Spd, -SpAtk

What are Natures?

How to Learn Dragapult's Egg Moves

Curse Inherit from Gastly (learns at Lv.20) or Duskull (learns at Lv.36)

Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult

Standard Moveset & Best Build

Standard Dragapult.png

Nature Naive (+Spd, -Sp.Def)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 164 / Atk 172 / Def 95 / Sp.Atk 120 / Sp.Def 86 / Sp. 213
Ability Clear Body
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Dragon Darts
Fire Blast
U-turn
Phantom Force

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Because Dragapult can use both Physical and Special moves, it's the ideal user for a Life Orb. This build goes in favor of physical attacks, but building Dragapult around a special moveset is also a valid option.

As Dragapult is a tad unreliable defensively, using a Focus Sash is also a good choice. Not only will it bring out Dragapult's strengths as a sweeper itself, but also can help protect it from getting sweeped.

Other Viable Moves

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.

Will-o-Wisp + Substitute Moveset & Best Build

Will-o-Wisp + Substitute Dragapult.png

Nature Timid (+Spd, -Atk)
EV Spread HP 236 / Sp.Atk 20 /Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 193 / Def 95 / Sp.Atk 123 / Sp.Def 95 / Spd 213
Ability Infiltrator
Held Item Leftovers
Moveset Hex
Will-o-Wisp
Substitute
Dragon Pulse

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

Here's the Dragapult set for those who want to take advantage of the Will-o-Wisp + Hex combo attack. Fast Pokemon using Will-o-Wisp on their first turn is a tried and true method proved by Mega Gengar and Talonflame in previous games, and Dragapult is no slouch either.

Giving Dragapult Leftovers is a solid choice for constant HP restoration as well, 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.

Coalossal Support (Doubles) Moveset & Best Build

Coalossal Support (Doubles) Dragapult.png

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 248 / Sp.Def 8 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 194 / Atk 140 / Def 95 / Sp.Atk 108 / Sp.Def 96 / Spd 213
Ability Cursed Body
Held Item Sitrus Berry
Moveset Surf
Ally Switch
Dragon Darts
Thunder Wave

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

This Dragapult set eschews offense in favor of a more supportive role for Doubles with its partner Coalossal. The goal is to use Surf on the first turn, hitting Coalossal, and ensuring it gets the boost from Weakness Policy on its turn.

A Jolly Nature and 0 Sp.Atk IVs ensures its partner takes as little damage from Surf as possible. Dragon Darts is the preferred STAB move to break Focus Sash and Sturdy.

Dragapult's other moves are for supporting its ally on the suceeding turns. Coalossal will most likely be the target of strong super-effective moves on the second turn. Ally Switch allows Dragapult to switch places with its partner, saving it from a potential KO and even a chance to disable a contact move thanks to Cursed Body.

Thunder Wave rounds off the set, giving your team fast speed control thanks to Dragapult's blistering speed. Due to the fast-paced nature of Doubles,Sitrus Berry is the superior held item as it heals more than Leftovers.

Other Viable Moves

Will-o-Wisp An alternative to Thunder Wave, allowing Dragapult to cut an opposing Pokemon's attack with a burn.
Confuse Ray Better accuracy than Thunder Wave and can stack with other status conditions such as Burn, Freeze, and Paralyze.
Breaking Swipe An alternate physical STAB move that hits all opposing Pokemon in doubles and lowers their Attack by one stage.
Light Screen Allows Dragapult to boost the team's special defence for 5 turns.

Life Orb Special Attacker Set & Best Build

Life Orb Special Attacker Dragapult.png

Nature Modest (+Sp.Atk, -Atk)
EV Spread Sp.Atk 252 / Sp.Def 4 / Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 163 / Atk 126 / Def 95 / Sp.Atk 167 / Sp.Def 96 / Spd 194
Ability Clear Body
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Draco Meteor
Thunder
Fire Blast
Solar Beam

These values are from base stats and ideal EVs, excluding external factors.

This build focuses on maximizing damage by taking advantage of Dragapult's high Special Attack Stat, and diverse movepool.

The moveset allows for a wide range of coverage, while also each having more than 100 Base Power for each move. With the boost from Life Orb, the damage should be able to take out even defensive walls such as Ferrothorn.

How to Use Dragapult Effectively

An unpredictable attacker

Cute Dragapult.png

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.

Lead with Dragapult and U-turn out

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.

A support player that takes advantage of its high speed

Dragapult Will-o-Wisp.png

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.

How to Build a Team with Dragapult

Dragapult's immediate offensive presence and capability to go physical and special lets it fit comfortably in a variety of teams in both Singles and Doubles teams.

Hyper Offense Dragapult

Dragapult is a popular choice for main or back-up sweeper in Hyper Offense teams thanks to its blistering speed and access to great coverage moves.

Check out our article below to learn the basics on how to build an offensive-oriented team.

How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

Counters for Dragapult

Wall it with a Fairy-type

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl Ranking:★★★★★
・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
Grimmsnarl Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Sylveon ImageSylveon Ranking:★★★・・
・High Special Defense allow it to hold off a Special-leaning Dragapult
・Watch out for Steel Wing, which can deal heavy damage
Sylveon Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Hit first and hard with Priority Moves

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.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Bisharp ImageBisharp Ranking:★★★★★
・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
Mamoswine ImageMamoswine Ranking:★★★・・
・Ice Shard hits Dragapult where it hurts
・Can use Icicle Spear to break through Focus Sash
Mamoswine Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Weavile ImageWeavile Ranking:★★★・・
・Ice Shard hits Dragapult where it hurts

Best Teams Featuring Dragapult

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Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player

Best Team for Ranked Battle from a World Top 3 Player
Dragapult ImageDragapult Excadrill ImageExcadrill Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl
Togekiss ImageTogekiss Snorlax ImageSnorlax Cloyster ImageCloyster

This is the primary set used by a former World Top 3 from a previous game in the series. Despite that daunting promise, it's an easy set to use for beginners, as the order to use Pokemon and which moves should be used are readily apparent. Not only that, but the set is carefully sculpted to be highly effective and dangerous even in the upper echelons of the Master Ball tier.
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