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

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Basic Information for Dracozolt

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Electric Type Dragon Type
Abilities
Volt Absorb Restores HP if hit by an Electric-type move.
Hustle Boosts the Attack stat, but lowers accuracy.
Sand Rush (Hidden) Boosts the Pokemon's Speed in a sandstorm.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
-
Takes 2x damage
Ice Image Ground Image Dragon Image Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Fire Image Water Image Grass Image Flying Image Steel Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Electric Image
Takes 0x damage
-

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
90 100 90 80 70 75

Best Nature for Dracozolt

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Strategies for Dracozolt

Choice Scarf Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Atk. 152 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 90 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 139
Ability Hustle
Held Item Choice Scarf
Moveset Bolt Beak
Low Kick
Earthquake
Outrage

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

With Dracozolt's exclusive move, Bolt Beak, as its main attack, it relies on the Choice Scarf to hit first and deal massive damage. Bolt Beak's effect causes it to deal double damage when it attacks first, so its speed is maximized to increase this potential in spite of its low base speed.

To deal further damage, we've included its ability Hustle for this build, which boosts the power of its attacks while sacrificing accuracy. It's an extremely easy to use Pokemon – simply spam attacks against enemies it can handle, and switch it out for those it can't.

Other Viable Moves

Dragon Claw An alternate choice for Outrage. It trades a power drop to avoid the confusion caused by Outrage, so it's useful if you want to use Dracozolt without switching out.
Bulldoze Has the advantage of lowering its opponent's speed, allowing more opportunities for Bolt Beak to get its power boost. This also helps support teammates switching in.
Fire Fang Great for taking down Steel types. When Dynamaxed, it can change to Max Flare to change disadvantageous weather.

Assault Vest Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread Atk. 252 / Spd. 252 / Def. 4
Final Stat Values HP 165 / Atk. 152 / Def. 111 / Sp.Atk. 90 / Sp.Def. 90 / Spd. 139
Ability Hustle
Held Item Assault Vest
Moveset Bolt Beak
Low Kick
Earthquake
Aerial Ace

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

With Dracozolt holding an Assault Vest, you will be able to defend against special attackers like Togekiss, Charizard, and Wash Rotom. Adding Aerial Ace to this moveset allows you to use Max Airstream when Dynamaxed, which perfectly combines with Bolt Beak.

Other Viable Moves

Dragon Claw A Dragon-type move that doesn't miss, but has low power.
Fire Fang Great for taking down Steel types. When Dynamaxed, it can change to Max Flare to change disadvantageous weather.

How to Use Dracozolt Effectively

A cannon poised to take out enemies in one hit

The power boost from Dracozolt's ability, Hustle, combined with the doubled power of Bolt Beak, set it up to knock opponents flat from the getgo, and potentially even sweep the opponent's team. Its type combination of Electric and Dragon is also excellent, rendering it capable of both dishing out huge damage while taking attacks with reduced damage from a variety of types.

Best Pokemon to Use With Dracozolt

Pokemon That Match Well With Dracozolt

Pokemon that are strong against Dragon or Fairy-type Pokemon make for great matchups with Dracozolt by taking care of Pokemon it can't or switching in to deal the final blow.

Pokemon strong against Ground-type attacks are useful as well. Corviknight is one such Pokemon, with the ability to learn U-turn which allows it to switch in and out with Draczolt as necessary.

Pokemon Description
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu ・Can take a hit with its Disguise ability
・Hits Ground-type Pokemon with Wood Hammer
Mimikyu - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Togekiss ImageTogekiss ・Is strong against Dragon-type Pokemon
・Can take hits with its high defense and is a skilled special attacker
Togekiss - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan ・Has a large move pool and can handle Dragon and Ground-type Pokemon
Galarian Darmanitan - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Ferrothorn ImageFerrothorn ・Has high physical defense and its Fire weakness can be covered by Dracozolt
Ferrothorn - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Corviknight ImageCorviknight ・Immune to Ground and resistant to Fairy making it great to switch in for Dracozolt
・Can heal itself with Roost, keeping it in the battle for longer
Corviknight - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Pokemon That Support Dracozolt

Pokemon great for openers with moves like Yawn or Icey Wind to lower speed are great on teams with Dracozolt. After they set things up, Dracozolt can jump in to sweep.

Moves like Light Screen or Reflect that lower damage dealt to your team are also useful.

Pokemon Description
Hippowdon ImageHippowdon ・Can support Dracozolt with Yawn and Stealth Rock
・Has high defense, making it difficult to take down before it's finished setting up
Hippowdon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Silvally ImageSilvally ・Can decrease your opponent's speed with Icy Wind and Thunder Wave
・Can easily switch out once it's done with U-turn letting Dracozolt come in to finish the battle
Silvally - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Grimmsnarl ImageGrimmsnarl ・Thanks to its Prankster ability, moves like Reflect and Light Screen will always have priority
・Very useful against Dragon-types like Dragapult
Grimmsnarl - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Whimsicott ImageWhimsicott ・Can increase Dracozolt's speed with Tailwind
・Prankster allows Whimsicott to also have priority with status moves
Whimsicott - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle
Sylveon ImageSylveon ・Can support Dracozolt with Yawn or Wish
Sylveon - Moveset & Best Build for Ranked Battle

Counters for Dracozolt

Bring out one of its weaknesses

Unfortunately for Dracozolt, its weaknesses to Ground and Fairy type make it a poor choice to handle many of the most prevalent Pokemon in the metagame, including Excadrill, Sylveon, and Mimikyu. Simply having one of these Pokemon in your party should be sufficient to handle it.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has an effective typing to handle Dracozolt
・Can definitively survive a hit when holding Focus Sash
Moveset & Best Build for Excadrill
Mimikyu ImageMimikyu Ranking: ★★★★★
・Has an effective typing to handle Dracozolt
・Its ability Disguise ensures its ability to move at least once
Moveset & Best Build for Mimikyu

Battle with Defense

You can stop a high-powered Dracozolt by upping your defense. Rhyperior, Quagsire, and Galarian Corsola's defense stats are hard to beat, especially when Dynamaxed.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Rhyperior ImageRhyperior Ranking: ★★★★★
・Ground and Rock-type advantage over Dracozolt's Electric-type.
・Attack with high power, while enduring attacks with high defense.
Moveset & Best Build for Rhyperior
Quagsire ImageQuagsire Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Ignores stat boosts of opponents' attacks.
・High Defense.
Moveset & Best Build for Quagsire

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