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This is a strategy guide for using Flapple 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 Flapple, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Flapple

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Grass Type Dragon Type
Gluttony Encourages the early use of a held Berry.
Ripen Ripens Berries and doubles their effect.
Hustle (Hidden) Boosts the Attack stat, but lowers accuracy.

Type Defenses

Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Poison Image Pokemon Flying Image Pokemon Bug Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Ground Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Grass Image Pokemon Electric Image
Takes 0x damage

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
70 110 80 95 60 70

Best Nature for Flapple

Best Natures
(+Spd, -SpAtk)

What are Natures?

Singles Movesets for Flapple

Life Orb Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly (+Spd, -SpAtk)
EV Spread HP4 / Atk. 252 / Spd. 252
Final Stat Values HP 146 / Atk. 162 / Def. 100 / Sp.Def. 80 / Spd. 134
Ability Hustle
Held Item Life Orb
Moveset Bullet Seed
Dragon Dance

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

Outrage and Fly can be safely substituted for other moves.

Life Orb Flapple.png

This build uses Life Orb to boost Flapple's Attack. The Hustle ability further boosts your Attack, making Flapple an excellent physical attacker.

Use Dragon Dance, then Dynamax to defeat a Dynamaxed Gyarados on a switch-in in one hit.

Fly's Dynamax counterpart, Max Airstream, allows you to boost your Speed, allowing it to outspeed opponents with high base Speed.

For a Dragon-type move, Outrage is selected for its high accuracy, to use mainly after Dynamax has ended.

Move Options for Gigantamax Flapple

Gigantamax Flapple.png
How to Get Gigantamax Flapple

Move Option 1 Dragon Rush
Move Option 2 Sucker Punch

These moves can be used in place of Outrage and Fly when using Gigantamax Flapple.

G-Max Tartness Gigantamax Flapple's unique move. This move reduces the opponents' evasiveness.

With the accuracy-boosting effects of Gigantamax Flapple's signature move, G-Max Tartness, you can reliably use the otherwise inaccurate Dragon Rush.

Alternate Move Choices

Heavy Slam After Dragon Dance, Max Steelspike has a high probability to defeat Dynamax Togekiss in one hit.
Grav Apple A Grass-type move that can lower your opponent's Def.
Sucker Punch A priority attack useful against physical attackers like Dragapult. Also useful as Max Darkness when Dynamaxed. Will not work if opponent's move isn't an attack.

How to Use Flapple Effectively

A Dynamax Attacker with the Hustle Ability

Flapple's Hustle ability gives it a 1.5x Attack increase. As Dynamax moves always hit, it can gain the Attack boost from Hustle while preserving its accuracy. For this reason, Flapple is best used as a Dynamax or Gigantamax attacker.

Counters for Flapple

Hit Its Weak Spots with Quick Pokemon

It's best to attack first with a quick Dragon-type Pokemon. A Dragapult with maximized Speed will outspeed Flapple even after a 1-stage Speed boost.

Ice-type attacks are 4x-effective against Flapple, and can make quick work of it even without Dynamaxing.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Dragapult ImageDragapult Ranking: ★★★★★
・With its high Speed, it can attack with powerful moves like Dragon Darts & Draco Meteor
Moveset & Best Build for Dragapult
Hydreigon ImageHydreigon Ranking: ★★★★☆
・Choice Scarf build using Draco Meteor can outspeed and KO Flapple even after a 1-stage Speed boost
Moveset & Best Build for Hydreigon
Galarian Darmanitan ImageGalarian Darmanitan Ranking: ★★★★★
・With Gorilla Tactics' Atk. boost, it's possible to KO a Dynamaxed Flapple in one hit.
Moveset & Best Build for Galarian Darmanitan
Eiscue ImageEiscue Ranking: ★★★★☆
・The Ice Face ability allows you to hit back after taking a Physical attack
・In the Nice Face form, its Speed is increased and it can hit first
Moveset & Best Build for Eiscue

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