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Dragapult - Moveset & Build

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Find out how to breed Dragapult in Pokemon Sword and Shield! Learn about the competitive movesets, best builds, recommended EV spreads, held items, counters and breeding process!

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Dragapult Best Build

Dragapult
Total Base Stats600
Type Dragon Icon Ghost Icon

Physical Attack Build

Best NatureBest Item
Jolly (Spd ↑ / Sp.Atk ↓)Choice Band
Best Ability
Clear Body
Immune to enemy status debuffs.
Best Moveset
Dragon Darts / U-Turn / Fire Blast / Draco Meteor
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

Having a incredible 142 Speed & a commendable 120 Attack stat, Dragapult is a must-have attacker Pokemon for most competitive battles. It is also quite flexible, able to handle both special & physical attack moves.

Special Attack Build

Best NatureBest Item
Timid (Spd ↑ / Atk ↓)Choice Specs
Best Ability
Clear Body
Immune to enemy status debuffs.
Best Moveset
Draco Meteor / Fire Blast / Thunderbolt / Fire Blast
▼Check Move Info Here
Best EV Spread
Sp. Attack 252, Speed 252, Defense 4

This build packs even more power into Dragapult's Draco Meteor & Fire Blast, allowing it to one-shot a Ferrothorn. Currently we recommend breeding two separate Dragapult & having one of each. Use them as you notice the meta shifting.

Learn More Competitive Builds For Ranked Battle

Dragapult - Recommended Moveset

Press the buttons below to toggle between different builds!


Build #1 - Physical Attack Build

Recommended Moves

Move/TypeReason
Dragon Darts
Dragon Icon
Hits twice, so it can bypass items like Focus Sash. Can hit multiple Pokemon in Double Battles.
Phantom Force
Ghost Icon
Takes 2 turns for attack to initiate, so it may leave opening for enemy to swap Pokemon. Can be used to waste enemy Dynamax duration.
U-Turn
bug Icon
Deals damage and allows you to swap out to a better suited Pokemon.
(Optional)
Fire Blast
fire Icon
Use TR15 to learn. Even though this is a physical build, it's good to have this move as backup.

Other Viable Moves

Move/TypeReason
Psychic Fangs
Psychic Icon
Use TR97 to learn. Can negate Reflect or Aurora Veil and provides good coverage against fighting Fighting or Poison types.
Outrage
Dragon Icon
Use TR24 to learn. Higher damage than Dragon Darts so higher chance to one-hit KO, however the attack continues for 2-3 turns, which may leave an opening for the enemy to swap to a Fairy or Steel type.
Dragon Dance
status icon
Boosts Damage and Speed.
Effective when given the opportunity to set up.

Build #2 - Special Attack Build

Move/TypeReason
Fire Blast
fire Icon
Use TR15 to learn. Good to have to deal specifically with Ferrothorn.
Draco Meteor
Dragon Icon
Use Deals immense damage but lowers Sp. Atk. Use U-Turn to escape after using it. Learn this move by talking to the person in Circhester.
Shadow Ball
Ghost Icon
Ghost-type STAB move. May lower Sp. Def.
Thunderbolt
electric Icon
Good coverage move, high power and accuracy, reliable.

Optional Moves

Move/TypeReason
U-Turn
bug Icon
U-Turn can still be useful for Special builds in order to escape out of an unfavorable matchup.

Dragapult - Recommended Item to Hold

ItemTraits
Focus SashPrevents user from fainting in a single hit.
Will allow user to survive a hit even in a non-ideal matchup.
Choice ScarfAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Speed by 150%
Allows you to outspeed enemy Pokemon equipping a Choice Scarf.
Choice BandAllows only a single move to be used, but boosts Attack by 150%
Ensures one-hit KOs on many defensively weak Pokemon.
Life OrbBoosts Move Power by 130% but uses 10% of health per use.
Can boost damage output while still leaving move variety.
Light ClayExtends effect of Reflect and Light Screen to 8 turns.
Useful when using Pokemon as a first batter to secure the environment.
Click To Learn Where To Find Items For Battle

Dragapult Counters

Recommended Pokemon To Counter Dragapult

PokemonExplanation
Mimikyu IconMimikyuPros
- Fairy type, effective against Dragon Type
- Can use Sword Dance while Disguise is in effect
Cons
- Cannot one shot without Swords Dance + is one shot by Dragapult
Grimmsnarl IconGrimmsnarlPros
- Immune against Dragon type, can switch into Draco Meteor
- Can use Sucker Punch & U-turn combo, also can cripple with Thunder Wave thanks to Prankster
Cons
- Switch ins can be easily predicted
Tyranitar IconTyranitarPros
- One shot with Crunch
- Takes less than 25% on switch in from most common moves
- May survive Max Moves as well depending on build
Cons
- Physical variants could U-Turn out

How To Play Against Dragapult

Requires Specific Pokemon to Counter

Dragapult is one of the most common Pokemon in the current meta, alongside Mimikyu. It can be extremely hard to counter if you're not prepared for it. It's best to assume that most teams online will run this Pokemon, so having a clear counter is a must!

Mimikyu is a Strong Counter

Mimikyu can not only negate Dragon type moves, but can also boosts its attack while Disguise is in effect, & strike with moves such as Shadow Sneak. Note that Dragapult can also evade Mimikyu with the use of U-turn, breaking Disguise and switching into a better Pokemon, so think ahead!

Grimmsnarl Also Viable Counter

Grimmsnarl's Life Orb or Choice Band boosted Sucker Punch will one shot Dragapult and get priority on it. When anticipating a Draco Meteor, swap into Grimmsnarl (as it is immune).

Dragapult - Base Points (EVs) and Natures

Recommended Base Point (EV) Allocation

Offensive Variant

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Defense4 points

Boosting Speed & Attack with the Base Point is recommended for Dragapult, along with topping off it's defense with the extra EVs.

Anti Special Move Variant

StatBase Point
Attack252 points (max)
Speed252 points (max)
Sp. Defense4 points

Same idea as above, but this build focuses more on topping off the Sp.Defense to be able to sustain more special move damage.

Check Out The EV (Base Point) Guide Here!

Dragapult - Recommended Natures

NatureTraits
JollySpd↑ / Sp.Atk↓
Nature that compliments its Speed. Recommended if not using special moves.
NaiveSpd↑ / Sp.Def↓
Nature that compliments its Speed. Can utilize both its physical & special moves.
AdamantAtk↑ / Sp.Atk↓
This Pokemon can in most cases attack before other Pokemon without boosting Speed. May be easier to lose against other Dragapult.

Which Nature Would You Recommend?

Dragapult - Breeding Process

Breeding Process Flow Chart

1Catch Dreepy (Drakloak) at Lake of Outrage during a Thunderstorm, Cloudy, or Foggy Weather
2Hatch Eggs until you get a High IV Dreepy
3Breed that Dreepy until you get one with an Adamant or Jolly Nature
4Put 252 EVs in Attack and Speed
5Max out its Dynamax Level
6Level to 60 to evolve
7Teach it Outrage, U-Turn, Fire Blast, and Phantom Force
8Equip a Choice Band
>> Check Out Our Breeding Guide For More Info!

How To Get Dreepy or Drakloak

How To Get Dreepy or Drakloak

The first step to Breeding Dragapult will be to catch either a wild Dreepy or Drakloak. Head to the Lake of Outrage in the Wild Area to find these Pokemon. Note that these area requires you to travel on water & will only be accessible after the 6th Gym.

Check Out Wild Area Guide Here!

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Anonymous 8

2 fire blasts in the special build? Is this a mistake?

Badista 7

Dragon Darts works well against Mimikyou? Are you drunk? Mimikyou is immune to dragon moves!

Gurtal 6

weirdest build ever for Draga

Nico 5

Dragapult has a very lacking physical movepool, so high tier players are almost exclusively using special sets (Thunderbolt, Fire Blast, Shadow Ball and Draco Meteor with a timid nature). Using a jolly nature makes no sense when you run 2 special attacks.

Junes 4

So why do you take 2 special moves? Isnt that kinda bad?

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