When it comes to new Pokémon introduced in each new region, that region’s pseudo legendary Pokémon is generally considered one of the best that can be found. Sporting stats comparable to that of legendary Pokémon while also having some of the coolest looking designs around, it’s not hard to see why players gravitate towards them in both their standard playthroughs and in online or competitive batting.
Dragapult, and by extension its pre-evolutions, Dreepy and Drakloak, is one of the best Pokémon you can use in Sword & Shield’s main game, post-game, and in competitive battles due to its great offensive stats and ludicrous speed, the latter of which is only matched by the likes of Zeraora, Shadow Rider Calyrex, and Pheramosa.
Where To Find It
Like in Sun & Moon and its sequels, you can find plenty of pseudo legendary Pokémon fairly early on in the game, though not just because of the open nature of the Wild Area. While Dreepy and Drakloak can be found on the Lake of Outrage, which can’t be accessed until the water attachment is obtained for the Rotom bike, Dreepy can be found much earlier in a Raid Den. In Rolling Fields, just behind the strong spawn that is usually either a Pikachu or Roselia, there is a Raid Den that spawns Dragon-type Pokémon, with one of those Pokémon being Dreepy.
Although there is only a 1% chance of encountering one in this den, and only in a rare beam den, it is the earliest by far you can obtain a Dreepy. Short of this, the Raid Den on Axew’s Eye, the island with a very strong Haxorus roaming around, also spawns Dragon-type Pokémon and all of Dreepy’s evolutionary line can be found here as well.
In the Crown Tundra, you can also find multiple roaming Dragapult in close proximity to one another in the Old Cemetary, as well as Drakloak in the grass and all of Dragapult’s evolution line in one of the Raid Dens here. The Dragapult line can also be found in dens in Slippery Slope, Giant’s Foot, Frigid Sea, and Ballimere Lake, while Drakloak can also be caught inside the Dynamax Adventures.
What Levels It Evolves
As is the case with most pseudo legendary Pokémon, particularly those that are also the Dragon-type, the Dreepy line levels up and evolves quite slowly compared to most other Pokémon. To evolve a Dreepy into a Drakloak, you need to level it up all the way to level 50, while Drakloak evolves shortly afterward at level 60. Because of its slow growth rate and late evolution, it isn’t recommended that you use a Dreepy in a normal playthrough, since it has a very restrictive movepool before evolving and won’t evolve until after you have beaten Raihan, assuming you don’t purposefully over level one to make sure it evolves.
On the other hand, a Dragapult is very good in the Pokémon League and, due to how many battles are between Marnie and Leon, especially once Macro Cosmos gets involved, you are likely to have one by the time you have to battle Leon in the finals. You can theoretically obtain an under-leveled Drakloak by simply beating Gordie or Melony, depending on your version, as obtaining six gym badges will unlock level four Max Raid battles where Drakloak starts spawning.
You can also obtain an under-leveled Dragapult after defeating Raihan, since this unlocks the level five Max Raid battles where Dragapult starts spawning, or even earlier if you manage to join a high-level raid online or through a friend who has already reached that level, though your chances of catching one are very small.
Due to Dragapult’s ridiculous speed and offensive stats, the most obvious choice of build for this Dragon/Ghost-type is a fast offensive build. Because it is fairly balanced in both attack and special attack, as well as having a fairly broad movepool, you can opt for either physical attacks, such as Phantom Force and Dragon Claw, or special attacks, such as Shadow Ball and Dragon Pulse.
Due to its proficiency in both forms of attacks, you could also use a mixed set that takes advantage of the fact that it gets a lot of use out of the Dynamax mechanic and allows you to attack freely without letting your opponent know whether or not it is a physical or special build. In this case, moves like Fly and U-Turn are great additions to a special focus, while moves like Flamethrower, Thunderbolt, and Scald are decent options for coverage moves on a physical set. No matter which route you chose, investing all EVs into speed and either attack or special attack is the best option for EV training.
In terms of Natures, the best would be any that increases attack, special attack, or speed while not decreasing the speed or chosen offensive stat, such as Jolly or Adamant for physical builds and Timid or Modest for special builds. For a mixed set, you can opt for any one of these, but Natures like Naive or Hasty, which increase speed at the cost of either defense or special defense, are also useful to get the most out of every attack.
Although Dragapult is more known for its speed and offensive capabilities, its movepool is wide enough and its stats good enough that it can function fairly well as a support Pokémon as well. Although this is somewhat of a waste of Dragapult’s good stats and it falls short of just about every Pokémon with the Pranker ability, which can do the same job but better, it is a decent alternative if you know your opponent is expecting a standard Dragapult build.
While Dragapult does get decent moves like Double Team, Dragon Tail, and Baton Pass, these aren’t where Dragapult is at its best, as it can also learn both Light Screen and Reflect while also being fast enough to ensure it always goes first, with the exception of facing against common Prankster users like Whimsicott and Grimmsnarl. It also has access to moves like Ally Switch, Thunder Wave, and Helping Hand to make sure partner Pokémon in double battles are also taken care of.
Although this version of Dragapult isn’t designed to be a sweeper, hitting fast and hard before the opponent has a chance to knock it out, its Nature and EV spread shouldn’t be much different from an offensive build, though it is useful to invest in HP rather than either attack or special attack so it can stick around a little longer.
TMs, TRs, And Egg Moves
Dreepy’s movepool is ludicrously shallow, even when TMs and TRs are added to the mix and can only learn Astonish, Quick Attack, Bite, and Infestation until it evolves, though it can also learn Round, Swift, and Facade via TM or TR. As for egg moves, Dreepy’s line can learn Sucker Punch via the Gastly line or Dragon Tail through Dragonite, Flygon, Salamence, or Kommo-O’s line, though neither are particularly good in a standard playthrough.
Once Dreepy evolves, it has access to a very large number of TM and TR moves, though the most notable ones are the coverage moves Flamethrower, Thunderbolt, and U-Turn, as well as STAB moves in Phantom Force, Outrage, Dragon Pulse, and Shadow Ball. Dragapult can also learn Draco Meteor via move tutor, which is very useful on a mixed set with more emphasis on physical attacks and allows it to deal significant damage to any Pokémon with a high defense stat.
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Callum Archer is a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia. He is an avid gamer, Nintendo fanboy, and lover of weird sci-fi novels, who also dabbles in manga from time to time, usually dark and twisted work like Uzumaki and Death Note.
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