Hey Trainers,

Drapion will be a Poison and Dark type T3 raid boss during the Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl event.

Drapion

Drapion is a T3 raid boss, so be sure you’re well prepared if you’re facing it alone. It only has 1 type it’s weak to, so double check what moves your Pokémon have first.

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It’s a Poison and Dark type, so it’s exclusively weak to Ground. It has a number of resistances, being Dark, Ghost, Poison, Psychic and Grass.

Top Counters

Shadows won’t be listed due to their cost and exclusivity, and Megas will be listed separately due to their unique mechanic of only being able to use one with a general boost to other raiders’ Pokémon. If you have any of the listed Pokémon as powered up shadows with a move besides Frustration, it’ll outpace it’s regular form.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Landorus (Therian) Mud Shot Earthquake 144.81s 2.65
2. Excadrill Mud-Slap Earthquake 150.51s 2.35
3. Garchomp Mud Shot Earthquake 154.10s 2.15
4. Rhyperior Mud-Slap Earthquake 155.87s 2.30
5. Groudon Mud Shot Earthquake 156.89s 2.25
6. Landorus (Incarnate) Mud Shot Earth Power 155.73s 2.75
7. Landorus Mud Shot Earth Power 155.77s 2.85
8. Krookodile Mud-Slap Earthquake 169.17s 3.37
9. Golurk Mud-Slap Earth Power 169.95s 3.47
10. Golem Mud-Slap Earthquake 180.67s 2.63
11. Mamoswine Mud-Slap Bulldoze 173.39s 3.45
12. Palkia Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 199.81s 1.00
13. Donphan Mud-Slap Earthquake 180.35s 3.30
14. Haxorus Dragon Tail Earthquake 183.43s 3.21
15. Swampert Mud Shot Earthquake 193.56s 2.86
16. Terrakion Smack Down Earthquake 207.93s 1.80
17. Rayquaza Dragon Tail Outrage 202.57s 2.00
18. Metagross Bullet Punch Earthquake 203.80s 1.75
19. Dugtrio (Alola) Mud-Slap Earthquake 192.13s 2.83
20. Salamence Dragon Tail Draco Meteor 204.06s 2.00

Megas

Here’s a list of the top Megas to use against Drapion. Note that the numbers aren’t 1-5; they refer to their relative position to regular Pokémon.

# Pokemon Fast Move Charge Move Time to win Deaths
1. Charizard (Mega Y) Fire Spin Blast Burn 134.65s 2.20
3. Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Hydro Cannon 153.18s 2.05
8. Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath Blast Burn 157.28s 2.45
11. Gyarados (Mega) Waterfall Hydro Pump 164.54s 1.95
12. Pidgeot (Mega) Air Slash Brave Bird 155.48s 2.95

Stats and Catch CP

Drapion PoisonDark
Max CP at Level 40 2453 | Max CP at Level 50 2773
ATK 180
DEF 202
HP 172
Weak to Strong Against
Ground Dark Ghost Poison Psychic Grass

 

Drapion is boosted by Cloudy and Fog weather.

  • CP range on catch (L20): 1331 – 1401
  • Weather Boosted CP range on catch (L25): 1665 – 1752

Moveset

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Ice Fang Ice
  • Poison Sting Poison
  • Bite Dark
  • Infestation Bug
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Sludge Bomb Poison
  • Fell Stinger Bug
  • Crunch Dark

Drapion’s moves have the potential to make it pretty scary. Ice Fang and Aqua Tail especially can really harm all the Ground types you bring to counter it, as well as Crunch and Aqua Tail being especially spammy when paired with Poison Sting or Infestation. Don’t be daunted, though, throw as many strong Ground types as you can at it!

Conclusion

Drapion has quite an interesting movepool for PvP, with the recently buffed Poison Sting letting it fire off Aqua Tails and Crunch with it’s new debuff chance at the fastest speed possible. It’s for sure a fun PvP option now, but it’s lacking in raid power. Raiding Drapion is great for gaining XL candy fast, however!

Stay safe, trainers!

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