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What is a good moveset for Drapion?

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I love Drapion, he has great type defenses. I'll post the moveset that I'm currently using.

Drapion learnset

asked Jul 14, 2010 by Pokemaster
edited Jul 2, 2011 by DarkTyphlosion
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21 Answers

10 votes

Here's the moveset I'm currently using, I heard this somewhere and thought it sounded pretty good. It is!

First you need a Drapion with the Sniper ability (which makes critical hits 3x power instead of 2x). Hold a Razor Claw to increase CH ratio even more. Then:

  • Toxic Spikes (poisons opponents switching in, badly poisons if you put down two layers of spikes)
  • Night Slash (high critical-hit ratio)
  • Cross Poison (high critical-hit ratio)
  • Brick Break (type coverage)

EVs option 1: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4HP - good spread and takes advantage of Drapion's speed.
EVs option 2: 252 Attack, 156 HP, 100 Speed - I have a Drapion with this to account for the fact we're using Toxic Spikes - we need to be able to take a couple of hits in order to lay down the spikes.

The moves aren't all that powerful on their own, but you can get a CH every 3-4 attacks which is a killer. If you don't care about CH you could use Crunch and Poison Jab for a little more power and you might get lucky with some critical hits.

answered Jul 14, 2010 by Pokemaster
edited Aug 12, 2012 by Pokemaster
I'd consider ice fang over brick break because it clears those ground times that are so "scary". (deals with flying, dragons and earth <3 )
Earthquake is very viable due to that 100 100. Earthquakes hurts, always. Considering u got dat awsome sniper ability and a nice razor claw/lens , you crit averaging, 2 of ur 10 earthquakes. ( I got ice fang aswell, so i dont mind about most flying and enough coverage/damage for those levitate pains)

on nature, i'd consider an Impish or Careful. The innate increase on his defences will make him sturdier and able to stall a lot. (EV's u got it perfect :D )
the same moveset that I use :D but I have Ice Fang over Brick Break to take some Ground-types ^_^ and the EVs I don't know because I have upgraded it when I didn't know anything about EVs, Natures and this complicated things.
this is the same move set (Sept swords dance instead of brick break)
7 votes

Here are some other choices for a Drapion moveset. I like your moveset Pokemaster, but I personnaly would replace Toxic Spikes with Earthquake. Another option is this moveset when you don't have the Sniper ability or Razor Claw:

Poison Jab: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, good chance to poison.
Crunch: Good power, high accuracy, STAB, decent chance to lower Defense.
X-Scissor: Good power and high accuracy.
Ice Fang: Decent power, decent accuracy, chance to freeze or cause flinching, deals with Ground types.

answered Jul 14, 2010 by trachy
edited Aug 15, 2010 by trachy
Well the benefit of Toxic Spikes is that after two uses, every pokemon that switches in gets badly poisoned so you don't need to waste a turn using Toxic, just start hitting them! It keeps working after Drapion has fainted too. :)
Why do you have that rule about not switching out? Surely it's an advantage if your opponent switches because you get a free shot or a chance to up your stats :)
I have that rule because otherwise it is just switching all the time. It becomes pretty boring. So, I have this rule.
2 votes

Gen V

Nature: Adamant

Item: Scope Lens or Razor Claw

Ability: Sniper

  • Cross Poison (STAB, high crit chance)
  • Night Slash (STAB, high crit chance; breed from Gliscor or Gligar)
  • Slash (high crit chance; breed together with night Slash from Gliscor or Gligar)
  • Earthquake/Brick Break (Coverage)
answered Jun 18, 2011 by dr_clock
1 vote

Cross Poison\Sludge Bomb-STAB,both have good accuracy,I would go for Sludge Bomb because it has a bit more power than Cross Poison and has a 30% chance of poisoning the foe instead of 10% like most other poison moves.Then again,Cross Poison does have a high Critical hit ratio.

Dark Pulse-Good Power,good accuracy,STAB.You could have Crunch instead,though.

Ice Fang-Deals with Ground types,chance to flinch or freeze.

Earthquake\Hyper Beam\Giga Impact-Moves ike these might help with emergencies.Like if other moves you have are no good on the foe.
Toxic\Swagger-Lets say your Drapion is low on HP and you think he'll go down on the next turn.Well if he has high speed,you may want to give the foe somthing to remember him by.Bad Poison,Confusion or other things like that.

answered Oct 3, 2010 by PokeGirl
edited Oct 4, 2010 by PokeGirl
Drapion has a Mere 60 Sp. Attack . Slude Bomb is Worthless compared to Cross-Poison .
Same For Hyper-Beam .
But why are you putting a bunch of special attacks on it when its attack outclasses the SpA by a lot? Still stuck with the Gen III mentality? :P
1 vote

Gen V

Drapion (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Sniper

EVs: 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 Spd

Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Cross Poison
  • Toxic Spikes
  • Night Slash
  • X-Scissor
answered Jun 18, 2011 by trachy
This is what I use except I have earthquake instead of X-scissor
1 vote

Drapion Jolly nature, EVs 252 speed, 252 attack, 4 HP. Item Life Orb, Ability Sniper.

Night Slash, Startin off with some nice STAB.

Ice Fang, Nice Coverage move.

Earthquake.More nice coverage.

Brick Break, Some nice coverage.

answered Jun 21, 2011 by Hex
edited Feb 21, 2012 by Hex
can you change the b- word, I find it a little inappropriate to younger users, and will make the site a
better, safer site. Thanks
Thanks for the reminder, what I wrote actually sounded stupid anyway.
1 vote

Paul's Drapion

Toxic Sexy (Drapion) (F) @ Red Card
Trait: Battle Armor
EVs: 252 Def / 136 SDef / 120 Spd
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)

  • Toxic Spikes
  • Crunch
  • Ice Fang/ Aqua Tail
  • Whirlwind
answered May 19, 2012 by 5th of November
edited Sep 24, 2012 by Pokemaster
1 vote

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Drapion @ Scope Lens

Ability: Sniper

Nature: Adamant (+Attack, -Sp. Atk.)

-Aqua Tail (Coverage for Ground Pkmn)

-Toxic Spikes (When a foe switches out, it will be poisoned)

-Night Slash (STAB, good power, good chance for a critical hit)

-Cross Poison (STAB, good power, signature move of Drapion)

*The Night Slash critical hit ratio is now 1/4 so take advantage of that!

answered Mar 9, 2013 by VladyAndSamurott
0 votes

I love Bug Pokemon
Here is My suggestion for Drapion

Ability: Sniper
Item: Scope Lens
EV Att 252 Spe 252 Def 4
Adamant Nature

Swords Dance
Night Slash
Cross Poison

Hope this helps

answered Feb 10, 2012 by bugtrainer44
You may want to add a move to cover steel types, if I switched in Steelix on that you are completely walled.
if a Steelix is switched in it's done anyway. I don't think any move it can learn can OHKO it and then take an E-Quake.
0 votes

Drapion @ Leftovers
Trait: Sniper
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 Def / 252 Spd
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
Night Slash
Cross Poison
Brick Break
Ice Fang

answered Apr 21, 2012 by Danny
0 votes

Pokemon : Drapion
Nature : Adamant
Abillity : Sniper
Held Item : Scope Lens/Razor Claw
Cross Poison : STAB, High Power, Has Great Critical Hit Ratio
Night Slash : STAB, Also Has Great Critical Hit Ratio
Ice Fang or Aqua Tail : For My Personal Thaught I Think Ice Fang Is Better Because Aqua Tail Tends To Miss A Lot
Swords Dance or Toxic Spikes : A Move That Boosts Drapion's Attack or a move that Poisons Targets Switching in

answered Aug 11, 2012 by Mr155551
0 votes

I've found that Drapion has good Speed, Attack, Defense, and typing. So, yeah, pretty great.

-Ability: Sniper (This will boost the power of any critical hit, which is part of the strategy)

-Item: Razor Claw (Increases critical hit ratio)


  • Night Slash and Cross Poison (Both 70 power, STAB, with high critical-hit ratios, boosted by Razor Claw, and even stronger thanks to Sniper)

  • Aqua Tail (Drapion's only weakness is Ground, and it can learn Ice Fang. However, Aqua Tail has more power, and unless you're fighting Torterra, Aqua Tail covers everything Ice Fang does)

  • Hone Claws (Aqua Tail doesn't have perfect accuracy, but Hone Claws remedies that. It also boosts the power of Drapion's other moves)

answered May 7, 2013 by arachnode
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Drapion @ Scope Lens
Trait: Sniper
Adamant Nature (+Attack/-Sp.Attack)
-Cross Poison
-Night Slash

answered Jul 9, 2013 by AP1805
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Drapion @ Liechi Berry
Ability: Sniper
Adamant Nature (+Attack/-Sp.Attack)
Ev's: Attack and Speed
-Cross Poison
-Night Slash

answered Jul 9, 2013 by AP1805
0 votes

Here's Mine:

Name: Drapion
Held item: Scope lens/Expert belt/Life orb

Moves: (Because Drapion's Attack is enough high so, give him some physical moves)

  • Brick Break: (Coverage)
  • Night Slash: (High ctitical ration and STAB)
  • Swords Dance: (Raise user's attack by 2 stage so, it will be more powerful to use any physical moves)
  • Giga Impact (Extreme high power and physical move. use this move only at emergency)

i hope this is helpful.

answered Jul 9, 2013 by Arlington
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My moveset of choice is for more of an assault/ setup Drapion and it takes advantage of its second ability Sniper.

Drapion: @Razor Claw/ Scope Lens
Ability: Sniper
Nature: Adamant (+Atk -SpAtk)

Night Slash (great STAB, with high power, good accuracy, high crit rate.)
Cross Poison/ Venoshock (Cross poison because of its high power, STAB and signature to Drapion and Venoshock because of the boosted power of Toxic poison from Toxic spikes.)
Toxic spikes (Sets up entry hazard for most opponents, and can be deadly if set with dual layers, partnered with Venoshock to give boosted power.)
Aqua tail/ focus energy (Either will do, Aqua tail covers ground types- Drapions weakness- but Focus Energy gives even more chance to crit, so both good moves to have.)

Hope this helps

answered Dec 2, 2013 by RemaG_OSLX
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I would go for the first EV option that Pokemaster posted since I use Hyper Offence as a strategy and Drapion is perfect for that

Drapion@Razor Claw
Ability: Sniper
EV: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4HP

-Cross Poison
-Night Slash
-Ice Fang
-Earthquake/Swords Dance

Cross Poison and Night Slash both benefit from Sniper and Razor Claw.
Ice Fang is for those annoying Ground types that can(usually) OHKO Drapion, also covers the common Dragon types, Grass and Flying types.
Earthquake is a powerful coverage move, but Swords Dance can boost Drapion's already powerful Attack to really get into sweeping

answered Jan 25, 2014 by MoccahSteeltype
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This is my set. Ofc it will need Wish support and stuff, but y'know. It's good to have Focus Energy passed to this; it makes it a whole lot better.

Drapion @ Scope Lens / Razor Claw (whatever floats your boat)
Trait: Sniper
EVs: 252 Spd / 100 HP / 156 Atk
Jolly Nature
- Cross Poison
- Night Slash
- Fell Stinger
- Earthquake

So yeah with Sniper you can destroy stuff, and thanks to Fell Stinger raise your Attack too.

answered May 7, 2014 by Distortion Keeper
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One of my favorite Pokemon. Here's a cool moveset. The last two moves are for whatever you wanna give it. Alot of options for the items as well. The item depends on the moves you give it.

Ability: Sniper/Battle Armor

Evs: 248Atk, 252speed, 8hp

Nature: Jolly

Item:scope lens/razor claw/black sludge/choice band/assault vest/ air balloon


Cross poison/poison jab: Cross poison for critical hit ratio (goes good with sniper), or poison jab for more power and a chance to poison (is useless with sniper)

Night slash/crunch/ knock off: Nightslash has hight crit ratio (goes good with sniper), Crunch has more power and 20% chance to lower targets defense,or Knock off which does double damage if target has a held item (which most do in competitive) and knocks off held item.

Slash/aqua tail/x-scissor/earthquake/brick break/iron tail/fire fang/ ice fang/thunder fang/pursuit/bulldoze/retaliate/giga impact/substitute/toxic spikes/swords dance/hone claws/screech/agility/scary face/whirlwind
/roar/confuse ray/taunt/torment

Slash/aqua tail/x-scissor/earthquake/brick break/iron tail/fire fang/ ice fang/thunder fang/pursuit/bulldoze/retaliate/giga impact/substitute/toxic spikes/swords dance/hone claws/screech/agility/scary face/whirlwind
/roar/confuse ray/taunt/torment

I'm not going to explain every single move. However I recommend you give it Slash,aqua tail,earthquake,toxic spikes,swords dance,or hone claws for its 3rd and 4th move. Either way they are all good moves. I'm glad Drapion has a large variety of moves to choose from.

answered Apr 8 by nintendogamer639
edited Apr 9 by nintendogamer639
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Drapion@ Razor claw
Ability: Sniper
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Attack,252 Defense,54 Speed
Cross poison/Poison jab
Night slash/Crunch
Ice fang /Aqua tail
Brick break/Toxic spikes

I used this Drapion while playing Pokemon Black 2 and it never fainted.

answered Jul 14 by Dragonknight