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Dragapult @ Leftovers
ABILITY: Infiltrator
NATURE: Adamant
252 Atk / 252 Spd / 4 HP

Dragon Darts (signature move, good STAB, double-hit)
Dragon Dance (boosts its two best stats)
Phantom Force (great Ghost-type move, STAB for its other type)
Psychic Fangs (coverage)

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You should not run cursed body. Go for either infiltrator or clear body. It cannot tank too many hits. I run this set too but I do jolly and leftovers. Leftovers gives it gets an extra turn of healing in phantom force. But anyways, I'll upvote u.
This is a good set, just replace phantom force with Shadow Ball( i know its a physical attacker but lets be honest phantom force is just as bad as fly and dig) and maybe replace Psychic Fangs with U-Turn.
Phantom force is way better than those moves. The user cannot be hit at all, except by no guard pokemon, whereas other moves and no guard can hit pokemon in fly and dig. It can even remove all protection moves for the remainder of the turn, making it sometimes useful in doubles, especially since it's a fast pokemon. The only counter is to switch in a normal type. Note: it does not remove protection if it is a normal type
I'd rather use a move that takes 1 turn to use and does a lot of damage than a that does 1/8 more damage but takes 2 turns to use and can potentially be wasted because the enemy switches in. Also, nobody is going to need phantom force to bypass protect and crap like that if you already have Infiltrator.
infiltrator doesn't bypass protect lol
snom, since this dragapult is adamant, and dragapult has base 120 attack and 100 sp. Atk, phantom force does a lot more than 1/8 more than shadow ball. It would probably do around 50% more damage in this case.
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Physical

Dragapult @ Lum Berry
Ability: Infiltrator
Nature: Adamant / Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack / 252 Speed / 4 HP

  • Dragon Dance
  • Outrage
  • Phantom Force
  • U-Turn / Sucker Punch / literally anything

Dragapult @ Leftovers
Ability: Infiltrator
Nature: Adamant / Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack / 240 Speed / 16 HP (Level 100)

  • Substitute
  • Dragon Dance
  • Phantom Force
  • Dragon Darts

Dragapult @ Choice Band
Ability: Infiltrator
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Attack / 252 Speed / 4 HP

  • Phantom Force
  • Dragon Darts/Outrage
  • Sucker Punch
  • U-turn

Special

Dragapult @ Choice Specs
Ability: Infiltrator
Nature: Timid / Modest
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Speed / 4 HP

  • Shadow Ball
  • Dragon Pulse / Draco Meteor
  • U-turn / Flamethrower / Fire Blast / Scald / Surf / Hydro Pump / Thunderbolt / Thunder
  • Flamethrower / Fire Blast / Scald / Surf / Hydro Pump / Thunderbolt / Thunder
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The ability should be infiltrator.
I didn't know Infiltrator was it's best ability when making this answer, thank you for pointing out though
It is on offense anyway. Being able to bypass sub is great on anything.
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Dragapult @ Choice Specs
Ability: Infiltrator
Nature: Timid / Modest
EVs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
- Draco Meteor
- Shadow Ball
- Fire Blast
- U-Turn/Thunderbolt

Would love to do a Physical Set but this Pokemon doesn't make any sense. Higher physical Attack, but worse physical learnset. Can learn Dragon Claw but not Shadow Claw, meaning you have to use Phantom Force. Immensely frustrating. Anyways... Infiltrator is for getting past Subs & Screens. Timid is if you wanna speed tie or outspeed other Dragapult, if not go with Modest to hit harder. U-Turn is for pivoting and T-Bolt is for wider Coverage. Yay.

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U turn is a stupid move choice since ur choiced
but you're going to switch out anyway...
Why does nobody talk about using steel wing. It covers two types.
because this is a special set, as well as steel wing being somewhat inaccurate and unviable against fairy types. Dragon Darts as well is stronger than Steel Wing on ice types.
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Revenge Killer + Choice Specs
Special
Dragapult @ Choice Specs
Ability: Infiltrator
EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD/ 252 Spe
Timid/ Modest
IVs: 0 Atk
-Draco Meteor
-Shadow Ball
-Flamethrower
-Thunderbolt
You can run Timid nature for Speed, but Modest is also good. Dragapult in this set has no use for Attack, so both natures work well. But we have given it Choice Specs, so running a Speed nature is beneficial. Draco Meteor hits hard plus stab. Shadow Ball also has stab. Flamethrower and T-bolt for coverage. Infiltrator bypasses Substitiute and Reflect, Light Screen, etc.

Physical
Dragapult @ Leftovers
Ability: Infiltrator
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD/ 252 Spe
Adamant/ Jolly
-Dragon Darts
-Dragon Dance
-Phantom Force
-U-Turn/ Substitute/ Will-o-Wisp
Dragon Darts hits twice plus stab. Dragon Darts hits twice, and thus breaks Sturdy and Focus Sash. Phantom Force takes two turn and Stab. And it gives a turn to heal itself. U-Turn for pivoting, Substitute plus Dragon Dance then sweep the enemy. Or you could run Will-o-Wisp against Physical attacker.

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Revenger Dragapult

Dragapult @ Choice Band
Ability: Any
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 Def

Dragon Darts (STAB, double hit)
Outrage (STAB, high power)
U-turn (Pivot and cover)
Phantom Force (STAB)

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Why bother with both Outrage and Dragon Darts?? Dragon Darts is better, but go with one or the other, not both dragon type moves.
Two same type move is no good, I think u should replace outrage to Psychic Fangs
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Physical Sweeper

Dragapult @ Power Herb
Ability: Infiltrator
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Adamant / Jolly Nature
- Dragon Dance
- Phantom Force
- Dragon Darts
- Acrobatics / Psychic Fangs

Dragapult, the 8th pseudo-legendary in Gen 8, is cursed with a high attack stat, but with a bad physical movepool. However, even with a mediocre physical ghost-type STAB move, Dragapult can still work as a physical sweeper thanks to its great attack stat, excellent speed stat, and access to the rare Dragon Dance. With the Power Herb, Phantom Force can be used for only one turn without wasting another turn. However, this can only be done once, as the Power Herb is a one-time use item. Dragon Darts is an excellent STAB move, which hits twice and can break Sturdy/Focus Sashes. And finally, Acrobatics can be used to hit tanky grass-type Pokemon, and once its Power Herb is consumed its power is doubled to 110. On the other hand, Psychic Fangs can be used to hit fighting-types properly. An adamant nature is recommended to max out its attack stat due to Dragapult's already high speed stat. However, a jolly nature is also very good if you prefer to setup first. Infiltrator is the preferred ability, as it is able to hit through substitutes.

Support

Dragapult @ Leftovers / Sitrus Berry
Ability: Infiltrator / Cursed Body
EVs: 248 HP / 8 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Will-O-Wisp
- Hex
- Draco Meteor
- U-turn

Dragapult has access to Will-O-Wisp and U-turn, making it a great pivot. Will-O-Wisp + Hex is a great combination, as Hex's BP is doubled when the target is burned. Draco Meteor is a powerful STAB move, and could be used before pivoting out with U-turn. Infiltrator is the recommended ability for this set, as it is able to burn opponents through substitutes. However, Cursed Body is also an option for a 30% chance disable the opponent's move(s) used on Dragapult. An alternative stat spread of 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe can be used over the stat spread for a better damage output, but the stat spread used above allows Dragapult to hit decently hard and have great physical bulk with Will-O-Wisp.

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Clear Body can ignore Intimidate and the stat lowering effects of certain Max Moves, so I prefer using it.
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Dragapult @ Power Herb
Ability: Infiltrator / Clear Body / Cursed Body
Nature: Jolly
EVs: 252 Spd / 252 Atk / 6 HP

  • Dragon Darts
  • Phantom Force
  • Acrobatics
  • Curse

Description: Ok I love this Pokémon, it can be good either special or physical, but I prefer physical. Pretty simple, Dragon Dart for Focus Sashers or the Sturdy Ability, and it's great at knocking out other Dragon types. Phantom Force is kinda bad, waiting a turn isn't good, and the opponent can easily switch or set up. That’s why Power Herb comes to play, and Dragapult can Dynamax after the item has been used, so no problem. Acrobatics increases to 110 base power after Power Herb has been used. Curse for Sucker Punchers, pretty much Dragapult's weakness. Dragon Dance can be used instead, or you can give it Sucker Punch, but I prefer Curse for stallers and walls that Dragapult can’t get by. Now for the Abilities, to me personally, all three are good, depends what you are looking for.

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Dragapult is already quite frail, so halving it's hp isn't a good decision.
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Dragapult @ Life Orb
Ability: Clear Body
Nature: Jolly (+Speed, - Sp. Attack) or Adamant (+Attack, -Sp. Attack)
EVs: 252 Spe / 252 Atk / 4 HP
Role: Physical Sweeper

  • Dragon Darts
  • Dragon Dance
  • Phantom Force
  • U-Turn
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Dragapult @ Choice Band
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 SpD / 4 Def
Nature: Adamant (+Atk -Sp. Atk) / Jolly (+Spd -Sp. Atk)
Ability: Infiltrator

-Dragon Dance
-Psychic Fangs
-Dragon Darts
-Sucker Punch

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Dragapult ain't getting SD
Yeah, that's my bad; misread two different movesets I had open.  I have to ask, you only comment on posts that have something wrong with them; do you ever give helpful comments on good builds, or do you strictly seek out those that you deem inferior/wrong?
I do give insight on good sets sometimes but sets with something wrong with it I help out more. I'm not that good so I'm not always 100% sure how to improve good sets
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Dragapult @ Life Orb
Ability: Infiltrator
Impish Nature
EVs: 252 SpD / 128 Atk / 128 SpA

Dragon Dance (Setup)
Dragon Darts (STAB)
Shadow Ball (Doesn't get Shadow Claw)
Sucker Punch (Priority, coverage)

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Impish increases Defense and lowers SpAttack.
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Physical Dragapult @ Life Orb / Choice Band
Ability: Infiltrator
Nature: Adamant
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Spe / 4 HP
- Dragon Darts
- Phantom Force
- Dragon Dance
- Sucker Punch

Dragon Darts deals a decent amount of damage, like Shadow Sneak but Dragon type, and two times better but without priority. Phantom Force can avoid an attack that can be possibly something massive like Leaf Storm, Hydro Pump, Fire Blast or even Draco Meteor, and does a decent amount of damage at the same time. Dragon Dance is to make Dragapult even more of a threat to take out, boosting its Speed outspeeds Zeraora, the fastest Pokemon in OU, while having increased damage for the rest of its Physical moves. Sucker Punch is for priority.
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Special Dragapult @ Life Orb / Choice Specs
Ability: Infiltrator
EVs: 252 SpA / 252 Spe / 4 HP
- Tri Attack
- Draco Meteor
- Flamethrower
- Shadow Ball

Tri-Attack to get the 20% Burn, Poison or Freeze, Draco Meteor for STAB and to deal lots of damage, Flamethrower because this whole moveset is weak to Steel types, Shadow Ball for the 20% defense drop and STAB.

NOTES: I didn't wanted to put Fire Blast due to its 70% Accuracy, although it's much better than Flamethrower.
I hoped I've helped!

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Fire Blast is 85% accuracy, not 70%. The extra power is usually worth the accuracy sacrifice.
Yeah, Fire Blast is much better, but I am going to advice choosing Flamethrower if you have bad luck (okay, Mega-Blade X, Fire Blast Dragapult always misses at least once and Flamethrower Dragapult is much more useful to me). Thanks for the suggestion anyway!
That doesn't change the fact that its better.
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Support Dragapult

Dragapult @ Leftovers
Ability: Infiltrator
EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 Spe
Timid Nature
- Will-O-Wisp
- Hex
- Reflect
- U-turn
Explanation: Will-o-Wisp cuts half of a Physical Sweeper's Attack. Hex works well with Will-o-Wisp and gets STAB. When you're opponent's is burned, you can setup Reflect to half damage from Physical attacks even more. U-Turn is for pivoting, maybe switching to a Physical Tank after using Will-o-Wisp and Reflect.

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Physical Dragapult
Gen 8 OU
Dragapult @ Life Orb
Adamant/Jolly Nature
Infiltrator Ability
252 Att/252 Spd/4 SpD
-Dragon Dance
- Dragon Darts
- U-Turn
- Steel Wing/Psychic Fangs
Dragapult can afford to run an Adamant Nature and still outspeed most non-scarfed OU Pokémon. However, if you are wary of some choiced Pokémon, run Jolly. I prefer Adamant, but your choice. With its great offensive Pokémon, it can pressure a switch to set up a Dragon Dance or 2. After that, you sweep with Dragon Darts. Steel Wing is to cover Fairies. Unfortunately, this set doesn't cover Steel, which is why I have U-Turn. Alternatively, you can run Fire Blast and change the 4 Special Defense EVs to SpA. I prefer U-Turn, but your choice.

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I use sucker punch over u turn. And Jolly over adamnt. I have the exact same set otherwise tho lol
I figured out that Jolly makes no significant difference against Dragapult's Speed Tier in OU.  It still outspeeds everything but Zeraora.  And I can see using Sucker Punch as well.
Nebby once said that steelwing is inaccurate and unviable against fairy types. In one of the earlier answers.

But I would agree for Jolly. Scarfed pokes are somewhat common and pose too huge a threat.
I guess I can see running Jolly, so I'll provide that as an option.  I mainly included Steel Wing to cover 2 of its weaknesses, but I'll provide Psychic Fangs as another option.  I agree though that Steel Wing will miss when it needs to hit.