Drapion: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

Drapion: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

The world of Pokémon has been a growing phenomenon since 1996, when the first pair of video games came out in stores. There are almost 900 individual Pokémon identified by the PokéDex and in this article, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about one of them – Drapion. Drapion is a dual-type Dark and Poison Pokémon introduced in Generation IV of the core game series. It is the final and only evolution of Skorupi, a Generation IV Pokémon, which can evolve into Drapion starting at Level 40. Drapion does not have a Mega Evolution, nor any alternative or regional forms in the series, which means that it cannot evolve or change further. Drapion seems to be a very powerful Pokémon to have on your team, and we are going to confirm or deny that in this article.

In this article, we are going to tell you all the information you’ll need if you want to breed an Drapion in any of the games. We’re going to focus on both the core games, as well as other popular video games based on the Pokémon franchise.

Best moveset

Drapion: Best Moveset and PVP Guide

In the Pokémon GO videogame, the best moves for your Drapion are Bite and Sludge Bomb if you’re battling Pokémon in Gyms. Namely, this moveset gives you the highest total DPS and is, likewise, the best moveset for PVP battles. The official description for Bite reveals the following: “A bite made using sharp fangs. This may cause the opponent to flinch, and it might not attack”; as for Sludge Bomb, the attack is described as follows: “The user attacks by hurling filthy sludge at the foe. It may also poison the target.”

Other moves that Drapion can learn across other games are:

  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Drapion
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Drapion
  • × indicates a move that cannot be used in Generation VIII

By leveling up

 Level  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP
1Thunder FangElectricPhysical6595%15
1Ice FangIcePhysical6595%15
1Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
1Poison StingPoisonPhysical15100%35
1Hone ClawsDarkStatus—%15
1Fell StingerBugPhysical50100%25
9Poison FangPoisonPhysical50100%15
15Toxic SpikesPoisonStatus—%20
18Bug BiteBugPhysical60100%20
24Knock OffDarkPhysical65100%20
27Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
30Pin MissileBugPhysical2595%20
36Night SlashDarkPhysical70100%15
39Cross PoisonPoisonPhysical70100%20


 TM  Move  Type  Cat.  Pwr.  Acc.  PP 
TM07Pin MissileBugPhysical2595%20
TM08Hyper BeamNormalSpecial15090%5
TM09Giga ImpactNormalPhysical15090%5
TM22Rock SlideRockPhysical7590%10
TM26Scary FaceNormalStatus100%10
TM33Rain DanceWaterStatus—%5
TM34Sunny DayFireStatus—%5
TM43Brick BreakFightingPhysical75100%15
TM48Rock TombRockPhysical6095%15
TM49Sand TombGroundPhysical3585%15
TM66Thunder FangElectricPhysical6595%15
TM67Ice FangIcePhysical6595%15
TM68Fire FangFirePhysical6595%15
TM73Cross PoisonPoisonPhysical70100%20
TM94False SwipeNormalPhysical40100%40
TM97Brutal SwingDarkPhysical60100%20
TM98Stomping TantrumGroundPhysical75100%10
TR00Swords DanceNormalStatus—%20
TR18Leech LifeBugPhysical80100%10
TR22Sludge BombPoisonSpecial90100%10
TR27Sleep TalkNormalStatus—%10
TR31Iron TailSteelPhysical10075%15
TR33Shadow BallGhostSpecial80100%15
TR46Iron DefenseSteelStatus—%15
TR54Toxic SpikesPoisonStatus—%20
TR57Poison JabPoisonPhysical80100%20
TR58Dark PulseDarkSpecial80100%15
TR61Bug BuzzBugSpecial90100%10
TR91Venom DrenchPoisonStatus100%20
TR95Throat ChopDarkPhysical80100%15

Drapion PVP Guide

In this section of our article, we are going to give you a detailed PVP guide for Drapion, which can be applied to all known Pokémon video games. The guide is going to include several categories which are going to help you prepare a strategy involving Drapion for your games.

Weaknesses and Counters

As a dual Dark- and Poison-type Pokémon, Drapion is weak only to Ground-type moves, and is super effective against Grass-, Ghost- and Psychic-type Pokémon. It is immune to Psychic-type moves. It receives normal damage from Normal-, Fighting-, Flying-, Rock-, Bug-, Steel-, Fire-, Water-, Electric-, Ice-, Dragon-, Fairy-type moves.

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Stats and Abilities

Drapion’s Stats, based on the most recent available data, are:

StatsBase StatsMin-MinMaxMax+Min-MinMaxMax+
Special Attack607280112123140156219240
Special Defense758595127139167186249273

In Pokémon GO, Drapion has a Base Stamina of 172, a Base Attack of 180, and a Base Defense of 202.

As for its abilities, they are:

  • Battle Armor: Hard armor protects the Pokémon from critical hits. (or)
  • Sniper: Powers up moves if they become critical hits when attacking.
  • Keen Eye: Keen eyes prevent other Pokémon from lowering this Pokémon’s accuracy. (Hidden Ability)

Drapion item guide

The best item you can give to your Drapion in the more recent games is the Choice Band (An item to be held by a Pokémon. This curious headband boosts Attack but only allows the use of one move.), which will significantly boost its attack power. Another good item you can give it is Leftovers (An item to be held by a Pokémon. The holder’s HP is slowly but steadily restored throughout every battle).