Bagon

Rock Head
Recoil moves deal no recoil damage.
Type Tier
Dragon LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
45
- 21 24 -
Atk
75
12 14 17 18
Def
60
10 12 15 16
SpA
40
9 10 13 14
SpD
30
8 9 12 13
Spe
50
9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup

Overview

As far as offensive Dragon-types go, Bagon faces serious competition for a team slot with Dratini, who has the crucial advantage of priority. Of course, Bagon has selling points of its own. Its higher Attack stat makes Bagon more effective than Dratini in the middle of the game. This means that Bagon is a more solid choice for roles which do not involve setting up and sweeping. For example, when using a Choice Scarf, Bagon becomes a solid sweeper late-game. Unfortunately, Bagon's lack of priority means it will be easily revenge killed, and this is why so often it is Dratini who is lauded as Little Cup's best Dragon.

Name Item Nature

Choice

Choice Scarf / Choice Band Naive
Moveset EVs
~ Outrage
~ Fire Fang
~ Dragon Claw / Brick Break
~ Hydro Pump / Hidden Power Ice
236 Atk / 40 Def / 36 SpA / 196 Spe

With a Choice Scarf, Bagon outspeeds every unboosted Pokemon in the metagame and thus acts as a solid sweeper late-game. Outrage is a very powerful STAB move and Bagon's primary attacking option, but due to its effect of locking Bagon into the move and preventing it from switching out, it should only be used to sweep. Fire Fang allows Bagon to hit the Steel-types who resist its STAB Dragon-type moves. Hydro Pump is useful against both Gligar and Aron, who can take Bagon's physical attacks with ease. Dragon Claw gives Bagon a reliable STAB move that's useful early-game, so it isn't forced to use Outrage to pose a threat. However, Brick Break is a solid option instead if you do not trust Hydro Pump's shaky accuracy against Aron.

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Name Item Nature

Dragon Dance

Oran Berry / Life Orb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Fire Fang
~ Dragon Claw / Brick Break
236 Atk / 36 Def / 36 SpD / 196 Spe

While not quite as effective as its evolution, Salamence, Bagon can use Dragon Dance in order to set up a sweep. Outrage is only resisted by Steel-types, and when backed by STAB, Dragon Dance, and Bagon's high Attack stat, it becomes a powerful sweeping tool capable of tearing apart weakened teams late-game. Fire Fang has great coverage alongside Bagon's Dragon-type STAB, since it hits the common Steel-types of Little Cup, such as Bronzor, for super effective damage. Dragon Claw allows Bagon to tear holes in the opposing team early in the game without being locked in as with Outrage, and is useful in its own right as a moderately powerful STAB move. On the other hand, Brick Break is a viable option if hitting Aron is a top priority, since it is not hit super effectively by Fire Fang.

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Other Options

Bagon doesn't have much else in its physical movepool outside of what is listed in the above sets; however, it does have a wide special movepool, which can make a Choice Specs set appealing, but it would be largely outclassed by Dratini. With a minimum Speed of 9, Bagon can function effectively under Trick Room with a Choice Band.

Checks and Counters

The easiest way to deal with Bagon is by revenge killing it with priority. Snover, Phanpy, and Swinub all have super effective priority attacks in Ice Shard, but other revenge killers who utilize priority attacks, such as Croagunk, can do the job equally well. Against Choice Bagon, the easiest thing to do is simply switch in a Pokemon that resists whatever attack Bagon is locked into. If Bagon is locked into Outrage, Steel-types are good responses thanks to their resistance to Bagon's STAB attacks. Bronzor in particular has high Defense and can use Hidden Power Ice to dispatch Bagon promptly.