everything is funny in retrospect
Yeah this sums up pretty well why it’s a such as good pick, however not as good a pick as Mew or Darm-Galar.I think, unfortunately, you just accidentally hurt your own argument with that chart.
Look at all of the things that it CAN beat. Being unpredictable at team preview is a major positive in 1v1 and is something I personally value very high while I do my rankings.
Unpredictability is something that held Charizard as the elite 1v1 pokemon for so long.
When you can bring something at team preview that has possible winning matchups versus everything, your opponent is automatically at a disadvantage. They have 1. A hard time picking with mon to bring and 2. Another tough decision if you picked Dragapult because they wont know what you're gunna do.
Those things make it so good. I do agree with you that it might end up S- over time (if we make an S- tier) because Mew and Darm feel so strong (Darm less so) but I still dont have any problem with it being S for the first run of our voting.
Side note - it beating mew no matter what makes it easy to build around. Another great trait to have.
Lastly, thank you for the detailed post. I really enjoy looking at charts and I appreciate the time that goes into them hah
I will revise the chart later when I have time. I apologize for the mistakes, 1v1 can weird to quantify since there are so many viable sets.OK, pointing out problems with the Dragapult matchup chart:
(please note that the calcs in this post do not always represent the most optimized sets, just what I could quickly come up with)
Scarf Darmanitan-G can be EV'd to hard counter Dragapult:
252+ SpA Dragapult Fire Blast vs. 0 HP / 116 SpD Darmanitan-Galar: 296-350 (84.3 - 99.7%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Dragapult should always win against Band.There is a way for Corviknight to always beat Specs Dragapult, if it's running Sitrus Berry and Protect. Protect and Roost in alternation to stall out PP.Sub + Disable vs Choice Sylveon would lose anyway (Hyper Voice bypasses Substitute) unless you're running the rare Protect.I don't know why you wouldn't run Infiltrator, it's better than Dragapult's other marginally useful abilities.Dragapult loses against Togekiss. Look at calcs:
252+ SpA Dragapult Thunder vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Togekiss: 194-230 (62.3 - 73.9%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252 SpA Togekiss Dazzling Gleam vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Dragapult: 314-372 (99 - 117.3%) -- 93.8% chance to OHKO
But the damage of Dazzling Gleam isn't too high, Dragapult can be EV'd to beat offensive Scarf:
252 SpA Dragapult Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Togekiss: 146-172 (46.9 - 55.3%) -- 66.4% chance to 2HKO
Togekiss can counter with its own bulky Scarf set:
252 SpA Dragapult Thunderbolt vs. 12 HP / 112 SpD Togekiss: 132-156 (42 - 49.6%) -- guaranteed 3HKOIt appears that a bulky set (Calm Mind + Acid Armor + Shadow Ball + Overheat?) would be able to beat Dragapult:
252 SpA Choice Specs Dragapult Shadow Ball vs. 160 HP / 252+ SpD Chandelure: 254-300 (84.3 - 99.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Such a set was mentioned in the VR ranking comments, but I have never seen such a Chandelure before (in Gen 8).Golisopod actually has a fair chance against Dragapult, it has the potential to survive a Choice Specs-boosted Draco Meteor and go for a KO with First Impression into Sucker Punch:
252 SpA Choice Specs Dragapult Draco Meteor vs. 20 HP / 136 SpD Golisopod: 250-295 (84.4 - 99.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ Atk Golisopod First Impression vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Dragapult: 99-117 (31.2 - 36.9%) -- 79.7% chance to 3HKO
252+ Atk Golisopod Sucker Punch vs. 0 HP / 0 Def Dragapult: 208-246 (65.6 - 77.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKOSpecs Dragapult can defeat a non-specially bulky Rhyperior:
252 SpA Choice Specs Dragapult Draco Meteor vs. 252 HP / 0 SpD Rhyperior: 429-505 (98.8 - 116.3%) -- 87.5% chance to OHKOArcanine can win by slowly whittling Dragapult down. Snarl can prevent SpD drop rolls from Shadow Ball from affecting the matchup. Choice Specs Dragapult with Water coverage should beat Arcanine. (and no Arcanine's not unviable)Scarf Dragapult's chances aren't great going into a double Sucker Punch:
252+ SpA Dragapult Hydro Pump vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Cinderace: 278-328 (92.3 - 108.9%) -- 50% chance to OHKOA bulky set can beat Dragapult:
252+ SpA Choice Specs Dragapult Draco Meteor vs. 192 HP / 4 SpD Indeedee-F: 279-328 (84.8 - 99.6%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
252+ SpA Choice Specs Indeedee-F Psychic vs. 0 HP / 4 SpD Dragapult in Psychic Terrain: 370-436 (116.7 - 137.5%) -- guaranteed OHKOSpecs Dragapult doesn't win with Electric coverage:
252 SpA Choice Specs Dragapult Thunderbolt vs. 0 HP / 0 SpD Milotic: 204-240 (61.6 - 72.5%) -- guaranteed 2HKO
Prepare to be Mirror Coated!
Overall your table's errors favored Dragapult more than they went against it.