name: All-Out Attacker
move 1: Draco Meteor
move 2: Shadow Ball
move 3: Fire Blast
move 4: Thunderbolt / U-turn
item: Choice Specs / Expert Belt
evs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
Dragapult acts as a strong offensive attacker and pivot in SS OU. A very expansive special movepool and a blistering Speed stat allow it to pose a threat to numerous teams. Fire Blast is crucial for Steel-types that avoid a 2HKO from Shadow Ball, namely Ferrothorn and Corviknight, while also being Dragapult's best option to damage Grimmsnarl. Thunderbolt is very useful for breaking past Mandibuzz, after chip damage, and especially physically defensive Toxapex, as well as having a more accurate hit on the aforementioned Corviknight. However, U-turn can be used to get Dragapult on a more favorable position instead of Thunderbolt on Choice Specs set. Choice Specs boosts Dragapult's Special Attack to lofty levels, and if needed, Dragapult can Dynamax to switch moves. Expert Belt is inherently weaker but allows Dragapult to switch moves and maintains its boost upon Dynamaxing, both of which can be very valuable traits. Timid is preferred to outspeed +1 Excadrill and +1 Gyarados, as well as Speed tying with other Dragapult. Modest is also a good choice for the added damage, especially on Toxapex. Lastly, Infiltrator is the preferred ability to ignore Substitute from Corviknight and Gyarados while bringing other miscellaneous advantages, like ignoring Reflect, Light Screen, and Aurora Veil.
Dragapult can usually find itself on balance teams, appreciating a strong defensive backbone that gives it more opportunities to come in; however, it can be used on some more offensive teams as well. Teammates that can reliably deal with Dragapult's few checks are very important, most notably Toxapex and Mandibuzz. Rotom-W and Rotom-H help fill that role for the most part and can bring Dragapult safely in with Volt Switch. Psychic-types, especially those immune to Toxic, like Hatterene and Reuniclus, can also take on Toxapex, easing prediction when it comes to Thunderbolt. Stronger wallbreakers like Galarian Darmanitan and Dracozolt can also help handle bulkier teams that could give Dragapult some trouble.
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