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  1. Lets talk about Dragon. When I heard about Pokemon being cut, it made me worry that Dragon will suck with missing key Pokemon like Dragonite, Lati@s, and Garchomp. However, since playing Gen 8 Monotype, Dragon is not as bad as I thought, in fact, it does pretty well when testing it in room tours and winning the bad mus such as Ice and Fairy. Now, Lets talk about the new tools first and some older Pokemon that are great on Dragon!
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  3.  
  4.  
  5. [hide=leftovers]
  6.  
  7. Duraludon @ Leftovers
  8.  
  9. Ability: Stalwart
  10.  
  11. EVs: 252 HP / 252 Def / 4 SpA
  12.  
  13. Bold Nature
  14.  
  15. IVs: 0 Atk
  16.  
  17. - Stealth Rock
  18.  
  19. - Thunder Wave
  20.  
  21. - Foul Play
  22.  
  23. - Flash Cannon / Steel Beam
  24.  
  25. [/hide]
  26.  
  27. Duraludon is a bulky defensive Pokemon, which makes it prefect to run Foul Play + Thunder Wave to help with setup Pokemon, a great switch in to physical attacks like Mimikyu's Play Rough, and can help pressure Fairy-types with its Steel-STAB attacks. Duraludon also gets Stealth Rock, which I think is pretty great to allow Kommo-o to run Taunt, Clangorous Soul or a 4th attacking move. The most disappointing thing about duraludon is it cannot take a special hit too well, which hurts its usefulness in the Fairy and Ice matchup.
  28.  
  29. [hide=life orb]
  30.  
  31. Dragapult @ Life Orb
  32.  
  33. Ability: Clear Body
  34.  
  35. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  36.  
  37. Jolly Nature
  38.  
  39. - Dragon Dance
  40.  
  41. - Dragon Darts
  42.  
  43. - Phantom Force
  44.  
  45. - Will-O-Wisp / Sucker Punch
  46.  
  47. [/hide]
  48.  
  49. [hide=choice specs]
  50.  
  51. Dragapult @ Choice Specs
  52.  
  53. Ability: Clear Body
  54.  
  55. EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  56.  
  57. Timid Nature
  58.  
  59. - Shadow Ball
  60.  
  61. - Draco Meteor
  62.  
  63. - Thunderbolt
  64.  
  65. - U-turn
  66.  
  67. [/hide]
  68.  
  69. [hide=choice band]
  70.  
  71. Dragapult @ Choice Band
  72.  
  73. Ability: Clear Body
  74.  
  75. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  76.  
  77. Jolly Nature
  78.  
  79. - Sucker Punch
  80.  
  81. - Dragon Darts
  82.  
  83. - Phantom Force
  84.  
  85. - U-turn
  86.  
  87. [/hide]
  88.  
  89. [hide=choice scarf]
  90.  
  91. Dragapult @ Choice Scarf
  92.  
  93. Ability: Clear Body
  94.  
  95. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  96.  
  97. Jolly Nature
  98.  
  99. - Psychic Fangs
  100.  
  101. - Dragon Darts
  102.  
  103. - Phantom Force
  104.  
  105. - U-turn
  106.  
  107. [/hide]
  108.  
  109. Dragapult is one of my favorite new Pokemon as its Attack and Special Attack are ok and backed by its 421 Speed that allows it to outpace the metagame bar Choice Scarfers or a setup Pokemon at x2. However, Dragapult has a not so great physical movepool and has to use Phantom Force for physical Ghost-STAB. Life Orb is cool to be able to change moves outside of Dynamax and run Sucker Punch and Dragon Dance. However, I been trying out Choice Specs Dragapult, and it works pretty well due to its access to Draco Meteor, Shadow Ball, Fire Blast, Thunderbolt and Hydro Pump. It can also be a good pivot because of its access to U-turn, which will go nice on any Choiced sets to get momentum for the team.
  110.  
  111. [hide=leftovers]
  112.  
  113. Appletun @ Leftovers
  114.  
  115. Ability: Ripen
  116.  
  117. EVs: 252 HP / 4 SpA / 252 SpD
  118.  
  119. Calm Nature
  120.  
  121. IVs: 0 Atk
  122.  
  123. - Dragon Pulse
  124.  
  125. - Leech Seed
  126.  
  127. - Protect
  128.  
  129. - Apple Acid
  130.  
  131. [/hide]
  132.  
  133. Appletun is a cool Pokemon, but is better on Grass. However, it is a cool tool to take on Water-type Pokemon and help take on special attacks, but I think Dracozolt helps in this mu a lot more due to its wallbreaking power.
  134.  
  135. [hide=choice band]
  136.  
  137. Dracovish @ Choice Band
  138.  
  139. Ability: Strong Jaw
  140.  
  141. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  142.  
  143. Jolly Nature
  144.  
  145. - Ice Fang
  146.  
  147. - Iron Head
  148.  
  149. - Low Kick
  150.  
  151. - Outrage
  152.  
  153. [/hide]
  154.  
  155. Dracovish will have a niche once it gets its unreleased ability, Sand Rush. For now, it probably wont see much usage because of Haxorus and Dragapult usually being on the team as the main physical wallbreakers and Dracozolt also being a better choice to help out in the Water matchup.
  156.  
  157. [hide=choice band / choice scarf]
  158.  
  159. Dracozolt @ Choice Band / Choice Scarf
  160.  
  161. Ability: Hustle
  162.  
  163. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  164.  
  165. Jolly Nature
  166.  
  167. - Bolt Beak
  168.  
  169. - Earthquake
  170.  
  171. - Outrage
  172.  
  173. - Low Kick
  174.  
  175. [/hide]
  176.  
  177. Dracozolt looks interesting, however its Speed and average bulk is its major downfall. Although, Dracozolt can greatly help out with Water, Steel and Dark matchup, and has Hustle to become a fearsome wallbreaker.
  178.  
  179. [hide=life orb]
  180.  
  181. Flapple @ Life Orb  
  182. Ability: Hustle  
  183. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe  
  184. Adamant Nature  
  185. - Dragon Dance  
  186. - Sucker Punch  
  187. - Outrage  
  188. - Bullet Seed
  189. [/hide]
  190.  
  191. No idea what to do with this thing, feel like Appletun is a lot better as it has more bulk and better movepool. I do not think we will see this Pokemon being used much.
  192.  
  193.  
  194.  
  195. Now lets talk about the Pokemon that did not get snapped.
  196.  
  197. [hide=choice band / choice scarf]
  198.  
  199. Haxorus @ Choice Band / Choice Scarf
  200.  
  201. Ability: Mold Breaker
  202.  
  203. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  204.  
  205. Jolly Nature
  206.  
  207. - Iron Tail
  208.  
  209. - Superpower
  210.  
  211. - Outrage
  212.  
  213. - Earthquake
  214.  
  215. [/hide]
  216.  
  217. I love Haxorus, and its finally good this gen. Thanks to its raw power and good Speed tier, it can greatly help in the Fairy and Ice matchup as well as the Water matchup due to Iron Tail and Outrage and Superpower. It can also help in the Dark and Steel matchup with Superpower and Earthquake . Mold Breaker is also useful to get Levitate Pokemon such as the Rotom formes, Weezing and Bronzong and can also ignore Disguise and Ice Force from Mimikyu and Eiscue.
  218.  
  219. [hide=nasty plot]
  220.  
  221. Hydreigon @ Leftovers
  222.  
  223. Ability: Levitate
  224.  
  225. EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  226.  
  227. Timid Nature
  228.  
  229. IVs: 0 Atk
  230.  
  231. - Nasty Plot
  232.  
  233. - Dark Pulse
  234.  
  235. - Draco Meteor
  236.  
  237. - Flamethrower
  238.  
  239. [/hide]
  240.  
  241. [hide=choice specs / choice scarf]
  242.  
  243. Hydreigon @ Choice Specs / Choice Scarf
  244.  
  245. Ability: Levitate
  246.  
  247. EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  248.  
  249. Timid Nature
  250.  
  251. IVs: 0 Atk
  252.  
  253. - Flamethrower
  254.  
  255. - Draco Meteor
  256.  
  257. - Dark Pulse
  258.  
  259. - Flash Cannon
  260.  
  261. [/hide]
  262.  
  263. Hydreigon gain Nasty Plot, but lost Roost. This means that Hydreigon is forced to run leftovers with Nasty Plot to get some passive recovery back as Life Orb will kill it way too fast. Using just one Nasty Plot then dynamax can help kill a couple Pokemon, which is pretty good, but it is hard to find a place to set up. So, I still use Choice Specs or Choice Scarf depending on the members of the team and what I need. Choice Specs can greatly help break Pokemon with Dark Pulse and fish for flinches while Choice Scarf helps in mirrors and help deal with Alolan Ninetales and weaken Ice and Fairy-types with Flash Cannon.
  264.  
  265. [hide=assault vest]
  266.  
  267. Goodra @ Assault Vest
  268.  
  269. Ability: Sap Sipper
  270.  
  271. EVs: 248 HP / 8 Atk / 252 SpA
  272.  
  273. Mild Nature
  274.  
  275. - Sludge Wave
  276.  
  277. - Flamethrower
  278.  
  279. - Earthquake
  280.  
  281. - Dragon Pulse
  282.  
  283. [/hide]
  284.  
  285. Goodra is not the best Pokemon, but with Assault Vest I can see it get some usage to help tilt the Fairy matchup to Dragon's favor. With Duraludon taking the physical Fairy-type attacks, Goodra can take the special Fairy-type attacks from Clefable, Alolan Ninetales and Galar Weezing. Earthquake is filler, but can be helpful against Poison- and Steel-types. Sap Sipper allows Goodra to soak up Spore, Stun Spore and Leech Seed, which can be helpful to avoid a teammate from getting statused from Grass-type moves.
  286.  
  287. [hide=life orb]
  288.  
  289. Kommo-o @ Iapapa Berry
  290.  
  291. Ability: Soundproof / Bulletproof
  292.  
  293. EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SpA / 252 Spe
  294.  
  295. Naive Nature
  296.  
  297. - Clanging Scales
  298.  
  299. - Drain Punch
  300.  
  301. - Flamethrower
  302.  
  303. - Clangorous Soul / Flash Cannon / Taunt
  304.  
  305. [/hide]
  306.  
  307. Kommo-o gotten Clangorus Soul which gives it an omniboost at the cost of losing 33% of its HP. Before knowing what that move did, I was using LO 4 attacks, but Clangorus Soul can be good to use on a predicted switch or a choiced Pokemon locked into a resisted attack.
  308.  
  309. [hide=choice scarf]
  310.  
  311. Flygon @ Choice Scarf
  312.  
  313. Ability: Levitate
  314.  
  315. EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  316.  
  317. Jolly Nature
  318.  
  319. - Outrage
  320.  
  321. - Defog
  322.  
  323. - Earthquake
  324.  
  325. - U-turn
  326.  
  327. [/hide]
  328.  
  329. Flygon is actually usable now, mainly because of its Speed, access to Defog and can pivot out with U-turn, but I am not conviced that this is the best choice scarfer for Dragon as Hydreigion and Haxorus work better in the small testing I have done.
  330.  
  331. [hide=leftovers]
  332.  
  333. Noivern @ Leftovers
  334.  
  335. Ability: Infiltrator
  336.  
  337. EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  338.  
  339. Timid Nature
  340.  
  341. IVs: 0 Atk
  342.  
  343. - Hurricane
  344.  
  345. - Roost
  346.  
  347. - Draco Meteor
  348.  
  349. - Defog / U-turn
  350.  
  351. [/hide]
  352.  
  353. [hide=choice scarf]
  354.  
  355. Noivern @ Choice Scarf
  356.  
  357. Ability: Infiltrator
  358.  
  359. EVs: 252 SpA / 4 SpD / 252 Spe
  360.  
  361. Timid Nature
  362.  
  363. - U-turn
  364.  
  365. - Draco Meteor
  366.  
  367. - Hurricane
  368.  
  369. - Flamethrower
  370.  
  371. [/hide]
  372.  
  373. Noivern is the second fastest Pokemon that Dragon has and also one of the few Defog users. Choice Scarf is cool for pivoting and able to help with the Dragon mirror and its Flying-STAB can be useful in the Bug mu and avoiding being slowed down by Sticky Web in the Psychic and Fairy matchups.
  374.  
  375.  
  376.  
  377. Here are some of the Dragon teams I built
  378.  
  379. https://pastebin.com/T3ZRs352 - Scarf Noivern +Double Specs
  380.  
  381. https://pastebin.com/Bb8fSRky - Scarf Haxorus + Band Daragpult + AV Goodra
  382.  
  383. https://pastebin.com/pQLCPX1u - Double Band
  384.  
  385.  
  386.  
  387. Replays
  388.  
  389. https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8oubeta-1012117424-ryquouyucea15rywq26xekc7nevy7hwpw vs Ice
  390.  
  391. https://replay.pokemonshowdown.com/gen8oubeta-1012220053-dtj1sjqoklb9rrsl5jnv8x915rsn0lopw vs Dark
  392.  
  393.  
  394.  
  395. Overall, I feel like Dragon will remain somewhere in the high middle tier for this gen, as it does have trouble with Ghost, Dark, weaknesses if not played well and sand Ground. Dragon will be even better if Kyurem-B gets to stay, but with the buffs and Dynamax, it is probably getting the boot.
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