The Really Bad Parent Pokemon - Dragapult for Smash!

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#887 - Dragapult
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When it isn't battling, it keeps Dreepy in the holes on its horns. Once a fight starts, it launches the Dreepy like supersonic missiles.

Apparently the Dreepy inside Dragapult's horns eagerly look forward to being launched out at Mach speeds.
Dragapult is the pseudo legendary of the Galar region, a Ghost/Dragon type speedster that uses its babies as ammo. As you can see, Dragapult's horns serve as little tents for its pre-evolution Dreepy. It can fire these Dreepy out in battle as missiles, which seems a little bit concerning until you read that the Dreepy apparently really enjoy it, and even "eagerly look forward" to it. This gimmick of firing out Dreepy as ammo is seen in Dragapult's signature move, Dragon Darts, a Dragon-type move that hits the opponent twice (once for each Dreepy). As far as we know, there's nothing restricting Dragapult's from having more than two Dreepy, but for now, we've only ever seen them with two.


The transformation from Dreepy to Dragapult is another classic Pokemon case of a really weak, useless Pokemon turning into a huge powerhouse when it evolves. As a Dreepy, it has very poor stats and an incredibly lackluster movepool, with no Dragon-type moves and the strongest Ghost-type move being the 30 base power Astonish. Once it evolves, however, into Drakloak and then Dragapult, it gains a myriad of strong moves, as well as becoming one of the strongest and fastest Pokemon in the Galar region. Its 142 base speed outdoes even things like Mega Manetric and Mega Mewtwo Y! Though it's primarily a Physical attacker, it gets a lot of strong coverage moves on the Special side, so it can even run Mixed or Special sets. Its 100 base Special Attack isn't quite as high as its Physical Attack, but it's still nothing to scoff at.


Why Dragapult?
That's a great question, and I'm glad you asked. Dragapult has a ton of potential for a unique and fun moveset, due to its ability to use Dreepy as weapons. It has has a high focus on speed and stealth, even being the Stealth Pokemon. This could lend itself well to a style that focuses on keeping just out of reach of the opponent while pelting them with Dreepy or other quick attacks. In addition, while using characters as weapons or tools in battle isn't a new concept in Smash (Peach, King Dedede, etc.), the only character where that it's really integral to the design is Olimar and Rosalina. Adding another character like that could be cool, and Dragapult could put its own spin on the concept.

In terms of representation, while Pokemon is not necessarily hurting for another character, gen 8 could definitely use a rep. In addition, Dragapult would be the first Ghost-type and the first Dragon-type representation in the Smash roster, unless you want to count Charizard's final smash from Smash 4 as Dragon representation. Dragapult would also be our first Pseudo legendary in Smash. It's kinda interesting that we've never had one, and some might say that Sakurai is intentionally not including them, but I'd say that as long as it isn't expressly deconfirmed, anything is fair game at this point.

In addition, Dragapult is just popular. It's one of the most popular designs of the new generation, with tons of people putting it on their in-game teams for Sword and Shield. Unfortunately, you have to go way out of your way to obtain one, but it's a testament to how good of a design this is that people are willing to jump through so many hoops to get one. In fact, Dragapult has seemingly become extremely popular even when compared with Pokemon from all generations, ranking in at #11 out of all of the Pokemon in the 2020 Pokemon Day Poll. Maybe its popularity has to do with being able to use a powerful pseudo-legendary as well as its adorable baby form at the same time. Maybe it has to do with its suspicious eyes and wide mouth. Or maybe it's just because it's a really powerful Ghost/Dragon Pokemon. Whatever the reason, I'm sure many people would love to see it in Smash.

What about *insert other Gen 8 Pokemon here*?
First and foremost, the Pokemon Day Poll showed that Dragapult is the most popular out of all of the gen 8 Pokemon. Just getting that out of the way so I don't have to repeat it for every Pokemon. And yes, the Pokemon Day Poll took place after Sakurai said the Fighters Pass 2 characters were finalized, but it was still evident beforehand that Dragapult was very popular. Additionally, his main point with that comment was that he didn't want people to spam him with requests for characters. It's not out of the realm of possibility that they just saved a slot for a gen 8 character and waited for the results of the Pokemon Day Poll to decide which one to include.

The starters (Rillaboom, Cinderace, and Inteleon): These seem like the biggest competitors for Dragapult. All three of them could feasibly work as a fighter, and all three of them could provide interesting moves and mechanics. Out of the three of them, Cinderace seems to be the biggest competitor. It got number 6 out of all of the Galar Pokemon, and they've been pushing it in the new anime series, just as they did for Greninja and Incineroar before they got added to Smash. However, Dragapult seems to have more to offer than Cinderace, moveset wise. Cinderace's main gimmick is using flame balls as soccer balls, but it's unrealistic to think that it would conjure a soccer ball for every attack. For most of its attacks, it would likely be a simple kick based fighter, which isn't anything especially groundbreaking.

Toxtricity: Toxtricity got second place in the Pokemon Day Poll, right behind Dragapult, it's humanoid, and it has lots of moveset potential due to its sound based design. However, there's one problem that seems to make Toxtricity less likely. It has two forms that would require slightly different models and animations, and it is unable to freely switch between them. If it were able to switch between the forms, it could be incorporated into its gameplay, but as it is, that would go against how the forms worked in the games. They also (probably) can't make the forms palette swaps, as palette swaps have the same animations and model.

Zacian/Zamazenta: The two legendary dogs of Galar could potentially work as fighters, but Sakurai has never added a mascot legendary as a playable character. Doing so would require him to choose between the two legendaries, and though he has no problem choosing between the starters, picking between them seems like it would be a bigger deal.

Urshifu: The new legendary in the DLC could be an option, but it suffers from the same problem as Toxtricity: it has two forms that require different models and animations, and they can't be switched between freely. I'm sure Sakurai could figure out a way to make it work, but it does seem to lessen Urshifu's chances.

Zarude: The new mythical is also a potential option, but Sakurai has never added a mythical Pokemon as a Smash fighter, which might be intentional.

What would Dragapult's moveset be like?
As I mentioned earlier, Dragapult could have a moveset all about keeping your distance from the opponent while chipping at them with your quick, long-range attacks. Dragapult is actually nine feet tall when you include its tail, so it could definitely have some good range on its attacks. Speaking of the tail, that and the Dreepy would likely be Dragapult's primary form of attack. Its stubby little legs and arms don't really give it much momentum for attacks, so its tail is its best weapon. It could also have some nice headbutt attacks, as that's its other very prominent body feature.

Neutral Special: Dragon Darts
Dragapult fires one Dreepy forward, and another if you press the button again. The Dreepy automatically home in a little bit towards opponents, and the move can be angled slightly up or down.

Forward Special: U-Turn
Dragapult lunches forward for a powerful tail swipe before disappearing and reappearing where it started.

Up Special: Phantom Force
A pretty typical teleport. Dragapult disappears in ghostly energy, and reappears elsewhere in another burst of ghostly energy. Unlike most teleports, however, the reappearance would not have to be instantaneous. You can hold the button for a moment to delay Dragapult's reappearance. Any one who gets caught in the burst takes chip damage for a few seconds.

Down Special: Grudge
A counter move where Dragapult blocks for a second. However, instead of dealing damage if it activates, it simply stops your opponent from using any moves or shielding for several seconds. This gives Dragapult a good opportunity to go in for an attack.

Final Smash: Dragapult Dynamaxes, turning massive in size, and flies to the background. Very similarly to Bowser's Final Smash, a target appears on the screen and you aim and fire a Dreepy to attack the opponent from the background. The shot is less powerful than Giga Bowser's punch, but you have two shots, one for each Dreepy.

Neutral Attack: Dragapult slashes with both of its claws before one of the Dreepy pops out for a headbutt. The claw hits have pretty short range but the Dreepy has long range.

Dash Attack: Dragapult lunges forward and hits opponents with its head. The two Dreepy shoot out a short distance, giving it a little bit of extra range (though the Dreepy do less damage than Dragapult).

Forward Tilt: A basic claw swipe.

Up Tilt: A headbutt upwards

Down Tilt: A tail swipe at the ground

Forward Smash: Dragapult charges up and fires a blast of Dragon energy out of its mouth, like Ridley's forward smash.

Up Smash: Dragapult flips and whacks the air above it with its tail

Down Smash: The two Dreepy fly out, one to the left and one to the right, and perform a headbutt.

Neutral Air: Dragapult spins around, hitting everything around it with its tail.

Forward Air: Dragapult fires a Dreepy forward.

Back Air: Dragapult fires a Dreepy backwards.

Up Air: Dragapult fires a Dreepy up.

Down Air: Dragapult fires a Dreepy down.

Grab: Grabs the opponent with its tail.

Pummel: The two Dreepy headbutt the opponent.

Forward Throw: Dragapult throws the opponent forward with its tail.

Back Throw: Dragapult slams the opponent on the ground behind it, sending them flying.

Up Throw: Dragapult tosses the opponent up and a Dreepy headbutts it.

Down Throw: Dragapult headbutts the opponent into the ground.

Taunt 1: The two Dreepy fight in midair while Dragapult chuckles.

Taunt 2: Dragapult roars menacingly with the two Dreepy doing the same.

Taunt 3: A Dreepy flies out of Dragapult's horn, looking around curiously, before getting scared and flying back in.

Victory Animation 1: The area is blank, with the camera looking around for Dragapult. Dragapult appears in the center of the screen in ghostly energy.

Victory Animation 2: Dragapult flies by really fast from the left to the right. The camera turns to the right to look for Dragapult, only for it to appear from the left side of the screen laughing.

Victory Animation 3: The two Dreepy are flying around Dragapult as it looks overwhelmed.

Losing Animation: Dragapult claps somewhat unsuccessfully (with its arms being a little bit too short)

So, yeah! If you agree that Dragapult could be an amazing addition to the Smash Bros roster, just ask to be added to the supporters list and I'll add you as soon as I can! In addition, if you have a moveset idea for Dragapult just post it and I can add it to the OP.

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So we have official art of Dreepy and Dragapult, thought it's not super high quality. Eventually, when they get uploaded to the Pokemon website, I'll put higher quality versions in the OP. In other news, with the announcement of six more DLC characters and the knowledge that they can be first party, a gen 8 newcomer seems pretty plausible, or maybe even likely. Of course, Dragapult faces pretty strong competition from the starters or Toxtricity, but I do think Dragapult has a chance.
 

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I'm sick of boring biped starters / cool gen promotional gen faces for pokemon. If we need another pokemon for smash, i want either something super cute, or something super weird. (or at least a snake, a bird or a quadruped.)

Dragapult certainly fits perfectly in teh weird category, is also popular, metadefining and a GHOST, tons of plus points.
If we NEED an 8th gen pokemon, definetly Dragapult, Alcremie, the legendary wolves and Corviknight are my picks.
 

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I've been thinking about supporting someone else along with Zacian/Zamazenta. I want to support my favorite pokemon from gen 8.
While i wouldn't mind any of the biped pokemon getting in (except maybe the starters mainly because they're very uninteresting compared to previous gens in terms of offering something unique), i'd love to see the first pseudo legendary pokemon (who turned out to be #1 most popular gen 8 pokemon AND #11 overal).
There's so much personality that can come out with potential interactions with it's 2 dreepy.
 
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The news that an ARMS fighter will be the first character in the second Fighters Pack makes it seem like there will be more of a focus on first party characters this time. Along with the fact that there's new Sword and Shield content coming out this year, it seems very plausible that Nintendo would want to promote Sword and Shield. I do worry a little bit about a DLC Pokemon being chosen, but so far, it doesn't seem like there's any that would beat Dragapult. Zarude seems possible, but it seems as if Sakurai prefers to not put legendaries and mythicals as Smash fighters. Obviously Mewtwo is an exception, but Mewtwo is also one of the most popular Pokemon, so it makes sense. In addition to being a legendary, Urshifu seems to suffer from the same problem as Toxtricity: it has two forms that have slightly different models and animations, and it doesn't transform between those forms. This would make it more difficult to add them to Smash, as Sakurai would need to account for both forms. The forms are similar enough that it would be hard to justify them as separate characters (like Samus and ZSS), but they're different enough that they (probably) can't be pallet swaps.
 

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The news that an ARMS fighter will be the first character in the second Fighters Pack makes it seem like there will be more of a focus on first party characters this time. Along with the fact that there's new Sword and Shield content coming out this year, it seems very plausible that Nintendo would want to promote Sword and Shield. I do worry a little bit about a DLC Pokemon being chosen, but so far, it doesn't seem like there's any that would beat Dragapult. Zarude seems possible, but it seems as if Sakurai prefers to not put legendaries and mythicals as Smash fighters. Obviously Mewtwo is an exception, but Mewtwo is also one of the most popular Pokemon, so it makes sense. In addition to being a legendary, Urshifu seems to suffer from the same problem as Toxtricity: it has two forms that have slightly different models and animations, and it doesn't transform between those forms. This would make it more difficult to add them to Smash, as Sakurai would need to account for both forms. The forms are similar enough that it would be hard to justify them as separate characters (like Samus and ZSS), but they're different enough that they (probably) can't be pallet swaps.
Even though a new pokemon is basically a given, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The way the announced that arms character was the 1st character in season 2 was the best way to handle it given how most people don't care about arms. This could mean they're developing from the least exciting to most exciting reveal.

Arms could also be the only 1st party character to join.
 
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Even though a new pokemon is basically a given, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The way the announced that arms character was the 1st character in season 2 was the best way to handle it given how most people don't care about arms. This could mean they're developing from the least exciting to most exciting reveal.

Arms could also be the only 1st party character to join.
I'm not denying that we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, but least exciting to most exciting doesn't seem like how they would want to do this, considering there's a Fighters Pass that they want people to buy upfront. The last Fighters Pass started with Joker (who seemed very well received), and ended with Byleth (who was very poorly received). The best way for Nintendo to get people to buy the pass is with an opening character that tells the fans that the rest of the pack will be good. In this case, many fans seem to want more first party characters after the mainly third party character Fighters Pass 1. By starting with a first party character (even though, as you mentioned, Arms isn't incredibly popular) Nintendo might be hoping that people will buy the pass in hopes that it will contain more first party characters.

Of course, this is all just speculation and I could be completely wrong, but it seems to me that Nintendo wants us to know that there will be more first party characters in this pack. And if there's more of a focus on first parties, it's good news for us Pokemon fans!
 
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