What are Drapion's weaknesses in Pokémon BDSP?

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Drapion is one of the strongest Pokémon in Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl.

Not only does this pack a punch when you add him to your party, but his appearance in the Elite Four can make it hard to get past Aaron. However, there is a way to counter it and ensure you don't get wiped out by a single Drapion throughout your travels.

Contrary to what some fans think, Drapion is a Poison and Dark type Pokémon. Some players think that Drapion is a Bug-type instead of Dark since his pre-evolution, Skorupi, is a Bug-type. However, Drapion shrugs off that horrible strike for something much stronger.

This eliminates many of his weaknesses, leaving players with just one type they can use against him to deal super effective damage.

Drapion's Weaknesses in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl

Drapion is Poison and Dark type. (Photo: Game Freak)

In Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl, Drapion is only weak against Ground-type attacks. Drapion's Poison typing eliminates any weaknesses he would have to Dark types. This means that all that's left is his ground weakness from his Poison typing.

If you want to be successful against Drapion, having a Pokemon with a move like Earthquake will be your best bet. A Pokemon like Garchomp, Hippowdon, or Gastrodon is best because they're all Ground-types that have high stats and can use a move like Earthquake. If you don't have any ground type, then teaching a move like the Earthquake or even the Bulldoze is the next best option.

A Pokemon like Garchomp is perfect for taking out Drapion. (Photo: Game Freak)

However, you also want to make sure none of your Pokémon are weak to the main Drapion types. If you send out a Psychic, Grass, or Ghost type, you're likely going to be beaten by Drapion's moveset. Drapion is fast and hits hard, so don't underestimate him when taking on Aaron or any other trainer who wields the Ogre Scorpion in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl.

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There you go, now you know what Drapion's weaknesses are in Pokémon Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl, and you're ready to fight him!

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