I was looking to try out double battles online, and from my short experience it seems that Dragapult is a major player in most teams in Sword and Shield.
Dragapult has a unique move called Dragon Darts, which seems to work in a unique way:

The user attacks twice using Dreepy. If there are two targets, this move hits each target once.

Serebii also states:

In Doubles, if one of the two opponents protects or is a Fairy-type Pokemon, it hits the opponent that doesn't protect twice.

One strategy I thought about using was the move Wide Guard, it is a move that protects from area moves such as Surf, Rock Slide, or anything that hits multiple Pokemon. The move states:

The user and its allies are protected from wide-ranging attacks for one turn.

I was wondering, does Dragon Darts count as a "wide-ranging attack"?
Sometimes it only targets one Pokemon, another time it hits both...
Will it get blocked by Wide Guard?

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According to this Smogon Sword/Shield Battle Mechanics research thread,
it has been confirmed that Wide Guard does not protect against Dragon Darts.

Here is a video on Youtube that shows an online battle where Dragon Darts hits the enemy while Wide Guard was up:

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    So it's not a Wide Ranging attack, it's a Multi-attack that can change targets halfway through - like Double Kick instead of Surf Dec 10, 2019 at 9:07

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