Dragonite

Pokemon GO Dragonite

Dragonite is one of the most useful and versatile Pokémon in the game because of its legendary-tier Attack stat and decent bulk. Dragon type attacks are only super effective against other Dragon types. However, since not many other types resist dragon type attacks (just Steel and Fairy (x2)) and thanks to Dragonite’s incredible stats and movesets, it can be used as a TOP-Tier generalist.

However, with great strength comes great rarity. Like many other top tier Pokemon, the entire Dragonite family is considered super rare. However, if you were lucky to play during the Community Day that featured Dratini, you probably have one in your team ready to be used.

Pokémon Stats Max CP
ATK DEF STA
Dragonite Dragon Flying 263 201 182 3581

Dragonite overview

Several Dragon types have been introduced in the game, and some of them even have a slightly higher attack stat than Dragonite. The fact that Dragonite is still a TOP choice to attack gyms and in raids speaks for itself, and shows how useful this Pokémon is in the current metagame.

Its main strengths are:

  • It is able to learn Dragon Tail and Outrage, one of the best movesets in the game. Paired up with its legendary-tier attack stat, Dragonite is probably one of the best offensive-oriented additions to consider for your team
  • It has greater bulk than other great Dragon types such as Rayquaza and Salamence
  • Its best charge move (Outrage) is a 2-bar charge move that can be effectively used for both offensive and defensive purposes, and it’s very powerful too!
  • It resists Fighting type moves, which will probably force the opponent to switch when facing it in a gym

However, its main weaknesses should be mentioned too:

  • It has a double weakness to Ice type attacks and it is also weak to Fairy, Rock and Dragon
  • Rayquaza outclasses it from a time to win perspective (but it has less bulk and needs more resources to power up)
  • It has a very high Max CP, which translates into a high CP decay when placing it in a gym

Best Dragonite movesets

 Role Quick move Charge move
Gym offense Dragon Breath* or Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Claw* or Outrage dragon
Gym defense Dragon Tail dragon Outrage dragon
PvP (speculative) Dragon Tail dragon Outrage dragon

* Legacy move

Best Dragonite moves in Pokémon GO

In reality, there is no such thing as a bad Dragonite Pokémon GO moveset. However, some movesets are more viable or commonly used than others. The following Table compares the cycle DPS (with STAB) of every single moveset that Dragonite is able to learn. Keep in mind that some movesets might not top the DPS charts but could be good to use in certain scenarios!

Dragonite moves in Pokemon GO
Fast Move Charge Move Cycle DPS (STAB)
Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon 24.02
Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon 23.17
Dragon Tail Dragon Hurricane Flying 22.25
Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 21.98
Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon 21.87
Dragon Tail Dragon Hyper Beam Normal 21.84
Steel Wing Steel Draco Meteor Dragon 21.46
Dragon Tail Dragon Dragon Pulse Dragon 21.42
Steel Wing Steel Outrage Dragon 21.17
Dragon Breath Dragon Hurricane Flying 20.53
Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon 20.50
Dragon Breath Dragon Hyper Beam Normal 20.25
Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Pulse Dragon 20.11
Steel Wing Steel Dragon Claw Dragon 19.75
Steel Wing Steel Hurricane Flying 19.67
Steel Wing Steel Hyper Beam Normal 19.46
Steel Wing Steel Dragon Pulse Dragon 19.45

*Keep in mind that STAB cycle DPS calculations just compare the different movesets and they are not Pokémon-specific

  • Dragon Breath and Dragon Claw is the moveset that is most fun to use when attacking gyms, as it gives a large time window for dodging incoming attacks. If you are the kind of person that likes dodging and you are planning to use your legacy Dragonite as an efficient gym sweeper, do not TM that moveset!
  • Dragon Tail is the best fast move. Despite being a bit slow (it has a cooldown of 1.1s), it has more DPS and gains energy faster (EPS). The best fast move for defending purposes too.
  • Outrage is overall the best charge move for Dragonite. Even though it does not top the cycle DPS chart, it is the best one to use in most scenarios. For a detailed comparison vs. Draco Meteor, check out this guide.
  • Steel Wing and Hyper Beam are its worse moves in the current movepool. If you have one of those, use your TMs as fast as possible!
  • Hurricane is one of the hardest moves to dodge as it has a small damage window, and it is also usable in Machamp raids. If anyone tries to take down your Dragonite in a gym with Machamp (the most common Pokémon to use when tearing down gyms), facing a Dragon Tail/Hurricane Dragonite will catch your opponents off guard for sure!

Dragonite Counters in Pokémon GO

Supreme Counters

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Rayquaza Dragon Flying Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Dragonite Dragon Flying Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Articuno Ice Flying Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam or Blizzard Ice
Jynx Ice Psychic Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Walrein Water Ice Frost Breath Ice Blizzard Ice
Salamence Dragon Flying Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon

 

Rayquaza is the best Dragon type attacker in the game. It has a massive 284 attack stat and it is able to learn the best dragon type moveset in the game. Similarly, Dragonite is able to learn the same moveset. Dragonite has greater bulk but a slightly lower attack stat. Keep in mind, however, that dragon type attacks will also be super effective against your dragons. Salamence is also a top choice but it is not able to learn Outrage as a charge move. For an in-depth discussion on whether Draco Meteor or Outrage is better, you can check out this article.

Articuno, Jynx and Walrein take advantage of Dragonite’s double weakness to Ice type attacks. Articuno and Walrein offer great bulk but they sadly lack a few points in attack to be more relevant. On the other hand, Jynx has a higher attack stat but it is a glass cannon. It is probably the best choice from a time to win perspective, but you will definitely need quite a few of them and they won’t last long in the battle field. If you want to take down Dragonite as fast as possible, ice types will for sure take advantage of its main weakness.

Other viable alternatives

 Pokémon Fast move Charge move
Lapras Water Ice Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam* or Blizzard Ice
Piloswine Ice Ground Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Latios Dragon Psychic Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Gardevoir Psychic Fairy Confusion Psychic Dazzling Gleam Fairy
Cloyster Water Ice Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Golem Rock Ground Rock Throw Rock Stone Edge Rock

* Legacy move

Lapras can be used as an alternative to Walrein. It has a slightly lower attack stat but higher defense and stamina. Piloswine is a decent option but there are better choices to use. Its evolution in Generation 4, however, looks very promising. Cloyster is another bulky option to consider, but it won’t top the DPS charts either.

Latios can be used as well, but it falls behind the other top-tier dragons due to its moveset. Finally, Golem is also an alternative, but there are better options to use.

Weather influence

Weather Pros Cons
Sunny
Partly Cloudy Boosts its Normal type moves Boosts super-effective Rock type moves
Cloudy Boosts super-effective Fairy type moves
Rainy
Fog
Windy Boosts its Dragon and Flying type moves Boosts super-effective Dragon type moves
Snow Boosts its Steel type moves Boosts super-effective Ice type moves

Viability in raids

Dragonite is a very useful Pokémon to use in raids. It can be efficiently used in several raids, but here is a compilation of the ones in which it is one of the top counters:

 Raid Boss Fast move to use Charge move to use
Rayquaza Dragon Flying* Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Latios Dragon Psychic Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Latias Dragon Psychic Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon

* Legacy raid boss

However, since Dragonite is a great generalist, it can be used in plenty of different raids. Examples include any situation in which it does not take super effective damage from the raid boss:

  • Snorlax
  • Mewtwo
  • Machamp (with Hurricane as its Charge Move)

To be honest, every single raid boss that does not resist Dragon type moves fears Dragonite, and even more if it is weather-boosted. There are better counters for the raid bosses listed above (Counter/Dynamic Punch Machamp for Snorlax, Bite/Crunch Tyranitar or Shadow Claw/Shadow Ball Gengar for Mewtwo, Confusion/Psychic Mewtwo or Confusion/Futuresight Alakazam for Machamp), but Dragonite can always fill an empty slot in your offensive line-up and it will probably still perform great, so give it a chance if you don’t have better specialist Pokémon for a specific matchup!

Rating

 Pokémon Dragonite Dragon Flying
Attacker 4.5
Defender 3
Generalist 4.5
Overall 4.5
Tier I

 

Dragonite is a TOP-Tier generalist in Pokémon GO. It is able to learn Dragon Tail and Outrage, one of the best movesets in the game, and paired up with its legendary-tier attack stat, Dragonite is probably one of the best offensive-oriented additions to consider for your team. It has greater bulk than other great Dragon types such as Rayquaza and Salamence and it can be effectively used in plenty of different scenarios.