Dragonite is one of the most overused Pokemon, both in terms of Gym attack and defense, because of its legendary Attack stat, good Defense and Stamina. And do not to forget, Dragonite is considered more powerful than Tyranitar in the current meta.
However, with great strength comes great rarity. It’s so rare to find a Dragonite in the wild that songs were written about it. Like many other top tier Pokemon, the entire Dragonite family is considered super rare.
Dratini still hatches from 10 KM eggs and it’s a fairly common hatch. That makes it way easier to get to Dragonite since Generation II launched, and since you’re hatching 10KMs like crazy, it’s likely to get a good Dratini for a future evolution.
Dragonite Counters in Pokemon GO
|Dragon Breath dragon||Dragon Breath dragon||Rock Throw rock|
|Dragon Pulse dragon||Dragon Pulse dragon||Stone Edge rock|
Curiously, Dragonite is not a pure Dragon, as it’s typing is dual: dragon and . That results in the following:
- Dragonite takes 156% damage from ice
- Dragonite takes 125% fairy, rock and dragon type moves
- Dragonite takes 80% from fire, ground fighting
- Dragonite takes 64% from grass type moves
In reality, as Lapras was heavily nerfed and no Ice defenders/attackers have risen to the occasion, the choice of true Dragonite counters is very limited. The best counters for Dragonite are either another Dragonite, or a Gyarados with dragon type moveset.
Some Fairy type Pokemon with Fairy type movesets can also get the job done, notably Clefable or Wigglytuff.
Dragonite movesets explained
In reality, there is no such thing as a bad Dragonite moveset. Yes, sure, some are defense friendly, some are offense friendly, but a Dragonite is still a Dragonite.
|Dragon tail Dragon||Hurricane Flying||15/110||27.15||33.95|
|Dragon breath Dragon||Hurricane Flying||6/110||26.35||32.95|
|Steel wing Steel||Hurricane Flying||11/110||27.25||32.35|
|Dragon tail Dragon||Hyper beam Normal||15/150||26.55||28.25|
|Dragon breath Dragon||Hyper beam Normal||6/150||25.75||27.25|
|Dragon tail Dragon||Dragon claw Dragon||15/50||21.50||26.90|
|Steel wing Steel||Hyper beam Normal||11/150||26.65||26.65|
|Dragon tail Dragon||Outrage Dragon||15/110||20.90||26.15|
|Dragon breath Dragon||Dragon claw Dragon||6/50||20.70||25.90|
|Steel wing Steel||Dragon claw Dragon||11/50||21.60||25.30|
|Dragon breath Dragon||Outrage Dragon||6/110||20.10||25.15|
|Steel wing Steel||Outrage Dragon||11/110||21.00||24.55|
|Dragon tail Dragon||Dragon pulse Dragon||15/90||19.30||24.15|
|Dragon breath Dragon||Dragon pulse Dragon||6/90||18.50||23.15|
|Steel wing Steel||Dragon pulse Dragon||11/90||19.40||22.55|
- Dragon Breath is the fastest move (0.5 sec), gives huge time window for dodging incoming attacks. It is alsoperfect for taking down other Dragonites.
- Dragon Tail is a bit slower (1.1 sec), but has more DPS and gains energy faster. Viable in defense.
- Outrage is overall the best attacking move with highest DPS
- Dragon Pulse is the best charged move for attacking other Dragonite.
- Hurricane is the hardest to dodge, but Hyper Beam has the most damage potential when it comes to Gym defense.