The only way to obtain Kingdra is to evolve Seadra with a Dragon Scale, making it hard to encounter Kingdra in Gyms.
However, due to it’s unique Typing and access to dragon type moves, Kingdra can extend over it’s CP range and disrupt a dormant Gym.
|230||Kingdra water dragon||2424||194||150||194|
Kingdra is unique in the Generation II lineup as it is both water and dragon typed, making it very difficult to have type advantage over her.
- 0.64x damage from fire and water
- 0.80x damage from steel
The only type advantages over Kingdra arefairy and dragon, making it very difficult to find a good Kingdra counter:
- 1.25x damage from fairy
- 1.25x damage from dragon
With that being said, Kingdra is starting to look very appealing in a team setup.
Best Kingdra movesets
|Role||Quick move||Charge move|
|⚔️||Gym offense||Dragon Breath dragon||Hydro Pump water|
|🛡️||Gym defense||Dragon Breath dragon||Hydro Pump water|
|👑||PvP (speculative)||Dragon Breath dragon||Blizzard ice|
Kingdra movesets explanation
|Dragon breath Dragon||Hydro pump Water||6/130||25.70||32.10|
|Water gun Water||Hydro pump Water||5/130||24.70||30.85|
|Dragon breath Dragon||Blizzard Ice||6/130||26.95||28.45|
|Water gun Water||Blizzard Ice||5/130||25.95||27.20|
|Dragon breath Dragon||Outrage Dragon||6/110||20.10||25.15|
|Water gun Water||Outrage Dragon||5/110||19.10||23.90|
As we discussed earlier, Kingdra has the unique benefit over all other water types – it’s access to Dragon moves.
Dragon Breath is generally the better choice than Water Gun, as it deals more, or in worst case the same amount of damage than Water Gun. Both are equally fast (0.5 seconds). The only time you would not want to use Dragon Breath is against a team that’s heavily based around Ground / Rock types.
As far as Charge moves go, Hydro Pump deals the most damage, but Outrage is also an interesting move, especially against Dragonite. Blizzard is a subpar move as it doesn’t benefit from STAB, but having access to it makes Kingdra a bit more versatile.
Kingdra counters in Pokémon GO
Due to Kingdra’s unique typing, there is not a lot of counters in the current meta, with these three being the most effective ones:
|Pound normal||Pound normal||Dragon Tail dragon|
|Moonblast fairy||Play Rough fairy||Outrage dragon|