Pokemon GO Dragonite
Pokemon GO Dragonite

Dragonite is a Dragon and Flying-type, Tier 4 raid boss introduced during the Pokémon Day 2019 Kanto-themed event. Best Dragonite counters are strong Ice type Pokemon like Mamoswine, Weavile, Mewtwo with Ice Beam, Jynx, Piloswine. It  has a Raid Boss CP of 38490, with an attack of 263, defense of 198 and a Tier 4 boss HP of 9000. This raid cannot be soloed, even with a double weakness, but it is an easy duo.

The CP ranges of Dragonite are as follows:

  • 2079 – 2167 (at level 20)
  • 2599 – 2709 (at level 25 with Windy weather boost)

Dragonite is double weak to Ice and is also weak to Dragon, Rock, and Fairy. Ice-types will be the best counters since the double weakness plays a huge role in this raid, but the other types are still viable counters.


Dragonite Raid Counters

As mentioned above, the double Ice weakness is really going to be the main focus in taking down this raid. The following table shows the best Dragonite counters.

Dragonite Counters
Weakness To: Boosted By:
Ice Dragon Fairy Rock Windy
Supreme Counters
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Great Counters
Mewtwo Psycho Cut Psychic Ice Beam Ice
Jynx Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Piloswine Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Good Counters
Porygon-Z Hidden Power Ice Blizzard Ice
Articuno Frost Breath Ice Blizzard Ice
Rampardos Smack Down Rock Rock Slide Rock
Cloyster Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Palkia Dragon Tail Dragon Draco Meteor Dragon
Rayquaza Dragon Tail Dragon Outrage Dragon
Mew Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam Ice
Walrein Frost Breath Ice Blizzard Ice

Other options can include rock set Tyranitar, Dragonite, Salamence, Froslass, Glalie and even Regice if you are getting desperate.

Dragonite Raid Move Set

Dragonite has access to these moves as a raid boss:

Fast Moves Charge Moves
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Outrage (2 Bar) Dragon
  • Hurricane (1 Bar) Flying
  • Hyper Beam (1 Bar) Normal

Steel Wing threatens your ice, rock and even your fairy type counters, making it the most difficult fast move to go against. Ice and rock types do not resist Dragon Tail as fairy types do, but even with neutral damage, it is still much easier to take on than Steel Wing.

Outrage will hit your non-fairy counters the hardest, which includes your ice Pokémon, making it the more difficult move to challenge. With it being the only two bar move that Dragonite can have as a raid boss, it will fire off a lot more often than a Hurricane or Hyper Beam. Rock type counters resist both Hyper Beam and Hurricane as charge moves, making them the bulkier choice against this move set. Your ice types will sadly resist no charge moves, but will take neutral damage from all of them. With the damage that ice types will be putting out, no charge move should threaten them. If you have ice types available, always use them unless you are in a large group and looking for the bulkier team so that you do not lose as many revives.

Dragonite Raid Weather Effects

The weather has just as much effect on the battle as a good team does, so always take your weather into consideration when picking your best team. Weather does not outweigh the double ice weakness, but when picking fillers around your ice types, or in the case that you do not have any good ice types, the weather can influence your team building.

Weather Effects
Weather Pro Con
Windy Boosts your Dragon moves Boosts Dragonite’s Dragon Tail, Outrage and Hurricane
Partly Cloudy Boosts your Rock moves Boosts Dragonite’s Hyper Beam
Cloudy Boosts your Fairy moves
Snow Boosts your Ice moves Boosts Dragonite’s Steel Wing

Final Notes

We suggest a minimum of two players to take on this raid with great counters, but be prepared for a challenge! Judge the number of players you need based on each player’s counters and the boss move set. Steel Wing / Outrage is one of the hardest moveset, while Dragon Tail paired with either Hurricane or Hyper Beam will be notably easier on your counters. 2167 and 2709 are the 100% CPs you are looking for, with Dragonite being boosted only in windy weather. Dragonite cannot be shiny from raids, as no evolved form can be shiny in raids. Good luck!