Dragonite is a Dragon and Flying-type, Tier 3 raid boss introduced during the Pokémon Day 2019 Kanto-themed event. Best Dragonite counters are strong Ice type Pokémon due to its 2x weakness to Ice, along with strong Dragon, Fairy and Rock types.
The CP ranges of Dragonite are as follows:
- 2079 – 2167 (at level 20)
- 2599 – 2709 (at level 25 with Windy weather boost)
Dragonite Raid Counters
Since Shadow Pokémon are extremely expensive to power up and require specific events to remove Frustration with a Charge TM, they will NOT be listed as raid counters in this article. That being said, if you have the shadow form of a listed raid counter Pokémon powered up and TMed, use it.
Let’s check out the top raid counters for Dragonite:
|#||Pokémon||Fast Move||Charge Move||Time to win||Deaths|
|1.||Abomasnow (Mega)||Powder Snow Ice||Weather Ball Ice||76.97s||3.67|
|2.||Darmanitan (Galarian Standard)||Ice Fang Ice||Avalanche Ice||86.53s||4.47|
|3.||Latios (Mega)||Dragon Breath Dragon||Dragon Claw Dragon||91.16s||3.67|
|4.||Mamoswine||Powder Snow Ice||Avalanche Ice||94.13s||4.47|
|5.||Latias (Mega)||Dragon Breath Dragon||Outrage Dragon||100.83s||3.20|
|6.||Aerodactyl (Mega)||Rock Throw Rock||Rock Slide Rock||100.79s||3.53|
|7.||Weavile||Ice Shard Ice||Avalanche Ice||96.85s||4.83|
|8.||Glaceon||Frost Breath Ice||Avalanche Ice||99.48s||4.60|
|9.||Mewtwo||Confusion Psychic||Ice Beam Ice||112.11s||4.07|
|10.||Jynx||Frost Breath Ice||Avalanche Ice||106.43s||5.93|
|11.||Charizard (Mega X)||Dragon Breath Dragon||Dragon Claw Dragon||111.88s||4.87|
|12.||Avalugg||Ice Fang Ice||Avalanche Ice||117.42s||3.80|
|13.||Aurorus||Frost Breath Ice||Weather Ball Ice||116.49s||4.27|
|14.||Vanilluxe||Frost Breath Ice||Blizzard Ice||115.53s||5.27|
|15.||Kyurem||Dragon Breath Dragon||Blizzard Ice||118.01s||5.53|
|16.||Articuno||Ice Shard Ice||Ice Beam Ice||124.22s||3.80|
|17.||Beartic||Powder Snow Ice||Ice Punch Ice||118.09s||5.80|
|18.||Ampharos (Mega)||Volt Switch Electric||Dragon Pulse Dragon||122.20s||4.80|
|19.||Gengar (Mega)||Lick Ghost||Shadow Ball Ghost||125.14s||4.33|
|20.||Porygon-Z||Lock-On Normal||Blizzard Ice||122.17s||5.87|
|21.||Mr. Rime||Ice Shard Ice||Ice Punch Ice||125.38s||5.20|
|22.||Piloswine||Powder Snow Ice||Avalanche Ice||122.89s||5.93|
|23.||Blastoise (Mega)||Water Gun Water||Ice Beam Ice||128.28s||4.40|
|24.||Walrein||Frost Breath Ice||Blizzard Ice||128.20s||4.87|
|25.||Rayquaza||Dragon Tail Dragon||Outrage Dragon||126.86s||5.87|
|26.||Salamence||Dragon Tail Dragon||Outrage Dragon||128.45s||5.60|
|27.||Regice||Frost Breath Ice||Blizzard Ice||134.84s||4.00|
|28.||Cloyster||Frost Breath Ice||Avalanche Ice||128.57s||5.67|
|29.||Meloetta (Pirouette)||Quick Attack Normal||Ice Punch Ice||130.32s||5.13|
|30.||Altaria (Mega)||Dragon Breath Dragon||Dazzling Gleam Fairy||134.47s||4.07|
|31.||Slowbro (Mega)||Confusion Psychic||Ice Beam Ice||137.43s||3.47|
|32.||Gyarados (Mega)||Dragon Tail Dragon||Outrage Dragon||135.52s||4.00|
|33.||Dialga||Dragon Breath Dragon||Draco Meteor Dragon||137.79s||4.21|
|34.||Zekrom||Dragon Breath Dragon||Outrage Dragon||134.00s||5.13|
|35.||Abomasnow||Powder Snow Ice||Weather Ball Ice||129.50s||6.62|
|Max CP at lvl 40 3630|
|ATK 212||DEF 327||HP 181|
|Weak to||Strong Against|
|Ice Fairy Dragon Rock||Grass Fighting Bug Dragon|
Dragonite Raid Move Set
Dragonite has access to these moves as a raid boss:
|Fast Moves||Charge Moves|
- *denotes Legacy Move only available via Elite TM.
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/Dragon Breath 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. Check out what you are automatically recommended, as that can give a hint as to the moveset. No dragons in sight? Probably safe to assume it has dragon moves that will make quick work of them.
When in doubt, stick to the Ice types for that 2x effective damage!
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.
|Windy||Boosts your Dragon moves||Boosts Dragonite’s Dragon Tail, Dragon Breath, 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|
Now that Dragonite is a tier 3 raid it can be soloed by the prepared high level trainer. Make sure your Pokémon have the correct movesets and use the best counters available to you. Lower level trainers may need 2-3 trainers depending on your available teams.