Dragonite Raid Counters Guide

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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

Dragonite Stats

Dragonite DragonFlying
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
  • Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Steel Wing Steel
  • Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Hurricane Flying
  • Hyper Beam Normal
  • Draco Meteor* Dragon
  • Dragon Pulse* Dragon
    *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.

Weather Effects
Weather Pro Con
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

Final Notes

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.

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