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

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
Abomasnow (Mega) Powder Snow Ice Weather Ball Ice
Darmanitan (Galarian Standard) Ice Fang Ice Avalanche Ice
Great Counters
Mamoswine Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Weavile Ice Shard Ice Avalanche Ice
Glaceon Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Good Counters
Jynx Frost Breath Ice Avalanche Ice
Charizard (Mega X) Dragon Breath Dragon Dragon Claw Dragon
Mewtwo Confusion Psychic Ice Beam Ice
Vanilluxe Frost Breath Ice Blizzard Ice
Blastoise (Mega) Water Gun Water Ice Beam Ice
Beartic Powder Snow Ice Avalanche Ice
Articuno Frost Breath Ice Ice Beam Ice
Kyurem Dragon Breath Dragon Blizzard Ice

 

Other options can include Porygon-Z, Mr. Rime, Regice, Cloyster, Walrein and Rampardos.

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
Sunny
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
Rainy
Fog

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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