Kingdra PvP Spotlight: Great and Ultra League

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The Dragon type is undoubtedly one of the mightiest and most interesting types in Pokémon Go. This typing boasts of some of the most OP Pokémon in the game and each and every one of them fulfils a useful niche in the meta. Most of the legendary and pseudo legendary Pokémon just so happen to be dragons, and as such, they tend to be meta defining when everything is said and done.

But what about the remaining Dragon types? While these Pokémon don’t exactly come with monumental stats, they make their mark in the meta through their moveset, type combinations and useful resistances.

A dragon that actually checks all of the above-stated parameters but is often overlooked is Kingdra.

Surprised? Understandable.

Kingdra is the only Dragon type Pokémon from Gen 2 and is the first dragon to be introduced after the OG Dragon type: the Dragonite family.

While Kingdra’s stats are undoubtedly inferior when compared to the pseudo legendary status of Dragonite, the introduction of PvP has propelled numerous such Pokémon to an altogether different level (Altaria says “hi!”)

Kingdra is a monster in PvP. It has many things going right for itself that make it a formidable Dragon type in the lower leagues of PvP.

With PvP tournaments being a craze in the world of Pokémon Go, having a powerful dragon in your team always works in your favour!

This write-up aims to give you a detailed overview on Kingdra’s phenomenal potential, its viability and why it should absolutely be in your line-up for any PvP tournament.

Type and Matchups

Kingdra has a Maximum CP of 2641 at Level 40. It has a dual typing of Water and Dragon and as such, is weak to just Dragon and Fairy. Its set of resistances include Fire Water and Steel type.

Stats

Kingdra has the following stat distribution:

Pokemon GO KingdraKingdraWaterDragon
Max CP 2641
ATK 194 DEF 194 HP 181
Weak to Strong Against
Dragon Fairy Fire Ground Rock Dragon

Movesets

Kingdra can learn the following moves in Pokémon Go:

Fast Moves Charged Moves
Dragon Breath Dragon Outrage Dragon
Waterfall Water Hydro Pump Water
Water Gun* Water Blizzard Ice
Octazooka Water

*denotes a legacy move

Ideal Moveset

The ideal moveset for Kingdra is Dragon Breath paired with Outrage and Octazooka.

PvP Performance

So what really clicks for Kingdra?

  • Kingdra’s stats may not be sky-high, but they are pretty balanced to let Kingdra perform really good in battle.
  • Kingdra comes with a really good moveset that lets it excel as a finisher. Dragon Breath is always dependable.
  • It has only 2 weakness: Dragon and Fairy. Against one of them, it is super effective.
  • Want to throw Ice type attacks against this Dragon Pokémon? Lol.
  • Kingdra is a defensive monster. It takes largely resisted damage from Water and Fire types.
  • It also resists Steel type attacks.
  • Octazooka, Kingdra’s latest addition to its movepool from the December 2019 move update, aids in shield baiting. Furthermore, it also holds a 50% chance to drastically decrease the opponent’s ATK stat by 2 stages.

Performance in the Great League

Kingdra is not just a sea horse dragon but is also a dark horse in the Great League. It is a rather unorthodox performer where it is a danger in situations where your opponent’s shields are down and Kingdra wholly salvages this.

Kingdra laughs at Fire and Water type attacks. With Blizzard, Grass types aren’t gonna like their roots frozen.

Octazooka charges quicker than any of Kingdra’s other charge moves. It encourages shield baiting and even when shielded, boasts of an impressive 50% chance to reduce the opponent monster’s attack by 2 stages! That is literally a drastic reduction in the ATK stat and your other Pokémon would also appreciate that if Kingdra goes down. Regardless of how and when Kingdra goes down, it will take off a huge chunk of the opponent’s HP.

In this regard, Kingdra is excellent for the any of Silph Arena’s PvP tournaments.

Kingdra serves as an excellent check for the starter Pokémon. Therefore, get your horses (Kingdra) ready for any PvP tournament.

Performance in the Ultra League

While Kingdra retains its defensive prowess of the Great League, it shines as an attacker and reaches its true potential in the Ultra League. Dragon Breath terrorizes many Pokémon in this league and most notably, Kingdra is a thorn in the stride of both forms of Giratina, the kings of the Ultra League.

With the increased usage of starter Pokémon and Steel type Pokémon in this meta, Kingdra becomes all the more viable. A solid pick, indeed.

Conclusion

Kingdra had been overlooked for a long time. During its introduction into the game, the meta focused solely on DPS and attacking prowess. With the advent of PvP, things have changed. The defensive prowess of a Pokémon lets it edge out top attacking monsters. Kingdra is exemplary to that.

It is advisable to use Kingdra as a closer in your PvP line-up. It is absolutely amazing in no-shield scenarios and is one of the few Pokémon whose fast move alone makes it formidable enough to make an impact on the meta. The addition of an attack reducing charge move in Octazooka makes Kingdra a dangerous threat.

Kingdra is technically immune to Fire and Water types. This translates to a tremendous amount of resistance in Pokémon Go. The Steel resistance and lack of weakness to Ice type attacks set it in a class apart from other Dragon types. Dialga and Palkia are two Pokémon that don’t take super-effective damage from Ice types. Kingdra is the only non-legendary dragon to have this in its résumé.

I often mention that PvP is pretty much like a chess match. Now which chess piece has the most unorthodox and unpredictable move onboard? Yep, the knight.

How ironic that the knight is a horse! Kingdra is your dark horse. Your dark knight. Use it well and you might very well checkmate your opponent’s king with Kingdra.

My name is Niladri Sarkar. A lvl 40 Team Valor Member, I'm a Pokémon trainer by passion and an engineer/digital marketing content writer by profession. Naturally, I have a thing for Pokémon stats, types and moveset mechanics. I regularly enjoy rampaging through Pokémon battles with my ace and best buddy, Garchomp.