Dragon-Types in Pokemon GO PvP: Meta Analysis Per League

Dragon type Pokémon have always been formidable. Usually having great stats and a good move pool, they are a complete package for total destruction. When it comes to PvP, almost nothing gets in their way! Dragon types are one of the best types of all to use in battle. So, that begs the question. What are the Top 5 Dragon type Pokémon for each League? Analysis charts in 3… 2… 1… GO!

Great League

Pokémon HP ATK DEF Quick Move Charge Move(s)
Pokemon GO Exeggutor (Alola)Exeggutor (Alola)

@ level 17

98 142 110 Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Seed Bomb Grass
  • Dragon Pulse Dragon
Pokemon GO DragonairDragonair

@ level 29

124 129 108 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Aqua Tail Water
  • Dragon Pulse Dragon
Pokemon GO KingdraKingdra

@ level 19.5

115 123 123 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Blizzard Ice
Pokemon GO AltariaAltaria

@ level 26

133 106 147 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Sky Attack Flying
  • Dragon Pulse Dragon
Pokemon GO FlygonFlygon

@ level  19.5

120 129 107 Mud Shot Ground
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Stone Edge Rock
Pokemon GO ShelgonShelgon

@ level 25.5

120 123 132 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Flamethrower Fire
  • Twister Dragon

Ultra League

Pokémon HP ATK DEF Quick Move Charge Move(s)
Pokemon GO Exeggutor (Alola)Exeggutor (Alola)

@ level 29

166 176 120 Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Seed Bomb Grass
  • Dragon Pulse Dragon
Pokemon GO KingdraKingdra

@ level 36

150 160 160 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Blizzard Ice
Pokemon GO LatiosLatios

@ level 22.5

129 179 143 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Psychic Psychic
Pokemon GO LatiasLatias

@ level 24.5

135 160 172 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza

@ level 22.5

144 189 117 Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Aerial Ace Flying
Pokemon GO GiratinaGiratina

@ level 23.5

193 155 130 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost

Master League

Pokémon HP ATK DEF Quick Move Charge Move(s)
Pokemon GO DragoniteDragonite 177 219 168 Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Outrage Dragon
  • Hurricane Flying
Pokemon GO Exeggutor (Alola)Exeggutor (Alola) 182 193 132 Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Seed Bomb Grass
  • Dragon Pulse Dragon
Pokemon GO LatiosLatios 162 223 179 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Psychic Psychic
 

Pokemon GO LatiasLatias

162 192 206 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Psychic Psychic
  • Outrage Dragon
Pokemon GO RayquazaRayquaza 180 236 146 Dragon Tail Dragon
  • Ancient Power Rock
  • Ariel Ace Flying
Pokemon GO GiratinaGiratina 236 189 159 Dragon Breath Dragon
  • Dragon Claw Dragon
  • Shadow Sneak Ghost

How Were These Pokémon Chosen?

The first decision used to pick the Top 5 was to see which Pokémon had the better move pools. Having great moves dictates how well ANY Pokémon would preform in battle. In order to check each move’s stats, I looked over our PvP Move Stats article here. The EPT (energy per turn) for quick moves matters more than DPT (damage per turn). This is because the faster you can fire off your charge moves (which all the ones chosen above were the fastest in their available move pool), the faster you can destroy your opponent’s shield. The only instance where I disregarded the EPT quick move rule is by choosing Dragon Breath (4 DPT 3 EPT) over Shadow Claw (3 DPT 3.5 EPT). The difference in DPT vs EPT was a lot larger on the damage side. On top of that, Dragon Breath is the greater move overall for neutral damage. Some may wonder, why not Dazzling Gleam Fairy on Altaria? Well it’s due to the fact that Dazzling Gleam Fairy, although a 2 bar charge move, takes forever to charge up (energy of 70 per bar)! So as a means of trying to damage your opponent quickly, Dazzling Gleam is not a good choice. Also, Mud Shot Ground on Flygon is way better than Dragon Tail. It has the fastest EPT in the game and will charge up Dragon Claw Dragon extremely fast so you can melt those shields!

Lastly, the overall stats was the second deciding factor. All Dragon types were paired up against one another at a perfect IV (15 HP, 15 ATK, 15 DEF) with the appropriate levels so they didn’t go past the limits for each League (1500, 2500, limitless). Of course, you can adjust IVs to render different level results, but going with perfect stats was a nice way to see the comparisons. If you’d like to play around with the stats yourself, you can with this spreadsheet!

Side note: Flygon was left out in the Ultra and Master League. This was a tough decision, but it mainly had to do with its move pool and statistics. By no means is it a bad Pokémon. In fact it could be used to compliment any team quite nicely. If you’d like to use Flygon, use the same move set provided from the Great League above.

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