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Table of Contents

How Shiny is Acquired
Evolution

Pokemon Ratings

Attacker Tier List See all Tier 3
PvE Attacker Rating 4.5 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 3 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 4 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 4 / 5

Pokemon Stats

210.00 kg Weight
2.20 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
3792
ATK 263
DEF 198
STA 209

Pokemon Family

PVE Movesets Grades

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PVE Offensive Moves Explanation

  • Dragon Tail slightly outperforms Dragon Breath in damage output, but Dragon Breath is easier to dodge with.
  • Steel Wing has a different effectiveness profile but is inferior for neutral damage.
  • Outrage deals huge damage and has 2 bars, with its drawback being long cooldown. Dragon Pulse is strictly worse.
  • Draco Meteor, Dragonite's Community Day move, is competitive with Outrage, but its 1 bar is a disadvantage.
  • Dragon Claw is great for clearing gyms with 3 bars and low cooldown, but trails Outrage in damage output.
  • Hurricane is a great source of Flying damage, ideal vs. opponents such as Machamp.
  • Hyper Beam has no purpose on an offensive Dragonite.
  • Return has nothing to offer an offensive Dragonite.

PVE Defensive Moves Explanation

  • Dragon Tail performs exceptionally better than all other fast moves on defense.
  • Steel Wing is acceptable on defense, with advantages vs. Ice, Fairy, and Rock.
  • Dragon Claw fires quickly and often, so it’s hard to dodge, but its power is low and it is a legacy move.
  • Outrage has stellar power and 2 bars but is easily reactable. Dragon Pulse is strictly worse.
  • Hurricane is difficult to react to, but Dragonite may likely faint before using it.
  • Draco Meteor's high power is further boosted by STAB, but the move is too easy to dodge. 
  • Hyper Beam has no redeeming qualities on defense.
  • Return is extremely hard to dodge and has three bars, but its power is pretty low.

PVE Overview

Even after so many generations have passed, Dragonite is still a supreme generalist attacker for many players. Part of this is because it's basically been the reward of entire special research line in the past, making it the single most accessible dragon in the game. Dragonite’s high Atk stat and powerful moves with wide neutral coverage often land it in the top 10 attackers against relevant raids, as well as making it a great choice for gym offense. However, it's fallen from grace a bit recently as the Dragon meta has become more and more crowded, and while it will always be a usable and viable Pokemon, it will continue to slide down the rankings slowly with each passing generation and round of exclusive moves. Still; for newer players, Dragonite is a great investment for raids until better, specialist Pokemon become available.

Although Dragonite has crippling weaknesses to Ice and to itself on defense, it resists Fighting and Fire, other common types used to attack gyms. It’s not the worst choice for gym defender, although it demotivates quickly.

PVP Movesets Grades

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PvP Moveset Explanation

Dragon Breath+Dragon Claw and Outrage

Dragon Breath is just objectively great. It has 4 DPT (Damage Per Turn) and 3 EPT (Energy Per Turn), which makes it threatening in-and-of itself while also charging up Dragon Claw (50 Power/35 Energy) fast. Add to this Dragonite's high attack stat and Dragon type's great neutral coverage, and you have a Pokemon that is dangerous to face without a resistance and a super-effective counter. Outrage (110 Power/60 Energy) is frequently overlooked in favor of Dragon Claw's utility, but it actually has higher damage-per energy in PVP, allowing it to bait shields and give Dragonite strong and accessible power when the opponent runs out of shields. An even more extreme example of this would be Draco Meteor (150 Power/75 Energy), which has even stronger damage-per-energy, but Dragonite cannot know Draco Meteor alongside Dragon Claw, or Dragon Breath for that matter, making it far less viable in practice.

Dragon Breath+Dragon Claw and Hurricane

Similar to the above moveset, but with Hurricane (110 Power/65 Energy) to grant a secondary STAB move. This moveset can be a tiny bit more flexible in some situations, but it's still walled by Steel types, making it a note-worthy but generally less useful moveset option.

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 3 / 5

Dragonite is, without a doubt, one of the defining Pokemon of the PVP metagame as a whole (if you're fortunate enough to have one with the right moveset). This is due to its fantastic mix of typing, stats, and moveset coming together to make a Pokemon that can hit the most of the metagame hard based on its own merits rather acting as a counter to specific threats. Despite the restrictions on its CP, the Great League has Dragonite as one of its prime shield-killers, coming in and hitting hard with narrowly avoided attacks. It has issues with a few big-name Pokemon, in particular not liking to meet Steel types, but it's definitely solid and worth using.

Ultra League: 4 / 5

Really, the exact same merits that allowed Dragonite to do well in the Great League allow it to absolutely excel in the Ultra League, where its CP isn't anywhere near as held back. Dragonite is the tier's premier lead and has very few weaknesses. A bit of partner-planning is needed in case it faces down Pokemon like Tyranitar or any number of Fairy-types, but what Pokemon doesn't need a bit of party planning to be effective?

Master League: 4 / 5

At full strength, Dragonite takes all of the aforementioned advantages and compounds them. Much could be said here, but the long and short of it is this: if you play the Master League and have a legacy Dragonite, then don't hesitate to raise it. While it doesn't perform that well against Dialga, it's still definitely a top threat.

Fast Moves

15
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
1.10
0.20
8.18
13.64
17.05
11
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Steel

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.80
0.30
7.50
13.75
17.19
6
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS EPU DPS DPS w/STAB True DPS
0.50
0.20
8.00
12.00
15.00

Charge Moves

110
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Flying

1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
2.70
1.20
0.00
1.10
40.74
50.93
44.81
110
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.90
1.20
0.00
2.20
28.21
35.26
62.05
150
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Normal

.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.80
0.30
0.00
1.50
39.47
49.34
59.21
50
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
1.70
0.20
0.00
1.52
29.41
36.76
44.56

Legacy Charge Moves

90
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.60
1.15
0.00
1.80
25.00
31.25
45.00
150
More Info

Dragon

1.4x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.60
0.50
0.00
1.50
41.67
52.08
62.50

Exclusive Charge Moves

35
More Info

Normal

.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
0.70
0.25
0.00
1.06
50.00
62.50
53.03

Secondary Charge Move Unlock Cost

Candy 75
Stardust 75,000

Purification Cost

Candy 5
Stardust 5000

Other

Female Ratio 50.0 %
Male Ratio 50.0 %
Flee Rate 5.0 %
Buddy Distance 5 km
Capture Rate5.0 %

Pokemon Type Chart

Vulnerable

160% damage
160% damage
256% damage
160% damage

Resistant

62.5% damage
62.5% damage
62.5% damage
39.1% damage
39.1% damage
62.5% damage

Raid Boss Catch Rate

Dragon Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold

Flying Medal

None
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Normal Nice! Great! Excellent!
No Berry -
Curve
Razz Berry -
Curve
Golden Razz Berry -
Curve

Pokemon Min/Max CP Values

How to use: You need to know your Pokemon's exact level. To find exactly what level your Pokémon is, power up your Pokémon following this chart until you're certain of your level from Stardust cost changes.

A Pokémon's minimum level is 1.

Every time you power up, your Pokémon gains half a level.

StardustLevelMin CPMax CP
20014753
2001.597110
2002148168
2002.5198225
4003248282
4003.5299339
4004349397
4004.5400454
6005450511
6005.5501568
6006551626
6006.5602683
8007652740
8007.5702797
8008753855
8008.5803912
10009854969
10009.59041026
1000109551083
100010.510021138
13001110501192
130011.510981246
13001211451300
130012.511931354
16001312411408
160013.512891463
16001413361517
160014.513841571
19001514321625
190015.514791679
19001615271733
190016.515751788
22001716231842
220017.516701896
22001817181950
220018.517662004
25001918132058
250019.518612112
25002019092167
250020.519572221
30002120042275
300021.520522329
30002221002383
300022.521482438
35002321952492
350023.522432546
35002422912600
350024.523392654
40002523862709
400025.524342763
40002624822817
400026.525302871
45002725772925
450027.526252980
45002826733034
450028.527213088
50002927683142
500029.528163196
50003028643251
500030.528883278
60003129123305
600031.529353332
60003229593359
600032.529833386
70003330073413
700033.530313440
70003430553467
700034.530793494
80003531023521
800035.531263548
80003631503576
800036.531743603
90003731983630
900037.532223657
90003832463684
900038.532693711
100003932933738
1000039.533173765
100004033413792
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