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Table of Contents

How Shiny is Acquired
Evolution

Pokemon Ratings

Attacker Tier List See all B+
PvE Attacker Rating 4.5 / 5
Great League PVP Rating See all 3.5 / 5
Ultra League PVP Rating See all 4.5 / 5
Master League PVP Rating See all 4.5 / 5

Pokemon Stats

210.00 kg Weight
2.20 m Height
Pokemon Max CP
Level 50: 4,287
Level 40: 3,792
Level 25: 2,709 (Raid + Weather)
Level 20: 2,167 (Raid)
Level 15: 1,625 (Research Tasks)
ATK 263
DEF 198
STA 209

Pokemon Family

PVE Movesets Grades

Show Suboptimal/Unranked Movesets

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 being a 1-bar move is less consistent. 
  • Dragon Claw is great for clearing gyms with 3 bars and low cooldown, but trails Outrage in damage output.
  • Hurricane gets STAB but lacks synergy with Dragonite's fast moves. 
  • Hyper Beam has no purpose on an offensive Dragonite.
  • Return has nothing to offer an offensive Dragonite.
  • Superpower is meant for PvP. 

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 Breath is underwhelming on defense.
  • Dragon Claw fires quickly and often, so it’s hard to dodge, but its power is low.
  • 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 has strong STAB damage, but is 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.
  • Superpower has a slow animation, but threatens many of Dragonite's weaknesses. 

PVE Overview

When Pokemon Go first released, Dragonite was the Pokemon to have. Super Effective damage didn't have much advantage over simple STAB, so Dragonite's high power, great attacks, and pervasive typing made it a top choice for clearing gyms, and the general lack of Ice Types made it a top choice for defending gyms as well. Nowadays, Dragonite has fallen off a bit, but it's still very viable, and one of the most accessible "good" dragons in the game as well. Dragonite is a work-horse of a Pokemon that's very capable, and is a solid pick any time a Dragon Type weakness shows up.

PVP Movesets Grades

Quick Charge ATK
A
A

PvP Moveset Explanation

Dragon Tail or Dragon Breath + Dragon Claw and Superpower or Hurricane

Following the GBL Season 8 update, Dragon Tail on paper is slightly stronger than Dragon Breath, but the latter is much easier to use and benefits significantly more from certain breakpoints. Steel Wing is a poor move. 

Dragon Claw is mandatory for its cheap energy cost and solid damage. You have some freedom in secondary charged moves, though you do spend most of your time just spamming Claws.

Draco Meteor is the most extreme option, giving an incredibly powerful nuke in shields-down scenarios. Outrage is less hard-hitting than Draco, but also less punishing if it gets shielded. Hurricane is really nice because it actually gives you a way to damage Fairy-types, though its energy cost makes it inconsistent as an actual answer. Superpower is the most likely recommended move for Dragonite, giving it an option against common Steel-type Pokemon, in addition to its other weaknesses against Ice and Rock Pokemon. It should be noted that without Hurricane, Dragonite has no answer to Fairy Pokemon at all, but Dragonite wouldn't typically win in a one-on-one fair fight against Fairy Pokemon anyways. 

PvP Rating Explanation

Great League: 3.5 / 5

Dragon/Flying dual-type Dragon Breath user. Sound familiar? Dragonite has a lot of competition in Great League, and it ends up often just being a worse version of Altaria, especially since it has no real way to hit Azumarill. While Dragonite's not unusable, there are definitely better picks. Its high ATK stat also significantly limits its bulk in CP-capped leagues. 

Ultra League: 4.5 / 5

The higher CP cap of Ultra League helps Dragonite survive longer compared to Great League, enabling it to spam more STAB Dragon Claws. Its resistances against common typings like Water and Fighting give it a major advantage against much of the meta. Access to Superpower following the September 2022 update further increases Dragonite's potential, allowing it to threaten common Steel-type Pokemon as well. It's not enough to mitigate its double weakness to Ice-type Pokemon, but at least Dragonite now gives them more to worry about. 

Master League: 4.5 / 5

Dragonite sets itself apart from the numerous Dragon types in Master League due to its access to Dragon Claw. This enables Dragonite to pressure other Dragon-types more quickly, giving it a slightly positive match up against them (outside of the ubiquitous Dialga). Its Flying secondary typing also allows it to completely counter Mud Shot Groudon. Other than that, you can expect Dragonite to reliably perform its role as a Dragon-type, namely beating Kyogre, Ho-Oh, and Giratina-O, courtesy of its strong moveset, resistances, and overall high stats.

Dragonite does unfortunately suffer from many issues. Its extreme focus on Dragon-type damage leaves it almost helpless against Steel- and Fairy-types, such as Melmetal, Togekiss, and Zacian, whereas other Dragon-types often possess more reliable sources of counter-coverage to prevent a complete blowout. Being part Flying makes it vulnerable to Rock-type attacks, a coverage type often utilized by Ground types other than Groudon, making Dragonite an unreliable Pokemon to counter Ground-types with. On that note, Dragonite competes with Palkia, as Palkia's lack of Rock weakness and access to Aqua Tail makes it a more reliable Ground-type counter, in addition to being less vulnerable to Melmetal. Because of these, Dragonite best shines in limited rulesets like Premier Cup or draft, where its competitors aren't as omnipresent. 

Fast Moves

15
More Info

Dragon

1.6x 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
More Info

Steel

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x 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

1.6x 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
More Info

Flying

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x 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

1.6x 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
More Info

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

1.6x 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
85
More Info

Fighting

1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
1.6x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.714x DamageVS
.51x DamageVS
0.7 secs
CD DW EPS DPE DPS DPS w/STAB DPE*DPS
3.00
0.70
0.00
1.70
28.33
35.42
48.17

Elite Charge Moves

90
More Info

Dragon

1.6x 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

1.6x 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

Purified 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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