Dragonair

Shed Skin
1/3 chance to heal status every turn.
Marvel Scale
Defense is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
Type Tier
Dragon NU
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
61
- 22 25 -
Atk
84
12 14 18 19
Def
65
11 13 16 17
SpA
70
11 13 16 17
SpD
70
11 13 16 17
Spe
70
11 13 16 17

Overview

A single glance at Dragonair's stats would usually give you the impression that she is a mediocre Pokemon. In all honesty, she is. Offensively, her stats aren't so hot, especially when there are better offensive Dragon-types such as Fraxure. If you combine that with her subpar Speed and defensive stats, Dragonair might not even be worth using in the NU tier. However, thanks to two useful abilities, Shed Skin and Marvel Scale, and Eviolite, Dragonair still finds hope to become known in NU. While her defensive stats alone aren't very promising, holding an Eviolite allows them to be utilized. Her great defensive typing gives her resistances to many common types, as well as only two weaknesses. Because of this bulk, she can make use of Dragon Dance. Thunder Wave and Dragon Tail are also great move selections for Dragonair to help her cripple sweepers and rack up entry hazard damage. Overall, while Dragonair does have her perks, she is outclassed in many ways and should be used with extreme care.

Name Item Ability Nature

Bulky Dragon Dance

Eviolite Shed Skin / Marvel Scale Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Rest
~ Outrage
~ Sleep Talk / Waterfall
252 HP / 4 Def / 252 SpD

Dragonair can function well with a bulky offensive set. She can set up Dragon Dance on special attackers such as Eelektross, Serperior, Seismitoad, and Charizard by taking advantage of her decent bulk, in contrast to other frail sweepers. In spite of her defensive boost, this set isn't meant to set up on powerhouses and bulky setup sweepers, such as Sawk and Carracosta, but it is rather meant to set up on special attackers and walls, which in some cases cannot stop at least one Dragon Dance. Thanks to Dragonair's great ability options, Rest can be used with succession, giving Dragonair a recovery option.

Dragon Dance raises Dragonair's Speed and Attack to viable levels. Rest is Dragonair's only source of recovery, and while two turns asleep can hinder Dragonair's capabilities, Shed Skin and Marvel Scale can mend it. If she finds an opportunity to set up, Dragonair can break through opposing teams with her powerful STAB move, Outrage, as there aren't many Pokemon in the tier that can resist it. Sleep Talk is the preferred option in the final moveslot, as it takes advantage of Rest and works well in conjunction with Marvel Scale. Sleep Talk also allows Outrage to be used without being locked into it. However, Waterfall can be used for extra coverage, but unless Dragonair encounters a Steel-type, Outrage is almost always the superior choice.

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Name Item Ability Nature

RestTalk

Eviolite Marvel Scale Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Rest
~ Dragon Tail / Outrage
~ Thunder Wave
~ Sleep Talk
244 HP / 56 Def / 208 SpD

Dragonair's goal for this set is to spread paralysis against the opposing team, which can be achieved thanks to her access to Eviolite, recovery from Rest, and the Defense boost from Marvel Scale when Dragonair is afflicted with status. Rest is the key move in this set, as it keeps Dragonair healthy. Thunder Wave is an important move to the set because it can not only cripple the opposing sweepers, but can give an opportunity for teammates to attack. Dragon Tail in conjunction with Thunder Wave allows Dragonair to pass paralysis to the adversary, as well as stopping setup sweepers from advancing, such as Swords Dance Samurott. However, due to Dragonair's lackluster Attack stat, she is often setup bait to Substitute users, who can then set up entry hazards, Leech Seed, or power up. In such a scenario, Outrage is a solution, allowing Dragonair to have some sort of offensive presence. Sleep Talk is the final move of the set, allowing Dragonair to continue to act while she is asleep from Rest.

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Other Options

With powerful special attacks at her arsenal, such as Draco Meteor and Dragon Pulse, Dragonair has the option of running a special attacking set. However, her mediocre Special Attack prevents this set from being successful. Leftovers can be used for any of Dragonair's sets, but she really needs the defensive boosts that Eviolite has to offer. Alternatively, an offensive Dragon Dance set can try to bring out Dragonair's offensive prowess, but her lackluster defenses are exposed even more so, making it difficult to set up. Flamethrower and Fire Blast can be used to deal with Steel-types, but Dragonair has no place for them in her movesets. Substitute can also be used in the bulky Dragon Dance set to try to set up Dragon Dance, but with a lack of reliable recovery, Dragonair would be wearing herself down.

Checks and Counters

Even with Eviolite, Dragonair doesn't stand a chance against many of the offensive Pokemon in NU. In general, almost every Ice-type in NU can defeat Dragonair. Choice Scarf Jynx can outspeed Dragonair even at +3 and deal over 50% to it with Ice Beam, making it a solid choice in picking off a weakened Dragonair, while Choice Specs Glaceon can OHKO Dragonair from full HP. Sawk with Mold Breaker can cut through Marvel Scale, making Dragonair even more vulnerable to physical attacks. Dragonair still has a hard time with physical walls, even with Dragon Dance. Steel-types, specifically Bastiodon and Klang, can easily wall Dragonair and force it out in some way. Specifically, Bastiodon is capable of Roaring away Dragonair's boosts and Klang can set up alongside it with Shift Gear. Encore users, especially Liepard and Volbeat, can lock Dragonair into Rest, Sleep Talk, or Dragon Dance and force it to switch out. Offensively, Pokemon with Choice Band can break through the bulky Dragon Dance set, namely Braviary, Sawk, and Golurk. Finding a Pokemon to handle Dragonair isn't the most difficult task, as her decent is often not good enough to withstand the strongest attackers in the tier.