Dragonite

Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Multiscale
Reduces damage by 50% if the wielder is at full health.
Type Tier
Dragon / Flying OU
Level 50 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
91
- 166 198 -
Atk
134
138 154 186 204
Def
95
103 115 147 161
SpA
100
108 120 152 167
SpD
100
108 120 152 167
Spe
80
90 100 132 145

Overview

In previous years, Dragonite was known as one of the weaker Dragon-types largely outclassed by its fellow Dragon-types, particulary Flygon and Garchomp, which were both faster. But now, thanks to its new ability, Multiscale, Dragonite's bulk has greatly increased, allowing it to hit hard before getting KOed. However, with its 4x weakness to Ice-type moves, the original dragon might have a hard time taking Blizzards, even with the help of Multiscale.

Name Item Ability Nature

Physical Attacker

Haban Berry / Leftovers Multiscale Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Claw
~ ExtremeSpeed
~ Fire Punch
~ Protect
204 HP / 252 Atk / 52 Spe

This is the standard Dragonite set. Dragon Claw is Dragonite's main move, as it gets the STAB boost and is only resisted by Steel-types. Fire Punch provides nice coverage along with Dragon Claw, hitting Abomasnow and Steel-types for super effective damage. However, it should be noted that despite being super effective, Fire Punch won't do over 50% to max HP Metagross. ExtremeSpeed will allow Dragonite to strike first, moving even before all other priority attacks bar Fake Out. Protect is a staple for most Pokemon in VGC, and can also be used in sync with Leftovers to help restore HP each turn.

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Name Item Ability Nature

Special Rain Attacker

Dragon Gem / Haban Berry Multiscale Modest
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor / Dragon Pulse
~ Hurricane
~ Thunder / Flamethrower
~ Protect
204 HP / 252 SpA / 52 Spe

Dragonite has a good Special Attack stat, so a specially offensive set should not be underestimated. Draco Meteor is a strong Dragon-type STAB attack, but has the unfortunate side effect of halving Dragonite's special attack after use, so Dragon Pulse can be a good alternative. Hurricane gets the STAB bonus too, and has perfect accuracy in the rain. Thunder can be used on a rain team, and can also be a good option outside of rain. Flamethrower gets good coverage with Dragonite's primary STAB, but will be weakened by rain if Dragonite is on a rain team. Protect is almost a necessity in VGC, and should be used on almost everything in it.

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Other Options

Dragonite can also run a Trick Room set; the only change required would be to put the Speed EVs into HP and to use a Brave or Quiet nature. An unmentioned but viable attack to use is Earthquake, though Rock Slide is generally a better spread attack as it won't damage your partner. Brick Break is another option as it has good coverage with Dragon Claw, and can also break the rare Light Screen and Reflect. Roost could be chosen over Protect to renew Multiscale and restore health, but Protect is generally the preferred option in VGC. Dragonite can run the Inner Focus ability to prevent flinching from Fake Out, a move commonly used on Dragonite to break Multiscale. The extra turn could allow Dragonite to either attack or set up Tailwind.

Checks and Counters

As stated before, Latios and Abomasnow can counter Dragonite quite well. Abomasnow summons hail, which breaks Multiscale, making Yache Berry the only way to thwart Abomasnow. Similarly, Tyranitar conjures a sandstorm, and Rock Slide severely dents Dragonite once Multiscale is gone. Fake Out users, such as Hitmontop, can help break Multiscale, but they must be wary of the rare Inner Focus Dragonite that could use that turn to its advantage.