Dratini

Shed Skin
1/3 chance to heal status every turn.
Marvel Scale
Defense is increased by 50% when afflicted with status.
Type Tier
Dragon LC
Level 5 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
41
- 20 23 -
Atk
64
10 12 16 17
Def
45
9 11 14 15
SpA
50
9 11 14 15
SpD
50
9 11 14 15
Spe
50
9 11 14 15
  • Little Cup

Overview

With the transition to BW2, other Little Cup Dragon-types such as Axew got new moves to use from move tutors, but Dratini failed to pick up anything noteworthy. Dratini's stats are also disappointing when compared to the other Dragon-types. However, Dratini enjoys some exclusive features other Dragon-types can't even dream of having: Shed Skin, a great ability for a setup sweeper, permits Dratini to virtually ignore status, and ExtremeSpeed gives it a unique tool to pick off opposing threats. Despite not getting new tutor moves like Axew and the other Dragon-types, Dratini already has all it needs in a movepool almost the size of its big brother, Dragonite. In spite of Dratini's low base stats and hatred of getting locked into Outrage, it has many advantages that can earn it a spot on your team.

Name Item Ability Nature

Offensive Dragon Dance

Life Orb / Eviolite Shed Skin Lonely / Hasty
Moveset IVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ ExtremeSpeed
~ Fire Blast
0 HP
EVs
244 Atk / 36 SpA / 196 Spe

With this set, Dratini can act as an excellent sweeper, using the perfect coverage of Outrage accompanied by Fire Blast to steamroll through teams. ExtremeSpeed is the move that sets Dratini apart from other Dragon-types, allowing it to pick off faster Choice Scarf users that either have been weakened or are frail. Shed Skin allows it to set up without fear of status conditions. Life Orb is the item of choice here to maximize Dratini's offensive potential. If the Life Orb makes it difficult to set up however, you can run Eviolite instead. The additional bulk gives Dratini more setup opportunities against various Grass-, Fire-, and Water-type attacks. However, this comes at the cost of lower damage output, which means Dratini needs more Dragon Dance boosts to sweep.

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Name Item Ability Nature

RestTalk Dragon Dance

Eviolite Marvel Scale Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Outrage
~ Rest
~ Sleep Talk
108 HP / 4 Atk / 76 Def / 196 SpD / 116 Spe

This set can be very dangerous due to its ability to accumulate Dragon Dance boosts thanks to Dratini's top-notch bulk and resistances. The key to Dratini's ease in setting up lies in part in its Dragon typing, which resists several common attacks. Marvel Scale, however, is the real gem of the set. When using Rest, Marvel Scale sends Dratini's Defense sky-high, allowing it to shrug off many physical moves. Because of this, setting up on many common Pokemon, such as Lileep and RestTalk Chinchou, is a breeze. This set is a mono-attacking set, but getting locked into Outrage is irritating despite how powerful it is. This set is an excellent choice to deal with Fire / Water / Grass cores due to its resistances and focus on bulk, allowing it to shut down a lot of defensive cores.

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Other Options

A mixed Dratini set can be employed thanks to its decent offensive stats as well as its access to ExtremeSpeed. Another possibility is a defensive set that fully takes advantage of Dratini's excellent mono-Dragon typing. A parashuffling set is quite viable, seeing as Dratini has access to both Thunder Wave and Dragon Tail. Dratini can also make more use of its resistances on the offensive Dragon Dance set and run a bulkier EV spread instead.

Checks and Counters

Due to Outrage and Fire Blast's unresisted coverage, Dratini is very hard to counter. However, as with all Dragon-types, once it is locked into Outrage, any Steel-type with some bulk can easily take a hit and then take it out, with Bronzor being a great example of such. Along these lines, massively physically bulky Pokemon such as Hippopotas can also take a hit and then Whirlwind Dratini out or deal massive damage with a STAB move. Aron and Shieldon can shrug off any of Dratini's moves and hit back with Head Smash and Ice Beam respectively.

Dratini has a few checks that are actually quite common. The most common of these is the standard pivot Mienfoo, which has enough bulk to survive a +1 Outrage and can use a combination of Fake Out and Drain Punch to take Dratini out. The other checks are generally bulkier Choice Scarf Pokemon that outspeed Dratini at +1, which is not a hard task, and that can take an ExtremeSpeed. Thus, Pokemon such as Choice Scarf Misdreavus are excellent answers to Dratini.