Dragonite

Inner Focus
Prevents flinching.
Type Tier
Dragon / Flying OU
Level 100 Statistics (see level 5, 50, 100)
Min- Min Max Max+
HP
91
- 323 386 -
Atk
134
273 304 367 403
Def
95
203 226 289 317
SpA
100
212 236 299 328
SpD
100
212 236 299 328
Spe
80
176 196 259 284
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Overview

With Salamence banished to the Uber tier, Dragonite once again becomes the most powerful Dragon-type in OU. With a fantastic base 134 Attack stat, respectable base 100 Special Attack, and a huge movepool that includes Outrage, Draco Meteor, ExtremeSpeed, Superpower, and Roost, Dragonite's sheer power and versatility is sure to keep your opponent on their toes.

Dragonite's biggest weakness is its mediocre Speed; even after a Dragon Dance boost, it is easily revenge killed by the likes of Choice Scarf Jirachi. Dragonite also has an unfortunate weakness to Stealth Rock, which often strips it of 25% of its health simply as it switches in. Furthermore, its 4x weakness to Ice-type attacks leaves it vulnerable to the omnipresent bulky Water-types that can tank its attacks. Luckily, Dragonite is equipped with all the tools it needs to overcome these flaws. Agility and ExtremeSpeed allow it to beat faster Pokemon, while Roost enables it to heal off residual damage and temporarily remove its Flying typing. It isn't a stretch to say that Dragonite is one of the most dangerous Pokemon in the OU metagame and should always be accounted for when building a team.

Name Item Nature

Mixed Attacker

Life Orb Mild / Lonely
Moveset EVs
~ Draco Meteor
~ Flamethrower / Fire Blast
~ Superpower / Earthquake
~ Roost / ExtremeSpeed
56 Atk / 252 SpA / 200 Spe

Mixed Dragonite is an excellent stallbreaker thanks to its ability to break common defensive cores, including Blissey, Forretress, Skarmory, and Hippowdon. Draco Meteor will disintegrate all Pokemon except Steel-types and Blissey. Flamethrower easily takes down the former, while Superpower handles the latter. Earthquake is an option over Superpower as it allows Dragonite to defeat Heatran and Tyranitar without the Attack and Defense drops, but it will only deal around 34% - 40% to 252/252+ Blissey. The last slot is up to personal preference. Roost gives Dragonite a much longer lifespan, which is important considering that Stealth Rock, sandstorm, and Life Orb all wear it down. However, ExtremeSpeed gives Dragonite a useful priority attack that can potentially stop an opponent's sweep, and compensates somewhat for Dragonite's lower Speed.

This set can also function as an effective lead. Inner Focus lets Dragonite come out on top against leads that focus on causing flinches, such as Infernape and Jirachi, while ExtremeSpeed allows it to quickly finish off suicide leads such as Aerodactyl. Slow, physically bulky leads, such as Hippowdon, are dispatched of by Draco Meteor, and with a Lum Berry, Dragonite can also beat sleep leads such as Roserade. Even the popular Machamp will fall to a combination of Draco Meteor and ExtremeSpeed if it doesn't pack Ice Punch.

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Name Item Nature

Offensive Dragon Dance

Life Orb Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Dragon Claw / Outrage
~ Earthquake
~ ExtremeSpeed / Fire Punch
252 Atk / 4 Def / 252 Spe

With the second highest Attack stat in the OU tier, usable Speed, and a great STAB, it's no surprise that Dragonite can run a successful Dragon Dance set. Five resistances and an immunity give Dragonite plenty of opportunities to set up Dragon Dance. Dragon Claw and Outrage are both excellent STAB attacks; The former is the more reliable option thanks to its lack of drawbacks, but the latter has 50% more power and secures several crucial OHKOs, such as against offensive Suicune after a Dragon Dance. Earthquake gives Dragonite a way to hurt grounded Steel-types that resist its STAB, and ExtremeSpeed allows Dragonite to deal with faster Pokemon that would normally be a problem. To illustrate, after a boost, it deals 76.4% - 90% to Choice Scarf Flygon. Alternatively, as Skarmory and Bronzong wall Dragonite even after multiple Dragon Dance boosts, Fire Punch is an option over ExtremeSpeed to take them out.

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Name Item Nature

Bulky Dragon Dance

Leftovers / Life Orb Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Dragon Claw / Outrage
~ Roost
~ Earthquake / Fire Punch
252 HP / 44 Atk / 212 Spe

This set makes use of Dragonite's excellent bulk to set up as many Dragon Dances as possible and attempt a sweep. Roost allows Dragonite to heal when needed, and lets it set up on the likes of Heatran, Zapdos, Scizor, and Suicune that lack Ice Beam. Dragon Claw is generally the safer option for STAB, as the locking effect of Outrage can mean imminent death, but Outrage is still viable for its sheer power. The choice between Earthquake and Fire Punch is a difficult one; Fire Punch and Dragon Claw together have perfect neutral coverage against every Pokemon in OU bar Heatran, while Earthquake has higher Base Power and leaves Dragonite walled only by Skarmory and Bronzong.

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Name Item Nature

Choice Band

Choice Band Adamant / Jolly
Moveset EVs
~ ExtremeSpeed
~ Outrage
~ Earthquake / Fire Punch
~ Dragon Claw / Superpower
252 Atk / 4 SpD / 252 Spe

By equipping a Choice Band, Dragonite trades its ability to sweep for the power to hit extremely hard right off the bat. Choice Band-boosted STAB Outrage is ridiculously powerful and can easily 2HKO any Pokemon that doesn't resist it, allowing Dragonite to bypass its usual counters such as Suicune and Cresselia. Earthquake will obliterate every Steel-type except Skarmory and Bronzong, while Fire Punch ensures at least a 2HKO on all Steels except Heatran. ExtremeSpeed is key to this set's success, as it makes up for Dragonite's low Speed and has similar power to Scizor's Bullet Punch, 2HKOing Gyarados, Infernape, Jolteon, and many other faster threats.

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Name Item Nature

Agility

Life Orb Naughty / Adamant
Moveset EVs
~ Agility
~ Outrage
~ Earthquake
~ Fire Blast / Thunderbolt
252 Atk / 52 SpA / 204 Spe

A common problem with the Dragon Dance sets is that even after a boost, common Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Flygon and Jirachi will outspeed Dragonite and prematurely end its sweep. This set remedies that problem by using Agility to let Dragonite outrun all Choice Scarf base 100s. It can often surprise opponents that expect a Dragon Dance set and end up sweeping entire teams, especially after bulkier Pokemon have been weakened late-game. Outrage is the STAB move of choice for its high Base Power. Earthquake and Fire Blast make short work of any Steel-types that attempt to wall Dragonite's STAB, but Thunderbolt is a viable option over Fire Blast if you're worried about bulky Water-types.

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Name Item Nature

Offensive Cleric

Leftovers Careful
Moveset EVs
~ Dragon Dance
~ Heal Bell
~ Roost
~ Dragon Claw
252 HP / 216 SpD / 40 Spe

While Dragonite is often crippled by status as it attempts a sweep, this set uses Heal Bell to negate status and set up freely against defensive variants of Blissey, Cresselia, Heatran, Rotom-A, and Dusknoir. With both Roost and Heal Bell, Dragonite can often set up multiple Dragon Dance boosts against stall, balanced, and offensive teams alike, and proceed to sweep once opposing Steel-types are gone. This Dragonite is also a surprisingly effective team support Pokemon, as Heal Bell lets it cure its teammates of unsavory paralysis, poison, or burn.

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Other Options

Dragonite has a humongous movepool and all-rounded stats, so there are naturally many other usable options to consider. On Dragonite's offensive sets, Ice Beam, Stone Edge, ThunderPunch, Surf, and Waterfall deserve a mention for taking care of certain Pokemon, but they are only useful against specific threats, while the listed moves offer much better coverage in general. With Dragonite's solid defenses, typing, and reliable recovery in Roost, it can play a defensive role by stalling with Toxic or disrupting opposing sweepers with Thunder Wave, Roar, or Haze. Similarly, Dragonite can support the team with Light Screen and set up Sunny Day or Rain Dance. Dragonite also gets Rest and Sleep Talk, but considering its access to Roost and Heal Bell, putting Dragonite to sleep is usually an unnecessary risk. Dragonite can run a decent Choice Scarf or Choice Specs set, but with its subpar Speed, average Special Attack, and weakness to Stealth Rock, it is outclassed by many other Pokemon with such a set.

Checks and Counters

Due to Dragonite's excellent versatility, a universal counter to it does not exist; the trick is to find out what set it's running and to react accordingly. Bulky Water-types such as Suicune give sweeping Dragonite a great amount of trouble, as they can take a hit and retaliate with Ice Beam. A boosted Outrage can break these Water-types after a bit of residual damage, though, so step carefully. Cresselia is a decent counter that can hit Dragonite hard with Ice Beam or cripple it with Toxic or Thunder Wave, but it is setup bait for Dragonite that pack Heal Bell. Skarmory and Hippowdon do a good job countering Dragon Dance Dragonite, but the former must avoid a boosted Fire Punch and the latter is 2HKOed by Outrage. Scizor not only resists Dragonite's STAB attacks, but can also remove over half of Dragonite's HP with Choice Band Bullet Punch. Scizor must be mindful of defensive variants of Dragonite, though, as it can fail to 2HKO those even after Stealth Rock damage.

Common Choice Scarf Pokemon such as Jirachi and Flygon can revenge kill the Dragon Dance sets, but Flygon takes huge damage from a boosted ExtremeSpeed, while both are outsped and OHKOed by the Agility set. Finally, Weavile and Mamoswine can revenge kill Dragonite with Ice Shard, but they won't have many opportunities to switch in safely.