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Dragonite Guide: Builds and Best Items

Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Guide Builds Best Items and Moveset

The best guide on how to play Dragonite in Pokemon UNITE for Nintendo Switch and Mobile. Check here for the best builds, Held and Battle items, movesets, as well as the latest nerfs, buffs, counters, matchups, and more!

Dragonite Pokemon Pages
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Release Date Top Partial.pngDragonite Release Date Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Builds Top Partial.pngDragonite Builds

Dragonite Latest Nerfs & Buffs (2/27)

Version 1.14.1.2

Dragonite Move Changes (February 27)
Hyper Beam Image
Hyper Beam
• Cooldown increased from 10s to 11.5s. (+1.5s)

Stat Updates

1.5.1.6 Increase in the Attack stat.
1.10.1.3 Attack stat increased from 520 to 550. Attack speed increased from 130% to 150%.

Standard Attack

1.4.1.2 Attack range reduced.

Hyper Beam

1.4.1.2 Damage reduced from 6624 to 6386 (-4%).
1.7.1.2 Damage dealt reduced.
1.11.1.3 Cooldown increased from 8s to 10s. (+2s)
1.14.1.2 Cooldown increased from 10s to 11.5s.

Extreme Speed

1.4.1.2 Range increased. Cooldown reduced. Bug fixes.

Outrage

1.9.1.2 Boosted attack damage increased by 10%.

Draco Impact

1.4.1.2 Unite Move gauge consumption increased.
1.9.1.2 UNITE move gauge reduced by 20%.

Dragon Dance

1.7.1.2 Cooldown increased 5s to 5.5s (-0.5s).

Multiscale

1.10.1.3 Damage reduction percentage increased from 25% to 30%.

Dragonite Basic Info

Dragonite
Dragonite.jpg
Tier Rating: B Rank Icon

Role: All-Rounder
Attack Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Difficulty: Novice
Cost:
"Harnessing the power of fire, water, and electricity, Dragonite is a powerhouse that’s ready to stomp its way to victory."

Pokemon Unite Tier List

Dragonite Best Lanes

Top Icon.pngTop Jungle Icon.pngJungle Bot Icon.pngBottom
3 Stars.png
4 Stars.png
5 Stars.png

Tips & Strategies for Every Lane

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
✔︎ Highly Versatile moveset.
✔︎ Unite Move has great range that spans almost half the map
✔︎ Moves have low cooldown.
✖︎ Moves upgrade late in the game
✖︎ Struggles against crowd control moves.

Best Builds for Dragonite

Dragonite Builds
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Outrage Build

Outrage Build
Pokemon UNITE - Best Build Icon
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +30
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
Attack Speed: +7.50%
HP: +210
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
HP
Attack
Critical-Hit Rate
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Outrage Build Explanation

Build Explanation
This build is centered on isolating targets using Extreme Speed, then beating them down with Outrage. However, Dragon Dance can be used instead of Extreme Speed for more damage and attack speed. It can be used in any lane, but it's best ran in the jungle so Dragonite can reach level 8 at fast as possible.
· Muscle Band is Dragonite's main farming and fighting tool, increasing is attack speed and giving its attacks HP-based bonus damage.
· Weakness Policy synergizes with Multiscale since it resets whenever Extreme Speed is used.
· Focus Band improves Dragonite's durability through increased defenses and acts as a survivability tool, which helps it survive while attacking targets during Outrage.
· Drain Crown can be a replacement for Weakness Policy, giving Dragonite's attacks a lifesteal effect, which works well with the Pokemon's water Boosted Attacks.
· Also, Rapid-Fire Scarf can be a replacement for Muscle Band, granting Dragonite a massive attack speed and increasing the Pokemon's efficiency during Outrage.
· Full Heal allows Dragonite to purge stuns and debuffs from itself, especially during Outrage, enabling it to continue attacking. It also works for Outrage's self-stun effect.
· However, X Attack can also work for the build, improving Dragonite's effeciency during Outrage.
· The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 White Emblems for maximum HP and 6 Brown Emblems for additional damage.
· This can be achieved by equipping at least two (2) Emblems that are both White and Brown.
· Equip Emblems that improve Attack or Critical-Hit Rate, and HP for more damage and durability.
· Sp. Atk, Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Outrage Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
Extreme Speed
(@ Lvl 15)
Outrage
(Water)
(@ Lvl 15)
Outrage
(Electric)
(@ Lvl 15)
Outrage
(Fire)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
738 1333
1333
11,199

Since the build is centered on Outrage, equipping items that will maximize Dragonite's attacks during Outrage is the ideal item combination. Focus Band is a core item for the build, leaving only two (2) items for consideration.

Out of all the item combinations, Muscle Band and Weakness Policy will be the best for the build. The bonus damage and attack speed from Muscle Band works well with Outrage's special attacks, improving Dragonite's overall damage output each attack. As for Weakness Policy, it synergizes with Multiscale since it resets whenever Extreme Speed is used and the build's melee brawler gameplay.

As for alternatives, replacing Weakness Policy with Drain Crown and/or Muscle Band with Rapid-Fire Scarf are all viable options for the build. Drain Crown provides slightly lower stats and damage as Weakness Policy, but the item's lifesteal effect works extremely well with Outrage's special attacks. On the other hand, Rapid-Fire Scarf's massive attack speed bonus can be a reasonable exchange for Muscle Band's bonus damage.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode.

Items
(Level 30)
Extreme Speed
(@ Lvl 15)
Outrage
(Water)
(@ Lvl 15)
Outrage
(Electric)
(@ Lvl 15)
Outrage
(Fire)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
681 1540
1540
11,416
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
743 1342
1342
11,207
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
738 1333
1333
11,199
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
743 1329
1329
11,230
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
738 1317
1317
11,219
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
807 1099
1099
10,989

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Hyper Beam Build

Hyper Beam Build
Moveset Held Items
Battle Item
Item Effects
(at Level 30)
Recommended Lane
Attack: +30
Defense: +30
Sp. Def: +30
Critical-Hit Rate: +2%
Attack Speed: +7.50%
Pokemon UNITE - Top Lane Recommendation Yes Top Lane
Pokemon UNITE - Jungle Recommendation Yes Jungle
Pokemon UNITE - Bot Lane Recommendation Yes Bot Lane
Emblem Color Combination Target Emblem Stats
Positive Stats:
Attack
Critical-Hit Rate
Free Negative Stats:
Sp. Atk
Defense
Sp. Def
Note:
The emblem color and stats here are suggestions only. The builds are still viable even without the suggested emblems.

Hyper Beam Build Explanation

Build Explanation
This build utilizes Dragonite's ranged attacks to kite enemies using Dragon Dance and bursting them down with a fully-charged Hyper Beam. Remember that water-type boosted attacks reduce the cooldown of Dragonite's moves, utilize this to constantly use them.
· Muscle Band improves Dragonite's attacks through increased damage and attack speed, which goes well with Dragon Dance.
· Razor Claw synergizes well with Dragon Dance's cooldown reduction mechanic, allowing Dragonite to deal even more damage on its attacks.
· Focus Band boosts Dragonite's durability through increased defenses and acts as a survivability tool.
· Scope Lens can be a replacement for Focus Band, trading durability for improved critical-hits.
· Eject Button gives Dragonite an extra repositioning tool for kiting targets and setting up for Hyper Beam.
· However, X Attack can also work for the build, giving Dragonite more damage and attack speed.
· The build's Boost Emblem loadout should consist of 6 White Emblems for maximum HP and 6 Brown Emblems for additional damage.
· This can be achieved by equipping at least two (2) Emblems that are both White and Brown.
· Equip Emblems that improve Attack or Critical-Hit Rate for more damage.
· Sp. Atk, Sp. Def., and Defense can be freely traded for the other stats.

Hyper Beam Build Damage Test

Items
(Level 30)
Hyper Beam
(Fully Charged)
(@ Lvl 15)
Standard Attack
(w/ 3 Dragon Dance Stacks)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
22892 1458

Since the build is centered on Standard Attacks and Hyper Beam, equipping items that will maximize their damage is the ideal item combination. Focus Band is a core item for the build, leaving only two (2) items for consideration.

Out of the item combinations, Muscle Band and Razor Claw will be the best for the build. Although the item combination generated the lowest Hyper Beam damage, the bonus Standard Attack damage from Muscle Band and Razor Claw is benefitial in the long run since attacking is required to set up Hyper Beam.

As for alternatives, replacing Focus Band with Scope Lens would be the best option. The increased critical-hit rate and damage from Scope Lens works nicely with the build's gameplay.

These damage tests are conducted using the Training Dummy in Practice Mode.

Items
(Level 30)
Hyper Beam
(Fully Charged)
(@ Lvl 15)
Standard Attack
(w/ 3 Dragon Dance Stacks)
(@ Lvl 15)
Muscle Band
+
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
22892 1458
Muscle Band
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
23170 1172
Muscle Band
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
23098 1148
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)
23170 1238
Razor Claw
(Includes effect)
+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
23098 1202
Attack Weight
(6 stacks)+
Weakness Policy
(4 stacks)
23403 890

The tests above does not use any Emblems yet so it will scale higher if equipped.

Dragonite Best Items & Moveset

Best Held Items

Item Explanation
Focus Band.pngFocus Band Focus Band increases Dragonite's durability through increased static defenses and gives a reliable survivability tool.
Scope Lens.pngScope Lens Scope Lens turns Dragonite into a deadly attacker, giving each attack a chance to critical-hit. It also synergizes well with Outrage and Dragon Dance.
Muscle Band.pngMuscle Band Muscle Band is a staple damage item for Dragonite regardless of the build, increasing its damage and attack speed.
Razor Claw.pngRazor Claw Razor Claw is particularly effective only when choosing Outrage and Dragon Dance, utilizing Outrage's melee attacks and Dragon Dance's cooldown reduction effect.
Weakness Policy.pngWeakness Policy Weakness Policy provides some HP and increases damage as Dragonite takes damage. It suits Dragonite's frontliner gameplay, particularly when using Outrage.
Rapid-Fire Scarf.pngRapid-Fire Scarf Rapid-Fire Scarf gives Dragonite a massive attack speed boost that works for both of its builds.
Drain Crown.pngDrain Crown Drain Crown gives Dragonite's attacks a lifesteal effect, which works well with its water Boosted Attacks, especially during Outrage.

List of Held Items

Best Battle Items

Item Explanation
Slow Smoke.pngSlow Smoke Slow Smoke pairs really well with Dragonite's moves, adding a decent crowd control to Dragonite's kit.
Eject Button.pngEject Button Eject Button provides additional mobility on top of Dragonite's Dash moves, enabling it to reposition quickly.
X Attack.pngX Attack X Attack compliments Dragonite's frontliner gameplay, further increasing its damage output.

List of Battle Items

Best Moveset

Move Explanation
Extreme Speed ImageExtreme Speed Extreme Speed allows Dragonite to isolate a target and stun it, which synergizes well with Outrage. It also resets Multiscale's cooldown each time it's used.
Outrage ImageOutrage Outrage turns Dragonite into a powerful melee brawler that can quickly decimate opponents and boss Pokemon.

Outrage makes Dragonite into a melee Pokemon but greatly improves its attacks. These attacks deal devastating damage, which can quickly take out opponents, and allow Dragonite to secure objectives by itself. Extreme Speed allows Dragonite to quickly get to melee range and stay on top of opponents, particularly during Outrage. It also gives Dragonite the benefit of always having Multiscale available since the move resets the ability's cooldown whenever it's used.

Dragonite's playstyle depends on whether you choose Hyper Beam or Outrage. Hyper Beam maintains Dragonite's ranged capabilities but offers a high burst damage tool. Outrage turns Dragonite into a melee brawler that has a special interaction with boosted attacks. When choosing Hyper Beam, Dragon Dance should always be its pair due to their synergy. On the other hand, Dragon Dance or Extreme Speed works well with Outrage.

Which Moveset Do You Think is Best for Dragonite?

Dragon Dance + Outrage 61
Votes
Dragon Dance + Hyper Beam 12
Votes
Extreme Speed + Outrage 34
Votes
Extreme Speed + Hyper Beam 1
Votes

Let us know why in the comments!

Previous Poll Results

Dragon Dance + Outrage 65
Votes
Dragon Dance + Hyper Beam 30
Votes
Extreme Speed + Outrage 20
Votes
Extreme Speed + Hyper Beam 3
Votes

How to Play Dragonite

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Rush Level 8

Dragonite gets access to Multiscale and its primary damage move when it reaches level 8. This gives Dragonite a power spike in both offense and defense and allows it to properly engage in 1-on-1 fights. Get to level 8 as early as you can so you can snowball from there.

Go to the Jungle

The safest and most efficient way to reach level 8 is to go to the jungle at the start of the game.

Jungle Guide and Best Junglers

Engage Fights Using your Dash Moves

Dragonite's Dash moves will be key in getting you to the right position for your damaging moves. Once it reaches level 5, Dragonite will have access to 2 different dash moves: Extreme Speed is a good initiating move that can inflict stun to the target, while Dragon Dance increases both Dragonite's attack and movement speed. Plan ahead to what damaging move you are taking once getting to level 8 so you can fully take advantage of the extra mobility.

Change Gameplay Based on Chosen Moves

You have change your gameplay based on your chosen moveset to use them effectively. You should also consider the items you equip as they'll help you execute the gameplay better.

Kite and Burst Targets with Dragon Dance and Hyper Beam

If you choose Dragon Dance and Hyper Beam, you should utilize the mobility from Dragon Dance to kite targets with ranged attacks, then finish them off with Hyper Beam. The key here is knowing where to dash when using Dragon Dance, keeping in mind attack distance and Hyper Beam angle.

Beat Down Targets with Extreme Speed and Outrage

If you're going for Outrage and Extreme Speed, you should isolate a target using Extreme Speed, then pummel them with Outrage.

However, should you go for Dragon Dance instead, the gameplay remains the same, although you can't isolate targets anymore. You'll also gain increased attack speed each time you use it, allowing for quicker knockouts.

Whichever you pick, remember to keep Outrage active by constantly landing attacks while sticking to your target.

Utilize Boosted Attacks

Dragonite's Boosted Attacks improve as it evolves. Once fully-evolved, you gain all the Boosted Attacks from previous evolutions. Although you have no control over them, understanding their effects can give you an extra edge during fights.

Refresh Boosted Attacks using Dragon Breath

Using Dragon Breath instantly gives you a Boosted Attack. You can deal decent damage by doing this combo: Boosted Attack -> Dragon Breath -> Boosted Attack. Use the combo in early game engagements.

Dragon Breath: Dragonite Move Effect and Cooldown

Reduce your Moves' Cooldown

Each time you perform a Boosted Attack, it reduces your moves' cooldown by one (1), allowing you to constantly use them in fights. This effect works great with Dragon Dance since the move increases your attack speed and also reduces its own cooldown when you attack. It also has great synergy with Outrage since all your attacks become Boosted Attacks, triggering their effects each hit.

Utilize Dragon Dance Effects

Keep using Dragon Dance to amplify your moves' and standard attacks' damage output. Also, utilize the attack speed increase to attack continuously after using Dragon Dance and trigger its cooldown reduction mechanic, allowing you to use it more frequently and stack damage faster.

Dragon Dance: Dragonite Move Effect and Cooldown

Use Dragon Dance to Improve Hyper Beam

Normal Activation 1st Dragon Dance Activation 2nd Dragon Dance Activation 3rd Dragon Dance Activation
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Hyper Beam No Charge Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Hyper Beam Frist Charge Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Hyper Beam Second Charge Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Hyper Beam Fully Charged

Using Dragon Dance will increase the damage output of Hyper Beam for around 3 seconds, it stacks up to 3 times. Be sure to hold off your Hyper Beam activation to get the most damage as possible.

Dragon Dance: Dragonite Move Effect and Cooldown

Secure Objectives with Hyper Beam

Use Hyper Beam, a fully-charged one if possible, to secure objectives like Registeel. If you're trying to steal them from enemies, you need to time it properly since the move takes a bit of time to fire.

Hyper Beam: Dragonite Move Effect and Cooldown

Utilize Draco Impact's Mechanics

Draco Impact's unique aiming and recharge mechanics allows you to use it more freely than most Pokemon, making it effective in many situations. Taking advantage of these effects helps make a difference in your gameplay and effectiveness in the game.

Draco Impact: Dragonite Move Effect and Cooldown

Be Careful When you Activate Draco Impact

Once Draco Impact is activated, Dragonite will still be susceptible to attacks before it flies to the destination, making it possible to get knocked down as Dragonite channels the move. Given this, it's best to know when it's safe to use it.

Having a Buddy Barrier or Focus Band equipped will give Dragonite extra shields and defense to protect it before and after using Draco Impact.

Increase Move Target Sensitivity

Setting In-Game
Pokemon UNITE - Settings Sensitivity High Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Draco Impact High Settings
Pokemon UNITE - Settings Sensitivity Default Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Draco Impact Default Settings

You can increase Draco Impact's targeting speed by setting the Move Panel Sensitivity to High in the Controls Setting. This allows you to speed up Draco Impact's reticle speed when targeting opponents from across the map. It can also help you get out of tricky situations by using the Unite move as a escape mechanism.

Hurry Towards Enemy Goal Zones

Use Draco Impact to quickly travel towards enemy goal zones and score. This is especially useful during the last few minutes of the game where you need to score as many as you can before the timer ends.

Pick Off Fleeing Enemies

You can also use Draco Impact to pick off or chase fleeing enemies, especially when they are low on HP. You don't need to knock out targets with the move itself, although it's possible, you just need to land as close as you can so you'll be able to chase them.

Escape Bad Fights

Although it's best to avoid using Draco Impact to escape, if it's crucial for you to stay alive, then you can use it as an emergency escape tool. However, you don't need to cast it to the max distance to escape, just enough to disengage from the enemies.

Progression and Leveling Guide

Top or Bottom Lane Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Secure as many Wild Pokemon as you can and get EXP to reach level 5.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Dragon Dance or Extreme Speed.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon and level up, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents.

Level 6 to 9

  • Once at level 8, learn Hyper Beam if you selected Dragon Dance, or Outrage if you selected Extreme Speed, and start to get aggressive.
  • Continue to farm wild Pokemon, defend the lane, score points, and knock out opponents to level up.
  • Help your allies secure Regieleki and/or Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Once at level 9, learn Draco Impact to get all moves.

Level 10+

  • Continue to farm and level up.
  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a full-upgraded moveset.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Jungle Guide

Level 1 to 5

  • Clear the first wave of jungle camps and level up to level 5 with the help of Twister and Dragon Breath.
  • Once at level 5, learn either Dragon Dance or Extreme Speed.
  • Help the top or bottom lane by securing the Altaria and Swablu camps, knocking out opponents, and scoring points.

Level 6 to 9

  • Clear the second wave of jungle camps to reach level 8 and get Hyper Beam if you selected Dragon Dance, or Extreme Speed if you selected Outrage.
  • At the 8:00 minute mark, go to the center of the map and secure the Altaria and Swablu camps.
  • At the 7:20 minute mark, go to the bottom lane and help secure the Altaria and Swablu camps, knock out opponents, and score points.
  • Once at level 9, learn Draco Impact.
  • At the 7:00 minute mark, help allies secure Regice, Registeel, or Regirock.
  • Afterwards, try to secure Regieleki on the top lane if it's still there.

Level 10+

  • Stick with allies to defend or push lanes, secure objectives, and win teamfights.
  • Reach at least level 13 on or before Rayquaza spawns for a fully-upgraded moveset.
  • Help your allies win a team fight and secure Rayquaza.
  • After securing Rayquaza, just score points to gain the score lead, then immediately return to base and just defend the remaining goal zones until the match ends.

Dragonite Combos

Endless Outrage Combo

Endless Outrage Combo
Extreme Speed IconOutrage IconStandard Attack Icon x5 ► Extreme Speed IconOutrage Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Endless Outrage Combo
Extreme SpeedOutrageStandard Attack x5► Extreme SpeedOutrage
This is a melee, brawl combo that is single-target focused. Start with Extreme Speed to get close to the target while also stunning them in place. Then, immediately use Outrage to start the stream of damage. Attack at least 5 times or until both Extreme Speed and Outrage are available, then repeat the combo.

Super Hyper Beam Combo

Super Hyper Beam Combo
Dragon Dance Icon + Standard Attack Icon 3x ► Dragon Dance Icon + Standard Attack Icon 3x ► Dragon Dance Icon + Standard Attack Icon 3x ► Hyper Beam Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Super Hyper Beam Combo
Dragon Dance + Standard Attack 3x ► Dragon Dance + Standard Attack 3x ► Dragon Dance + Standard Attack 3x ► Hyper Beam
This is a high burst combo that utilizes a supercharged Hyper Beam. Start by circling the target with Dragon Dance while continuously using Standard Attacks to deal damage. Each boosted attack will reduce Dragon Dance's cooldown, allowing you to chain together multiple activations. Each time you activate the move, Hyper Beam will increase in damage. After around 3 activations of Dragon Dance, you can then use Hyper Beam to deal massive damage to all enemies caught in its path.

Ultimate Dragon Impact Combo

Ultimate Dragon Impact Combo
Draco Impact IconExtreme Speed IconOutrage IconStandard Attack Icon x5► Extreme Speed IconOutrage Icon
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite Ultimate Dragon Impact Combo
Draco ImpactExtreme SpeedOutrageStandard Attack x5► Extreme SpeedOutrage
This is a variation of the of the Endless Combo, but adds Draco Impact for a strong start. Start by activating Draco Impact from afar to catch your opponent's by surprise. Then, use extreme Extreme Speed and Outrage to wreak havoc.

Matchups & Counters for Dragonite

All Dragonite Matchups

Hard Counter
AegislashAlolan NinetalesBuzzwoleDodrioLeafeonMamoswineMega Mewtwo YMr. MimeTrevenantUmbreonWigglytuffZacianZoroark
Fair Matchup
AbsolAzumarillBlastoiseBlazikenBlisseyCharizardCinderaceClefableCrustleDragapultEspeonGengarGlaceonGoodraGreedentGreninjaGyaradosInteleonLaprasMachampMega Mewtwo XMeowscaradaMetagrossMewMimikyuMiraidonPikachuScizorSlowbroSnorlaxSylveonTalonflameTsareenaTyranitarUrshifuVenusaurZeraora
Good Matchup
ChandelureComfeyCramorantDecidueyeDelphoxDuraludonEldegossGarchompGardevoirHoopaSableye
Matchup Notes
Hard CounterHard Counter Even MatchupEven Matchup Easy MatchupEasy Matchup
1. The chart is based on our own experience playing Dragonite.
2. Pokemon within each tier are unordered
3. Any Pokemon not shown here are still under investigation.

Hard Counter With Disables and Better Damage

Dragonite takes a bit of time before it can reach its power spike at level 8. Most of Dragonite's hard matchups take advantage of this by beating it in terms of damage output. Dragonite also struggles against crowd control moves that can disrupt its flow of damage, especially when using Outrage.

Best Counters

Pokemon Explanation
Trevenant ImageTrevenant Rating: ★★★★★
• Can disrupt Dragonite's moves and attacks with Horn Leech, Wood Hammer, and Phantom Forest.
• Can tank a lot of Dragonite's damage and has strong sustainability.
Leafeon ImageLeafeon Rating: ★★★★
• Can quickly burst down Dragonite, or at least force it to play defensively, with Razor Leaf or Solar Blade, and Emerald Two-Step
• Has superior movement speed and mobility, allowing it to easily dodge or escape Dragonite.
Mr. Mime ImageMr. Mime Rating: ★★★★
• Can disrupt Dragonite's combos using Power Swap or Barrier, Confusion or Psychic, and Showtime!.

Even Matchups for Dragonite

While weak early on, Dragonite can get the upper hand against these Pokemon if it reach level 8 as fast as possible, and successfully perform its combos.

Head Straight for Them Using Extreme Speed or Draco Impact

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Cinderace Image Dragapult Image Espeon Image Glaceon Image Greninja Image Inteleon Image Mew Image Miraidon Image Pikachu Image Sylveon Image Venusaur Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Dragonite. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Dragonite fast.
• When using Outrage, use Extreme Speed to quickly get to melee range before beating them down with attacks with the help of Outrage.
• When using Hyper Beam, use Draco Impact on their position to force them to move, then use Dragon Dance to dodge their moves and charge up Hyper Beam. Once Hyper Beam is fully charge, use it on them to finish them off.

Kite Them with Range Attacks or Brawl with Them Using Outrage

All-Rounders
Azumarill Image Blaziken Image Charizard Image Machamp Image Mega Mewtwo X Image Metagross Image Mimikyu Image Scizor Image Tsareena Image Tyranitar Image Urshifu Image
How to Beat
• Much like Dragonite, these Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. They are also durable enough to tank Dragonite's damage. However, being a ranged Pokemon, Dragonite can kite them with ranged attacks. Alternatively, Dragonite can also go toe to toe with them with the help of Outrage.
• When using Hyper Beam, use Dragon Dance to keep them at firing range while kiting them with attacks, and also charge up Hyper Beam. Once Hyper Beam is fully charged, use it to finish them off.
• When using Outrage, use Extreme Speed to stay on top of them, then beat them down with superior melee damage, utilizing each effect of Dragonite's Boosted Attacks to win the fight.

Dodge Their Burst Damage

High-mobility Pokemon with Burst Damage
Absol Image Gengar Image Meowscarada Image Talonflame Image Zeraora Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are incredibly agile and deal high burst damage. However, they become vulnerable when they miss their burst damage attempt.
• When using Hyper Beam, dodge their moves using Dragon Dance, then retaliate with attacks and Hyper Beam.
• When using Outrage, disrupt their moves using Extreme Speed, then beat them down with melee attacks.
• When necessary, use Draco Impact to escape.

Take Them Out First

Supporters
Blissey Image Clefable Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Dragonite, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• It's best to take them out first during fights either by bursting them down with Hyper Beam or beating them with melee attacks with the help of Outrage.

Group Up With Allies

Highly Durable Pokemon
Blastoise Image Crustle Image Goodra Image Greedent Image Lapras Image Slowbro Image Snorlax Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon are extremely durable, making it difficult for Dragonite to take them down alone. With that, it's best to group up with allies to bring them down with the help of Dragonite.
• When using Hyper Beam, use Dragon Dance to keep them at firing range while kiting them with attacks, and also charge up Hyper Beam. Once Hyper Beam is fully charged, use it to finish them off.
• When using Outrage, use Extreme Speed to stay on top of them, then beat them down with superior melee damage.

Easy Matchups for Dragonite

Easy matchups are Pokemon that have no effective means of stopping or escaping Dragonite's combos.

Head Straight for Them Using Extreme Speed or Draco Impact

Ranged, Fragile Pokemon with High Damage
Chandelure Image Cramorant Image Decidueye Image Delphox Image Duraludon Image Gardevoir Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon prefer to keep their distance from opponents when fighting. They also have high damage potential that can be dangerous for Dragonite. However, they are fragile and can get knocked out by Dragonite fast.
• When using Outrage, use Extreme Speed to quickly get to melee range before beating them down with attacks with the help of Outrage.
• When using Hyper Beam, use Draco Impact on their position to force them to move, then use Dragon Dance to dodge their moves and charge up Hyper Beam. Once Hyper Beam is fully charge, use it on them to finish them off.

Kite Them with Range Attacks or Brawl with Them Using Outrage

All-Rounders
Garchomp Image
How to Beat
• Much like Dragonite, these Pokemon excel in close combat and rely mostly on their attacks or combos to deal damage. They are also durable enough to tank Dragonite's damage. However, being a ranged Pokemon, Dragonite can kite them with ranged attacks. Alternatively, Dragonite can also go toe to toe with them with the help of Outrage.
• When using Hyper Beam, use Dragon Dance to keep them at firing range while kiting them with attacks, and also charge up Hyper Beam. Once Hyper Beam is fully charged, use it to finish them off.
• When using Outrage, use Extreme Speed to stay on top of them, then beat them down with superior melee damage, utilizing each effect of Dragonite's Boosted Attacks to win the fight.

Take Them Out First

Supporters
Comfey Image Eldegoss Image Hoopa Image Sableye Image
How to Beat
• These Pokemon usually stick with their allies and rarely venture alone. Although they themselves pose no threat to Dragonite, their support capabilities makes them valuable during fights.
• It's best to take them out first during fights either by bursting them down with Hyper Beam or beating them with melee attacks with the help of Outrage.

Best Teammates for Dragonite

Pokemon Explanation
Blissey ImageBlissey Eldegoss ImageEldegoss Increases Survivability
Pokemon that provide healing and shielding pair well with Dragonite, allowing him to survive longer in fights and keep dealing damage. Eldegoss' Cotton Guard is particularly useful during Outrage since it heals and provides a shield, prolonging Dragonite's rampage. Meanwhile, Blissey's Helping Hand coupled with Dragon Dance gives Dragonite a massive attack speed boost, which is effective for either of its playstyles.
Machamp ImageMachamp Snorlax ImageSnorlax Wigglytuff ImageWigglytuff Frontline Disablers
Pokemon that have AoE crowd control moves and can join Dragonite in the frontlines pair well with the Pokemon, allowing Dragonite to freely burst down targets while they're disabled. They can set up Dragonite's moves using abilities like Heavy Slam and Sing. They can also deal decent damage during clashes, making it easier for Dragonite to knock out targets.
Gengar ImageGengar Pikachu ImagePikachu Urshifu ImageUrshifu High Burst Damage
Dragonite can also benefit from Pokemon with high burst damage. The damage they can deal using moves like Electro Ball and Wicked Blow should be more than enough for Dragonite to finish off targets with a fully-charged Hyper Beam or a few swipes during Outrage.

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Dragonite Moveset

Move Slot 1 (R)

Twister ImageTwister
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 363
Final Damage: 403
Creates a twister and relases it in the designated direction, dealing damage to any opposing Pokemon it hits and decreasing their movement speed for a short time.
Dragon Dance ImageDragon Dance
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 5.5s
Starting Damage: N/A
Attack damage increase: 8%
Final Damage: N/A
Attack damage increase: 8%
Has the user move to the designated location while performing a mystical dance, increasing the user's damage dealt, movement speed, and basic attack speed for a short time. During this short time, when one of the user's basic attacks hits an opposing Pokemon, it reduces this move's cooldown. Each time this move is used, the user's damage dealt increases (up to three times).
Upgrade: Further increases the user's movement speed if there are opposing Pokemon nearby when the dance ends.
Extreme Speed ImageExtreme Speed
(Lv. 5)
Upgrade Lv. 11
Move Type: Dash
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 7.5s
Starting Damage: 341
Final Damage: 657
Has the user leap at the designated opposing Pokemon and throw it, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and shoving them. Also decreases the movement speed of opposing Pokemon it hits for a short time. using this move will reset Multiscale's cooldown.
Upgrade: If the user's movement speed is currently decreased when it uses this move, that movement speed decrease is negated before the move is used.

Move Slot 2 (ZR)

Dragon Breath ImageDragon Breath
(Lv. 1 or 3)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 604
Final Damage: 784
Has the user exhale a mighty gust in the designated direction. if the move hits an opposing Pokemon, the user's next basic attack becomes a boosted attack.
Hyper Beam ImageHyper Beam
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 11.5s
Starting Damage: 955
Damage with one Dragon Dance stack: 6200, Damage with two Dragon Dance stacks: 11458, Damage with three Dragon Dance stacks: 21739
Final Damage: 1490
Damage with one Dragon Dance stack: 6891, Damage with two Dragon Dance stacks: 12313, Damage with three Dragon Dance stacks: 22781
Has the user aim at the designated opposing Pokemon, charge up power, and then unleash a beam of light that sweeps up the ground in a straight line. In addition to the beam's base damage, it also deals additional damage to opposing Pokemon it hits equal to a set percentage of their max HP. The user is left unable to act for a short time after using this move.
Upgrade: Reduces damage the user recieves when using this move, including when charging up power.
Outrage ImageOutrage
(Lv. 8)
Upgrade Lv. 13
Move Type: Area
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: 8s
Starting Damage: 10806 (Slam)
Final Damage: 11256 (Slam)
Has the user start rampaging, stomping the ground and dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect. Also triggers the additional effect of the most recently used boosted basic attack once again. During the rampage, all of the user's basic attacks become special melee boosted attacks with increased attack speed. When the rampage ends, the user is left unable to act for a short time.
Upgrade: Reduces the duration of hinderance effects inflicted on the user when the user is rampaging.

Unite Moves (ZL)

Draco Impact ImageDraco Impact
(Lv. 9)
Move Type: Ranged
Damage Type: Physical
Cooldown: Max Range: 112s
Starting Damage: 1641
Final Damage: 2228
Has the user fly high into the air before crashing down with several comets on a designated area, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon in the area of effect and throwing them. The farther the user flies, the more the Unite Move gauge is consumed. While this Unite Move is being used, the user becomes immune to hinderances.

Standard Attack

Pokemon UNITE - Standard Attack IconStandard Attack
Pokemon UNITE - Dratini IconDratini

Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, blasting water in front of the user. This boosted attack deals damage to opposing Pokemon it hits and reduces the cooldown of all the user's moves. The water attack also has the additional effect of restoring the user's HP when it hits.
Pokemon UNITE - Standard Attack IconStandard Attack
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonair IconDragonair

Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits and reducing the cooldown of all the user's moves. The boosted attack alternates between a water attack and an electric attack with every use. If the water attack hits, it triggers the same additional effect as Dratini's boosted basic attack. If the electric attack hits, it leaves the opposing Pokemon unable to act for a short time.
Pokemon UNITE - Standard Attack IconStandard Attack
Pokemon UNITE - Dragonite IconDragonite

Becomes a boosted attack with every third attack, dealing damage to opposing Pokemon it hits and reducing the cooldown of all the user's moves. The boosted attack alternates between a water, electric, and fire attack, in that order, with every use. If the water or electric attacks hit, they trigger the same additional effects as Dragonair's boosted basic attacks. If the fire attack hits, it deals additional damage to the opposing Pokemon.

Ability (Passive)

Marvel Scale ImageMarvel Scale
Dratini / Dragonair IconDratini / Dragonair

Increases the Pokemon's Defense when the Pokemon is afflicted by Status Condition
Multiscale ImageMultiscale
Dragonite IconDragonite

Reduces the damage the Pokemon recieves for a short times and goes on cooldown after being triggered

Dragonite Stats & Evolutions

Dragonite Evolutions

1st Evolution 2nd Evolution Final Evolution
Dratini.pngDratini
(Lv. 1)
Dratini.pngDragonair
(Lv. 5)
Dratini.pngDragonite
(Lv. 8)

Dragonite Stats

Level HP Defense Special Defense Attack Damage
1 3050 78 60 165
2 3117 83 64 170
3 3198 89 68 177
4 3295 96 73 185
5 3647 121 92 214
6 3787 131 100 225
7 3955 143 109 239
8 4627 191 146 294
9 4869 208 159 314
10 5159 229 175 338
11 5507 254 194 367
12 5925 284 217 401
13 6426 320 244 442
14 7028 363 277 491
15 7750 415 316 550

Attack Damage is the damage of the Basic Attack as tested against the Training Dummy.

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Outrage Achievement

Outrage
Pokemon Move
Dragonite ImageDragonite Outrage ImageOutrage
Mission:
In a single battle, knock out Pokemon from the opposing team while rampaging under the effect of Outrage or Outrage+ 4 or more times (5/10/20 battles total)
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Pokemon UNITE - Achievement Points.png5
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Pokemon UNITE - Achievement Points.png10
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43 Anonymous2 months

Dragonite should be AT LEAST S tier

42 Anonymous8 months

Extreme Speed/Outrage is really underrated

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