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This is a strategy guide for using Dragonite in competitive play for the games Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on for tips on the best Nature, EV spreads, Movesets, and Held Items to use with Dragonite, as well as its strengths and weak points.

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Basic Information for Dragonite

Types and Abilities

Pokemon Type 1 Type 2
Dragon Type Flying Type
Abilities
Inner Focus The Pokemon is protected from flinching.
Multiscale (Hidden) Reduces damage when HP is full.

Type Defenses

Type
Takes 4x damage
Pokemon Ice Image
Takes 2x damage
Pokemon Rock Image Pokemon Dragon Image Pokemon Fairy Image
Takes 0.5x damage
Pokemon Fire Image Pokemon Water Image Pokemon Fighting Image Pokemon Bug Image
Takes 1/4x damage
Pokemon Grass Image
Takes 0x damage
Pokemon Ground Image

What is Type Effectiveness?

Base Stats

HP Attack Defense Sp. Atk Sp. Def Speed
91 134 95 100 100 80

Best Nature for Dragonite

Best Natures
Jolly
(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
Timid
(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)

Strategies for Dragonite

Weakness Policy Physical Sweeper Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 /Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 186 / Def 115 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 145
Ability Multiscale
Held Item Weakness Policy
Moveset Outrage
Dual Wingbeat
Extreme Speed
Fire Punch

Dragonite is one of the best users of Weakness Policy thanks to its ability. With a wide physical movepool and great bulk, it is a formidable sweeper that can easily sweep unprepared teams.

About Dragonite's Moves

Outrage is Dragonite strongest move and can outright KO Pokemon that don't resist or are immune to Dragon-type moves. Dual Wingbeat is its secondary STAB and becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax.

Extreme Speed is a powerful priorty move that goes before other priorty attacks, such as Quick Attack, and allows Dragonite to potentially knock out faster but frailer threats. It's last move is Fire Punch, providing great neutral coverage and hits Steel-type Pokemon for super effective damage.

About Dragonite's EV Spread

We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Attack and Speed so that Dragonite can hit hard and as fast as possible. The remaining 4 EVs are placed in HP to boost its overall bulk.

About Dragonite's Ability

We're using Multiscale for this build. This ability reduces the damage Dragonite gets from attacks by 50% if its at full health. This guarantees that Dragonite can get at least one Dragon Dance boost up!

About Dragonite's Held Item

This build uses Weakness Policy., an item that raises the Pokemon's attack and special attack by two stages when hit by a super-effective move. Thanks to its abiliity Multiscale, Dragonite can survive a super effective hit and get a boost from its item!

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Punch An alternative coverage move that allows Dragonite to hit Bulky Water-types.
Earthquake Stronger than Fire Punch and also allows Dragonite to hit Steel-types.
Superpower A powerful Fighting-type move. Becomes Max Knuckle during Dynamax,
Iron Head A good alternative to Fire Punch that lets Dragonite hit Fairy-types.
Stone Edge A powerful Rock-type move that allows Dragonite to take on Flying-types.
Dragon Dance Boosts Dragonite's Attack and Speed by one stage. Best used before Dynamaxing, although it becomes Max Guard during Dynamax.

Dragon Dance Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 /Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 186 / Def 115 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 145
Ability Multiscale
Held Item Lum Berry
Life Orb
Weakness Policy
Moveset Outrage
Dual Wingbeat
Fire Punch
Dragon Dance

Dragonite's bulk makes it a great setup sweeper with Dragon Dance, letting it fill the role of a lead sweeper or late-game sweeper.

About Dragonite's Moves

Dragon Dance boosts Dragonite's Attack and Speed by one stage, and thanks to its ability, it will always get a chance to set up using this move. Outrage is Dragonite strongest move and can outright KO Pokemon that don't resist or are immune to Dragon-type moves. Dual Wingbeat is its secondary STAB and becomes Max Airstream during Dynamax.

It's last attacking move is Fire Punch, providing great neutral coverage and hits Steel-type Pokemon for super effective damage.

About Dragonite's EV Spread

We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Special Attack and Speed so that Dragonite can hit hard and as fast as possible. The remaining EVs are placed in HP to boost its overall bulk.

About Dragonite's Ability

We're using Multiscale for this build. This ability reduces the damage Dragonite gets from attacks by 50% if its at full health.

About Dragonite's Held Item

Lum Berry protects Dragonite from status, such as burns from Will-O-Wisp. Life Orb is an alternative that boosts the power of its moves at the cost of some residual damage. Finally, it can also use Weakness Policy but this item is best used if using it as a lead.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Punch An alternative coverage move that allows Dragonite to hit Bulky Water-types.
Ice Punch An alternative coverage move that allows Dragonite to hit Bulky Ground-types.
Extreme Speed A +2 priority move that allows Dragonite to hit faster opposing Pokemon.
Earthquake Stronger than Fire Punch and also allows Dragonite to hit Steel-types.
Superpower A powerful Fighting-type move. Becomes Max Knuckle during Dynamax,
Iron Head A good alternative to Fire Punch that lets Dragonite hit Fairy-types.
Stone Edge A powerful Rock-type move that allows Dragonite to take on Flying-types.

Choice Band Moveset & Best Build

Nature Jolly(+Spd, -Sp.Atk)
EV Spread HP 4 / Atk 252 /Spd 252
Final Stat Values HP 167 / Atk 186 / Def 115 / Sp.Def 120 / Spd 145
Ability Multiscale
Held Item Choice Band
Moveset Outrage
Extreme Speed
Fire Punch
Earthquake

Dragonite's bulk makes it a great setup sweeper with Dragon Dance, letting it fill the role of a lead sweeper or late-game sweeper.

About Dragonite's Moves

Outrage is Dragonite strongest move and can outright KO Pokemon that don't resist or are immune to Dragon-type moves.

Extreme Speed is a powerful priorty move that goes before other priorty attacks, such as Quick Attack, and allows Dragonite to potentially knock out faster but frailer threats.

It's last two attacking moves are for coverage. Fire Punch, providing great neutral coverage and hits Steel-type Pokemon for super effective damage, while Earthquake lets it hit Rock, Fire, and Poison-types.

About Dragonite's EV Spread

We're using a straightforward EV spread with full investment in Special Attack and Speed so that Dragonite can hit hard and as fast as possible. The remaining EVs are placed in HP to boost its overall bulk.

About Dragonite's Ability

We're using Multiscale for this build. This ability reduces the damage Dragonite gets from attacks by 50% if its at full health.

About Dragonite's Held Item

Choice Band boosts the power of Dragonite's physical moves by 50% but restricts it to using only the initial move it used.

Other Viable Moves

Thunder Punch An alternative coverage move that allows Dragonite to hit Bulky Water-types.
Ice Punch An alternative coverage move that allows Dragonite to hit Bulky Ground-types.
Dual Wingbeat A secondary STAB move that hits twice, letting Dragonite break Substitute users.
Superpower A powerful Fighting-type move. Becomes Max Knuckle during Dynamax,
Iron Head A good alternative to Fire Punch that lets Dragonite hit Fairy-types.
Stone Edge A powerful Rock-type move that allows Dragonite to take on Flying-types.

How to Use Dragonite Effectively

Use it as a Setup Sweeper

Dragonite faces stiff competition from stronger and faster Dragon-types, so capitalize on its unique traits - its bulkiness and wide movepool. Dragonite has great bulk, further boosted by Multiscale, and has a large physical and special movepool that includes powerful coverage moves.

As a result of these traits, Dragonite is best used as a setup sweeper - accumulating Dragon Dance boosts and sweeping, instead of outright attacking the opposing team.

How to Build a Team with Dragonite

Although Dragonite faces stiff competition from the likes of Garchomp and Dragapult, its great bulk and access to unique physical and special moves make it a great secondary sweeper in balanced and Hyper Offense teams.

Use it as a Lead Sweeper

Dragonite excels as a lead sweeper - the first Pokemon you send out at the start of the battle. Thanks to its ability Multiscale, it can safely set up a Dragon Dance (or two) and sweep the opposing team with its powerful moves. As a result, it's a good choice for offensive lead in offense-oriented teams

Learn more about building Hyper Offense teams by checking out our full guide below.
How to Build an Offensive Team | Best Hyper Offense Team

Counters for Dragonite

Bypass Multiscale with Mold Breaker

Despite its great bulk, Dragonite can easily fall to sweepers that can bypass its Multiscale ability with Mold Breaker.

Best Pokemon to Use

Pokemon Description
Haxorus ImageHaxorus Ranking: ★★★★★
・Faster than Dragonite
・Bypasses Multiscale with Mold Breaker and easily KOs with Outrage

Moveset & Best Build for 'Haxorus'
Excadrill ImageExcadrill Ranking: ★★★★★
・Faster than Dragonite
・Bypasses Multiscale with Mold Breaker and can KO with Rock Slide

Moveset & Best Build for 'Excadrill'

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3 Anonymous12 days

What about a special Dragonnite?

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>>1 You are right

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