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What is a good moveset for Dragonite?

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Here we go with Dragonite, one of the original uber-pokemon. It has a big movepool so there could be a lot of good answers here...

Dragonite Learnset

asked Jul 14, 2010 by Pokemaster
edited Apr 8 by Pokemaster

52 Answers

1 vote

I thought of this set:
Item: Wide Lens (to raise the accuracy of Iron Tail)
Abillty: Inner Focus
Nature: Naguhty (high Attack, low Special Defense)
-Iron Tail: Nice power + type coverage against Ice and Rock types and have a chance to lower the foes Defense.
-Dragon Dance: Attack bonus and helpful Speed.
-Ice Beam/Dragon Claw: Against other Dragon types.
-Thunder Punch: For all of those Flying/Water types out there (most of the Water types can learn some Ice type move so it is really helpful) and of course Paralyze chance (10%).

This set offer a type coverage set. It takes care of one of Dragonite weakness (his low Speed).
With Iron tail you wont need to worry about Ice and Rock types. If you use Iron tail after a Dragon Dance and while wearing a Wide Lens, no Rock/Ice types can even have a chance to touch you!
Dragonite got 1 more weakness- Dragon type. You can either get him Ice Beam or Dragon Claw and then with his high Speed and high Attack using the Dragon Dance you will beat any Dragon type in your way.
The last move was a hard choice. I wanted a move that will use Dragonite Attack and will help him against Water type especialy and maybe 1 more type coverage. Thunder Punch cover it all. Using Thunder Punch will not only kill Water types but Flying types too. It is a physical move that also have a Paralyze chance which makes it even more helpful in battle.

I chose the Inner Focus abillty because it is hard to get a Multiscale Dragonite and because having the abillty not to finch is better at this set because any finch means death here (because of his low Special Defense), but having no finch means that you can KO your enemy in only one turn, they wont have time to use a Special Attack move on you!

answered Jun 23, 2012 by 1Itay3
edited Jun 25, 2012 by 1Itay3
1 vote


ITEM... Grip claw

Wrap: Extended and slow damage by grip claw
Toxic: Slowly take down
Protect: For wrap and toxic to do their magic
Substitute:To block hits like protect but just so that both can be used alternately so that protect has full accuracy!

Pretty cool huh!

answered Jun 23, 2012 by Steelix
Nice set, but if you battle pokemons with high hp, it will take some time to kill them and in the time you wait they might attack you. I suggest putting one move that will do a lot of damage.
maybe, maybe not! This is my tested moveset!!!!
besides i have substitute and protect...
Nope, this set is destroyed by Steel types. Wrap will do very few damage and they are immune to Toxic.
but i can switch to other pokemon...
I think you're destroying the potential of your Dragonite.
If you want a Pokemon for what that moveset (besides wrap) presents, get a Blissey.
(the D-day of Pokemans)
1 vote

Well my dragonite has:
1.Ice beam
2 Dragon Rush
3 Outrage (pure power)
4 Stone edge

With these moves my dragonite seems to own everybody but it is level 100 though.

answered Jul 20, 2012 by Scizornician
do Ice punch instead of ice beam. Dragonite's high attack stat makes it do more damage.
(unless you're playing in gen III or lower)
1 vote

Dragonite Moveset

Item: Wide Lens.

  • Draco Meteor or Outrage
  • Rain Dance
  • Hurricane
  • Thunder
answered Dec 29, 2012 by NightmareLeggionaire
1 vote

A weird set here. Yet surprisingly effective....

Dragonite @ Leftovers
248 HP/ 84 Atk/ 176 SpD

Hone Claws
Dragon Rush

A set that works off his higher attack stat but at the same tim uses hi sbulk effectively. Hone Claws allows him to have a moderatly high attack and makes Dragon Rush quite usable. Substitue helps make him more bulky and can help to keep Multisclae in play. Dragon Rush will almost always hit after one Hone Claws and is a good medium between Dragon Claw and Outrage. Last, Roost increases him longevity.

answered Feb 21, 2013 by DracoArceus
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Excuse another answer to this list but with gen 6 coming up, a new and powerful set has been introduced

Dragonite@Weakness Policy
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 atk 252 spe 4 HP
Adamant/Jolly Nature
-Dragon Claw/Outrage
-Fire Punch

Make sure you face a Pokemon that would use a supereffective move on you(NOT MAMOSWINE). Multiscale should let you take that hit, and on the same turn, you use agility. Now you basically shell smashed yourself without defense drops and baton passes :)

answered Nov 9, 2013 by Generekt
Darn, was hoping no one had posted this.
1 vote

I have a very efficient set:
Dragonite @ Lum Berry
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature
- Dragon Claw for a good STAB move. It does not confuse. Besides, there is a different use for the Lum Berry.
- Dragon Dance for setting up a sweep with Multiscale and Lum Berry.
- ExtremeSpeed for good priority.
- Fire Punch for coverage.

Simply get up a few DDs and that should be efficient because of Lum Berry and Multiscale. Use Dragon Claw for STAB, Fire Puch on some types, and ExtremeSpeed for enemies on low health. Then, enjoy a short sweep.

answered Jan 16 by a Magikarp
I've used this in Gen 5, it's a decent set +1
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Physical Dragonite
Item: Persim Berry/Lum Berry
Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -SpA) or Jolly (+Spe, -SpA)
- Outrage- high power, STAB, and kills multiple opponents
- Stone Edge- high power and kills Ice type weakness
- Dragon Dance- Increases ur power and speed
- Earthquake/Any elemental punch/Waterfall- this last move is ur choice depending on what ur needs are but I would go with Earthquake because it has the most power and has good type coverage

answered Jul 22, 2011 by mblinginballer
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this is what mine knows I made it for type coverage

ice beam




i didn't put in a dragon type move ice covers dragon types.

answered Jul 22, 2011 by metagross
dragon type has STAB so thats more better
plus you haz sp.atk. AND attack type moves so that isn't to good
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how about this moveset:
* Dragon claw
* Waterfall
* wing attack
* thunderbolt

answered Aug 4, 2011 by toodz
chuck wing attack and thunderbolt.
do hurricane(or fly) and Thunderpunch instead
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Okay.I have made some changes.


1.Hurricane Can get a 100%accuracy during rain
2.Draco meteor Just if you want to have a special attack
3.Protect for defense
4.Ice beam to have coverage on other dragon types

answered Jan 31, 2012 by Exca le roi
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Here's mine:
Ability: Inner Focus
Nature: Adamant
Item: Expert Belt
•Fire Punch

answered Mar 16, 2012 by amazingdragonite
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Very powerful Pokémon and he has a humongous movepool, therefore it could be hard to choose. Here is a moveset that covers all of its weaknesses and can be used effectively.

Fly STAB, great power, high accuracy and helps you get around from town to town
Dragon Claw/Dragon Pulse STAB, coverage (Dragon), it is up to you whether you want to have a physical or special attack
Flamethrower coverage (Ice), Dragons look awesome with a fire move and fire is awesome anyway
Earthquake coverage (Rock), this move is awesome against tons of Pokémon

answered Apr 22, 2012 by SzupR
that's a good moveset, except that most ice types are special defensive. chuck Flamethrower and add Fire punch. dragonite's high attack stat will make it more powerful anyway.
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Dragknight (dragon knight)
Dragonite (M) Leftovers\White Herb
Trait: Multi Scale
4Hp \ 252 Sp.atk \ 252 Speed
Timid Nature (+Sp.atk - Atk)
Flamethrower for Ice or Agility because Focus blast covers Ice
Dragon Pulse for Dragon and Stab or Draco Meteor if you have White Herb
Focus Blast coverage for Rock and Ice
Hurricane why not? Stab

answered May 6, 2012 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
edited May 7, 2012 by Gʟɪɢᴜʀʀ
Then why teach it Dragon Dance if it has no physical moves??
oh okay :P
for the speed maybe XD
Then teach him Agility. He learns it at Level 25. Move Relearner with a Heart Scale.
I was JUST about to put that there
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  • thunder

    • surf
    • draco meteor
    • fire blast
      having a good range of moves gives you a higher % of having a super effective move.
answered May 11, 2012 by mase20
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Dragonite@ leftovers
Extreemspeed- awesome priority move. (can only learn in HG/SS)
ThunderPunch/thunderbolt- coverage
Fire Punch/flamethrower- coverage against ice types
Waterfall/surf- coverage, waterfall often makes them flinch

answered May 13, 2012 by latiospie
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draco meteor / power
blizzard /fight other types
hurricane/ good to have a range of moves
earthquake/to defeat other dragon types
hope this set of moves are good:)

answered May 14, 2012 by cathrine123
Man It's Hidden You Guys Can't Just say
"Holy Crap Bad Set!" and downvote and Hide!
Thats Just Mean
You said that in Chat
so don't deny.
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Dragonite! =D

Dragonite @ Scope Lens
Trait: Inner Focus
Nature: Rash
Dragon Pulse

Dragonite @ Leftovers
Trait: Inner Focus
Nature: Brave
Dragon Claw
Fire Punch
Thunder Wave
Aerial Ace

answered Jun 2, 2012 by Porygonz
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Okay, so here's my idea for a physical Dragonite.
Item: Muscle Band
Brick Break - Decent power, good weakness coverage, shatter any reflects/light screens
Dragon Claw - Physical STAB
ThunderPunch - Because, honestly, how often do you NOT go against water types with ice moves?
Fly - Good power, lends a bit of avoidance at times.

Hopefully, this set isn't too bad.

answered Jun 9, 2012 by potada
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Her's my moveset for Dragonite if it wer to be placed on a rain team:

EVs: 252 Sp Atk/ 252 Speed/ 4 Hp
Nature: Modest
Ability: Multiscale
Held Item: Choice Specs

- Draco Meteor Powerful STAB
- Hurricane Another Powerful STAB that gets 100 % accuracy in Rain and a chance to confuse
- Thunder Great move that compliments Hurricane since it also gains 100 % accuracy in Rain and a chance to Paralyze
- Surf
Awesome move to use in the rain

Okay here's the catch with this Dragonite: In order to achieve its best usage potential, you'll need a Pokémon that can set up Rain Dance as a move, or better yet. have a Pokemon that can set a permanent Rain, notably Politoed (via Dream World) or Kyogre would be a use especiallu for Double Battles respectively. That would make Dragonite your best rain sweeper in the entire meta-game!

answered Jul 27, 2012 by Brandonerd91