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Dragonite or Salamence?

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I had asked a question about Heracross and Pinsir, which one is better, the answer came up as Heracross and I agreed, now this one is a harder decision for me.
Which one of these Pokemon?
Dragonite or Salamence?
I like them both and they are pretty much the same and they are both pseudo legendaries,
both dragon and flying.
Which one?

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Just a quick note: this is a duplicate so will be hidden soon.

Fizzcube and pokemon pro: if you see this, copy your answers across to the older question as they are quite good!
yeah, i just found that older question.

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This depends on the team you build around it. However, I prefer Dragonite because:

  • A MUCH bigger movepool, coverange and STAB both better.
  • He's bulkier; giving a tanky feel to him.
  • Other than his improvable speed, he's totally baws.

Basically, Dragonite is bulkier and 135 to 134 base Attack is tiny. Salamence is less bulky and faster with a bad movepool, but Dragonite is bulky with a large movepool, but due to speed it will struggle fighting other dragons faster than itself. That's why Scarfing it isn't a bad idea. The choice is yours, they are pretty different.

See their info yourself, see if you can build a set:

This was also asked previously, here >

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this is gonna be a hard decision, since one answer says salamance and one says dragonite...
Trust me, go Dragonite. Once you cover it's speed, Salamence had nothing over it.
yeah, i will probably go with dragonite, thats what i was gonna do in the first place because i prefer dragonite over salamence. thanks :)
No worries, glad this eased it out a bit ;)
I might add that Salamence can utilize his extra speed to abuse Moxie like a baw-haw-haws.
dragonite rocks!!!
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Ok so here is the comparison. First off, abilities.

So Dragonite has a decent ability Inner Focus, this can be handy for use ingame agaist those few pesky Fake Out users. He also has the dreamworld ability Multiscale. This is insanely useful in the metagame because it allows him to survive many would be KOs!

Salamence has the great ability Intimidate! This is sop useful against any physical attacker both in the metagame and ingame. His dreamworld ability is absolutely outstanding! Moxie!!! After you have KOed on you get a free +1 in attack making you a more and more dangerous sweeper and an even more dangerous Choice Scarf Revenge Killer.

Next Up, Stats.

Dragonite has a rather low HP stat at 91, but that is made up for in is exceptional defenses. His 95 Base Defense and his 100 Base Special Defense make him a rather bulky sweeper. His speed is rather lacking, but his true niche come out with his attack stat. 134 Base Attack is awesome! And his 100 base SpA is also a decent stat.

Salamence sports an amazing 135 Attack stat and a great 100 Speed stat. Unfortunely, his defenses are weaker than dragonites which does not allow him to stay as long nor become a bulky sweeper. And he can also go mixed with his 110 base SpA stat.


Dragonite wins this by a mile! It may seem that they have almost the same movepools but Dragonite's is better in a few neat ways. First he has access to Hurricane, his most powerful STAB flying move. This is great because he is so often used on rain teams sporting both Thunder and Hurricane. He can use may status move because of his Multiscale ability. He also has access to Super Power, the Elemental Punshes, and ExtremeSpeed!

Salamence's movepool may seem huge but he is actually rather limited. His mediocre defenses do not allow him to do much excpt attack causing him to not be able to use a good chunk of his moves.


Here are two super useful sets for Dragonite.

Dragonite @ Life Orb
252 Atk/ 4 Def/ 252 Spe

Fire Punch
Aqua Tail

Dragonite (Rain)@ Leftovers
252 HP/ 4Def/ 252 SpA



Salamence @ Choice Scarf
252 Atk/ 4 SpA/ 252 Spe

Dragon Claw
Brick Break

Salamence @ Life Orb
252 Atk/ 4 Def/ 252 Spe

Dragon Dance
Brick Break

Thats all folks! I hope you can now choose which is best. In my opinion, they are equal(except I like Dragonite more :D)

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dragonite with life orb should have roost...
Salamence is better.
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lets compare its stats

        dragonite   salamence
hp         91           95
atk       134          135
def        95           80
sp atk    100          110
sp def    100           80
speed      80          100

salamence has better hp, atk, sp atk, speed
while dragonite has better def, sp def only
for moveset I like salamence
so the conclusion is salamence is better
hope I helped

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Never conpare Pokemon by stats; by movepool, ability, type, and roll is the way. If it was like this, then how'd these guys, Pseudo-Ls, go OU with Blaziken and Excadrill in Über? By doing the proper way. Stats provide info, not judgment. Just sayin'.
yeah, fizzcube is right, sorry pp
one word: Slaking. his stats are amazing! why isn't he in OU? ....oh....wait...Truant.... xP
Multiscale helps Dragonite  tank hits even from MoxieMence. go D-Nite