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If you have a good competitive moveset for Dragonite, post an answer below and upvote the best ones. Movesets for any of its pre-evolutions can also be shared on this thread.

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Gen V

Dragonite (M) @ Leftovers

Trait: Multiscale

EVs: 252 Atk / 156 SDef / 100 Spd

Careful Nature (+SDef, -SAtk)

  • Dragon Dance
  • Roost
  • Dragon Claw
  • Fire Punch

Set up Dragon Dance then start hitting the opponent hard. Dragon Claw provides STAB, while Fire Punch deals with Steel types. Multiscale is a great ability, giving Dragonite incredible bulk, possibly allowing it to survive an Ice attack even. You can then use Roost to get yourself back up to full health to make use of Multiscale. Leftovers provideas more bulk. Your EVs give you nice bulk, and good stats for sweeping with Dragon Dance.

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Gen 5 OU

First move I see on any Dragonite: Dragon Dance. Well, say hello to Parashuffler Dragonite.

Dragonite

Dragonite (M) @ Leftovers
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 252 HP / 96 Def / 156 SDef / 4 Spd
Impish Nature (+Def, -SAtk)
- Substitute
- Thunder Wave
- Dragon Tail
- Roost

Parashuffler Dragonite is one of the most underrated sets of all time. This can team holes in entire teams using only 1 attacking move. The Lefties gives me constant recovery, and lowers the usage of Roost. My EVs even my Defenses out at 275 and 386 HP. Beast, huh? Substitute lets me avoid some damage, and helps on Walls that will try to set up on me. Thunder Wave cripples many Sweepers, and occasionally haxes them, giving me a free Dragon Tail to cripple another. Dragon Tail Phazes foes, many of which will be Paralyzed by Thunder Wave. Finally, Roost gives me reliable recovery and prolongs my support. You can find a different form of it here, but I disreccomend it because you are killed by Physical moves. The set I posted is even better if you have Hazards up.

Hope you like!

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this is an amazing moveset i tried it and it works wonders
Fairies?
Fairies will shred this build apart.
look at the date when this was posted
5 votes

Dragonite (M) @ Life Orb/Leftovers
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 252 Atk / 252 Satk / 4 Def/Sdef or Spd
Mild Nature (+SAtk, -Def)
- Superpower
- Roost/Light Screen
- Draco Meteor
- Haze

Pretty simple set here. The idea is to have a Dragonite that can phaze out opponents. He can use superpower to break down Tyranitar, and Draco Meteor offers STAB. The stat drops you get with all these moves are cancelled out thanks to haze, and he can also cancel out the opponent. Roost is there to restore his health and reactivate his ability. It also lets him switch in on pokemon that try to come in. He also resists the main priority moves, mainly mach punch and aqua jet. Watch out for ice shard though.

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Sleeping dragon of DEATH!

Item: Eviolite
Ability: Marvel-scale
Nature: Careful
EVs: 252 S.Defense, 200 Defense, 58 Attack or HP

Rest
Sleep-talk
Dragon-dance
Dragon-tail

Finally B/W2 brought Sleep-talk and Marvel scale together to make one amazing combination! Rest is for healing. Sleep-talk is for attacking while asleep. Dragon-dance is boosting. Dragon-tail is the whole point, because when it is used with Sleep-talk it does not have the -6 Priority add that with the speed and attack boosts from Dragon-dance and you get one annoying and hard hitting sweeper. When Sleeping Dragonair has about 481 Defense! About 303 when awake, Special Defense is 393. So 262(or 276), 303(481 when asleep), 393 bulk which is rather impressive.

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This set is similar to Autotomize, Rest, Sleep-talk, Dragon-tail Steelix. But with Attack boosts, Less weaknesses, more special bulk, and STAB :D
yo! I diggggg the "sleeping dragon". Unfortunately, I'm stuck on HG and I'm pretty new to approaching pokemon competitively. I was wondering if you might have any ideas about putting something similar together for dragonair/dragonite with just the tools that 4th gen has to offer? Right now, my team consists of Starmie (Timid) and Garchomp (Jolly). I haven't trained them much though yet since I'm trying to figure out how they could hopefully work together with dragonair/dragonite. Let me know if you can offer any help! thanks brotha
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Dragonite (M) @ Light Clay

Role: Mixed Tank / Screener
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 100 HP / 96 Atk / 156 Def / 156 SAtk
Naughty Nature (+Atk, -SDef)
- Outrage
- Light Screen
- Fire Blast
- Roost

I had to test this, and I just wanted to share the quote that the guy I battled used.

" You have got BALLS to use Light Screen on a Dragonite ".
Now, onto the description.

Light Screen provides great team support for other tanks running around, and lets you use a Naught Nature for Mixed Attacking. Yay!

Outrage just lets you bulk jank off while you tear through a small portion of your opponent's team, Not Forgetting Multiscale lets you take the attack setting up Light Screen much better, And Fire Blast covers Steel Types ( Very Defensive physically ) And Ice Types ( Major weakness ) Fairly well, Light Clay makes your Light Screen worth while lasting for 8 turns.

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Sweeper Dragonite

Dragonite # Leftovers
Nature: Jolly (^Speed -Sp Atk)
Ability: Multi Scale / Inner Focus
~ 252 Atk EVs / 252 Speed EVs / 6 HP EVs

  • Dragon Dance
  • Fire Punch
  • Thunder Punch
  • Dragon Claw

Okay! So here you have another Sweeper set for Dragonite. You have Dragon Dance for when a foe decides to switch out, or whenever you get a chance to get some stat boosting in. Next is Fire Punch to help destroy Ice types and random coverage, and same goes with Thunder Punch. Use when needed!
Dragon Claw is the STAB attack for every other type of Pokemon that won't take a super effective move in their face. With two Dragon Dances, Dragonite might be able to sweep an entire team, but good luck with setting up two Dances first! Leftovers is for healing your HP back while sweeping, if nothing hits you. Heck, if you have Multi Scale, and Leftovers heals your HP full, you'll be protected again!

- e. 05.14.2012 8:23p

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Sam...why do you need Fire and Electric moves? If I'm fighting a Dragonite, let's say your Dragonite and I threw out...oh, Idk...say a Fairy type, how would you defend against that? Think about adding a Steel type move instead, so that if you do survive a hit, you at least would have made me pay for it.
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Item: Evolite
Ability: Shed-skin
Nature: Bold
Evs: 252 Defense, 252 S.Defense, 6 S.Attack

Rest
Flamethrower
Toxic
Dragon-pulse

Rest is 1 turn thanks to shed-skin so it is reliable healing. Flamethrower covers Steels. Toxic is for stalling. Dragon-pulse is for covering the one weakness and STAB.

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Shed Skin is only a percent chance at healing SLP status, so it may not always be one turn; just a heads up.
2 votes

Here's one:

Dragonite (M) @ Expert Belt

Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 4 Atk / 252 SAtk / 252 Spd
Hasty Nature (+Spd, -Def)
- Draco Meteor
- Superpower
- Haze
- Roost

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Haze? why?
To make his -2 SAtk, -1 Atk, -1 Def revert back to normal.
2 votes

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)
Moveset:
-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!

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

Dragonite @ Leftovers
Multiscale
Careful
248 HP/ 84 Atk/ 176 SpD

Hone Claws
Substitute
Dragon Rush
Roost

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.

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I think a good moveset would be
Earthquake
Blizzard
Thunder
Fire Blast
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Excuse another answer to this list but with gen 6 coming up, a new and powerful set has been introduced

[email protected]ess Policy
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 atk 252 spe 4 HP
Adamant/Jolly Nature
-Agility
-Dragon Claw/Outrage
-Earthquake
-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 :)

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Darn, was hoping no one had posted this.
2 votes

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.

Strategy:
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.

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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

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Double/Triple battle

Dragonite (M) @ Choice Scarf
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 252 Atk / 4 SDef / 252 Spd
Adamant Nature (+Atk, -SAtk)
- Rock Slide
- Earthquake
- Dragon Claw
- Fly

I like teaming it up with an Audino. Rock Slide and Earthquake hit multiple foes. Dragon Claw is STAB. Fly is STAB that is less predictable in Triples and can hit any foe.

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Dragonite (Bulky Dragon Dance)

Zeyphr (Adamant) Ability = Multiscale (Leftovers)

Evs= 248 HP , 16 Atk , 240 Spdef

-Fire Punch / EarthQuake / Heal Bell
-Dragon Dance
-Roost
-Dragon Claw / Outrage

This Set & Evs ensure that dragon will maintain its bulk and ALWAYS get 2KOd by ice beam .Also giving these EVs allows Dragonite to take hits from special attackers like a charm.
Now Fire Punch is Used for those pesky steels , while earthquake punishes Heatran & Jirachi . Now Heal bell is uncommon but it supports Your team helpfully by removing status problems on your teams . Dragon Dance is for the boost of more power and thus the speed . Dragon Claw is the main choice of attack because dragonites main role is to support and to tank hits . While Outrage is for more power + bringing in the confusion .

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It's still a possibility to get OHKO'd with ice beam just sayin
not with the SPDEF evs + multiscale
Multiscale, no. When broken, from any powerful attacker, yes.
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I'm kind of new here, and wanted to suggest my first moveset on Dragonite. I'm seriously shocked that no one has done this.

Role: The Guarded Sweeper
Nature: Jolly
Hold Item: Muscle Band
EV's: 252 Atk, 252 Spd
-Waterfall
-Dragon Dance
-Safeguard
-Outrage

This one may need some explaining. Waterfall is a very good water type move with a decent chance of flinch, Dragon Dance is to raise attack and speed, and Safeguard is to set up for an Outrage sweep. Once you set up this Dragonite paired with the Muscle Band, you're pretty much unstoppable.

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This is actually a decent use of safeguard!
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You have asked the right guy I am king of D-nites
Trait:Multiscale

Nature:Adamant or anything to boost your attack or speed
Item:Life Orb or Persim berry to cure confusion.
Role:Unstoppable Sweeper.
Moveset:
-Firepunch covers ice type
-Outrage sweeping move/Dragon claw
-Dragondance setup move
-earthquake just in case

When your D-nite is in setup d-dance and have multiscale help you not die on the first turn,if you take very little damge go for another d-dance.After that go for a sweep with outrage or setup again,(I wouldnt just for time and Hp sake.)Start sweeping the hell out of the opposing team.If on the first turn there is a ice type fire punch it.

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Dragonite (M/F) @weakness policy/leftovers/lum berry
Ability:Multiscale
Evs:252hp/252att/4spd
Adamant Nature(+Atk,-spAtk)
-Dragon dance
-Aqua jet (till Dec when pokebox comes out and he/she can get extreme speed)
-Outrage
-Fire punch

I always like to have a priority move but I'm thinking of switching aqua jet with earthquake. Only because when it comes in you get a free dragon dance so hes already fast.

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Dragonite @ Lum Berry
Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Jolly

  • Outrage
  • Dragon Dance/Fire Bunch
  • Stone Edge
  • Earthquake
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Powerhouse Dragonite

Etinogard @ Expert Belt
Trait: Multiscale
Nature: Jolly/Adamant

  • Dragon Claw (STAB)
  • Ice Punch (Deals with grass, flying and ground types)
  • Extremespeed (Priority)
  • Earthquake (Deals with steel, rock, fire, poison, and electric types)

Good coverage, and Extremespeed to wipe out anything at low HP. Dragon claw base 120 with STAB, or same as outrage without STAB, but no confusion or hitting a steel type.

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