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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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Dragon Claw (or Dragon Rush) or Dragon Pulse. Depends on stats. Does not confuse like Outrage.

Waterfall: Coverage and seems to make the foe flinch a good amount of the time.

Earthquake: High power/accuracy, type coverage, good to attack digging foes.

Dragon Dance: Good Stat move.

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Earthquake does a lot more damage if the opponent is underground via Dig.  But yes, it wouldn't hurt the opponent if they're flying type/have Levitate.
dragon dance first and you should do decent sweeping with outrage. equip a persim berry and good game
Pretty Good i destroyed everything
i think the other move like Waterfall and  Earthquake,dont really cover all of Dragonite weakness.Waterfall sure will cover dragonite rock weakness but the earthquake for attack digging foes? i think in competitive no one will use dig on dragonite man.
You should definitely be using a steel type move for coverage. Steel Wing, Iron Head, Iron Tail, etc. It covers 3/4 of Dragonite's weaknesses.
16 votes

Rain abuser set:

Surf-gets powered from the rain.

Thunder-Picks off threats like Kabutops and Gyarados.

Hurricane-STAB, 100% accuracy. It's neutral against scizor and is special, so it has a good chance to break through him.

Dragon Pulse/hidden power [fighting]/focus blast/Roost-Dragon pulse offers STAB, focus blast breaks through ferrothorn, and hidden power does the same, but if a bit more reliable. It also covers his ice and rock weakness. Roost restores health and keeps his multiscale ability active.

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jeezz people stop suggesting physical moves, obviously this is a special set. And for the ice breaking move I would go with focus blast, its power isn't great but it's added effect is a nice bonus and great power.  hidden power's power is pretty low, and it can be a difficult job to get the type right
What about Rain Dance for last move?
I like the idea of this set.
Gives it a lot of power, but gets nullified if rain isn't active.

Let me dumb it down for everyone how this set should be run.
Dragonite (M/F) @Yache Berry
Trait: Multiscale
Nature: Modest/Calm
EV Spread: 252 Sp. Atk/ 252 Sp.Def/ 4 Hp/Def

-Focus Blast/Dragon Pulse/ Hidden Power ( Fighting) /Roost

Rain Dance will NOT work as a last move for Dragonite, as it has to be the one to set it up. It's too slow to set up any weather, or Hazards. It's best to run this set with a Pokemon that has the Drizzle ability, or another pokemon that can set it up.

The set is simple though. Surf is basically STAB in rain
Thunder gets 100% accuracy, as does Hurricane, and Hurricane is STAB
Roost for Self-Healing, and keeping Multiscale ongoing, Focus Blast, or HP Fighting to eliminate threats like Ferrothorn, or go with the STAB Dragon Pulse.
As for the EV spread, it needs to be able to take hits from Sp. Attackers, mainly from Ice Types.
Yache Berry is to provide some resistance, as will be Roost, if you happen to move faster than your opponent. Multiscale helps with resistance even further, as it will take less damage while on full HP.
If it's a rain abusing set, surely this is a Dragonite for double battles with a Pokemon that learns Rain Dance.
Nice, but it's definitely only a situational Dragonite as already stated.

Also, Trachy...I one hit KO'd a defensive Mamoswine with my Marowak using a Fire Punch. So yeah...about that, lol.
13 votes

This one is pretty awesome I think:
- Dragon Dance
- Outrage
- Superpower
- Earthquake

There are so may choices, you could add in Waterfall or Fire Punch, both get good type coverage.

I likethis moveset, but i dont know how to teach him Superpower! Anyone know how?
Take him to the move tutor in HG/SS or Platinum, and you can teach him superpower there.
Thunderwave is good, why doesn't someone put that on
Use dragon claw instead of outrage   And you could also add thunder bolt
Thunder punch instead T rex2413, he's more physical.
12 votes

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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8 votes

Outrage while holding a prism berry
thunder fire and ice puch really good type coverage
extremespeed can be handy

you'll want to go with grip claw for outrage
Where are the EV's, nature, and ability on this set? The question said "Include stats""
Yep yep yep.
7 votes

I like earthquake,
Fire punch/blast or flamethrower for ice types,
Thunderbolt(for parylzylation(did I spell that right?) and good power against quite a few types)
Dragon Claw(for strong STAB)

You might want to ev train in special attack and give it fire blast so you can OHKO and it is actually paralysis but nice try :)
you spelled paralyzation wrong
Thunderbolt is good because some ice types like Cloyster and Dewgong are part Water type.Mostly all water types can learn ice moves.
Flamethrower is good for Ice types and for the type coverage.

Earthquake?Hmm I'd change that for Dragon Dance just incase the opponent switches.
Thunder punch instead of thunderbolt.
7 votes

I use him as a Hazard Sweeper

For use after hazards are set...

Dragonite:@Choice Band
EV's 252 HP 252 ATK

Dragon Tail ( Nail them hard for the switch into hazards )
Earthquake ( Coverage )
ExtremeSpeed ( Priority )
Fire Punch ( Ice coverage )

Iron head instead of Fire punch, because it covers Ice and Fairy.
Thank you Shuckle! Up to this point, this is the only response besides my own mentioning a steel type move. Steel type moves cover Dragonite's Rock, Fairy, and Ice type weaknesses.
7 votes

First move I see on any Dragonite: Dragon Dance. Well, say hello to Parashuffler 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 will shred this build apart.
look at the date when this was posted
6 votes

A good move set would be...

outrage-to deal with most dragon types

aqua tail-for type covrage and because of its attack stat

stone edge-for type covrage and again because of attack stat

earthquake-because of attack

i hope this move set helps!

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Ground isn't good against ice.
But Rock is.
Another Dragonite swallowed hole by Fairy type pokemon. Smh...
dude are you dumb look when these comments were posted back then there were no fairy types xD
6 votes

First off equip the persim berry

outrage: STAB amazing with his attack power and persim berry takes care of confusion

Ice beam: great move

thunderpunch: better than tbolt because of his attack stat

roost: its nice to be able to heal

So...jw...why do you need an electric and ice move?
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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5 votes

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





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
4 votes

Hey this is what my dragonite knows
Fire punch
and dragon dance
with a muscle band

Here's my opinion, switch out dragon rush with either outrage or dragon claw.(unless you WANT to miss the opponent ;)
What's wrong with this answer?
Nothing's wrong, I just don't think Dragon Rush is that effective. It's my own opinion.
Well, you could add the item Wide Lens to him to make dragon rush more accurate.
I'm with AleX647 on this one. Outrage or Dragon Claw and he doesn't need a Fire move either. If you want coverage, go Steel. It'll cover 3/4 of Dragonite's weaknesses. Then you could use Roost or Rest if you remove Dragon Dance and add Sleep-Talk. If that happens, you will need to invest EVs into Dragonite's already decent attack stat. I hoped we helped and answered Dark Typhlosion's question.
4 votes

Here's some pretty good movesets:

Physical ~
• Dragon Dance - for setting up Attack and Speed.
• Dragon Claw/Outrage - great power, STAB, and depending on which you prefer (I'd give it Dragon Claw so that you won't have to stay locked on Outrage)
• Extremespeed - for sweeping and for priority priority priority.
• Roost - for keeping your Dragonite alive.

Special ~
• Ice Beam - for coverage from other Dragon types.
• Roost - to heal and keep your Dragonite alive
• Substitute - to give you a chance to heal
• Thunderbolt/Flamethrower - for good power and more coverage (Thunderbolt for Flying types and more or Flamethrower for Ice types)

ice beam covers flying
No Fairy coverage...yet again.
4 votes

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.

3 votes

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 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)
-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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Dragonite Moveset

Item: Wide Lens.

  • Draco Meteor or Outrage
  • Rain Dance
  • Hurricane
  • Thunder
Good moveset!
For a special...yes.