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Gen 6 and Gen 7

[email protected] Life Orb/Choice Scarf/ Choice Band

CHoice Scarf is for more speed to KO but is risky because it locks you into one move (I suggest to lock yourself into earthquake for the coverage). CHoice Band is to hit like a truck and KO everything (Choice band makes physical attacks hit hard but locks you into a move, Again, I suggest earthquake). Life Orb just gives more attacks to moves at the cost of health.

Life Orb is better in my opinion.

Physical set:

Earthquake-coverage(hits electric types, rock, steel)
iron head-hits fairy types and ice types
dragon rush/ice punch-(ice punch hits dragon types and gets coverage) (dragon rush hits dragon types, stab, but no coverage)

Dragon Dance/Extremespeed-dragon dance for stat boost and extreme speed for priority

nature-adamant(+attack, -sp.attk)

252 attack, 252 speed, 2 defense, 4 special defense

trait-multiscale(obviously)

Let me explain how to use this:

If you have fake out support get some chip damage and switch out. Go into this dragonite and set up 1 dragon dance(set up 2 if you're greedy) and depending the type of the Pokemon you're up against, proceed to sweep the team and KO. Multiscale makes you a bit tanky if you think about it (you'll be able to survive an ice type attack with 4 times weakness!)

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Modest Nature (+Sp. Atk, - Atk)
Ability- Multiscale
Evs-252 Def/ 252 Sp. Def/ 4 Sp. Atk

Roost
Haze
Draco Meteor
Any other move for coverage, I have Flamethrower

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Dragonite: Dragon/Flying
Weakness: Dragon 2x, Fairy 2x, Rock 2x, & Ice 4x
Resistances: Fire 0.5x, Grass 0.25x, Water 0.5x Bug 0.5x, & Fighting 0.5x

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Ability: Multiscale so it reduces damage at full HP
Iv's: HP, ATK, DEF, SP ATK, SP DEF, & SPEED
Ev's: DEF & SP DEF
Nature: Adamant so it raises ATK & you're not going to need SP ATK.
Item: Yache because ice is it's biggest weakness and it will reduce it plus with the Multiscale ability and it's DEF & SP DEF EV and IV a ice attack will hardly damage it. (Only the first hit)
Movesets: (Dragon Claw) it's good because it deals a good amount of damage and it's 100% arcuate or (Dragon Rush) does more damage and has a chance to make them flinch but has a 75% arcuate.
(Roost) to restore some HP, to get Multiscale to work again, and to get rid of flying type that turn so ice will do 2x damage instead of 4x and won't be hurt by rock.
(Iron Tail) Deals good damage but has. 75% accuracy and raises DEF +1 or (Iron Head) Deals less damage but has 100% accuracy and causes them to flinch either two is good because steel moves help you against Fairy, Ice, & Rock 3 out of 4 weaknesses.
(Dragon Dance) To raise ATK and SPEED so then you'll be Bulky, Strong, and Fast

That's my opinion ;D
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Bulk Offensive Set

252 HP, 252 ATK, 6 [email protected]
-Roost
-Dragon Dance
-Earthquake/ Iron Head
-Dragon Claw

Usage Advice
The whole point is to keep his HP full to withstand critical hits like ice beam and so forth, so leftovers paired with roost makes for nice healing (Defogers and Rapid Spinners are heavily suggested to take away stealth rock damage). HP makes it a bulky Pokemon, and with the huge attack power, it'll land a hard punch. One Dragon Dance and it gains a lovely speed bonus to become a tanky sweeper, along with an increase to its already high attack power. Earthquake is nice coverage, but Iron Head can cover three of it's four weaknesses. Dragon Claw for the STAB.

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Based for battle tree (gen 7), but can be used in comp
Dragonite @ Lum berry
Trait: Multiscale
EVs: 252 atk, 252 spe/Hp, 4 def (recommended spe)
Nature: Adamant
Moveset
Outrage: STAB, Coverage, Amazing power
Dragon Dance: Boosts stats
Extreme Speed/Earthquake: If your going with HP EVs, go ES for priority as for Dragonite's can be out speed by even non-scarfed Pokemon. If going for spe EVs, Just go EQ for coverage and high power
Steel Wing: Literally just fairy death

So, 403 attack, plus a STAB Outrage, and Multiscale gives you a dragon dance, and your spe EVs plus +1 spe = The wild Pokemon fainted!, The opposing combusken fainted! You won the battle! welp a Mega Glaile switched in and oh um 'Dragonite fainted!'. Anyway EQ and Steelwing can be used for ice types and fairy :P, but any other type can be rekt by Outrage w +attack, 402 base attack, 120 power, STAB.

Hope this helped

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I am new to this and just got my First Dragonite. I've looked through the thread and it's a lot of different move sets and I want to k ow what is best for battleing and in game?

This is my Dragonite move set

Dragon Dance
Draco Meteor
Aqua Tail
Wing Attack

Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Adamant

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I could go on and on with how good Dragonite is. Here is a moveset that I love using personally.

Dragonite @ Choice Band
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe
Jolly Nature
- Outrage
- Extreme Speed
- Earthquake
- Iron Head

It works amazing when there are no fairy types along. This hits extremely hard with the choice band. Iron Head is there for Fairy types, Earthquake for natural coverage (mainly for Steel types), and Extreme Speed's priority is always handy. This can be super useful in the Battle Tree as well. Your choice.

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Gosh, it's a charizard with noodles on his head!!

NOODLE(M) @ Leftovers
Ability: Inner Focus
EVs: 200hp / 54speed / 252attack
Nature: Jolly
-Iron Tail
-Dragon Rush/Claw
-Dragon Dance
-Earthquake

Choosing a set for this guy was SUPER DIFFICULT. LIKE SERIOUSLY. So many moveset choices!! So beautiful :,) Physical is recommended for him, so that's all I'll put. Hope I helped!!

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Dragonite @ Life orb/Leftovers
Role: Sweeper
Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Careful (+SP def, - SP Attack)
Evs: 252 HP, 252 Attack
Moveset:

Roost: Heals, can make multiscale go back up
Dragon Dance: For sweeping
Outrage/Dragon Claw: STAB, Power or reliability
Earthquake: Coverage, Power, All round great

I think this Pokemon does have lots of potential with his ability and excellent move pool. He is constantly over looked compared to his pseudo buddz (yeah.) like Garchomp and Salamence who both have a 4x weakness to ice. With Multiscale as an ability it really limits the extent of ice damage compared to that of Garchomp and Salamence meaning he can literally get 1 Dragon Dance up and sweep. However I would recommend switching on ice types. Watch out for burns as that cripples Dragonite.

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Dragonite-M @ Focus Sash

Trait: Multiscale

Timid Nature (Speed+ Atk-)

EVs: 252 Atk, 252 Def 4 Speed

  • Outrage (A good STAB choice for dragon types but confuses it) (Lvl 67)
  • Surf (Good water move for rock types.) (TM94)
  • Thunder Punch (Good move than Water and flying types) (Lvl 1)
  • Fire Punch (Good move than Ice types) (Lvl 1)
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Dragonite @ Life Orb
Role: All Out Sweeper
Trait: Multiscale
Nature: Adamant
E.V Spread: 252 Attack, 126 Special Defence, 126 Speed
Moveset:

• Dragon Claw/ Dragon Rush (Whichever you prefer, Accuracy or Power it also gets STAB and deals with its dragon weakness)

• Iron Tail ( Hard hitting move that is super effective against the other weaknesses - Ice, Fairy, Rock)

• Dragon Dance ( Duh)

• Fly (Trolls people with the Semi-Invulnerable turn thing and it gets STAB)

Plz like or comment on how I can do better!

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Dragonite:
Item: Weakness Policy (it can tank a super effective hit which it should it will up its Attack and Sp. Attack by two stages)
Ability: Multiscale
Nature: Adamant (+Atk, -Sp. Atk)
EVs: 66HP / 252 Attack / 66 Sp. Def / 124 Spd
Moves:
Outrage: Lots of damage and STAB.
Earthquake: For coverage.
Dragon Dance: You already know.
Extreme Speed: It's a priority move. Where can you go wrong?

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Special Dragonite anybody?

Dragonite @Leftovers
Ability: Multiscale
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 252 Spe, 4 Def
Nature: Modest (+Sp. Atk, -Atk)
Dragon Pulse (STAB)
Ice Beam (Killing, coverage)
Flamethrower (Killing, coverage)
Thunderbolt (Killing, coverage)

Just don't switch in onto an Ice type!

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Dragonite @ Leftovers
EVs: 252 Sp. Atk, 150 Attack, 252 Speed
Nature: Brave (+Atk, -Spe) (that's why I EV train. Also, use power items for them all)

Thunder Punch: Coverage for Flying types.
Dragon Dance: Raises power of Dragon STAB.
Dragon Claw: Dragon STAB.
Ice Beam: Good for Dragon and Flying types.

This moveset and everything has helped me, I'm sure it will help you.

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This may seem like a bad set, but hear me out!

Inner Focus
Brave (+ATT, -SPD)
252 HP/252 ATT/4 SPATT
Binding Band/Grip Claw

Wrap
Haze
Superpower
Draco Meteor

Basically, negate your stat drops from Superpower and Draco Meteor with Haze while the opponent is being hurt and trapped in with Wrap.

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Look at this dragonite, really powerfull (NO RAIN DANCE!):

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Trait: Multiscale

4HP 252ATK 136SPA 120SPE

Nature: Lonely

Moves:
Iron Tail (100 base power, coverage for rock, fairy, and the ice types. makes up for the accuracy)
Dragon Dance (Raise Draggy's attack and speed, making it a terryfing fast sweeper. Plus STAB kkkkk)
Dragon Pulse (85 base power stab move, no problem for effects, it is completely AWESOME)
Hurricane (the only reliable flying type move for this guy, accuracy is not that trash for be needed to waste a slot with rain dance, THIS is not worth it.)

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