How To Defeat Dragonite

Dragonite is one of few Elite Gym Defenders in Pokemon GO. It’s not easy to get your hands on one, and when you encounter a gym that has one, an inexplicable sense of dread may creep in. You’re not one to back off from a challenge though, are you? Of course not! With the right knowledge even the fiercest Dragonite can be conquered. Read our How To Defeat Dragonite guide to be prepared for your next Gym Battle with the orange monstrosity.


[Updated 09/22/16]

Why Dragonite?

Dragonite’s resistance to Fire, Water, and double resistance to Grass cover most of the popular attackers.

Dragonites (with Steel Wing) are defensive superstars. Why? Steel Wing is one of the strongest basic attacks in the game, Dragonite has the best base stats of any currently available Pokemon, and the Dragon/Flying type is defensively strong in PoGo minus one MAJOR weakness, covered below.

With a max CP of 3500, it’s not going to be easy taking down this puppy.

Base Stats:

  • Attack – 250
  • Defense – 212
  • Stamina – 182

Best Defensive Move-Set:

  • Quick – Steel Wing
  • Charged – Dragon Pulse


Taking Dragonite Down

The one glaring vulnerability Dragonite has is its weakness to Ice Pokemon with a x1.56 multiplier for Ice attacks. Luckily, there are some good candidates in the Ice Pokemon department in Pokemon GO, but with x1.25 multipliers for Dragon, Fairy and Rock attacks, there are other options to consider.

Weaknesses summarized:

  • Ice – x1.56
  • Dragon – x1.25
  • Fairy – x1.25
  • Rock – x1.25

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