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How to Get Dragonite & Best Competitive Moveset in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Dragonite in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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How to Get Dragonite & Best Competitive Moveset in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Here’s how to catch Dragonite and the best moveset to conisder for competitive battle.

Dragonite is one of the most iconic and well-beloved Generation 1 Pokemon. However, Dragonite doesn’t just fill the role of nostalgia, but also makes one of the best choices of Pokemon to use in competitive battle within Scarlet and Violet. If you’re looking to add this fabled Dragon-Type to your competitive team, then don’t worry; we’ve got everything you’ll need to know. Follow along below for how to catch Dragonite and the best competitive moveset to use in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Where To Find and Catch Dragonite in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

As stated in its Pokedex entry, Dragonite is one of the few Paldean Pokemon that has its habitat listed as unknown, meaning it is not available to catch in the wild like most Mons’.

Dragonite's location in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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However, you can still catch Dragonite’s pre-evolution, Dragonair, and then evolve it to obtain your own Dragonite. As indicated in the map below, Dragonair is found within one large habitat of the Northern Paldea Region, but to further narrow down your search; the area in which Dragonair can be found and caught is Casseroya Lake.

Dragonair's location in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet
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Keep in mind that Dragonair is a rare Pokemon with a low spawn rate, so stumbling across one may take a little bit longer than the average Pokemon hunt. Don’t worry though, you should find one soon enough, and then you’ll be free to evolve it into Dragonite. This can be done simply by raising Dragonair to level 55, which will cause the evolution process to trigger automatically.

Best Dragonite Nature & Moveset For Competitive Battle

Once you have your newly evolved Dragonite, it’s likely you’ll be looking to start increasing its stats and coming up with a build for competitive play. From nature to moveset, here’s all the best choices you’ll want to consider when preparing a Dragonite for use in ranked battle.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet selfie with trainer and Dragonite
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Best Natures for Dragonite

When preparing a Dragonite for competitive battle, the best Natures to consider are Jolly, or Adamant. For more information, here is a complete breakdown of the benefits and cons each Nature brings to Dragonite, as well as some reccomended EV spreads to round out the stats.

  • Jolly: Boosts Speed with a small cost to Sp. Atk (Ev Spread: 252 Attack, 252 Speed, 4 HP)
  • Adamant: Boosts Attack with a small cost to Sp. Atk (Ev Spread: 252 Attack, 4 Sp. Def, 252 Speed)

A Jolly Nature gives Dragonite a boost to Speed with a small hit to it’s Sp. Atk. This can be useful if you’re wanting to approach battles with the opportunity of outspeeding your onnent, and the EV spread buffing the Attack and Sp. Atk, Dragonite can be optimized as a strong competitive contender.

Adamant boosts its powerful Attack stat even further, taking a small hit to Sp. Atk. With an EV spread that buffs Attack and Speed, Dragonite can be used as an offensive powerhouse, bringing down opponents with strong physical moves, such as Outrage.

Best Build and Moveset for Dragonite with a Jolly Nature

Best Hold Items for Jolly Dragonite: Weakness Policy

Best Ability for Jolly Dragonite: Multiscale

The moveset best suited to best optimize Dragonite’s offensive abilities with a Jolly Nature is Extreme Speed, Hurricane, Fire Punch and Outrage. here’s a complete breakdown of each move and why it’s a useful addition to Dragonite’s overall Jolly build.

  • Extreme Speed: This move allows Dragonite to attack on priority, and even tasks place before the likes of Quick Attack. If you give your Dragonite a Normal Tera Type, you can get strong STAB damage potential from Extreme Speed when Terrastalized and knock out threatening opponents with a higher Speed stat.
  • Earthquake: Earthquake is a great physical attack to keep in rotation for Dragonite, as not only does it provide very sturdy damage but it also has a 100% accuracy rate, meaning it’s reliable to fall back on.
  • Fire Punch: Fire Punch is a useful asset to Dragonite’s moveset, providing more Type-coverage to its kit. Fire Punch provides decent neutral damage against most opponents, but also has the ability to be devastating against powerful Steel-Types like Goldengo, providing super effective damage.
  • Outrage: An absolute must for any Dragonite diving into competitive battle, Outrage is this Pokemon’s strongest move. Outrage has a huge power of 120, and 100 percent accuracy making it a deadly trick to have up your sleeve. Just remember to plan ahead, as after Outrage’s three turns are up, your Dragonite will become confused.

Equipping Dragonite with a Weakness Policy is a brilliant choice for this build, as it will raise Dragonite’s Attack and Sp. Atk stats by two stages when hit with a super-effective move. When combined with the effects of Dragonite’s Hidden Ability, Multiscale, it can survive a otherwise devastating hit as well as get a handy boost from its hold item.

Best Build and Moveset for Dragonite with an Adamant Nature

Best Hold Items for Adamant Dragonite: Heavy-Duty Boots

Best Ability for Jolly Dragonite: Multiscale

The moveset best suited to best optimize Dragonite’s offensive abilities with an Adamant Nature is Dragon Dance, Extreme Speed, Earthquake, and Ice Spinner. here’s a complete breakdown of each move and why it’s a useful addition to Dragonite’s overall Jolly build.

  • Dragon Dance is a great set up and strategic move, boosting Dragonite’s Speed and Attack by one stage with each use. Dragon Dance can be used to to turn the tables against tough matchups, and with the use of Multiscale, Dragonite can tank the first hit and then bounce back with the power boost.
  • Extreme Speed: This move allows Dragonite to attack on priority, and even tasks place before the likes of Quick Attack. If you give your Dragonite a Normal Tera Type, you can get strong STAB damage potential from Extreme Speed when Terrastalized and knock out threatening opponents with a higher Speed stat.
  • Earthquake: Earthquake is a powerful physical attack with great coverage that can cause decent damage to most opponents, and devastating super-effective damage to a number of different typings; Electric, Steel, Poison, Rock and Fire.
  • Ice Spinner: Ice Spinner is an interesting move that destroys any terrain on the battlefield, while also dealing decent physical damage. You can use Ice Spinner strategically to shut down Pokemon that rely on power boosts from terrains, as well as providing a hit to their HP. On top of this, Ice Spinner will never miss, regardless if a terrain is in play or not, making it a very reliable move to keep up your sleeve.

Equipping Dragonite with Heavy-Duty Boots provides Dragonite the guaranteed safety of entering the fight, as they block the traps set on the battlefield. This is incredibly useful when runing Multiscale, as the damage caused by the effects of these moves can ruin the opportunity of Multiscale being activated. On top of this, it pairs very well with Ice Spinner to shut down Pokemon that strongly rely on Terrain combat.

Dragonite Let's Go mode in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
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Other Viable Moves To Consider For Dragonite

Other viable moves for Dragonite include: Thunder Punch, Earth Quake, Iron Head, Dragon Dance, Hurricane and Roost. These moves can be switches in and out of both of the builds above, depending on how you’d like to fine tune its capabilities to your playstyle and battle plan.

  • Thunder Punch can be swapped in for Fire Punch, providing the same coverage but with the added bonus of being able to take down tanky Water Types with super-effective damage.
  • Earthquake is stronger than the likes of Fire Punch and Thunder Punch, effectively allowing Dragonite to do even more devastating damage against Steel-Type powerhouses.
  • Iron Head gives Dragonite the opportunity to do super-effective damage against Fairy, Ice and Rock Type Pokemon, as well as the bonus 30% chance of the opponent flinching after a hit.
  • Dragon Dance is a great set up and strategic move, boosting Dragonite’s Speed and Attack by one stage with each use. Dragon Dance can be used to to turn the tables against tough matchups, and with the use of Multiscale, Dragonite can tank the first hit and then bounce back with the power boost.
  • Hurricane: Thanks to Dragonite’s secondary typing of Flying, Hurricane is a strong STAB move that can be used to deal huge damage, and has a 30% chance of confusing the enemy as a bonus. On top of this, Hurricane will also successfully hit Pokemon currently using Fly, Bounce, or Sky Drop, giving potential for a mixed/special attacker Dragonite build.
  • Roost gives Dragonite the ability to strategically replenish HP and last longer int he overall battle. Roost restores 50% of the user’s HP, which can also be useful to help with reactivating Multiscale.

That’s everything you need to know about how to catch Dragonite and the best competitive moveset in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet. For more helpful gameplay guides, check out the rest of our Pokemon content. We have a variety of topics to help you overcome any obstacles on your journey through Paldea, such as all TM locations, how to reset EVs, and every special evolution, explained.

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