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Clair's Dragonair
イブキのハクリュー Ibuki's Hakuryu
Poké Ball
Clair Dragonair.png
Clair's Dragonair
Debuts in Beauty is Skin Deep
Caught at Johto
Evolves in Beauty is Skin Deep
Gender Female*
Ability Shed Skin*
Current location With Clair
Dratini Dragonair
This Pokémon spent less than 1 episode as Dratini.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Dratini Megumi Hayashibara
As Dragonair Megumi Hayashibara

Clair's Dragonair (Japanese: イブキのハクリュー Ibuki's Hakuryu) is Clair's main battling Pokémon in the anime.

In the anime

History

As a Dratini

Dragonair first appeared as a Dratini in the episode Beauty is Skin Deep where it was sleeping by a riverside. When Ash and his friends tried approaching it for a closer look, Gyarados appeared to protect Dratini. Dratini left with Clair and Gyarados behind. It caught the attention of Team Rocket and Jessie tried catching it on her own with the help of James's Weezing but Gyarados arrived in the nick of time to prevent that from happening. Clair than revealed that Dratini was shedding its skin.

During the group's lunchtime, Team Rocket returned disguised as an elderly couple. They pretended to take pictures but as soon as Clair allowed them to go near Dratini, their canes activated which trapped Dratini inside a net. Team Rocket weren't able to keep Dratini for long as it rocked the balloon which caused the balloon to crash and Dratini to escape. After Pikachu's Thunderbolt was countered by Wobbuffet, Clair jumped in to protect Dratini from a stray Thunderbolt. This caused Dratini to evolve into Dragonair. Dragonair finished the villains with Twister combined with Gyarados's Hyper Beam. It led the group to Riverhead Falls where Clair performed her ritual.

Clair and her Dragonair

Dragonair reappeared in Fangs for Nothin' where Clair sent it out to navigate her and the group to cross the Dragon's Den to get to the Dragon Holy Land. It tried to stop Team Rocket from stealing the Dragon Fang.

In Great Bowls of Fire!, the Dragon Holy Land was in flames and Clair sent out Dragonair to help put out the fire with Rain Dance. With the fire out, Dragonair fought a rampaging Dragonite in an attempt to calm her along with Charizard and Pikachu. It was able to calm Dragonite by creating thunder clouds with the help of Pikachu's Thunder.

Dragonair in the Best Wishes series

Clair used Dragonair as her final Pokémon in the Gym battle against Ash in Better Eight Than Never after two of her Pokémon were defeated. It fought against Ash's Pikachu and managed to defeat him easily with Hyper Beam with the help of its speed and power. Dragonair fought Charizard next as Ash's final Pokémon. It proved to be a tough challenge for Charizard as well as it kept on dodging Charizard's attacks by diving underwater. Dragonair also had a wide range of moves like Dragon Rage which also gave Charizard problems. Ash had an idea by having Charizard evaporate the pool water to prevent Dragonair from hiding in there to dodge attacks. Despite doing so, Dragonair resorted to attacking and defending. Charizard was finally able to defeat Dragonair with a flaming Seismic Toss earning Ash the Rising Badge.

Dragonair also appeared along with Clair in Why? Why Not! where it helped Ash find his missing Gym Badges which were stolen by Team Rocket. After finding Team Rocket, it saved Ash from a big fall and then went after their balloon.

Dragonair made a brief cameo during Lyra's introduction of Johto in An Egg Scramble!.

It reappeared in a flashback in The Fires of a Red-Hot Reunion! and A Pokémon of a Different Color!.

Personality and characteristics

Dragonair, as a Dratini, was a friendly Pokémon during its debut appearance. Dratini was not yet experienced with Pokémon battles as Clair would often protect it. However, when Team Rocket attacked Clair and went after Dratini, it evolved into Dragonair to save both of them and caused Clair to want to use it in battles. Dragonair managed to hold its own in battles as it managed to do well handling its evolved form, Ash's Pikachu and Charizard.

When the Dragon Holy Land was on fire, Dragonair went out of its way to put the fire out and to protect Ash's Pokémon from a rampaging Dragonite. It even helped calm the Dragonite from her rage. Dragonair had good swimming and flying skills which became useful during the Gym battle with Ash.

Moves used

Clair Dragonair Twister.png
Using Twister
Clair Dragonair Thunder Wave.png
Using Thunder Wave
Move First Used In
Twister Beauty is Skin Deep
Flash × Fangs for Nothin'
Rain Dance Great Bowls of Fire!
Safeguard  Great Bowls of Fire!
Thunder Wave Great Bowls of Fire!
Hyper Beam  Great Bowls of Fire!
Dragon Rage  Better Eight Than Never
Iron Tail  Better Eight Than Never
An × shows that the move cannot be legitimately learned by this Pokémon in the games.
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the games

In the Generation II games, Clair has three Dragonair, but they are not her highest-leveled Pokémon, that status belonging to her Kingdra instead. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Clair only has two Dragonair, the third being replaced by a Gyarados. In her later battles, one of them has evolved into Dragonite.

Dragonair is absent in the Pokémon World Tournament of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 as Clair uses Dragonite instead.

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Spr 2c 148.gif
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Held item:
None
Dragonair Lv.37
Thunder Wave
Electric
Surf
Water
Slam
Normal
DragonBreath
Dragon
Spr 2c 148.gif
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Held item:
None
Dragonair Lv.37
Thunder Wave
Electric
Thunderbolt
Electric
Slam
Normal
DragonBreath
Dragon
Spr 2c 148.gif
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Held item:
None
Dragonair Lv.37
Thunder Wave
Electric
Slam
Normal
Ice Beam
Ice
DragonBreath
Dragon
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gym battle Rematch/
Multi Battle with Lance
Spr 4h 148.png
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Ability:
Shed Skin
Held item:
None
Dragonair Lv.38
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Special
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Slam
Normal Physical
Fire Blast
Fire Special
Spr 4h 148.png
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Ability:
Shed Skin
Held item:
None
Dragonair Lv.38
Dragon Pulse
Dragon Special
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Slam
Normal Physical
Aqua Tail
Water Physical
Spr 4h 148.png
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Ability:
Shed Skin
Held item:
None
Dragonair Lv.52
Thunder Wave
Electric Status
Flamethrower
Fire Special
Dragon Rush
Dragon Physical
Thunderbolt
Electric Special
Pokémon Stadium 2
Round 1
148.png
Type:
Dragon Unknown
Held item:
Dragon Fang
Dragonair Lv.50
Outrage
Dragon
Surf
Water
Blizzard
Ice
Thunder
Electric

In the manga

Dragonair in Ash and Pikachu

In the Ash and Pikachu manga

Dragonair appeared in The Dragonite's Imperial Wrath of the Ash and Pikachu manga.

Moves used

  • Clair told Dragonair to use Dragon Rage but the move wasn't shown.


In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Dragonair in Pokémon Adventures
As a Dratini

Clair's Dragonair appeared in the Gold, Silver, & Crystal chapter of Pokémon Adventures manga. She has raised it from a Dratini since her childhood.

It debuted in the round Debonaire Dragonair, where it was first seen defeating Clair's disciple's Kingdra in a battle. Later, Clair used Dragonair to battle against Suicune, but was defeated when it tricked them into attacking its ice reflection and launched a powerful BubbleBeam.

Clair also used her Dragonair to fight off the brainwashed Team Rocket Grunts aboard the Magnet Train. On the same train, she then used it to battle Blaine and to make him disclose the whereabouts of Lance. However, Dragonair was quickly defeated by Blaine's Entei, and after acknowledging this loss, she sends in the report that Blaine had defeated her.

Much later, Clair and her Dragonair reappear before Silver, thinking that he had something to do with Lance's disappearance.

Moves used

Clair Dragonair Safeguard Adventures.png
Using Safeguard
Move First Used In
Safeguard Debonaire Dragonair
DragonBreath Debonaire Dragonair
Thunder Wave The Last Battle II
Outrage The Last Battle II
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Dragonair in Pokémon Pocket Monsters
Clair and her Dragonair

Clair's Dragonair debuts in The Ultimate Battle...?! of Pokémon Pocket Monsters.

She sent it out to battle Red. As Red had Clefairy battle Dragonair, Clefairy became intimidated by the Dragon Pokémon but was willing to take it on. As Clefairy went for the first move, Dragonair took it in as if it was nothing. Clefairy then got angry after Clair laughed at him as she found it funny. When Clefairy tried attacking again, Dragonair squeezed Clefairy tightly. Pikachu battled Dragonair to save his cousin but he easily became immobile after getting hit by Dragonair's DragonBreath.

With no other choice, Tyrogue had to battle Dragonair even though he and Clefairy got into a fight earlier but Red scolded him to battle Dragonair. After dodging many DragonBreaths, Tyrogue managed to free Clefairy by Mach Punching Dragonair. With Clefairy able to battle again, he worked with Tyrogue to take on Dragonair. Using Double Team, both Clefairy and Tyrogue defeat the Dragon Pokémon.

Moves used

Clair Dragonair Hyper Beam PM.png
Using Hyper Beam
Move First Used In
Wrap The Ultimate Battle...?!
DragonBreath The Ultimate Battle...?!
Hyper Beam The Ultimate Battle...?!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Dratini and Dragonair.

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