Dragon (type)

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Template:ElementalTypes Template:TypeNotice Notable Trainers of the Dragon-type include Lance and Drake of the Elite Four and Clair, the Gym Leader of Blackthorn City.

Statistical averages


HP: 73
Attack: 96
Defense: 78
Sp.Atk: 86
Sp.Def: 80
Speed: 81
Total: 0

Fully evolved*

HP: 98.38
Attack: 111.08
Defense: 95.00
Sp.Atk: 111.15
Sp.Def: 101.15
Speed: 95.77
Total: 0

Battle properties

Offensive Dragon Defensive
Power Types   Power Types
Dragon ½× Electric
½× Steel Dragon
None None


The Dragon-type is statistically the best of all types overall. Because of the minimal amount of weaknesses that they have, they often find a way onto trainers' teams. The downside to the supposed power that they have is that they are slightly harder to raise, with many of them not evolving from their first stage to their second until a level at which many Pokémon are near their final evolutions, and their final evolution near level 50, such as a Dragonite or a Garchomp. Most Dragon-type Pokémon have high Attack and Special Attack, and paired with their incredibly diverse movepools, they are one of the best in the games.

The Dragon-type is good offensively. Even though only Dragons themselves are Dragon-weak, the only type that resists Dragon is Steel, giving them good use of their STAB. Dragon/Fire, a common attacking combination among Dragons, is resisted together only by Heatran. Dragon Dance is also a very common move for physical sweepers.

Defensively, they have key resistances to Electric, Grass, Water and Fire, enabling them to block certain Pokémon. However, every fully-evolved, non-legendary Dragon-type except Kingdra has a double weakness to Template:Type2 moves, due to their secondary types.

As of Generation IV, all fully-evolved Dragon-types also have a secondary type.

When used in contests, Dragon-type moves typically become Cool moves, but some may be Smart or Tough moves.

In total, there are nineteen Pokémon with the Dragon-type, one more than the Template:Type2, thus making it the Pokémon type with the second fewest number of Pokémon.


Pure Dragon-type Pokémon

# Name
147 147 Dratini
148 148 Dragonair
371 371 Bagon
372 372 Shelgon

Half Dragon-type Pokémon

Primary Dragon-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
149 149 Dragonite Dragon Flying
334 334 Altaria Dragon Flying
373 373 Salamence Dragon Flying
380 380 Latias Dragon Psychic
381 381 Latios Dragon Psychic
384 384 Rayquaza Dragon Flying
443 443 Gible Dragon Ground
444 444 Gabite Dragon Ground
445 445 Garchomp Dragon Ground
??? 000 Reshiram Dragon Fire
??? 000 Zekrom Dragon Electric

Secondary Dragon-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
230 230 Kingdra Water Dragon
329 329 Vibrava Ground Dragon
330 330 Flygon Ground Dragon
483 483 Dialga Steel Dragon
484 484 Palkia Water Dragon
487 487 Giratina Ghost Dragon
487O Ghost Dragon


Damage-dealing moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Draco Meteor Special Smart 140 90% 5 One target Sharply reduces the user's Special Attack stat.
DragonBreath Special Cool 60 100% 20 One target Has a 30% chance of paralyzing the target.
Dragon Claw Physical Cool 80 100% 15 One target
Dragon Pulse Special Smart 90 100% 10 One target
Dragon Rage Special Cool 100% 10 One target Always inflicts 40 HP damage.
Dragon Rush Physical Cool 100 75% 10 One target Has a 20% chance of making the target flinch.
Outrage Physical Cool 120 100% 15 Random target User attacks for two to three turns. Afterwards, the user becomes confused.
Roar of Time Special Cool 150 90% 5 One target The user must rest on the next turn.
Spacial Rend Special Tough 100 95% 5 One target Has a high critical hit ratio.
Twister Special Cool 40 100% 20 Both foes Has a 20% chance of making opponents flinch. Capable of hitting opponents while they are using Fly.

Non-damaging moves

Name Category Contest Power Accuracy PP Target Notes
Dragon Dance Status Cool —% 20 User Raises Attack and Speed by one stage.


  • In Generation I, there was only one Dragon-type attack, Dragon Rage; but because it always deals 40 HP of damage, there was no way to do variable Dragon-type damage. There is speculation that this is the reason that Gyarados is not part Dragon-type.
  • It has been speculated that if Eevee receives another evolution in a future game, it would be Dragon, being the only formerly all-special type left that Eevee has yet to evolve into.
    • If it followed the pure-type pattern of the other Eeveelutions, this would make it the only pure fully-evolved Dragon-type Pokémon so far.
  • There are only eleven Dragon-type moves, the fewest of any type.
    • Eight of those eleven moves are Cool moves in Contests. The only three that aren't are new in Generation IV, meaning that in Hoenn Contests, all Dragon-type moves were Cool moves.
    • The Dragon-type also has the fewest number of non-damaging moves out of all of the types, with only one, Dragon Dance.
  • Even though the Dragon-type has always been considered nearly legendary, no actual Dragon-type legendaries were introduced until Generation III's Latios, Latias, and Rayquaza.
  • The Dragon-type resists moves of the primary types of all main series starter Pokémon available for players, including Pikachu.
  • The Dragon-type is one of the two types that are weak to their own moves, together with the Template:Type2.
  • The Dragon-type has the dubious honor of being one of three types that will never be doubly super effective against any Pokémon, as it is only super effective against one type. It shares this trait with the Template:Type2 which is only super effective against Template:Type2s, and the Template:Type2, which isn't super effective against anything.
    • By the same manner, the Dragon-type is also the only type that will never be doubly resisted by anything, as only Steel resists it.
  • Charizard, Gyarados, Aerodactyl and Sceptile are often considered to be dragons due to their appearance, egg group, movepool and use by in-game trainers as dragons. However, they are not Dragon-types.
  • The final evolutions of all pure Dragon-type Pokémon are pseudo-legendaries.
  • The Dragon-type is statistically the best type, as its average fully evolved stat never goes below base 95.
  • All pure Dragon-type Pokémon have a different ability from their final evolution; Dratini and Dragonair have Shed Skin, whereas Dragonite has Inner Focus, and Bagon and Shelgon have Rock Head, whereas Salamence has Intimidate.
  • Only four Dragon-type Pokémon are neither legendary nor part of a pseudo-legendary's family; all of them evolve from non-Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • Not counting numerous legendary Pokémon, the only dual-type Dragon Pokémon that does not sport a double weakness to the Template:Type2 is Kingdra.
    • Most of these legendary Dragons don't have any weakness to the Ice-type at all. In fact, only three dual-type Dragon Pokémon have a normal weakness to the Ice-type: Latias, Latios, and Giratina.
      • Interestingly, they are all weak to Dark and Ghost because of their other type.
  • Dragon-type is also unique in the fact that they can all learn Draco Meteor by move tutor, and are the only type that can learn it at all (excluding Jirachi and Smeargle).
  • Almost half (nine) of all Dragon-type Pokémon were introduced in Generation III.
  • Kingdra is the only Dragon-type introduced in Generation II.
  • In Generations prior to Generation IV, only one TM contained a Dragon-type move each Generation. They were TM23 (Dragon Rage), TM24 (DragonBreath), and TM02 (Dragon Claw).

In other languages

  • Chinese: lóng
  • Dutch: Draak
  • Finnish: Lohikäärme
  • French: Dragon
  • German: Drache
  • Hebrew: דרקון dracon
  • Italian: Drago
  • Japanese: ドラゴン dragon
  • Korean: 드래곤 dragon
  • Polish: Smok smoczy
  • Portuguese (Brazilian): Dragão
  • Russian: Дракон drakon
  • Spanish: Dragón