Dragon (type)

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Template:ElementalTypes The Dragon type (Japanese: ドラゴンタイプ Dragon type) is one of the seventeen elemental types. Notable Trainers that specialize in Dragon-type Pokémon are Lance and Drake of the Elite Four; Clair, the Gym Leader of Blackthorn City; and Iris and Drayden, the Gym Leaders of Opelucid City. Prior to Generation IV, where moves are designated physical or special based on the move itself rather than its type, all Dragon-type moves were special.

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. Many of them do not evolve 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; Zwelious evolves into Hydreigon at level 64, the latest of any Pokémon.

Most Dragon-type Pokémon have high Attack and Special Attack. Even though only Dragon-type Pokémon themselves are weak to the Dragon type, the only type that resists Dragon is Steel, giving them good use of their STAB.

Defensively, they have resistances to Electric, Grass, Water and Fire. However, every fully-evolved, non-legendary Dragon-type Pokémon except Kingdra, Haxorus, Druddigon and Hydreigon has a double weakness to Ice-type moves, due to their secondary types.

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


As of Generation V, there are 29 Dragon-type Pokémon or 4.47% of all Pokémon, making it the sixteenth most common elemental type, or effectively the second least common type just ahead of the Template:Type2.

Pure Dragon-type Pokémon

# Name
147 Dratini Dratini
148 Dragonair Dragonair
371 Bagon Bagon
372 Shelgon Shelgon
610 Axew Axew
611 Fraxure Fraxure
612 Haxorus Haxorus
621 Druddigon Druddigon

Half Dragon-type Pokémon

Primary Dragon-type Pokémon

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

Secondary Dragon-type Pokémon

# Name Type 1 Type 2
230 Kingdra Kingdra Water Dragon
329 Vibrava Vibrava Ground Dragon
330 Flygon Flygon Ground Dragon
483 Dialga Dialga Steel Dragon
484 Palkia Palkia Water Dragon
487 Giratina Giratina Ghost Dragon
Giratina Ghost Dragon
633 Deino Deino Dark Dragon
634 Zweilous Zweilous Dark Dragon
635 Hydreigon Hydreigon Dark 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.
Dragon Tail Physical ??? 60 90% 10 One target Ends wild battles. Switches opponent.
Dual Chop Physical ??? 40 90% 15 One target Hits twice.
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 Adjacent 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; however, because it always deals 40 HP of damage, there was no way to do super-effective Dragon-type damage.
  • There are only thirteen Dragon-type moves, the fewest of any type.
    • Seven of these moves (more than half) have the word "dragon" in their names.
    • Eight of those thirteen moves are Cool moves in Pokémon Contests and Pokémon Super Contests. The only five that aren't were introduced in Generation IV and V, 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.
  • The Dragon type is the second most common type for legendary Pokémon, with nine, behind the Psychic type, which has fourteen.
  • 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 is weak to itself; the other is the Ghost type.
  • The Dragon type is one of two types that have both never have been and will never be doubly super effective against any Pokémon, as it is only super effective against one type. It shares this trait with the Poison type, which (since Generation II) is super effective only against Grass; and the Normal type, 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.
  • The Dragon type is statistically the best type, as its average fully evolved stat never goes below base 95.
  • The only non-legendary Dragon-type Pokémon that doesn't sport any weakness to Ice is Kingdra.
  • Dragon-type Pokémon are unique because they can all learn Draco Meteor by move tutor, and are the only Pokémon that can learn it at all (excluding Jirachi, Smeargle and Arceus without the Draco Plate).
  • Generation V introduced the most Dragon-type Pokémon.
    • Additionally, Generation V introduced the most Dragon-type Pokémon that are not pseudo-legendary nor legendary.
    • It also introduced the most pure Dragon-type Pokémon.
  • 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).
  • Generation V introduced the only three-stage pure Dragon-type evolutionary line.
    • Additionally, it is the only Generation to introduce a non-legendary Dragon-type Pokémon with no evolutionary relatives.
  • Every Dragon type specialist has been the final member of their associations. Lance and Drake are the final Elite Four members in Generations I and III respectively. Clair and Iris/Drayden are the final Gym Leaders of Generations II (and the remakes) and V respectively. In addition, Lance becomes the final opponent of the game before the credits roll in Generation II and IV.

In other languages

Language Title
Japan Flag.png Japanese ドラゴン Dragon
Mandarin Chinese / Lóng
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Draak
Finland Flag.png Finnish Lohikäärme
France Flag.png European French Dragon
Germany Flag.png German Drache
Greece Flag.png Greek Δράκου Drakou
Israel Flag.png Hebrew דרקון Dracon
Italy Flag.png Italian Drago
South Korea Flag.png Korean 드래곤 Dragon
Norway Flag.png Norwegian Drage
Poland Flag.png Polish Smok
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Dragão
Russia Flag.png Russian Дракон Drakon
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Dragón
Sweden Flag.png Swedish Drake