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Dragon Ascent (Japanese: ガリョウテンセイ Dragon Ascension) is a damage-dealing Flying-type move introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It is the signature move of Rayquaza.
Dragon Ascent inflicts damage and then lowers the user's Defense stat and Special Defense stat by one stage each.
The player can Mega Evolve any Rayquaza that knows Dragon Ascent, as long as the Rayquaza in the Delta Episode has been caught.
Dragon Ascent does not exist in the game data of Pokémon X and Y. As a result, a Pokémon knowing Dragon Ascent cannot be traded from Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to Pokémon X and Y, and if a Pokémon in Pokémon Bank knows the move it cannot be withdrawn in Pokémon X and Y. In order to be transferred to Pokémon X and Y, the Pokémon must forget Dragon Ascent.
|| After soaring upward, the user attacks its target by dropping out of the sky at high speeds, although it lowers its own Defense and Sp. Def in the process.
In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Zinnia's grandmother in Meteor Falls can teach any Rayquaza this move.
|Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.|
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.
In the anime
In the main series
In Pokémon Generations
|| Mega Rayquaza
| The user descends from the sky and strikes the opponent with a green outline.
|| First Used In
|| Mega Rayquaza flies high into the air. Its body then becomes outlined in a green aura, and it dives into the opponent with great speed.
| Trainer's Rayquaza
|| The Scoop
In the manga
In the movie adaptations
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
- The Japanese name of this move literally means "to paint a dragon and dot its eyes" and serves as a metaphor for the finishing touch in a piece of work that give it "the spark of life". The idiom originated from a legend where Zhang Sengyou, a Chinese painter, completes the dragons on a mural by dotting their eyes and thus literally bringing them to life; they spring out of the temple wall and fly off. The completed dragons immediately ascended to the heavens after the work was done.
- Dragon Ascent is the only move with the word "dragon" in its English name that is not Dragon-type.
- Because the Rayquaza caught at Sky Pillar learns Dragon Ascent to replace Fly, Dragon Ascent is the only move that can replace an HM move in a game where the move is available as an HM.
- When used by a Rayquaza which has Mega Evolved, this move will play an additional animation before the main animation, and the main animation is also changed slightly.
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